19 Apr 2021 – BBQ In Comfort & Style
16 Apr 2021 -Ramadan 2021
Tue: Ramadan starts today lasting until Wed12May. To those marking this time – Salam Ramadhan&Selamat Berpuasa and fast healthy&safely. Should fast too, good to clean&clear and to rid some of the toxicity in the system! Tkx to TuahBugis/Sarafian for his share of the SultanMosque pix. Blessed&fortunate to be living where the various culture, religion, race, etc are practised and there is much to learn from each other. Looking forward to taking a walk down Geylang Serai to taste the foods when fasting is over!
12 Apr 2021 – Prince Philip (1912-2021)
Fri: FarrerPkMedical to get BP meds&machine to control the BP before surgery. Appreciations&tkx to Ivy&Les for their help&lunch@Socieaty.
Since in the area, did some food shopping@DDD/CSMall to discover that it was raining cats&dogs when I got above ground to the bus-stop from LittleIndiaMRT – no worries as I will be walking in shaded walkways.
Sat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgIx3OrnixI Condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll & the UK Royal family for the passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip (1921-2021) – may he RIP. Pix downloaded. Respect to this handsome gentleman with a sense of humour (not to all, but I enjoyed it) who has loyally served his Queen&Country for 7decades! with confidence and wisdom. 3 other men who I also respect, my own father, xNorwegian father-in-law and LKY(SIN-1stPM).
PrincePhilip visited SIN at least 5times in his life, toured an HDBflat, met with LKY.
All these controversies going on regarding MeghanMarkle&PrinceHarry is sad. Besides PiersMorgan and many other similar thoughts on her, here is another interesting conversation with RiverASMR I just discovered:
Being born in SIN 1950 when the island was still a crown colony, thus grew up being under the influence of the British. 1950s pix of my mother, cousins&I in front of RafflesHotel then and RafflesHotel now.
1819-modern SIN was founded by SirStamfordRaffles as a trading post of the British Empire. Pix downloaded.
1867-the colonies in EastAsia were reorganised, SIN came under the direct control of Britain as part of the StraitsSettlements.
1942-2ndWW, SIN was occupied by Japan, but returned to British control as a separate crown colony following Japan’s surrender in 1945. Pix downloaded.
1959-SIN gained self-governance, also the same year when QE-ll&PrincePhilip visited SIN. Pix downloaded.
1963-became part of the new federation of Malaysia, alongside Malaya, North Borneo, and Sarawak. Ideological differences led to SIN being expelled from the federation. Pix downloaded.
9Aug1965-an independent country. Left for overseas study in Jul1965 and did not return to live&work until 1999, but did occasionally travelled for short visits to see the family. Pix downloaded.
Sun: not only totally&majorly demophobic also totally&majorly ophidiophobic, am put off with hiking for now upon seeing these signs&pix! Pix dowmloaded. FairfaxCountyPkL-LaurelHill/VA, BreaksInterstatePk/VA, FrickPk-Pittsburgh/PA. There has been some snake comments from my AT-Group and on top of those signs, my dear #6 sent me this link:
A snake can change its skin but not its disposition – Persian saying
Mon: appreciations to Gel for breakfast&lunch@our local MT Market with my usual favourite – delighted to discover more good things, fresh ginger drink made from scratch, another stall to frequent! Tkx to Jo for dinner.
From Garry10Apr: Trip around the block continued. Yunta to Arkaroola was 301km of corrugated dirt road. Camped part way along atop a hill at a long abandoned gold mine. Incredible 360• views as far as the eye could see and big big blue sky. Very calming.
From Garry11Apr: Around the block. Today was the day for a five hour walk through Bararranna Gorge in the Northern Flinders Ranges. Part of Arkaroola Sanctuary Reserve. The pics might seem repetitious but I was taken by the landscape, the colors, the rock formations. The lot actually! So easy to see why geologists and others come here to get their rocks off.
