Deepawali/Diwali Weekend 2020

16 Nov 2020 – A Shellfish Extravaganza

Sat: Happy Deepavali/Diwali to those celebrating. May this Festival of Lights, the new year celebrations for Hindus, Sikhs&Jains bringing new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness to all. Beautiful flora-peacock@ChangiAirport and another guarding the entrance into Little India here in SIN. Mayuresvara an incarnation of Ganesha, whose mount is a peacock (in the Ganesha Purana) The mayura named Citramekhala is associated with Saraswati, a deity representing benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and knowledge.

Way to go for the Saturday Night Riders – management&staff of Campers’ Corner keeping fit as well as working&celebrating together.

New brand@CCandWander, a Japanese name-brand with nice things. Good gifts to start the holiday shopping season.

Helen feeling at home&happy with the new displays.

Collectors item, but does not look too comfortable to ride in it!

Sun: a wet&cool perfect indoors Sunday with rains the whole afternoon&evening. Like here in MarineP, its walking in a maze of barricades by the SIN-TouristBoard/STB on GrangeRd where the future Thompson-EastCoastLine-TEL/BrownMRT-line will be located. Will be faster&easier to visit my bro from the future MarineTerraceST to NapierST, ie if I live to see that completed!

Being a big fan of shellfish, this weekend was a Shellfish Paradise with crustaceans&mollusks for me – hairy crabs on Fri, followed by raw oysters, steamed clams&Topshells on Sat. When they are as fresh as they are, the best way to prepare them is just by steaming and eating them just as they are, ie no sauces or dip, my preference to eat these shellfish – except for oysters which I like them raw with lemon+Tabasco. Some ppl have questioned about how healthy or safe it is to eat these – when I taste one that is not fresh, would spit it out.

Vivid memories of a serious shellfish poisoning when I was in Sarawak. 6-8Feb2009 was one of my most miserable weekends, had the runs and vomited constantly for 3days in Sibu/ Sarawak. The Orchid Hotel, a budget accommodation centrally located with wireless but that was either a disco or KTV bar which blasted out loud&clear all night. The energy level was zero to bother with relocating, but it will certainly not be my choice when & if I return to continue with the research. Rescheduled flights and was back in SIN 8Feb night. My own fault, do remembering a periwinkle tasting off, but did not spit it out!!

Mon: good Mon morning after a lovely cool wet night of restful 7hrs of sleep. Jan/USA once asked about this character and here is one of the most eloquently written ones I have so far read!

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