2018 Season’s Greetings

2018 was blessed with 6months of travelling to be with family&friends in Borneo, HongKong, UK, USA, Canada, Norway&Italy. As age catches up, the energy for such extended long-distance travels goes down! Not sure if I will be able to do what I did in 2018, but will try my best to visit as many as possible in 2019.

Jan: Kuching, Sarawak/E Malaysia with Lawrence&Mabel, Chuan&family+HS visiting from SIN. A new pedestrian bridge, DarulHanaBridge on the waterfront.

Mar: HongKong with Les&Ivy+David.

Apr: London/UK with Yat-Soon&family+Yasmine.

May&Jun: SC/USA with Linn&family; AT-hiking buddies in VA/USA.

July: SC/USA with the FaBuLous5; AT-hiking buddies and the last time with Bear in ME/USA.

Aug: Toronto/Canada with YunLAM, Jessica10thUncle TSANG YanChuen (1st meeting with him), KarLIng&Henry, Winnie&hubby+AnnaTSANG (maternal side), and Lock&May LAM.

Sep: Norway/Tromsø with Ellen (Linn&May’s paternal grandmother age94 in Oct); Trondheim with Anne&family; Oslo with Olai#6 and his parents.

Oct: Puglia&Rome/Italy with early 1950s childhood friends PP&Ian+KK.


Nov-Dec: SIN with John+family and cousins visiting from Australia/CL, China/CE, NZ/CS&JW, USA/Wilki. One more pix to be inserted here will be with some of my sibling flock+their families during our annual Christmas lunch.

Life is such that beginnings and endings are neither. For in fact, they perpetually lay the groundwork for the other ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

Red-Generation: grandparents, the generation where all have passed on
Blue-Generation: parents
Green-Generation: me
Orange-Generation: children
Purple-Generation: grand kids
Brown-Generation: future great-grand kids


9 Dec 2018 – Movies@Shaw Cinemas

Wed: movie time and 1st time checking out Nex, a regional shopping mall in Serangoon, within the NE-Region. Nice stomping grounds with a public library on the roof-top 7floor and bus interchange+MRT in the basements.

Cinemas, all kinds of shops, eateries+food-courts, 24hrs gym facilities, banks, etc conveniently under one roof – what else more could I ask for. In additional, the Shaw cinemas are the only ones offering S$4 for senior tickets, all the others charge more than S$4.


Thu: tkx Gel for dropping by with lunch, great catching up.

Fri: appreciations to Seb for his high-tech assistance and good to catch up over dinner. Strangely enough the last 4movies watched all started with the alphabet L – Love Actually (old flick I like to watch in Dec!) Last Letter (unhurried style ie on the slow side), London Fields (reminder of a femme fatal),  Life Itself (as literally as the title and if I were to give it a tagline, Such is Life!).

Sat: appreciations to Audrey for explaining about the rituals in the temple for those who have passed on, today paying respect to Betty. The ashes can be in another location where you can pay your respect, usually  on ChingMing festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day. Now I understand why cousin CC has his tablet in SIN.

Chinese pay their respects to the dead throughout the year, so they also keep tablets with the names and sometimes the pix of the deceased at temples where the maintenance and the chanting of the monks are part of a package. Am amazed with the Coke cans creativity – reminded me of the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980). No disrespect or offence here, but if I remember correctly this was a cute comedy flick.


WUFC8473Thank you to chefs Jamie&Giovanni for the yummy food@The Terminal Cafe – a combination for a memorial to Betty and a Christmas lunch. Chose this location as this is where we had our last lunch together. This lovely bird (Balearica regulorum) gray crowned crane, quite a tongue twister!) crossed our path in the car-park but nobody knows where it popped up from. Someone suggested that it might be a runaway from the bird-park, but then the bird-park is nowhere near here. Why did the bird cross the road?? Bird pix credits to April.

Collage set-up credits to May – food pix credits to Audrey. We have both April&May for company 🙂 Menu: omakase, ask the chef if you want the name of the dishes!

4peaceSun: 2nd Sunday of Advent, and how I do hope&pray deep down in my heart that ppl can live with love in their actions, mind, speech&thoughts. Need to get all the Season’s Greetings completed and out in the mail by the beginning of the week. Sent a Halloween card in Oct and it took 3weeks getting to the US even-though Surface-Mail no longer exist – Snail-Mail has truly earned its reputation. Card&letter writing seem outdated but there are still a handful who like to receive a hard-copy.


