Geylang Serai 2019

22 May 2019 – Aladdin

Tue: grocery day@Parkway Giant to save $$2.50, 3%senior day. Food market@MarineParade is reopened after renovations but my sugar-cane drink stall is no longer. Pleasant life entertainment today.

Premiere of Aladdin, tkx to Daisy. Missed Stanley, Andrew (immigrated to Australia)&Darryl (National Service) who are in  A Whole New World. Personal preference is still the 1992 animated version with Robin Williams (may he RIP). Still worth the time to enjoy another happy ending Disney movie with Wil Smith as Genie and hearing another version of A Whole New World.

Wed: https://thenewageparents.com/hari-raya-light-up-geylang-serai/

Have been looking forward to this walkabout since it was set up –

started my 4hrs walk from ChangiRd-GeylangRd and up SimsAve to soak in the whole ambiance and all the lights.

Food Glorious Food – Oh food! magical food! wonderful food! marvelous food! –  Lionel Bart. Enjoying&overdosing the abundance of this festival foods.

The vibrant colours and matching family outfits are to die for. How I used to like dressing my family in the same outfits when they were kids must have been an influence from this.

The sun has not even set yet and look at the crowd on a Wed! Most definitely do NOT want to be here in the bazaars-grounds during public holidays, weekends and after sunset.

The traffic is jammed bumper to bumper. Might take a double-decker bus down this same route and up Sims Ave to enjoy the lights one more time just sitting and admiring from the comforts of an AC bus!

Delighted to discover Wisma Geylang Serai.

Here it was peaceful and beautiful, without crowds but with a high ceiling to give the feeling of open-wild space. Hypnotized by the lights and the tranquility, lingered on to calm the body&soul.

Galeri Warisan Heritage Gallery worth the visit if you are in the area.

Of all the 3 Worlds during the 1950s, this one has the best name to my ears. Visited mainly the Great World, being nearest to where I used to live. Shared this on FB Nostalgic Singapore/FB-NS and appreciations to Shamsul Bahrin who informed me that Happy World became Gay World and after that People’s Association – had always thought the there were 3Worlds, but now I know otherwise.

Childhood games and toys. We made our own catapults and 5-stones. Was not that good with the top or marbles. And again thru’ FB-NS (getting to like this new discovered site) learnt that the colourful game there is Kuti-Kuti/k-k where I used to thread thru’ the loops of the figures to make bracelets out of them, but that was not what they were for. Pix credits of k-k to Richard Lincoln

Tkx to Richard Lincoln – the kuti -kuti were used as stakes in card games during our childhood. The other way we used them was in a ‘battle’. One on one. The objective was to get your kuti-kuti up onto your opponent’s, by using the fingertip to push it up. So we always chose one that was ‘goondu’. Which meant curved or bent upwards like a ‘c’. For obvious reasons. As mentioned earlier, the loops had to be intact to use the k-k. 

Absolutely thrilled to stumble upon this cozy AC reading room where I sat for a few minutes enjoying the whole space to myself.

Taking the overpass to the market in time to see ppl breaking fast.

Also time for to listen to the heart but using the legs to head up SimsAve to bus13. Feeling blessed and appreciating this lovely evening breeze as I drift off to dreamland.

Fairy tales can come true
It can happen to you if you’re young at heart
For it’s hard, you will find
To be narrow of mind if you’re young at heart… – Carolyn Leigh / Johnny Richards

Imagine There’s No Countries

20 May 2019 – And No Religion Too

Sat: helping out one more day@CC. Nice to have Calvin&Sam are back. Will be pleasantly surprised if these shelves with glasses&bottles will look like these after this week! The ropes as vibrantly colourful as they are do need some tiding up.

Exciting walk on Mackenzie Rd near the Istana where we saw 3Hornbills, tkx to Lenord good eyes. Quite an unexpected delightful sight in a city. Moments like this is when a more sophisticated camera would do justice to these beautiful birds.

Discovering OldChangKee first outlet. Like the giant display of my favourite curry-puff on the building.

Yummy fusion dinner@EasyNoodle in the JalanBesar area.

Preparations for VesakDay at full-force crowding around Thekchen Choling 大乘禅寺 

Named after the monastery of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, it houses one of the biggest collections of mantra wheels in SIN.

