CNY 2018

16 Feb 2018 – Who Let The Dogs Out…

Tue: accompanied sis-in-law PohKit to SGH for her appointment. Considering that she is 80 and recently had a heart procedure and hip surgery, she is in decent physical condition. Was impressed how efficient and only a short wait, amazed at how built-up and still building out@SGH. Dinner@Jos.

Wed:  Phantom Thread****set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutantes and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. A renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover…

Appreciations to bro Les&Ivy for reunion+HeartsDay dinner. Wolf Herring,西刀, Ikan Parang is the only fish I like in my Lohei, 撈起=tossing up good fortune. For the benefits of my overseas friends, this is a CNYraw-fish salad dish with at least 18ingredients. My favourite of all has 28ingredients.

The other dishes & wines.

Lovely flowers and decorations are all in their places.

Thu: a short walk to the wet-market to find out that many stalls are closed and quite rightly so. CNY Reunion dinners are often considered the most important get-together meal of the entire year and ppl need to be home preparing the foods. Tkx to Jo&family for including me for theirs.

12mid-night: and so it is time to say bye-bye to the Rooster. The mini-garden from #6 sprouted in time to welcome the Dog.

Fri: KungHayFatChoy 恭喜發財 to my Cantonese family&friend and a Happy&Healthy Year of the Dog 2018 to all celebrating.

Appreciations to bro Les&Ivy for welcoming the Year of the Dog with family&friends for yummy lunch&wines on this 2018 1stCNY day.

Was not focus enough this year to capture more pix before ppl had to leave. Bro Steven’s branch left earlier, so did sis Jo and Michael, Sharon&Alex. Tkx to Alex for forwarding me his pix. Unfortunately it will not be possible to get all my siblings&I+our families together for a group pix.

Ah doggie is nothing if he don’t have a bone
All doggie hold it

Who let the dogs out
Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof
Who let the dogs out
Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof
Who let the dogs out
Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof
Who let the dogs out – Anslem Douglas 

CNY Ambiance

12 Feb 2018 – At Waterloo St & Chinatown

Fri: piano finally tuned/S$85 and a long-due one, tkx to PakYen. Tkx Gel for her home-made yummy kimchi, ingredients pix credits to her.

Sat: lunch@One Canton with Sim&Pat. Had the Caramelised Roasted Ribs with Shrimp and Pork Dumplings Dry Noodles and it is nothing much to write home about in spite of the good reviews…

A drink@InterContinental to listen&see talented RitZu playing his flute. Have not hear him play since@BluJaz/Aug last year and tkx to him for playing my request – Beauty And The Beast.

Appreciations to sis-in-law, 2nieces, 2nephews+3grand nephews (3rd bro Steven’s branch) for including me in their reunion dinner. Good company, yummy foods, so who can ask for more.

View from the 22nd floor. 

Sun: tkx to Yoshi for NasiLemak lunch company and for the goodies.

Nice evening walk@EC Pk from areas C-G/8-9k, dinner stop at the EC-LagoonFoodC with Clement. Amazing to see all these planes descending every few mins. Next week will be a short working week to those who are working and living in countries that celebrates the CNY. Welcome home to those visiting families&friends and welcome to all who are just here to soak in this festive ambiance.

Saw some cymbidium finlaysonianum and Arudina graminifolia – tkx to NeoTuanHong for providing the names.

Mon: decided to soak in the pre-CNY ambiance, unable to do so last year due to heart procedure in hospital/Norway. First stop – app 10a WaterlooSt.

1030a – in Chinatown checking out the peanuts, melon-seeds, candies.


Never knew that there are sooo many varieties all looking the same to me from the outside, but if I ask Scott, he can definitely tell the difference.

Waxed-foods, cookies, decorations,

all kinds of flowers (for Valentine’s Day too!), good-luck bamboos.

IMG_2636This strange yellow thing is Buddha’s hand in Chinese (佛手柑), Japanese (仏手柑), Korean (불수감) and Vietnamese (Phật thủ), a fruit used as Chinese herb, preserved fruit, and ornamental plant.

Tkx to cousin Susannah for providing me the name as it is my first time seeing this and tkx to other FB friends for their inputs when I posted asking for more info as I am unable to read Chinese!

Lines to buy BakKwa, and NO was not there to buy this pork jerky,

but bought 3pairs/$25pp wooden clogs before the crowds, could not resist these, especially when the owner was there to fit the straps so as not to hurt the bunion on the feet.

Doggie-bagged a late lunch@ChiewKee, my favourite chicken noodle joint. Too crowded and hot to eat there.

The crowds were building up and was glad to head for the bus

via the overhead bridge crossing the road to the bus-stop.

Delighted to see such a crowd as it has been raining the previous few years, less ppl out buying and the vendors suffered from that. Soaked in the whole festive ambiance&colours. Hopefully less crowds after the CNY rush when I can enjoy the lights one evening!

