5 Temenggong Road/Painting

21 Oct 2020 – Mexican & Korean Foods

Sat: this was what I found at my gate this morning –  593dengue cases were reported by NEA in this week ending – NEA who are also doing their best to educate ppl to be aware as to how to flight this. I get Pandan&LemonGrass to make tea as I like the taste of them individually. Roaches& mozzies do not seem to like them and being on the 7floor might also be a help to keep them away and they are most unwelcome!

Sun: belated Bday lunch for AudreyW. Since unable to travel to the US and wanted some Tex-Mex, homemade Fajita Chicken with Tequila Shots (tkx to Estella for that bottle). Appreciations to Aud and Clement for good company and an enjoyable afternoon that passed by quickly. Pix credits her.

Mon: Many thanks to Yusoff Abdul Latiff for this beautiful painting of where I was born and lived for the first 15yrs of my life, 5TemenggongRd/SIN, and for the excellent write-up about it. Appreciations for bringing back many wonderful childhood memories.

This stately mansion at 5 Temenggong Road, Singapore was owned by Amy Lam’s grandfather Lam Song Kee, whose brother Lam Ji Chiew founded Kwong Lee Bank in Kuching in 1905. The bank later established branches in Singapore and Malaya. Lam Song Kee bought this mansion from Wong Ah Fook’s family. Wong Ah Fook the builder, entrepreneur and philanthropist was heavily involved in various major construction works in Johor Baru , Singapore and with the Johor royal family. Being close to the Johor royal family, he might have obtained the land, next to the now defunct Istana Telok Blangah, for building this mansion from the Temenggong whose land stretched from Tanjong Pagar to Telok Blangah.
 
However this property and land was acquired by the government in the early 1970s, at the then minimal acquisition rate, supposedly for the construction of the cable car. Today this land after more than 40 years looks unkempt and still undeveloped, probably because the government planners at that time changed their minds and chose the Harbourfront site instead, for the cable car station for it is more aligned with Sentosa and Mount Faber.
 
It is a pity that such a magnificent building with a history of it own was torn down and then nothing was done to the land. Similarly the Malay Settlement at Sembawang, established by the British during colonial times was acquired by the government in the 1980s, supposedly for the expansion of Sembawang port, but today, after 40 years the land has become a forest, saved for the isolated kampong mosque. Off course it is the policy of the present government to consider wooden houses as temporary, no matter how well-built they are.
 
The late prime minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew did express his regret at his decision to demolish his alma mater Raffles Institution (established 1823) in order to build Raffles City, which could have been built on the Marina reclaimed land. A magnificient and historic building or structure, with a great history and heritage behind it, once demolished is lost forever and the country is poorer for it.

Tue: new area to discover from KovanMRT connecting with a feeder-bus

to this well-maintained and serene surroundings of this 1,000+units condo complex.

Appreciations to AudreyM for this delicious home-made Korean lunch spread+sides – 갈비탕KaibiTang/BeefSoup, 닭갈비DakGalbi/SpicyChicken with veggie, bringing back fun memories from my one&only visit/2013 to Korea when she was working there. Tkx for sharing these spices, will try to make this chicken some day.

https://amylamsg.com/2013/04/09/reflections-on-busan-부산/

Wed: today is another stay-in my 4-walls day. Again urine has to be collected for 24hrs to be tested for Hyperparathyroidism/overactive glands in the thyroid. Hoping&praying that the result from this test is better than that in Aug so that surgery is not needed. Have been taking VitD supplements daily for the past 2months.

Tkx to Linn for this registration plate MORMOROK – mormor=maternal grandmother in Norwegian, so it s good that #1-6 think that I am OK – hahaha

Sarawak KoloMee

16 Oct 2020 – Dinosaurs At The Airport 

Mon: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to family&friends and to those celebrating this day. Was planning to check out this new JurassicMile, but was told that it is crowded, so will wait till the novelty passes by and then can finally walk to the airport! 