Stumbled upon some wall-mural painter on the way to DoubleDurian – the Smelliest Cafe in Lavender, for my favourite DurianSmoothie. Appreciations to Leonard who seems to know where my interest&taste with both food&places.

Sun: day to rest and get things done within the 4-walls. Tkx to Audrey for helping out with some Cantonese sentences.

Mon: somebody in FB posted this brilliant post. If only all these power-heads can Imagine to John Lennon’s lyrics Imagine, there might be a chance for peace on earth. This is so worth sharing (do remember to turn the vol up) on this Mon public holiday in SIN – have a good week ahead and keep imagining. Can never get enough of John Lennon’s Imagine – 

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today…

It was indeed a hot day and seems even hotter in the shade while passing by the stalls in the ArabSt area. Being the fasting time, many of the stalls are closed in the day. Looking forward to seeing the lights@GeylangSerai, hopefully sometime this week or latest next week.

Can never get enough of these old against new background scenes.

Finding my way to Cicheti@KandaharSt and was amazed to see these 2ppl having a picnic in this heat. At first sight, thought they were statues but on closer look to discover that they are real ppl unlike those on the RSVP field.

Appreciations to Ivy&Les for yummy VesakDay lunch. The beef was tender&tasty and so were the other 6dishes at this charming place with excellent service. No time to take pix of the dishes as they were consumed quite immediately upon placing on the table. One of the dishes was on house, tkx to Angie and wines were brought by Les. Today’s foods&wines was good enough even to the angels’ delight.

Tkx to Leonard to taking videos of me for audition to send to Birdmandog Pte Ltd who is producing a new TV show. Speaking in Hokkein is not my dialect or mother-tongue, even just 3sentences by a supposedly a sick grandma. Learnt something new by just trying and whatever will be will be!

Que sera sera
Whatever will be will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que sera sera – Doris Day who died last week aged 97, may she RIP.

17 May 2019

18 May 2019 – Survivor-Kit

Mon&Tue: letters off to HDB, NEA&Polymer Technologies.

An easy meal but the best when hungry and to top it all by dinning under billions of stars. Do drop by and can help you choose your menu. Will be at CC until Sat to help with your outdoors adventures. It is a good idea to have some of these things in your store-room.

When living in Florida/USA always had a basic-box for survivor purposes incase of hurricanes. That box is checked regularly replacing outdated stuff. Now this will be the future survivor-kid with the luxury of a 3-course-meal vs the basic survivor-kid for a few days if all hell breaks lose. Would be wise to package a basic survivor-kid, but more fun with to do a grading&pricing of them from 5* to 1*

Wed: got a cake to celebrated PengHann’s belated Bday. Many new faces including Freddy who I got to know better than the others. Missing Calvin, Sam (overseas), Glen&Moses (NovenaSq)+other ex-CC staff.

Thank you Alvin for his video. The Root-Beer Float was special for his request as a joke and we do NOT serve that at CC, but it is getting popular with the staff to make themselves a pick-me-up treat.

Thai food dinner across the road and it is quite decent. Do not know why Calvin&Co do not think much of the food? After 2100hrs, the scene was quite a different story. am not sure what is going on, but interesting to witness! When in the area, will return for the food another day.

Thu&Fri: hurra for 17mai. Have dressed CC’s window to mark the day, but being a long weekend, ppl are away. Introduced Aquavit & skål to Freddie&Caleb (poor innocent boys corrupted by this grandmother!) PengHann has tried it.

The last time I celebrated 17May with Linn&May was 2012 in OSL.

https://amylamsg.com/2012/05/17/two-daughters/

Sooo missing Trail Days this year with AT-Hiking Buddies and the drive with MoFo to&from Trail Days. Enjoy and be safe to those who are heading there this weekend. Wiggs&HiHills will not be there either. Pix credits to MoFo&Pokey.

Sad to learn about this recent murder on the AT.

