Coach Hall

16 Oct 2017 – Mother Of #1&#2

Sat: way to go #1(130)&#2(129) and having Coach Hall both as mother&coach is a good thing – Girlpower. Pix credits to Elizabeth Niciu.

Tkx Gel for producing the intro video in preparations for TEDxKeystoneAcademy Off The Beaten Path project (4Nov). Looking forward to meeting and talking to different people, thank you to Audrey for the invite. Above 3pix downloaded.

Pre-dinner drinks with Les&Ivy@Harry’s. Appreciations to YeeJit’s group for dinner@RiverpointJumbo***opposite Clarke Quay, a historical riverside quay by SIN River. The river has been the centre of trade since modern SIN was founded in 1819. During the colonial era, Boat Quay was the commercial centre where barge lighters would transport goods upstream to warehouses at Clarke Quay.

Tkx for post-dinner drinks@Les&Ivy. What an evening – feeling no pain after 45mins bus ride and all I could do was to brush my teeth and crashed.

Sun: farewell breakfast for YeeJit@Old Tiong Bahru Bak Kut Teh****肉骨茶 The name literally translates from hokkien(dialect) as meat bone tea, and at its simplest, consists of meaty pork ribs simmered in a complex broth of herbs and spices. Despite its name, there is in fact no tea in the dish itself; the name refers to a strong OolongChinese tea which is usually served alongside the soup in the belief that it dilutes or dissolves the copious amount of fat consumed in this pork-laden dish.

A new way to present tofu and delicious fresh fish-head served by the owner himself who speaks Cantonese that YeeJit still speaks and understands! Had to take a nap in the afternoon, must have had more than enough foods&wines this week to last me for the year! Safe journey back to Perth for YeeJit&his group. Cannot believe my eyes, passing thru’ Orhard Road – Christmas decorations are up!!!


Mon: Happy Bday to niece Patricia. Condolences to Yoshie and her family for the passing of her father-in-law (89), may he RIP. Another new area to figure out getting to&from the wake.

A Statue Red weather warning is in place as Ireland prepares for Storm Ophelia. Take care and be safe, Irish family, friends and everyone in Ireland! This poem came to mind with thoughts of the Ireland&Norway days…


‘Bitter is the wind tonight
It tosses the ocean’s white hair
Tonight I fear not the fierce warriors of Norway
Coursing on the Irish sea‘

Welcome YeeJit

13 Oct 2017 – TGIF On This Friday 13th!

Tue: gravlaks in process.

00cf51b754d73e49292efe490ed15518--healthy-food-quotes-real-food-recipesCooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat – Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat – Guy Fieri

Grocery shopping@Parkway and took the time to enjoy a cup of Matcha tea at the Japanese Food Fair.

Treat@Glory for an ice-coffee and popiah made up of lettuce, stir-fried turnip, carrots, beansprouts along with the cooked egg,  prawns – it is then wrapped with a thin popiah skin made from wheat flour with fresh garlic, chilly-sauce and sweet bean sauce inside.

A short walk around before dinner@Jo’s.

Wed: welcome to YeeJit who is born in SIN ️immigrated to Australia when he was 8 and here is attending a conference. His father, uncle Vincent being the importer for fresh produce here in SIN in the 1950s was the one who first introduced me to the taste of fresh strawberries, asparagus and ShanghaiBlackBeanEel when I was a child. Appreciations to Les&Ivy for hosting a welcome dinner with his champagne, wines and yummy mussels.

Gravlaks, smoked-duck, German potato-salad, local fruits and kueys. 

Thu: a walking tour started with the best PrawnMee@Blanco Court Prawn Mee 白兰阁街大虾面 on Beach Rd, continuing to HajiLane.

Arab St area where those lamps and the vibrant colours from the Middle East never fail to fascinate me. Food seems to be what he remembers best (same for me 🙂 ) from his childhood days!

Have been seeing this camera building when on the bus and been wanting to find out what is it all about – turns out to be a VintageCameraMuseum@Jalan Kledek but did not go in this time round.

Had to take a pix of these colourful HDBs before they get torn down. Into Little India where the ambiance for the upcoming Deepavali (Wed 18Oct) is well-worth the time for all to check out.

Good to meet with YeeJit’s group to introduce them to LauPaSat 老巴刹, literally translated to OldMarket also known as TelokAyerMarket for dinner. Satay indoors on this wet evening. Drinks with a view@LeVeL33. Tkx for good company, dinner&drinks to all. Fortunate to get on the bus before the sky opened up.

