Sagarmatha-Mt Everest

22 May 2020 – CB Ends 1Jun Here In SIN

Wed: has been announced when&how CB will be ending in different phases – of course depending on the consequences after each phase before the next phase can be continued. If COVID-19 cases increase, then back to CB. Can imagine the prices of air-fares will shoot up rocket-high and not forgetting all these new procedures, not only with lines waiting for security-check now with health-check etc. Life&travels will never be the same as pre-COVID-19 days.

They can open things up next month but at this stage in my life, will still be staying mainly in SIN ie not travelling yet, to see what happens…

Last month, all SIN citizens were given a free black mask, but not so practical with black to be washed in bleach to disinfect. Inspired by some FB-posting of this mask (too beautiful to be used as a daily one), will try and see if the creative juice can be squeezed for a few more drops to produce something out of it.

To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it ― Osho

Have to dig up some material scraps+the embroidery threads from I do not even remember when, but was excited to find this book with from Dublin days (1965-1974). Hope that will not be blind before I can complete it.

Thu: memories of a spectacular, but the most dangerous&scary plane-ride I have ever experienced was from Kathmandu-Lukla+13k hike in 2017 to see with my own eyes the first visible sight of Sagarmatha/Mt Everest 8,848m/29,018ft world’s highest mountain. Today due to the lockdowns around the world, the environment finally has a chance to breath and Everest is visible from Kathmandu where I had to buy a mask as the air was so polluted then and was coughing so badly then&there.

Mount Everest is Visible From Kathmandu, Nepal for First Time in Living Memory

The power of nature exists in its silence. Human words cannot encode the meaning because human language has access only to the shadow of meaning –

Fri: TGIF still like playing with my food and for real, it does take me much more time to make it look appetizing to my eyes than to eat it. Perhaps should stop as this eating is not good for me in every ways, but do enjoy decorating&presenting food, so will try to just do it only in the weekends.

Don’t count the days. Make the days count — Muhammad Ali

17 May 2020

19 May 2020 – CB Affecting The Mental&Physical Being

Sat: tkx to AT hiking buddy, John (MoFo) for sharing his stunning pix from his long solo morning walk, sunrise – Isle of Palms&CHS (my favourite SouthernUS town) SC/USA. Will just have to live vicariously thru’ his pix till I can get there again.

There is no way I can shoot a pix of the sunrise like John’s with just a clear horizon background in my EC Pk neighbourhood. The 180°horizon sea-front here is packed with ships and the back 180°with buildings&trees.

At present, not even allow to walk on the beach or the grass near the beach and all the jetties are closed. Usually am done before 0630hrs (not crowded then) but wanted to catch the sunrise for after seeing John’s pix, but it was too crowded for my liking, will stick to walks before sunrise. 

Crossing the well-maintained over-pass bridge only with a few cars on the highway/ECP on the way to the market for my local morning coffee – used to cost .99c when I first returned to work here (OK granted that was 20yrs ago), it is now S$1.30, not a complain, just an observation to changes. The feeling of being lockdown with man-made surroundings&things is starting to take its toll. Missing being with family&friends all over the world and walking in nature with its natural surroundings.

We need the tonic of wildness. At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods 

Sun: Happy 17May – celebrating the signing of the Norwegian Constitution in Eidsvoll/Norway on 17May1814. Constitution Day is the national day of Norway. Have been celebrating this day for 51yrs today, ie since 1969 in Dublin/Ireland with the group of RCSI Norwegian medical students then.

A few throwbacks of 17May pix from 1981/Norway, 1987/USA and the last one celebrated with L,M&B+#5&6 in OSL/Norway 2012. Today is the first 17May on my own, did not do anything special – have some Norwegian lomper in the freezer, but no hot dogs or Norwegian ketchup&mustard to go with it; ended up with some left-overs+an ice-cream treat for dessert.

From Northern Norway FBfriends for their 17May this year – would have enjoyed&liked to have been there today despite of the cold&snow. 

