Rénrì人日, Everybody’s Birthday/2023

29 Jan 2023 – Medical & Music 

Wed: CT-scan@NHC/SGH on time as scheduled, in&out within less than 30mins, hopefully no further attention will be needed after the results. Kopitian gone from NHC and in its place is SG-Hawker.

Decided to pack some Nyonya/Peranaka food for lunch. Heavy rains while on Bus196 and even without umbrella was not a problem as the walkways to&from all the bus-stops on my paths today are all shaded. Enjoying fully this lovely cool wet afternoon with this yummy food. An early good night sleep with the peaceful&relaxing pitter-patter of the rains.

Thu: needed today to be a loner recharging for another busy weekend ahead. Watching cheesy movies is a good way for me to switch off. Appreciations to 1st-born for posting these pix and nice to see that they do mark the CNY despite being in a another culture&society where CNY is not celebrated. Besides myself, #3 is the other only one in my flock born here in SIN! Thank goodness Chinese eateries are world-wild and take-away Chinese food is a nice way to mark the CNY. Tkx to Gel for her home-made Kimchi

Fri: TGIF on this 6CNY-day and a good weekend to all. Appreciations to Aileen(now a proud grandmother to a beautiful baby girl – pix credits to the Tang-family) for taking time to meet up for brunch in my hood in the midst of her very busy schedule, اشكرك for lovely orchid, safe journeys back to her temporary home in Saudi.

谢谢 to Calvin for this juicy&sweet box of mandarin-oranges, stay safe&warm in their Japan trip – pix credits to Yukie.

Sat: today is the 7CNYday and also know as Rénrì人日, Everybody’s Birthday. According to Chinese customs, Renri was the day human beings were created. It is celebrated not only in China, but also in the surrounding region influenced by Chinese culture. Happy Birthday to all celebrating Downstairs here@46MarineCres, the neighbourhood has been preparing since a week ago for their CNYdinner.

Tkx to AudreyW for lunch invite, she is the only one who I know makes yummy 炒年糕 or chǎo niángāo = Stir fried Shanghai rice cakes with mushrooms & cabbage in a delicious, savory Asian soy based sauce.

Tkx to HS for Concerto3 -Three Concertos with re:Sound – 3rd time within a week at the WestEnd. Quick ThaiFoodBite&drink@BarBarBlackSheep after nearly 2hrs on the bus! Has been a long while ago since last YongSiewTohConservatory of Music/YSTCM and what fantastic performance. The music&medical scenes here in SIN have have come along impressively from since what I can remember from my younger days!

1.Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531 (soloists: Qin Li-Wei, Liu Jiaqi). 2.Grażyna Bacewicz: Concerto for String Orchestra. 3.Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No.1 in C major (soloist: Qin Li-Wei).

Where words fail, music speaks — Hans Christian Andersen

Sun: cool quiet wet day to chill before dinner with nieceDaisy&grandnephewDarryl before he returns for his studies in Sydney/Australia next week. Met@KatongShoppingCentreChickenRice, for me and IpohTuckKeeSon noodles for them – nice walk to I12.