New Generation For The LAM-Heritage

31 Dec 2022 – Welcome Brown Generation/BrG And 2023, Goodbye 2022

Tue: just discovered that I have been promoted to Great-Grand auntie! welcoming a new generation. BrownGeneration in the LAM-family – baby AnnaANG born 12Aug2022, the 1st of the BrGen. Congratulations to 2nd-sil GeokSiewTAY now great-grand-mother, niece JenLengLAM grandmother, grandniece QiYingANG auntie, and all the best to parenthood for grandnephew KeeYangANG

Wed&Thu: and the 5th DayOfChristmas. Thank you with appreciations for all the gifts and season’s greetings. Enjoying these beautiful paper-pop-ups of 5Gold-rings, 4Calling-birds, 3French-hens, 2Turtledoves 1Partridge in a PearTree. Good to have a few days of quiet time to reflect before the busy social weekend and before 2022 is over. As we welcome to the BG-LAM TinYue-Branch new births of probably the last of the PG-AydenDOYLE and the 1st of BrG-AnnaANG, celebrating 80thBdays to cousin JohnWONG and bro LeslieLAM, we also had to sadly say our final goodbye to cousin DavidWONG.

The most exciting news – The Beam Raising Ceremony is one of the most important rituals in the construction of houses and ancestral halls in China. The Republican Era hall was built by Lam Tee Chew (Lin Zichao) in Tangbianli Village, Jiangmen City, Guangdong Province. To carry forth his legacy of caring for the community, it is being reborn as a cultural heritage education center and a resource for overseas Chinese as well as domestic and international scholars and visitors. It is also being revived for traditional purposes for the villagers and to support their livelihood.

Fri: appreciations to Lionel for catering – Dry MeeSiam, IncheKabin FriedChicken+bought PulutHitam with coconut-ice-cream was enjoyed by all. Tkx for good company&gifts from Hong, Boon&Will and a nice ending to 2022.

Tkx to Les&Ivy for dinner@ParadiseTeochew/ScottsSq. Great to catch up with Kat for drinks@Rochalie before she takes off back to USA. Appreciations to Glady for getting the Grab, feeling sooo stuffed!

Used up the remain of the $100CDC vouchers today before they expire 31Dec – the store owner has a pet!

Sat: another dinner with some bro’s Steven’s family tonight to end 2022 – to be edited with pix if not too tired. On this last 2022day&7thDayOfChristmas, no Swans-a-Swimming, but a day for reflection of appreciations&gratitudes to all who have crossed my path and looking forward to more crossings ahead for 2023.

As China opens its boarders, Chinese tourists are ready to travel abroad again. Here’s why some countries are hesitant –

Personally, still unwilling to travel, but will play by ear and watch the circumstances&situations the next 2months…

31Dec2022: WorldOmeter of COVID-19 total deaths are as follow:

SIN/pop ~5.6+mil in an area of ~721km²  – 1,711
SC/USA/pop ~5+mil in an area of ~82, 932km²  – 18,811
Norway/pop ~5.3+mil in an area of ~365,268km²  – 4,571

2022 Season’s Greetings

26 Dec 2022 – With Family & Friends

Fri: நன்றிNaṉṟi thank you to DavidTAN on this last 2022Fri&23AdventDay for DimSum-lunch@SpringCourt 詠春园 Spring where it is the only DimSum restaurant serving good popiah. Welcome back David(FB-friend) from the US and first time meeting him today with this group. Its today and not yesterday that Chinatown is in the schedule!

Welcome home grandnephew Darryl from Australia. After being away for one year, his first request was for a Prata meal. Caught up Darryl+the family, not for food as the stomach would explode with more food.

Sat: here is to thanking for gifts during this season of giving. Wishing each&everyone of you a peaceful, joyful holiday season. Enjoy your moments with family&friends + the extra spark of gratitude the season brings. Appreciations to Hannah&Heiko for German home-baked cookies and for helping to eat left-overs!

