Russ

30 Apr 2018 – So Long April 2018

Sat: russefeiring=russ celebration is a traditional celebration for Norwegian high school pupils in their final spring semester. Pupils that take part in the celebrations are known as russ. The russefeiring usually starts on around 20Apr and ends on 17May, the Norwegian Constitution day. Participants wear coloured overalls – red (general studies), blue (business admin), or black (vocational courses). Pix downloaded, still too early to catch them in big groups.

Most russ have personalized calling cards featuring their name, their photograph and a short slogan. These cards are swapped with other russ and handed out to children and family members. To many children, collecting russ cards is an important activity during this period.

#6 is no exception to one of those many children collecting these cards. So far he has 40. An afternoon in town to hunt for russ and was pleasantly surprised by the music marching bands heading to the castle – must be practicing for 17May and so lucky to see them as I will not be here then. An early night for me, jet-lag is hanging in the air!

Sun: a beautiful morning on this last Apr Sun. Many churches in Norway are located on the best sites including Vestre Aker (1855) Arkitekt HE Schirmer, one of the church-grounds on my regular walking paths. Most Norwegians I know have a sensible approach to religion.

It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport – Fridtjof Nansen.

Lunched with Ellen and my last lunch with her on Nesøya – she will be moving to Tromsø in Aug. Will try to make a trip to Tromsø before heading back to SIN this year. Strange to see this 1969? B/Wpix of Nils, Catherine&I@Møsvann when looking thru’ the albums. Good bye to this first house we lived in 1974 when we moved to Norway then.

Det er med store menn, som med de store trær i skogen når de faller, man står på den åpne plass og tenker, hvor tomt er her er blitt… GA Signal 15.11.1934

Mon: must get my hands on this book (family-tree) printed in 2017 – Søren Anton Poulsson 1847-1943, L&M great-great grandfather! written by Jan Henning L’Abée-Lund, one of Ellen’s nephews. Need to learn from his style to do a family tree which has been in my mind for many years. His book has certainly given me some inspiration and hope to maybe continue with my own roots where I left off…

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you – Frederick Buechner

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27 Apr 2018 – Hello Family&Friends In London & Oslo


Tue – appreciations to Yasmine for meeting me@GatwickAirport after 1+hr delay from SIN on a full uneventful 14hrs flight and another 45min thru’ immigration. Feeling my age after such a journey, but then what’s there to complain about when the choice to travel was and has been my own decision? So this is merely a statement and observation which will be quickly forgotten when I see my family&friends who make these trips all worth the while.

Good of cousin Yat-Soon, Helen, Merla&Mei to manage to take time in middle of their busy week to meet and tkx for yummy dinner and nice wine@CouscousDarma.

Glad to connect the family here for niece Yasmine and her second cousins, Merla&Mei.

Wed: thank you Yasmine&Andrew for putting me up in their lovely English home. Sorry to have missed Andrew who is away for work.

Refreshing 5mins walk to the train station passing by a Wimbledon Theater – must tell Yasmine to see this play 🙂 No time for pubbing this time round 🙂 🙂

The British Rail never disappoint me – on time and efficient, £12.80 S$22 single ride from Wimbledon-GatwickAirport

Spring is in the air with April showers – a breezy walk up to the plane when the rains started after boarding. 2hrs flight and arr on schedule into OSL, surprised! no immigration line.

Getting into OsloS earlier than expected after 20mins on the AirportX NOK180 S$30 for seniors and a RT ticket. Am back in paradise after a hug from #6

Thu: time to take care of banking. Beautiful spring walk with the flowers blooming and birds chirping merrily, a feast to both ears&eyes. Passing by NRK Norsk rikskringkasting   – (Norwegian TV&radio broadcasting station) heading towards Majorstuen. Try to take different routes to know the area better.

My favourite grocery@Jacobs and could not resist all this seafood, especially at discounted price and what a celebration it will be as the seafood have to be consumed by this weekend.

Got a box of the edible flowers and beautiful as they are, tasted bitter on its own. Will try with a mixed salad+dressing and see how the taste differs. Thought of TingTing in SIN who sells edible flowers – different kind, but hers taste sweeter than these.

