MRT Cross Island Line CRL

24 Sep 2022 – Four-In-One Rail And Bus Depot 

Wed: CrossIslandLine/CRL is SIN 8th MRT line and the longest fully underground line at more than 50km. It will be constructed in three phases and is expected to start next year. Some stations are expected to be opened by 2032 – will definitely not live to see the completion of this line!

https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltagov/en/upcoming_projects/rail_expansion/cross_island_line.html

EastCoastIntegratedDepot will contain three train depots and one bus depot within a single site of 36ha. SIN largest train and bus depot (four-in-one rail and bus depot) to open in 2025, structural works 75% complete, hopefully will live to see this one!

https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/transport/singapores-largest-train-and-bus-depot-to-open-in-2025-structural-works-75-complete

Quite impressive&glad to see how far we are with public transport systems here, especially being a frequent&regular user of it.

Thu: welcome Bill back to SIN – guilding around the JooChiat area, the vicinity surrounding this area was declared SIN 1st Heritage Town in 2011. It is chosen, in part, because of strong efforts to promote its Peranakan culture.

Tkx to Calvin for driving, always nice to be able to show ppl who appreciates the company, food, history, etc. Apologies but only able to do a short tour today – throat, voice, etc still not fully healed. The renewed interest in the heritage here brought a new wave of redevelopment in the late 2000s. Trendy art galleries, design studios, upmarket retail outlets, boutique hotels&eateries emerged, while a number of shophouses were restored and new condominiums built.

https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_946__2008-11-13.html

Fri: if you spend as much time as I do@SGH, you might have noticed 3beautiful sculptures(Trees of Learning, Knowledge & Life)in the courtyards by Bro JosephMcNally(1923-2002), founder of StPatrick’sArtCentre, now known as LASALLE-College of the Arts in SIN. Good to know that abdominal, pelvis scans+colonoscopy all cleared&normal.

ReachingOut designed by the NayangAcademy of FineArts is located in the middle of this greenery across from Kopitiam, and when not too hot+an available bench, it is quite serene to have a cuppa here.

Caring by Jasper is appropriate in these surroundings with a refreshing water feature by it, even some of the thrash-bins are tastefully covered.

FarrerPkMedicalCentre to pick up meds and nice to bump into Michael where we were reminiscing about when we first met! – Patricia&Albert’s wedding(Dec1998) where Alex was the cute pageboy then!

Sat: Chuck&friends who are on the PEI/Canada, plx be safe from HurricaneFiona. Memories from our 2005ATthru’Hike when we had the backlash of HurricaneKatrina and hiked 3days&nights in the rains.

2200hrs: appreciations&tkx for updates from Chuck – Yesterday morning we made the decision to move off the island prior to Fiona’s landfall. We took a walk on the beach near Stanhope and headed to New Brunswick to ride out the storm and decide if a return to the island post-Fiona is possible.

10 of my favourite poems and today’s choice – The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

https://www.aconsciousrethink.com/8971/poems-about-life/

Heated Neck Shoulder Wrap

20 Sep 2022: Eat Well Laugh Often Love Much

Sat&Sun: spoons are the only cutlery needed this weekend and the next few days. Still sore down the throat, healing slowly but surely. Will have to continue to avoid solid foods and hot foods&drinks for the week. Seems like this aging body is now demanding more time to heal. An excuse to dig my spoon&eat straight out of a 473ml ice-cream tub – no problems to finish the whole tub for a meal.

Might as well try to drink the ocean with a spoon as argue with a lover — Stephen King.

Mon19Sep: with pomp and sorrow, world bids final farewell to HM-QE2. 11.00hrs (LondonTime) State Funeral Service ~2,000ppl attending (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-62890879), the coffin travelled in Procession from Westminster Abbey, here the coffin was carried on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy drawn by 142sailors to Wellington Arch and from here the coffin travelled by hearse to Windsor/St George’s Chapel.

HM-QE2 was laid to rest on Monday night together with HRH Prince Philip at a private family service in the King George VI Memorial Chapel located inside St George’s Chapel.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-62952004

https://amylamsg.com/2022/09/10/queen-elizabeth-ii-1926-2022/

Appreciations to Clement for yummy dinner from Crystal-Jade, one of my favourite places for Cantonese-style-congee and thanks for ice-creams – first time tasting this ice-cream brand.