Interesting read from SIN ST

Mon: Happy International Museum Day – sharing some of my favourite paintings from this part of the world by Lee Weng Fatt. Like his details of the tiles which is part of the unique Peranakan culture found mainly in Malaysia&SIN. For my oversea friends who might not know what the Peranakan culture is about, do take a look in the below link.

Tue: with all the overwhelming on-going COVID-19 negative&sad news, am trying the best to keep focusing on favourite ppl&things+humour for not going insane!

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad – 

It would be easy to become a victim of our circumstances and continue feeling sad, scared or angry; or instead, we could choose to deal with injustice humanely and break the chains of negative thoughts and energies, and not let ourselves sink into it – Erin Gruwell

Happy Memories And Thoughts

15 May 2020 – For The Survival Of COVID-19

Tue: grocery shopping fresh produce to wash&prepare for the week’s consumption, everything was affordable except for the US/asparagus$10.31, which I did not realize until I got home, will not get it again. One of my favourite ice-cream (the other being Ben&Jerry’s CoffeeCoffee) is on promotion, bought some to mark 17May for this weekend, another item that is not on my regular list unless on promotion. Trying to eat healthy to keep a strong immune system. Card&gift in the mail for #1’s High-School graduation .

Wed: stormy early morning from SIN, but nothing compared to today pix from Ellen/Tromsø – bringing back memories from when there was still snow on this day 42yrs ago there. Linn was 4 then (her pre-school pix made it to the local papers May1978), and I was pregnant with May. Our neighbour, Anne (Ola’s mother, Guri (my god-daughter)&Amund was not born yet) from Hedemark (southern Norway) was crying. Made a good strong punch and we had a good time playing cards the rest of the day – do wonder how those 5yrs in Tromsø went by so quickly? Sending some tropical warmth&hugs to all my Tromsø friends.

Thu: a fast trip to Chinatown to pick up some food stuff – hardly anyone on the bus and many stores still closed.

What I see from the front door down the road and what I see from down the road to my front door (the only white door in the far background block above the palm trees, but you will have to enlarge to see it!).

A short stroll down the road for an unhealthy treat&a cuppa+10mins of VitD!

Interesting flip-sides, insides&different angles of things. And as in life, when you see situations just one-sided you’ll miss out on the whole picture! Favourite on the below link is #2 – may seem like an unfurnished apartment, but it is the inside of a guitar. Least favourite #11 – Mt Everest at its top 8,848 m (29,029 ft.), just look what mankind has done to the world’s tallest mt…

Fri: 30th Annual AT Days, May2016 – missing the reunion of AT hiking buddies Karen, John, Nancy, Lori, Glenda&Franklin eventhough 2020 AT-Days is cancelled. Now this is what I call REAL excess baggage! Would never hiked if I had to carry one of these – pix credits to John, Damascus, VA/USA. May our paths cross again sometime in 2021.

Thanks to Liz for the link below – interesting that Warren has so much to say, and no the Doyle Hotel does not belong to him or his family. Anyone who hikes the AT Thur’hike for 17times!!! must have issues with themselves and or this trail. Yeah, once Northwards and maybe another one more time Southwards, but 17time??? Appreciations for the comments from our core-group regarding this article.

Me -The Appalachian Trail/AT 2,175mi/3,500km took me 4months walking 127days except for 2days to the complete the thru’hike in 2005. 1st SIN and only SIN woman to do this thru’hike which made me what I am today – hahaha

82 nights under bivy, pavilions, shelters, tents and tarps
44 nights in B&Bs, hotels, hostels, inn, lodges and motels
114 days with daypack
20 days of rain
19 mail pick-ups (5 for letters only)
13 days with fullpack
2 days of zero miles
2 pairs of shoes worn out
33lbs/15kg loss in weight
Karen – I love the quote from Warren that he has never encouraged anyone to hike the trail because he doesn’t want to be responsible for their pain and suffering- WTF – maybe Warren & the Trumpster are cut from the same cloth as that sounds like something the big Cheeto would say – oh yeah they are both narcissist- how could I forget?  Lol!
Nancy – It is a nice article but Warren is, as always, delusional. Still, I owe my AT opportunity to him and I’m thankful for all the friends I’ve made along the way, especially our core group. I’m not really sure my first AT hike was that difficult. I was in such good shape, we didn’t hike many days in the rain (it did rain a lot at night in the south), we had terrific support (most of the time), I never had blisters, and I always had a friend. I’m sure I’m a little delusional, too!  Absence makes the heart grow fonder…
Today, hiking the trail has become “the quintessential American adventure” – Luxenberg