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/new-35km-cycling-jogging-path-linking-east-coast-park-and-changi-airport-launched

When I last walked this section, it was not connected to the airport.

https://amylamsg.com/2009/01/09/eastern-coastal-park-connectors/

Tue: senior grocery day@Tampines Giant usually taking up the morning with the shopping and the afternoon with cleaning and storing away the groceries. 

Wed: digging up info for AT-Hikers&TrailAngels in a FBgroup I have set up last Fri. Decided to do this as the book/journal printed in 2008 are all gone, except the one copy on hand, thus putting it here online to share. This will be the 3rd group I have set up to manage, including 2others for the LAM &TSANG family-trees. Looks like I will be busy online – busy hands are happy hands. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1050337225413375

Thu: was craving for KCH KoloMee, and with no visit to KCH this year to fix it. Heard about this location and yes, the rumour is true! Was there early with just 2ppl in front of me and by the time I finished, the lines were sneaking around the corner@Yummy ‘Sarawak Kolo Mee’@#01-45 Tampines Round Market&Food Centre.

The taste was yummy, but somehow the noodles lack that crunchiness that I like. Bought a packet for cousin Karen for her verdict. Believe it or not, for me the most memorable bowl of KoloMee was in Sarikei, Sarawak/2011. 3MYR~S$1@RianCheongCafe where the noodles were of perfect consistency and the sauce was simple&tasty – have yet to taste anything like that. https://amylamsg.com/2011/03/16/sarikei/

Took over an hour to get and to find this stall, and an unchartered area for me. Remembered vaguely being at the opening of the TampinesHub 3yrs ago, but somehow it seems longer. First the 31bus from MP to Tampines-Interchange, connecting with bus292 to Tampines St11.
 
A Norwegian friend just told me that It seems that you eat a lot in Singapore, and my reply to him – unlike the Norwegians, we live to eat more than to eat to live. L&Ms father used to teased about my family for discussing what’s for dinner while we are still eating lunch… hahaha!
 
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world – JRR Tolkien
Fri: TGIF and a good weekend to all. Happy 50th Bday to niece PatriciaLAM, difficult to image that she has now joined the over half century, 50+Club – so vividly remember visiting her when she was born and babysitting her in Dublin!
 
Thank you cousin Karen (paternal grandmother RGCHAN SweeNgor side) for showing around the lovely grounds@The SeaViewCondos. 
 
The clubhouse brought back memories of 5TemenggongRd. Was sooo tempted to slide down those railings on the staircase, but not a good idea!
 
The dark wooden paneling no matter how lovely to look at is not where I would want to live in, maybe for a short holiday period or if I had enough househelp to clean&dust! Personal preference to live in is still the Scandinavian simple clear-cut lines in light wood. But this is absolutely beautiful. Tkx to Karen for showing me around and for this interesting link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtILU2LJBlo&feature=youtu.be
 
O fools, awake! The rites ye sacred hold Are but a cheat contrived by men of old Who lusted after wealth and gained their lust And died in baseness-and their law is dust. – Al-Maʿarri

Island Hopping

11 Oct 2020 – Kusu, StJohn’s and Lazarus

Thu: this trip would not have been if not for Calvin’s ride n his car to MarinaSouthPier/MSP and for the use of his bike on the islands – appreciations to Helen for the arrangments. Has been a long while ago (Dec2016) since I was last at this location, dinner on the Stewords Riverboat which is no longer here now. And even a longer time since I last stepped foot on these islands.

Ferries to the SouthernIslands taking off from MPS costing S$12RT for Seniors.

The ride was on time and refreshing in the morning misty drizzles. Felt like being in paradise to be outdoors with fresh air on the upper deck.

Kusu=tortoise or turtle, located about 5.6km south of SIN. Being the smallest of the 3islands to visit, decided to stop off here first. With an area of 0.085sqK/0.033sqM, took us only a few mins to cycle around. Has been a long while since I have been on a cycle, and forgetting that pedaling backwards does not mean to brake (old habits die hard!), took a clumsy harmless fall to get the hang of using the hand-brakes before going into the temple of DaBoGong 大伯公. 