Is this what is ahead for me??? So far none of the other years turned out as these predictions and why should this year be any different 🙂

Hard-working, persistent, conservative, loyal and private; the year of the Yang Earth Dog will be a busy one for the Ox, which includes some pleasurable social occasions and travel.   The year will arrive with some unexpected challenges and pressures but be assured, Ox, that your rewards will come in the long-term.

CNY Cookies

8 Feb 2018 – And Golden Snoopy

Mon: consider today as the 1st family union as Yasmine will be flying off back to London in the weekend and will not be spending the CNY in SIN. Visited bro Steven@UnitedMedicareCentre with Jo&Joyce. The 196bus-ride took over an hour from the EastCoast area. Appreciations to Yas for her company.

Tkx to Yasmine for dim-sum lunch@CrystalJade Garden/HollandV.


A new addition to the area rushing to be ready to open its doors for the public by CNY. The colours match with the older building next to it, durian store across the road from these buildings was closed today.

Colourful wall-mural, rows of food-stalls and a dry-cleaner underground leading to the HollandV MRT. Tkx to Jo for dinner and for yummy durian, she must have read my thought about durian earlier 🙂

Tue: Ivy wanted to do some shopping in the EastCoast area. Lunched@MarineCove’s HillStreetCoffeeShop – she has not been and also to show her this part of the EC Pk.

Me: I so do look forward to this time of the year…
StoreKeeper@KimChoo: ‘I don’t’ – and understandably so by looking at the work to produce these CNY cookies including salted-egg salmon-skin, tkx to Ivy. Kat can look forward to receiving her CNY package.

Since in the area, took her to get their favourite paus from SpecialiseHomemadePauDian@34CassiaCres. The family has been eating these paus for years and now finally she steps foot here to buy them personally!

Wed: Along With The Gods***JaHong, a firefighter dies in the line of duty. In the afterlife, he is escorted by 3Angels of Death. JaHong has to go thru’ 7trials for over 49days to prove he was innocent in human life and only then would he be able to be reincarnated. Not sure why I chose to see this Korean movie?

Saddened to receive news of AnneMacFadden who lost her battle to cancer today.

Thu: @St Ignatius Church (tkx to Carmel for the ride) for Anne’s wake – condolences to Declan&family. Was at the chapel to just say a little prayer. Having lost my own mother to cancer when I was 15, could not help but think how devastating it must be for Declan&their 6children.

Tired to distract myself with some CNY window-shopping@Taka.

Being soon the year of the Dog, Snoopy is featured in 24K gold red-packet costing S$68! And then you still have to fill the red-packet!!

Lido@Orchard are the few cinemas with a McD and offers S$4senior ticket while the others charge $4.50 – $5. Wonderstruck****story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in NY from 50yrs ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection – a sweet, gentle tale of 2children connecting across time. Enjoyed it but could hear some sighs of boredom behind me.

Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action? – Arthur Miller

The Greatest Showman

4 Feb 2018 – Palace of Heavenly Happiness
Thu: inspired by the imagination of PT Barnum, The Greatest Showman****a musical that celebrates the birth of show business telling of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Not usually a musical fan, but enjoyed this feel-good movie, especially with the enthusiasm played by Jackman.

 The noblest art is that of making others happy― PT Barnum

The movie brought back memories of both Ringling Circus Museun/FL, FL days and Cirque du Soleilm, tkx to cousin Yun.

I’m actually not a huge circus fan in the traditional sense, but I like a lot of the circus trappings of striped tents and caramel. I lean more towards Cirque du Soleil than Barnum and Bailey – Erin Morgenstern

Fri: Happy 50th Bday to Cathrine (L&M paternal-aunt) – has it really been 50yrs ago since my first visit to Tromsø? Where has all those years gone??

TGIF – been awhile since down TelokAyerSt and many new trendy eateries have sprung up.  Kabuke, a discreet Sake gastrobar is on the second floor of a heritage shop-house, you’ll have to look carefully to find it, and when you do, you will want to return where there is a designer wash-basin!

Their signature dish – WagyuBeefBowl was good&tasty with a glass of sake. Highly recommended.


A nice stroll after lunch watching the Fri lunch crowds and the mosque (Masjid Al-Abrar) goers. Not to be confused with NagoreDurgha which is a shrine at the corner. Can only pray that you will find your shoes here again, especially after the Sake 🙂

Just a few doors from the mosque is the famous ThianHockKeng Temple=Palace of Heavenly Happiness and the MusicalBoxMuseum where&when last visited (2015) before the official opening. Why have I not noticed these characters on the ceiling entrance to temple in my many previous visits??? Today, the crowds and carbon monoxide from the tour-buses were too much for the well-being in every-ways!

