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…. 

https://www.stb.gov.sg/content/stb/en/home-pages/advisory-for-food-and-beverage-establishments.html

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.

https://www.facebook.com/dona.manis.cake.shop/

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.

https://eatbook.sg/june-bakery/

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: 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)&Clement(SIN) and a dear friend Huang in HI/USA. SGH apps for the morning! Pix later…

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.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/some-cases-in-bukit-merah-market-cluster-had-queued-at-popular-stores-for-30 

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

https://mothership.sg/2021/06/mbs-united-states-facebook-post-tennessee/

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOpakQPRlbA

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.

Tue: nice to hear from AT-hiking-buddy LOON who is now somewhere in his serene Brimson/MN, USA cabin and tkx for informing me that,

today is my favourite Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s (1843-1907) Bday – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIz3klPET3o

In memory of 2gentlemen, my father LAM TinYue (1911-1996) B/Wpix SICC/SIN1950s, and to L&M paternal grandfather JohnK HALD/3 (1923-2008) pix Tromsø/Norway1976, who also have Bdays today and are both no longer in this world but fond memories of them will never fade. A lady is not synonymous to a female or woman and a gentleman is not the same as a man or male. Sadly&unfortunately there are very few ladies&gentlemen in today’s world!

Wed&Thu: going thru’ old pix – found pix of father from when I returned to SIN for a short visit after his stroke (1979), and of JohnHALD/3 doing dishes OSL/Norway (1980). Getting too nostalgic&sentimental to concentrate – need to focus on something else, like Garry’s OutBack road trip.

Sentimentality is the only sentiment that rubs you the wrong way – Somerset Maugham

From Garry15Jun: Trip around the block #17.. Durack country, and the Ord River Scheme. Kununurra is the town built for the Ord River Scheme. The magnificent financial irrigation folly that was to turn this corner of Australia into our own food bowl! 50 years and millions of $$ later, as well as many classic agricultural failures, esp rice and cotton, it produces a few fruits and pumpkins, but 60-70% of the irrigated land produces fairly low value sandalwood which is processed elsewhere into incense sticks and manage oils! However, the good news is that the two dams built for the project created Argyle Dam (81 times size of Sydney Harbour, or something!) And Lake Kununurra. Boat trips through each on successive days revealed outstandingly beautiful landforms, waterways and wildlife…..and sunset The attached pics give some idea.

Lake Argyle – it goes on forever, at times it seems you are out to sea. Dam wall
Crossing the Ord River and Sunset on the Ord River.
Walking into Emma Gorge El Questro, Emma Gorge pool.
Trip around the block #18. Headed south from Kununurra through Warmon (Turkey Creek) and into Purnululu National Park in the Bungle Bungle Ranges.
Spectacular! Say no more. Have a look!
China Wall near Halls Creek.
Trip around the block #19. Leaving the Bungle Bungles behind it was off to Mimbi Caves and camp-site, part way between Halls Creek and Fitzory Crossing. Excellent camp-site- modern, beautifully landscaped, spotless and well equipped. A tour of caves and talks on native plants and edibles as well as some sad local history with Indigenous guide Rosie, and her grandchildren-helpers was great.
Red dirt. Love it….to look at! Leading in to Mimbi Caves
Fitzory River at Fitzroy Crossing, Geikie Gorge near Fitzory Crossing, Geikie Gorge eroded limestone
Cave painting

Apple iPhones

13 Jun 2021 – Kind & Thoughtful Gestures

Wed9Jun2021: Happy 12Bday to #4 – where did the 12yrs go? Feels like yesterday when I was up for her 2am feeds!

Now enjoying her last pre-teen Bday, rain or shine. Does not get easier to not see some of my flock since 2019. Hope to be able to be there when she turns to be a teenager! Pix credits to Linn.

Tkx to May for this – arr today, mailed 28May2021 from OSL/Norway, 10days for snailmail is quite fast! Looking forward to setting this Apple iPhone7 (2016) BCG-E3091A up for use. The old one, iPhone4 (2010) BCG-E2643A was not so reliable and often got cut-off in video&voice calls, but  considering I have had it since I do not even even when? from Clement. The younger generation like their latest high-tech while I am grateful with inheriting their old ones.