Yes, it’s been said, many times, many ways, but we still mean it just as much! Merry Christmas and Peace to all.
Sun: on this first day of Christmas, no partridge and a pear tree, but a scrumptious Christmas-Lunch@TanglinClub.
Buffet starters with champagne
Main dish of turkey(had to doggie-bag) with red-wine and buffet dessert.
Welcome nieceKat+her daughtersDevon&Eliot back to SIN, good that they are back here considering the massive winter storm happening in the US. Nice to be able to gather together again, 22family members of the LAM TinYueBranch (missing 48more here)+6friends – appreciations&thanks to broLeslie&Ivy. Pix credits to David.
Here’s to a bright&cheerful present, a well-remembered past, and a new year filled with delight.
Thank you Adeline for this video – this party popper has&will always ring in the season with laughters&joy for all generations.
Mon: Happy Boxing Day – explains that one theory of the holiday’s origin is that the day after Christmas was when boxes filled with small gifts and money would be given to household servants and employees who had to work on Dec. 25. The gifts were meant as a thank you for their service throughout the year. Today Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday, and no you are not going to find me near any shops, especially today also a public holiday in SIN.
Tkx to Clement for DimSum-lunch@PeachGarden/OCBC Centre with my favourite JellyFish.
Walk from FullertonHotel down the SIN-River to discover this new sculpture, Vitalita by Anna Chiasa Spellini – not sure how or at what angle to look from?
Caught in action by Boon!! tkx for pix, but no tkx for not saying hi, hahaha. On the way to desserts@Funan where friends are angels who lift our feet when our own wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
Ppl in parts of US, plx be safe&warm as powerful winter storm claims at least 22 lives across the US as temperatures plunge.

Grazie For An Italian Feast

22 Dec 2022 – Tis The Season

Mon: Grazie/thank you on this 19thAdventDay to Wendy for hosting a scrumptious ChristmasFeast@CC with IrishOysters,

Pasta made by Marco from DOP-MozzarellaBar&Restaurant, do not usually eat much pasta, but had seconds here, highly recommended.
Tue: thousand thanks to cousin GGIreneLAM/RGLAM JeeChewBranch(older brother of RGLAM SongKee) on this 20thAdventDay for this share. Such a momentous day with this exciting new to ring in the season. Sending everyone here love, light, laughter for good memories and for a bright&healthy 2023.
Wed: Happy Winter Solstice/Dongzhi/冬至節on this 21AventDay, the arrival of winter and the shortest day of the year. Enjoy your TongYuen/湯圓 literally soup-ball – glutinous rice flour dumpling filled with various fillings like black sesame, my favourite. Usually just plain round white-balls, but since I like to play with food, sharing these downloaded fancy ones!
Tkx to KK for gifts and lunch company. 1st tasting these mini citrus and even the skin is good, not need to peel away the skin.
Thu: The Banshees Of Inisherin leads LondonCritics’ CircleAwards nomination. WildAtlanticWay, InisMor &AchillIslands were amazing when last visited. Being on screen brought back lovely memories despite of the movie being on the dark side…
Somehow there was some confusion and was in Chinatown today when it is supposed to be tomorrow. Anyways all’s well that ends well and things happen for a reason – managed to get some errands done since I was there that would probably not be done tomorrow.
Appreciate visit from cousins Yeng&ZhaoMing (visiting from Vancouver/Canada) and Ching&HengHuat, could kick myself for forgetting to take pix when I for once! had them together this afternoon – what’s up with me today? first, wrong day and then forgetting to take pix?? Tkx cousins for these interesting docs which will eventually be donated to the library here and to the LAM AncestralHall in China.

Christmas Village 2022

18 Dec 2022 – Laptop Issues

Wed: welcome auntie Ngor back to SIN and tkx to cousin Karen for arranging for us all to meet. As it was needed to run some errands@PP. Somehow unable to get into my WordPress to post, so just making short notes in WordDoc to copy and paste when I can access to my blog. This beautiful water-colour painting with even a nissen on the envelope to match is painted by my talented Swedish friend. Tack så mycket/thank you so much for 2overseas greetings from Sweden USA arriving on this 14thAdventDay.

Thu: a trip to CGH to visit sis Jo who is in decent spirit with a good appetite, so all in all she is as well as can be! Her single room there even has a balcony with her own bathroom. ShkranLakشكرًا لك’/thank you for my 1st cup of coffee made by a robot on this 15thAdventDay. Good&tasty MeeSiam brunch@Kaffe&toast before visiting hours and for once I am not the patient this time round!

I think we should all start worrying about being downloaded and put in robots — Jane Espenson

Fri: Giant/Tampines a last trip there for 2022 and today’s with a good saving of $11savings for promotional items + $3.50SenS&$2.50YUU, total of S$17. TGIF, a good weekend ahead and Vielen Dank/thank you for this 16thAdventDay. As the Northern Hemisphere countries head into the darkest day of the year, am here in the tropics enjoying the memories of some of these yummy seasonal Norwegian foods.

