17 May 2020

19 May 2020 – CB Affecting The Mental&Physical Being

Sat: tkx to AT hiking buddy, John (MoFo) for sharing his stunning pix from his long solo morning walk, sunrise – Isle of Palms&CHS (my favourite SouthernUS town) SC/USA. Will just have to live vicariously thru’ his pix till I can get there again.

There is no way I can shoot a pix of the sunrise like John’s with just a clear horizon background in my EC Pk neighbourhood. The 180°horizon sea-front here is packed with ships and the back 180°with buildings&trees.

At present, not even allow to walk on the beach or the grass near the beach and all the jetties are closed. Usually am done before 0630hrs (not crowded then) but wanted to catch the sunrise for after seeing John’s pix, but it was too crowded for my liking, will stick to walks before sunrise. 

Crossing the well-maintained over-pass bridge only with a few cars on the highway/ECP on the way to the market for my local morning coffee – used to cost .99c when I first returned to work here (OK granted that was 20yrs ago), it is now S$1.30, not a complain, just an observation to changes. The feeling of being lockdown with man-made surroundings&things is starting to take its toll. Missing being with family&friends all over the world and walking in nature with its natural surroundings.

We need the tonic of wildness. At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods 

Sun: Happy 17May – celebrating the signing of the Norwegian Constitution in Eidsvoll/Norway on 17May1814. Constitution Day is the national day of Norway. Have been celebrating this day for 51yrs today, ie since 1969 in Dublin/Ireland with the group of RCSI Norwegian medical students then.

A few throwbacks of 17May pix from 1981/Norway, 1987/USA and the last one celebrated with L,M&B+#5&6 in OSL/Norway 2012. Today is the first 17May on my own, did not do anything special – have some Norwegian lomper in the freezer, but no hot dogs or Norwegian ketchup&mustard to go with it; ended up with some left-overs+an ice-cream treat for dessert.

From Northern Norway FBfriends for their 17May this year – would have enjoyed&liked to have been there today despite of the cold&snow. 

Interesting read from SIN ST


Mon: Happy International Museum Day – sharing some of my favourite paintings from this part of the world by Lee Weng Fatt. Like his details of the tiles which is part of the unique Peranakan culture found mainly in Malaysia&SIN. For my oversea friends who might not know what the Peranakan culture is about, do take a look in the below link.


Tue: with all the overwhelming on-going COVID-19 negative&sad news, am trying the best to keep focusing on favourite ppl&things+humour for not going insane!

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad – 

It would be easy to become a victim of our circumstances and continue feeling sad, scared or angry; or instead, we could choose to deal with injustice humanely and break the chains of negative thoughts and energies, and not let ourselves sink into it – Erin Gruwell