Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

16 Aug 2020 – Infant Jesus Homes&Children Centres/IJHCC

Wed:  A Happy Hump Day to all – 7yrs have gone by quickly and 7yrs ago, completed 16days thru’hike 309km-UKc2c. Today, hopes&plans to do a 2-3days thru’walk 36km-SINc2c sometime before 2021.

https://amylamsg.com/2013/08/11/day-16-ukc2c/

Being not familiar with this area, and do not even remember when was the last time here. Today’s lunch appointment – way too early when the bus stop @CoronationPlaza/BukitTimahRd, decided to remain on the bus67 to see how far this joy-ride could take me? After 10more stops, got off@KingAlbertParkMRT, crossing the overhead bridge to the bus-stop to backtrack and lo&behold what do I see@this bus-stop!! – a sign for the SINc2cTrail, coincidence or what??

Delightful staircase with over-grown green foliage creeping on to the stairs. Crossing the overhead bridge remembering how this canal often flooded during heavy rains and causing traffic stand-still on BkTimahRd in the 1950s-60s.

Somehow, this is meant to be and signs do pop up in various ways if we take time to be aware of them. Will need some help to plan SINc2c walk as a charity walk for InfantJesusHomes&ChildrenCentres/IJHCC – nothing to do with religion for me, but in memory&dedication to the nuns who have crossed paths with me during my convent school&teaching days.

SIN/StTheresaConvent (1957-1961)&CHIJ (1962-65). Pix of now&then downloaded.

https://amylamsg.com/2019/06/19/st-theresas-convent/

Ireland/BalbriggenLoretoConvent (1972-74). Pix of now&then downloaded.

https://amylamsg.com/2012/07/04/26961/

Usually am not in SIN this time of the year and also this is the first time to be asked by StTheresaConvent1950s&CHIJ1960s class-mates to join their annual Bday lunch for Maria who is now Sister Maria ( the only one of my classmates who is a nun). Do remember vaguely crossing paths with her&sisterD 20yrs ago when taking care of the IrishGrads/IGAS functions.

Was waiting at another Thai eatery in the plaza, which looked interesting, but was not the same as Thai Noodle House which was not in the plaza, but across the road from it where we were supposed to meet – Better late than never.

Thu: the welcoming early morning down-pour helped to cool things down, lets hope that this will continue to be a cool day – has been hot hot hot the past week and even had the AC on to sleep the past few nights – usually the fan does the job. Today is a stay-in day for me. Urine has to be collected for 24hrs to be tested for Hyperparathyroidism/overactive glands in the thyroid. Hoping&praying that surgery is not needed.

Fri: another morning with downpour today on the bus196, changing to 75 and then the shuttle (all under shelter except for getting on and off the buses) into SGH to deliver the urine and blood tested, all done within an hour excluding transport time! Like the Wall of Hope on the way by foot to OutramMRT station walking underground to Chinatown to pick up some food, continuing on by bus to Clement to pick up more food that he had purchased for me from IKEA.

Sat: 0545hrs to catch first bus16 to DakotaMRT, changing@Bishan to Kranji. Arr there 0715hrs enough time for a coffee&sandwich while waiting for Alyssa, Fabrizio & Grace. Kranji War Memorial to discover that it was closed to public as there was some private event – forgot all about today being 75th Anniversary Ceremony of Japanese surrender bringing WWII to an end.

My late maternal journalist 8thUncle, EddieTSENG (1915-1988), was one of a handful of reporters aboard who witnessed the signing and was THE very first to report the news to the world.

https://www.scmp.com/article/433673/frontlines?fbclid=IwAR1FzzCpXn0X-efIXRr4_I4Ku3TAMPM-vhdeDMPwPLtmpJpNCDp2xqClTVI

Lovely big trees surround the grounds where the tombs of BenjaminSheares and YusofIshak are located just outside the War Memorial.

Continuing in hot humid weathers thru’ industrial area on hard concrete pavements (not my favourite kind of walk) towards Kranji Reservoir&Dam which I never knew of its existence! Learn something new!!

