Room & Pool with a View

11 Apr 2011 – Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Pix of the exterior of this hotel have been posted 14 & 26 Jun 2010.

Visiting guests@Marina Bay Sands on the 40th floor suite. Views from the bathroom, bedroom and living room.

Finally got to swim in this neat infinity pool with the SIN skyline in the background. How lucky to experience such luxury! Like being on top of the world, a kind of natural high feeling without any substance 🙂 🙂 🙂

Enjoyed the all you can eat and drink club by the pool while the rains moved in and the sky opened up raining cats and dogs! Quite an impressive sight with the lighting and thunder.  The casino was just too crowded and not my scene, decided to do window shopping after all the food and champagne!

Interesting door in one of the shops. There is an unusual fountain by where one can row a boat on the water-ways. From indoor, the water is coming out at the bottom of a transparent semi circular design. From the top (outdoor), it look like a mini hurricane with all the water rushing to a funnel.

If any philosopher had been asked for a definition of infinity, he might have produced some unintelligible rigmarole, but he would certainly not have been able to give a definition that had any meaning at all – Bertrand Russell

Happy On-Line Surfing!

10 Apr 2011 – Some Favourite Bookmarks

Tanjong Pagar Rail Station, a National Monument… This place brings back much happy childhood memories! Glad to know that it is now a National Monument and knowing the SIN system, the place will be immaculately maintained. Was there a couple of years ago arriving with the train from KL to SIN and it was a rather run-down sad colonial-style building. Looking forward to visit when it will be restored to its heydays.

Tropical fish inspire innovative yacht design… Designs like these are interesting and like any art, it is a personal and subjective taste.

Why did LOL infiltrate the language? The internet slang term LOL (laughing out loud) has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, to the mild dismay of language purists. But where did the term originate? And is it really a threat to our lexicon?… All these internet terms are fun and certainly makes life easier when chatting on-line or messaging on the mobile phone.

Økende tendens til nett-blokkering… Increasing tendency of web blocking/China. Difficult to imagine that China pop is app 1.3bil! With that kind of figures, perhaps web blocking, especially the destructive, harmful etc sites should be block for the younger impressionable Y-generation! South China Morning Post/HKG news, one can only get the headlines and when you click onto the link, this appears To read the rest of the article, you need to subscribe 🙁

Just sharing some of the favourite bookmarks news sites and my two cents worth of comments! Have a wonderful Sunday 🙂 🙂 🙂

The question is no longer IF the internet can transform learning in powerful ways – The Web-Based Education Commission

The Illusionist

9 Apr 2011 – Hands Faster than the Eyes…

The Illusionist/2006****A boy falls in love with a girl above his social standards. Although the parents forbid them of seeing each other they cannot be split apart, until they were found together and the boy was sent off. He became a magician and traveled the world. She fell in love the Crown Prince and got engaged but the boy eventually meets with the girl and uses his powers to free her from the royal house in Vienna. This movie starred Edward Norton and being a fan of his, enjoyed this movie then.

L’illusionnist/The Illusionist/2011**Not to confuse with the above (which was released in 2006), this French/British animation is about a dying breed of stage entertainer whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars. Forced to accept all kinds of obscure assignments, this French illusionist meets a young Scottish fan who believes in magic and tags along with him but changes her life forever. Not impress with this flick and found it rather boring and slow. The animated scenes of Scotland are quite well done!

There are many words synonymous to illusionist, eg: charmer, conjurer, diabolist, enchanter, exorcist, fortune-teller, genie, medium, magician, prophet, sorcerer,voodoo, witch,wizard etc. Being an admirer of good illusionists, will try to watch those performances and memories of father telling me that there is no such thing as magic, only that the magician’s hands are faster than the eyes. Ever since then, always wanted to learn to know the secrets of those tricks! Most people need a pinch of illusion in their life but as long as they are aware of the difference of what is illusion and reality 🙂

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place – George Bernard Shaw

The Ugly Singaporeans

6 Apr 2011 – Where Are These People From…

ST today: Why I parked at space for disabled. Driver blames shortage of parking spaces…

So he has to park at the space for disabled to tell the world that he is retarded!!! NO derogatory intended but the consequences of a rat-race society where the people turn to rats! Here is a good one on rats from a friend in Goa 🙂 🙂 🙂

An Indian tourist walks into a curio shop in San Francisco. Looking around at the exotica, he notices a very lifelike, life-sized bronze statue of a rat. It has no price tag, but is so striking he decides he must have it.

He takes it to the owner: ‘How much for the bronze rat?’

‘Twelve dollars for the rat, one hundred dollars for the Story,’ says the owner.

The tourist gives the man twelve dollars.

‘I’ll just take the rat, you can keep the story.’

As he walks down the street carrying his bronze rat, he notices that a few real rats crawl out of the alleys And sewers and begin following him down the street. This is disconcerting, he begins walking faster. But within a couple blocks, the herd of rats behind him grows to hundreds, and they begin squealing.

He begins to trot toward the Bay, looking around to see That the rats now numbered in the MILLIONS, and are still squealing and coming toward him faster and faster.

Concerned, even scared, he runs to the edge of the Bay and throws the bronze rat as far out into the Bay as he can. Amazingly, the millions of rats all jump into the Bay after it, and are all drowned…




The man walks back to the curio shop,
‘Ah ha,’ says the owner, ‘You have come back for the story?’

‘No,’ says the man, ‘I came back to see if you have a statue of an Indian politician in bronze!!!