Shopping@Home&Cottage CC Vest which was giving away stuffed-bags to their members. Bought this salad dressing made with all the natural ingredients and looking forward to tasting it. These trees on the pavement look like trolls without their leafs, can imagine the scene in the cold misty winter snow…

Fri: TGIF – B/W 1933 Colosseum Kino pix by HC Christoffersen and today the coloured pix by me.  Built in 1928, is the largest cinema in Northern Europe and the largest THX cinema in the world. It is distinguished by its large spherical dome. Now pix taken yesterday. Looking much forward to playing with #6.

You’re never too old to play, just too old for low-rise jeans 🙂

So Long Little Red Dot

23 Apr 2018 – See You In Oct


Sat: appreciations to Jeffrey for breakfast company. Tkx to PriscillaTan (friend of Jeffrey) – this stick-looking leaf tree is a Pencil cactus – a type of ornamental succulent. Botanical name, Euphorbia Tirucalli

A new discovery – Bread&Bun Bakery and a fresh produce stall YeowHeng Fresh Vegetables & FruitsSupplier@JlnTuaKong off EC Rd. Tkx to Jeffrey for the ride to SBG.

Today starts the 2018 SIN Orchid Show@SIN BotanicGardens/SBG, a place for orchid fans. In the 1950s, 12Uncle John LAM TinLeun who immigrated to HI in the 1960s was one of the pioneers and founders of the orchid society. 2003 – SIN Orchid Festival/SOF@SBG where I helped to set up; 2004 HKG as a member then of Orchid Society of SE Asia/OSSEA. 2011 WorldOrchidConference/WOC

Has been quite a while since the last visit (before 2013!), and some changes since then.

Heritage Museum (2013)

& CDL Green Gallery.

Nice to see the old heritage familiar trees and the good-old iconic bandstand again, these were and still are here since childhood days.

National Orchid Garden

SIN Orchid Show – wonder if they will acronym this show SOS???

The orchid’s association in Chinese culture with such virtues as elegance, good taste, friendship, and fertility goes all the way back to Confucius himself, who was said to have a particular attachment to the flowers – Lawrence Osborne

Today must have had the most eventful SIN bus-ride ever – 3pix downloaded, bus106 by Gleneagles Hospital to LuckyPlaza/Orchard Rd; would got off@BrasBasahRd to change if not for the incident below –

Not a Ship of Fools but a Bus Of Fools: a foreign worker, his wife+a screaming toddler with the woman sitting next to me trying to teach these ppl how to bring up their toddler! At the same time, a man walked down from the upper deck complaining that there were ppl standing on the upper deck!

He somehow tapped his card more than he should, still complaining about the ppl standing and arguing with the poor driver who tried to tell that he had to go to an MRT Sta to explain the situation as the bus driver was unable to reverse what was charged. He just kept complaining relentlessly and holding a line at the stop where ppl were trying to get on. Eventually the driver had to tell him to get off the bus.

Such a headache by the time I got to the peace&calm in my own 4walls that I had to take a nap! And ppl ask why I prefer not going out in the weekends!! A reminder to not forget ear-plugs for my flights!!!

Sun: Happy Earth Day to all. Strange (if you use your imagination!) cloud formations on my way to a yummy lunch at nephew’s place. Did not have the energy or mood to be out with the weekend crowds, especially after yesterday, but wanted to see family before heading off. Tkx to Leo for stopping by to pick up the old Acer laptop, hope that it can be salvaged!

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Mon: glad to leave these barricades, constructions and mess behind. Also quite prepared that there will be some dust within my 4walls when I return. Doing my best to cover up the place, but dust will be dust and gets everywhere unless things are sealed. These are the stuff on and with me the next 6months, will manage fine as there are 2bags in storage, one in Norway and another in the US.

Tue: 2018 paths crossed and to cross starting this morning bright&early flying 14hrs from SIN-London and staying one night there before heading to Oslo.
Jan-Mar: Red
Apr-Oct: White/Air, Green/land
Dec: Black/tentative

Meditations

20Apr 2018 – Marcus Aurelius

Mon: brought lunch to visit 4sis-in-law, PohKit with Ivy. PK fell again some weeks ago, now out of hospital and healing from surgery at home.