Thu: appreciations to CathChua for her share  of this video on FB/APOP on Bella loves sushi more than you (@heybellafoodie on Insta | @bellafoodie on TikTok). Not sure how to reload it here but a reminder for myself what an adorable&lovable toddler, well brought up by good-role model parents with thank yous&please. If only there are more parents like these – made my day, especially being rather bumped-out lately.
Thank you to dear niece Pat-Lynne&grandniece Beth for visit+yummy home-made food with an apple to keep the Drs away!
Fri: app@SGH for PET-Scan – steroids intravenously followed by tracer, taking 3hrs for the effect before scanning the upper body. After 4+hrs, S$400+poorer, could eat again – had to fast before the scan! Considering my luck with the family-history of both cancer&heart issues, better check out now what more needs to be done since unable to travel. Hopefully can do more in the bucket-list before hitting the bucket – still 2more scans for this month!
Sat: yummy DryMeeSiam (2boxes for my order, 1 for AudreyW and 1 for me, pix credit to Lionel for his massive delivery order for today), AyamBuahKeluak & AssamStingRay delivered by Lionel. Tkx to Leonard to setting up iPhone, now ready for action and appreciations to niece for dinner company. Thoughtful gestures&good company from family&friends make these days easier to get thru’.
Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom -Theodore Isaac Rubin
Sun: tkx to AudreyM for this share – hope that she will have time to get on some of these routes before she takes off. For less than S$1 (Seniors), these routes are well-worth to get on – highly recommended and for those who have not been on a bus in SIN, they are safe, clean&comfortable with AC. Have been enjoying their services for over 2decades with no complains!
Finding a family member in SIN who will appreciate these Scandinavian wooden hand-made&painted dolls and I think cousin Karen might like them, also got her a package of Kedondong.
One more day of max group size up to 2ppl household visitors a day, tomorrow, up to 5ppl.

Lucifer MorningStar

8 June 2021 – Year’s School-Ending Concert

Sat&Sun: – plx be vigilant, be safe and stay home if you do not have to be anywhere, eventhough we are not under total lockdown. To family&friends in Malaysia, our neighbouring country – take good care, be safe&healthy under their Movement Control Order/MCO (MCO in Malaysia while in SIN, it is known as CircuitBreaker=total lockdown) which started on the 1st. Here’s special thoughts to bro Lawrence who is now under medical care in KL/Malaysia.

We make every effort to see that our actions live up to our words and be vigilant with regards to our behavior – Thomas Sankara

A peaceful&quiet weekend with late morning’s heavy downpours to catch up with cheesy flicks+Lucifer S5 E1-16, another eye-candy! The translators of this version took the word from the Latin Vulgate, which translated הֵילֵל by the Latin word lucifer=the morning star, the planet Venus, or, as an adjective, light-bringing. Another piece of useless trivial info for Lucifer MorningStar fans like me!

Sinners think they are saints, but saints know they are sinners – PeterKreeft

Mon: #1 on summer break from the U, and #5&6 enjoying their last few months with just one single digit to count their age!

Sooo missing yet another year’s school-ending sound of music from my flock in USA&Norway – #2/harp, #3/cello, #4/double-bass. Just discovered that #2 plays the harp, appreciations to their paternal grandmom, Cindy for sharing these pix! Memories of Sun-Brunch on the QueenMary in LongBeach,CA/USA where there was someone playing the harp in between the ice-sculptures!

Not seeing my overseas family&friends is not getting easier! Somedays are more difficult than others and this is one of them, probably due to the lack of sleep having pulled a neck muscle. Hoping&praying that this pandemic will soon be over and can look forward to catching up again.

Appreciations to Gel for visit and for the yummy BakChang/Zongzi 粽子 steamed glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings wrapped in bamboo leaves + SoonKueh筍粿 steamed dumplings stuffed with chives or bamboo shoots or dried shrimp wrapped in a skin made of rice&tapioca flour.

Tue: Happy World Oceans Day. App@NHC/SGH, first time here – a cuppa+a bite hit the spot after a long wait for a check-up.

Did not realize about the Kopitiam here, so did not bring my card to get any discount! Nice to be able to sit outside – must be the only location to be able to sit and eat since no dining in and only take-aways restrictions started!!

