Tanjong Pager Centre

28 Aug 2017 – Lion Dancing

Sat: this is what I stumbled upon while trying to do some last minute shopping@Parkway before travelling. The opening of a new Harvey Norman Superstore – always excited to see Lion Dance, but those drums can be deafening, especially in a small enclosed area! Good to have them as such for once, getting my best shots of Lion Dancing, so far ūüôā

Was planning for a dinner at the riverboat but as it turned out, the lovely breeze was a touch bit stronger and even though how pleasant, wanted to make sure that the dinner stayed in the stomach! First time@MarinaSouthPier MRT station, impressive with not a speck of dust, dirt, garbage, etc to be seen. An 80sqm mural SIN Tapestry by Prvachi celebrates life in SIN with its diversity, colours, and united in aspiration.

TanjongPagarCentre,¬†also known as¬†GuocoTower, a¬†S$3.2 billion¬†mixed-use development¬†located in¬†TanjongPagar. Tonight’s outdoor weather was just like being in 7thHeaven, no crowds and the beautiful breeze added to a perfect evening outside the JapaneseRailCafe (must try) with some some background live-music from some pubs+entertainment for the younger generation with¬†Pok√©mon hunt!

Good dinner@IndoChili***tasty Indonesian cuisine but the staff could do with better service and training!

Coffee@MarmaladePantry (Oasia¬†Hotel Downtown). This piece of meringue lemon cake looks interesting&tempting, but if I had it, it would be hell and not 7thHeaven;¬†as it is at present, seems like the whole body is unhappy with me ūüė¶

Sun: a lovely evening walk with Clem¬†(the only one of nieces and nephew who will walk these long walks) from EC Pk-Sports Hub, app 10k. Needed this walk before getting stuck in airplanes and airports. Cute kiddie’s mini circus tent by the sea! The sun was gone by the time we were nearer to Garden by the Bay (East). Wanted to check out this eatery when I was walking by the last time.

Tkx to Clem for dinner@Kontiki***decent grilled chicken salad Caesar Salad&Blooming Onion. He had the Fish&Chips.

Has been over a decade ago since I last crossed the TanjongRhu suspension pedestrian bridge! Do not usually take this route. By the time we got to the stadium, it was peaceful and quiet and that this how I like my walks. Crossing the overhead bridge to get the bus and got just before midnight.

Mon: a suitcase filled with gifts for May&#6 who will be celebrating their Bdays next week when I am there. Now that the packing is done, can start looking forward, safe journeys to me and all travelling. Watching the news to learn that those in China are celebrating Valentine’s Day today – Happy Valentine’s Day, Qixi FestivalšłÉŚ§ēÁĮĬ†celebrates the annual meeting of the cowherd and weaver girl in¬†Chinese mythology, pix downloaded.

Appreciations to Gel for dropping by to return a book. Tkx for good lunch company.

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps –¬†Confucius

Start Right

25 Aug 2017 –¬†Stay Healthy And Live Smart

Thu: to whoever who has passed on, RIP. The wake downstairs has been going on longer than normal. When the set-up was first noticed, a few days ago, thought it was a wedding judging from the table-clothes with glitters; on-going chanting got me to think otherwise. The lion-dance drumming got me to take these pix, wondering who the deceased was as this certainly is not the usual wakes I have witnessed!

Start right, stay¬†healthy¬†and live smart is SIN PM’s ND2017 Rally Speech. Strangely enough, have download this (Fri 28Jul STpix for KIV) and the other pix from lunch@The Peranakan, both befitting to his speech.


Appreciations to Calvin&staff@CC for hosting this interesting talk and slide show by QX on the El Capitan via The Nose climb at Yosemite National Park. USA.¬†Not one who will ever scale the mts, not my cup of tea, but just fascinated and enjoying to hear about¬†Qing Xin&Kelly’s (the awesome mt scaling couple) adventures.

A photo sharing session and personal account of the climb on The Nose on El Capitan. Arguably the most famous big wall route in the world which took Warren Harding 47days to put up over months. 6 years after Kelly and I climbed it, we have a 3rd Singaporean ascent on El Capitan via The Nose.  

Lien is my superior back in the Commando days and well known to a duper fit guy. Every man who served under him, raced with him or climbed with him would know he is larger than life. After summiting K2 and Everest, he found himself a new challenge in the vertical world, big wall climbing. 

Since in the area, took a short tour of the Night Festival (10thAnniversary).

Must have been out of my mind to think that I could be here over the weekend. Bad enough with the crowds and heat on a Thu night, so forget even being near here over the last weekend of this fest! Viewing the rest on the screen ūüôā


Took refuge into the Vanguard Building (with AC) –¬†the former¬†MPH building on Stamford Road, now a location where the walls and floor are for scribbling ideas.

