HDB Common Corridors

29 Jan 2016 – And Common Consideration!

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Wed: cannot understand why people get all these stuff when they have no room for them? Finally someone doing their job, a big thank you to Yusof, a gentleman true to his words and actions. Maybe I should be happy now and let sleeping dog lie for the rest of the corridor??

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My next-door neighbour and I are still trying our best to keep the common corridor clean and neat on our side, but unfortunately must turn a blind eye to the other side of the corridor. Now that the staircase is taken care of, should I make more fuss about the corridor???

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Thu: ‘Mt Kinabalu Revisit’ talk at CC.

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Thank you to Uantchern Loh for sharing his experience climbing Mt Kinabalu/Sabah via the new Ranau Trail, which was built after the Jun2015 earthquake.

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App 30-40pp turned up to enjoy this talk with slide and video show. An informative and interesting talk with good recommendations as to how to hike this trail. Pix taken from the slide show.

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean – John Muir

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Vibrant and colourful day and night scenes from Queen St (the section before Bras Basah Road) and only just discovered a 24hrs decent eating place there.

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Queen Street is known for the many churches that line it. The first Roman Catholic church still in existence, the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd was built here in 1847 with the churches of St Joseph’s, St Peter and Paul and Our Lady of Lourdes following after.

The purpose of all major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts – Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Along Geylang River

27 Jan 2016 – To Jalan Batu

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Sun: tkx for the invite to visit with Gel in her new flat. A lovely morning along Geylang River.

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crossing a nice overpass with beautiful bougainvilleas on either side over Mountbatten Rd.

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A fantastic view from the flat on the 8th floor at Jalan Batu.

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Lazy Sunday morning watching the dragon boats and people passing by.

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Delicious organic nut and seed cake but not a fan of the chocolate and durian cake. Like chocolate and durian, but not together. Read somewhere that there is a McD in NYC that serves chocolate fries! Somehow the idea of chocolate fries do not go down well together in my stomach.

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Sun:Β  tkx Chris for gifts from the Czech Republic when he was there for the Singing Rock training. House pix credit to Chris. The chocolate-wafer bar was really delicious. At CC to give a hand as they are quite understaffed with Calvin & co in Germany. While they are getting stuffed with pork knuckle, bratwurst and German beer πŸ™‚ it was a busy weekend on the home-front.

Dinner at Jo’s.

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Mon: some quiet morning time to tidy up and to take in stocks.

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The only recent pix I have of L&M taken at Linn’s 40Bday 2014. Olai, the youngest of the grandchildren flock in his adorable mini astronaut bed-covers, 2016. Pix credit to May.

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I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for L&M and their families who have given me a heart full of joy – thank you, I am blessed. 2015 Halloween pix credit to Linn; Katy’s Bday pix credit to Cindy. Missing them and these pix cheers me up.

indexTue: Happy Australia Day – is the official National Day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26Jan, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.

Colleen & Greg dropped by at CC to return an umbrella and to say good-bye as they will be flying off Thu morning. Safe journeys to them and hope that they have enjoyed their visit.

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Wed: need some humour πŸ™‚ on this ‘humpday’ with NO blasphemy, derogatory, ill-intentions or malice intended.

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it – GK Chesterton

Edited – as I was leaving CC last night, noticed a blinking police car on the road just a stone-throw from CC. Did not give it much thought until this morning when I was informed that some foreign worker jumped from a 24storey building and took his own life. Somehow the thought of that foreign worker painting the fence at the Green Corridor came to mind. How lonely, sad, desperate, etc some of them must be feeling to end their live 😦

Gillman Barracks

23 Jan 2015 – CNY Decorations@Parkway

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Wed: started new med, Xarelto. CNY greetings mailed. Met with Clem for early dinner at Parkway.

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Thu: a day at the former Gillman Barracks, now is home to 16 international art galleries, three restaurants and the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA).

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Interesting restrooms fitting into the tropical weather concept.

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Steve McCurry, my favourite photographer and where the idiom A picture is worth a thousand words really applies.

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I can so relate to the saying ‘The eyes are the windows to the soul’ here. McCurry’s famous photograph, ‘Afghan Girl,’ on the cover of National Geographic Jun 1985.

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Lunched at the Naked Finn***Good grilled baby squids.

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More eateries down the road and a covered walk-way to Alexandra Rd.

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IMG_8537At CC for the talkΒ ‘Big Mountains on Small Budgets’ but with more than 100pp there, decided to hang around the back of the store with a wild bunch of monkeys high in training to welcome the monkey year πŸ™‚ Appreciations for a fun evening. Safe journeys to Calvin & co who will be heading to Germany for the week.

Thank you Yoshie for the Matcha, chasen and chashaku.

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Fri: Happy 14th Bday to eldest grandchild Katy – how is it possible for me to have a 14yrs old grand-daughter??

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Families and friends in the Eastern US – keep warm in these freezing weathers and snow storms predicted in the forecast for the weekend. Those in HKG keep warm too. Stay safe everybody.

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/major-storm-to-impact-eastern-us/62576/

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/1903606/mercury-heads-south-hong-kong-low-six-degrees

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Scenes that caught my attention on the way to The Sail at Marina Bay.