Headed into Chinatown to check out that the Rooster has been chased out by the Dogs and it was no surprise to see the line@LimCheeGuan! Did not and do not have any intentions to shop there, but have come to the conclusion the many ppl on this RedDot like crowds and standing in lines. Am busy as it is chasing out the Rooster (or should I say Cock!) before the Dog (maybe Bitch!!) takes over for the year!

Sat: appreciations for the visit to my beautiful niece Yasmine from London. Looking forward to catching up in London on transit to OSL in Apr. Hope that we will manage to arrange with cousin YatSoon&family for them to meet. Pix from 1998/Paris with 2nd-born+2nieces and 2016/SIN with YatSoon&family.

Sun: Happy Birthday to bro Lawrence who turns 84 today. Am impressed with him for his good health, still driving and walking around with me. Vivid in the memories the day he left SIN for overseas-studies in the 1950s.

To my beautiful first born&mother of 5, Linn – way to go there@MGC LONG RUN 15K & “Not So Long” 5K 2/3/2018/SC, USA. Good job, 3rd overall female and 1st in her age group/ 15K in 1:02:08. Pix credits to Tracy DeAnne Tisdale-Williams – tkx for sharing.

Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up ― Dean Karnazes

In Search Of Edible Plants

31 Jan 2018 – Hello Blue Moon

Sun: Project 33 Potluck – Neighbourhood Foraging and from Alexius’s garden – a seldom time to capture a red dragonfly. Edible plants pix credits to Alexius.

Alexius&Isbelle’s Secret Garden!

False Ginseng, Money-chai, Sweet-potato and Blue-Pea

Appreciations to Alexius for sharing his organic tropical edible garden and to Isebelle&Michelle for their hospitality to an interesting&informative morning. Tkx to all for their potluck contributions.

Wood-apple & Beet-rice new taste for me.

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness – Dalai Lama.


Mon: : condolences to  Carlo&family for the passing of his mom Carol (pix credits to him) who was a friend&X-teaching colleague from the 1970s days in Tromsø/Norway. Tkx to Unni for forwarding the obituary.

Condolences to the family of IngvarKamprad (91), the farmer’s son turned multi-billionaire who founded IKEA. Started shopping there in the mid 1970s when I moved to Norway and still shopping there now in SIN as can be seen with some of the furnishings in my 4-walls here.

Tue:  appreciations for the privilege to taste Gel’s pineapple tarts – good job for a first timer, dough just needs a bit more butter! Collage pix credits to Gel.

Managed to carry my favourtie roast-piglet (tkx to an IKEA bag) in pouring rains on bus65 from Ubi Ave-Waterloo St! Got some strange looks on the bus, not the first or the last considering that it is my main means of transport!!

Belated Bday celebrations for Yoshie & I here@CC before Jan is over and before the rush of the CNY reunions and celebrations. Tkx to Seb&Adrian for the noodles and to Calvin for wines.

Birthdays can be an irony, especially when you were older than the country you are living in, also is a reminder to celebrate life as well as to update the life 🙂

Wed: last day of Jan on this hump-day and tonight would be 2018’s first lunar eclipse with a rare lunar eclipse offers glimpse of super blue blood moon.


Thank goodness the rains stopped in time and manage to walk from 1830-2200hrs following the sunset and the moon. Nice to see that ppl are out enjoying the fresh air while waiting for the moon.


It was amazing to see the eclipse with the naked eyes but could not get a decent shot.

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass – Anton Chekhov

Light To Night

27 Jan 2018 – Something Old Something New

Tue: after a morning of grocery-shopping and taking care of foods, it was time to head downtown. The sky opened up while on the bus, but no worries, this kind of heavy torrential showers do not last too long.

A delightful river-walk in these comfortable temperatures without winds, sleet or snow and best, all to myself. New sculptures opp the Fullerton Hotel – A Great Emporium by MalcolmKoh and Chettiars to Financiers by Chern LianShan beside Anderson Bridge.

Wed: yummy dinner – beef&tendon noddles@Authentic HockLamSt Popular Beef KwayTeow‎ now also at N Canal Rd. Have not had it for a while, last time was@SeahSt and now my first time here in this location. Hit the spot on this wet night.

Molten Chocolate Cake – warm chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling topped with vanilla ice-cream@Chili’s Clarke Quay Central for dessert. The only thing missing was a sparking candle on top which will get me to feel like a volcano erupting – will try to remember it for my 70th 🙂

Glad to rediscover sticky here@Central – have missed it@Cathay Cineleisure Orchard on GrangeRd, the previous location.

Nice little gifts for occasions, and in this case Valentine’s Day and CNY around the corner. All their candy is handcut and there will be variation in the size of each piece. Packaging for these need to be air-tight, otherwise they will become sticky!