8 Apr 2021 – At The Lower East Side
Mon: tkx for FB reminder when QingMing 清明 (Tomb-Sweeping) is now ongoing in this part of the world. In memory of my parents&grandparents – will not be going to the crematorium, but thoughts are with them. Pleased to finally hear&read about the encouragement to do away with these burning of paper offerings, etc. Old traditions die hard, hopefully ppl will understand why the environment has to go green&move with times. https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1219072.shtml
Appreciations to Ivy&Carmel for EasterMonday’s Thai lunch in my hood – the LowerEastSide where PigsFly to BlueElephant with choices of burgers, pizzas, Indian, Mexican & Thai cuisine! Tried the Mexican https://amylamsg.com/2021/01/27/light-to-night-festival-2021/
And if you are drinking to forget, you will certainly see pigs flying to blue elephant.
Back to PennyU for cakes, coffee&T. And yes, do like that dark&rich ChocolateTruffleCake today. Carmel had the Lemongrass CoconutCake, Ivy had Coconut IceCream. Yesterday’s HoneyAlmond was yummy&fresh, wanted to try something else today – if I keep returning daily, will end up like the guy in this pix! Pouring cats&dogs, but thank goodness Rahman had parked the car just around the corner.
Tue: nice of SK to get some updates from her branch, especially happy to hear that nephew Mun has been cleared with his health checks. Met@ShipRestaurant ShawHouse, but was too crowded&noisy to even hear myself think!
FoodRepublic located in the basement was my preference, not crowded&noisy, more choices & reasonable price for foods. Isetan is a must when in that area, look at these choices of yummy foods. Do not set foot here when you are hungry or you will feel like buying everything – hahaha!
I will not be impressed with technology until I can download food from the internet – Carlos Banks
S$108strawberries S$68grapes are not within my budget, but a feast for the eyes to imagine how deliciously juicy&sweet they can be – no sour grapes in this case!
WildRocket, RedCabbageSprout, OsouzaiSet, a piece of ChateraiseCrispyChocolateCake, total~S$25 is affordable, the veggies should last me for a few days – a costly TueGroceryDay without SenSav.
Appreciations&thanks to SK for informing me that there were 2otherKLBanks in JB/Malaysia (where she worked in the 1980s) and another one in KL/Malaysia which I have no idea that they existed? Also was not aware that there was a logo?? Will have to update and find out more about them – now edited and added into the posting below:
Thu: a busy day ahead starting at 0600hrs with breakfast@MT Market – where Yong Huat Delight@MT Market is also Kotuwa’s Chef Alan Chan favourite breakfast spot, he must have good taste – hahaha.
MP Rd on bus36, changing to bus75 by the Esplanade heading to
SGH for pre-ops procedures in preparations for a parathyroidectomy on 22Apr. Looks like my BP is way too high and will have to bring it down by the day of the surgery.
Done by 12n – headed to TiongBahruMarket for lunch and to pick up some fresh dates for tonight’s dinner. Bev dropped by to pick up an air-purifier after her 2ndVaccine@MPCC. Looks like some CrazyRichAsians have thrown this perfect little play-car out with their garbage on RochalieDrive, would have picked it up if I was not on my way to dinner! Appreciations for yet another yummy dinner@Theresa&ChengJun with Les&Ivy. Long&tiring day with nearly 4hrs spent on bus-rides!
From Garry6Apr: Well its only day 1 and tonight’s camp is by the banks of the Murry outside Nyah- just past Swan Hill. The sky is clear and the feeling is good.
From Garry7Apr: Camped beside Lake Bonney, just past Renmark into South Australian where the majestic river redgums gave up the will to live and now provide safe habitat for fish that don’t wantvto be caught. Managed to pick up a second spare wheel and tyre for the Pajero (18inch rims with 6 studs are hard to find) and around lunchtime found my car key in the bottom of the esky!