The below link was posted by ATC and my comment&total recommendation – take it from someone who did not know better when hiking the AT-Thru-Hike then, fording the Kennebec River, ME/USA 24Aug2005. It was a very dangerous, nerve wrecking and a stupid thing to do, so plx DO make use of the ferry service provided.

KennebecRiverFerr 2021: 28May–30Jun 30:  9 to11hrs daily. 1Jul–30Sep 9 to14hrs daily.

https://appalachiantrail.org/explore/plan-and-prepare/hiking-basics/safety/river-and-stream-crossings/

From Garry7Jun: around the block # 14. Out of Darwin and first camp was at the delightful Pussycat Flats Racecourse – a few kms from Pine Creek! Well 12yrs ago it had been a racetrack, rodeo ground and a golf course- now its a campground with lots of green grass and a bar from 6-8! Then off to Victoria River Roadhouse but stopping in Katherine for coffee with Ian Falk and also at Willeroo Station to buy some much needed fuel. The red moon eclipse was practically clouded out! Bummer.
Trip around the block #15. After Timber Creek crossed into WA where the border controls for both fruit and veggies were as strict as the controls for dangerous Victorian refugees urgently fleeing their virus riddled state! Onward to Wyndham – a town done with both dying and death and now firmly in decay! Has four claims to fame. 1. Australia’s northern most town.
2 the world’s largest cement crocodile – tons of cement and miles of chicken wire, and….. designed by computer! 3. A great towering lookout over the crocodile infested delta into which 5 rivers flow. 4. ‘Kaiser’ – the oldest surviving internal combustion engine in Australia!
What town could outdo that list? But, the big meatworks is gone and there is a small iron ore loader operating. Everything else seemed closed – including the crocodile breeding centre! Hardly needed! Great bosb trees at Perrys Farm Wilderness. Boab fruit ź like big kiwi fruit with white marble-like interior.
Crocodiles are easy, they try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first ― Steve Irwin
Trip around the block #16. Camped at Parry Farms, a wilderness spot where the mozzie were more scary than Michaela Cash and big enough to put a saddle on! Then off across the mud delta and down a long dirt road to the infamous
Prison Boab Tree. This huge hollow boab, still alive, was used to imprison Aboriginal men being brought from Derby to Wyndham to face court. 20 men could be crammed inside the tree for the night and any more were chained by neck and leg to the outside of the tree. Also stopped at the Gorotto. Impressive gorge and swimming pool. Onward to Kununurra

Hello June2021

4 Jun 2021 – Feeling Nostalgic

Memory believes before knowing remembers ― William Faulkner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv4hC6Ok1Vc

Tue: Happy Bday Morten, a charming&gracious x-bro-in-law who I have known since he was 14 and I, 18, and we share many fond memories from then! Today he is 67, a father of 3, grandfather of 4? a Chair@UNIS and a reputable Professor@UiT Department of Geosciences. Caught up with him in Aug/Sep2019 Tromsø/Norway and also the last I saw of Ellen, may she RIP.

Grocery shopping@Giant/Tampines~S$120 with~S$4SenSave. Trying out these new products and pleased with them, SugarlessChocolateS$7.55 and Käji-IndividuallyWrappedS$5.90.

At one of the fruit-shops near the PosB/BedokCentralBranch, delighted to find fresh ChineseBayberry/MyricaRubra,Yangmei杨梅S$6/400g always thought them to be berries, but just found out that they are fruits grown on trees. Have not had them since the 2009 HKG-trip!! Appreciations to AnnaM for this info – Corbezzolo in Italian and Sardinia is the main Italian county where they produce such honey for they have plenty of trees… They use honey on the traditional seadas, dessert, stuffed pastry like raviolo with cheese and dip fried served with honey on steaming hot pastry so that it trickles down.

Wed: Happy 72Bday KK, one of my oldest friends, somehow it is difficult to image knowing someone who is not a relative for nearly 7decades and still friends! Took out my last piece of Gravlaks from the freezer to celebrate a Bday-lunch, tkx for his yummy NasiUlam and salad. Water still dripping outside eventhough the rains have stopped hours ago, checked all the floors above me (8-12) and saw that the water was coming from the roof. Called & forwarded pix to MP-TownC and hope that they can resolved this problem.

