Welcome Feb 2015

31 Jan 2015 – Goodbye Jan

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Wed: strolling around the Tyrwhitt Road to the General Store searching this book for KK. Success and took some time to explore this area.

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The new Coffee Up***the former Chye Seng Huat Hardware has interesting trees and hopefully they will survive in these pots here in the tropics.

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These roof tops are all within 5mins walk from each other. Hopefully SIN will keep learning from the diversity of these different cultures and religions.

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Lavender St is another interesting area to walk about when not too hot! It is quite amazing to see the contrast of the old and new in the backgrounds. There is even a 24hrs Michelin Star Dim Sum joint Tim Ho Wan at Aperia Lavender.

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Lunch at Paragon’s So Phở, So Good**and trying to understand why this place and NamNam**are so popular, always with long lines during lunch hours? No second visits to these locations on my side. Sorry to hear of KimLeong passing yesterday. May he RIP. Condolences his family.

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Met up with Clem for a picnic dinner on the roof top of the Esplanade. Nice to have a quiet and cool area.

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Thu: nice to have cousin (from paternal grandmother’s branch – CHAN) Karen for a 3hrs lunch. Thank you for wonderful company and lovely Japanese goodies. We seldom get to chat during the CNY visit. Glad to know her better and to have her cross this life’s journey.

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Fri: good to be back at Chinese classes which I enjoy. Had a bite before class. Our Chinese teacher makes the lesson interesting and easy to remember these characters, eg

ren  = person – looks something a body with 2 feet. da = big –  a person with outstretched arms. tian = sky – adding a roof on top of a big person becomes the sky.

In this way, will certainly always remember these characters.

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After class, walked around Chinatown to soak in the pre CNY ambience before the crowds. Light up for the CNY is tomorrow, Sat night and I will stay far far away from here…

Dropped by to CC to say hi to people but both Calvin and Sam are in China. Was too tired to stay in town and headed back by bus, only to fall asleep and miss my stop. Decided to take a snooze back in the apt before heading into town again, which was a wise decision.

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Has been a very long time since I have had such a good laugh, tkx to Clem HOSSAN-AH! Safe and Secure in His LEONG Arms*****at the Drama Centre Theatre. Hossan LEONG is a very talented local actor and comedian who has never failed to crack me up. Non-SIN might get lost in translation with him!

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Thank you May for supper at Raffles City Marché**Hossan, Clem, Garfield! and May made my day! Still in search of a good smoked duck pizza after tasting David’s/Food For Thought where he was first located.

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Sat: did not plan to go into town, but Clem is so considerate and sweet to get an iPhone for me, Unfortunately my budget plan does not include a data plan and unable to load many of the Apps. So remaining back in the dark ages for hp… lol. Tkx Clem for trying! Picnic lunch at the Esplanade amphitheater under a roof in a cool breeze with a Merlion view! Just happy being away from the maddening crowd in the sun.

Need to get a goodnight sleep so that there is enough energy to attend a funeral tomorrow morning

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own – Lichtenberg

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority

27 Jan 2015 – ICA/Another Acronym!

Sat: rest rest rest and what a wonderful day to do nothing besides having one unit for the AC re-serviced.

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Sun: bought this origami book at the Bras Basar used book store. Have been meaning to get one for many years and now that I have it, unable to locate my origami paper – typical, but no worries they will turn up when I am looking for something else 🙂

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Thank you to Clem and his family for lunch at Grand Asia****The last time in this venue must have been nearly 10yrs ago for 4th aunt’s Bday celebrations, that was my first taste of salted eggs crab and it was delicious. Today there for dimsum. The purple generation is growing up too fast for me to even remember Stanley, Darryl&Andrew’s age. But what can I expect when I need Linn&May to remind me of my own 6 grandchildren’s age 🙂 🙂

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Tea and dessert at Food for Thought***it has also been while since the last visit here. When David, the owner opened his first location at North Bridge Rd/opp the National Library was where he made the best duck pizza. That location has since closed and now they are located here, the National Museum and SBG. I do miss his duck pizza.