Tortoise Sanctuary where we saw a tortoise with the most unusual shell. Can anyone explain to me what is the cause of this? They all came towards us when they heard voices, but also dispersed just as fast when they discovered that it was not feeding time.

152steps leading up to 3keramats where there were also 3monkeys there today. Not being a fan of monkeys got me down those stairs quite quickly – See, Hear and Do No Evil

https://www.visitsingapore.com/see-do-singapore/nature-wildlife/singapore-islands/kusuisland/

St. John’s is the largest of SIN SouthernIslands, 6.5km from SIN. With an area of 0.4sqK/0.2sqM, the charming old pier can still be seen next to the newer one.

Quiet, peaceful and far from the maddening crowds, this is a bicycle haven for me. Being a weekday, met only a handful of ppl and 1-2 other cyclist. Being enochlophobia, this was perfect for me. Linked by a short causeway to Lazarus it is easy to cycle on these 2islands. 

Interesting&rich in history – saw a most tempting site when I would like to return to spend the day on foot to discover more and swim in these clean clear waters.

https://www.urbanexplorers.asia/2011/01/pulau-sakijang-bendera-saint-johns.html

Lovely breeze on the way back, nearly crossing paths with a humongous container-ship!

Clearer weathers for skyline views. Thanks to Alvin for his share: https://youtu.be/lrzKGj_ZEH8

Welcome back to the unwelcoming traffic! Tkx to Calvin for yummy ZiChar dinner@DeTain BishanCoffeeshop and for the best day for me since Mar. Pix where I am in, credits to Helen.

Seldom do I see such a nice ZiChar place with bright&clean with decorative electrical hurricane lamps. If the power ever goes here, there will be no problems with lights! The sky opened up after I got on the bus as I doze off with the peaceful raindrops lullaby. Set my alarm for 45mins. #13bus runs directly from Bishan to the bus-stop by my 4walls and would take ~1hour, especially in this heavy downpours.

Fri: TGIF – a good weekend to all. Restful night and surprising enough to not feel any sore or tender muscles anywhere, was expecting some consequences after riding the bike ride. Busy day trying to download yesterday’s pix and figuring out what to write. A simple home-made bourbon salmon for dinner tonight, quite a contrast from last night’s choices of dishes! 

Sat: a very unique date today 10102020 and will never happen again. The garbage chutes are long due for a thorough clean&paint job. Surprising it is done a week ahead of time and the chutes are opened again today. Garbage bins were emptied more than once a day when they were left outside for the week.

Sun: a day to work on both the LAMs&TSANGs family trees, more a jungle than trees for this never-ending project. Tkx to Leonard for his help to edit the LAM family tree and for dinner in the neighbourhood.

How can it be possible to even image that I got married for the first-time 51yrs ago today – twice married, twice divorced and fortunately unable to remember the other dates! Now, happily single for 2+decades and intend to remain so – hahaha. 

One can never be 100% certain when it comes to family lineage. One must always keep an open mind, willing to go wherever the facts may lead ― Laurence Overmire

195 Pearl Hill Terrace

7 Oct 2020 – UnderGround Police

Mon: a day to search for info&pix from my maternal side to start a group in FB for the TSANG MayLan Heritage, another never-ending task and still missing some names from the LAM TinYue side??

Tue: 70steps up the staircase to this Bunker built in 1956 to house the Combined Ops HQ for police&military use during crises.

A shield from the 1950s is in this Briefing Room – not quite bullet-proof, but it did serve its purpose then.

Giving orders in the Radio Control Room – pix of me credits to Victor

Fun with toy cars in the Map Room – group pix credits to Victor.

Police Officer’s Rest Room – Victor will need a rest after having to put up with us!

Tkx to Victor for arranging this and appreciations to George & Evelyn (who was and still is working in this location since the 1970s!) for an enlightening and interesting tour.