Arrived today – mailed ordered this heating pad thru’ Amazon.sg(S$58.71)10days ago as I had such a pain in my neck 2weeks ago. Haniperis Heated Neck Shoulder Wrap with Auto Shut Off and 3 Adjustable Temperature, Electric Thermal Compress Neck Brace, Heat Therapy for Soreness & Stiffness Pain Relief. 

Tue: finally managed to keep down last night’s dinner and with the new heating pad, feels like I am human again! Hopefully energy will be back for preparations of overseas guest and family visits ahead.

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

MRT-ThompsonEastCoastLine/TEL-BrownLine

16 Sep 2022 – Bilateral Tonsillectomy

Tue: they are just about everywhere lately – hen(black&white), rooster by the bus stop@NeilRd just before KampongBahruRd.

SGH/OCH@OrthopeaedicDep to review that C-spine is able to endure GA for Thu-surgery. A cuppa+a treat@Starbucks to start the day,

and continuing the day to wander&wonder around Chinatown to one of my favourite cakeshops@ChinatownPoint. Just looking with the eyes as the mouth could not fit in another bite of cake for today!

MRT-ThompsonEastCoastLine/TEL=BrownLine when completed will run from Woodlands to Bedok. The first two stages of the line opened in 2020 and 2021, with subsequent stages opening in 2022, 2024 and 2025. The line will consist of 32 stations, spanning 43km, when fully completed.

Looking forward to the completion of the MaxwellMRT station on the TEL/BrownLine, located across the road from BuddhaToothRelicTemple&Museum

JinrikishaStation(junctions of Neil&TanjongPagarRd)

https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_485_2005-01-03.html

FairfieldMethodistChurch, formally JingHwaCinema as my memory recalls and also that it was haunted as a cinema – seemingly a  worker died during construction. Do remember going to movies with mother here.

MurrayTerrace:

https://www.ura.gov.sg/Corporate/Get-Involved/Conserve-Built-Heritage/Architectural-Heritage-Season/-/media/11032B75B49D4162A06E153A957F1310.ashx

Wed: following with HM-QE2’s last journey before her funeral – such a historical event with overwhelming coverage. There will probably never be another monarch who will sit on a throne for 70+yrs, especially one who has reigned with total dignity&grace. Today is the first full day that the Queen’s coffin will lie in state in WestminsterHall and the first members of the public pay their respects where she will remain until the morning of the funeral. Keeping this event in a single blog posting updating until the funeral.

https://amylamsg.com/2022/09/10/queen-elizabeth-ii-1926-2022/

Thu: all day surgery+post-op-recovery@SGH to rid another incident finding cyst in the R-tonsil, hopefully the last incident finding for now. Procedures went smoothly with the expected and advanced-info provided. Tkx to Clem for being there to ensure that I get back on my 2feet back to my 4-walls, am totally blessed with a nephew like him. Now to shallow the endless variety of meds to prevent&counteract whatever they need to do for the next week+

Fri: good thing is that I get to eat soft-comfort-foods and I like these soups I have prepared in advance now in the freezer – PurpleSweetPotatoes, Pumpkin, BoneBroth, pix downloaded here. Do wonder if Beethoven did really say that Only the pure in heart can make a good soup??

Will buy congee@MT-Market as needed – best fresh. Chocoate&coffee ice-cream in the freezer – now even my teeth gets a break from chewing.

Happy Malaysia Day to those celebrating&marking the day.

Mid-Autumn 2022

12 Sep 2022: National Lion Dance Championships

Fri: did a special single posting paying respect to QE2, the only queen being part of SIN colonial days. https://amylamsg.com/2022/09/10/queen-elizabeth-ii-1926-2022/

Fri: tkx to Ivy&Les for dinner@ParadiseTeochew/ScottsSquare 潮式卤味三拼盘
BraisedTrioCombinationPlatter, 蒜香炒时蔬Stir-fried Vegetable, 瑶柱虾籽大芥菜Braised Mustard Green with Shredded Conpoy&Shrimp Roe

东星斑SteamedCoral Grouper, 潮式海鲜炒面线Stir-fried MeeSua, 福果甜芋泥
Mashed Yam with Gingko/Orh Nee

Was fortunate to walk pass by this amazing National Lion-Dance Championships on the way to the bus-stop. Despite the crowds but being outdoors+also being fan of LionDance and tkx to MeiPin for finding some seats.
Lions play an important role in Chinese mythology, and represent joy&happiness.Lion dances are performed accompanied by the music of beating of drums, cymbals&gongs instruments synchronise to the lion dance movements&actions. Performance of Lion Dance brings luck and to get rid of the devil.
Nice to see young ppl enjoying this glorious evening entertained by street music on OrchardRd with huge bright lights of this new iPhone commercial on the PullmanHotel. Tkx for this lovely walk on the eve of Mid-Autumn.