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Interesting art décor outside SAM at 8Q=Singapore Art Museum at 8 Queen St, just looking at a long name, one can perhaps understand why we used acronyms here in SIN.

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I, for one am probably the biggest culprit to using acronyms! So if any of my overseas families or friends get slightly lost in translation, plx do not hesitate to ask.

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More interesting décor around the corner of St Joseph’s Church/Victoria St.

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Sun dinner, the best mussels tkx to Les&Ivy. Isebella/SunSun, a sweet 7yrs was fun to chat with and surprisingly she likes the mussels too. She was telling me what Pri 1 is like nowadays. Les home-cooked mussels is soooo gooood and believe me, I have tasted, digested tons of mussels around the world and his is the best so far, the next is probably those in Iceland!

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Mon: made an appointment online some weeks ago to collect my re-new passport at 1000hrs, Was there 0945 to get a Q# which blinked on the board on the dot of 1000. Am impressed. 5yrs ago, it was the same and did not even have to wait then as I was there 0800.

5189aec284_500x670_26b8ecb1f8[1]Watched White Bird in a Blizzard***a 2014 French-American drama thriller of a teenage girl, Kat Connor whose mother goes missing when Kat was 17, causing her life to turn into chaos. It is based on a novel of the same name by Laura Kasischke. interesting twist to the ending – anyone going into any of the Lido cinemas at Orchard Shaw Centre remember to bring a jacket or something to keep warm. The ACs there are really powerful!

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Shopped and had dinner with Clem at IKEA as I needed to pick up some food there. Decided to buy a couple of plastic hanging containers to hang my herbs above the kitchen sink and these slightly new designed colourful plastic cups, bowls, plates and cutlery. There are 6 different colours and good for the 6 grandchildren! Also for outdoors, the disposable ones are too flimsy!

http://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2015/01/25/newday-northeast-winter-weather.cnn

To all who are affected by this severe storm not only in the NE but also the South of USA, please stay safe, indoors and warm,

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Tue: breakfast at Ah Seng Bak Kut Teh***Pork Ribs Soup on N Bridge Rd. S$6 is on the steep side for a bowl of soup but it tasted decent. Chunks of garlic are in tact in the skin, but when the skin was removed, it was the perfect consistency for this particular dish. Doubt if any vampires will dare to approach me today 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Continued to the National Library and was so excited to find a map on display with #5 Temenggong Rd on it. Made my day and gave back some inspiration to continue with the family tree. Need to find a better way to download this map, but for the time being content to be able to take pix and see them thru’ the display glass box.

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Always something new and interesting to see and learn at the library. 16Jan – 19Jul: Geo Graphic celebrating maps and their stories. When you know how to read maps and providing that they are correct, you can never get too lost…

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This is the reason why I was in town today – World Press Photo 14 at the Raffles Hotel and the last day will be this Sun. Today is the last opportunity for me, and yes the pix are amazingly impressive but also depressing. Why does the majority winning pix have to be such? Anyway, took pix of the ones I like best and the poster is one of them. A must see for all photographers!

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While waiting for the bus by Raffles Hotel – thoughts of Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling were in the mind as both were in this location with their writings.

I am not yet too old to learn – Maugham

A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainly – Kipling

Young Blood Rejuvenates Old Tissues

24 Jan 2015 – But What If I Received Old Blood???

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Thu: Happy Happy 13th Bday to Katy my first grandchild. Cannot believe that she is now a teenager. Seems like yesterday that I visited them in OK/USA Jan 2002 when and where she was born and Gator was only a puppy. Then her baptism Dec 2002 when the condo in FL/USA was packed to be rented out. HI/USA for Thanksgiving 2003 visiting cousins. Now this is old when one has a teenage grandchild 🙂

59519bc41b_190x272_f21287dd35[1]Into the Woods***the musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales such as ‘Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella’, and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. These plots are tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, and their interaction with a Witch and her curse on them.

