Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL-Brown) MRT

31 Jul 2022 – Midnight In The Garden Of Good&Evil

Thu: for the past 20yrs the front view has not changed much, but the back view from the kitchen has. ~20yrs ago the carpark-rooftop garden was just completed. Now all the trees are gown and even some as tall as up to 7storey and today some of these trees are beautiful with blooms.

Trying to remember what it was like when I first moved here – vaguely recall that there was an open carpark lot in front, not this nice common area with a roof, so maybe it has changed, only that the road MarineTerrace is the same. The back too was an open carpark lot, now a 3storey carpark with a rooftop garden – did not take any pix then, so unable to exactly remember the details.

Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL- Brown) MRT MarineTerraceStationTE27 still under construction, tentative completion in 2024 with one of the exits is just around the corner from blocks43&46. Not sure how it will be as to if I will then take the MRT more frequently when it is ready? Usually do prefer the bus, still like to be above ground to be able to see the sky, but who knows by then??

https://www.propertyfishing.com/thomson-east-coast-line/

Fri: TGIF and a good weekend to all – HungryGhostFestival starts here today(29Jul-26Aug). Appreciative&grateful to be here in SIN, but do sometimes miss the change of seasons&scenery. Tkx to all who are sharing their happenings, traveling pix, etc, thru’FB –  enjoying their moments with them. Am in one of those moods when I feel like everything is cluttering my space and want to just throw everything away+too many boring ongoing ailments and the best distraction is to watch movies.

Sat: LeahRagasa(one of the students for HI/USA who I took care of many moons ago) just shared her trip to Charleston SC&Savannah GA/USA bringing back much good memories of that area. When I was in Savannah(1996) with AnnGerkin, the BirdGirl was still at the BonaventureCemetery. Was there again a few more times after 1996 to cheer Linn on her marathon-races, but did not revisit the BirdGirl which was moved to TelfairAcademyMuseum.

Sun: checking my blog postings to see when I was last in Savannah and it turned out to be nearly a decade ago Nov2012 – caught the 0600hrs shuttle on Tybee Island/GA heading down town Savannah. Cheering Linn on her run in the Rock’n’RollMarathon with a beautiful sunrise. 3+hrs to explore Savannah in blue sky again was such fun. Random pix while strolling this charming city of parks and the ForsythFountain.

In this adaptation of JohnBerendt’s book for the movie – a journalist, JohnKelso (JohnCusack), travels to Savannah, GA to cover a Christmas celebration. He becomes engrossed by a murder trial where a wealthy society figure JimWilliams (KevinSpacey) is accused of shooting his male lover BillyHanson(JudeLaw) and the question is whether it was in self-defense as he claims.

Those who are watching the movie for the 1st time of re-watching this movie, do not continue to read this paragraph for my spoiler alert&thoughts until after you have watched it. When Jim was explaining to John how Billy was shot got me thinking if this was self-defense or murder? Jim commented that its better to be convicted a liar than a murderer. If someone aims a gun&pulls the trigger (even when unknowing that the safety-catch on, have threatened previously and no matter how good looking!), my natural reflex is to shoot back! That’s self-defense.

Can even understand about the other shots at the wall&desk upon realizing that you have shot someone and would have been accused of murder – again self-defense??

But more shots were fired at the victim who was already lying presumably dead. Would self-defense followed by anger or whatever ongoing emotions considered murder even when not premeditated or coup de grâce???

Murder by definition – the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.
Premeditated – (of an action, especially a crime) thought out or planned beforehand.

