Aratiles/Sarisa

14 Jun 2019 – A Cure For Diabetes?

Wed: posted in FB and got my answer as to what we called these SIN-cherries. Used to eat these in my childhood, they were growing wild quite abundantly around. Wish I could still find some. Anyone knows where they can be found now?? If my memory serves me correctly, we used to call them Bocelli and tried to get to them before the birds, but the birds are usually faster!!

Tkx to Zai who has these in her garden, but she lives in Brunei and to Chuan where these grow wildly on the road where he lives in KCH.

Shirley Tong: I believe it’s buah cherry! There was a buah cherry tree opposite our house at Tiverton Lane and as children we used to pick them when they fall or when we can reach them. Super sweet! We didn’t even think of washing them; just popped them into our mouths haha. No one ever complained of diarrhoea! Those were our happy childhood days.

Thanks Shirley for her share, that is BuahCherry. Was probably having the singer Bocelli in mind, whose voice is as sweet as those cherries. Shirley Tong:  Haha…quite an apt association with Andrea Bocelli!

All this got stirred up because a student discovered this as a cure for diabetes! Pix downloaded.

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/06/01/19/young-scientist-finds-potential-diabetes-cure-in-aratiles

I thought I saw a familiar face in the news – way to go SengGee who is still sweet&charming as ever, but not so little! Have been told that he is the best liver person here in SIN, glad to have caught up with him recently.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/nuh-study-sees-hepatitis-b-patient-cured-after-stopping-medication?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=STFB&utm_source

Saw Lawrence off to T2, tkx to Lee for driving – ongoing long&complicated family issues! Excise by exploring&gallivanting around are my usual ways to de-stress, but with age catching up and low energy level, reading,walking&watching movies are good alternatives; NetFlix is a good place to be at present!! Just a few, and these too will probably be forgotten soon –  Leap Year/2010, Always Be My Maybe/2016, From Japan To Egypt/2017, Wine Country/2019. Dinner@DIn Tai Fung/Parkway.

As my observant children so appropriately&eloquently said many moons ago – my mom will never have to watch a soap opera as her whole life is one!

Thu: looking forward to receiving my MG/MerdekaGeneration package. Even the envelope&stamp with this note has a nice design and I do like the word Merdeka – wonder how many of us are in this generation? In the LAM family tree, I am 1 out of 34 in the GreenGeneration from LAM SongKee’s branch.

Fri: TGIF- a beautiful&harmonious weekend to all. Re-reading JamesJoyce and what a difference 50yrs make – read some of his works during teenage days but have forgotten most. Also those were the days when I was more impressed with Ibsen’s works, thus read all his plays in English then, and later in Norwegian during my years in Norway.

When you’ve sold yourself once for the sake of others, you don’t do it a second time – Ibsen’s A Doll’s House Act 3

https://amylamsg.com/2011/05/22/dolls-houses/

Could not find the Dubliners HC in the library, so borrowed the audio and was surprised to how I enjoyed these 6CDs, yes I still have a CDplayer and it still works!! Appreciation to the Irish Embassy for hosting Bloomsday Book Club with Richard Barlow’s/NTU introduction to James Joyce’s Dubliners@the Irish Residence.

Someone asked me if the Irish are really so helpful – from one of the stories, Grace, where everyone were so helpful after Mr.Kernan injured himself falling down? As far as the memory goes, yes is the answer for when I was there in the 1960s-70s, but cannot answer for now?

The new SIN Irish Ambassador (#6) is out of town, so did not get to meet him this time round@the new Irish Residence (3rd since 2000), and my first visit here. Appreciations to him for opening his home with drinks&snacks for this book club.

Irish Ambassadors to SIN from 2000-present
1. Brendan Lyons
2. Huge Swift
3. Richard O’Brien
4. Joe Hayes
5. Geoffrey Keating
6. Pat Bourne

https://amylamsg.com/2014/05/11/irish-ambassadors-in-sin/

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Ladies group pix credits to Carmel and tkx to Carmel&Noreen for sharing the cab to&fro.

