Healing And Recuperating

23 Jul 2021 – Garden Of Eden

Mon: Happy 24Anniversary to my beautiful first-born – miss and love them all tons and wish I could be there to help and be of support in these troubled times.

Appreciations to Carmel for delicious yummy fresh berries&fruits+orchids – in the Garden of Eden with my favourite NZ bite-size apples but I am not Eve, so will eat all the apples I want – hahaha. KK did mentioned that – If you are Eve, you are too old to care whether there is a snake around (remember, Eve was a young woman!). Feeling young is far from what I feel today, maybe young at heart, but definitely NOT the body!!! Having the runs all day, the system needing to rid all the chemicals ingested during surgery.

Good to chat with Ann(Perth) and appreciations to DaisyL for the lovely bouquet to cheer me up when my movements are even slower than the sloth! But then have just been informed by Garry that sloths can move quickly! In Sri Lanka, they are one of few animals to stalk and attack humans! In my ignorance I thought that sloths are the most slowest&harmless, but I supposed if they are threatened, that will be another story!!

Tue: 2above pix downloaded. Selamat Hari Raya Haji to all celebrating, a public holiday here in SIN. Sometime I do get confused with these Hari Rayas. Today is Haji (end of Hajj, korban/the sacrifice, a ritual for this). https://www.timeout.com/singapore/things-to-do/the-guide-to-hari-raya-haji-in-singapore

Not to mix up with Puasa (marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan/fasting month) https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_919_2004-12-20.html

C-19cases up in the 100+ restrictions back to Phase2. Saddened&shocked over the news about RiverValleyHighSchool murder, do not ever remember reading or hearing of a murder in school here in SIN! https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/death-river-valley-high-most-students-return-classes-counsellors-deployed-school-support

Trying out the services of Deliveroo for the first time – was having YoléYogurt in mind as my supply was getting low, but no delivery for that, so decided to try my favourite HokkienMeeS$15.20 (including delivery charges) from Lorong29 and pleased with their service and the meal was kept hot. The medium size with 5good size prawns will last me for 3meals!!

Wed: tkx to DaisyC for BatangFishSoup – poor her! Sounds like she has a contractor from HELL to renovate her place. Tkx to Clement for picking up the litre YoléYogurt box S$23, few of the foods which is really a help to calm the stomach at present.

Thu: 10yrs ago Fri22Jul2011, a day Norwegians will never forget! In memory to all who lost their lives then. https://amylamsg.com/2011/07/23/bombs-shootings/

Happy Sarawak Day – missing my Bday KCH visits with family&friends and missing their KCH-Laksa, KoloMee, Midin – the last was Jan2019! Wonder when I can be there again? The nearest place I can order take-out KCH Laksa&KoloMee is @HaigRdMarket and that is closed due to a C-19cluster of cases there! Good to hear from Chuan&AnnChee from KCH. https://amylamsg.com/2019/01/15/kch-rotary-clubs/

Appreciations to CK for these yummy quiche (no cheese) – finally had the pleasure to meet him. Could not wait till tomorrow, tasted one and looking forward to breakfast tomorrow. And here is to a real man who eats and likes quiche, but makes them too.

Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche / Never settle with words what you can accomplish with a flamethrower – Bruce Feirstein

Fri: Happy Bday to #5 who now counts his age in 2digits. The opening of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in Japan – already delayed a year, but still think that this not a good idea to continue! Today is also the opening for Peer Gynt på Gålå and this year both of Guri’s children, Peder&Eline will be taking part. Was fortunate to be able to be there in 2019.  https://amylamsg.com/2019/08/11/peer-gynt-pa-gala/

To live is to war with trolls in heart and woul.
To write is to sit in judgement on oneself ― Henrik Johan Ibsen, Peer Gynt

Tkx to HS&BT for ThunderTeaRice/LeiChaFan擂茶+omelett from JooChiat – a wholesome healthy meal with ground green tea, nuts or seeds, basil&mint soup. It is an acquired taste and it has been a while ago since I last had it, now is the perfect time for this healing foods. https://angmohintheeast.com/joo-chiat-thunder-tea-rice/

A New Laptop For SGH Stay

19 Jul 2021 – NAKED Singapore Style

Fri: grocery shopping at Giant/Tampines – MeatsS$32 minus 3%SrSav

Durians total S$19.40. 5 for S$10+3 for S$10 with .60c SrSav, – packed them so well that I managed to take them on the bus, all 8durians! – really good deals&promotions considering that there is also 3%SrSav and points to my PassionCard. For that kind of price, they are very decent. Nice to have Clement, SL&Leonard over for dinner.