Do miss the best Medisterkaker by EllenHald where she has reindeer meat in the mixture, Rype by KariHeggelund and Bacalhau by IngridHustad

Sat: 谢谢 Xièxiè/thank you&welcome to my 2022ChristmasVillage on this 17thAdventDay. Has been quite some time ago since KW was at our season’s annual pot-luck-gathering. Happy Holidays Ting,CH,Bev&KW – tis the season to drink and be merry and see y’all in 2023.

As we gathered upstairs, the other gathering downstairs what we thought was an Indian wedding turned out be an Indian Cultural affair as we later discovered on our way for dinner.

Dinner@MarineTerrace entertained by life-music, never a dull moment when living in HDB-heartland communities.

Sun: Happy Hanukkah to those marking the beginning of this celebrations, תודה/thank you on this 18thAdventDay and 4thSunday of Advent and to Leonard to fixing my laptop issues. This final candle symbolizes peace reminding us of the message of the angels: Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men. And may each&everyone of you find your Peace towards Good will to all.

Does Time Really Heal Everything?

13 Dec 2022: Happy St Lucia Day

Sat: The phrase time heals all wounds may be first attributed to the Greek poet Menander, who lived around 300BC and said, Time is the healer of all necessary evils. Geoffrey Chaucer’s poem, Troilus and Criseyde, written in the 1380s contains the phrase: As tyme hem hurt, a tyme doth hem cure. Time heals all wounds is one of the most popular sayings, but it may not be completely true for everyone. Although time is not exactly a healer, it can have healing purposes. Ultimately, it’s up to you to find ways to achieve healing and or ways of dealing with the hurt or wounds.

Sun: 1st,2nd,3rd places for their age-group at the Annual Kiawah marathon/half-marathon, SC/USA. Congratulations and way to go Linn,Erin,MC what a wonderful way to ring in this season of joy on this 3rdSunday of Advent. GoRaibhMaithAgat/thank you on this 11thAdvent lovely cool wet day here.
Thy fate is the common fate of all; Into each life some rain must fall – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tkx to dear bro&sil for Sunday dinner – my contribution is the bitter-gourd from the coffee-shop across the road. With the exception of Ivy, everyone likes it, so I do get some to take to them once in a while. Les made lamb which was marinated for the day and it was deliciously tasty&tender. Do not always take bus36 back to the East from RochalieDr, but will try to do so in the Dec month to enjoy the lights on OrchardRd.

Mon: news of sis Jo falling yesterday was not how I wanted to start my week! Made my way to ChangiGeneralHospital/CGH to find her still in the overcrowded A&E. Thank goodness to hear that there was a single room available later in the afternoon and that all the tests so far are good – hopefully she will be able to be home soon.

New territory to explore since in the area – EastPointMall by SimeiMRT-st, just a few blocks from the hospital. Appreciations to Clement for meeting for lunch to cheer me up, needed it.

Tue: Happy StLuciaDay to those marking the day – have not baked Luciabrød/Luciaboller/Lussekatte since L&M were kids.  Sometimes it feels like yesterday, other times it feels like a lifetime ago! This time of the year when it is usually busy with the Christmas preparations and believe it or not, I have not had a tree since the kids left home, and not do not intend to have a tree again in this life-time. Tusen takk/thank you on this 13thAdventDay for those good memories.

In Fond Memory of DavidWT Wong

9 Dec 2022 – A Dedication to Cousin David

Wed: needed a quiet day to rest and to gather my thoughts after being on the go everyday for over a week.

Thu&Fri: sad news that cousin DavidWT WONG(1940-2022) passed away peacefully in HI/USA, was really hoping to catch up with him next year, but alas it was not to be.

Thank you to a dear cousin for fond memories – tkx to him I am still friends and in contact with some of his students. 1st visit in HI/USA was Thanksgiving2002 when #1 was only 1+yr young, and before blogging, thus unable to locate pix.


Apr2008 HNL/USA: a spiritual night, ie drinking, hahaha! Sat night at the KahalaHotel&Resort with some of the professors from the University of HI- Religion Faculty.

Dec2009 SIN: walked up MtFaber for old-time sakes! Pouring rains after HendersonWaves; had to abandon the remaining of the SouthernRidges/南部山脊 (18 Dec 2008/Walk- post search). For cousin David, this 1st visit to Vivo&H-Waves gave him another angle of SIN. Like his brother Wilki, they did not even know of the H-Waves’ existence until now!