Truth, like art, is in the eye of the beholder. You believe what you choose and I’ll believe what I know

Had to re-watch the movie The Garden Of Good&Evil (1997) as I have forgotten what it was about – good movie, enjoyed it especially seeing those beautiful well-preserved architecture. Believed it or not, even ordered a burger-meal(seldom time) to be deliveredS$24 to watch the movie&listen to the audio book~15hrs and such a delightful way to pass the weekend. Tkx to Seb for the links so that I am able to do this in the comforts of my 4-walls

31Jul2022: WorldOmeter of COVID-19 deaths are as follow:

SIN/pop ~5.6+mil in an area of ~721km²  – 1,494
SC/USA/pop ~5+mil in an area of ~82, 932km²  – 18,192
Norway/pop ~5.3+mil in an area of ~365,268km²  – 3,623

Visitors From Norway & London/UK

27 Jul 2022 – Cousin YatSoon&Family

Mon: appreciations to Leng&family for a quick catch up to see how grown her children Marcus, Victor&Aurora are now. Tkx for getting my favourite butter, mackerel&Remulada. Continue to enjoy SIN for the rest of their stay, safe journeys back to Norway. Looking forward to tasting these yummy Norwegian food I have missed and to making some cucumber sandwiches with my favourite butter.

Leng thought that we last met in 2018, checked my blog and it was 2019 when we last met and tkx for having me then, also the 1st&only time I celebrated SIN National Day in Norway  https://amylamsg.com/2019/08/11/peer-gynt-pa-gala/

#1-5 are doing a East-Coast US-road-trip checking out universities for #2. Delighted that #1 got to catch up with her childhood friend from since she was 2 and RachelJ then 4, who is now in DrexelU. PA/USA and #1 in UofSC/USA – pix credits to Linn&AmyJ

It is amazing to be able to stay in contact with old friends and my oldest friends are KK&PP who I have known since the early 1950s and we are still in contact and have tried to meet somewhere annually – due to Covid we have not been all together since 2018 in Italy. PP lives in Australia and KK in SIN who I do catch up with when he is not travelling.

Tue: 2months ago at CC to help out and to get grandniece Kiera her first pair of climbing shoes – LaSportivaTarantula. Good to see that they are put to use – like to see the younger generation staying active even though I personally prefer to walk on solid grounds.

The ground we walk on, the plants and creatures, the clouds above constantly dissolving into new formations – each gift of nature possessing its own radiant energy, bound together by cosmic harmony  – Ruth Bernhard

Welcome back to SIN cousin YatSoon&his lovely family Helen, Merle&Mei from London/UK Nice to meet Helen’s sister Laura&family, their 1st visit here. Introduced Hainanese food to them@The Hainan Story Chapter One (Hotel Boss). 

GG here showing the OG how to smoke cigars – cigars always bring back fond memory of my father and tonight in this case, also happy memory of 9auntie LAM PohKeo, YatSoon’s mother who was most gracious&kind to me during my life journey@TemenggongRd when I was the flower-girl for her wedding. Great to see the 2cousins enjoying their puffs and getting to know each other better. Impressive to hear YatSoon speaking Cantonese to Merle&Mei. Tkx to bro Les&Ivy for a nice family evening, the seldom time I would drink wine+whisky, but who can resist Chateau Margaux and 21BushmillSingleMalt??

Wed: unfortunately the stomach is acting up and had to back out from attending a performance by a child pianist prodigy MikkelMyerLee@VictoriaConcertHall tonight. https://www.mikkelmyerlee.com/

TCM With TLC

24 Jul 2022 – Happy Bdays to James & Lucas

Thu: still coughing and trying out these TMC and hopefully with some TLC, this cough will go away as it is giving me headaches from lack of sleep. The washing machine has been busy the past 2days+today&tomorrow with loads that were mainly bed-linen&towels! Small washing machine can only load a few of those large heavy items and limited drying space in my 4-walls – thank goodness that I do have a washing machine. This weekend will be a well deserved rest for machine & being!

They are now back in SC/USA safe&sound recovering from the long flight hours&jetlag before their road-trip. Favourite dish for #3John so far was the PekingDuck@MBS-ImperialTreasure (pix downloaded), one of my favourites from that location too.  Tkx to Clement for introducing that to them, but they have also enjoyed all the foods here.#4Sophie did not voice what her favourite dish was but she seemed to like the Youtiao/YuCharKway, a long golden-brown deep-fried strip of dough made from wheat flour. Did not try durian after they had a tiny bite of my durian ice-cream – hahaha.