Hardly anyone here at the reservoir with the over-grown greenery around the lonely bench. Crossing the dam where fishermen (this camera is not the best to get the dragon-fly on zoom!) were enjoying their Sat on this dam with hazy views to our neighbouring country, Johore/Malaysia where it seems like a mirage against the contrast from the side of SIN green-wetlands. 

 

Crossing the dam and the rest of the way to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve/SBWR was narrow and on some sections with no walking paths, making it rather dangerous when the bigger vehicles past by. 

The first wetlands reserve to be gazetted in SIN(2002), and its global importance as a stop-over point for migratory birds was recognised by the inclusion of the reserve into the East Asian Australasian Shorebird Site Network. The reserve, with an area of 130 hectares, was listed as an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2003. And I have not been here since the opening in 2002 – the section where we entered is new.

Do like the design of these new structures+look-out points&boardwalks on the new 31-hectare extension.

Abundance of wide life sighted today including 2horn-bills. Am sure glad that the snake is up the tree away from the path –  after seeing that, slipped&fell (nothing broken or bruises) and lost my group – for real. HornBills&snake pix credits to Fabrizio.

Can never get enough of these mangroves. What a pleasant surprise to cross path with SengHock who is an excellent photographer. After chatting with him for a few mins, happy to reunite with the group, was about to give up on them.

Lucky to get a cab for a revisit to PoisonIvy@Bollywood (must be over a decade since my first visit) for lunch. Without reservations, the wait was 1+hr, the group went on to KanjiMarshes and I stayed to chat with Ivy on the phone. This place has really extended since my first visit when Ivy’s house by the pond was new&the only building then, open to just empty grounds.

Today the house is fenced in with all kinds of beautiful flowers, trees&vegetation grown on the grounds.

Nice relaxing lunch (had the fish of the day) and did some shopping. Could never resist the TorchGinger flower for my salads. The cookies were delicious and such a good idea with these newspaper re-cycled bags. Shuttle S$1Seniors, $3 for others to the KranjiMRT was packed in the pouring rains.

Left my 4-walls at 0530hrs this morning and back 12hrs later to clean up&crash after app12km walk today.

Sun: need a quiet day to rest, do laundry, gather my thoughts&clear the mess within the 4-walls after such a busy week.

National Day/ND in SIN 2020

11 Aug 2020 – A Long Weekend

Sat: DIY Popiah++lunch with Sue, Clement, Daisy&Darryl+Leonard. Do recommend this fun&tasty foods from Fortune Foods/FF who conveniently prepares&delivers all the ingredients. Just have to display or leave them in the plastic containers they come in. Good that all the basic ingredients are there, but I bought extra prawns&crab-meat which really add to the taste, making it a Luxury Popiah.

Sun: Happy 55th Bday SIN, my birth-country that is 15yrs younger than I am!! To Grace&her group, enjoy&cycle safe on these crowded paths, which are way beyond my limits today, but it would have been another story 15yrs ago with the AT Thru’Hike. Good memories and decided to be a trail angel with donuts this morning for this group of young ppl who will be cycling 50-60km.

EC Pk main paths were crowded, but knowing the area so well, could always find some quiet side or back paths.

Feeling patriotic while watching the ND-parade on TV happening at various part in SIN. All pix taken from the TV-screen

Not knowing how much food to expect, first time ordering from FF, ended up with way too much yesterday – left-overs for ppl to dogging-bag and items that can be be frozen went to the freezer. Called them this morning to cancel some items for tonight’s dinner at Les&Ivy’s. Since everything is freshly-made and the order was not until tonight, they were good enough&service minded to accommodate the cancellation. 

Mon: a public holiday here. Got quite excited upon reading this from Irene – if you’re interested in being a guinea pig, especially if you’re in the older age group as I am, here’s how to let them know. Those interested in taking part in the trial can contact the SingHealth Investigational Medicine Unit at imu@singhealth.com.sg or call 6323-7544/8318-0685. Then I got down to the part where it states that Subjects must be healthy, with no underlying medical conditionsthere goes the idea to be a guinea pig!