Sat: 祝福大家中秋節快樂 Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to all celebrating&marking this day. Enjoy your 月饼/Mooncake, I grew up with the 蓮蓉LotusSeed paste filling – today there are all sorts of different fillings, but my personal preference is still the simple white Lotus.菱角/WaterCaltrop, 餘頭/Taro, the only time I eat these foods and will light a lantern for tonight.

In Chinese culture, roundness symbolizes completeness&togetherness. A full moon symbolizes prosperity&reunion. Round mooncakes complement the harvest moon in the night sky at the Mid-Autumn Festival. Pix from last week wandering in Chinatown.
From GardensByTheBay, pix credits to SengHock
Sun@28TemenggongRd Mid-Autumn event sharing with Helen my childhood haunts;
tkx for being such a good spot to walk up&down MtFaber with me in the night road-lights and appreciations for dessert&drinks@ArboraHilltopGarden&Bistro.
Has been over a year ago, tkx to Reis&Henri since@TemenggongRd then, and it does not get easier that #5 is no longer. https://amylamsg.com/2021/01/
In memory of all those2,977victims+19hijackers, 2,996total who lost their life in 2001, 21yrs ago today the attack that changed our world, we remember the valor of those we lost—those who innocently went to work that day and the brave souls who went in after them. Hopefully we are mindful of those who grieve for them and the light that still lives in their hearts.
Mon: DnB in Norway is quite a pain in the butt – will have to deal with them for now, tkx to 2nd-born for her help. Considering that I have been banking with them since the 1970s@RådmannHalmrastsVei,Sandvika(used to be able to drive there, now for only pedestrians) when it was BergenBank(pix downloaded) merged with Den norske Creditbank in 1990 to form Den norske Bank. It is now part of DnB NOR, now with thoughts of closing my account there.
What businesses need from a bank is significantly different from what individuals need from a bank ― Hendrith Vanlon Smith Jr, CEO of Mayflower-Plymouth

Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

9 Sep 2022 – May Her Majesty Now Rest In Peace

Fri: a special single posting paying respect to the only queen being part of SIN colonial days. Queen Elizabeth II/HM-QE2 UK’s longest-serving monarch died aged 96, after reigning for 70yrs. As a 21-year-old princess, she had vowed to devote her life to service and that she did with total dignity&grace. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-61585886

From cousin Karen: Getting dressed and to have a formal meeting with the new PM two days before not being able at all (and while the world fret abt the venue) really commands respect. My reply: She is one of the very few monarchs(the other is King Haakon VII(1905-1957) of Norway who I highly admire&respect. Oh yes, King Rama IX – Bhumibol Adulyadej(1946-2016) too – an era when&where duties, ethics, morals, etc are of different interpretations&values as of today!!

Sharing this eloquent comment and agreeing with him fully from cousin YatSoon who is born, lives and works in London,UK: I am not by instinct a supporter of monarchy as an institution, but the late Queen Elizabeth II has been an exemplary constitutional monarch. She was from my parents’ generation which lived through the Second World War. The Queen’s first Prime Minister, Churchill was born in 1874, and her last, Liz Truss was born in 1975.

The first US President she met was Truman and the last was Joe Biden.
From my Singaporean background, the first Singaporean PM she met was Lee Kuan Yew, and the last was his son Lee Hsien Loong. A surprisingly large number of Commonwealth government leaders in the Queen’s reign have been from the same family: Pierre and Justin Trudeau in Canada, Jomo and Uhuru Kenyatta from Kenya, and three generations : Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi from India (as well as leaders from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh).
The best historical statistic I have heard in the last day has been that the late Queen has been on the throne (1952-2022) for more than a quarter of the length of time that the United States of America has been a nation (1776 to date)… extraordinary! 