Fri: exactly 11yrs ago today I was staying in my house@Kolsås/Norway not too far from Utøya (~25k/30mins by car) where the shootings happened – if interested, watch Netflix 22July movie where it is based roughly on what happened then on 22Jul2011, a truly sad day – in memory of all those who lost their life. https://amylamsg.com/2011/07/23/bombs-shootings/

Sat: Happy 11Bday #5James – have not seen him since 2019, hopefully can be at his 12Bday. Also Happy 13Bday to grandnephew Lucas and thank you for being such a good cousin to #3John & #4Sophie who really enjoyed meeting their SIN-cousins.

Sun: finally laundry done, now to store them until the next family visits from Norway&USA. In the meanwhile can look forward to catching up with Leng&family visiting from Oslo/Norway and cousin YatSoon&family from London/UK for early next week, ie if I managed to catch my breath by next week.

Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life ― Gregory Maguire

Family Visit From SC, USA/2

20 Jul 2022 – Busy Busy Busy

Sun: appreciations to family&friends for being at the picnic; to LionelC for yummy ‘DryMeeSiam, IncheKabinFriedChicken‘, old school sardine sandwiches and for driving us to EC-Pk; to Calvin&Sam+Chris from CC for the drinks& set-up and to family&friends for food&flowers.

Happy Birthday to CH and tkx for the beers – pix credits to all who took pix and appreciations to all who helped with blowing&tying of balloons.

To auntie Anna, 82 with the most seniority, related thru’ paternal grandmother CHAN branch of the family here today from KCH and cousin Karen, for making the effort to be here with champagne to celebrate. To cousin ChengEn/Roy for being there with cupcakes; to niece Sue for all her help+foods. Today we have 4generations represented, sitting Anna, Ivy, standing from L-R Karen, Sue, Sophie, me, John, Linn, Kiera Patricia, Leslie.

To Theresa&ChengJun tkx for beautiful orchid bouquet, AudreyW, Hannah&Heiko for his yummy home-bake chocolate-chip brownie-cookies who cycled part of the way here, Carmel for cupcakes,

Chris&family, Iyas who cycled here, Helen for many of the shots, Yoshie – looking forward to tasting the sake from Japan;

SengHock who also cycled to&fro here (~50k) with his camera taking good shots and tkx for sharing. TingTing who turned up towards the end – tkx for driving my family back. To each&everyone who took energy&time to be with us, we are most blessed&grateful for your gracious company.

Mon: ChocolateTissuePrata breakfast went down well for the teenagers while mother enjoyed her DumplingNoddleSoup and grandmother her cuppa@blk59MT-coffee-shop across the street nearest to my blk.

While they spent the afternoon@GardensByTheBay with John overlooking his birth-country – pix credits to Linn, I managed to sort out some pix and chill. As it is am so short of breath, another afternoon out&about will be tempting fate!

Met for satay@LauPaSat where Sophie had 20+sticks! Always fascinates me to watch how they close BoonTatSt at 1900hrs sharp and all the tables&chairs are set on the street in a blink of an eye!

Dessert&ice-creams@FoodFolks, the only place I know of that has 4different flavoured cones! John was so stuffed that Linn had to finish his DeepDarkChocolate ice-cream. Sophie managed to finish her LycheeRaspberry and I had the YuzuSorbet, too sweet for me – but nowadays many things are too sweet for my taste. https://danielfooddiary.com/2020/12/01/cremeandcone/

Tue: an easy morning while ladies got their nails done – time to chill and pack before more long flights ahead. Time for them to check out Jewel while I keep guard of their luggage as KoreanAir does not have early check-in. Snacked on crabcakes@Privé while they were exploring and feeling so appreciative&happy that they even want to make this grueling journey –  do not think I will survive this kind of journeys nowadays.

They dined on Impossible Spaghetti, Fish&Chips & GreenThaiCurry – average food but fills the tummy and most important, quiet without crowds for me!