Tue: tkx Ed for meeting up for coffee and appreciations for the introduction to Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations. Checked it out and will get a copy even-though I have told myself that I will not buy any books but will borrow books from the library. There are some books that I like to have and this is another one of them. Some of the others are here + too many others on the book-shelve.

Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations – the diary of a Roman emperor (121-180 A.D.), who at the end of a very busy and troublous reign, just when worries were thickest, jotted down all the serious thoughts that came to him with regard to the meaning of life and the way it should be lived.

Wed: tkx to KK for laksa lunch@CrossingsCafe, hopefully eating for a good course! and something local before heading away from local foods for 6months. Popped in to say hi@CC and could not resist this Arcteryx bag to go with the different shades of blues for the upcoming trip! Blue, not in mood, more to fly along with the flow of the blue sky and to sail along with the blue sea! Just cannot get enough of Arcteryx gears, but far within my budget, so will keep eyeing them…

Thu: nice to catch up with Magnus, (now with facial-hair!) even just for a bite (his first WuXiang), and to say hi & bye@T4. Safe journeys and all the best to this fine young man’s new business & ventures in Indonesia, Norway & SIN.

http://ieatishootipost.sg/five-spice-prawn-fritter-why…/

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Ashley, Grace, Jean-Baptiste, Magnus, Natasha, Ryan & Tom – tkx for fun 2012 memories. Glad to see and know that y’all have gone such long ways, in different directions n all over the world. Appreciations for your updates and for keeping in touch. Keep moving forward…

Tkx to niece DaisyLam for drinks&dinner@Bistro1855 and good to catch up with news from her branch of the family. Do enjoy the company of younger nieces&nephews and always appreciate&touched that they make time for me, especially when their schedules are so packed.

Someone have commented and asked why have I stopped rating my eating experiences with*****What DaisyL said over dinner explains that I too agree with her. The food is not the priority when in good company. If asked what the thoughts are of these locations, will not hesitate to recommend or not.

Fri: on the other hand, here is the evidence to show our love and obsession of food. According to Philip – our buildings are manifestations of our subconscious desires. 

imagesTGIF – time to get some thoughts together for packing and closing up the 4walls here in SIN for the next 6months.

Needed this movie Blockers to take a break – a funny entertaining comedy that works as a metaphor for the fears parents feel when their children finish school and leave home to start their adult lives.

 

Lawrence’s Visit

15 Apr 2018 – Lawrence, My Eldest Brother

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Wed: RIP LokLok, the only dog I know of who had better table-manners than many humans, the best behaved-dog I liked being with (HKG pix fr 2011-15). Thoughts are with Johnny, master to LokLok.

Met with Lawrence@Les’s new clinic, FarrerPk MedicalSuites (red Apple) which is next to OneFarrer Hospital&Spa (Green Apple), both inked to the FarrerPark Hospital (Connexion). Situated amidst an interesting blend of modern commercial establishments, and traditional heritage sites like Little India, one of the locations I like taking overseas visitors to.

Tkx to Hong, Lawrence, Les&Ivy & I had a delicious lunch@LaCala/DuoGalleria. Catalan dishes chosen by the chef Eduard Castellarnau prepared and presented tastefully.

Champagne, white&red wines brought by Hong&Les complimented well the foods. Coffee and T in the comforts of Parkview’s AtlasBar. Dinner@Les&Ivy but only a few bites after such a lunch.

Thu: bright and early up to buy NasiLemak take away to Lawrence for breakfast. Somehow was running late with the bus stopping at every stop and getting caught at every red-light – one of those days! Paid respects to our parents@Mandai to discover constructions in addition with the crowds, was hoping that the crowds would have died down since ChingMing 清明節 was last week.

Ivy had to be@the HeartCentre for her physiotherapy and was unable to join us. Tkx for letting us have the car&driver, saved alot of time.

Lunch@TanglinClub and dinner with Hong, Lawrence, Jo&Michael, Sue@Les&Ivy who made her famous ox-tail. Yummy foods, good champagne&wines as always and tkx to Sue for the BlackForest, Cheese&Fruit cakes, all sinfully delicious and light enough to lift your spirit without any other help of the other spirits 🙂

Nice that HS (whose family we have known since the early 1950s) can us to catch up with my siblings. His parents were close to my parents.