Tkx Leonard for a new HuaweiPortableBluetoothSpeaker and for setting up the new laptop from Michael. Good to have an extra lighter laptop if I have to be away from my 4-walls, this one is easier to take with me.

Sat: pix from Mick&Ann in Dublin! They said that it was good – has anyone else seen or tasted this outside of Ireland? With a tagline like NAKED Singapore Style, it got my attention and I am really curious now! Some funny comments from FB friends: AudreyW: Naked..means just curry n water? LolChengCH: Consume while naked.

Sun: checking into SGH to get the AntigenRapidTest/ART done with neg results before admission. At the rate I am here, should be able to find my way around blind-folded! No available beds in the Block5-56-Cward, but had the luxury of being in an AC ICU room for the night with interesting observations&eavesdroppings – MrMachoMuscle, perhaps imagining that he was the main attraction, but I must admit all my ears&eyes wanted was a quiet rest! MrNoPainKillerForMe, too much poison, but smokes and would cry Aiyoh painful!! MsPrissy with a husband who brought her gourmet food to feed her as she was having seizures but seems like there was nothing to show in the scan results!!!

Mon: 0835hrs – procedure (R VATS KIV) surgical removal of a nodule in the upper R-Lung discovered during scans in the beginning of the year for the thyroids. Now with the Metabolic Imbalance https://amylamsg.com/2021/04/22/parathyroidectomy/ taken care of, this is the next step. With a family history of lung-cancer, best to get rid of it and hope&pray that it bye bye forever to it! In ICU with morphine on demand but making me throw up all night – looks like you can’t have the cake and eat it – min pain, max nauseous in ICU.

Tue: infection is NOT welcome, now on AntiB intravenously in ICU to fight this very annoying infection.

Wed: must be on the mend to to taken away from ICU, but now off morphine on demand, less nauseous but the pain was NO fun! Effort to cough with the an infected lung saturated with yukky infection and ridding of phlegm is another story! Breathing excises and a security small hug pillow do help. Morning out on the ward and probably still in a dazed, thought I was in some MamaShop, the sight all the foods piled on the table across the bed by the window with the scanning sound which was the drug dispenser, a welcoming figure now ready for my array of drug cocktails!!

Thu: the most exciting event of the day was watching these 2men cleaning the vents – another interesting observation; in previous days it would be a Chinese instructing an Indian and now it is reversed! Also learnt that there is still a tube attached to my R-Lung, thus lugging this thing (to check the liquid in the lung) which has to be with me where ever I am+2other needles in the arm.

Fri: discovered this piece of paradise in the AC waiting room where I could hide with my book, (still struggling with BillBryson’s WalkInTheWoods/2nd time round) but at this stage still getting dizzy with too much screen or words time. Overheard another conversation between a Chinese, Indian&Malay guys who were comparing SGH to CGH and it tickled me to find out that SGH-SureToGoHome while CGH-CannotGoHome, hahaha

Sat: ~0600hrs Xray, ~0900hrs tube out from lung, ~1000hrs Xray all cleared to be discharged by 1400hrs. A big THANK-YOU to DrBH ONG+team and to all our health care workers for their dedication and good work. Appreciations to Clement for seeing me back to my 4-walls, feeding me to make sure that I will survive. Another surgery down, life moves forward and the next step is to organize and sort out my drugs! Truly blessed to have such caring&concerning family&friends and no I will not miss hospital food no matter how nourishing, lol.

Getting old is not for sissies ― Bette Davis

Sun: no complains, I can walk, see, hear, smell, eat&talk alot – very thankful to SL for today’s yummy meal delivered by DinTaiFung


From Garry10Jul: Trip around the block #25 Karajini National Park. A must-visit if you are in the area. Evidence of occupation dates back 30,000 years and land management practices such as ‘fire stick farming’ have helped determine the range of vegetation and animals now found in this tropical semi-desert.