Wed: flight took off on time 0100hrs and so ends their SIN trip for now – even the sky is crying this early morning while they are changing planes in Seoul/SouthKorea, but will look forward till we can meet again. Safe journeys back to the USA to them and a quiet day for me with the washing machine going all day&the next few days if energy permits today.

Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow ― Shakespeare

Family Visit From SC, USA

16 Jul 2022 – Linn, JohnW & Sophie

Wed: not sure if I am able to see straight tonight after getting 3beds ready! Light supper in TheCoffeeBean&TeaLeaf@Jewel (24hrs), conveniently facing T1-Arr-Belts. Yeah they’ve landed, both #3&4 taller than I am since last seeing them 3yrs ago when they were still shorter than me! #3 has not been here since 15yrs ago when he was born here and his comment, this is my longest plane journey (1+hr drive from CAE-CLT~2hrs flying from CLT-JFK ~16hrs-ICN ~6hrs-SIN).

Thu: ~0300hrs was the time we settled into a sleeping mode and being teenagers, who are able to sleep till noon with or without jetlag. Their 1st-SIN-meal with a short stroll introducing HDB-living –  Beef&Seafood hor-fun (Asian pasta!) went down well, but durians? just looking with their jet-lag eyes on their first day, perhaps a taste sometime before they fly off! How about a beauty treatment? No, not my shop and nothing to do with me – as it is they are naturally beautiful inside-out. Nice quiet day to chill, calm before the storm.

Bengawan Solo Kueh – OngolUbi, LapisSagu, KuehTalam&Eggtarts were well-received for late afternoon tea back in the 4-walls before their short walk on EC-Pk.

Fri: after 10hrs of  sleep last night, 0600hrs Linn&Sophie off for their runs while the SIN-born ppl slept in. CharSiew&prawns CheeChongFun, FishBallNoodleSoup, ChaiTowKway&YouTiao breakfast consumed with no complains.

The scent of wet-market, did not go too well with the ladies, but John, my SIN-born grandson had no problems with lingering on to capture pix – pix credits to him.

Tkx to Les&Ivy for a small family gathering (LAM TinYue+TSANG MayLan branch) last night for some of those who are unable to attend the picnic. GreenG (my generation) 7 Lawrence&Kiong have passed on now with 5 Jo, Steven, Joyce, Leslie & I left in SIN; OrangeG 18; PurpleG 24 excluding spouses. L-R/PurpleG: KieraLucas, John, Sophie, Isebella, Beth. L-R/OrangeG:Sue, DaisyPatPatricia, Back:LeeLinnClementDavid, Adeline.

4 yummy Steaks a la Rochalie by Les was wolf down in no time, John&Sophie was introduced to KueyPieTee made by Pat. Tkx to Sue for desserts, durian ice-cream was not their favourite but the cake was their preference.

GreenG feeling blessed that the OrangeG are now all sensible adults and that board games are still enjoyed by the PurpleG

Sat: from the bus-stop to HelixBridge with the NDP rehearsals

Entering MBS by the foodcourt where it was once a skating-rink is now replaced with an interactive light installation – the DigitalLightCanvas, features a 14-metre tall LED light sculpture suspended from the ceiling – aerial pix downloaded.

https://sgmagazine.com/city-living/news/dazzling-permanent-light-show-replacing-weird-skating-rink-mbs

Tkx to Clement for introducing PekingDuck&Osmanthus@ImperialTreasure/MBS to the teenagers and they even liked them, some of my favourite dishes from this location.

While Linn&Sophie were shopping, Patricia&Clement took John up to the SkyParkObservation – 56storeys high and it is the first time that he has been so high up out in the open. Was too tired, stayed down@Origin+Bloom for a cuppa, now only standing room and nowhere to sit. Had to take my leave while they continued to the Merlion with Clement and NightSafari with Lee. Most grateful to nieces&nephews for helping out now that the steam is running low – aerial pix downloaded.