4 Apr 2021 – Demophobia
Fri: yeah, finally located my flock of peeps, one for each grandchild! with mother-hen overseeing them!! These will be out until Mon and then back to their coop until next Easter!!! One of the very few Easter pix with #1&2 from 2005, just before the AT Thru’Hike.
Must be suffering from spring-fever – looking with longings to be where ever these downloaded pix are taken! TGIF on this first April Friday and a Good Friday to all marking this day. March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers
Sat: having done the complete 25k GreenCorridor in 2016 with Clement and Hannah, https://amylamsg.com/2016/01/16/the-green-corridor/ was curious with the newly revamp central section. Had plans to explore it, but what was I thinking – always knew that being slightly demophobic, should avoid crowds! Up dark&early taking the first bus16 connecting to the Circle&Downtown MRT-Lines to meet with Inessa as she wanted to walk this section and could only do so in the weekend.
Was really dreading the crowds, especially after reading about it from yesterday’s news, but had promised and wanted to encourage Inessa to explore these trails. Upon seeing the crowds at the BukitTimahRailwayStation (buildings still behind barricades&fences) was enough to make me want to be anywhere else but here! Decided to brave the crowds and walked on. Below 2pix downloaded!!!
Focusing on the trees was the only way for me to get thru’ these 4k.
A bite at SpringleafPrataPlace@TheRailMall by BukitTimahBridge before catching the bus back to the east. Lovely heavy rains in the later afternoon for a relaxing snooze. Today has convinced me that I am not just slightly, but totally&majorly demophobic!
Sun: Happy Easter Sunday to those celebrating. Delighted to receive above 5pix from my flock in US&Norway – missing them tons! Missing someone is your heart’s way of reminding you that you love them.
This 10,000 hand-painted EasterEggTree in Saalfeld/Germany must be the most amazing one I have ever seen and will add it to my bucket list.
Lunch-CheeCheongFun@YongHuatDelight/MTMarket&FoodCentre. Good cakes&drink (non-alcoholic)@PennyUniversity, an artisanal cafe on EC Rd, good enough for a return.
Zhongshan Park but do not remember this part from my previous visit – searched blog posting and found the last time in this area was 2016, do remember the SunYatSenMemorialHall but not the park – oh dear! senior moments!! thank goodness for old blog postings!!!
Feb2016: tkx to Gel&Mil for lunch at Kotobuki***locate by the new ZhongshanPark in the Balestierarea. A new area to explore here on another Heritage Trail.
Feb2016: Appreciations to Mil for an informative tour in this elegant colonial-style villa, former BinChan house or WanQingYuan, now SunYatSen Nanyang MemorialHall – not to be confused with SunYatSen MemorialHall in Taipei/Taiwan.
Tonight’s dinner@FounderBakKutTeh/347BalestierRd, informed by Clement that this place was frequented by celebrities, but could not recognise any on the wall. The only pix that I found which was a young ChowYuenFat who is probably the only few Asian celebrity I know of. He was also on one of the walls during the MacLehoseTrail thru-hike in Mar2012@Beacon Hill. Nearly mid-point + high point! a cafe serving noodles and a pix of ChowYuenFatt@ShatinPass M101. A bowl of hot noodle hits the spot and continuing uphill to the mid-point M100. https://amylamsg.com/2012/03/10/maclehose-traildays-3-4/
Both cake&dinner locations are new to me and happy to discover them.
1 Apr 2021 – Believe Nothing, It’s 1stApril
Mon: there seems to be a day for everything these days, and being a piano teacher will try to remember WorldPianoDay celebrated on the 88th day of the year since pianos have 88 keys by tradition – this year it is on Mon29Mar.
Making a simple plate of clams, enhanced&garnished with some herbs&spices and this dish will look&taste more appetizing. As simple as that to the whole secret to food presentation.
Tue: grocery@Gaints/Tampines$107SenSav$3.33. This bunch of Pandan Leaves is perfect in every ways – have never seen such a beautiful perfect bunch until today. For 0.50c had to get it even if just for decoration!