Police officers may drive black and white cars, however what goes on in their job is a lot of gray – Arik Matson

Tkx to Alvin for his share – https://youtu.be/iPS7qPjS8co

Once a police headquarters during the mid 20thcentury, 195 Pearl Hill Terrace is one of the longest pre-war civic buildings in existence.

This historical building has now been transformed into an artistic and hipster space and is located behind the People’s Park Food Centre.

In this building is 195 Pearl Hill Café where an unusual combination of pasta and seldom yummy pork-satay is served. Satay is a Malay/Muslim dish, thus no pork, so this is more a fusion-kebab with an unusual appetizing delicious peanut/pineapple sauce. Appreciations to Victor for ordering all this way in advance otherwise, no chance to taste.

This feline has not moved since we passed by it this morning. Heading down those steps in that lovely breeze, I too could have like a deck-chair or a hammock to hang out there for some hours. Eyeing at this delicious looking fish at someone’s lunch in the food center (perhaps another time!) and headed to run errands in Chinatown.

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort – James Herriot

Chinatown Complex for take-away kampong chicken to try. What came first, The chicken or the egg? I don’t care, I eat both!  

Mid-Autumn lights here in Chinatown will be over 16Oct, but not sure if I will get to see them this year.

Wed: would usually collect a few days of events before posting, but there was so much happening yesterday and the same will go for tomorrow.

Gardens By The Bay 2020

4 Oct 2020 – LAM+TSANG FamilyTree

Fri: met at CC to catch up with Calvin&co (must get a hair-cut like Helens, welcome to the Grey&White HairClub – hahaha). Condolences to Chris&family for the passing of his uncle, may he RIP. Memory-lane pix with Chris from 2013.

Helen&I decided to take a walk with the Giant Baby & The Royal Family at Gardens By The Bay, catching the mid-autumn lights which will be over on Sunday.

The Apricot Grove featured apricot flowers at various stages of blooming, enhanced with gobo lighting effect to simulate falling flower petals, is inspired by the Chinese fable of Dong Feng 董奉 who is a skilled and generous medical practitioner from the Three Kingdoms period 三国时代

The moon was teasing&playing hide&seek with us the whole evening.

The new (opened Sep2020) Apple@MBS which looks more impressive at night. 

Around MarinaBlv to the CustomHouse where most of the eating joints were done with their last orders. OneFullerton for a bite&drinks@Aseana, just in time to place the last order. Appreciations to Helen for good company and a lovely evening. Was blessed to be on the bus when the sky opened up, got back to the 4-walls just past midnight. 

Sat: had a restful sleep with the blissful sound of raindrops. Tkx to SL for helping to pick up bulky&heavy grocery stuff, am now set with all kind of detergents+toilet-paper for until 2021. Tonight’s dinner reservation was made nearly a month ago, but had to be postponed. So combining a belated Bday for Ivy and an early Bday for Les from Clement, SL & I

BakkwaBaconSalad 自制肉干沙律菜bacon strips grilled bakkwa-style with an oriental green salad complete with lotus root croutons, WagyuTruffleHorFun松露和牛鸳鸯河粉, Awesome FlamingPineappleBeef 火焰菠萝牛肉

The Mermaid 美人鱼 delicious collagen dish with grilled barramundi. Irish RoastDuck 爱尔兰烧鸭 usually not a fan of duck, but this one was roast to perfect and the meat was tender&moist. Fried Durian Tempura 榴莲天妇罗 was pleasantly surprised that I liked it. The above 3dishes are a definite die die must try! This is a second visit and do intend to return to try other dishes. 
Sun: thrilled&delighted to connect with my maternal side, TSANGs. That all started because cousinVincentTSANG(TSANG-branch8) in GA/USA being concern about the fires in CA/USA, wrote to KerwinLEE(TSANG-branch6) in CA/USA. Kerwin was sorting thru’ old photos and could not recognise or know anyone from this 1939/SINpix. He then forwarded it to Vincent who sent to me for identification. After that I connected us with AnnaTSANG, the only TSANG cousin who visited us in 2014/SIN has done an excellent chart of the TSANG. 
The Orange&Purple generation from the LAM TinYue(LAM-branch1) has no idea as to who is who for the TSANGs, but thanks to her chart, it will be easier to show them now. Glad that we have updates now and are connecting.
No normal sheet of paper could possibly trace their family tree, which in any case was more like a mangrove thicket ― Terry Pratchett