1st plate of Char-Kway-Teow, literally=Fried-Flat-Noodles (delicious&oozing with cholesterol) since returning to SIN. Was passing by one of my favourite locations (Zion Riverside Food Centre) for this dish served with ‘hum’ (blood cockles)+crunchy pork lard, and there was not much of a line. Also to have dinner with Clem before he takes off to work in KL for the week.


Was pleasantly surprised by this pix of John&Linn posted by AT hiking buddy John/MoFo this morning. After a few query messages, discovered that they just ran the Kiawah-Island Half-Marathon, proud of my 1st-born who came in 2nd for the Female-Master. He heard her name when she got her award – small world, pix credits to Erin&John.

When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time – Haile Gebrselassie

Welcome Dec 2018

4 Dec 2018 – Less than A Month to 2018

Fri: TGIF and the last Fri for Nov2018. Getting the fruit-cocktail ready for tomorrow, usually taking much time cutting up fruits, but then they are at least fresh fruits of my choice 🙂

Sat: the day@MtE keeping Jo company thru’ her tests – she was admitted last night. Nieces Pat&family are away and Sue had to work. Thank goodness all tests showed no negative results. Like this fresh juice machine in the lobby and S$2 for a cup is reasonable&refreshing.

1st 2018 Christmas gift completed and the 1st 2018 Christmas gathering starts. It’s getting to look a lot like Christmas – let the party begin for this season! Cork-wreath pix credit to Calvin who has spruced it up with lights+van&trees! Packages of sweet goodness made by me and pix credits of that and Helen&I to Helen.

Cheers&appreciations to Calvin&staff+friends@CC for ringing in Dec. Fun night with the merry-makers – large group pix credits to Dennis.

Overdosed of proteins and alcohol – did not have the chance to take pix of the abundance of food behind by the kitchen counter. Supposedly to be a HAT theme, but only 1 or 2 on-takers besides myself.

Sun: welcome to cousins ChengEn/China, ChengLoon/Australia, ChengSong&JiaWen/NZ, Jason&Sara/SIN for lunch in my hood/EastCoast and to share and exchange info about the family heritage on this 1st SundayAdvent. Good to catch up with them and life is such that it takes a funeral to get the family together!

Missing the rest of the Green-Generation in the pix – 5siblings/SIN&KCH, cousins John/SIN, David&Wilki/USA, Lock, Yun&Chai/Canada; Annie/SIN. Yat-Soon/UK, Ken/SIN, David/USA, Yeng/Canada, Jing/?, Klaus, Susannah, Edith/Canada, Wilson/SIN, Fiona/Japan. TOTAL 34, including 5 (Lulu, Kiong, Robert, Desmond, ChengChawn) who have passed on but excluding spouses in this generation from our common grandfather LAM SongKee (Red-Generation).

Mon: back to MtE to check on Jo, everything is good and she should be home tomorrow. A good week ahead to all on this Mon. Getting into the mood of Christmas in the tropics is not always easy and here in TanglinMall, they at least try to create some winter feelings! Agreeing with DickLee here – maybe some ppl think Christmas is another fairy-tale!!!


To Mark, AmyR, KatieM&DianaB and to all celebrating – Hag Hannukah Sameaj, Happy Hannukah –  may the glow of all the candles being lit for the next 8 days all around the world, bring the much needed light into our beautiful and complicated world.

Pix credits to Susana Garcia Behar.

Tue: finally the annual seasonal decorations are up within my 4-walls and welcome to this new angel into the rest of my angel family. Thought that there are enough to my collection, but this one speaks to be. The word angel derives from the Greek angelos meaning messenger. Go figure out what your messenger is trying to tell you!

It is impossible to see the angel unless you first have a notion of it – JamesHillman

13 Happy Bday Ingrid HUSTAD

16 Happy Bday Andy LAM

19 Happy Bday Rita Tann

21 Happy Bday Anna Tsang

23 Happy Bday Minos LAM

25 Merry Christmas

27 Happy Bday Lisa XIAO

28 Happy Bday Peggy LEUNG