Thu: tkx to HS for this performance@VCH.

Refreshing&enjoyable programme with this group of young talented performers led by Ike See.

Pleasant evening walk, light gazing with a half-moon peeping out.

Light to Night Festival 2018 Colour Sensations@ACM and UOB along the SIN River. Enjoyed a claypot-chicken-rice (portion enough to doggie-bag for another meal) dinner@OneRafflesPlace food junction on the top floor (the best place to be when there are traffic-jams!) overlooking the rush-hour traffic on BatteryRd, 

Fri: Happy Australia Day to those down-under and TGIF to all. Good to see Brian again after all these years. He is looking well and has not changed. Hoping to catch up more now that both daughters are away in boarding school.

Appreciations for a decent bowl of HKG-style wonton mee@Mak’sNoodle here at CentrePoint which used to serve taste of local dishes with the Prima sauces.

Been some time ago since inside CentrePoint and was pleasantly surprised with what is new, especially this decent bottles of bubbles @Bottles&Bottles – could not believe my eyes when the Veuve is under S$60!

Orchard Rd underpass connection from CentrePoint to OrchardCentral.

All these fancy places in OC are fun for the eyes and the camera as long as the wallet remains close!

Favourtie cheese-cake@Henri Charpentier which melts in your mouth can be found here – did not give in to temptation – hahaha!

Occupying 3levels, the largest UNIQLO here in SIN which was launched in 2016 – just goes to show how long ago I stepped into OC.

Thoughts of Hannah when this bicycle-clock pix was taken and strangely enough received a wedding invitation from her in the evening! Another strange incident this month too with the plate broken by workman a week ago! Received news yesterday from Rita who was with me when I bought this plate in Spain nearly 10yrs ago – she just underwent brain surgery!! Wow what is happening???

Was blessed as the rains died down after sunset. Returned to see the Light To Night Festival Colour Sensations in the Civic District before it is all over – was too late last night after the concert, except for ACM, these lights went to sleep then!

Victoria Theater and Concert Hall.

On the way to the bus-stop along Queen Elizabeth Walk – used to jump, run&played around this TanKimSeng fountain in the 1950s with its original colour off-white then. Good to see it still standing, even though in blue, but my knees no longer stand as well as it used to, not to mention jump! especially after having been on my feet for nearly 8hrs, except for the hour+ with Brain.

Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts – Alan Cohen

Repairs, Replace, Repaint

22 Jan 2018 – Resolve & Renew

Before starting with this posting, must not forget to thank HiHills&EagleEye for this lovely Bday gift basket. Was so focus with all the breakdowns, shopping, appointments with workmen, travel, etc – NO excuse for being rude, especially when their thoughtfulness&friendship mean a lot to me. Thousand apologies.

Fri: workmen to start on all repairs before the CNY – the smell of epoxy-paint was enough to kick me out of my 4-walls! Had this done 18yrs ago – the kitchen is still good, but the bathroom&backroom needed to be redone. Took the chance to catch up with a movie The Post****highly recommended – with Spielberg directing staring Hanks&Streep.

Sat: tkx for belated Bday dinner with family&friend. PekingDuck by my request@AsiaSquare – Imperial Treasure Super PekingDuck. Appreciations to those who know how crowds get to me and being in the CBD on weekends, this location was perfect and the surroundings like ghost-town. Durian-Shaved-Ice@MeiHeongYune/VictoriaSt, another perfect quiet place where we can have conversations without straining voice-chords!

Sun: tired looking at the mess emptied out from the back-storeroom and now total chaos within 4-walls, and without space or peace for the eyes or mind! Going thru’ what needs to be thrown out or giving away things will take another week!! If one person can hoard sooo much junk, think of what a whole family has??

Bathroom (2 walls+floor) & back-storeroom(floor) completed and will take at least 24hrs to dry, but I prefer to wait for at least another 2more days! Epoxy coatings are formulated based upon the performance requirements for the end product. When properly catalyzed and applied, epoxies produce a hard, chemical and solvent resistant finish which is resistance to water, alkali and acids.

Gate – repainted 🙂  kitchen cabinet – fixed 🙂 broken plate – irreplaceable  😦

Kitchen and bathroom faucets replaced 🙂 bedroom-sink plumbing replaced 🙂 Yes they looked pretty decent even before, but unfortunately was told that they had to be replaced, quite a shame as I do like the old ones, especially the kitchen. Such is life and there is no doubt that I will get used to the new ones when they are not leaking.

Mon: Happy Sweet 16th to #1, first grandchild Katy who can now officially be in the driver-seat on her own. Looking much forward to seeing them all this spring.

It seems like yesterday! when Linn celebrated her Sweet 16th@Park Ave Olive Garden MCO/FL 1990.

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death ― Anais Nin