What do we call this moment? A serendipity mixed into a nostalgia mixed into a deja vu mixed into an epiphany ― Avijeet Das

Thu&Fri: there are 45 new cases of COVID-19 in SIN today, not a TGIF! A good weekend to all – plx be vigilant, be safe and stay home if you do not have to be anywhere else. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-new-cases-mindsville-june-3-hougang-ave-8-cluster-14937558

Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day – Dalai Lama

Discovered this fantastic link that get me around the world with~8,000stations+any the news station as well as my favourite symphony-92-4. Happy listening – Music evokes so many feelings in us, memories, nostalgia, things that are connected to our past – 

http://radio.garden/listen/symphony-92-4/P7TysNHJ

June’s Bdays:

1 Jun – Happy Bdays Morten
2 Jun – Happy Bdays KK & RichardLee
6 Jun – Happy Bday Dika & Harry
9 Jun – Happy Bday Sophie
15Jun – my father would have been 110. L&M’s paternal grandfather would have been 98
15Jun – Happy Bday AmyJ
20Jun – Happy Father’s Day
25Jun – Happy Bdays Chon/John, Clement & Huang/HI,USA.
28Jun – Happy Bdays Jeff & JohnWilson
30Jun – Happy Bdays JenMun & Annie

Ayam Buah Keluak

31 May 2021: So Long May2021

Fri: TGIF on this day in 1937, 84yrs ago! GoldenGateBridge in SanFrancisco, CA/USA was opened to traffic, trivial info on this last Fri of the month.  The last time there was at the Recommissioning of the USSMIssouri May1986 – another lifetime & a different person ago!

I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Sat: tkx to AudreyW for visit and for this most delicious AyamBuahKeluak – chicken cooked with the nuts from the kepayang/PangiumEdule, a mangrove tree. The fresh fruit and seeds contain hydrogen cyanide and are deadly poisonous if consumed without prior preparation. Have not had this dish for a long while and could not wait till dinner, had to taste a bite and it is out of this world. It’s also one of the favorite dishes of SINs founding PM-LKY and his son, LHL who is now SINs PM.

https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_2013-05-16_111918.html

The contents of the nut is dug out and sautéed with aromatics and seasonings, before it is stuffed back into the nuts. It is one of the most labour-intensive Peranakan dishes to prepare. Peranakan/Nyonya cuisine comes from the Peranakans, descendants of early Chinese migrants who settled in Penang, Malacca, Singapore and Indonesia, inter-marrying with local Malays. This unique cuisine found mainly in this part of the world combines Chinese, Malay, Javanese&other influences.
Coincidently managed to discovered via AudreyW’s FBchat that the yummy dish is made by LionelChee who was also responsible for the foods at the events I organized 2decades ago. The food then was delicious and still is after tasting it again. Glad to reconnect and now he has a take-away&delivery menu.
Sun: amazing that I can still enjoy these cut-flowers received a week ago – so snipping the bottom and changing water daily does help. Probably most important was that they were very fresh when purchased, tkx again Aileen & Adeline. Productive&quiet day, managed to order 3Bdays+1Anniversary gifts online from Wine&Country for Jun/Jul, not too exciting gifts for the flock, but better than a card!
Mon: honouring and in memory of those who died while serving in the US military on this Memorial Day.
Haircut with Helen@Roots/EliasMall – glad to get a decent short cut at the back of the head especially with this hot humid weather. Pix credits to Helen.
Marking the last day of this month with a scrumptious Peranakan dinner –  BeefReadang, NasiUlam, BluePeaRice, AyamBuahKeluak, AssamStingRay, ChapChye & DryLaksa, prepared by Lionel from CasaBomVentoExpress who I have not seen for 2decades. Tkx for delivery, nice to catch up and will definitely order the AssamStingRay again. Pix credits to Helen.
Tkx Calvin for this bike –  I think I should be able to keep it since it matches so well with my outfit – hahaha. Pix credits to Helen.

