South China Sea Dispute

14 Jul 2016 –  In This World Of Turmoil

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13285327_1214361438604628_260453144_nMon: the sky opened pouring buckets in the morning hours and stopped by noon. Picked up Recogen supplements@Ubi Ave 2, while the promotion lasts – S$62per box and 1travel pack free. This product was recommended to me last year, tried it out for a couple of months and found that it helped.

Did not take any while in the US and felt the difference and no, not easily physiologically influenced but more the opposite, a major skeptic!

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Since in the area, decided to get a suckling piglet@YanChuan Roaster****to celebrate life’s blessing. The roasted goods there are good and have been wanting to get one of these last year when I was picking up the supplements, but did not. Quite a challenge to carry piglet on the MRT, but where good food is concerned, everything is possible 🙂 Walked to MacPherson MRT, crossing a major construction junction on Paya Lebar Rd! Circle Line brought me right on to Bras Basah Sta and to share this yummy piglet with staff and friends@CC.

While waiting, talked to this person from Myanmar. Unfortunately did not understand his language.

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Posted the above pix in FB and to learn what this is – Paan (India), KoonYar (Myanmar) betel leaf, areca nuts (fresh or dried) and Chuna/limestone. Tobacco and colouring can also be added. It is chewed for its stimulant and psychoactive effects. After chewing it is either spat out or swallowed. Tkx to FB friends for all their informative comments and replies.

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Tue: tkx Aileen for the introduction to Tunaki. Looks delicious but was not hungry, will return another day to try the food. The ginger drink and coffee were good.

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Still eyeing this lamp at National Design Centre, but at a price tag of S$385, can only look!

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Enjoy these local idioms, again at a price for those magnets and pins. Still need translation for some of them! Will just take pix unless there is one that I must have or one that I think will be an appropriate gift for someone.

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Aisha friend’s Hari Raya home-baked cookies are good – MukMur, KuehDahlia & KuenTart/pineapple tarts which is my favourite. Will try to remember to order from her next festival. Had a bowl of local Hokkien Mee@Asian House (Fortune Centre)***calamansi juice is good and refreshing there.

david-james-roach26-year-old David James Roach from Canada has been arrested in BKK for the the bank robbery last week. The stupidity of some of these young people really amazes me and a name like Roach, ouch! Downloaded pix→

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/standard-chartered/2949932.html

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HOTEL_WR_450x637_2LASALLE College of the Arts for Hotel Part 1*****by Wild Rice where this play explores the notions of empire, nationhood, migration and identity against the backdrop of a shrinking world.

Spanning a century, and performed over five hours in nine languages, HOTEL is a ground-breaking theatrical event highlighting the eclectic energies born from the collisions between the old and the new, East and West, tradition and modernity. Looking forward to Part 2 tomorrow night.

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Wed: above maps downloaded. The finding of an international arbitral tribunal, which ruled that China’s claims in the S China Sea are illegal. Beijing rejects this tribunal’s ruling. So what is going to happen??? Disturbing news – besides China & the Philippines, countries like N&S Korea are having some major issues, HKG&Taiwan are not happy with China, Japan has its own problems. Anyone who really thinks that all this is not going to affect the whole of SE Asia is having their head buried in the sand!

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/12/philippines-wins-south-china-sea-case-against-china

_85683390_japanpeaceepaJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed victory Sunday for his ruling coalition in parliamentary elections, which came despite lukewarm public support for his economic policies and wariness over amending the country’s pacifist constitution…

If Japan is no longer a pacifist country and reacquires the military, what then??

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/11/japan-could-change-pacifist-constitution-after-shinzo-abe-victory

indexAfter 6yrs in office, David Cameron will resign as British Prime Minister following the UK’s vote to leave EU.  Downing Street is packed with reporters from across the globe to witness David Cameron’s departure and Theresa May’s arrival at the Prime Minister’s official London residence.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-36778350

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Glad to get my mind off the news. At LASALLE College of the Arts again for Hotel Part 2**** and even if the world is a stage and we are all actors and visitors, life is not a dress rehearsal. You only have this ONE life to live, so live to the fullest! Hotel Parts 1&2, highly recommended.

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