Fri the 13th: saw Lawrence off@T4, he is quite amazing in this ways considering that he is 84 and thankfully he is blessed with good health. A plate of HokkienMee for breakfast@the airport after seeing him thru’ immigration. Time to organize and pick up groceries for Sun’s BBQ.

Sat: appreciations to Helen, Brian and Leonard for good company and yummy lunch. Such a treat to be with these fine younger friends in their 40s now from nearly 20yrs ago who were in their 20s when we first met!

Compliments to Chef Patrick who prepared some new tasty dishes at this french bistro Atout – formally AuPetitSalut, a more upscale fine dinning then. The sky opened up and poured buckets when I got on the bus.

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Sun: BBQ@ECoastPk – appreciations to all who turned up for the BBQ this afternoon. Fun time with loads of yummy food and tkx to Campers’Corner for the BBQ food. Being the lazy person, ordered a SucklingPig, RoastDuck, RoastChicken and 1kgRoastPork from YanChuanRoaster and got them delivered all inclusive for S$156.

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Fun time was had by all young and old in spite of the short passing showers which were rather pleasant for cooling down.

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Been there for 6+hrs when the rains finally started for real, perfect time to pack away.

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IMG_3842To those who were unable to be there, sorry to miss y’all and see you end of the year! Thank you Yoshie for my favourtie sake, made by her uncle from their hometown’s clear mountain spring water and rice from their own paddy-field.

Hannah managed to be in time to catch us heading to the car-park, appreciate the ride from Ron and good to have managed to have a short chat with her before she heads to Germany and will not be back in SIN until 2020.

There is no need for decorations at a BBQ party – being outdoor is decoration for me – Amy

Good Friends, Foods & Laughs

10 April 2018 – Best Ways To Enjoy & Live Life

Sat: with Ed for a simple dinner, kangkong, tofu+mushroom, baby-octopus and barley-water@Babalicious/Marine Cove. If I knew about the 20%discount after 8.30p, would have had a later dinner!

Met Ed about 6months ago on a bus to discover that he is a brilliant photographer, writer and publisher and strangely enough the week (Aug 2017) before I met Ed on the bus, was also at The Arts House at The Old Parliament to view the photographs of Lee Fook Chee Son of Singapore, Photographer of Hong Kong where Ed, a HKG-Australian is the foundation founder and publisher.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Edward-Stokes/author/

We stayed in contact online the past 6months, but due to our busy life, only managed to finally catch up before I head on to EU&USA. Looking forward to his new book with SIN settings. Pix of Ed’s books downloaded.

http://www.edwardstokes.com/

Sun: exploring around Duo buildings to discover –

The Stork@Hotel Andaz 39floor. Panorama shot by Leo.

Indian dinner@ZumZum, has been a while since my last visit there…

Galavanting around with Leo is fun as he knows many exciting and interesting places! Never knew that there are E-cars here in SIN and maybe this car would not have got into an accident if the driver used one of the E-cars.

A close shot of Jama-ath Mosque with the SIN flag blowing just at the correct angle in the backgroundUnusual deco inside&0utside Hotel Vagabond.

DoubleDurian@HamiltonRd for the best durian smoothie tasted, am in durian heaven! Watched with my own eyes that it is made from pure durian – I will return. Hope that this new place will stay in business and keep serving fresh quality durian done in every possible ways.

Walking thru’ some back alleys reminded me of an incident about 20yrs ago when I first returned to work in SIN. Was meeting up with Leo&Co at the bowling ally@Katong. Early as usual and saw a sign for Massage and thinking what a wonderful idea to have one! Asked them if there was an available slot for me then…

Was then told Auntie, not for you… duh! those were  the days of ignorance and naivety and this pix by Leo is a reminder to not knock on the door 🙂

No more space for these beautiful desserts@Antoinette/PenhasRd. A rose is a rose is a rose, but these are just too beautiful to eat.  Was pleasantly surprised to see such a place in this area. Tkx Leo for a very enjoyable time.

