Joo Chiat Road 2016

12 Feb 2016 – Less Sleazy Nowadays!

Wed: Catching up with movies, tkx to Clem’s collection of DVDs!

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Tokyo Sonata (2009)*****a story takes detours into the comic, the macabre and the sublime. This fierce satire on job loss and saving face is a witty, intelligent treat…

‘A sonata is a classical form in which two musical ideas are intercut. In the beginning, they are introduced. In the following sections, they are developed in passages revealing the secrets or potentials of both. The conclusion does not resolve them; instead, we return to look at them, knowing what we know now. The themes in this movie are the father and his family’.

9f738ac610_345x518_9b22f14eadLong Long Time Ago****(2016) the story spans from 1965 to early 1970s. Nice story-line which bring us back to the early days of SIN with the changes through the years and accompanied every step of the nation’s growth in its early years.

Left SIN in 1965, so this was a good catch up time movie done in a way that kept my interest, eg never knew that there was this big flood here in 1969.


Walked from MarineParade to Joo Chiat Rd towards Geylang. 2012 MarineP Rd in its lush greenery.  Today 2016 MarineP Rd in construction for the MRT  Will I live to see the lush greenery grow back??? Of course NOT – it takes at least 30yrs and I certainly have no desire to live till 100…


Decent and reasonably priced Vietnamese food here.


Fascinating Joo Chiat Rd, a walk from the Peranakan to Muslim cultures and foods. And yes there are some minor reminder about this sleazy area, but so minor that can be ignored. Tkx to Clem for keeping me safe 🙂

In any profession, there’s a sleazy side and an honorable side – Gina Gershon


First taste of Mutton Briyani Curry Puff, yummy. Joo Chiat Complex with all the colourful clothes and accessories, but many shops were not opened eventhough it is the CNY celebrations and not Hari Raya!


One KM is another mall – like SIN needs more malls!! Already over a year and did not even realized its existence until today.


Loud and noisy but all part of the festival for the CNY celebrations. The skills of these performers can be amazing. The Lion Dance dates back to more than 1,500yrs performed during auspicious occasions such as the launch of new buildings, offices and shops is believed to bring good fortune and wealth.


Also performed during the CNY because of its association with the legendary stories of Nien – a bestial creature being frightened off by villagers banging on loud drums. The evolution of Lion Dance has now resulted to the modern Lion Dance championships held in many countries

Thu: tkx Leonard for sorting out my computer issues.. Safe journeys back to Brunei. Appreciations to cousin Wilki&Pattie for a crab-dinner and our annual catch up time. Safe journeys back to HI.

Fri: TGIF, need another quiet day before more weekend social. Seems like the need of these quiet days increases with the years 🙂 🙂

Blessed are those who can have quiet times and be alone to restore and recharge…