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/first-vaccinations-next-week-for-clinical-trial-in-singapore?xtor=CS3-18&utm_source=STiPhone&utm_medium=share&utm_term=2020-08-10+8%3A08%3A29

Tue: A Letter To The Municipal Of Troms/Norway by Morten Hald – my ex-bro-in-law, L&M’s Norwegian uncle, Professor in the Department of Geology, Dean at Faculty of Science and Technology in the University of Tromsø. In this letter he explains why they should NOT build this Arctic Center Resort which will destroy much of the natural reserve and wild life in that area, an area which also means much to me too, and I agree with him 100%.

https://www.itromso.no/meninger/2020/08/10/Et-%C3%A5pent-brev-til-kommunen-om-Arctic-Center-22446583.ece

Once destroyed, Nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price – Ansel Adams

Beirut

7 Aug 2020 – Marine&Parkway Parade

Wed: saddened by the news with 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate were detonated in massive blast in Beirut/Lebanon. It was reported that this was an accident due to negligence which has cost the life of 137 and injuries to 5,000+ and not to mention the pain to families&friends effected on top of the COVID-19. Condolences with prayers&thoughts are to all affected, no words can express this helplessness feeling again. 

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/lebanon-orders-house-arrest-officials-beirut-blast-live-200805230752876.html

Thu: shopping around for curtain hooks/S$14 and found them@Spotlight/PlazaSIN. Bought a serving plate/S$6.65 &storage container/S$14.25 on sale and knew that they will come in useful – prefer the glass or metal containers than plastic.

Back to MP/PP to check where AngKuKuet/AKK (RedTurtleCake) &SoonKuet/SK (TurnipDumplings) can be bought in this area. Tkx to Desiree@Lens Man, found SK@JianBoTiongBahruSK in MP FoodCentre, both AKK&SK@BengawanSolo/PP, but SK not available there on Sun&public holidays. Will have to get them in both places on Sun – red&white colours are the perfect local foods to represent the SIN flag.

Was not planning on lunch but it is such a seldom time that I can get both Winged-Bean&LaLaClams on the same day from the same stall – XingLong Food/MP. A productive day – did not realize how tired I was until the 1800hrs news came on, and thinking that I was with it until the eyes opened and it was 1900hrs! A whole hour of napping, hope that it will not interfere with tonight’s sleep!!

Fri: TGIF –  had a decent night sleep! Good long NationalDay weekend to all. Getting the flags (all complimentary from different packages over time) up since they have been in storage over the years. Also adding some colours to the common corridor, especially this year when we really need some cheering up!

Has it really been 7yrs ago hiking UKc2c 27Jul-11Aug2013: England UKc2c 309km/192mi thru’hike in 16days. That also mean that 7yrs ago when hair-colouring stopped – vivid memories from that day when hiking thru’ Richmond.

https://amylamsg.com/2013/08/06/day-10-ukc2c/

Planning to do a solo-walk, SINc2c 36km over 2-3days sometime before the year is over. Prefer walking&hiking paths with no back-tracking (unless lost and have to back-track to not get more lost!). Also doing it on weekdays and hopefully not so many ppl as it was during the last couple of weekend walks with Grace. This sign@MacRitchie NatureTrail walk on Wed29Jul recently got me thinking about the SINc2c

2020 has so far been a tough one for many but we just have to do our best to help each other to move forward. Humour with letters&words all brilliantly scrabbled from a post over a decade ago. Even as we age and the eyesight+many other parts may deteriorate, humour does not need to. THE EYES – THEY SEE

https://amylamsg.com/2009/09/08/awesome-anagrams/

The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye ― Charlotte Brontë

Hello August 2020

4 Aug 2020 – Bukit Timah Hill/163.36m

Sat: hello Aug, the month to get patriotic and ready for SIN 55th National Day – how patriotic?? considering that the one&only NDP attended was in 2014 and have no intentions of ever going to another, hahaha!  https://amylamsg.com/2014/08/10/ndp-2014/

You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race ― George Bernard Shaw

Grace’s walking pace is too fast for me, will be injured if I try do keep up, trying to do some sections with her and then improvise to suit my own pace&ways in these humid hot tropical weathers. Grateful to her for including me, getting me started and keeping me updated. 