Off the beaten path of the Night Festival to capture some memories of first Fri masses during schooldays in the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and CHIJ Chapel.

Prayer¬†is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in¬†prayer¬†to have a heart without words than words without a heart –¬†Mahatma Gandhi.

Fri: TGIF and lots of prayers for today – a day to sort out things for the Norway trip.¬† Need to do some shopping (which is one of my least favourite things, thus procrastinating!). Packing (the other least favourite thing!!); am dreading all with a vengeance. Ughhh – thoughts of flying and airports (besides SIN airport) ūüė¶ Tomorrow is another day ūüôā

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays –¬†S√łren Kierkegaard.

Total Eclipse In SC

23 Aug 2017 Р Typhoon Hato In HKG

Mon: welcome back to SIN Carmel; tkx to Ivy for lunch and to Carmel for goodies from Ireland and Ipoh. Good to be able to introduce one of my favourite Peranaka restaurants here in SIN to those who like Peranaka food.

Those who are lucky to be in the path of the total eclipse enjoy and make a wish for me.

Will be fast asleep, maybe can dream about it for 2mins 30secs here in SIN at 0243hrs when it passes over CAE at app 1443hrs EDT. Pix credits to Linn&friends.

Tue: needed the day to prepare contents&slides for the TEDxKeystoneAcademy 2017 presentation РOff The Beaten Path where the focus that AGE should not be an excuse and reason to not challenge oneself wisely from learning new things and living a full life.

Some of my own experiences with long distance hiking will be used.

Wed: first day of the school year for The FaBulous5 now in 10, 7, 5, 4, 1 Graders. Even #6 started first grade last week. This year all the MagniFicent6 are in school, no more pre or nursery kids.  Have to find other babies to cuddle as May has said that she is happy with just Olai! Pix credits to Linn.

Family&friends in HKG – plx take care and stay safe.


Makerspace@XPC participating in a research agency in SIN that is fronting a project on housing concepts for retirees and seniors.

Another new hood for the first time РTaiSeng, an industrial estate occupied by Multinational Corporations. Lunched at the mall where there are more choices than expected.

The¬†Arts House¬†at The Old Parliament –¬†Lee Fook Chee: Son of Singapore, Photographer of Hong Kong. (3Aug-3Sep)¬†The 2015 launch of¬†Lee Fook Chee‚Äôs Hong Kong. Dr Charles Yeung, founder of the GS Charity Foundation and book sponsor; to the left, Bernard Charnwut Chan, Foundation Patron; Helmuth Hennig, Foundation Chairman; and to the right, Edward Stokes, Foundation Founder and Publisher. Group pix credits to Ed.



Light within Ink (18Aug-18Sep)- SIN photographer and art gallerist Chua SooBin presents more than 50 beautifully intimate portraits of late Chinese painter Wu Guanzhong shot between the mid-1980s to late 2000s.


Being a fan of Wu Guanzhong, had planned to see this exhibition and read about Lee Fook Chee; thought it would be interesting as my maternal family is from HKG. Was talking to a nice gentleman who sat next to me on the bus last week. And as the turn of events, he is the Ed Stokes Рsmall world!

Was thinking of popping into ACM, but as I got into the lobby, it was packed with a field-trip of noisy school-kids. Could not resist this beautiful batik set of 5-stones with a pouch at the museum-shop (S$10). Decided to skip the exhibits for this time round.

When time permits in this area, like to see what is new in the Fullerton Hotel. These fish are sleeping behind the pillar, a seldom time to be able to shoot a pix of them when they are still. A signage to not touch the fish is new!!

Their bakery displays have never disappointed me! Moon-cakes are out and the festival is not until mid-Oct! The set with 15flavours surrounding a big one with 6egg-yorks is a lovely gift idea. For myself, only like the original plain lotus without eggs which is too simple and ordinary to be sold here ūüôā

Art for Autism

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude ‚Äē Ralph Waldo Emerson¬†

Tiong Bahru Heritage Tour

20 Aug 2017 – And Many Other Activities

Fri: TGIF and not a good start for the weekend where world news are concern. Thoughts and prayers to ppl affected at the Barcelona Terror Attack. A safe weekend to all and stay vigilant.