Pix credits to Patricia from MBS-SkyParkObservation

Laughter is timeless, Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever – Walt Disney

Hari Raya Hajii, Puasa & Maal Hijrah

12 Jul 2022 – RIP Former Japanese PM ShinzoAbe 

Sat: yesterday’s assassination of former Japanese PM ShinzoAbe has both saddened&shocked meお悔やみcondolences to his family with prayers&thoughts out to them and may he RIP.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/shinzo-abe-assassination-shot-japan-mourns-funeral-2798431

Sun: Hari Raya Haji (Eid Al-Adha) falls on the 10th day of the month of Dzulhijjah, the last month of the Muslim calendar, and marks the conclusion of the annual Hajj. Pix downloaded of Al-Kaʿba al-Musharrafah Mecca/Saudi Arabia. Have been informed by YusoffAbdulLatiff that 30 Covid cases were reported among SIN-pilgrims and had to be ferried in ambulances to do their rituals.

https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_694__2009-01-02.html

Not confusing with Hari Raya Puasa (Hari Raya Aidilfitri) ending the fasting month (Ramadan).

https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_919_2004-12-20.html

Tkx to TuahBugis/Syaqil Sarafian for educating me as to when&what the Muslim new year – Awal Muharram is also known as Maal Hijrah, which marks the first day of the new year in the Islamic calendar and not the same time as the HariRayas, also not a public holiday here in SIN, but holidays in Saudi, Malaysia&Indonesia. In my younger/ignorance days! I used to think that HariRaya was the NewYear!!

Was planning for a quiet day today – Sim messaged to ask if he could play on my piano and it was a pleasure to have him for a private solo performance, have been avoiding going to concerts, etc in enclosed areas nowadays. Showed him the way from my 4-walls to the EastCoastPk/McD (~5mins walk via underpass) as he wanted to check out the sea for swimming – nearly fainted, had to turn back immediately despite expecting this kind of crowd!

The Mob has many heads but no Brains —  Dr. Thomas Fuller

Heard all the commotion with colourful brightly-lit trunks – good that my curiosity in is still within even at this stage in life’s journey to take another walk to satisfy this kaypoh=nosy in Singlish, hahaha.

Still not wiser after asking someone who tired to explain something about the gods of heaven&hell.

Tried to google but unable to find any info, need to ask ppl who are knowledgeable with deity worship and will edit&update here if I get the info. Instead of a quiet day, turned out to be a rather eventful&fun day. Tkx to Lynn Wong Yuqing (黄鈺清) for her input: I’m not exactly sure what is the occasion, but yes, the medium in pink would be a yang deity, while the one on the truck, I’m guessing is the Er Ye Bo (二爷伯) who is a yin deity.

Mon: a  public holiday for the HariRaya – bought popiah to eat&work@CC, dinner@LongPhung – VietnameseCuisine@JooChiat.

Dessert@MelbaCafe, formerly the chapel of the former TrinityTheologicalCollege within the compounds of SophiaHillsCondo.

The isolation&quiet location is an uphill walk for those without a car.

Tue: nice that #5 is enjoying his time with his paternal grandmother@SanDiegoZoo, CA/USA (pix credits to Cindy) while #1&2 have returned after their Norway trip and #3&4 are preparing for their SIN trip. It will be his turn to travel overseas when he is older and can appreciate&remember more. At present he probably prefers the zoo. Memories from 1987 with 1st&2nd-born visiting that zoo, but do wonder if&how much of that trip they can recall?? Must ask her when I see her.

@NHCS(pix downloaded) for a follow-up appt – brought book, jacket&socks in case I had to wait (usually cold in that section of the HeartCentre!). Was pleasantly surprised to be called in 5mins before my appointed time – kinda commented to the dr that today he obviously did not have surgery or any emergency! Even had some energy to have a bite and run some errands in Chinatown.