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Thank you for yummy home-cooked dinner Zarina. Nice view! Appreciations to Michael for getting us together. Thoughts are with you, Micheal to get better.

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http://www.ladyironchef.com/2015/08/guide-traditional-kueh/

Sat: Happy Birthday Yoshie! Had to cancelled the Postsdown Rd adventure. The mind is willing but not the body 😦 Time to be realistic and find the balance of rest and play πŸ™‚

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Marina@Kepple Bay

20 Jan 2016 – Reflections & Memories!

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Mon: welcome cousin Colleen and Greg from USA. Brunch at Raffles City Food Place.

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Marina@Kepple Bay is a first-time experience for me. This is the area I thought I was familiar with after growing up there for 15yrs in the 1950s, but the habour front is now completely alien to me!

IMG_8359The background hills were my childhood playgrounds where Mt Faber can still be seen! Fond memories with cousin Wilki where I probably first learnt to enjoy natural lush greenery and a perfect place to hide from family dramas!

Today, it is built to station the cable-cars with fancy eating and drinking venues. And of course shops as shopping is certainly an important past-time for many!

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Luxury waterfront and urban lifestyle with fancy condos, yachts, sailboats, clubs, etc for the rich. A total contrast from the childhood days where one can take a 10cents-S$1 ride on the bumboats from the former Gate9 to the outer islands.

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Reflections@Keppel Bay is a 99yr leasehold luxury waterfront residential complex with 1129units on app 84,000mΒ² of land, 750m of shoreline was completed by 2011. And YES they are not straight and NO, I have not had any shots when taking these shots πŸ™‚

Tue: an evening in Chinatown for Colleen to feel the ambiance of the pre-CNY crowds, taste frog-legs and durians. No intentions to be down there again until after the CNY. Smooth & safe sailing to them and will catch up again after their sailing trip.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young – Henry Ford

Japanese Tea Ceremory

18 Jan 2016 – The Sweetest Bus-Ride Ever

Sat: went to bed before 22hrs last night and did not get up until 0830hrs this morning! Must have been tired after the 25K walk!! Surprisingly no aches or sores, must be because of the flat terrain.

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Appreciations to Yoshie & friends for an elegant Japanese T-Ceremony hosted by CC. Tkx to Lucas for a taste of this fine sake.

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The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha (抹茢), powdered green tea. The presentation and elegance of this ritual always fascinate me. Fond memories of my first Japanese T-Ceremony which was introduced to me by Hiroko in TromsΓΈ/Norway once upon a time…

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Tkx to Clem for dinner at Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill***plenty of food (enough to doggy-bag home to feed me all day tomorrow πŸ™‚ but the service has more room for improvements. Nice to catch up with grand-nephews Stanley and Darryl. Amazing that one is in the army and the other starting hisΒ Polytechnic Education. Seems like yesterday that I visited Daisy in the hospital when Darryl was born.

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What a delightful ‘sweet journey’ on the bus. Usually would have taken #36 from Regent Hotel but decided to take #16 from Orchard B to accompany Stanley making sure that he gets off at the correct stop. Got off with him at Great World City to change to #75 (16Jan around 20.30hrs heading towards CBD)Β  with such a courteous and nice bus-driver making this the sweetest bus-ride ever. Tkx for the lollipop, made my day.

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Certainly more light in a glass shoe, but what about enlightenment?

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35320373?SThisFB

Tkx to Clem there is still yummy food from last night to last for today. Time to snooze in the rains and more laundry to be done.

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2005 AT/USA, 2012 MacLehose/HKG, 2013 C2C/UK, 2016 GreenCorridor/SIN

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In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks – John Muir

The Green Corridor

16 Jan 2016 – Thru-Hiking 25km

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Wed:Β  a day to do laundry and plan on the 25km walk Green Corridor/GC to discover that I will not be able to access it from the beginning, ie Tanjong Pagar/TP Station

Thu: yeah got my TV set up and AC serviced. Thank goodness these services were done by 12n and am I glad that recce the access for GC in daylight!

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Was hoping to find some loop-holes but the fences are as secure as ever!

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Nice but hot and interesting walk thru’ Spottiswood and Blair Rd

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Anyway to cut a long story short, here is where the Kampong Bahru/KB exit is when I take bus196 to as far as KB/Blair Rd junction.

Got off there and change to any of these buses 61, 124, 143 or 166 turning into KB Rd. Just one stop and off opp Silat Ave and Orange Valley Nursing Home.

IMG_8198IMG_8196Cross at the traffic lights turn left to blk23. Do NOT cross over KB Flyover where St Theresa Church is. Walk along the path of blk23 or across the field till the end. You will get to a slight slope with a drain and a small bridge at the bottom. Cross there and you are on the GC.

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Edited – 6Mar 2016 with the 6 above pix. The missing 1km of the GC to Exit 1A completed today – tkx to the 10km GC Run and in good company of Ray&Eve. The other 25km done about 2 months ago. The TP Station is now completely barricaded for renovations to an MRT Sta.