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2above pix credits to the Irish Embassy

One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age ― James Joyce, The Dead/Dubliners

Never Too Old

11 Jun 2019 – To Discover or Rediscover

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Sat: thank you Alvin for the completed framed portrait and for good breakfast company. Good luck to his new ventures, happy sketching and safe travels for his EU trip ahead. Looking forward to catching again up end of the year

Always enjoy visiting the National DesignCentre to check out what is new, it’s been awhile since the last visit. Took the weekend to catch up.

These delightful pix books are wonderful for young&old – creative artwork pleasant to the eyes and stories to get you imagination going.

The book and title that got my attention: The Journey by Francesca SannaWhat is like to have to leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? A mother and her two children set out on such a journey: one filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope.

Published by Flying Eye Books in spring 2016, the book has been translated in 14 languages, and has been awarded with the gold medal of the Society of Illustrators (US) and the Premi Llibreter (Spain).

Nice place to have a bite or drink@Tanuki Raw – Lychee Martini with fresh oysters followed by Truffle Yakiniku (pan-seared US-BlackAngus beef, onsen egg, truffle soy-sauce over Tanuki’s signature rice). Bon Appetit.

Long day and was tired, but stayed until interval for this full-house story telling session. Enjoyed Kiran Shah’s Nevertheless, She Persisted where she told passionately her personal story of the progression of arranged marriages in her family.

Sun: Happy 10th Birthday greetings from SIN to Sophie, #4grandchild – hugs&XXXs to her. She too now joins her 3older siblings with 2digits in her age, but still does not fit into her daddy’s shoes, hahaha! She is the only grandchild I woke up for 2 of her night-feeds for 2weeks of her baby-life. Linn was then hospitalized for Septic Pelvic Thrombophlebitis/SPT and thx to May&Nancy who were also there to help.

Jubilee Photo Studio@National Library – a trip worth the time to view some of these precious old B/W photography to refresh your memories if you are my age 🙂

1st time I took a plane was from here – when/1950s, to where? do not remember?? but do vaguely remember throwing-up!!

https://amylamsg.com/2015/03/13/former-kallang-airport/

This I remember vividly – the night before, we had a big dinner party on the lawn and those wooden tables&chairs were left on the lawn for many days before the catering ppl could collect them.

So glad to come across this as I was actually asking round in Nostalgic Singapore, a FB Group if anyone might have some old pix from the Yang Kit pool with good childhood memories.

Was not aware that this was still happening in the 1980s, left SIN in 1965 and would have thought that by the 1980s, flushed-toilets were the norm. But do remember dreading being caught behind one of those vehicles carrying these buckets in the 1950s-60s!!

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61975973_359099954743182_4495876335574450176_nEdited – tkx for informative comments from FB-NostalgicSINnight soil lorry seen here along N-Bridge Rd (1984) – pix credits to ChrisLee. Tng KhinChai: the last place was a house in Lorong LewLian where the family have been paying $3 a month for collection (ST 24Jan 1987/), MohdBakhtiar Anang:  the official title of the job is Night Soil Worker and they are represented by a union. Yusof BinAbdulRahman:  Black Bucket (Tong Hitam) kampong days. We have come a long way looking at this new concept from Japan…

Mon: @Les’s FarrerPk Clinic for Lawrence’s errands. Dinner@Les&Ivy to arrange Lawrence’s trip back to KCH for this round.

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My favourite coffee cookies can be found here@Bakerzin/Farrer Park. Interesting novelty with this chocolate dog, have never ate any dog, but might this one!

Tue: need this day to cool my nerves&sanity! The latest news in NYC must trigger off some terrible memories from 9/11 – family&friends all over the world, stay safe.

https://edition.cnn.com/us/live-news/manhattan-helicopter-crash-june-2019/index.html

National University Hospital NUH

7 Jun 2019 –  Dumpling Festival

Thu: today 6Jun 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day when more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to begin the operation that would liberate Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. D-Day would forever be associated with the invasion of Normandy. Many have come up with meanings for that D including Day of Days or Doomsday. Does it really matter what D meant considering all those life lost?