Mid Autumn 2020

30 Sep 2020 – SingPost & Shopee

Sat: neighbour works for SIN-Post and left her bike on the elevator-landing today. She removed it after I told her that it should not be parked here, but could not resist taking this pix which really puts snail-mail into perspective, hahaha! Have not rode on a bicycle since the helmet got stolen, and gave away my bike! Doubt if I will buy another bike again and If I do ride, will have to borrow or rent one. As for helmet, do not like borrowing or renting – that means neither I get a new one or I will not be able to ride a bike again!

Sun: discovered this online shopping and could find just about anything. Would usually make it a morning or an afternoon to buy Recogen supplements at their store@UbinAve where I need to change 2buses to get there. It is also the location where I get roasted foods for a group. And other times when there are promotions at the HealthFairs, usually@SunTec. Due to Covid, no fairs and trying to avoid wondering around unnecessarily. Surfing online and found that Shopee has them at the same price including FOC delivery+shop voucher worth S$8. Ordered 4items, will see how long they will take to get here.

The great thing about the Internet isn’t that you can reconnect with old friends or stay up to date with developing world events or send pictures of newborns immediately around the world. It is simply that you can log on to jcpenney.com from anywhere and order fresh underwear immediately after seeing your life flash before your eyes ― David C Holley

Mon: received 3 boxes of Recogen (30sachets perbox, 300g ) Original. Free 7 Sachets. Regular price, S$62perbox-total S$186 – paid S$178 using S$8voucher&FOCshipping. Quite impressed with how fast this arrived, the order was placed just 24hrs ago. 

Tue: grocery day@Giant/Tampines. Free shuttle was punctual for the 1015hrs pick-up and the driver must be on of the best I have experienced so far – smooth ride, no jerking around, perfect speed. Also he was smart enough to keep the front door closed so that ppl had to get off at the back to not block those who trying to board in front. New@Giant, fresh seafood – today’s SeniorSaving was S$4.

Wed: tkx to HS&Boon for good dinner company (made GravLaks+SeafoodPasta) and for the hand-made mooncake+beef-stew. Looking forward to tasting them. Not too sure if I feel like or want to check out the mid-autumn lights in Chinatown or GardensByTheBay this year. But if I do, it will not be until next week, ie if they are still on! Nowadays, after going out, would usually get all my clothes in for washing and myself into the shower. So will try to do my gallivanting in the late afternoons to be back to shower nearer bed-time like I have always done otherwise the skin will get dry with too many showers.

https://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/whats-on/calendar-of-events/mid-autumn-festival-2020/highlights.html

Wed30Sep2020: WorldOmeter of COVID-19 deaths are as follow:

SIN/pop 5.6+mil in an area of 721SqKm – 27
SC/USA/pop 5+mil in an area of 82, 932SqKm – 3,359
Norway/pop 5.3+mil in an area of 365,268SqKm – 274

Thu1Oct2020: Happy Mid-Autumn, Lantern, MoonCakes Festival to those celebrating. Enjoy the lights+your favourite mooncakes. The plain traditional ones are still my favourite, but happy to taste all these new ones. Also the dough piglets in the basket were popular during childhood, now only for decoration.

Most memorable are these delicate beautiful hand-made lanterns – could hardly wait till dark when we can light them with candles and carried them walking around TemenggongRd. The transparent coloured cellophane ones are my favourite. They are absolutely beautiful&mesmerizing when a real candle flame is flicking inside them. Bought these 2decades ago and they need repair every year when I take them out. The new ones are quite different with music and run by battery which has taken the charm out, but probably safer.