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Fri: yes have decided to celebrate my 66yrs to challenge myself for this 25km walk. Tkx Clem for being on time to start by 06.45hrs. A lovely cool start meeting only 1jogger with headlamp like myself.

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Life with huge red ants with no tunnels and the small fire ants with tunnels. Space happenings below KB Crossing to CTE Crossing.

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Some very wet sections from last night’s rains along Bukit Merah. Poor Clem who will be walking with wet shoes and socks.

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Past 0800hrs and a perfect spot for a 5mins break at Jalan Hang Jebut Mosque app 4km from our stating and to meet with Hannah.

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Commonwealth Ave Flyover with colourful street art.

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2hornbills bullying 2 other birds in the trees while applying mosquito repellent near Ghim Moh market.

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Constructions around the Greenleaf and Bukit Timah area. The only slope on these flat flat flat paths with some beautiful nature along with it.

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Bukit Timah Station for 5mins break.

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Crossing the first bridge; under Holland Rd and continuing to the next bridge by Hindhede Drive.

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With life in this surroundings.

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45mins lunch and toilet stop at the Springleaf Prata Place Rail Mall where I was not the least bit hungry but had a cold fresh coconut juice, ginger drink and a glass of ice water!

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Continued on the bridge and saw this pleasant surprise.

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Felt like kids again claiming our prizes with my Swiss Army knife πŸ™‚

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Hillview Rd – gone is Girder Bridge but realistically the old will have to make way for the new, such is life Happy Birthday and look forward!

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My heart went out to this foreign worker painting the fence in this heat. Thank goodness Sri Murugan Hill Temple is just around the corner if he needs protection. No bridge ahead, detouring around Giant Hyper Market

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Parts of the last stretches in the exposure to this tropical sun is no joke and being tired does not help 😦 A lone tree by Sg Kadut watching the flow of time and hopefully will still be watching after my time by Sg Kadut near Choa Chu Kang Rd.

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4above pix credits to Clem.

The rains were welcoming even with a poncho in the Woodlands area.

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Much trash thru’ industrial areas and there the path ends.

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Found our way to the bus-stop before 1700hrs, near the Woodlands Checkpoint. Friday traffic to JB did not look fun to be in. Thank goodness we were heading the opp direction.

Appreciations to all the sites with info for The GC, especially maps from –

http://www.thegreencorridor.org/tag/green-corridor-map/

Tkx to the young people like Hannah and Clem for being such sports to walk this 25km Thru-Hike with this old auntie in this tropical heat! To be edited with reflections and pix from Clem & Hannah.

Reflections: remember taking the train to Kota Bahru in 1959 to welcome the birth of the first nephew…

Silver Balls To Domes & Hotpots

13 Jan 2016 – Sounds Like A Game πŸ™‚

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Sun: RIP David Bowie and condolences to his family.

God rest on the seventh day of creation – Genesis 2:2

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Mon: ACM where I have lost count of the number to times there! (S$5pp adult). This building was opened in 1865 as a court-house and has been a home of the Registry of Births and Deaths as well as the SIN Mint. Pleasant surprise to bump into Gel&Mil while Ann&Tim were looking at the displays. Nice catch up and chat.

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Edited – tkx to Desiree those balls finally have a title! 24 Hours in Singapore by local artist Baet Yeok Kuan. This is an interactive audio sculpture installation that acts as an audio time capsule capturing sounds of Singapore. With the passage of time, this sculpture will serve as a remembrance of the rich intangible heritage of our daily lives in Singapore circa 2015. The installation’s audio recordings feature familiar sounds of everyday people, places and scenes, from the sounds of traffic in suburban heartlands and MRT trains to the daily chatter in wet markets and coffee shops.

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Fullerton Building – build in 1928 and most of us older generation will remember this as our GPO. The Heritage Gallery has an amazing collection of pix, maps, stamps etc dating back to 1932. Worth a visit where you can still mail in the only red pillar post box which was first introduced in 1873. Above 2pix – 1950s and now downloaded.

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There is a new display The Fullerton Story at the front indoor entrance – tastefully done and informative.

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The former Fullerton Building, now known as The Fullerton Hotel, was officially gazetted on 7Dec 2015 as SIN 71st national monument, by the country’s National Heritage Board (NHB). The hotel part did not come into the picture until 2001.

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Bus 196 with views of the National Gallery, South Beach, Suntec,

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heading to SIN Sports Hub and Kallang Wave for Ann&Tim to see this dome and to experience a ride in the MRT from my favourite MRT station. Tkx to Ivy&Les for hotpot dinner. Good to have the Chuas home after their holiday in Spain and sounds like a well-received first day of school for grandniece Kiera.

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Tue: must have been tired, got to bed by midnight last night but did not wake up until 1100hrs this morning. Oh joy – laundry awaits! Tkx to Ann&Tim for farewell fine-dining at ME@OUE****

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Safe journeys back to Ireland for our Irish guests and appreciations for the memories. The Thinker was created by Auguste Rodin. The pose is that a man at the gates of hell, a work of art in itself, based upon Dante’s Divine Comedy, however, the statue soon took on a life of its own, capturing the public imagination and finding itself replicated many times over.

Cogito, ergo sum – I think, therefore I am – Descartes