Mother’s Day 2020

11 May 2020 – Catching Up With Old Movies

Fri: Eating-Plant by #6, but he did not specify what kind of eating plant – wish it is a COVID-19 Eating Plant even thought it is quite an adorable looking plant – hahaha

Nowadays need to write the day&date to remind myself what day of the week&which month it is. Sometimes I even forget which movies I have watched, but as long as they are not horror or too much action. Do not remember when I last watched Gregory Peck&Audrey Hepburn where she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in 1953 Roman Holiday in B/W. Saw it on Youtube over the weekend after reading thru’ Oct2018 posting on the Rome trip.

Was pleasantly surprised that I found it quite delightful with the romantic scenes without the need to expose naked bodies&sex. Amazing by how just watching the body language and the expressions on their faces&speech could say so much, perhaps that is also why I like many of Colin Firth’s acting, especially The King’s Speech (2010). Saw that when it came out on the big-screen, will wait to watch it again to see if I am still like it that much.

Sat: pix is from exactly 5yrs ago today – hopefully #1 will still visit and play fetch with Zuno after she moves out. Will probably be missing her High School Graduation next month in SC/USA, just cannot imagine having a grandchild in college this fall. Seems like yesterday that her parents graduated high school. Here is #5 (what a sweet little bro) making a poster and in the meanwhile, am looking forward to seeing pix&video+the live-streaming event (when I figure out how to do that!).

Sun: Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers this 10May2020 from SIN. To niece&her hubby Pat Lynn&David, grandniece&nephew Beth&Lucas, these yummy home-baked cookies with the hand-written wishes are much appreciated with thanks. Pix from 6yrs ago in SC/USA with mothers – 1st&2nd-born and perhaps future mothers – #1,2&4. Do not remember when I last spent a Mother’s Day on my own.

Mon:  tkx to Jerome Lim&The Long and Winding Road for the share of these pix from Magnolia Snack Bar at Capitol bringing back sweet memories of rich&yummy chocolate milk shakes&banana-splits from there. This was located just across the street from when I was in CHIJ (1962-65), and it was certainly a treat when I saved enough for a milk shake.

…true that language and forward movement in the cinema are jolly hard to reconcile. It’s a very, very, difficult thing to do. There is still a place in the cinema for movies that are driven by the human face, and not by explosions and cars and guns and action sequences – there’s such a thing as action and speed within thought rather than within a ceaseless milkshake of images – David Hare

Favourite Travel Images

7 May 2020 – Over 10Days 

Mon: continuing with this challenge (last 3days), nominated by cousin Yat-Soon for 10Days of favourite travel images. Every day I will choose an image from my travel photos that has had an impact on me, post without explanation and nominate somebody to take the challenge. 10travel photos, 10nominations, 0explanations – though I will say something about it the next day, for the curious. In the meantime feel free to guess&comment.

4May: Day8 – nominating Lynda. After surviving Lukla/LUAairport&sections of this EBC hike, Nepal (somewhere between Namche&Tengboche in this pix), blessed to still be alive. To see with my own eyes Sagarmatha /Everest, world’s highest mt is another bucket-list item done. Appreciations to Calvin, Sam of Campers&Lum for keeping me safe and tkx to Deepak, Sherpa-Kuma&Co who made this trip possible. Hello to Ulrik, young Norwegian solo hiker on this path.  The way to Everest is not a Yellow Brick Road – Krakauer

Tue: having not gone out for a few days, took the elevator down to realize in shock when I got down that I forgot my mask upon seeing someone with a mask, rushed up to put it on. Grocery shopping day – do not get usually get a whole chicken, but decided that I would today cook this chicken to freeze for 4meals and to my surprised the head was still intact.