Sun: being Sun, would not have be in time to walk with Grace if bus&MRT are my mode of getting there, tkx to Calvin&Sam for picking me up 0630hrs to head to BukitTimah NatureReserve VisitorCentre, not even sure when the last time here? We were supposedly to meet at 0715hrs, but then with more than 5 in Grace’s group, we (Calvin, Sam, Sofia & I), decided to go ahead. And as it was they were still waiting for more ppl…

CC owns all 6vending machines here, but good to be guided around by the boss! – not that we needed anything!!

Steep walk for me up to the summit – after meeting with Grace&her group here, headed down towards DairyFarm. From Paul I think the tree is poking its tongue out at all of us: “see what a big mess you have gotten yourselves into? We’ll be here for millions more years after you guys are long gone. Goodbye and thanks for nothing! And I totally agree – nature does not need ppl, but ppl need nature.

Tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean – Dr Seuss/The Lorax

Lost count of how many steps down, but kept hearing someone behind saying 1,000more steps – trying to concentrate on the steps&breathing so as not to fall was my priority! 

Nice on the green soft trails except that being a long weekend, there were many ppl in addition to that, we pedestrians have to share part of the paths with mountain bikers, and some of the riders are really into speed!

Thought this place BukitPanjang CommunityGarden looks familiar – was here to visit TingTing’s UrbanFarm&Barn with cousin Yun from Toronto during her Nov2016’s visit and have not been back in this area since. TingTing has now moved out of this location back to her parents’ farm, looking forward to visiting.  https://amylamsg.com/2016/11/12/welcome-29/

Caught up with Grace&one of her groups@Chestnut ObservationTower – decided to go our separate ways. Headed to a different loop to get a Grab on BangkitRd by ChestervaleCondos back to the car parked across the road from BukitTimah VisitorCentre. The driver nearly drove off when the car-door was still open and I was not even properly seated in the car, thank goodness no bruises or broken bones. And ppl wonder why I prefer the bus&MRT!

Today’s distance ~7+Km/3+hrs took a long time to walk up BukitTimah Hill, connecting with other trails to  Zenghua NaturePk, Chestnut&BukitPanjangPC – overall a good break from the concrete jungle&the hustle and bustle that is SIN.

Wonton roast-pork noddles+an ice-coffee hit the spot for brunch.

Appreciations to Calvin&Sam for getting me to this seafood wholesaler (EvergreenSeafood, 94E JalanSenang S-418442) in the middle of the most unexpected residential neighbourhood where I could get real-proper crabmeat/frozen for the DIY popiah small gathering over the NationalDay weekend.

Mon: the thigh muscles definitely feel that they have been doing stairs – ouch, just goes to show my unfit condition&shape. Discovered this roasted beets and it is absolutely delicious (ie if you like beets). Had it with a roast-beef salad and for me no salad dressing was necessary here as the beets tasted good with the salad.

Tue: nice cool wet morning to start the day with my weekly grocery shopping. Takes a whole day to do this when Giant&IKEA are where I choose to shop at today. 2hrs with public transportation+waiting time to&fro, including the free shuttle from Bedok – today it was exactly on time! Then to clean, cook and freeze food for the week. 

1Aug – Happy Bday  CHENG HongTong
4Aug– Happy Bday Candice TAY
9Aug – 55th SIN National Day
10Aug – Happy Bday LAM JenWee&Alvin NG
21Aug – Happy Bday LIM SiewChin
26Aug – Happy Bday Cindy LAM
29Aug – Happy Bday Sean KENNEDY
30Aug – Happy Bday Michelle ANG

MacRitchie Nature Walk

31 Jul 2020 – ‘Lokkee’ Pronounced Lucky!

Tue: grocery shopping@Tampines via Bedok-InterChange passing these colourful dessert places and still have not had the chance to taste any of them! The free shuttle are not only on time, but tend to be 5mins early as discovered last week&today.

This time round, started at IKEA, unlike last week when Giant took up all my energy&hands. Unfortunately IKEA is out of my favourite mustard-dill sauce, grønsakskaka (literally translated veggie-cake), and they do not have the rainbow bags.