Happy Bday Dika Lam. 

Another morning@NUH, just too tired to do anything after that. The journey there from the East to the West by bus&MRT takes about an hour. Commuting for 2hrs is OK when you can do so at non rush-hour and can read, but still take abit out of me! After getting off the MRT, need to walk thru’ the Heart Centre with interesting sculpture&art.

Lawrence’s blood tests are still not to the level that the hospital feels comfortable to release him today, that must be a downer but he is dealing with it in such good spirits. Pray&hope that tomorrow he can be discharged. No matter how beautiful&fantastic a hospital is, very few choose to be there!

Fri: TGIF and Happy Dumpling Festival 端午節 Duan Wu Jie  or Dragon Boat Festival. This year’s pix are downloaded, no time to gallivant about to shoot any due to family situation. But the good memories with paternal grandmother making these yummy dumplings from scratch will always be with me. Used to do my own fillings and marked it so that it will not get lost with the rest.

For Jan&other overseas friends, this is what the festival is about

https://amylamsg.com/2010/06/17/dragon-boat-water-water/

Tkx to Sue for the ride this morning, took 30mins instead of an hour by public transport. A long morning waiting@NUH for Lawrence’s paper-works, etc so that he can be discharged. Sent him back to Les&Ivy to recover for a few days before he can head back to Malaysia. Am sooo hospitalized out after 5days there!

Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You’re not out of it until the computer says you’re out of it – Erma Bombeck

But discovered these yummy Chews (favourite is the Mint flavour)@NUH pharmacy over the week, rather costly for nearly S$5pp and being me had a whole packet (12) to realize that excessive consumption may have a laxative effect – boy and it sure did!! Now I know to only have just 1, not 12. Tkx to Ivy for the dumpling.

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps ― William Blake

Hello Jun 2019

5 Jun 2019 – Salamat Hari Raya

Fri: TGIF. Been shopping online and got this delivered but not the chance to try it. Hope that it is worth S$48 for the 2containers. It is supposed to bubble when in contact with water and no scrubbing needed, so let’s see if this is true – verdict to be announced when I have the chance to try this product.

Fort Canning – a park with amazing old trees that I am never tired of seeing&hanging around with, but do remember mozzy repellent – if you’re going to sit or stand still for even 1min!

One of my favourite projects from the early 2000s-H&Hdays, but then the Maritime Corner and the Raffles House were not yet in placed.

A revisit and this time for their new Sang Nila Utama Garden with a Balinese influence!

Looks like the excavations are still on-going. Was helping with this during one of my visits to SIN many moons ago.

Sat: Happy Bday to Morten – when our children were the age when we first met, ie Morten15 and I, 18, I thought how could this be?? Now our grandchildren are that age and I am amazed how time has gone by so quickly!!

Sew a button(s) or something on to a commemorative quilt – Poverty Quilt in memory of Jimmy’s grandmother. My personal contribution of butterflies are also in memory of a beautiful young lady, Tori McGee and a lovely girl KellyXuan. Strange to be back in an empty 51Waterloo St! Pix credits of Jimmy, Ivan&I to Shirley.

Usually I am in the US or Norway this time of the year. Now postponed till Aug, thus missing them all bunches. Thank goodness for these, pix credits to Linn. They are part of me making them a quarter of the Chinese ethnic race, but one can question&wonder about my ancestry with #1,2,3&4.

Sun: @T3 to discover that one can watch a big screen movie here FOC. Here to meet Lawrence to take him to lunch@Jewel, so no time for movies this time round. Sad to hear of the passing of our 14thUncle LAM TinChong Danny this morning. May he RIP.

Home-cooked dinner@Les&Ivy and staying the night with them.

Mon: accompanied Lawrence bright&early to NUH for his colonoscopy with SengGee. It is a total maze to be able to find where to go even if you are sober! By the time I got back to my 4-walls, it was pouring buckets –  am thoroughly enjoying every single minute of it. Has been hot hot hot and this tropical downpour today is very welcomed. As the saying goes – it never rains but it pours, and that is how my life feel likes at present.