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Mon: bus196 to NichollHway/opp Concourse and walking across 2over-head bridges to get to Beach Rd. Nice clear views towards the city on these bridges.

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And when in the area how can I resist my favourite PrawnMee, especially when there is no line.

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Quite a novelty to see your own image on your coffee before consuming it!

SelfieCoffee/HajiLane is the new thing, did not realized that the image was on the cream, thought it was the cover of the cup! Destroyed the first cup by touching it – had to reorder another cup!! S$8.50.

Did not even know that there is a museum on the 3floor@Parkview. Do miss the angel flying around to get the wine on the ground-floor, now AtlasBar which specializes in gin.

Italian Contemporary Art where I found an angel – forgot to find out the title and painter.

Somehow this exhibition did not talk to me and did not take the time to note the titles or the painters. Appreciations to Pauline, Eva&Ruben for a fun day, good to catch up this SpringBreak. Am impressed with these kids who enjoyed themselves with the minimum use of any screens!

Tue: waiting for bro Lawrence to arr from KCH

There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak – Simon Sinek

Ramen Teh

7 Apr 2018 – Tequila Night

Mon: Ramen Teh****a SIN/Japanese foodie movie, with an idea of a dish which would bring together Ramen&BakKutTeh, not just for the food aspect! TakumiSaito, MarkLee + all the others did a good job in their parts. Pix downloaded.

http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/comfort-food-as-an-expression-of-love

Tue: introducing Ivy to CC and showing her the HeritageMurals there. Lunched with Carmel too for a good cause@Crossings Cafe where all profits go to charity.

Interesting tree trunk dressed up in lovely crochet-wrap on Queen St.  Tkx to CH for explaining what they are about.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarn_bombing

Am not sure what trigger off this sudden interest with the Titanic, but spent the last  2evenings watching many Youtube+0ther documentaries trying to understand objectively what really happened then. Besides being tired, now feeling more enlightened. All Titanic pix downloaded

The luxury steamship RMS Titanic sank in the early hours of April 15, 1912, off the coast of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic after sideswiping an iceberg during its maiden voyage. Of the 2,240 passengers and crew on board, more than 1,500 lost their lives in the disaster. Titanic has inspired countless books, articles and films, and her story has entered the public consciousness as a cautionary tale about the perils of human hubris.

https://www.history.com/topics/titanic

Wed: tkx Gel for bringing yummy PrawnMee consumed in the luxury of my AC 4-walls. Glad to be able to catch up and good luck to all her new projects.

Thu: another subject on the mind is climate change and since unable to see with my own eyes, have been catching up with documentaries to learn more about it.

Sooo much to learn about this interesting subject in this 4mins info. For the past month, have been watching with open eyes, hopefully with an objective mind about many others, longer+harder dry facts where climate changes are concerned. RobertFelix (former architect&author) and JohnCasey (former space shuttle engineer and NASA consultant) make sense to me

Did some reading&research on the solar cycles and solar activities. The sun is the primary drive to climate change, but certainly no harm to also keep our carbon footsteps to the minimum. The scientific facts&documentations are reasons to be prepared for the sun going into hibernation with the next solar cycle of global cooling+magnetic shift ahead. Of course nothing is guarantee where MotherNature is concerned, but for me this has been the most logical explanation. Pix&videos on climate change downloaded.

Fri: early dental app@NDC and all’s well – view onto Chinatown fr Level6. Tkx to Daisy for the yummy lunch@ChiewKeeNoodles.

At CC and appreciations to Estella for hosting TequilaNight+beef, chicken&pork quesadillas and to Calvin for the prawns&octopus – chips and dips by me. Tequila likes these should be taken neat. It is made from the agave plant (not related to cacti or Aloe as thought by many, including myself!)  in the state of Jalisco/Mexico. How much is too much – no menos de tres, no mas de seis = no less than 3, no more than 6 is the conventional Mexican wisdom!

Have not had such good tequila since the early 1990s days in FL/USA with the Korkowski. Was not feeling any pain when I hit the sack, considering that I have been on the go for 14hrs!

Los niños y los borrachos siempre dicen la verdad = children and drunks always tell the truth – Mexican proverb.