Got this rack S$5 (50%discount probably a display piece but it works fine for me), also have been wanting it for a while. Decided to cross the road to Giant to get some grocery, etc, and finally broke down to buy one of these trolley-bags which I have been trying to do without, but S$10 is worth to give it a trial to see if it will serve its purpose&also to see how long it will last. Have been carry my weekly grocery in the backpack+shoulder-bag, but lately felt uncomfortable with all that baggage, especially when having company for a meal. Where Giant&IKEA are concerned, there is always something one needs there!

Wed: 0550hrs first #48bus to BkTimahRd changing to#980 arr 0645hrs@bus-stop51071/ThomsonRd just by the entrance to MacRitchie Reservoir main entrance. Trying to remember when was the last time here? and the only pix found are from the mid 1950s when this was one the places to bring overseas families&friends. Here with cousins LEUNG KahLing&her sister (I think?) from the maternal-side, the TSANGs. Peggy LEUNG, friend from childhood is distantly related by marriage – her father, Vincent LEUNG was from my mother’s bro-in-law side – complicated enough with the LAMs, not to start with the TSANGs!

Not being familiar here and still dark, followed the sign to the bandstand (that is the only landmark I can remember), thinking that it must be the main drag, and main drag it is for tourists, but it is not where we were to meet. Appreciations to Grace for her graciousness, backtracking (not a favourite move for some hikers!) to lead me onto the Nature Trail. 

This looks more like it – how relaxing walking on natural paths and so serene without many ppl due to the rains.

The ears feel good to hear the birds&cicadas again. The only wild-life that crossed my path was 3wild boars.

Continuing from VenusDrive crossing UpperThomsonRd to SimMIngAve/BrightHillDr where KongMengSanPhorKarkSee Monastery is located- the last time here was to listen to a talk by Ajahn Brahm (was&still am a fan of this English monk), and do not even remember when? must be over a decade ago?? An impressive monastery now  with the origins of a humble&modest traditional Chinese forest monastery in 1920-21.

Meddle not in the affairs of dragons,for you art crunchy and good with ketchup

We were about the only ppl here which is perfect for me – after some short quiet mediation moments, Grace continued on to the other sections of the PCN which I did in 2016, decided to backtrack to VenusDrive hoping to do the TreeTopWalk (bucket list) since in the area, but the deities&the sky told me otherwise. Now that I know how to get there, will have to be another walk. Today’s distance ~10km with all the backtracking, detours etc.

https://amylamsg.com/2016/03/21/park-connector-network/

Thu: running errands@PlazaSIN. Interesting presentations&tasty dinner@Lokkee (TungLok Group) – Awesome Flaming Pineapple, Braised beef served in a pineapple ON FIRE!

MapoTofu, ChineseChives+MatsutakeMushroom, MushuPork. Tkx Clement for this scrumptious dinner – a definite recommendation, will return to try more of these exciting dishes on their menu. 

https://www.lokkee.com.sg/wp-content/themes/lokkee/pdf/Ala-Carte-Menu.pdf?misc=20170420_045143

Fri: TGIF on this last Fri+last day in Jul and a public holiday in SIN. Selamat Hari Raya Haji to all Muslims reflecting on Ibrahim’s willingness to be obedient to Allah to sacrifice his own son Ishmael. Was planning for a late afternoon walk@MtFaber onwards (this section done a couple of times some years ago), but not meant to be. Split Ribena on the kitchen window’s curtains and had to get them down for the washing machine before they stain, also to discover that they need new hooks too. These 20yrs hooks have gone rusty.

Fri31Jul2020: WHO & 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 – 1,667
Norway/pop 5.3+mil in an area of 365,268SqKm – 255

Coney Island

27 Jul 2020 – North Eastern Riverine Loop

Sun: public transport starts later on Sun and would not have made it in time. 0615hrs cab from MarineCres-SengKangMRT (S$17) meeting 0700hrs with Grace&Ibrahim. From SengkangMRT station heading on foot towards SengKangRiversidePk to discover an impressive hospital (as long as I do not have to be there!) and a new temple in the midst of the HDBs on the way.