5May: Day9 – nominating Helen. All Roads Lead to Rome, including this peekhole@Villa del Priorato di Malta. Another memorable trip with my childhood friends – they do pick exciting places for our reunion rendezvous. 

Princess Ann: At midnight, I’ll turn into a pumpkin and drive away in my glass slipper.
Joe Bradley: And that will be the end of the fairy tale – Roman Holiday movie

Wed: paying medical bill, no complains considering that it is actually S$40.81 after the S$600 paidout as part of the Solidarity Budget. Also doing my duty for the Census of Population 2020.

6May: Day10 – nominating Carmel. The Giant’s Causeway County Antrim N Ireland. Had wanted to make this trip since student days in Dublin and finally managed to follow the giants’ foot steps before turning 70. Appreciations to Ann Gibson (now Ann Kiely), 1st Irish friend from 1965 who invited me to her home and made me the most memorable scramble-eggs meal.

Blue-sky&map pix downloaded. Strange how places can strike the memory-chord. Jane, and I wish I could remember her last name, was my room-mate in boarding school and the only N Irish I knew then. Was driving into Port-Rush, N Ireland last year and suddenly recalled that she told me then that she was from Port-Rush. In 1965-67 she was more far advanced in her ways than I was, took me to some Dublin basement gigs where she was seeing this guy, Peter who introduced Mike Jagger to me. Of course had no idea who he was then, and had little interest in that kind of music then or now.

I can’t get no satisfaction
Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can’t get no, I can’t get no – The Rolling Stones

Thu: Happy Vesak Day to those celebrating. Has been quite a challenge to pick only 1pix from these 10trips (from my bucket list), good memories and even rather surprised at myself for some of the after-thoughts&reflections as I read thru’ these trips which were all 1st time to these places except for Rome/Italy. Tkx cousin YatSoon for the challenge&appreciations to all for your comments. Feeling blessed to have been able to have visited&seen so many spectacular places in this wonderful world. Agreeing with the ancient Egyptians and do hope that you too have found some joy in your life’s journey. As for joy to others, as long as I do not intentionally bring others harm, hurt or malice in actions, thoughts, words (spoken&written), joy subjective is up to each individual to find their own joy.

The ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?’

Hello May 2020

3 May 2020 – As The Circuit Breaker Continues

Fri: TGIF but really it is like every day nowadays! Enjoyed the stormy night last night and feeling grateful being safe&sound indoors despite for all the amazing nature outdoors pix I have been posting the past 5days and the next 5days. Blessed to be sooo fortunate to have been part of this beautiful Mother Nature on this earth.

Happy May/Labour Day – a reminder for myself. SIN PM gave his speech last night to let the nation know –  The road to recovery will be long and hard

Continuing  with this challenge, nominated by cousin YatSoon for 10Days of favourite travel images. Every day I will choose an image from my travel photos that has had an impact on me, post without explanation and nominate somebody to take the challenge. 10travel photos, 10nominations, 0explanations – though I will say something about it the next day, for the curious. In the meantime feel free to comment&guess!

Fri1May: Day5 – nominating Claire, one of the few who has been to Iceland&might know where this is. Landmannalauger Fjallabak National Reserve Iceland Sep 2014, another unforgettable trip with childhood friend Peggy&her hubby Ian.

While there is life there is hope. I beg to assert…that as long as a man’s heart beats, as long as a man’s flesh quivers, I do not allow that a being gifted with thought and will can allow himself to despair – Jules Verne/Journey to the Center of the Earth

Sat2May: Day6 – nominating Yoshie who is native of this country. MIyajima Japan Dec2015. Japan is more than just the Itsukushima Shrine&Mt Fuji, but for a 1st time Japan visitor like me, they are a must. Tkx to KK for his experienced&knowledgeable guide

Would I go back?   Absolutely!!  May have to work on my knees – may be more weight loss will help – PP fully agree with her.

Sun: 3May: Day7 – nominating Mette Backer. Trolltunga=Troll’sTongue nearest town Tyssedal Norway Aug 2016 – one of the bucket list hikes that nearly put me in the bucket! Was admitted to the hospital the day after the hike.