Foryescue Falls
Beautiful deep gorges cut through the arid plains and many wildflowers are still blooming. I visited the eastern part of the park on my way from Marble Bar to Newman and the western while heading from Newman to Tom Price.
I camped beside this unmarked riverbed where the surrounding rocks were covered with the Aboriginal etchings.
From Garry12Jul: Just now. ABS – another bloody sunset over Cleaverville WA! But I liked it!

What In The World

8 Jul 2021 – Heatwave, Hailstorm, Hurricane

Mon: what in the world is happening in Canada and the rest of the world?? Candles are melting for cousin Klaus in Vancouver and hailstones from cousin Yun in Toronto!! I remember seeing this kind of hailstones one time during my FL/USAdays when our RedVWbug was affected and had to undergo a whole new bodywork repairs. Appreciations for their share of these pix. Besides this havoc of the heatwave&hailstones, hurricane season has also started! Family&friends+everyone in the affected areas, plx take care.


From niece Dika/USA: the Chicago area was hit with 3 tornadoes within a week. One reached speeds of 130mph! I’m used to getting warnings on my cellphone now.


From cousin Susannah/Canada: I’m headed North to Smithers and this is the route I take – fires by Pavilion, soo many fires, so hot and dry.

There’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent threat of a changing climate – Barack Obama

On top of all the natural disasters, another disaster due to probable construction+maintence affected by climate change in the ChamplainTowers Condo at Surfside (north of Miami), FL/USA where a building collapsed. So far 50+bodies have been found but more ppl unaccounted for – prayers&thoughts are with all affected.


Tue: where can I find good authentic OrhNee (芋泥) made with pork lard? Have now tried the cakes, tarts & swiss roll – but still prefer the traditional OrhNee in a bowl. Used to (ie many moons ago!) like what they served at PohKee/TiongBahru, but it does not taste the same nowadays!! For my overseas family&friends, this is a Teochew dessert of sweet taro/yam paste.

Wed: HaigRdMarket&FoodCentre, all ready for the National Day (first time here). Appreciations to Helen for today’s lunch co, this time round tasting good Cantonese food from one who was a chef in SIN-Marriot! The last time round here was SarawakLaksa+KoloMee then, tkx to cousin Karen – do recommend both these stalls and will return to this market to taste more stalls.


It was fun to walk around this market to check out what looks good. Discovered that the nursery that was once upon a time on AmberRd next to the SeaviewCondos is now located here and saw some most unusual cactus plant there.

So many interesting things to taste, do&see and so little time!

The stomach did not have any space for durians or fresh coconut juice after the yummy seafood lunch, next time round! The needed haircut appointment was calling.

Hangar66cafe WingsOverAsia, this unique and cosy cafe/lounge is located within an aircraft hangar up close with real private aircrafts with day/night views of private jet runway.

A wonderful peaceful afternoon in their upstairs membership lounge all to ourselves watching the private planes land&take off. Still stuffed from lunch but had a hot chocolate and shared a piece of their cheese cake to enjoy the lovely ambience.

The location is slightly out of any main drag, even the grab driver had problems fining the way, but definitely worth the visit, especially on a weekday if you can drive here.


Did not know how I could eat more food, but the clams ordered by CC were delicious. Tkx to Calvin&co for dinner, had to go there to check out what they are doing to the corks – it was time to adjust&resize+to count the 440corks! Also Calvin wanted to get his dates correct for when&where CC was located over the 34yrs. Grateful to all for an enjoyable&delightful afternoon&evening. Next haircut with Helen – sometime in Aug. Looking forward to another new adventure&outing.

Thu: both body&soul need to calm down today, but will need to do some grocery shopping, especially the heavier items before the weekend and probably be offline and out of action next week.