On Tiger Airways flight last night, there was this obnoxious guy who was really rude to the cabin crew. The flight was not full and he wanted to move forward to some empty seat. The crew graciously told him that he had to wait till after take-off. He then tried to argue to get his way but went back to his seat. After take off  he moved to the empty seat near the emergency exit. When the plane was about to land, the cabin crew politely requested for him to move back to his original seat. Again he tried arguing to the point of being rude and insulting to the crew. Eventually it took three cabin crews to get him to move back to his original seat!

It is sad when you read and witness incidents like these, including the recent NS boy (getting the maid to carry his backpack)! Unfortunately it is not only a few or just a handful of people like these. What a waste of the courtesy and smiling campaigns for people like these… 🙁

I love mankind, it’s people I can’t stand – Charles M Schulz

Pat Sin Leng Country Park/八仙嶺郊野公園

3 Apr 2011 – A Lovely Sunday

Started bright and early from Causeway Bay MTR to Tai Po Market/大埔墟 connecting on the green minibus to Tai Mei Tuk /大美督.

Pat Sin Leng is a mountain range in the northeast New Territories of HKG, located within the Pat Sin Leng Country Park. The name Pat Sin Leng literally means Mountains of the Eight Immortals, who are famous xian (immortals or fairies) in Chinese Mythology and symbolizes the eight peaks along this mountain range, each named after a different Immortal. Started on this trail but since we had app 4hrs, it would not be enough time to do the 8 peaks, instead headed to…

Bride’s Pool Nature Trail/新娘潭自然教育徑 (1km) is located on the northwestern side of the Plover Cover Reservoir, near the mouth of the Bride’s Pool Stream. Legend has it that a bride passed by this treacherous part on her way to the wedding. In bad weather, the wedding sedan chair fell into the pool and she was washed down the waterfall. In memories of this ill-fated bride who got drown there, the pool was named Bride’s Pool. But did not quite figure out where the pool is!

Chiu Keng Tam/Mirror Pool/照鏡潭 locates at a higher place was named because people saw the spirit of the drowned bride appeared at the pool and used calm water as mirror to comb her hair.

Ended the nature hike with all the dragonflies lovers@Wu Kau Tang/烏蛟騰 and headed for the road, hiking app 30mins to the bus. Not a fan of back tracking and this quiet road is pleasant enough. Thank you Jack LEONG for taking the time to hike in the NE New Territories with this grandmother 🙂

Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragonfly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky – Dante G Rossetti


The MacLehose Trail/麥理浩徑

2 Apr 2011 – 8 hrs Hike (edited 6 Apr)

Thu: arrived HKG in the evening to see the city lights and on Fri woke up bright & early to a lovely dawn.

East Dam, damming up High Island Reservoir which has very low water levels.

Trail to Long Ke Wan

Long Ke Wan

Strange tree!  There were 3 sky-gliders but camera was acting up and only captured one of them.  A dry MacLehose Trail and just as well, would not like their trails wet!!

Views from the top of Sai Wan Shan

A panorama view of the 4 beaches with Sharp Peak from Sai Wan Shan and what a refreshing swim at Sai Wan after the hot climb up and down Sai Wan Shan!

Need to find out the names of these lovely wild flowers…

Fri: no April’s Fool but did app 8hrs hike in the East Sai Kung/西貢 area. Started along the High Island Reservoir, HKG National Geo Park /East Dam to Long Ke Wan/浪茄灣, Sai Wan Shan/西灣山, crossing parts of MacLehose Trails/麥理浩徑 stages 1 & 2 and heading to Tai Long Wan/大浪灣 and taking the same track/positng 2 Mar 2011, except for the last stretch to the bus on the main road instead of to Wong Shek Pier/黃石碼頭.

Thanks to Harry CHAN for taking me on these trails and appreciate his delightful company on this beautiful day, hiking in such spectacular views. Pix credits to him for pix on the right and the larger size pix. Pleasure to meet Mee-Yeong & Julian CHAN for a drink later. You Look tired, Uncle Harry, commented Mee-Young. To the young couple- safe trip back to Canberra/Australia. Apologies for tiring out their uncle Harry 🙂

HKG longest hiking trail, MacLehose Trail opened 1979, crosses much of the New Territories, starting from Pak Tam Chung,/Sai Kung to Tuen Mun in the west in the New Territories. The whole trail is 100 kilometres long, marked by distance posts at 500m intervals along the path. It is named after Crawford Murry MacLehose, the longest-serving HKG governor, who established the Country Parks and was himself a hiker. The trail passes through a variety of natural and beautiful scenery. Only done bits and pieces of it to discover that it is difficult to do a thru’ hike for me here.

The New Territories, through which this trail runs, covers the majority of the SAR’s land area. In the HKG part is the most varied and finest countryside where the trail begins on the east coast is deeply indented and wild. The central mountains, which it crosses, include many of HKG highest pecks. The western part, where it winds to its end, has impressive valley reservoirs.

Today will rest to save energy for tomorrow’s hike in another area…

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk.  Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness.  I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it – Soren Kierkegaard

2 Apr – Happy Bday Marianne HUSTAD

4 Apr – Happy 60th Bday Richard YUNG

8 Apr – Happy Bday Torill WISTNER

12 Apr – Happy Bday Peggy TAN

15 Apr – Happy Bday Lynne ONG/MICHEALS & Aileen KOH

17 Apr – Happy Bdays Anne STENSETH, Sharon KOH & Sara LAM

21 Apr – Happy Bday Gilbert CHAN

22 Apr – Happy Bday Ike BOROWSKY, Good Friday and Happy Easter.

29 Apr – Happy Bday Stanley LAM

30 Apr – Happy Bday JohnWT CHENG