Tiger Tiger Turtle

25 May 2020 – Coincidence or Serendipity??

Sat: Rousseau’s Tiger in a Tropical Storm(1891) talks to me this morning. This tiger looks like an unhappy camper, unlike Blake’s Tiger Tiger burning bright(1794), and Tiger-Beer(1932) originated here in my birth country/city/island/state. Tiger(my 2005AT-Trail name) enjoys the wet tropical cool rains in or outdoors.


At a time like this, app 1.4million funpacks (wonder how much that would cost???) could be put to better&constructive than just funpacks! By signing, hopefully not only help with the environment, but perhaps also to put food into some hungry stomachs. Do remember getting that funpack in 2014, the one&only NDP attended and gave it away.


Mimosa pudica (from Latin: pudica shy, bashful or shrinking; also called sensitive plant, sleepy plant, action plant, Dormilones, touch-me-not, shameplant, zombie plant, or shy plant) is a creeping plant of the pea/legume family, Here it is considered a weed with thorns. Can never resist touching this Shy-Plant (that is what I have always known it as since childhood) to watch the leaf closing and believe me, still do it whenever they cross my path and this one is behind TNschool on my walk to PP. Enjoy playing with them gently, watching them opening again Pa-chow-chou, literally translated from Cantonese shy-grass, my favourite beautiful-calming weed – a good title for a book! The Kid Inside Never Grew Away From This Weed, hahaha

Edited: keep forgetting words like weed&coke can mean otherwise in the US, tkx to Jan for the reminder in FB

Jan: Maybe not say WEED:)
Me: good one there, Jan just like when I first moved to the US and told ppl that said I love coke. Was then reminded by Rich what that can lead ppl thinking. OMG, what is this lockdown doing to me???

Crossing Still Rd on the overpass bridge and so strange to hardly see any cars at this busy junction – usually at this time, it would be bumper to bumper with cars. Enjoying it while it last, can now breath better. Nice to see flowers blooming in these plants placed by Nparks on tree-trunks&branches by the road.

PP is like a ghost-mall, do not remember ever seeing the basement so empty – was running low on toiletries and Watsons is offering 20% member discount for some items, thus saving over S$10 there. Treats from BengawanSolo (the outlet across the road from me is closed) and FourLeaves to celebrate Hari Raya and Memorial Day over this weekend. If not for CB, Mon would be a public holiday here and the US.

World Turtle Day and SIN has a special&important visitor this afternoon – coincidence or serendipity?? One Hawksbill turtle has arrived on our shores at EC Pk to lay eggs in the afternoon, pix credits to NParks, also gives a good idea to my oversea friends about the 180°horizon sea-front here being packed stern to stern with ships – for real, no exaggeration! This by far is the most exciting news for me – now am so glad that the beach, the grass near the beach and all the jetties are closed here. Hopefully this turtle will NOT be disturbed and her hatchlings here will be the one in a 1,000 to survive into adulthood. Mother Nature now finally has a chance to breath and showing us the wonders of nature&what real beauty is. Even Mt Everest can be seen with the naked eyes from Kathmandu.


As I was commenting in my previous posting how I was unable to walk on the grass or beach in the EC Pk to take pix, today I am so happy about that we are not allowed there when I read about the turtle. Just came to mind with the alligator snapping turtle laying eggs on the Virginia Creeper Trail VA/USA 3yrs ago which then brought back of childhood memories from 1950s when I watched the big sea-turtles laying eggs (first&only time) in Kuantan/Malaysia. 14uncle&guards equipped with guns to protect us from the tigers then, as they too, like the poachers hunt for those eggs. Somehow tigers seem to be lurking around today – hahaha.


Try to be like the turtle — at ease in your own shell – Bill Copeland

Sun: Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri – peace be upon all – thanks to Mil for the reminder. Nowadays it is not so easy to remember&keep up with these festive days when we are unable to be out celebrating with family&friends with the traditional foods. 

Mon: Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Mon of May (25May 2020), honoring the men and women who died while serving in the US military. Not to be confused with Veterans Day which celebrates the service of all US military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service.

Interesting to know about origins of Memorial Day – https://time.com/5836444/black-memorial-day/

The effects of loss are acute, and unique to each individual. Not everyone mourns in the same way, but everyone mourns ― Goodrich

Marking the day with a steak dinner which I have not made or ate since my last visit to the US, a year ago. Prepared it exactly to my taste. Medium rare, pink inside with all the sides&trimmings – testing to make sure that I can still do it when the family request for steaks again on our next meeting.

After you have witnessed the reality, you can no longer look at a piece of steak, and simply think ‘yum’ ― Wodzak

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