0f4acd00e8_190x272_e320e595e1[1]Birdman****an actor, Riggan (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero, struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

The play in the film is an adaptation of Raymond Carver’s ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love’. Brilliant performance by both Michael Keaton and Edward Norton.

6b4267a82a_500x670_68b45c01a8[1]Fri: Mt E for blood test. Breakfast and movie The Imitation Game*****with Clem. Based on the life of British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing. He was a key figure in cracking the Enigma code during World War II, which led to the Allies’ victory. The movie follows several periods of Turing’s life which include his unhappy teenage years, the triumph of his secret wartime work and his prosecution on the account of his sexual orientation.

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Appreciation to Clem for dinner with Minos and his friend at SinHoiSai***Tiong Bahru. In search of coffee ribs and it was quite decent there.

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Tkx to Minos for drinks at New Cape Inn/3 SengPoh Rd. This site with another building on it belonged to grandfather in the good old days. Wanted to show Minos where his father, cousins Lock, Yun & Chai used to live before migrating to Canada. Safe journeys tomorrow and nice to catch up with him who I used to baby-sit when he was born and now his is in his mid40s.

Just read a very interesting article:

http://www.nature.com/news/ageing-research-blood-to-blood-1.16762

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If this proves to have some grounds in it, then, it also explains how it was possible for me to do the AT Thru’Hike in 2005. About 2yrs before the hike, was hospitalized for a major surgery – total hysterectomy! As far as I can remember, blood transfusion was necessary as I lost a great amount of blood after surgery.

About a month ago, was again given blood transfusion (2 packs) due to loss of blood by a serve bleeding ulcer caused by the Helicobacter pylori. So let’s see if it will be possible for another long distance hike in 2016 or maybe 2 packs of blood is not enough to rejuvenate? Seems like I got young blood the last time but what if I got old blood this time round??

Wow this is getting to sound like a vampire story, but would prefer PeterPan 🙂 🙂

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Edited 7Jun 2017 – http://csglobe.com/elite-ingesting-blood-conspiracy/

Motion Vs Progress

22 Jan 2015 – Happy 13th Bday to #1Grandchild Katy

IMG_5640Mon: Happy Bday to my dear and first Norwegian girlfriend, Kari. We met in Dublin 40+yrs ago and our first-born Linn & Thomas are born in Dublin/Ireland.

Today we are both grandmothers of 6 grandchildren. Am blessed to have Kari in this life’s journey and she has taught me much over the decades. Thank you Kari for being my friend and for being.

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Walked around the Esplanade, Fullerton Hotel, MBS Financial area with Minos showing him the underground links and leading to LeVeL33 Craft-Brewery Restaurant & Lounge***where he could enjoy the beers and the view. Lovely breezy afternoon to be on the sitting outdoors on the 33rd floor.

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Appreciations to Les&Ivy for dinner at ME@OUE****the only place I know of that serves the best and delicious squid ink brioche rolls. Tkx for the company Clem & Sue and for driving, Sue.

Tue:  felt good with a day of rest. Needed the extra boost of energy to attend CHEOK YukChin, cousin John’s (4th aunt’s 2nd son) wife wake. Never really knew her name until tonight. Now I can finally fill in the correct name in the family tree and may she RIP.

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Wed: everything is good and Olai made my day. Enjoy chatting with him on video Skype and time just goes too fast. He is now 3+ and no more the little toddler. Oh I do miss all 6 of them…

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Received a notification from wordpress that it is exactly 7yrs ago I started blogging. Time flies! An afternoon with the dentist for a check-up was not too bad. Let’s hope that I can keep this up! Took this pix of the old and new Supreme Counts roofs when guiding Minos about a few days ago.

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Posted on FB with this comment – former SIN Supreme Court with beautiful copper dome; now, the space-ship! Glad that the old building is intact and still standing to form quite a contrasting skyline with the new. In Sep the former Supreme Court will be jointed to the former City Hall to become the new National Gallery. Above pix of the two Supreme Courts downloaded.