Was not even aware that there is a PunggolRiver and was pleasantly surprised by the flora&life there.

Punggol area, along sections of the NorthEasternRiverineLoop

Punggol-PC, flat hard concrete surface 

crossing SINC2C (will try this trail some other day)

looping around PunggolPont

towards Coney-Island

Finally stepping foot onto Coney-Island for the first time and on 2+km of softer grounds. Took the middle path, might do the whole island when time permits – but for now, another item on my bucket list to cross out!

Serene and tranquil – lovely nature, saw a few BuahCherry/Aratiles/Sarisa trees with flowers, so maybe a revisit when the cherries are ripe, ie if the birds do not get to them first!

https://amylamsg.com/2019/06/14/aratiles-sarisa/

Ten Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Coney Island Park

LorongHalusPC – passing by a bicycle parking surrounded by overgrown vegetation after lockdown. Lovely greenery with beautiful blooms and bird-watchers with $$$$cameras by the various coastal promenades, wetlands&waterways.

While Grace&Ibrahim took another path with 2km extra, I headed straight towards WaterwayPoint, meeting a resident crossing my path who was not the least bit bothered about being patriotic for the upcoming NationalDay!

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people ― Howard Zinn

Never even knew of the existence of this mall, but a good place to stop for lunch – thought it was called PunggolMall, but knew I was at the correct location as PunggolMRT is here. Decided against the next sections which were back-tracking, or boring urban links. ~4+hrs walk of uncharted ~15+km for me today, the calf-muscles on both feet are not happy with 13km on hard concrete grounds. This too shall pass and will have to pass for tomorrow’s walk, but hopefully will be able to stand up on the 2feet to join the next walk!

I think self-discipline is something, it’s like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets – Daniel Goldstein

Mon: tkx to Alvin for an interview to his new KatongBook, looking forward to see it published. Have been wanting to try this CheeCheongFun (located@MarineTerraceMarket) made from scratch and it was a delight to taste such paper-thin, smooth&silky rice noddle roll – highly recommended. Also had a bowl of congee+condiments and that too, was good, will certainly return to this stall.

Epic Walk With Grace

25 Jul 2020 Park Connector Network

Fri: TGIF and with the hacking, drilling&renovation work ongoing until 11Aug, might as well try to join Grace’s walk tomorrow as the noise is giving me a headache. Running errands&collected CDCvouchers@MPCC on the way to PP. Pleased with those vouchers amounting to S$50 and used my first S$2@MP Market for ChickenRice topping S$1.50 in cash as no change will be given from those vouchers.

Could not resist this Kipling pack with 40%discount (S$83.40)@Isetan – only other Kipling is a wallet bought 20yrs ago when first returned to SIN and it is still in used. Also needed this light weight UV umbrella (also 40%discount S$29.00), the old one bought in Japan 10yrs ago gave up on me. Stocking up mozzie repellent from Watson’s to be prepared for the walk – an early night tonight to catch the first bus tomorrow 0545hrs connecting to the MRT.

 

Sat: The Epic SIN Walk with Grace (not just a person but also the adj for me in this case!) who walked the HKG 100k MacLehose Trail with me in Mar2012 (5days) and now, like many of us are stuck in SIN and unable to travel. Have been thinking about walking around the island when all the ParkConnectors/PCN are completed to connect around the whole island, but in the meanwhile, will attempt some of these PCN since Grace is doing the logistics for this 300km+ of the PCN. Oh well, time will show but definitely not pushing it and taking one day at a time. 

0545hrs – the first bus to catch the CircleLine from DakotaMRT arr KentRidgeMRT 0650hrs to meet with Grace, her parents (Mr&MrsGoh)+another Grace&Alyssa to walk towards KentRidgePk.

KentRidgePk – where there is even a mt-bike trail. 

Easier to get a shot of the habour side/towards the West on the path than with the sun right into the eyes on the CanophyWalk – view of the Interlace condos/ towards the East, to the city.