From Garry6Jul: Trip around the block #24. Since most of us have some money in a super fund, it is likely that, through the fund’s investments, we own part of the Pilbara! So it was off to have a look at what ‘our companies’ were doing(ie BHP, Rio and Fortesque. Gina’s $4 billion profit last year is from her private company). Well judging by the 24 hr cranes, loaders, ships and lights at Port Headland, the length of the ore-carrying trains [1.5kms and 200+ cars with 1 driver] criss crossing the region, the mountains removed and the depth of the holes in the ground, the size of the machinery and the number of workers, they are doing plenty! So it’s Port Headland, Marble Bar, Newman, Tom Price, Paraburdoo and back to the coastal highway at Nanutarra.

So it’s Port Headland, Marble Bar – lovely little town with nice community feel to it – unlike some of the other company made towns. This old stone building now houses the tourist centre, mining registrar, police and courthouse.
Camped a few nights at Albert Tognolini camp area between Marble Bar and Newman. Great spot. The early explorers thought the outcrops of jasper they saw were Marble, hence the name. Easy enough to confuse.
The radio tells you what’s coming. A 4.8 or a 5.2 refers to the width of the load in metres. The biggest I passed was 8.6m wide and there were three of them, trucks! Lots of very large machinery being moved about.
BHP’s Mt Whaleback mine at Newman. Camping roadside between Newman and Tom Price. Great views. Mt Nameless at Tom Price.
Must be a few hundred vehicles in Paraburdoo airport parking lot – all with red flags, and many of them Thrifty rentals! Rio own the airport. Impressive community assets thanks to the state commitment to spend percentage of mining royalties in the area from which they were generated.
Another roadside camping spot.
Karratha – impressive, modern town.

Welcome July 2021

4 Jul 2021 – From Chicken Rice To A Burger

Thu: have lived in this area for 2+decades and it is the first time tasting this famous yummy DeliciousBonelessChickenRice@KatongShoppingCentre – a perfect way to eat chicken if you do not like bones in them! I think it is good, Clement also still likes, but this is not his first time here. Katong chicken rice hawker hunk – Tiktok’s newest obsession. And no, I did not see him dancing live in front of the stall, so will have to return for another visit. Tkx for dinner at Jo’s. https://danielfooddiary.com/2020/06/03/deliciousbonelesschickenrice/


Fri: TGIF – all morning for more tests etc, taking time to chill in the cool shady courtyard in-between tests @SGH.  Picked up tarts @PâtisserieCLÉ/PayerLaberRd for tonight’s steak dinner@Theresa&ChengJ. Testing out their popular OrhBlanc, a fusion of OrhNee/YamPaste&FrenchMontBlanc which is lighter than the traditional OrhNee, quite fresh and not too sweet, bro Leslie liked it and I quite liked it too!

Sat: tkx to AudreyW for lunch @OldChangKee. An afternoon @CC for Audrey&April to buy 2pairs of Chaco – made fruit-cocktail-salad to share.

Sun: Happy 4th – has it really been 16yrs ago today I was into Day66 in PA/USA hiking the AT-ThruHike in 2005? Also the day when Glenda/HiHills, JohnW/MoFo, JimH/Alleghany joined our CandyAssGroup (MissWiggy, T2, Gadget & I, TigerLil) to hike with us and up to today we have remained friends – blessed to have crossed paths with such a wonderful group of ppl I truly cherish.

Tkx to Leo for setting up a new laptop from Michael and for getting me to try out new yummy foods at a 24/7 place, TheHainanStory:ChapterOne/HotelBoss/JalanSultan.  Tasted their Laksa, Uncle Robert Pork Cutlet,    Yuan Yang Satay with Peanut + PineappleSauce, Durian, OrhNee SwissRoll for dessert. Will be back to try more dishes.

Antoinette, a patisserie by PangKokKeong, now no longer, but his swiss rolls here now are delicious. Do miss these cakes from Antoinette:  La Rose – grand cru chocolate mousse, exotic caramel, almond nougatine, cocoa sponge, grand marnier, dark chocolate Chantilly. The White Swan – chantilly cream exterior is light and fluffy cheese mousse layered with brown butter sponge. Chloe – Yuzu cremeux, white chocolate vanilla mousse, almond stable and a light sponge cake. Pix from Feb2019 when I last had these!


The mosaic wall is quite amazing and so is the idea with using newspaper to wrap the food, bring back memories of fish&chips in Dublin/Ireland student days!


