Nature vs Arts

17 Feb 2012 –  Thoughts & Quotes

Feeling kind of losing grip with nature and lazy, this is the time when one has to really make the extra effort to do the things one enjoy. Thus planning this 100km thru-hike in HKG. But not having lived in HKG, have to research and read up about the MacLehose Trail. This can be time-consuming. Knowing oneself, the only way to really find out is to go and experience the journey by walking the path. Preparations and the mind-set are important for long distance hiking. But being over focus can also harm, again a balance!

Tkx a million to Jack/HKG angel who overnight The Serious Hiker’s Guide to HKG by Pete Spurrier, a perfect and ideal book for anyone who is interesting to hike in HKG. With this and the other info online, preparations and planning can be a breeze, hopefully 🙂

Walking around this Garden City with intentions to build, strengthen and disciplining the mind to walk an average of 20km daily for 4-5 days has been on going for the past week. And in SIN (the Garden & Lion City) the way to do that is early mornings , late evenings or in the large AC malls. Of course NOT during weekends or rush hours!

Nature pix taken in KCH, the arts in SIN. Thoughts that it is no wonder that one looses much of one’s intuitions with all the man-made surroundings, even how beautiful art can be.  A comment made, not to me but could have been to me too and how sad to hear this, ‘the trouble with you is that you do not take care of your things like… who takes care of his things’ ! This was said in the context about a car!

We should love people and use things, not use people and love things –
Katie Stauffer

Condolences to Auntie KeiChan & Family

16 Feb 2012 – Visitor from Palo Alto/CA

Wed: lovely to catch up with Winnie. Must have been some years ago since our last meeting. Winnie is in SIN for a week visiting her bro & his family. Her parents and 2 elders sisters did not survive the 1962 Alitalia  plane crash, 50yrs ago. She is here to arrange a family reunion with her 2 younger siblings and their family. The afternoon just flew by. Glad Rebecca could join us even though it was her mom’s 100th bday!

Received sad news from cousin Mike in CA about the passing of his uncle Sou (in blue and grand-uncle LAM JiChiew’s son-in-law). Condolences to auntie LAM KeiChan (father’s cousin), cousin Michelle and their family. We met for the first time during the 2011 HKG trip when uncle Sou & Michelle made an impressive and  memorable 8 course lunch for auntie Helen, uncle YatMeng, cousins Andrew, Amy and I. That was the first and last meeting with uncle Sou.

Congratulations to cousin YatSoon & Helen (London/UK) for their second baby girl. The latest addition to the purple generation!

A trip to the main library. Sadly, one of my favourtie book store, Page One@Vivo City is closing down but happy to hear that Grace will be joining me on the MacLehose and maybe some of my HKG hiker friends are able to meet me when I have the logistics in order!

Met up with Clem for dinner@the Beef Kway Teow (established 1924) previously@Purvis St and now@Seah St***is the Hock Lam St Beef Noodle. Have always enjoyed this beef broth.

To a beautiful voice, Whitney Houston. May she RIP.

The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play – Richard Strauss

MacLehose Trail

14 Feb 2012 – Happy ♥ Day

Mon: had to be at the Norwegian Embassy to get some papers signed and stamped. It is still located on the 44 floor, Hong Leong Building, Robinson Rd/Shenton Way. The camera saw a chance for a shot on the way out of the building! First thought, was he really peeing but then did not think he was so daring or rude. On closer look, was glad to discover otherwise 🙂

Tkx to Geno for doing some translation for the family records from China. Very interesting to know about the ancestors!

Tue: had Lydia, Penny & Rebecca (classmates from CHIJ 1962) over for dinner. Tkx ladies for the company and the extra food. Was shopping@NTUC/Parkway early morning. The young Malay cashier lady made my day. Had forgotten that Tue is a discount day for seniors. She inquired if I was a senior and after answering, asked if she needed my card. She replied diplomatically that she will need to look at the card. Told her that I took that as a compliment 🙂 🙂

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around – Leo Buscaglia

Now to focus on the logistics for the MacLehose Trail in HKG that will take 5-6 days to do a thru-hike. Will be flying for to HKG 28 Feb and hope to start on this 100km trail on 2 Mar. Anyone having info regarding accommodations at or near the 10 different stages of this trail, would really appreciate to hear from you.

Section Route Length (Km) Time (Hr) Difficulty


Pak Tam Chung to Long Ke 10.6 3.0  *


Long Ke to Pak Tam Au 13.5 5.0  **


Pak Tam Au to Kei Ling Ha 10.2 4.0  ***


Kei Ling Ha to Tai Lo Shan 12.7 5.0  ***


Tai Lo Shan to Tai Po Road 10.6 3.0  **


Tai Po Road to Shing Mun 4.6 1.5  *


Shing Mun to Lead Mine Pass 6.2 2.5  **


Lead Mine Pass to Twisk 9.7 4.0  **


Twisk to Tin Fu Tsai 6.3 2.5  *


Tin Fu Tsai to Tsuen Mun 15.6 5.0  *
Easy Walk*  Fairly Difficult** Very Difficult***

A 28 Ingredients Dish!

12 Feb 2012 – Over Indulgence

Sat: here is to the King of all YuiSang/鱼生. Jessie & Frank (Ivy’s cousins) make this best raw fish salad dish( postings 14 Feb 2011, 13 Feb 2010 – YuiSang/鱼生). 28 ingredients with tons of raw fish, all freshly and thinly hand-sliced. J&F’s YuiSang***** is most look forward dish for the CNY. Will someday list all the 28 ingredients. Thank you J&F for the delicious YuiSang, Sharon & Harry for the suckling pig, Les & Ivy for the champagne, wine and port!