Before the tongue can speak, it must have lost the power to wound – Peace Pilgrim

Foods over the weekend – Gravlaks from IKEA, wine from my bro (all my wines are from him), salads from Ting and yummy SoonKuey from AudreyW – blessed to have such thoughtful family&friends.

It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it ― Julia Child. No worries, in my case I always use rubber gloves when I do not make food for just myself – for real.

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 – 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

Hair-Cut To See The World

30 Apr 2020 – ByeBye Apr 2020

Tue: appreciations to Sue for getting the heavy stuffs and delivering them and bro Les has offered to send me more wines when I run out (down to 4bottles, but then a bottle last me for 2weeks). Am so totally blessed&spoilt to have such considerate&kind family&friends. Should not need to do much grocery shopping now having enough food, disinfectants, laundry det, etc to last until mid-May. But will still be going across the road for my fruits&desserts which is good as VitD from the sunshine is also necessary.

It is usually dark when out for my for my usual walks in EC Pk to keep a balance for the body&mind. Trimmed&thinned out my hair (just the front where I can see) and must admit that I have not used this bone-comb since I got it 20yrs ago!

KK thinks that it must be a torture for me being on this Lockdown, but torture to me is when I am hooked up with tubes or in pain. This is just a delay and set-back for my annual travels to visit with families&friends, and this too shall pass. In the meanwhile enjoying good memories and having some fun with Travels Around The World in 10-Days Under Lockdown. In FB, there is only 1pix for each day. but here I have chosen 2, 1 for the view and the other for a quote in mind. If interested in more, the blog for that day is posted here too.

Continuing  with this challenge, nominated by cousin Yat-Soon for 10Days of favourite travel images. Every day I will choose an image from my travel photos that has had an impact on me, post without explanation and nominate somebody to take the challenge. 10travel photos, 10nominations, 0explanations – though I will say something about it the next day, for the curious. In the meantime feel free to guess!

Tue28Apr: Day2 – nominating Marianne Westmacott who will be admitted to the hospital for a shoulder surgery today – lykke til og god bedring. When in the champagne district near Etourvy, France 24Aug2012, bubbles are the only way to go. Thanks to Keith for his gracious hospitality in their beautiful converted farm-house.

Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right – Mark Twain

Wed29Apr: Day3 – nominating GraceGoh who so bravely hiked with me near ChekKengVillage on this MacLehoseTrail Thru’Hike, HKG Mar2012. We did it this starting from Stage10-1 as I read that Stage10 was a disappointing end. Stay healthy&safe HKG FB friends – LokMan, Harry&Mel, Henrietta&Francis, Johnny, Richard, Miu&Suki, Jonas, Mao Mao Hkg, Monica and Martina.

There is more than what meets the eye and Still waters run deep

Thu30Apr: Day 4 – nominating Paul Krause. NorthYork Moors UKC2C Thur’Hike 8Aug 2013. Stay healthy&safe UK families&friends – Yats&Vickey+family, Yasmine&Andrew, Paul&family, KV&Christine+family, Lynne&family, VivienYap, Priscilla&family, Rosita&family, Dorothy&Malcom+family, DaftWalkers, Kay, Rosanne&family

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud – Wordsworth No daffodils, but beautiful pink Heathers meadows which was a feast to the eyes

Around The World In 10 Days (Under Lockdown)

27 Apr 2020 – Food Glorious Food

Fri: morning 24Apr 2020 starts the Ramadan. To those who are celebrating&marking this festival, plx stay home to do your celebrations&worships – personally I think that if one is secure with whatever beliefs, faith, hopes, prayers, etc, there is no need to let anyone know as long as you know. Some might think that NO-one will know when you are out of line, for me I am SOME-one and I will always know, ie I answer&live by my own actions&conscious. Light pix from ArabSt 2017.

A walk thru’ the HDB estates to my visit to the MP Polyclinics. The path which I tripped&fell behind TaoNanSchool/TNS has this tree where I sometimes find red saga seeds from this Adenanthera pavonina tree. Today I see some of the pods on the ground but not one single seed in of out of the pods.