31May2021: WorldOmeter of COVID-19 deaths are as follow:

SIN/pop 5.6+mil in an area of 721SqKm – 33
SC/USA/pop 5+mil in an area of 82, 932SqKm – 9,732
Norway/pop 5.3+mil in an area of 365,268SqKm – 783

Nostalgic SIN

27 May 2021 – Paya-Lebar-Airport

Mon: appreciations to Aileen for catching up with  yummy take-away-SINbreakfast of CarrotCake, CheeCheongFun&Congee from Marine-Terrace-Market – thank you for beautiful flowers (pink Lisianthus from Adeline&lilac Dendrobium orchids from Aileen), am sooo totally blessed. BE SAFE and stay home! Any 4-walls that enclose you with harmony&peace is home:

Peace•Vrede•Paqe•سلام•Свет•Мир•Pau•平和 Mir•Fred•Vrede•

Rahu•Kapayapaan•Rauha•Paix•Paz•Frieden•Ειρήνη•Lapè•שלום

शांतिBéke•Friður•Perdamaian•Síochána•Pace•Miers•Taikos•

Мир•Keamanan•Paċi•صلحPokój•Amani•ความ สงบสุขBarış•

Світ•Hòa •Heddwch•פרידן•

Tue: grateful to YipYewChong for his share&reminder of Paya-Lebar-Airport. Memories of father seeing me off for my further studies to Ireland on the VC10 (pix downloaded) in 1965. He sure looked happy here, probably such a relief to get rid of me – hahaha! Liked the mosaic mural there, and would appreciate if anyone has B/W or colour pix to share. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/video-on-demand/into-the-vault/a-flight-to-remember-14835636

Thank you for all the comments from FB-posting –  interesting to hear about all the 60s-70s flying days, especially when it is our 1st overseas flight! Such a different time&era where flying was exciting! Nowadays I dread it and the only reason I fly is that it is the fastest way from point A-B-C etc… you have to be a member of the FB-group-Nostalgic-SIN to view the below link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/48000673979/permalink/10159465870973980/?comment_id=10159467133343980&reply_comment_id=10159469302698980&notif_id=1621570052359604&notif_t=group_comment&ref=notif

Appreciations to MohdHishamSalim for the mosaic and to JudoYeo for the mushroom, but somehow unlike the mosaic-wall-mural, the mushroom info-counter did not stick in my mind then, only discover it when searching for pix – pix of PL-Airport (except the one of my father) downloaded.

Wed: Happy VesakDay to those marking the day, a public holiday here in SIN. It is a celebration of Buddha’s birthday and, for some Buddhists, marks his enlightenment. It was over 2decades when was first introduced to a British monk, AjahnBrahm who inspired me with this talks. Do not consider myself a Buddhist, but then for me, Buddhism is not a religion or faith but more a philosophy of life! Also 2021’s 1st total Lunar-Eclipse, a Super-Flower-Blood-Moon tonight. Looking forward to seeing pix of this from Moon-Watchers with good cameras, ie if not too cloudy! Tkx to Jo for dinner tonight

Taking pictures is savoring life intensely every hundredth of a second – Marc Riboud

Thu: taking care of paper work (LPA) at the lawyer’s office, advisable to get these done when the mind is still in tact so as to save problems and or misunderstanding issues for the family, especially when they are thousands of miles away! Beautiful bonsai, especially this bamboo. Read this and it is news to me – while bonsai plants are beautiful to look at, they are not particularly auspicious to keep at home. Vastu experts say that it is best to avoid placing this plant anywhere at home. It symbolises slow or stunted growth and might interfere with the lifecycle of the inhabitants…

To have a garden is to believe in tomorrow’, but to have a Bonsai-Garden is to believe in many tomorrows.

Walked by OasicHotel, admiring the creepers growing on the metal framework – it was in 2016 when it was opened and not so green then!

Decided to pick up a salad (Howdy S$13.30), since I just missed bus196 on RobinsonRd, and Salad-Stop was just by the bus-stop – portion was big enough for lunch&dinner. Again did not plan or had any intentions to get take-away, but just wanted to help ppl to hopefully keep their jobs! Even lunch-hour@CBD was quiet with hardly anyone out – practically empty bus and feels like life is going in slow-motion, very pleasant for me, but not good for the economy.

COVID-19+Dengue

23 May 2021: More Health Issues

Fri: not sure if I should be saying TGIF, but would still like to wish everyone a good weekend. With these recent numbers of COVID-19cases+a Dengue case reported in my block and as I am writing this, I am also hearing a funeral service downstairs in the common area! Plx take care&be vigilant, ie stay home!!