May2010 SIN: cousin David, his Japanese friend Akira and two young female students, Jennifer&LaiLane from HonoluluCommuityCollege/HCC arrived Fri night, the smallest group for his last tour as he approaches his 70th bday. He claims that he will retire after this trip but will believe that when it really happens! They had one night lay-over in Taipei/Taiwan to ease the jet-lag. It is always a pleasure to show SIN off, especially to first time visitors. Was fortunate to be included in his 2004 trip which was an educational&fun experience.

Oct2010 HNL/USA: Christine&KevinTRAN met at a Thai refugee camp. As BoatPeople, both had struggled hard to escape Vietnam in the 1980s…their youngest and only daughter, Jennifer is in HCC, a student of cousin David and no doubts that she will good well and complete her studies under his guidance.

Jan2012 SIN: now that HI/USA has passed midnight, the whole world is in sync to the year of 2012. Being a wimp with crowds, the choice was to celebrate a quiet New Year’s Eve with cousin David&Leah from HI who will be flying off this evening. Tkx to Mica&Mun for drinks and food at the SINSwimmingClub  where we found a quiet place.

Mar2019 HI/USA: thank you to Wilki&Pattie for a scrumptious homemade dinner of CornishHens, Ox tongue&tendons, home-grown cucumbers+other veggies, these were consumed in good company&conversations. Back to Manoa via the LikeLIke Highway just before midnight and crashed for 7hrs, tkx to Huang for driving.

Appreciations to a very special group of young ppl who crossed my path nearly 2decades ago when they were doing their SE-Asia Study program traveling thru’ The Silk Route. Husband&fatherhood becomes Adrian, glad to have him&Taylor into Lisa’s life where the of 3 of them make such a lovely family together. 

The last time I was with David in HI/USA there was a double rainbow outside his house then. Mahalo/thank you dear cousin for crossing my path in this life journey.

When all the world is a hopeless jumble
And the raindrops tumble all around,
Heaven opens a magic lane.
When all the clouds darken up the skyway
There’s a rainbow highway to be found,
Leading from your window pane
To a place behind the sun,
Just a step beyond the rain.
Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high,
There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

Fri8Nov2019 SIN: tkx to Wilki&Patty for this small family gathering@PorKee (where their parents used to frequent) with some of our favourite dishes. It is a very rare occasion to get all my 3Wong cousins together and the last time together with David here in SIN.

He will be greatly missed and may he now RIP. Thank you to all for the kind condolences&sympathetic words. Indeed my cousin lived his life fully with gusto&kindness, setting an example to his students&others to do the same – gone now, but never forgotten.

Standard Chartered Marathon 2022

6 Dec 2022 – Tampines1, Hub & Mall

Sat: nice walk down memory lane from the bus stop in front of CapitolBuilding crossing StamfordRd to VictoriaSt where main entrance to my old CHIJ school was.

From the GateOfHope heading down the red-tiles-floor where it was an orphanage once-upon-a-time now houses many trendy eateries.

Delighted to see the beautiful old fig-tree still standing by CaldwellHouse, former Rev Mother’s office – a place familiar to me being summoned there more than once!

Welcome Garry back to SIN and on this 3rdAdventDay,TerimaKasih/thank you to Clement for yummy lunch@LeiGarden. Do not remember when I was last there, and since it is still there, must be doing something right as it is the only restaurant I remember from here when I returned in 1998.

Random happenings while walking off lunch…

Sun: StandardCharteredMarathon were dominated by Kenyans with EzekielOmullo winning the men’s marathon in 2hr20min20sec. ~0645hrs at the half-way-mark/MarineCove to cheer on Kevin who completed his 1st-SIN-Marathon&40+other Marathons around the world.

Due to the marathon, took the wrong bus and was delayed 5mins heading to UnitedMedicare/Queensway, but all’s well that ends well on this 4thAdventDay 謝謝thank you to dearest bro Steven for his smiles despite not remembering who I am. Thank goodness for my amazing niece DaisyL who is such a filial daughter.

An afternoon@HollandV; MeePok brunch followed by walk to ChipBeeGardens for ice-cream@DailyScoop, coffee@SundayFolks, and an AlmondCroissant from TiongBahruBakery to take away.

Ice-cream makes me feel like being a kid again, tkx to DaisyL – hahaha

Mon: busy busy day started with a short walk around BugisJunction before Bfast with Kevin&his mother Theresa. Tkx to Alex for his book, looking forward to reading it.