Ronald “Stronghold” Sanchez, the victim from the recent fatal stabbing on the Appalachian Trail. There is no silver lining to this story- but it’s only right that we honor Stronghold’s memory, a veteran who sought the outdoors to help him overcome his depression and PTSD. You are in the thoughts and hearts of all of us in the trail community. We will continue down the trail in your honor. Rest In Peace – FB The Trek: Appalachian Trail

https://www.outsideonline.com/2396603/appalachian-trail-murder-ron-sanchez

Cruel with guilt, and daring with despair, the midnight murderer bursts the faithless bar; invades the sacred hour of silent rest and leaves, unseen, a dagger in your breast – Samuel Johnson

Portrait

12 May 2019 – Happy Mother’s Day To All Mothers

Fri – TGIF and what a privilege to be painted by a talented artist and being captured by a brilliant photographer. Thank you Alvin Mark Tan and Dennis Quek, the other pix credits to Yani. This must be the first I am sitting for an artist!

Sat: sky opened up on the bus en-route to RafflesPlace for breakfast. Thank goodness for the covered OUE-Link from the bus-stop across CollyerQuay to the basement food-court@CliffordCentre.

First time here, tkx to Clement for the introduction and it is a huge with many choices – could imagine how packed it can be in the weekdays, so do not expect to find me here on weekdays! Was informed about the waterspout when we were enjoying our breakfast.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/large-waterspout-spotted-near-tanjong-pagar-terminal-on-saturday-morning

National Gallery NgeeAnnKongsi Auditorium – appreciations for fresh-baked goods and blackcurrant juice, and tkx for the bottle with good memories of those years with the Auroras.

European Film FestivalThe Wave, hosted by Norwegian Embassy to celebrate its 50th Anniversary in SIN. Was it really nearly 4yrs ago I saw this movie in Norway? An appropriate time with a SIN waterspout to a Norwegian tsunami 🙂

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Bølgen=The Wave – even though awaited, no-one is really ready when the mountain pass of Åkneset above the scenic narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger falls out and creates a 85 meter high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it. Amanda Prize for Best Norwegian Film, Visual Effects  and Sound Design.

http://bolgen.tight.no/

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An epic tale based on the 1934 tsunami which killed 40ppl in Norway’s Tafjord. The disaster was triggered when a mountainside collapsed, causing huge damage and casualties in a number of villages along Norway’s fjords. Geologists believe Norway may be overdue for another such natural catastrophe!!!!

IMG_3585Busy day@CC. Alvin dropped by to pick up the portrait to take it to his studio for his signature and to give it a protection layer. Looking forward to the 2nd edition of La Kopi+other works. His favourite painting from the 1st edition is in my neighbourhood. The ink-sketch is from previous CC location which will be updated to the new location in the new edition where you will find me this week.

Dinner@Tekka with Judy&Roy.

Sun:  to raise children to be decent adults is a challenge. For me it has been&still is the most difficult, but most rewarding path of my life’s journey. Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. = Love in Chinese but what is so very amazing to my eyes is that I see this Chinese character with some Arabic calligraphy, mother&child+KuanYin showing that a mother’s love has no boundaries. Credits to a nun@Maris Stella who used recycled CDs to make this. https://amylamsg.com/2016/07/28/dempsey-hill/

But kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run ― Barbara Kingsolver

Time for laundry and letter-writing to HDB again, glad that 2016 HDB-correspondence are filed&organized; keeping fingers crossed that the system will not crash! Now with some minor edit but to a different person! Wonder if this is going to happen when ever there is a change of a new HDB officer in that department?

Tkx to Jo for dinner tonight.

Hot Hot Hot Again

9 May 2019 – AC Leaking Again?

IMG_3548Sun: met with 2beautiful feathered-friends sun tanning after their baths on my way by foot to the grocery. Exit11B on the ECP is full of life&activities, good to see ppl enjoying their Sunday and I will be making pasta for lunch-guests. Thank you Thomas&Fannie for the PinkKiwi – sweet&delicious and looks like a usual kiwi from the outside. You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover is quite appropriate here. Dinner with HKG visitor.

Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about – 

While #1 was@Prom, #4 (6th place 4th grade girl)&#5@RunHard 5K; #2@State Qualifier Track Meet (rained out); #3@orchestra field trip to Atlanta. Busy times for the Fabulous5 in the USA. Pix&info credits to Linn. #6 in Norway who is camera-shy will be 8 in Sep.

Do remember how busy it was when I was in the US around this time of the year the past few years. This year, just too tired for another long-distance flight for now – taking a break for a few months to rest up after the HI trip.