Always such fun with be in Leo’s company as he, too, likes gallivanting about like I do, especially when I am not familiar here in the JalanBesar area – some interesting buildings on the way.

Met with Clement in Chinatown and he too is another one who likes to gallivant like us! To celebrate the 4th in a USA style, picked up a Carl’s Jr burger@Funan to go heading for the bus stop by Fullerton – finally a shot of Chihuly in the dark!

Paramaniac shot credits to Leo

I believe everything and I believe nothing. I suspect everyone and I suspect no one – Inspector Clouseau/A Shot In The Dark

4 Jul – Happy 4th
14 Jul – Happy Bday Keith and Happy Bastille Day/France
17 Jul – Happy Bday Nancy Bowman
19 Jul – Happy 23nd Anniversary Linn&Jeff
20 Jul – Happy Bday David Yeoh
21 Jul – Happy Bday Albert Chua
22 Jun – Happy Anniversary Dike&Mark
23 Jun – Happy Bdays Lucas&James

From Garry3Jul: Trip around the block #23. So from Broome it’s off to the north and the Dampier Peninsula via Cape Leveque Rd. Most of the road up is pretty boring but head off to the west coast (avg 30-40kms) and it is a different world! Stayed at Embalgun Smithy’s Seaside Adventure. Great spot. Basic showers n toilet but that’s it. Oh, local community members passed by a few mornings selling freshly cooked large mud crabs.
Red cliffs, white sand and turquoise sea (albeit with some salties and the odd hammerhead shark)!
Finding Smithy’s Adventure can be an adventure and turning around down sandy track can present a challenge but all’s we ends well. The sand was so fine one of the rescue boards disappeared and wS dug out about 18 in below the surface.

Durian Season 2021

30 Jun 2021 – King Of The Fruits

Sat&Sun: taking the weekend to sort out unpaid bills, not my favourite thing to do but has to be done! Early Sunday Bfast with Lionel@our local market for my favourite CheeChongFun.


Durians/Durio zibethinus, King of the Fruits season is in. It is said that the fruit has aphrodisiac properties but that is not the reason for me liking this fruit. Some of my oversea friends are not familiar with the tropical seasonal fruits and being a visual person, sharing pix is easier than trying to share the taste! https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/durian-fruit

Durian fruit is incredibly high in healthy nutrients, including B vitamins, vitamin C, minerals, plant compounds, healthy fats, and fiber. However, the smell and taste may not be for everyone.

Mon: Giant has extended their 3%SenSave, usually only Tue, but now every weekday until end Jul. Not in the mood for grocery shopping, just a short trip to make a list as what I need to stock in before being put out of action! IKEA seafood lunch was more the mood (view of Giant!) with thoughts of Jeff’s and JohnW/MoFo’s who are both celebrating their Bdays today.

Tue: the weathers seem to be playing havoc with a server heat wave in the West of America and torrential rains in Russia. On my way to breakfast with AudreyM, decided to head out earlier in the cool morning drizzles, walking thru’ LauPaSat.

TelokAyerSt where you will find a temple and a mosque on the same street just a few doors from each other.

AmoyStFoodCentre where I had a plate of CharKueyTeow with extra hum – has been a while ago the last time here! Good luck to Audrey who will be heading to work in Szuhou/China, tkx for yummy home-made chocolate-chip-cookies – will miss our get togethers.

Wed: ~1hr by boat on the lower Vansjø, parts of Mosseelva/Moss River in Norway and there it is, an idyllic little cabin on its own island of Ospeholmen where I was blessed to be 10yrs ago with fresh catch of the day. Missing them all, thus living vicariously from memories for now! With half of 2021 behind, what will the rest of 2021 bring?