Appreciations to CheeHeow for catching up. Tkx for lunch at BedokMall@TunXiang 豚香南洋馆 opp from MrCoconut! Good RoastedChestnutPork with rice and CrispyPrawnPasteChicken, and of course we had the coconut water!
Delighted to discover that my favourite yogurt, YoléYogurt is also located here, more reasons to stop by again when in the area!
Besides being a copy-writer, CH is on a recent local TV ads like 不用不用不用 (=no need) vaccination where he is here driving his father for the vaccine –
Also into modelling, tkx to Bev for the pix of him in red here. Do remember one of his first ads I saw when I was out at the movies, on a couple using their SeniorCitizen movie discount but that is outdated and a new one should be soon on the air. Few more which I get ‘Video Unavailable’ when I try to load but can see them on my phone – oh well, too high tech for me!! Here is one from UnionPay
Wed: Happy 84Bday to a dear sister, Josephine. Appreciations to Pat&David for this yummy dinner and good wines from Les&Ivy to compliment the food.
The mini cupcake stand from the USdays does come into good use at times like these! Orchids from ColdStorage and leafs from Pat&David’s garden. Cupcakes from https://twelvecupcakes.com/
31Mar2021: WorldOmeter of COVID-19 deaths are as follow:
SIN/pop 5.6+mil in an area of 721SqKm – 30
SC/USA/pop 5+mil in an area of 82, 932SqKm – 9,126
Norway/pop 5.3+mil in an area of 365,268SqKm – 661
Thu: All Fools’ Day – many trace the origins of AprilFools’Day back to 1582 when Pope Gregory XIII adopted the Gregorian Calendar, effectively moving NewYear’ Day from the end of Mar to 1Jan. Though the change was widely publicized, some people didn’t get the memo, while others simply didn’t want to transition to the new calendar, so they continued to ring in the NewYear at the end of Mar. Those who didn’t make the change were mocked for their folly and called April Fools.
Welcome April – creating the illusions of Spring in my own tiny kitchen on this AprilFoolsDay to fool my now declining eye-sight – hahaha. Still waiting for a good harmless AprilFool’s prank!
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool – Shakespeare
Interesting read: https://neurosciencenews.com/wisdom-loneliness-microbiome-18108/
Day after day, alone on a hill
The man with the foolish grin
Is keeping perfectly still
But nobody wants to know him
They can see that he’s just a fool – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Hlw_9ldThs
2 Apr – Happy Bday MarianneH
4 Apr – Happy Bday RichardY
8 Apr – Happy Bday TorillW
12 Apr – Happy Bday PeggyT
15 Apr – Happy Bdays LynneO & AileenK
17 Apr – Happy Bdays AnneS, SharonK & Sarah
22 Apr – Happy Bday Ike
29 Apr – Happy Bday Stanley
29 Mar 2021 – A Busy Weekend
Fri: TGIF and a good weekend to all. Was cleaning out some of my knickknacks to be rid of. This must be the smallest gold coin, so small that it has to be embedded into this card so as not to get lost! some of the other tiny stuffs are – angel, plate-display and μάτι (mati), eye (the evil eye) in my collection! Am keeping these as they hardly take up any space!
Nature gives to every time and every season beauties of their own – Spring is when life’s alive everywhere. Go and enjoy your walks in nature or in the parks. Appreciations to NParks for taking care of our island’s GardenCity with some of these pretty blooms along the streets&highways and not forgetting those in our parks as well.
CatClawIvy (Dolichandra unguis-cati) along PasirRisIndustrialDrive1 – pix credits Lee JiaHwa. Mexican Petunia (Ruellia simplex) lovely blue flowers@SingPohGarden from my walk in the park.
TrumpetTree (Tabebuia rosea) along UluPandan PCN – pix credits DennisQuek. YellowSaraca (Saraca thaipingensis) along SerangoonParkConnector – pix credits: KA Latiff.
Bus196 on NicoleHighway heading into the CBD with threatening skies