Hugs&well wishes are out to family&friends all around the world connecting us under this clear sky with a beautiful, bright & big moon tonight in SIN.

Oct Bdays

3  – Happy Bday CHONGSiongYin
6  – Happy Bday DavidWONG
7  – Happy Bday LeslieLAM
8 – Happy Bdays Larry LAM, AudreyWONG and KONGHengSun
12 – Happy Bday Karen SCAF-BENHAM
13 – Happy Bdays DavidYUNG
16 – Happy PatriciaLAM
21 – Happy Bday SteveLAM & DeeHALL
27 – In memory of EllenHALD Sr
29 – Happy Bdays KwokLockLAM & KieraCHUA
31 – Happy Bday AdelineLEE, MarkBOROWSKY, and Happy Halloween

Hello Halo

25 Sep 2020 – StarHub

Tue: this large halo that appeared around the sun and seen by many in SIN at around noon today (22Sep) is what scientists call a 22-degree halo –  because the ring has a radius of ~22º around the sun. Millions of tiny ice crystals in cirrus clouds that refract&reflect light in just the right orientation&position with respect to your eye for the halo to be visible. Tkx for the stunning halo and may you RIP, dear 4th sis-in-law, PohKit. Pix downloaded.

No camera or mobile on me, in addition, hands filled with grocery, and strangely enough it was also not my usual time (~12n) to be out grocery shopping, but did so today, nearly dropped everything when I saw this amazing phenomenon. Thought that the eyes were staring to much into the sun and got blinded with illusions. Rushed back to my 4walls and was online searching for an explanation. 

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/sun-halo-spotted-over-eastern-singapore

26Dec2019: was fortunate enough to have the camera on hand to capture yet another amazing&beautiful piece of natural art – total solar eclipse then – Ring of Fire’s path in SIN and the last one for this life’s journey! Many were too busy looking up at the eclipse then, but being a typical hiker, giving attention to my surroundings and saw this. Times like these, I do wish for a better camera. Can imagine how alarming it must have been for ppl in the DarkAges when there were no explanations for these phenomenon. 

https://mothership.sg/2019/12/crescent-shadows-why/

I look up in hope
Dreaming to be brightened
And begotten out of this hazy funk,
And suddenly I see
My light glowing high above me,
She is warming certainty
Wearing her angelic halo… Bodhi Smith

Wed: yesterday (SIN) and today (Norway&US) is also the Autumn Equinox and how I would have liked to see the Fall colours – just have to be happy with looking thru’ old pix from previous years for now!

How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days — John Burroughs

The fall equinox has been a day of celebration for cultures since ancient days. People tracked the transitions of the Earth’s journeys around the Sun.

  • At Machu Picchu in Peru, an ancient stone monument called Intihuatana—which means “Hitching Post of the Sun”—serves as a solar clock to mark the dates of the equinoxes and solstices.  
  • In Mexico, the Mayans built a giant pyramid called Chichen Itza. On the equinoxes, it looks as if a snake made of light slithers down the pyramid’s steps.
  • In England, Stonehenge was also built with the equinoxes and solstices in mind.

MachuPicchu – my first project@FL Travel School in the late 1980s and that is still in my bucket list.

https://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-fall-autumnal-equinox

Thu: lovely early morning pouring rains. Not that it is my choice to stay behind 4-walls so much that I become isolated, but to use this time to restore&gather myself getting ready to expand the ability to participate in the world again when possible! Home to me is within, thus home is everywhere, where ever I may be! The heart may not be in top condition, but hopefully the mind is still there, despite that the body might not always be in sync with the mind.

Fri: TGIF and a good weekend to all. Getting errands done before the weekend – switching over to StarHub who is promoting a SeniorPlanS$8 as compared to M1S$20 which is quite a saving. 

PP-Level3 now has one of my favourite cake/pastry shops. Looks like a new Fairprice will replace where Giant was once located.