Tue: NDC to discover that there was a mixed-up with my broken tooth vs to teeth not straight! Had to reschedule for another appointment. Am sure getting familiar with our National Health locations here in SIN!!

Yummy fancy Dim-Sum@Min Jiang@Dempsey, tkx to Ivy with the good co of Carmel. Even the napkin was a fancy item!

The Goldfish in a Bowl is quite a novelty with the twist of dill enchanting the taste. Wor-Tip with individual pipette tube, thus distributing the vinegar into the filling does add to the taste. After lunch back to NHU and now I can even lead the way for Ivy to visit Lawrence after his TACE procedure.

Appreciations to Calvin&Pat for hosting this lively break-fast gathering@Owls Brew. Tkx to Chris&Pat’s friend for BBQ sotong-heads (favourite part of the sotong for my taste!) for me. Got back just before midnight, barely managed to shower before crashing. To be on the go for 12+hrs is not what it used to be – hahaha!

Wed: Selamat Hari Raya to all celebrating. Pix from T3 displays. As for me, another morning@NHU but took a 4hrs nap in the afternoon, the consequences from yesterday!!

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60yrs ago on 5Jun, the 1st Cabinet after SIN became self-governing was sworn in at City Hall. The People’s Action Party/PAP formed the first fully elected government of SIN, after it won 43 of the 51 seats in the general election of 1959. Pix downloaded.

1 Jun – Happy Bday Morten
2 Jun – Happy Bday KK  & Richard LEE
6 Jun – Happy Bdays Dika  & Harry
9 Jun – Happy Bday Sophie
15 Jun – my father LAM TinYue would have been 108 and L&M paternal grandfather John HALD III 96 today. Happy Bday Amy J
16 Jun – Happy Father’s Day
25 Jun – Happy Bdays John/Chon, Clement & Huang
28 Jun – Happy Bdays Jeff & John WILSON
30 Jun – Happy Bdays JenMun & Annie

SIN Sustainability Academy

30 May 2019 – Bye-Bye May 2019

Mon: Memorial Day in the US, somehow these days are slipping out of the mind the longer I am away from the US, but one must not forget those who served&died for their countries! Confusion with Lawrence’s logistics for NUH – tkx for dinner@Les&Ivy to straighten up the situation after all morning on the phone which is something used mainly for emergency or necessity – chatting on the phone is one of my pet-peeves!

Tue: picked up info@NUH with Lawrence and saw him off to KL@T4 – such is life even if the heart is working on OT, it is still beating. Tkx to Clem for dinner@IKEA and for letting me huff&puff venting my frustrations to him.

Wed: Les&Ivy were concerned and had tests done on me, but after a good night rest, things are more or less back to normal for this week! Am blessed to have such caring bro&sis-in-law. First time getting tests done in his new clinic@FarrerPark.

Somehow the apple sculpture got me thinking about the situation with US&China 🙂 funny as it may seemed in this joke, but the consequences are not going to be funny 😦

Since in the area, decide to have lunch in FoodRepublic and do some shopping@CitySquareMall. With thoughts of the grandchildren’s Bdays ahead, pick up a whole bunch of things@Diaso which are small&light enough to be AirMail.

Always looking with envy at this 4-storey-playground – the heart is sooo willing, but the head is saying otherwise…

https://www.airzone.sg/csmyourvisit

Decided to venture on to the top-floor to take pix and happily discovered SIN Sustainability Academy/SSA which has been built to highest energy efficiency and green building standards and will serve as the city-state’s sustainability learning and collaboration hub.

The rooms on the roof-top-level (hot hot hot outdoors) were closed, but there are info on the walls on the 6Level.

When will these power talking-heads get into their heads that ClimateChange is for real and not FakeNews??? May not live to see it, but my children&grandchildren will.

