8 Mar 2020 – Keong Saik Road
Thu: was hoping to catch the 0713hrs sunrise walk this morning, but caught sight of a solo swimmer instead. 0745hrs, the sun was struggling with the clouds when I got back. Usually morning walk for me starts in the dark before 0600hrs, done (still in the dark) by 0700hrs before the sunrise, but have seen the sunrise here many times. Was pleased that I am not the only one who swims in these waters or walk here and nice to see an active healthy life-style on this morning.
Taking this grounded time to update the family-tree and would really appreciate help from all.
It is in the roots, not the branches, that a tree’s greatest strength lies ― Matshona Dhliwayo
Fri: has been a while since being in one country for longer than 2months – have not been out of SIN for the past 4+months. With the family here recently, the need to travel is not there and content staying put for now. But also being aware to keep the balance by not becoming too comfortable or complacent. 4-walls here is so organized&cleaned that I am having senior moments where things have been reshuffled to! 1st pix is what living-room&kitchen looked like before I bought over and knocked down most of the walls. With the present COVID-19 situation, am not even sure if I will make it to #1 high-school grad in May/Jun USA. Cross that bridge when&if I get there, but keeping eyes on the air-fares and the cheapest RT fares SIN-CAE-SIN is under US$1000 today.
Am so totally filled with awe&speechless. Amazed&impressed as It was only last month that I posted about my fall and today what do I see on the same path today – coincidence or did someone else fall&complained or did someone with power&action read my blog posting???
Sat: understanding Cantonese do bring back memories from childhood days when children were to be seen and not heard was the norm of that era, but it did not stop me from asking questions even since then! Interesting book: 17A Keong Saik Road by Charmaine Leung – an enjoyable dramatised reading on the script for the stage adaptation@ChinatownHeritageCentre. Good turn out and not too crowded (audience pix credits to Woo Hsia Ling).
Father used to go to a club on this street (not quite the red-light district then!) to play mahjong in the 1950s-60s, and if my memory serves me correctly, there was a good yee-sang (raw-fish) place below that club or somewhere near – thus my curiosity about the area. Charmaine is too young to remember, but maybe her mother can shed some lights to my curiosity!
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day – Albert Einstein
Sun: Happy International Women’s Day with a downloaded pix which I have added text and Chinese characters – have been using this the past few years. Find it fascinating with the Chinese character of woman and the different meanings when combined with more characters.
女 nǚ= woman
安 ānn = peace by adding a roof over a woman
好 hao = good by adding the character child next to a woman
2 more characters using the Chinese characters 女 which were omitted in the poster!
女女 nuan = quarrel by adding 2 women together
姦 jian = adultery by adding 3 women together
The Chinese character女woman together with子child 好=good, So does it mean that I am a peaceful, good good (having 2children) woman- hahaha.
Sun: launching of Alvin’s 2nd edition of La kopi – looking forward to visiting&trying out some of the coffee locations, especially pp74 – hahaha
Appreciations to Jason (Books Actually) for surprised yummy snacks.
Tkx to Clem for KeylimePie@PS Cafe, first time in this branch@TiongBahru; biggest lily bouquet with a strong fragrance for the whole place and a decent selection of gins&wines. All the PS Cafes in SIN serve one of my favourite KeyLime pies, still having a vague memory of the best (to my taste) I tasted in KeyWest many many moons ago, so long ago that I do not even recall the name of the location. Appreciations to Wendy (living in the Keys and would know what real KeyLimes are about!) for her comment about it being so green and reminded me about KeyWest! Pie pix downloaded.
One of the reasons for postings in FB&this blog for me who lives an active life alone is so as not to worry family&friends having to check up on me, thus giving them a peace of mind to know that I am OK where ever I may be or whatever I am up to. Blogging is more for my own documentation by keeping the memory in tact. For those who do not wish to be in social media, do try hard to omit their names, but plx forgive me if senior moments creep up.
Sometimes, I think the things I remember are more real than the things I see ― Memoirs of a Geisha