Rambutans bring back carefree childhood memories where we had a rambutan orchard. During the season, you can usually find me up in the trees enjoying these yummy juicy fruits. Tkx to May&#6 for this IKEA rainbow bag, was pleasantly surprised that it took 10days (NOK178/S$25+) to get here. Snail-mailing has been living up to its name during these strange times, taking weeks&months to get to its destination!

Edited – on the subject of memory, it is also NationalDaughtersDay2020 in the US, but do not even remember when or if we ever celebrated this day? Now that travel is not so accessible, feeling blessed to have my 2beautiful daughters L&M+#2&6 visiting me in Feb2020 for my 70th. It is seldom that we can capture a pix of all 3 of us together, previous time being Linn’s 40th in 2014. Happy National Daughters Day to all celebrating.

Wake And Funeral

21 Sep 2020 – And A 3-Digit Birthday!

Sat: Judy, Daisy, Clement, Stanley&Darryl performing their duties with dignity, receiving families&friends, etc. Am there to help whatever I can do while bro Steven is unable to be here. 4th sis in law was practicing buddhism and her family will carry out the rituals with the chanting, etc for the wake&funeral.

The burning of the paper mansion#6683 with a deed+helpers, car+chauffeur, and all the paper gold folded for 2days will be waiting for her in her afterlife.

3male members of the family here dutifully set the fire after the chanting and everything was burnt in less than 5mins – now ready for her.

Sun: funeral@MandaiCrematorium where I usually pay respects to my parents at the same time – the cremation halls are just a stone throw from their niche. And this time to inform them to be ready to receive their daughter in law.

Yummy DimSum lunch@CantonParadise/WestGate

The next step is new to me and the only other time I was along with a buddhis funeral was at Lam ChengChwab, but then I did not really understand, so today I learn more. While the deceased can remain buried in a cemetery or ashes can be at the columbarium, scattered at sea, family altar, etc, there is also the tablet/name, which can be placed at a family or ancestral altar at home or at some temples. 

http://amylamsg.com/2018/11/25/a-funeral-in-johor/

NIrvanaMemorialGarden, conveniently located opp all the cemeteries! provides niches, name/tablet and all kinds of bereavement care at a certain price!! Building pix is a model of the building which is still under construction.

 The lobby looking like a 5*hotel lobby!

The family has decided to have her name/tablet here and the ashes in MandaiColumbarium where one can pay their respects in both locations in future. This has been an educational experience to learn&know about the rituals of a buddhis wake&funeral with nieces, nephew&grandnephews.

Tkx to Stanley for all the driving and a view to his lovely new bachelorette apt. Good luck to his job-search here .

To a more cheerful note today, Sun20Sep2020 – Happy 100th Birthday to maternal 10thUncle TSANG YanChuen (tkx to cousins for their family pix), youngest&only survivor of mother’s siblings – not often can one celebrate a bday with 3digits! Appreciations to Anna for this get-together with maternal cousins, KarLeng&Henry, Winnie&Francis, 2yrs ago in Toronto/Canada, tkx to Yun for driving that day.

Mon: after a good night sleep, time&rest are important to gather&reflect clearer objective thoughts&memory so as to be able to put the word+images into this post, especially for Vincent&Ann+Andrew who recently emigrated to Australia and are unable to be here in SIN – hugs, prayers&thoughts to them.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal…

RIP CHANG PohKit

18 Sep 2020 – Sad News

Tue: walking from my place to PP off the main road, but still having to cross StillRd to get there. This tree by MPCC is right after exit10B/ECP on StillRd – could hardly believe my eyes as this is the first time to see these so many beautiful KengHwa/EpipyllumOxypetalum (tkx to Bian for correct name) in bloom. 

It is amazing that you can get a hair-cut for S$3 (for members) or FOC on Tue if you are 65yrs+. Have been getting my hair cut@this location for many years (used to have another name, but do not remember what??) and satisfy with it. Not a member, but I usually give whoever is cutting my hair S$10 and let them keep the change.