Your memory is the glue that binds your life together; everything you are today is because of your amazing memory. You are a data collecting being, and your memory is where your life is lived – Kevin Horsley

30Jun2021: WorldOmeter of COVID-19 deaths are as follow:

SIN/pop 5.6+mil in an area of 721SqKm – 36. Numbers a year ago, 30Jun2020 – 26
SC/USA/pop 5+mil in an area of 82, 932SqKm – 9,817. Ditto – 720
Norway/pop 5.3+mil in an area of 365,268SqKm – 792.  Ditto – 249
From Garry28Jun: Trip around the block №21. Heading north from Wingjana NP to join the Gibb River Rd into Derby. WA’s most northerly town and arrived for the biggest day of the year – the Annual Mud Crab Races! A big fun and fund raiser for the local fishing club. Had two entries but they both failed to make the finals and ended up as part of BBQ and crab meal on offer.
Sun going down over the pier. Mineral sands still exported from there.
New battery in the back and running repairs to the trailer after some vrty rough corrugated road. The longest cattle trough in Australia. Their claim not mine!
Trip around the block #22. Broome – the Noosa or Palm Beach of the West! Yes, nice camels (all wearing elegant poo catchers), pearls and sunsets! That’s about it. Oh, a long beach and lots of tourists. I know many love it but it did not excite this boy.

June Birthdays

25 Jun 2021 – Pies & Tarts

Mon: tkx to cousin Karen, this is as clear as it can get regarding the latest restrictions & regulations starting today – worn out with all these changes, better stay within my 4walls as I know that I will not need to have on a mask for sure, even if & when there are 5 others (max I can have) with me.

4.1. F&B establishments are only permitted to seat dining groups of up to 2 persons.

4.2. F&B establishments must ensure that a safe distance of at least one metre…. 


Another seasonal tropical fruit: Ciku/ManilkaraZapota/SapodillaSapota 人心果(literally translated from Chinese=human heart fruit!) tasting sweet with a nutty texture seasonal tropical. We had a couple of these trees@5TemenggongRd/1950s and the bats/flying foxes going for the fruits. The guys would shoot them those bats with catapults or BB-guns! Used to keep it in the rice bin to wait for it to ripen

Tue: Happy Bdays Josh(grandnephew/SIN)&Devon(grandniece/USA). With 2ppl dining-in restrictions, Daisy&I celebrated with a late bkfast@132Traditional Teochew Noodle/MarineT, has been a while ago since I ate here and nice to know that I still like it.

Continuing with desserts@DonaManis/KatongShoppingCentre, not a banana fan, but this old school banana pie must be one of the best I have tasted here in SIN. The bakery has been around for 30yrs, and if you’re having difficulties finding the shop just walk around till you smell the sweet aroma and follow it. Everything they have is handmade from scratch by this elderly couple with their daughter helping them the recent past 6yrs.


We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie ― David Mamet

Have been wanting to taste this ice-cream, but somehow HumbleScoop has been closed the few times I was here. Finally today, managed to taste their 2most popular&signature flavours – Orh-Bee-Good (PulutHitam), In-Kueh-Dible (SaltedCoconut&GulaMelaka), both yummy, creamy&rich. GamXia金秸(Mandarin Orange), refreshing tasty sorbet – I will return. Josh had the Cookies&Creme cone as we walked to carpark after his famous DeliciousBonelessChickenRice lunch. https://www.thehumblescoop.com/

Wed: early to line up@JuneBakery/The Plaza to try these tarts I having read about. Got the Cheese, Orh Nee Portuguese Egg Tarts+Peanut Mochi.


Early Bday dinner for Clementperanakan food by Lionel was good, tarts were too sweet for us (SL, Leonard&Audrey), but it was nice to hold a Bday party and a good time was had by all.

Be it tart or sweet, always savor the moment. You’ll not taste one just like it again – Erica Alex

Thu: fresh catch of the day,  yummy steamed-fish by Calvin@Campers’

Tkx to Helen for delicious starters+dessert – 4above pix credits to her.

Could not resist this little round-side-table to add to my Helinox-family, perfect size (3kg/6lb10ozs is the max weight it can take) for my use. 2more chairs in their bags in store-room to be taken out when needed.

Fri: TGIF and a good weekend to all. Happy Bdays dear nephews John(KL/Malaysia)&Clement(SIN) and a dear friend Huang(HI/USA). Changing bus for SGH apps this early morning with the sunrise.

Sunrise Sunset is about trying to get to a place where life is simple and not letting the stress and happenings in the world get in the way of your happiness – Benny Cassette

Pulmonary function (PFTs) noninvasive tests show how well my lungs are working – measuring lung volume, capacity, rates of flow&gas exchange. This information can help the healthcare provider diagnose and decide the treatment of certain lung disorders. Looks like my lungs are good&strong to do another long-distance hike after taking care of them and when things get better!