It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult – QE2

The way HRH Prince Philip looked at HM-QE2 throughout their entire 70 years together.

She now joins HRH Prince Philip(1921-2021) who has loyally served his Queen&Country for 7decades!

https://amylamsg.com/2021/04/12/his-royal-highness-the-duke-of-edinburgh/

Grief is the price we pay for love – QE2

Sun11Sep: the first stage of HM-QEs final journey has begun as her coffin is driven from Balmoral to Edinburgh. The cortege is making the 6+hrs journey to Edinburgh’s Palace of Holyroodhouse. The coffin draped in the Royal Standard for Scotland, which has been used by generations of Scottish monarchs. The Wreath on the coffin features Dhalias, Sweet Peas, Phlox, White Heather and Pine Fir from the Balmoral Estate.

https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-62868466

Mon12Sep: HM-QE2’s coffin will be conveyed to St Giles’ Cathedral in a procession with King Charles and members of the royal family. They will then attend a service at St Giles’ Cathedral, and after, the public will be allowed to pay their respects.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-62887444

Tue13Sep: 17.00hrs(LondonTime), HM-QE2’s coffin will be moved from St Giles’ Cathedral to Edinburgh airport. Members of the public will be able to pay their respects as the hearse drives along the route. 18.00hrs Princess Anne will fly with the coffin on RAF/C-17 and is expected to arrive in Northolt/London ~19.00hrs and then continuing to Buckingham Palace.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/leaden-skies-and-rain-as-queens-long-journey-home-concludes-in-london-193136893.html

Wed14Sep: 14.44hrs(LondonTime), HM-QE2’s coffin will leave Buckingham Palace via Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard to Westminster Hall where the coffin will lie in state for four days. Lying-in-state describes the formal occasion in which a coffin is placed on view before the funeral ceremony.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-62878294

Thu15Sep: marks the first of four full days that the HM-QE2’s coffin will lie in state in Westminster Hall, where she will remain until the morning of the funeral. The first members of the public pay their respects as the vigil begins around the coffin of the Queen. Officials expect~750,000 people to view the coffin, will check on how correct that figure stands!

Fri16: the lines from Southwark Pk to Westminster Hall,

-Sun18Sep: Westminster Hall opens 24hrs for the ppl to pay respect~10mi(16k)/14-24hrs.

Mon19Sep: with pomp and sorrow, world bids final farewell to HM-QE2. 11.00hrs (LondonTime) State Funeral Service ~2,000ppl attending (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-62890879), the coffin travelled in Procession from Westminster Abbey, here the coffin was carried on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy drawn by 142sailors to Wellington Arch and from here the coffin travelled by hearse to Windsor/St George’s Chapel.

HM-QE2 was laid to rest on Monday night together with HRH Prince Philip at a private family service in the King George VI Memorial Chapel located inside St George’s Chapel.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-62952004

Wed21Sep: More Than 4.1 Billion Watch Queen’s Funeral – https://www.newsweek.com/queen-elizabeth-funeral-tv-broadcast-viewership-audience-1744187

Happy 11thBday Olai

8 Sep 2022 – More Procedures@SGH

Mon: Happy11thBDay to #6, adorable baby like his mother and just as adorable today. Looking much forward to their next visit.

Enjoying Life’s Pace
Waiting really shouldn’t be an occupation
Things will happen when they happen and not one minute sooner
That is the way of life; it runs at its own pace
Enjoy as many minutes as you can ― Rob Kozak
Be safe everyone, especially with consideration the stabbings in Canada – https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-62790900
Thoughts&prayers are out to all affected by today’s earthquake in China – https://edition.cnn.com/2022/09/05/china/china-earthquake-sichuan-intl-hnk/index.html
And to those marking LaborDay in the USA today, enjoy your holiday&cook-outs. An afternoon@SGH to be scoped and told that there is a rather large cyst in the tonsil. Scheduling for day surgery(4th surgery within the past2+yrs!) next week; at this stage in life do not want to take the risk that it might get infected like it did with the gallbladder – do wonder how much more can this aging body&soul take???
Tue: thankful for our tropical lush greenery at a bus stop and a window of green(pix credits to RaymondC) in the midst of our concrete jungle. Grateful for our tropical lush greenery in the midst of this concrete jungle. My world evolves around many of these favourite F-words family, friends, food, festivals, fun, fauna&flora
Downloading some pix from the SIN-NightFestival2022,
and from SIN-GardenFestival/SGF2022 – energy&mood not there this year to be physically present with the crowds at those locations.
Wed&Thu: Wednesday&Thu morning quiet moments with meditation to calm myself before more procedures@SGH Thu afternoon – hopefully for preventive than cure and it is sensible to stop a bad thing or an illness from happening in the first place than to have to deal with awful problems, worse health issues or damages later.
Sometimes you need to sit lonely on the floor in a quiet room in order to hear your own voice and not let it drown in the noise of others ― Charlotte Eriksson