Kempinski Hotel

8 Jul 2022: Memorable Afternoon-Tea

Tue: tkx to Ivy for a fusion Botanical-inspired AfternoonTea@CapitolKempinski and that’s some memorable tea to write home about where every morsel scrumptiously complimenting for every mouth full with presentations to feast the eyes too – highly recommended.

First-Course: FjordTroutGravlax paired with pistachio cream cheese, rice cracker, keta roe&herbs
SmokedDuckRicePaperRoll accompanied by crystalline ice plant and raspberry vinaigrette
FoieGrasRocher with candied fruits, Valrhona chocolate&tree nuts
JamonIbericoDeBellota with wild rocket leaves, compressed cantaloupe and Taggiasca humid soil

Complimenting the food throughout the courses is a selection of curated teas – Jewel of AnxiTieGuanYin with red-dates, wolfberries&dried longan.

Second-Course: RoastedBlackAngusBeefSandwich with spicy perilla leaf kimchi&gochujang emulsion
SmashedAvocadoSourdough topped with bocconcini, sundried tomatoes, and balsamic pearls
BeechwoodSmokedChickenQuiche with Japanese fruit cherry and cheddar cheese
Chilled Chananmushi spicy century-egg emulsion, Tobito, pickled-ginger-root
(if you are a century-egg fan like I am, you will love this!)
AndraschkoCoffeeScone – with DulceDeLeche, StrawberryCompote, FloralHoneyYoghut, too sweet for me
and here is where butter is my preference on scones.

The tea pairing for this course ExquisiteEarlGrey

Third-Course: refreshing palate cleanser of FrozenKyuriCucumberYuzuLemonade with dry sparking Prosecco. Fourth-Course: Forest Berries&PlumPudding flambéed with CapitolKempinskiHotel’s signature Plantation1840Rum

Fifth-Course: PandanEmeraldTart with tropical flavour that includes coconut chantilly&green moss
LemonBergamotCake – Marigold
IvoryMoussePebblescassis crémeux
Financier Griottines Cocoa Sand
Profiteroles – raspberry cream

The sweets are paired with a refreshing cold Imperial Yunnan Pu Er with French Rose

Appropriate halo around our Irish friend who has lived in SIN as long as since I returned to work here, ie 20+yrs! Appreciations to Carmel for crossing my path who just informed me that she has lived here for 28yrs!

This is how I will travel in my next life, stay in places like the Kempinski, eat like this every weekend and on roads where there is no traffic – if that is what Heaven is about, get me there now – hahaha!

There is a moment when your dreams and your memories merge together and form a perfect world. That is heaven, and each heaven is unique. It is the world of you. The land is filled with all you will do, and the sky is your imagination – 

Thu: the motor-bike with the side-car got me dreaming&imagining how I would like to travel again if  there are no concerns about finance&health! Dreams&memories can be so pleasurable and best of all, they are free – digging into some old pix, visually revisiting the countries I have lived in with fun&good memories.

Sep2019 solo drive: CnoicDhoireBheatha=DerryveaghMt, Errigal/751m County Donegal, Ireland. Lived in Dublin from 1965-1974.
Sep2012 with KK&PP: Atlanterhavsvegen=AtlanticRd, Norway. Lived in Olso&Tromsø from 1974-1985.
Oct2012 with Glenda&Franklin: BlueRidgeParkwayMilepost 304.4 – LinnCoveViaduct, NC/USA, not sure what the reflection was about and how it got there?? Lived in CA&FL from 1985-2000.

Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference – RobertFrost

Fri: oh wow! indoor summer+all year round skiing now in Norway. Their relationship with winters explains how the Norwegians win most medals for the WinterOlympics! Another must try for me when back in Norway – pix downloaded. https://snooslo.no/

Snø, Løreskog/Norway: world’s biggest indoor ski slope.
The ski slope is 500m long fitted with modern lifts able to move 5000 people per hour.
There is also 1000m long cross-country ski slope hanging of the roof of the arena.

Looks like #1, 2&6 (pix credits to Linn) are having a blast. Could do with a dose of the snow here, the heat&humidity have been rather oppressive the past few days, thank goodness for AC.

