24 Nov 2008
We have been on the go since May’s arrival 2 days ago. The Peranakan Museum showcases the world’s most comprehensive collection of ethnic SE Asian origins and our guide Ms Ho was informative with a good sense of humour. The museum should have provided her a mic so that everyone in the crowd could hear. http://www.peranakanmuseum.sg
National Museum did an excellent job with retraining the original building with the new extension added on behind- http://www.nationalmuseum.sg
Singapore Flyer- recently completed in Feb this year. It reaches 42 stories with a 150m diameter and at present is the world’s biggest observation wheel. The breathtaking views are certainly worth the half hour spin- http://www.singaporeflyer.com
A lovely way to end the weekend with a slide show and dinner at my brother’s Leslie to initiate Greg Tribbe into the LAM family.
Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly – GK Chesteron
19 Nov 2008 – Family Tree
Happy Bday Yulis! Great to catch up for lunch with Aileen… must do that more often. Raffles City has changed after the new additions in the basement. The Olive Chicken Fried Rice at the Thai Express was plenty to eat.
Thank you to the Zonta Club and National Library for hosting the AT talk. To Zonta Club, thanks for a wonderful dinner of Hainanese Chicken at the Soup Kitchen. It is especially delicious with the ginger and garlic sauce wrapped up in a piece of lettuce.
Colour coding the names in my family tree is a tedious process; editing blog and Excel chart gives a clearer & more colourful picture! The red generation will be for my grandparents, blue– parents, green– me, orange– my children and purple– grandchildren.
Looking forward to May‘s arrival on Fri night.
There is no love sincerer than the love of food – George Bernard Shaw
15 Nov 2008 – Zonta Club
PowerPoint presentation on the AT thru-hike for the Zonta Club at-
The Singapore National Library – Multi Purpose Room on 19 Nov 1900hrs
Check out this site or call the library if interested to attend-
The National Library building consists of two 16 storey blocks, with three basements and car-park lots. The blocks are linked by sky-bridges. Two of the gardens are opened to the public. Courtyard on Level 5 and the Retreat on Level 10 have good view of the city. The Plaza, space outside the main entrance is sometimes used for exhibition. A number of old bricks from the old building (the library I remember!) are in this new building.
Zonta Club of Singapore http://www.zonta-singapore.org is part of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization of women executives in business and the professions. Zonta International was founded in USA 1919. The purpose of the club is to render a greater level of service to humanity.
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need – Cicero
12 Nov 2008 – Grand Generation
Uniquely Singapore is the official website for the Singapore Tourist Board but what is a Singaporean? Nationality & race are not wholesome words and passport is for immigration purposes. More important that you feel comfortable where ever you choose to live. Home is where the heart is and today it is content to have adjusted to the time and climate. Tomorrow is another day and another story and maybe even another country!
While waiting for the air condition to be fixed, my thoughts back tracked to the 1950s. Good sign as this will be useful when I continue with the family tree. Catching up with family was a nice way to spent the weekend. The stomach received it’s dose of local food and the body rested… life is good.
Welcome YEOH Chin Hong, Lucas (Jo’s grandson) and AMEEN Isabelle Yuen (Joyce‘s grand daughter) both born this year. The family chart for my grandchildren’s generation is colour coded purple, at present with 22 names including my cousins’ grandchildren on the paternal side, my 3 grandchildren HALL Cathrine May, Elisabeth Iris, John Whitham and the 4th due Jun 2009.
Grandchildren are your reward for not strangling your teenagers –
8 Nov 2008 – Airports
Departed OSL in freezing temperatures on the airport bus Thu 0600hrs, app 1hr ride from town to the airport. There are no direct flights from OSL to SIN. Flew with SAS from OSL to CPH (app 1hr), connecting with SIA from CPH to SIN. The flight was packed with Scandinavian sun-worshippers in search of warmer temperatures. Landed safely Fri 0630hrs after app 11hrs 30mins of flight time.
Terminal 3 at Changi airport was opened early this year and this is the first time I set foot on the jarring designs carpeted floors. Wall to wall carpets are unhygienic, especially in a public building. Otherwise the well-marked signs are clear and easy to follow. The sculpture at the immigration control is gigantic and rather unusual. The moment I stepped outdoor, the feeling and smell were Uniquely Singapore!
Will take me a few days to acclimatise with the time difference in this heat. My air-conditions are acting up due to age and lack of use in the past 8 months! To be without heaters in Norwegian winters or without AC in SIN?? But I can look forward to the CUISINE in SIN 🙂
There’s nothing like an airport for bringing you down to earth – Richard Gordon