Nice with these colourful hibiscus in the TNS-backyard – crossing the overhead bridge across Still Rd with THS behind, Katong-CHIJprimary in the background across MP Rd and MPCC ahead.

Passing by the back of MPCC with this unusual tree and these lovely flowers by MarineDrive. A fast walk without distractions&sidetracking would take less than 10mins, but today in no hurry, strolling, smelling the roses&taking pix was the way to go today. Checked-up for follow-up after being hospitalized went smoothly and got some new inhalers for preventive use (consultation+3inhalers S$8 including subsidies).

Picked up some Popiah&ChickenRice at the MPfood-market which was rather empty with many stall closed. By now the sun was blazing hot and taking a bus back is the wiser choice. TGIF in all&every ways and what a lovely surprised! Returned to these 2 boxes at my gate – will be enjoying the best fresh organic salads over the weekend and the next week, thousand thanks to TingTing.

Sat: tkx to Aud for the lovely surprise this morning. 3hrs later steamed sweet potatoes&corn, GarlicStewedSpinach (recipe tkx to Cathrine), and Creamed-Butter-Sauteed-Portobello – all ready to freeze (tkx to Calvin for the freezer) for future complimentary side dishes to salmon&steak. 

Sun: Fun With CB-Period Foods, posted in FB – be a sport and play along with me, the winner will be in for a surprise! Create a fancy name for them. Food Glorious Food 

1 – Cooked Tiger prawn on a bed of SIN black carrot cake garnished with deseeded red chilly, spring-onions&coriander. 
2 – Chicken rice+cucumber, tomatoes, mini capsicums garnished with coriander.
3 – Pan-fried salmon+mashed potatoes, fresh organic rocket, beetcrest, mizuna garnished with spring-onions – served with lemon-dill sauce.
4 – Meat balls+mashed potatoes with cucumber, romaine-lettuce, capsicums – served with cranberries&creamed scallion sauce+a glass of 2011ChateauHautGrandChamp

Francis/HKG: 1 – Pawn porn                                                  
2 – Denmark Chics                                                                
3 – The Second Life of Cucumber                                          
4 – You Have Balls 

Lisa/HI,USA: 1 – Sea of Good Fortune Salad                                                
2 –  Phoenix of the Southern Ocean with dirty rice                                                             
3 –  King Triton’s Catch of the Day                                         
4 – Deconstructed A-MOO-zing Salad 

Alvin/SIN: 1 – สลัดกุ้งกุลาดำ Black shrimp salad
2 – Chicken Rice with Gas (Wear your mask)                                                               
3 – Wear Mask or Be Salmon                                        
4 – Get Your Dream Food Delivered‎ 

Cynthia/USA: 1 – Covid prawn salad 

Me : 1 – SIN Tiger Salad                                                  
2 – Hainanese Chic                                                               
3 – Neptune’s Aurora                                         
4 – Swedish Meatballs over the Rainbow

Mon: to Francis, Lisa, Alvin&Cynthia for being such good sports. Let me know when you are in SIN after the CB-Period and will make you one of these dishes. Now to the next challenge – can you tell that I am getting bored&restless, lol. 

Was nominated by cousin Yat-Soon to post my favourite travel images over 10days – an image from my travel photos that has had an impact on me, posting without explanation and nominate somebody to take the challenge. 10travel photos, 10nominations, 0explanations – will say something about it the next day for those interested. In the meantime feel free to comment.

Mon27Apr: Day1 – nominating Karen Scalf-Benham – whoever I nominate for the next 10days probably knows where these places are taken, so plx be a sport and not give it away. An attempt to go Around the World in 10days Under Lockdown – hahaha. 