Fri: TGIF on this Friday13th and a safe weekend to all. Ever wonder what the big deal is about this silly date? It turns out the history of Friday13th is complicated. There are superstitions about Fri, superstitions about the number 13 – which together seem to create the fear of Friday13th. Most of these superstitions are rooted in religion…

Biodegradable Plastic Bag

9 Oct 2017 – Is That For Real???

Fri: 2above pix downloaded. Happy Children’s Day and TGIF. Like the positive link below – perhaps the obsess with food on this Red Dot is not such a bad thing afterall. Have been often asked why I choose to live here and at this stage when age is catching up, food, conveniences, safety, weather, etc are good enough reasons; of course do miss the kids+grandkids, but am blessed that I see them regularly.

Tkx to Yoshie, Seb&Adrian for being such sports to agree to a take-away moonlight dinner@EC Pk. The StarWars chopsticks came in handy then!

Ice-cream@MacD where they were being further sports when I locked their mobiles up and believe it or not, they were those 4 were the only ones there 🙂

Sat: Happy Bday to bro Leslie. Tkx for yummy home-cooked dinner to niece Daisy and good to see 四  who is camera-shy, but looking well after her successful non-invasive heart procedure in SGH. Lovely evening after a downpour in the late afternoon.

Sun: Good Sunday morning from SIN. Happy Bdays to Larry, Angelina, Audrey, Erin, HengSun/G. Rains are in the forecast – those in my neck of the woods, stay dry and to all be safe.

Catching up with family after a busy week with another busy week ahead. Visited bro Steven@UnitedMedicalCare and was caught in a heavy downpour. Had to sit 10mins at the bus stop let the heavy rains to subside. At this stage of his life journey, wonder if a view of a church side by side to a temple will help him to reflect on his life?

Tkx to niece Daisy&grand-nephew Darryl for an enjoyable evening at HollandV. Dinner@SushiTei***

Dessert@SundayFolks****an independent dessert café known for its handcrafted ice creams and sweets.

Tastë – gastronome grocer in the basement@HollandV RaffleMedical building. Is this plastic bag for really biodegradable??? Bought the purple sweet potato and beet chips to try, verdict, later postings.

Good cheese section there.

IMG_0210Mon: getting ready for another busy week with guest from Perth. Dill&salmon shopping@Mustafa as Gravlaks will be on the menu for Wed and this has to be prepared at least 24hrs in advance. Have not found anywhere whose prices of dill (and I need plenty in this dish) can be compared to Mustafa. Indulged with 2 favourtie dishes and a lemongrass drink from DinTaiFung@CitySquareMall for lunch.

There is a lot of interesting product coming to market already. Bags and bottles and cups and such made of potato starch and other fully biodegradable materials. In some sense, plastic is more chemically complex. We ought to be able to simplify – Edward Norton

Hello Oct 2017

5 Oct 2017 – No Way To Start The Week&Month 😦 

Mon: condolences, thoughts and prayers to those affected in the Las Vegas shooting – 50+dead, 500+injured, 64yrs local gunman Stephen Paddock, killed himself.

Going down memory-lane with PA – Victoria Theater&ConcertHalls, Empress Place,


The Arts House (Old Parliament House) unaware of the on-going Lotus Sutra Exhibition 法华经展 — A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence.

Late lunch@OneRafflesPlace foodcourt, The Arcade, where Uncle BengWah, Hong&PA’s father’s office was located many moons ago.

Clifford Pier built in 1933, was a landing point for immigrants and other sea passengers. A red oil lamp used to hang from the pier as a guide to seafarers, earning the pier the Chinese name 红灯码头=RedLampPier.

The pier was used as a terminal for tourists and day trippers who boarded small boats and ferries heading for the Southern Islands. Today no longer the location to board boats or ferries but an affluent lobby/eatery (known for their Heritage Afternoon Tea) to The Fullerton Bay Hotel with views of the Maine Bay financial area. MBS, Esplanade&the surroundings &Monti.

Galleries with post-boxes of the past and the bakery@Fullerton Hotel.

Soul vistas where 2artistsIdris Ali &Jeffrey Wandly explore SIN streets, landscapes and landmarks in watercolour, ink and acrylic to capture the essence and soul of our city.

More shopping back@Little India again.