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FB dialogue between Liz, Pris (both living in UK) and I over the new Supreme Court –

Liz O’Regan: What’s that??

Me: this is the new Supreme court…!

Liz O’Regan Progress?

Me: ‘Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress’ – Alfred A. Montapert

Priscilla Hon: A Supreme Court that has an elevated, pedestal-like, panoramic view to keep an eye on everyone. We can see you! .. Symbolism in design?

Me: Big Brother sees you from this S$200mil location…

Thank you to Liz and Pris for their comments. Like these constructive with humour communications 🙂

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Prolonged Celebrations

18 Jan 2015 – For A Ripe Age Of 65 Years…

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Sat: welcome Minos who arrived safe and sound, and starving from Toronto/Canada via HKG! A plate of SIN Carrot Cake and Fried Oyster at T3 Kopitiam***seemed to have satisfied his appetite for the time being 🙂 Dropped him off to his hotel after lunch. Amazing that he was not tired after nearly 20hrs in the air more hours of layovers! Will probably hit him later…

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We picked Minos from the hotel to join us for a  belated BDay dinner at Clem’s. Did not really want to be out on a Sat evening with the crowds, especially just after Clem’s cataract surgery. Bought food back to his place. Tkx for the GinSeng Bird’s Nest, Sue.

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Have been trying to look for coffee ribs and found some at Tong Ah on Keong Siak Road, the original Tong Ah being a beautiful white corner building with some personality. Due to raising rents it moved to #36, and as far as I can remember #36 was a club where father went to play mahjong in the 1950s! And the coffee ribs are nothing to write home about…

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Cakes at one of my favourite bakers in Bk Merah, The Bakery Chef****looking and tasting good – Opera Cake, Chocolate Rainbow, Lollipop Cheesecake, Rainbow Cake and Praline Delight.

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Sun: morning walk on East Coast Park. Not early enough as someone has already arranged these flowers 🙂 🙂 our native coastal tree Putat Laut (Barringtonia asiatica). Thanks and appreciations to Bian for providing the name. Found only one orchid plant in bloom and according to Peggy this is a Phal. Am so fortunate to know people who are knowledgeable about  our local plants  and orchids. Good to have a name to them when posting these pix.

Many barricades and changes there. The water skiing location is now closed down. East Coast Lagoon Food Village is definitely a night place. There were only a couple of stalls opened; the MeeSiam there was OK, abit on the oily side. MeeSoto was too spicy for overseas visitor – forgot to tell them to skip the chillies!

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Happy Birthday to grandniece Isabella, Lee&Adeline’s sweet daughter and only child who just started Primary/Grade 1. Both she and grandnephew Lucas just started school 2 weeks ago and really it seems like yesterday that they were born!

As nephew Clem so blatantly puts it, ‘but you are old auntie Amy‘ – so this is how the younger generation views us, ouch! But then I am afterall 2 decades older than him, thus he has a point that I am old. To my 80-100yrs old aunts and uncles, I am probably young to them. So all is relative by relatives…hahaha!

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To all in Northern Norway, this beautiful pix is posted by Ranveig and looks like the sun is slowly but surely showing an appearance after a dark long hibernation!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgiQD56eWDk

Condolences to cousin John WONG for the passing of his wife, and to nephews Jay & Raymond WONG for the loss of their mother. May she now RIP.

I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel – Audrey Hepburn

Six And A Half Decades

16 Jan 2015 – And Feeling It

MV5BMjUzNTg0MzM3NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDg3NTY5MjE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_[1]Mon: Movie Mr Turner****This film explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels – brilliant acting and I do like some of his art.

Visited 4th aunt who is admitted into Mt E. She will be 101yrs this Oct!

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Tue: service for 3 AC units S$90 per visit done 2-3times annually! Also unlimited access online after signing M1 Fibre Broadband. But a mess with the wires etc behind the sofa…

Hair cut in Parkway S$5 which is still reasonable even though it used to be S$3! Grocery shopping at NTUC Fairprice and Giant as both locations offer senior discounts on Tue.