Edited:  pix from the Southern Presidentials Appalachian Trail, NH/USA taken 10Aug2005 (before blogging&FBdays). Distance-TigerHugs to AT-fellow hikers – KarenScalfBenham/Wiggs, JohnWilson/MoFo, NancyLake/Pokeyhontas, LoriMarsh/Lizard, MaryCooper/Coops, ChuckJackson, TeriHanavan/Hopper, Blossom&ChristopherWidmer/Sawbuck, Judy&JohnBredenkamp/Gadget, AndyBrown, JimHailey/Allegheny, CleveWaterman, HollySteussy/RedRocket, BillWalker/SkyWalker, JoanneZhou. MargeryTowne/Honey+others not in FB.

COVID-19 Negative

23 Apr 2020 – Keeping The Positive Attitudes

Mon: Good Mon morning from SIN – the NEGATIVE result has never been so welcome in my life as it was last weekend! Some humour to start another week in the midst of this COVID-19 to keep any test results negative with positive attitudes.

Victor commented – cannot get through the HDB door! Answer – this one can, specially designed by me, just deflate the bottom part. This pix somehow triggered off this quote –  Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. Those words applies to Gone with the Wind. But in this case, I do give a damn about the seriousness of the present situation and will try my best to live by the regulations here as I sincerely do believe that our SIN leaders are logical&sensible and are trying to do their best for their nation&ppl.

How can I thank cousin Karen enough for her absolutely delicious home-made Chinese Black Chicken Herbal Soup+fruits – most appreciative for her graciousness&kindness.

Being such a fan of soups, must get myself one of these cooker/steamers. Consuming black chicken will let you not only able to feel the WOW sensation but also get the beneficial effects to your body –

Tue: has it really been exactly 6yrs ago (2014) since I had my whole flock gathered? This must be the only pix I have of us all (11) together and when will it be in this life’s journey can we all be together again??

SIN PM (glad to see that he does have shirt&tie in the another colour than just pink!) spoke today and Circuit Breaker/CB period is extended till 1Jun – SIN is vigilant with the tracking&testing. The number of cases here are the highest (9,000+) in SE Asia mainly due to the tight-accommodations for the foreign workers. So far the fatalities are at 11 at present. When all this is over, hopefully our foreign workers (1+mil) will have decent living&working conditions, be better educated&informed so that they can help themselves to a healthy life. 2pix downloaded

CB : 7Apr till 4May
Safe Distancing : 27Mar
Beaches Closed : 11Apr
Mandatory mask wear : 15Apr
CB Extension : Till 1Jun (announced 21Apr)
Entry to specific 4major market using last digit of ID : Odd number on odd days, even number on even days

Wed: Good Wed 22Apr 2020 EARTH DAY (50thAnniversary) morning from SIN where the CB has been extended until 1Jun.

PLEASE STAY HOME&follow the regulations to help with preventing&stopping more COVID-19 cases from spreading.

To mark Earth Day, took out my seed collection to remind me of some of my trips&walks when&where I picked these, and now I finally have the time to create something out of them.

Something for Vday, Christmas+a Norwegian troll who has turned into stones in the daylight! If only all these viruses can also turn into stones in the daylight, I am sure I can survive without going out in the dark!!

Thu: isn’t it bad enough with the present situation as it is without making it worse by turning this into political, etc? Can we just try and get thru’ this by lifting and supporting each other with compassion&positive vibes so that we can pull thru’ this??

Four important life lessons that I learned from the migrant workers | Raj Singh | TEDxNTU – listening to this TEDx talk got me completely down, not that I was not aware of all these happenings or whatever is happening around, on the contrary very aware and updated with world news (sometimes TMI can be more harmful), but its the feeling of helplessness that got me into tears all night. Need to focus on happy thoughts or I will go insane. 

COVID-19 Test

19 Apr 2020 – Still Alive And Kicking

Wed: what a way to start a hump-day! Woke up with a runny nose. What I post on FB usually gives away my mood for those who know me! It is also a way to let my family&friends who are concern that I live alone that I am still alive&kicking. Recently the hours, days, weeks&months somehow seem to mash together and this morning, was even wondering if it is a Sunday? Thus, must write here to remind myself what day it is today.

Q: How do you know that Monopoly is an old game?
A: The rich people can go to jail- hahaha
A healthy&safe Hump-Day to all.