Wander Often, Wonder Always

4 Sep 2022: Seize the day, then let it go…

Thu: grocery shopping@Giant/Tampines and thankful to niece for this new Wheelie, also grateful for the free shuttle bus to&fro BedokBusInterchange.

Somehow I have not associated Tamarind with Assam even when I know that they are the same. Have always like Assam fish and Tamarind drinks&snacks. Decided to buy a box of ThaiTamarindS$6.50 to try, delighted that am able now make my own drink, snack on them at a fraction of the price and not having to go the Thai or Vietnamese places to get the drinks or snacks.

Enjoying my wanderings – here on bus13 passing by MasjidMalabar(closed for renovations)&HotelBoss@the junction of VictoriaSt&JlnSultan; checking out what is happening and to wonder despite of the never ending barricades, constructions, threatening sky, etc.

Fri: have been needing&wanting this tiny fanS$10 without a cover(easier to clean the blades) and a tiny radioS$25, delighted to have found them within my budget@SimLimSquare.

MiddleRd&WaterlooSt where I frequented once upon a time when working with advertising@H&H(closed its doors completely shut in 2020-21)FortuneCentre&CC(before moving to BkTimahRd)WaterlooSt. Looks like the Stamford Arts Centre’s renovation is completed and looking good.

In 7thHeaven, finally found my favourite Ben&Jerry’s CoffeeCoffee ice-cream@FortuneCentre(tkx to Clement for the tip). Last time I tasted it was when #6 was visiting in 2020 and we were@SINZoo – they used to have it@VivoCity, but sadly no longer.

Seems quiet here despite with probably the biggest lantern@AlbertRoundAbout and the NightBazaar, but MidAutumn is still a week+ away. School holidays start this weekend, so will stay away from any potential crowded places.

My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport — Steve McCurry

Sat: Danish psychological thriller Kærlighed for Voksne/Loving Adults is based on a novel by AnnaEkberg(a pseudonym for authors AndersRønnowKlarlund&JacobWeinreich) now on Netflix. Good plot with unpredicted twists and will keep you guessing till the end – do not want to be a spoiler-alert, one of the better thrillers I have watched, highly recommended.

Sun: Happy 44thBday to 2nd-born, an adorable child to a beautiful young woman inside-out who has helped me to be the blessed mother&grandmother I am today.

Also Happy 60thBday to a wonderful nephew VincentL in Australia – according to CH a math lecturer demonstrated the DidYouKnow in class and I tell him that I also discovered why there are so many SepBdays~20 in just my family…

Tkx to Leonard with getting my online medical bills sorted out, dinner@TinYeang,corner of JooChiat&DunmanRd. After living in this area for 20+yrs and passing by this corner regularly on the bus, finally got to try the food here. Am soo totally blessed with family&friends who never cease to amaze me and reminding me to be thankful for them every day.

Dessert&coffee@StevensCafe,JooChiatPl – excellent sundae.

A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life ― Amit Kalantri

Sep Family’s Bdays – count 9months back and you will find out why so many SepBdays!

4 Sep – Happy Bdays MayH & Vince
5 Sep – Happy Bday Olai
6Sep – Happy Bday Nicholas
8 Sep – Happy Bday Alfred
11 Sep – Happy Bdays Steven & MayY
14 Sep – Happy Bday Kelsey
15 Sep – Happy Bday Wendy TsengWong
16Sep – Happy Bday Ivy & Edith
21 Sep – Happy Bday Greg
23 Sep – Happy Bdays Joyce & Klaus
24 Sep – Happy Bday Yun
25 Sep – Happy Bday Kat
30 Sep Happy Bdays Mabel, DaisyL & Valerie