For those who are abstaining from eating, drinking, etc for the Ramadan month ahead, may these beautiful inspiring lights guide&help them thru’ by staying healthy&strong. Am considering (just considering!!) to abstain from eating until sundown 19.08hrs when in CC with Suriani Muhd for the next 2weeks – die die with a T for a foodie 🙂

Tue: called contractor Vincent about the leaking AC – have to think about this is new suggested tray to make sure that the water will flow in my absence.

This happened exactly 3yrs ago and again will ask the same question, what if there are derbies caught in the outlet of the tube? Water will not flow out then!! Will need to check out this concept thoroughly before it becomes a permanent fixture.

https://amylamsg.com/2016/04/18/hot-hot-hot/

At least this time round, the younger HBD person, Cao Zhiyuan was courteous&respectful with his answers to my questions who hard&soft copy me the above info as requested by me.

Not the best way to start the day, continuing with spilling some super-glue to my index&middle fingers, result from working on a cork-board! Consolation – one of my favourite ChickenBiryani@TekkaMarket for dinner.

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Wed: the sky opened up this morning and a quiet day@CC. Book&magazine shelves in place tkx to AhHuat for making the shelves. Coffee machine that steams your cup with one touch and another touch to make your coffee, another level to CC – CozyCorner 🙂

Thu: AC serviced S$90 for 3units and now to wait for a quote to get the tray. Some ppl get cranky during the fasting month and need to take it out on others, so complaining about your neighbour might be a way! Maybe I am mistaken about what Ramadan is about!!

So Nature, Wit, and Sense must blasted fall,
Whilst blooming Ignorance prevails o’er all – James Miller

Quiet day again@CC. Ordered super thin-crust cheese pizza from Pat’s@OwlsBrew and they were yummy.

Another consolation, Green ChickenCurry from The Thai Society. So-so without pea-eggplant, which is a must for me to make good green curry – oh well tomorrow is another day and its Fri.

International Labour Day 2019

4 May 2019 – May Day

Mon: a day@Campers to learn&know more about their products, will be there helping out until 18May.

Tue: guiding Kevin&Clay to places of worship and where else could you find a Synagogue, 2Churches, a Buddhist&Hindu Temple all within 2-3mins walking distance from one another on the same street – WaterlooSt which was actually ChurchSt many moons ago, a more appropriate name for this street, but not to confuse with another ChurchSt near RafflesPlace was thus changed.

Maghain Aboth Synagogue (1878). 

Church of Saints Peter and Paul (1870).

Sri Krishnan Temple (1870) & Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple (1884). Did not make it to Masjid Bencoolen@BencoolenSt, the next street to WaterlooSt.

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Wed: Crown Prince Naruhito ascended to Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne marking the beginning of the new Reiwa era. Pix downloaded.

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japans-new-emperor-naruhito-to-ascend-chrysanthemum-throne

Happy International Labour&May Day to all. Byebye to Apr – April showers bring May flowers.

Helping out@Campers on this public holiday. Good to catch up with Thomas&family+other families with their babies in our new location. A wonderful new start to life by introducing nature&an outdoor lifestyle to the young ones.

Thu: HDB officer here to check about a drip from the AC to the downstairs neighbour’s AC, will need to get that fixed.

Fri: TGIF and a fabulous weekend to all. Tkx for this reminder&share TingTing. Seems like another life time ago and many other fantastic trails&paths have been in this life journey since then. Fond memories from 14yrs ago with Wiggs, T² & Gadget – fellow AT Thru’hikers + others who hike sections with me MoFo, Pokey, Lizard, Sawbuck&Blossom, Coops, Alleghany, Skywalker, HiHills, Loon+many others. Appreciations to Warren for making this hike possible for me and special tkx to fellow hikers who were also our trail angels, including Judy.

Tkx to CC for dinner@Whampo FoodCentre. Traffic was bad getting there due to roadworks. Appreciations to Sam for the ride back to my 4-walls, been a long day on the feet for a no longer SpringChicken, nor do I want to be one 🙂

Nothing makes you look older than attempting to look young. —Karl Lagerfeld, may he RIP.