Getting confused and lost@Tampines but to discover&learn that TampinesMall, Tampines1,TampinesHub,CenturySq are 4different places, but are connected in one way or other. Tkx to Kiera, a delightful grandniece for showing me around the impressive Hub – last here was in 2017.

Such a good idea as to the use of the open space in the middle, will try to figure out if there will be a movie for my taste screening to experience this open-air-concept but with a roof.

An amazing library on 5levels including 2culirnary studios.

Including play-stations for the younger non-readers to release their energy.

ShepherdPie lunch@DutchColony

Tkx to Garry for PonggolNasiLemak dinner+dessert/Hoshino Coffee@Capitol.

Ending this day with one of SINs most entertaining comedian KumarXXX where he celebrates 30yrs in show business. Find something that makes you happy. Even if it’s less money, at least you’re satisfied, and you’re happy – Kumar.

Tue: Happy St Nicolas Day on this 6thAdventDay; thank you/Kiitos and Happy National Day for Finland and to those celebrating&marking the day. Safe journeys for Kevin+his mother Theresa after a short visit here, now heading back to Finland after seeing Theresa off in Borneo.

Safe journey to Garry who heads back to Australia this morning. Brunch with Clement spending the rest of the afternoon exploring I12Katong checking out what is available now that most spaces are occupied after being revamped.

Hello December 2022

2 Dec 2022 – New Advent Calendar In The Making

Tue: Happy 16thBday to my grandson, JohnW who was born in SIN. Glad that he could revisit his birth-country earlier this year in Jul. To an amazing grandson who taught me that the Eastern-Box turtle only roams 1 mile its whole life and if it is removed from its area/home then for the rest of its life it will roam aimlessly stressed out…

Tkx to Linn for the share of his newly-born pix as the only one I am able to locate is from PatLynn&David’s wedding and it is not even sharp.

Helping out @CC and it is a wonder how light&portable Helinox are to wander around with or to leave them at home and they do not take much space in use or being stored. 

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost ― Tolkien

Wed: Christmas mail done and out on this last Nov2022 day. Here in SIN and only@CC will you find the most extensive selection of Chaco which have carried me millions of steps all over the world the past 30+yrs without problems and will be wearing them till I drop!

I like Cinderella, she has a good work ethic and she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end – hahaha

30Nov2022: WorldOmeter of COVID-19 deaths are as follow:

SIN/pop ~5.6+mil in an area of ~721km²  – 1,702
SC/USA/pop ~5+mil in an area of ~82, 932km²  – 18,707
Norway/pop ~5.3+mil in an area of ~365,268km²  – 4,325

Thu1Dec: out with Christmas decorations&AdventCalender, the one I have stitched in the 1980s and have so far used, inserted with the word Thank you in 24 languages, and its Greek Ευχαριστώ to start the season. Advent is the season before Christmas. In many branches of Christianity, Advent consists of the period starting 4Sundays before Christmas.

Putting together a new paper pop-up-village AdventCalender from IKEA this year so that 6small candies can be inserted into the houses with hopes&thoughts that some Christmas I can reunite with all 6grandchildren. Starting with Day1 today and will enhance with paint, small ornaments, etc as days go by.

Dec Bdays to note:
9 Dec – Happy Bday Stanley Neo
13Dec – Happy Bday Ingrid
16Dec – Happy Bday Andy Lam
19Dec – Happy Bday Rita Tann
21Dec – Happy Bdays ANG ChinSheng and Anna Tsang
23Dec – Happy Bday Minos Lam
25Dec – Merry Christmas
27Dec – Happy Bday Lisa Xiao
28Dec – Happy Bday Peggy Puddey
31Dec – Happy Bdays Jorden&Jagger Wong
Hair trimmed and tkx to Helen for fun company to start off this season’s social get togethers. This will be a nice edible wreath to make for the season for any gatherings.
Fri: 2ndAdventDay of Thank you is ありがとうございました’Arigatōgozaimashita and congratulations to Japan for a comeback against Spain to win 2-1.
Doing my part where Christmas decorations@CC are concerned – tkx to Feier for her delicious home-made Northern-Chinese lunch.
Caught a rainbow while crossing the road to LauPaSat, welcome Kevin who is in SIN to run the Marathon on Sun. Tkx to Alex for Satay and appreciations to ChingEei for the group pix and does the rainbow end in your soul or on the horizon?