What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life – Emil Brunner

Bday lunch&dessert with Clement@Tamago-EN/ChinatownPoint – lots of eggs on their menu, 1st time here.

Restless And Goofy

20 June 2021 – Happy Father’s Day 

Fri: 56cases of infections in the BukitMerahView cluster. This is the venue with good food where I would go when visiting Clement as he lives across the street from it – of course now closed for deep-cleaning.


TGIF and a good weekend to all. Getting too restless to focus, especially when unable to travel to see family&friends. Guys in uniform from exactly a decade ago today/2011 in OSL/Norway changing of guards is quite an eye-candy for this lovely wet Friday, tkx to FB for cheerful memories.

Going back 2decades/2001 once upon a time ago when the hair was still black!! – found these with L&M+Paul visiting SIN. Have then been back in SIN since 1999 and was working@H&H.

Downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee 😮😮 It’s Beautiful 🤯AyeShuan

And he thought with the above caption that ppl in SIN 16,000k/9,941m away will not notice? If attention is what he wants, he has got it. IngaBaekkelund can now get some PR for her hotel in PleasantView considering that she is less than 1,000k/600m away from Chattanooga, but still in the same state! Have not been back to TN since the AT-Thru’Hike/2005


Digitizing 1980s pix to share with family&friends and will do a special posting just on them when I get my act together.

Change is the voyage which needs to continually discover its own landscape, avoid potential pitfalls and enjoy unique scenes of digitalization ― Pearl Zhu

Sat: tkx to dear KCHcousin Karen for supporting the hawkers from Haig Road Market Food Centre (looked like quite a line) for their SarawakLaksa&Kolo Mee, both yummy but of course not as yummy as her home-made.

Sun: Happy Father’s Day to all fathers. BG1LAM TinYue(1911-1996), father’s 71st Bday in 1982 with all my siblings+their spouses(GG) and nearly all my nieces&nephews. (OG1LAM John,18HALL Linn & 19HALD May are missing here). Father was then the same age as I am now!! Those were the days when I could only afford 1round-trip air-fare ticket from&back to Norway.

From Garry19Jun: Trip around the block #20. Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge National Park – between Fitzroy Crossing and the Gibb River Road WA. A pretty ordinary corrugated road that will loosen the fillings in your back teeth but the caves and the park are worth it! 500m of dark, water-filled tunnel beneath the limestone ridge, magnificent gorge landforms and changing colours, hundreds of saltwater crocs, and some amazing history about Jandamara – a snake-hipped Aboriginal lothario who led a guerilla war against pastoralist taking hunting grounds, and the police.
Windjana nearing sunset, Morning sunbake
Had to wade through much of Tunnel Creek. I had water up to my chin in some places while other less height-enhanced mortals had to swim while holding their torch, and often their camera, above the water.
Some shafts of light but much of it pitch black

Local Seasonal Tropical Foods&Fruits

17 Jun 2021- Provoking Sentimental Feelings&Taste

Mon: Happy Dragon-Boat-Festival and a good week ahead to all – pix downloaded. Tkx to Alvin for his interesting video, check out the long line for BakChang/Zongzi 粽子@JooChiat.


Up to 5ppl for social gatherings from today; dining-in resumes 21Jun, ie if situation remains under control. Rambutans (Nephelium lappaceum) 紅毛丹from local fruit-stall, unlike childhood days where I can pick my favourite tree to climb for them and when the teeth can open them, now using a knife is more sensible Not that I am unable to take the rambutan hat off with my teeth, but at this stage, do not want to take that risk – not like the taste of the skin and not knowing where they came from, unlike childhood days when they were from my own orchard!

Kedondong (Spondias dulcis) 沙梨 another tropical seasonal fruit that is not easy to find overseas, also known as ambarella or Spanish plum. Can be eaten raw, cooked or preserved – personally I like to juice them, tasting vaguely sweet, but with a hint of tart. Shared some with cousin from KCH who also appreciates this fruit.