Comment from Alvin Mark Tan: It does feel like a game of Monopoly… collect $600. Pay $300 fine. Go to jail – someone who understands and can play along this game with me, tkx Alvin.

Linn&Jeff’s+me – support of their first-born and my #1 grandchild
Katy, senior Class of 2020 Irmo High School, SC/USA (to be edited w pix).
Proud of her and the very best to her future life journey.
LHHS FL/USA Class of 1993. Alexandra School&College, Dublin, Ireland 1967

Thu: 2020.04.16 Wow… Exactly 10 YEARS AGO TODAY and NOW – yes, I’ve dug up and put on the same clothes AND glasses as the ones I wore in the old pic and took this new one today with Amy wearing… errr… a different but similar looking T-Shirt… no?! Aw U cheated. From Richard Yung

Tkx for the fun Richard, made my day. Unlike Richard, I am hopeless with selfies and all these high tech stuff – a 10yrs old T-shirt is history to me, probably used as a rag over the years. Told him that he could have just colour my hair in the 10yrs ago pix!

Still coughing and feeling short of breath with normal temps, but this time round had the runs and felt dizzy. With my pre-existing conditions+age and living alone, its time to pay a visit to the doctor@MP Polyclinics by cab S$6. Those who know me also know that I usually travel by bus or walk unless really not feeling up to it. Pix downloaded

Due to the present circumstances, was admitted to SIN GeneralHospital/SGH A&E. Hooked with an intravenous 100mil antibiotics, blood tests, X-ray done with OK results, had to stay the night. A long night after transferring to the ward – due to another stronger inhaler which triggered the heart to beat faster (one of the side-effects), and with the short of breath+the heart pumping like there was no tomorrow, the balance of more heart medication+stopping the use of the inhaler pulled me thru’ this night. Pix downloaded.

Fri: COVID-19 swab done and I must admit that it must be one of the most uncomfortable swabs I have ever experienced. The swab is placed as far down the throat and that really makes you feel like gagging&puking and then another swab up the nose to as far as it can reach. Not quite the normal TGIF but no complains. Edited: to quote my medical dr s-i-l those swabs feel like they are going through your entire head! 

So far am impressed with our healthcare-workers and the SGH facilities (1st time warded@SGH). 5ppl room with 3ppl (including myself)@Block7 Ward76 Room25 Bed6 – was amazed that the bed also works as a weighing machine and gives your weight.

Sat: another swab as these are the regulations – 2 swabs have to be done and both have to be negative before they will discharge me, better save than sorry. 3wholesome decent tasting meals, here showing how bored I am when I can return the tray with orange-peels like this – lol

2days being stuck not only in this room, but with needles 6times (blood tests) and a beeper attached so that you can be detected (as it is, not even allowed out of the ward). Due to the 942 (the highest so far) COVID-19 positive cases tested today in SIN, my results were not back until 1900hrs. The taxi driver mistook me for telling him to take me to MarineCrescent and drove towards MeiLingSt. It was dark and not familiar with the new exits from SGH, thus not realizing until we got to the lights near IKEA. He was polite enough to apologize – we all need some kindness&patience, so I tipped him, even though he did reset the meter after heading towards the correct direction.

Supply of inhalers+cough mixture, etc prescribed. Knowing asthmatic coughs can last anything from 2-8weeks, but not knowing if COVID-19 is playing a part here would not justify myself to go out to even get my essentials. Now it is a relief, but will still remain indoors and out only for essentials.

Sun: after a decent night sleep in my own bed and some time to reflect on the past 2days, feeling even more grateful&appreciative – has been quite an experience and an eye-opener being in this hospital. Drama in the ward: a male patient trying to run away and when not trying to run away was shouting on top of his voice and another one in my room had to be restrained as she could be violent, also shouting – our healthcare workers must be saints! Thank goodness for the TV with headphones in the hospital-room, did not have my laptop with me and survived!!

A salute to all Frontliners, Healthcare workers with special thanks to MP Polyclinics, SGH A&E+Ward 76. Hospitals – the only place where the word ++Positive++ means a bad thing