Alright, this is a very backdated post.
This entry was written way back in January, I think, and I never get round to publishing it.
Although having moved into the nearby neighborhood for almost twelve years, this was just my second visit to this unused Quarry.
Who knows… what lies beneath?
Reminds me of the “vertical climb” at Gunung Panti
Let’s zoom in.
Rubbish hanging on for dear life at the cliff
If one can take the trouble to climb up there, will they lose an arm or leg just to bring their own trash down with them?
Why can’t people be matured enough to clear up the mess they have created? Spare a thought for the poor fella who’s gonna fish the trash out from the water! It’s dangerous!
I remembered a sign that I saw from one of Sarawak’s Nature Park many years ago:
Leave Nothing But Footprints
Our environment will be a better place only if everyone does their part!
How is your preparation for the Chinese New Year coming along?
Luckily for us, we started Spring Cleaning early this year. We spread the chores
over the span of several weekends so it wasn’t really a chore to us.
There is no point pushing everything off till the last minute because we still have to do it in the end and not to mention that it’s hard work having to finish off everything at one shot.Recently, my Dad was diagnosed with diabetes but thank God his was just a minor one. No medication needed but he has to watch his diet to keep his condition under control
As a result, we didn’t buy a lot of festive goodies this year due to health reasons.
That means, no Pineapple Tarts, no Bah Kwa and no tainted Melon Seeds from China…
Except for our salary, everything else is going up which includes our glucose levels, cholesterol and blood pressure…
Therefore, go easy on those Bah Kwa and soft drinks, will you?
Afterall, health is wealth, right?
Happy Chinese New Year!
Pearl’s Center, the tallest landmark in Chinatown
You can find waxed-anything here…
From Lup Cheong (Waxed Sausages)…
…to Waxed Duck and Fish
Okay, maybe NOT everything…
What do you call 佛手瓜 in English?
Accessories for you to hang on the Pussy Willow
Customized car plates!
I loved these little tigers!
What are these?
Festive red everywhere!
Trishaw outside the Chinatown Heritage Centre
People queuing up for Bah Kwa outside Lim Chee Guan
Even foreign workers are queuing!
I think they were under orders from their boss to queue for the BBQ pork.
Here’s wishing everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year!
Are you ready for…
I had a wedding dinner to attend at Novotel Clarke Quay yesterday so what better chance to try out the new camera that I’ve gotten last week? Hence, I make my way down to Clarke Quay four hours before the dinner and took my time exploring around.
I’ve checked the weather forecast before I left the house and it really rained as predicted when I arrived.
Not one to beat a hasty retreat, I whipped out my camera nonetheless and braved the torrents of rain which pelted mercilessly upon my umbrella.
Some of these pictures were taken single handedly (pun!) as the other hand was busy restraining the umbrella from eloping with the wind…
The row of colorful shophouses
Fortunately, the rain did not last very long and I was soon able to manipulate the camera with both my hands again…
See that structure on the right? It was the G-Max
A closer look
Watch the video I took from the opposite bank
It costs a whooping 18 bowls of Wanton Mee per person per ride!
That’s almost one day worth of salary for some people!
Moving further up the bank
A penny for your thoughts?
Bumboats cruising along the river
View of Clarke Quay from Read Bridge
What is my ideal life?
It is enjoying a cuppa at a idyllic corner and watching the world go by…
I’ve heard so much about Chen Fu Ji Fried Rice but are their fried rice really that ultimate?
Here’s how Read Bridge looks like and I love those Victorian street lamps!
Setting the parameter for some street performances
The ground is leaking
An old school dentist chair
Everyone loves baubles!
I love Christmas ornaments!
After taking these few shots, it was time to attend my best friend’s wedding.
Congrats, K & MC!
It was a fun and exciting day getting to know my new camera better. I’m still exploring the features, especially the manual functions. I hope I could come up with better composed pictures in time to come…
The parents have finally touched down safely yesterday morning!
Unfortunately, Mum was taken ill barely two days upon arrival due to the chilling weather at China because her winter wear was unable to combat the -0.8°C temperature efficiently.
Luckily, I’ve heard about the weather from the news and by the time they arrived on the doorstep at 6am, I had already gotten a pot of Sweet Potato Soup with ginger to ‘warm’ them up.
The first thing we did was to have breakfast together at the coffeeshop.
Seriously, food tastes better when you are not eating alone.
Anyway, wanna see some Giant Pandas?
But before that, here’s what I’ve got.
Beads from some sifu
Okie, now are you ready for some Giant Panda cuteness?
the Giant Pandas!
Why are they called ‘Giant Pandas’? Are there miniature ones?
Are this two coming to Singapore?
Aw Boon Haw created the park which depicts Chinese mythology, heroes, folklore, legends and history to teach and preserve Chinese values.
The gate, which was built originally for the Villa
Actually, there was.
Initially, Aw Boon Haw bought the site to build a grand Villa for his brother, Aw Boon Par. However, distraught by the loss of his brother after the war, Aw Boon Haw had the Villa demolished but continued to improve and expand the grounds until his death in 1954.
Haw Par Villa was later sold to STB (Singapore Tourism Board) in 1979.
With my laptop fixed, I’m finally able to share about my recent trip,
something that I should have done three months ago, before my hard disc
crashed on me.
I was away on a pilgrimage trip to Hat Yai, Thailand where I took a bumpy coach ride departing from the Golden Mile Complex and crossed the Thai border via Malaysia.
It took a staggering 16 hours of traveling and going through four
customs (exit SIN > enter MAS > exit MAS > enter THAI) before
reaching Hat Yai. After alighting from the coach, I had to transfer to a mini van where I was further driven away from civilization.
The temple that I was heading for, was hidden away at a remote part of Hat Yai, surrounded by nothing but mountains and forest.
Life at the temple was laid-back yet mundane at the same time. It’s rise and shine for the monks at 4.30AM (Thailand being one hour slower than Singapore)
to have their morning prayers after which, I would follow them out of
the temple to seek alms in the village before returning for breakfast.
is followed by area cleaning until lunch and its OTOT until dinner.
During this period of time, I would go explore the temple grounds and the mysterious cave
above the temple.
Over at the temple,
activities begin to cease around 6PM and by 7PM, it was time to retire
to bed. Early as it may sound but in this remote village, there is
practically nothing else to do except sleeping because there is no
electricity outside the bedroom at night. The only way to navigate your
way around was with a torchlight but with thousands of screaming bats flying out of the cave foraging for food at this hour, it is safer to stay indoors.