Tue: Grandmother Tongue****@SOTA. It is the story of anyone lucky enough to grow old and therefore unlucky enough to no longer fit into the boxes a society requires to build its future. Excellent performance by, especially JalynHan who is in her 50s and played the 80+yrs grandmother.

Wed: Happy Mid-Autumn 中秋節快樂 to those celebrating. This festival is synonymous with colourful lanterns, moon-cakes and admiring the moon (if weathers permit!). Today is 八月十五15day of the 8month in the Lunar/Chinese calendar – lovely cool&wet to start the day with happy memories.

Pix credits of #6 to May, looks like also a wet day in OSL. Receiving pix of the grandchildren always put 🙂  on the face and in the ♥

An afternoon in Chinatown to do some last min shopping and some snacking at my top favourite location for shaved-ice@Mei Heong Yuen Dessert****味香园甜品 – pix credits to Leonard.

Tkx to Jo for dinner and appreciations to Pat&David+Lucas&Beth for the short evening walk. Good-night and thank you to the beautiful and full Moon for the attempts to show face in between the clouds.


Thu: sending PA to the airport. Safe journeys to her and bye for now – who knows when our paths will cross again?

So, old friends, now it’s time to start growing up, taking charge, seeing things as they are, facing facts, not escaping them, still with dreams, just reshaping them, growing up –  Stephen Sondheim

Good News

1 Oct 2017 – Bye-bye Sep 2017

Fri: TGIF and good news! Have used this carrier many times within Norway, EU and the US,

and have been looking forward for their flights to SIN. For a budget airlines, one does not expect too much, as long as flights are safe&on-time and that it is clean. Now, it will be easier and more affordable to visit May&family+my Norwegian friends. 2pix below downloaded.

An interesting talk, Why Arctic Climate Change Matters To SIN by Dr Jan-Gunnar Winther.

@NLB (The Pod, Level 16) with a good view of the city. Met up with UIT rector, Anne Husebekk who of course knows the whole Hald family+Claire&her dad in Tromsø!

Sat: Happy Birthdays to sis-in-law Mabel, niece Daisy and grandniece Valerie (in black) – 3generations sharing the day and the last of Sep bdays! Pix downloaded and cropped from their FBposts.

If the below news is for real, SIN will not have much competition to keep its ranking for being one of the busiest ports in the world! Map downloaded from below link.



Sun: tkx Linn for these pix, bringing back fond memories from the AT thru’hike. Strangely enough was just thanking MissWiggy’s (AT fellow-hiker), family for Trail Magic@Carvers Gap 31May 2005! And now it is The Fabulous5 who are on the AT!

HokkienMee, another of PAs craving before she heads back to Vancouver. SweeGuan@Lorong29, one of the best (personal taste) and prices, S$6-8! have gone way up compared to the last time I was there, many moons ago!! The cook was not too happy with me taking pix today. Usual hawkers price for a plate is about S$3+ but probably less prawns&squids.

HokkienMee has its origins in the cuisine of China’s Fujian (Hokkien) province. Consists of egg noodles and rice noodles stir-fried with eggs, prawns+squid; served and garnished with vegetables, small pieces of lard, sambal sauce+lime.

Am not so sure if I agree with Bourdain where other matters are concerned, but where SIN food is concerned, I am with him for some of the foods. 2above pix downloaded.

Only here does one find the singular, exquisite mix of Chinese, Indian, and Malay dubbed ‘indigenous fusion’ by local chefs – Bourdain

3 Happy Bday CHONG SiongYin

6 Happy Bday David WONG

7 Happy Bday Leslie LAM

8 Happy Bdays Larry LAM, Audrey WONG and KONG HengSun

12 Happy Bday Karen SCAF-BENHAM

13 Happy Bday David YUNG

16 Happy Bday Patricia LAM

21 Happy Bdays Steve LAM & Dee HALL

27 Happy Bday Ellen HALD sr

29 Happy Bdays LAM KwokLock & Kiera CHUA

31 Happy Bdays Adeline LEE, Mark BOROWSKY and Happy Halloween

Walking From Carlton Hotel

28 Sep 2017 – To Little India

Tue: meeting up with 四 (who just turned 80 and will be admitted to SGH next week for heart procedure) and Daisy for lunch in Chinatown  She is in good spirits and their house-help seems a promising one. Was tempted to get this promotion@OG but decided against it as the present life-style does not justify for one, but might be good to have when away making food for the MaGnificent6

Wed: tkx PA for another breakfast@Carlton Hotel***Like this shot of a sleeping rickshaw bicyclist with the far background of the Carlton on top of the reflection of CHIMJES.