There is no bad weather, only bad clothing – Norwegian Saying

New Bus Stop@Esplanade

4 Jul 2022 – ByeBye to MPCC

Fri: after 22 years, the iconic facade of the Marine Parade Community Building will soon be no more as the building undergoes major upgrading with no plans by the PA to retain the mural… – tkx to DarrenSoh for this share – 30Jun2022. Built in 1999, designed by WilliamLimAssociates with its design architect  Goh Kasan, one of the sons of famed SIN dramatist, novelist, poet&doctor GOHPohSeng. Both William&PohSeng’s families were old friends of our family. Hope to be able to see the new upgraded version in 2025

Getting off bus36 on RafflesAve on the way for my SGH-appts bright&early for a walk about – looks like the Float is ready&geared for the NDP. Peaceful&pleasant stroll only with a handful of ppl around the water front. Oh how I do enjoy these early morning walks when I can have the space to myself.

From the Esplanade-Outdoor-Stage with some quality meditation-reflection-time to calm the mind before a very busy Jul month ahead.

New bus-stop (here is where I will transfer to bus75 and when done in less than 45mins, no extra transfer charges) on EsplanadeDr in front of the Esplanade+info with newer larger text font size,

but even the new kids on the block, a forged copper of Family of Five will still not be able to read! The rest of the morning for blood-tests, CTscan, etc@SGH. Preference to morning appts, can then get my favourite almond croissant+a cuppa@TiongBahruBakery before heading back to my 4-walls.

Appreciations to Theresa&CJ for dinner, she makes the best lobster-congee where there are more lobster bits than congee! Good white, not too dry or sweet wine from MargaretRiver/Australia to perfectly compliment dinner, tkx to Les.

Sat: a L-O-N-G day at T1 Changi airport – met with LilyLing (Mabel’s sis-in-law) who is on transit from KCH-BRU. Luggage issue on transit, thankful for helpful ppl at AsiaAsia, iCounter+a kind young man who loan me his charging cable (phone battery flat!) and that she had 9hrs layover giving time to sort out her luggage issue+time to sit down for a meal. Glad that I had on a colourful outfit so that she can find me on this crowded day –  All’s Well That End Well and now on her way to re-unite with her daughter+grandsons, ie if luggage does not get lost again on her next transit in Istanbul/Turkey

See previous post for words of advice from CarolN regarding –  Flying internationally (to UK/Europe, anyway) right now is not for the faint-hearted…

Linn&Katy+Ellie are now in OSL/Norway, delighted to see lovely blue sky pix where that they are having nice weathers with their Norwegian family and enjoying the new zip-line@Tryvannstårnet – new for me, must try when I get back there.

Sun: back to the inside of the Espalande

Tkx to Leonard & SL for lunch at StraitsChineseNonyaRestaurant 土生坊正宗娘惹餐馆@Esplanade, a drive to check out AreaG-ECPk for their input&comments.

Dessert at the new PS-Cafe@I12, their keylime pie is not as it used to be, too sweet for me now and also a pet friendly outdoor terrace where you will not find me there!

Mon: Happy 4th to all celebrating&marking today. Fun memories of this day from the many visits in USA over the years and this year Linn+Katy&Ellie will be celebrating this day with May&Olai in Norway.

Also a gentle reminder to be considerate with your fireworks with thoughts from the reactions of the family’s dog!

Sharing food with friends@CC today – pix credits to Helen (one of her by me) and tkx for chicken-wings+++

Independence Day: freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed — else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die – Dwight D. Eisenhower

4 Jul – Happy 4th
6 Jul – Happy 80Bday cousin JohnWong
14 Jul – Happy Bday Keith and Happy Bastille Day/France
17 Jul – Happy Bday NancyBowman
20 Jul – Happy Bday DavidYeoh
21 Jul – Happy Bday AlbertChua
22 Jun – Happy Anniversary Dike&Mark
23 Jun – Happy Bdays Lucas & James