While re-arranging&tiding up the book shelf,¬†Erich¬†von D√§niken’s Chariots of the Gods&Return of the Stars came to mind! 1968 UFreshman, idealist, naive, innocence, etc was intrigued with them. Bought and read the paper-bag publications then. 30yrs later, 1998 read them again, (not so idealist, etc), but still fascinated. Gel’s friends wanted to borrow them, but was unwilling to lend them out. Today (back to being idealist again without the chariots or stars!), but unable to locate them. Would like to read them again and wonder if the 1968 publications front covers were the same as the newer publications??

Tkx for good company – Bev, TingTing&CH. A lovely Fri evening at the Arab Street area in this colourful noisy ambiance, fun once in awhile!

Dinner@Box n Sticks****

Drinks@Blu Jaz – Bali Lane, this location is an interesting if you want a night out for live jazz. Glad that¬†Rit’s flute has been recovered from the KL robbery, hope that it is in decent condition.

Congratulations to Bev’s RPstudents for their¬†Sharella Project, such an excellent idea, especially with the recent downpours – hope that this can spread to more areas. Would leave some of my umbrellas if they had it in my hood.


10thAnniversarySINnightFestival 2017 Р starts tonight but too tired to go, some other time.


Sat:¬†TiongBahru combines two words Tiong ÁĽą=to die (verb) in the Hokkien dialect, and the Malay word Bahru=new, hence new cemetery. TiongBahru estate and the grounds of the SGH and a great deal of the land along TiongBahruRd all the way to LengKeeRd, was once part of a Chinese cemetery.

Sat: an educational&interesting TiongBahruHeritageTrail by the ITE College West students and Siow Hong (nice surprise, last time we met was over a decade ago@OSSEAfunctions). YipYewChong (TiongPohRoad/Eu ChinStreetBlock 74), you are part of the heritage! Bird Corner and Monkey God Temple.

Market&FoodCentre, 55TiongBahruRd is the first public housing programmes of the SIN Improvement Trust (the colonial predecessor to the HDB), 82TiongPohRd – where 2ppl were injured in a recent fire.

EngWattStreet,  SengPohGarden, LimLiakSt&MohGuanTerrace


Art & Painting Group: LowThoSeng@TanjongPagarCC to see Philip’s painting (pix credit to Philip for his painting pix).

The 900-year-old ‘Nidarosdomens Guttekor’ (Nidaros Cathedral Men&Boys Choir) from Norway will be performing in SIN for the first time in OCT – such angelic pure voices, thrilled to get a preview of them@NationalGallery.


Walking across the Padang to catch the bus, managed to capture these. Preparations for some marathon is in full and will certainly not set foot near here tomorrow! Need to rest for a week after these activities the past 2days. Does living like there is no tomorrow means that I do not want to miss out or does it mean that the end is near???

Sun: appreciations to Henry for good lunch company and tkx to Jo for dinner.


17 Aug 2017 – Horizons Of Change

Mon: appreciations to Aileen for her help with copies for the application to a Senior Pass –¬†The National Parks&Federal Recreational Lands in USA,¬†hopefully the notarized copies from a lawyer is acceptable!

Tkx to Sue for the time@her office – will donate Norges Lover 1685-1981 to her for an additional to all the other law books in the conference room! Will certainly make an impression to non-speaking Norwegian clients and to surprise Norwegian clients ūüôā

The Marmalade Pantry****(Oasia Hotel Downtown). Yummy Truffles Fries and tasty Minute-Steak Sandwich.

Urban Redevelopment Authority¬†(URA)¬†ŚłāŚĆļťá挼ļŚĪÄ,¬†the national urban planning authority of SIN where I like to visit whenever in the area and when time permits – highly recommended. Enjoy the regular updates and info of my birth island-city&country. Today there is a new painting at the lobby,¬†Horizons of Change by ChanKerk Tay.

The model of the whole SIN island is so thoroughly well-done that in spite of my aging eye-sight, can still find&see where my accommodations can be located!

See The Big Picture by Stephen Wiltshire is located here on Level2

To the library@Esplanade to collect the reserved MeePokMan DVD and to Spotlight@PlazaSIN to get some sewing accessories. Indeed a very busy&productive Mon!

Tue: grocery shopping around dinner time for reduced items+3%discount can be a decent saving. Also not so crowded and foods like roast-chicken, prawns, pork&salmon are reduced. All that including washing detergent at Giant/Parkway under S$50 with PassionCard points added.

Wed: tkx to Pat for T@Tanglin Club. Nice to catch up with Cecelia who lives half the year in Aus.

Movie The Big Sick****based on the real-life courtship between Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail and Emily, a grad student. What they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life of Kumail whose parents are traditional Muslim.

Thu: so sad to hear about these devastating floods in Sierra Leone (Kitty is safely away at present). Nepal (Deepak, where are you?). Thoughts&prayers are with the ppl affected.