National Design Centre – Building Memories cover featuring the former National Theatre 国家剧场 designed by AlfredWong, PuiAh’s cousin. VWvan for Calvin 🙂

PA was craving for SotoAyam=Malay chicken-soup and one of the best (personal taste) can be found at Pondok Makan Indonesia@270 #01-123 QueenSt.

LASALLE College of the Arts appropriately located@1MacNallySt – fond memories of bro Joe, someone who crossed paths during the IGAS committee days! Was blessed to have known him.

Albert Court – old against the new effects with the HDB blocks and the row of shop-houses’ architectural design. The courtyard here has a nice ambiance for evening drinks.

Rohor Rd – where the entrance into Little India is now beautifully decorated with colourful&cheerful lights especially as Deepavali (18Oct-celebrated by Hindus across the world to mark the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness) gets nearer!

After some shopping, dinner@Mustafa Rooftop Garden/Kebabs & Curries***is a nice location to cool down and chill before walking back to the hotel as tomorrow is another day and looking forward to another goodnight sleep zzzz 🙂

Thu: In Time To Come**Tan PinPin’s documentary on everyday scenes in SIN does not speak to me nor did it catch my attention in other ways. One of the few thoughts in my mind was when a tree was being chopped down – a pity but then the roots of the Ficus benghalensis, Banyan Tree are known to destroy buildings, etc when left to grow. So it had to make way for more buildings…

In Time To Come is distant, cold and sometimes surreal observation of Singapore society. The film is in itself a time capsule – Luciano Barisone


25 Sep 2017 – Local Soap-Opera

Posted this on FB Wed 13 Sep 22.25hrs was feeling under the weather, jet-lagged and being deprived of a public holiday! This made my day – one of the best I have seen. Hope that she will win. Tkx Yukie for the share. Do like her sense of humour and hats off to anyone who can make Simon blush.

Fri: congratulations and so happy for this very talented sweet young lady, Darci-Lynne who deserves this win. All the best to her and hope that her sweet modest innocence will stay with her as long as possible.

Posting these links here and hopefully can one day look back again with a smile 🙂 when times are not so smiley!

Sat: for my Norwegian family&friends, this must be good news!

Tanglin is a SIN local drama produced by Mediacorp started in 2015. The plan was 199episodes, but today running into 500+episodes and possibility up to 800eposides. Decided to do a Tanglin Marathon on-line since I have not seen 1-500, so far only got up to 100episodes. Being back in SIN surroundings, can understand and relate to its popularity.

Because Singaporeans are incredibly cosmopolitan, we steadfastly kept away from stories or characters that would be a copy of anything else out there. Our stories come from a mishmash of personal experiences, the news, everything we’ve seen, heard, experienced in Singapore. We’ve actually received responses from Singaporeans overseas, who tell us how much we remind them of home yet we’ve also got tweets and emails from non-Singaporeans who can relate to the universal themes – managing executive producer Tan Wei-Lyn

Sun: welcome back to SIN from Vancouver and Happy Bday to PuiAh. A delightful evening was had by all. Hong, PA&I share fond childhood memories from the 1950s!

Tkx to Hong for dinner@TangYun***Tanglin Club.

Garry, and everyone in that area, take care and be safe – the number of tremors recorded at Bali’s Mt Agung volcano has increased again with warnings it could erupt at any time.

Mon: today&tomorrow must be some special very days, count 9months backwards and figure out why??? 🙂 Today Happy Birthdays to Elsie, Emily, Kat Lori. Pauline, Tamagoh; tomorrow – Annette, Randy, Stephanie, Tom, Zarina, and to others who are also celebrating their bdays today. A good week to all.

Busy day with PuiAh – breakfast@Carlton Hotel,

views of our old CHIJ Chapel, Church of St Peter&Paul+CC and Cathedral of Good Shepherd from the 19floor – seems like this hotel is surrounded by churches!!!

Gardens by the Bay,

and both Chinatown&GardensByTheBay are decked colourfully and ready for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Tkx PA for lunch@Michelin star Hawker Chan. Hope that today has tired me out enough to give at least 7hrs of sleep tonight, dreaming! to get back to SIN time after a busy day at the Gardens&Chinatown where Mid-Autumn Festival is definitely in the air and when the real Fall colours have be man-made! Goodnight&sweet dreams to all.

We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep – Shakespeare