Been many moons ago since I last caught up with Gerald, tkx for dropping by to get ideas&to check out on what a 3-room-HDB can look like after renovations!

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Thu: the old with the new on Coleman St.

Premiere screening of Remembrances, People, Places, Events@OldhamTheatre here in this newly renovated NationalArchives. Was there 2decades ago and it is quite a change, including how far movie&media are now. 1930s-clip of a Peranakan Wedding, 1959-SIN Scene, 1966-NationalDayParade, 1976-Talent-time GrandFinal.

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Malay language movie Cinta Kaseh Sayang (1965)/Love&Affection (with English subtitles). Tkx to Bryan for the title, movie poster downloaded. If I were doing the translation for this title, it would have been Love&Lust – LOL 🙂

Nice theatre, was there early to take pix! but was quite packed when the show started. Do remember to have a jacket with you!

The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with — nothing brings it all to life like an old mix tape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life ― Rob Sheffield,

A Very Hectic Weekend

26 May 2019 – Lawrence In SIN

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Thu: T4 to meet Lawrence. Lunched with Les&Ivy@LocalFreshSeasonal downstairs from FarrerPark Hospital. The Ayam Kalio (Indonesian Wet Chicken Rendang) – chicken cooked in aromatic spices&herbs was quite tasty.  Nice colours for the bread selection.

A new experience to NationalUniversityHospital/NHU to discover that KenRidge MRT Station connects to this place. Delighted that this little grasshopper wanted to be part of the shot which does not hurt! Appreciations to SengYee for seeing us with such short notice. Tkx for home-cooked dinner@Les&Ivy.

Fri: VivoCity – HokkienMee but the prawns were not fresh, considering that it is prepared indoors in a complete AC environment the taste would not be quite of that to@Lorong29. At HabourFront MRT to connect to KenRidge.

Take-away treat for myself to a GuzmanYGomez’s Burrito-Bowl with side order of guacamole@OrchardCentral, liked that I can help myself to the condiments of jalapeno, onions&coriander.

My top favourite cheese-cake – a perfect tasty quiet dinner to calm the mind&nerves before all the socials for the weekend.

Sat: TanjongPagar Terminals are no longer filled with containers – things change and move fast here in SIN.  Fortunate to sight a cruise-ship

Taking the bus to LabradorPark MRT Station – been there, done that and today is not about hiking, but going the opposite direction from the trails.

Crossing the overpass to AlexandraRd and it surprised me that the flowers here are heliconia and not bougainvillea which are what is usually planted on the overpasses.

Have not been into the PSA Building since 2decades ago when Greta was the HR-person there – now the first 2levels are filled with all kinds of eateries.

Good to catch-up with god-sister Pat/88 who goes a long way back when our parents were old family friends. Lawrence/85 used to play with her when they were kids! Fond memories of SengYee when he was just a sweet little boy, now he is a Professor&SrConsultant@NUHS, NUH&NUS, still sweet but not so little any more! Tkx to Les&Ivy for lunch&wines@CantonParadise and for dinner at home with Jo&Michael, a small family gathering in support of Lawrence.

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One Good Thing After Another makes One Good Life.

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Appreciations to CC management&staff for Visit Canberra talk&refreshments. Admiring Dennis’s new shoes in my new hat (hat pix credits to Yoshie).

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Sun: glad that I finally got to meet with Kathleen&family from NY. Have been postponing this meeting due to family situation. A quick walk down WaterlooSt+a cuppa with them before their Sunday-Mass@Good Shepherd. Kathleen, who is the widowed sis-in-law of BroJoseph McNally and indeed a very brave lady to make this long trip with her 5children – Aidan(27), Conor(23), Tara(22), Grace(16)&Joseph(13). Pix credits of McNallySt&family to Kathleen.

Need to take the remainder of the day to get laundry, etc done and to rest before another week of hospital visits ahead.

Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy – Matt Lucas

Imagine There’s No Countries

20 May 2019 – And No Religion Too

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

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

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

Yummy fusion dinner@EasyNoodle in the JalanBesar area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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