IMG_6883Wed: nephew Clem at Gleneagles for cataract surgery. The high-tech laser enables one to be just a day patient and boy it sure is expensive even for 4-5hrs! Anyway all’s well that ends well and made sure he got home safely and had dinner with a patch on his right eye which will be removed tomorrow. Les&Ivy will also be having their cataract surgery next week by Dr Jerry Tan, CHIJ class-mate Evelyn Tan’s bro.

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Thu: am so blessed with all the attention, gifts and greetings. Thank you to all for your thoughtful and kind Bday wishes.

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Appreciations to niece Adeline for delicious lunch at Paradise Pavilion****MarinaBay Financial and to Henry for yummy ‘Death by Chocolate’ dessert at Max Brenner Chocolate****Esplanade

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From Marina Bay Financial centre, discovered that I could walk underground to Raffles Place MRT One stop away from Raffles Place is City Hall. Then underground from City Hall Link to Esplanade. Did not even go outdoors all the way! SIN is amazing!

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Fri: thank you to niece Daisy for lunch in Chinatown and dessert at PS.Café***Ann Siang Hill. Keylime pie there is tart and highly recommended. Like the way how their water jugs are filled with colour fruits. Looks tastefully refreshing. Dinner with Clem at the famous Zion Rd fried kway teow.

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Beautiful sunset pix at Labrador Park for TGIF. Credits to Chris

If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand on the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office – George Lucas

Perspectives

12 Jan 2015 – Linn’s Running

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Proud of my first-born and mother of 5, Linn who made this 2014 SC/USA list for 5k/19.59, 10k/42.23 and Half Marathon/132.19 races. Some of my favourite pix of her in action from the 1990s – 2014. Appreciations to Coach Hammontree for his coaching and way to go for Linn’s  discipline and dedication.

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http://www.examiner.com/article/top-south-carolina-female-master-s-road-race-performances-for-2014

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SC/USA area 82,931km² pop 5mil. SIN area 718-km² pop 5+mil. Noway’s area 385,178km² pop 5mil. Just to put some perspective regarding the areas and pop of SC/USA, SIN and Norway. Perhaps then can some understand why I need to go on long hikes after being in SIN for a few months 🙂

Here are what to expect from SIN for the coming years…

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The National Gallery due to open before 2015 is over – will be the largest visual arts venue in SE Asia. These buildings were SIN formal Supreme Ct and City Hall.

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Jewel Changi Airport under construction – a palace of glass with waterfall blend with retails, entertainment and leisure outlets.

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Fantasy Island on the drawing board – off the coast and will be the largest eco theme park when completed. 3 SIN pix credits to CNN.

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And this one of Mexico City’s future international airport reminds me of my rock from Ireland!!!

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IMG_6868Sat: an afternoon at Marmot/Novena catching up with Chris & Benny and later at CC/Waterloo meeting up with Joshua who will be heading to Oslo and Tromsø. Lucky fellow! Looking forward to hearing about his first experience with winter and seeing his pix when he returns. Joshua works for Canon and he is the only person I know of in SIN who shares my Bday. Angie/USA is the other.

Never knew that SIN Post had a special wine label just for them – learn something new everyday!

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Sun: yeah, the congee stall XinXian Pork porridge****at Marine Terrace Market is back in business with the formal owners’ cooking. Welcome back and delighted to have a decent congee place within 5mins walking distance.

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Tkx to Clem&family for dinner at PorKee Eating House***at Tiong Bahru. 4th aunt&family used to frequent this place. Then it closed down for a while and now reopened, but unfortunately they have taken away the coffee ribs which was my favourite. Instead it is now champagne ribs! Miss the coffee ones. This is the venue chosen for Clem&famly’s CNY reunion dinner!

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Passport renewed! With a little bit of luck and shoes fitting, valid for travels till 2020. A wonderful week to all. This image is with thoughts to Linn! Way to go my first born.