Have not been out of my 4-walls since Mon, but had to be out today to collect my meds@FarrerPk&app@SGH, very efficient in&out in less than an hour@SGH. More apps ahead for next month – the domino effects of age&health-issues, c’est la vie! Buses48&196&MRTFarrer-OutramPk were practically empty. Was rather pleasantly surprised to hear that the shuttle-bus-driver to SGH had Symphony92.4FM on, the station I am usually tuned to.

Because of my skin-type, scars have always keloid for me. Dermatix usual price in the stores S$80+ but bc I got it at SGH, S$70.10 and CICA-Care usual price S$70+, with my MedekaCard S$60.25. These over-the-counter products are not consider necessary, thus not government subsidized, quite rightly so. 1st time trying them, so will see if they work – the scar today, will compare it after using these products a month from now!

Since I was out, dropped by at the outdoor market to pick up a fresh ginger drink. Feel so sorry for all our stalls and ppl trying to make a living – tough times ahead. Had no intentions of getting any take-aways as I do have food, but wanted to help – the usual rice with 2veggie+1meat used to cost S$2.90 when I moved here, it is now S$3.50, not complaining, paying willingly.

Sat: appreciations to niece&nephew for their co+yummy dinner delivered from IndoChili.

Found Kedondong (Spondias dulcis/ambarella)@the local fruit stall across the road and made juice for the weekend. In the midst of our daily lives, we must find the juice to nourish our creative souls – Sark 

Sun: thank you to Adeline&Isabella for visit with lunch&cake to celebrate Yasmine’s Bday who is in our thoughts today even though she is thousands of miles away. Happy Bday Yasmine, be safe in London.

From Garry22May: Trip around the block #13. Off to Kakadu. Jackson arrived for 6 days r&r. His keeness to see/do as much as possible prompted an increased level of activity on my part but did leave me a little bit stuffed! Great fun.

Well, there is no escaping the prevalence of the apex predator in this part of the world. – saltwater rather than freshwater crocodiles. They jump! East Adelaide River
Flight over Kakadu was superb. The variety and scale of the place! Jim Jim Falls. Closed atm as they have not cleared the crocs
After a big stuffup last year by National Parks, mosaic burning is underwater across the park. Called light burn as it burns the grasses and low stuff but does not (theory) burn and harm the canopy. Bush walking yields some great spots
Sunsets are something else, especially the changing rock colours. Many beautiful Aboriginal rock art paintings.
On to the wetlands at Yellow Waters.

A Wedding In 1965

20 May 2021: Between-Handsome-Young-Men

Mon: today is the National Day & a public holiday in Norway. Happy 17May to those celebrating Norway’s Bday when the NorwegianConstitution was signed in Eidsvoll/Norway on 17May1814. Today’s lunch&dinner – salmon&salmon+shrimps&meatballs from IKEA.

For us in SIN, a new week ahead with new measures under tighter restrictions to observe. Social gatherings capped at 2ppl, no dining in, so only take-aways from now! With infographic like the above, will definitely stay mainly within my 4-walls where indoors are concerned except for groceries&medical app.
This news is worrying – Covid-19 is airborne, scientists say. Now, the authorities think so, too.
Yes, and how many deaths will it take ’til he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind – Bob Dylan
Tue: Happy 56thWedding-Anniversary to Lawrence&Mabel, of course I remember the day, the only time I was a bridesmaid. The occasion was at the ROM, do not even remember if there was a lunch-reception or dinner (do not have any lunch or dinner pix on my side).
1956-Lawrence left SIN for his studies&work in Ireland&UK and did not return until 1964. In those days it was not that easy to travel around and I did not see him for 8yrs. Mother’s 1stEU trip was in 1963 when she could be with the other 4siblings. Her next trip was 1964, when father flew her to Guy’s Hospital/London and her final trip was back to SIN where her lung cancer had spread to her brains and she passed away in Jun1965, less than a month after their wedding.
Jul1965, I was sent off to boarding school in Dublin/Ireland – a very traumatic&sad stage in my life-journey.

Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence – Levine