Lunched@Crossings Cafe –¬†tkx to KK. Appreciations to cousin Karen for her delicious home-made Kuching Laksa – pix credits of me to her.


Yummy bread from Asanoya****in good company with lovely cool, wet&rainy weathers.


The Music Makers

13 Aug 2017 – A Celebrations of Dreams

Fri: TGIF and tkx for good company from Seb&Adrian who kindly loan his Flux HD Zoom for me to try out.

Sat: neighbourhood setting up for the National Day party and was not even aware of it until I was heading for the bus in the late afternoon. Looks like quite a set-up, saw on the sign that the ticket for this party cost S$10.

Marina Square’s food-court is the only food-court I have seen robots along the aisles asking you to leave your trays in them. Was about to place my tray there, but the cleaning crew just took it off my hands, probably feeling threatened about their jobs by these robots! This location is good when I need a bite before or after a concert.

A delightful performance by OMM/Orchestra of the Music Makers with the Taipei Philharmonic Chorus and the International Festival Chorus&Friends at Esplanade Concert Hall.

Rit played the piccolo and also the flute in between Рif my eyes were not playing tricks on me! Quite amazing to have such a large choir filling the hall with their glorious voices complimenting a full orchestra in this sold out concert. With Elgar in the program, one of the encore pieces were of course Pomp and Circumstance. May the Force be with them all.

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers
And sitting by desolate streams;
World losers and world forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world’s great cities.
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire’s glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song’s measure
Can trample an empire down.
We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with our sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;
And o’erthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world’s worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth. 

Nice to see that Singapore Dreaming (2006) was showing@the Concourse as I was leaving. Have seen this movie and enjoyed it then, but stayed for a few minutes to soak in the ambiance, and there was an empty bean-bag available on the floor.

Sun: inspiring and worthy to document – especially when I hope to also go back to school when unable to travel and if my mental health is still intact ūüôā


Grandmother in her 80s still rocking away.


Glad to see young local talents being recognized and encouraged.


52nd National Day

11 Aug 2017 – Everywhere Away From NPD

Mon: daughter & son giving their mother a ride! Tkx¬†Pauline, Ruben & Eva for catching up, lunch&goodies –¬†Feijoa candies, a new taste to the palate, would like to taste the real fruit. Pauline says that it is like guava, but I seem to disagree. Missed Tama who had to work. Enjoy the rest of the holidays and good luck with the new school-year to Pauline&kids who are in¬†TanglinTrustSchool, an international school in SIN.

Delighted to see school kids+instructors (blue pleated pinafore uniforms tell that they are CHIJgirls,¬†do not remember our sports’ uniform looking like these back in the 1950s-60s!) using ECPk for their sports activity on the beach. Like living in this area.

Tue: one day sale preview at IKEA and decided to go to the Tampines location by the free shuttle from BedokInterchange. Disappointed that the gravlaks there is served without the mustard sauce! The few items on my list are not on sale. Got this cute owl night-light S$19.90, to replace the old broken one.

Caught the wrong shuttle by mistake and ended up at Tampines! Decided to explore this uncharted (it is my first time here) area since I was here.

A chance to discover the new TampinesHub which I learnt was not connected to the MRTstation or the mall as I thought it was. Took the bus from the MRTstation and realized that it was only 1stop away, ie a few blocks and could have walked.

Previously, community activities were held at temporary spaces like the plot of land next to MRTstation or the open space behind the station. Now all indoor and outdoor activities can be held in this impressive 5-storey building housing

5,000-seat stadium, a roof-top garden, the library, theater, retail stores, eateries, etc.

Wed: Happy 52nd National Day SIN! The best National Days or any days are times with family&friends. Tkx to 4th-sis-in-law, Annie, Judy&Daisy, Vincent&Clem, Stanely&Andrew (missed you Darryl) for including me РIrish duck+yummy Chinese food@TunglokTeahouse***FarEastSq.

My favourite durian shaved-ice@Mei Heong Yuen Dessert****Chinatown and SIN foods@QuJi***SuntecCity.

Thu: what a wonderful day when in musical company of Rit, the young charming talented flautist and with Tama, the drummer. Tkx to Simplicius for lunch@the market and for this lovely gathering with Pat@TiongBahru. The bakery there does live up to it’s name with the best croissant tasted in SIN. This new joint Whisk looks interesting but only had room for water there!

Pat&I watched Dunkirk***serves up emotionally satisfying (not so for me) spectacle, delivered by a writer-director in full command of his craft and brought to life by a gifted ensemble cast that honors the fact-based story about when allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind – JohnF Kennedy