Before getting the grocery ready, a cuppa with a piece of ChalkFarm’s GulaMelaka. Yummy, rich&sweet, but slightly on the heavy side for my taste.. By the kitchen sink after a weekly main grocery shopping – fresh produce washed and getting ready to pack them ready for storage in the fridge, should last me for ~a week.

An interesting pix taken with an angle directly straight down from the kitchen window of a papaya tree. Wild fires on all 3US western coast states, Hurricane Sally approaching in the South – pray that it will be quiet on the East! To deny about climate change is like being an ostrich. All those in the way of the fires, hurricane, etc, plx do take care and be safe.
 
Golden MIle Hawkers Food – looks like a good place to try, but was not too hungry then. Another time when in the area, but has to be before Dec as it will be closed for renovations. Chicken curry noodle n chicken rice at the basement corner stall and claypot rice on the floor above were recommended by niece&nephew.
Lines into this car-park not only for the food, but there are also some HBD blocks here.
 
Crossing the overhead bridge to check out this Heritage Restaurant, FolkLore@DestinationHotel Beach Road, but it was closed due to that the location being used for quarantining!
Thai dinner at GoldenMile@BeerThaiHouse – have enjoyed the food here previously, but somehow they seemed to be more salty tonight, or maybe my taste-bud is more used to home-made foods nowadays and that have less salt.
 
Wed: trying to inquire about the S$5 deal mobile access for Seniors, but alas, do not qualify for it. The ppl at the CCs were most helpful. Ended up at IKEA to do some shopping, the free shuttles were really not in time this afternoon – in future will only use these scuttles in the mornings when they have been on time for me the past few months.
 
Thu: 4th sis-in-law GG4Chang PohKit(1937-2020) took her last breath today – she has been frail for some time and was fed thru’ tube. Condolences to my bro Steven&his family and may she now RIP. She will be missed – the last pix together with her family at the CNY2020reunion dinner and a clearer&happier pix of her from CNY2011reunion dinner.
Fri: wake@SIN Casket
Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death a note unsaid― Langston Hughes

Bills & Passwords

14 Sep 2020 – 19 Years Ago

Fri: how can anyone forget 9-11-2001? In memory of  those 2,977victims+19hijackers(2,996) who lost their life in 2001, 19yrs ago today and with thoughts&prayers to all who have lost their loved ones&friends.

Happy Bdays to bro Steven&cousin MayY in Canada. A visit Steven@UMC Home with a view of a church&an Indian Temple. Rules are stringent under these circumstances and rightly so. Only 1guest per day and not more than 30mins. Nice to see that his appetite is good, finished 2large pieces of the PandanChiffonCake (his favourite, also light&easy to eat)+a mini Mooncake and a bottle of water+a can of GreenT. But sad to see that clear signs of dementia has taken over. Do feel for my nieces&nephews who have to deal with one parent in a home and the other one at home counting her days.

BukitMerahCentral HawkersFood

Did not get to try any stalls, will do so the next time here, but during times when there are no lines as these! Pix of stalls are from the longest lines – food must be decent or good at those long lines!!

https://www.burpple.com/bukit-merah-central-food-centre/reviews

Sat: CC Season has started for #2-4, and will miss not seeing #1 in these races! Appreciations for updates from Linnso many good things today. Irmo girls were runners-up and boys 4th at the Falcon Invitational. Sophie ran her first ever XC meet and came in 15th with a big PR! Irmo Middle School boys ALL had PR’s in the middle school 3200 meter race! I have the most fun job in the world! 

#1@UofSC Campus grounds and happy to hear that she likes her classes. #5&6 are still in elementary and both are 9. This year I will not get to see #1, 3, 4&5 and it will be the first time I have gone a year without visiting them.

Sun: on this lovely wet cool rainy Sunday in SIN I am going to change my password that will take 15billion years to hack according to 2600-TheHackerQuarterly. Has been wet&rainy all weekend, perfect for movies, not remembering any of them. So, how do I even expect to remember a new password??

Love, justice, sincerity, and respect become the password of your inward and outward life, always remember that; otherwise, you cannot log in, accurately your life ― Ehsan Sehgal