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Sat: as the tenth monarch of the Chakri dynasty, he is also styled as Rama X. Aged 64 at that time, Vajiralongkorn became the oldest Thai monarch to ascend to the throne. Pix downloaded.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/04/asia/gallery/thai-king-coronation/index.html

Two crowning within a week must be a record.

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Wow! Prom time for #1 (pix credits to Christie Glen Smith&Angela Bruccoli).

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Seems like yesterday when her parents were at Blue&Silver-Ball@LakeHowell High/FL (1993).

1 May – Happy May Day

5 May – Happy Cinco De Mayo

6 May – Happy Bdays WONG Wai Kit & Jan SOSA

10 May – Happy Bday Andrew LAM

13 May – Happy Bday Susannah LAM

17 May – Happy Bday LAM PohChee & hurra for 17 mai

18 May – Happy Bday Helen VICKERY-YEO

23 May – Happy Bday Yasmine AMEEN

27 May – Happy Bdays LAM SuiChang Karen LIM

28 May – Happy Bday Vanessa LAM

30 May– Happy Bday Hans Kristian HUSTAD

World Book Day

28 Apr 2019 – Interviews With SHS&HSS

Tue: today on World Book Day, tkx to Edmund Wee for having a sale and for signing his 4books on Understanding Singaporeans@HuggsEpigram CoffeeBookshop/URA. Have been wanting to know more about KiongSaik Rd and looking forward to reading this narrative by Charmaine Leung.

Grocery shopping&movie based on Anna Todd’s best-selling novel which became a publishing sensation on social storytelling platform Wattpad, After@Parkway – young chick flick!!

Wed: appreciations to  Lynn Wong YuQing (SIN Heritage Society/SHS) video-interviewed for In Search of the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl牛郎织女 Trying to remember what I can from those days when grandmother had the different foods, etc for all these celebrations.

Thu: woke up with a pain and was planning yesterday to go to the polyclinics for a referral letter to the dentist for a broken tooth, not this pain! As I was explaining about the pain and with my past history, was considered high-risk, ended by in an ambulance to A&E@Raffles Hospital. All’s well that ends well so far but will need further tests sooner or later!

Fun&such a clever idea to be able to taste a bite of all these 5 small-bowls/S$11.70 including a drink. Enjoyed it all for lunch after being discharged! – my personal favourite Pathumthani-soup base,

@Boat Noodle, Bugis Junction 重庆烤鱼

Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all it’s flavour ― William Cowper

Fri: raining cats&dogs and the bus was stuck in traffic for 20mins@OrchardTurn. Tkx to Ivy for Fri yummy lunch@GinzaKuroson/Takashimaya Shopping Centre Level3. The first round, the beef was overdone, returned it and got it medium-rare (which was what I ordered!) the next round!

A walk around the food area in the basement – a must for me but only when I am not hungry! Ended with dessert@Azabu Sabo Hokkaido Ice Cream, smooth coffee flavour.

Sat: discovering new area here@Bendemeer FoodCentre on the way for an interview.

Appreciations to CH&Shamima of the Humanist Society (Singapore)HSS for interviewing me regarding to my views on being humanist@Upside Down Concepts Studios. Good luck to the HSS and always remember to live&teach Peace&Love in all ways.

More discoveries in the neighbourhood on MacKenzie RdOyeyo Boulder Home, a climbing gym&Owls Brew, a pub.

Andy happens to be the one running Oyeyo and appreciations to him for giving me a tour to his colourful place and for explaining how the name Oyeyo came about – not a climber but do wish him the very best for his passion. Looks like a fun place for any climbers&my grandkids. With Owls Brew next door, so you can unwind with some craft beer!

Pat is the chef&owner for Owls Brew – a cozy place to have a bite with your drinks. A nice lay-back ambiance giving the feel of being far from the maddening crowd.  Appreciations to Pat who has kindly accommodate us to serve you with her yummy pub food when you are at our new location@Campers Corner.

Sun: tkx to Clement for dinner@MrsPho/BeachRoad – first visit here, the broth tasty&beef tender.

Evening walk around the Arab St area to capture these murals. Would be nice with a cup of coffee, but I do want a goodnight sleep! Ended with a bowl of black sesame paste@AhChiew Dessert on LiangSeah St.