With this kind of wine selections in his wine cellar, one can easily get locked up in there and throw away the keys 🙂

Sun: accompanied Lawrence to Punggol to check out Watertown condos. MRT from end/Harbour Front to the other end/Punggol took app 45mins and the most pleasant of all was that we were the only people at the station, for now! Nice development by FarEast, Watertown@Punggol with the connection of the MRT station from the basement (a high selling point) when completed in 2016!

Thanks to L&I for yet another delicious seafood dinner@Long Beach****/Dempsey Rd. The durian pudding and deep-fried durian are excellent. This over-indulgence has to stop before the stomach bursts!

The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger – Frank Herbert

To my Ageless Friends/Part 2

10 Feb 2012 – Alzheimer or Pervert…

Answers to previous posting:



3. SIX




You don’t have alzheimers with these answers, but you are a pervert if you did not get the correct answers… 🙂

Are you Over the Hill ? You may be headed that way if . .

  •  When you say something to your kids that your mother said to you and you always hated it.
  •  When you step off the curb and look down one more time to make sure the street is still there.
  •  Your idea of weight lifting is standing up.
  •  Your memory is shorter and your complaining lasts longer.
  • You sit in a rocking chair and can’t get it going.
  •  Getting ‘lucky’ means you found your car in the parking lot.
  •  The twinkle in your eye is merely a reflection from the sun on your bifocals.
  • Everything hurts, and what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.
  • You sink your teeth into a steak – and they stay there.
  • You wonder how you could be over the hill when you don’t even remember being on top of it.

J. Edgar****Clint Eastwood directs this film about J. Edgar Hoover, the face of law enforcement in USA for app 50 years. Focusing on his career as the FBI director, it depicts about a man to be feared and admired, reviled and revered. The movie also shows what many do not see, that behind closed doors, the secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life as an alleged closeted homosexual.

Leonardo DiCaprio played well as J. Edgar and so did Judi Dench as his mother in this 127mins movie.

Thu: tkx Clement for dinner & coffee. Good catching up with Chesper. Safe journeys to Cape Town/South Africa.

Fri: delicious nasi lemak, tkx to Les. Hot day with Lawrence to pay respects to our parents.

Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain – Edward de Bono

To my Ageless Friends/Part 1…

9 Feb 2012 – These are just too funny…

Are you Over the Hill? You may be headed that way if . . .

  •  You and your teeth don’t sleep together.
  • You try to straighten out the wrinkles in your socks and discover you aren’t wearing any.
  • At the breakfast table, you hear snap, crackle, pop and you’re not eating cereal.
  • Your back goes out but you stay home.
  • You wake up looking like your driver’s license photo.
  • It takes two tries to get up from the couch.
  • When your idea of a night out is sitting on the patio.
  • When happy hour is a nap… 

to be continued!

Alzheimer’s Test: How fast can you guess these words?

1. F_ _K

2. PU_S_

3. S_X

4. P_N_S

5. BOO_S

6. _ _NDOM

Answers in next posting…

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one – Dr. Seuss

Serikin & Sematan

7 Feb 2012 – SIN-KCH-SIN

Appreciations and gratitude to Lawrence and family, Leonard, Chuan & family for their consideration, kindness, hospitality and helping to make this tiring and stressful trip to an enjoyable one…

Sat: Happy Bday Lawrence. Arr KCH late morning. App 55km from KCH is the border town Serikin/Bau, not known to the tourists. There are over 200 stalls of both fresh produce and stuff where the traders cross into Sarawak from Indonesia to sell their goods. Was there 25 Mar 2010 and bought some beautiful material. This time round, just to look and what a hot hot hot afternoon…

Bday dinner@the Sarawak Club.

Sun: started with the market at 0730hrs, the varieties of fresh produce, cooked food in bamboo and palm leaf are just amazing. The Orchid Garden in the late morning, lunch@Imperial Duck***ending the day with a delicious homecooked dinner@Mr & Mrs Sia/seniors with their families.

The grandchildren had a blast with the fireworks. Got a taste of Tuak, wine brewed from glutinous rice, excellent taste, and what an honour to be included in this very memorable family dinner.

Mon: Mohammad’s Bday, thus a public holiday in Malaysia. Drove towards NW to the sea-town Sematan near Lundu/app 100km from KCH via the car-ferry (with a lorry full of palm-nuts en route to the Felda refinery, one of Malaysia largest palm oil refinery) one way, stopping to buy fresh crabs. Fresh seafood lunch@Sim Chai Seafood ****Returning by the main highway bypassing the ferry homeward bound.

Lion Dance at the club was a wonderful way to end this CNY festivals on this last day of CNY celebrations.

Tue: an EGM to liquidate the company where the family holds major shares. Thanks to nephew Larry for a job well-done by chairing the meeting and wrapping it up by 12noon. Hopefully the final stage will sail along as smoothly as today and business done by 1 Apr so that I can head towards Norway and the USA!

An excellent lunch@the.Dyak****serving authentic Iban (indigenous) cuisine that claims of a MSG free kitchen and it really is true! Otherwise would have been thirsty all afternoon which was not the case.

Well done is better than well said – Benjamin Franklin