HortPark – Antigonon leptopus (common names: Coral Creeper, Chain of Love, Hearts on a Chain), a fast-growing climbing vine that holds via tendrils. MrsGoh told us that the delicate pink flowers can change colours, thus also gained the nick-name False-Heart here in SIN! Actually the flowers will turn dull pink&eventually brown as they age – but that happens to humans too!! Glad to see that OSSEA still has their plot here. Is this a Chameleon? and if it is, this reptile is the one who changes colour to fit into the surroundings, so how false can it be, especially when it was making eyes at me, hahaha.

AlexandraArch and down by the main AlexandraRd passing by GillmanBarracks. These fire-ants bite can really sting, memories from childhood days, amazing how they can get these leaf to stick together for their home.

Edited 31Jul: not sure who took the arch pix with Grace’s&my back?? – had to enlarge to realize that it was actually me and not due to bad eye-sight or imagination!

BerlayerCreek&BukitChermin Boardwalk to&from LabradorPk where the DragonTeethGate is located, but these cocks&their admiring flock of hens do not seemed to be bothered by any dragon or ppl. Oncosperma tigilarium/nibung, this fascinating tree with all the needles on the trunk is certainly not my choice of a climbing tree.

Passing by all these luxury condos and the old dry-dock, now another waterfront to more condos on TelokBlangahRd.

Beautiful flowers captured on the way.

KentRidge&Hort+LabradorPk ~10km/10,000steps according to Grace.

Seah-Im FoodCentre, do not even remember when I was last here! The Assam fish was delicious and the fresh lemon-sugarcane juice hit the spot. Was planning to take the group to MtFaber via TemenggongRd, but the sky opened up, so not meant to be. That section of the Southern Ridges (excluding LabradorPk) was done in 2008. Tkx to Grace, the whole of Southern Ridges including LabradorPk is now completed today.

https://amylamsg.com/2008/12/18/walk/

Distance changes utterly when you take the world on foot – Bill Bryson/Walk in the Woods

Dengue Fever 2020

23 Jul 2020 – Autophagy (pronounce otto-FAY-gee)

Tue: grocery day@Giant/Tampines. Just missed the 0945hrs free shutter from the front of BedokMall, but had good time for a cuppa@BedokInterchange HawkerCentre before the 1015hrs shutter – wow! this is a seldom time that you can get NasiLemak for $2.20. Was not hungry enough to try, perhaps another time.

The ppl at the bus-stop are waiting for other public buses, and if can help it, will stay stayed away from those kind of crowds. Good meeting point at Shopping With The Family – bronze&coloured urethane paint figures done by South Korean artist Kim GyungMin in 2013. Am impressed that these shuttles are so on-time and hardly any crowd, probably being still early!

Grocery total bill, after Senior% $3.39 was $109.57, including a PowerPac 0.6litres Slowcooker with a ceramic pot $19.90, and a stainless steel ZebraFood 10X3Carrier $25. Do have a carrier with 2tier, but wanted one with 3tier. Last time in this location was in Apr to stock up some of IKEA frozen foods, but this time round bought too much from Giant and not enough hands for carrying more. Will have to make another trip to IKEA before the month is over. 

Wed: learning something interesting – Autophagy pronounce otto-FAY-gee (or autophagocytosis) (from the Ancient Greek αὐτόφαγος autóphagos=self-devouring and κύτος kýtos=hollow) is the natural, regulated mechanism of the cell that removes unnecessary or disfunctional components. It allows the orderly degradation and recycling of cellular components.

https://www.thecut.com/2019/04/what-is-autophagy.html

Japanese cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2016 for his research on how cells recycle and renew their content, a process called autophagy. Fasting activates autophagy, which helps slow down the aging process and has a positive impact on cell renewal.

Today with 1,736 dengue-cases (19deaths), the highest number of weekly dengue cases ever recorded in SIN – not good on top 48,036 COVID-19 cases (27deaths). Was planning to walk the PathConnectorsNetwork/PCN (app 300k) with Grace, but with the uncut grass around those paths attracting even more mozzies, should not tempt fate! With pre-existing heart condition, might not survive another hospital trauma – PCN will have to wait, but too tempting, maybe will tempt fate! No mountains here to call me, but maybe the paths are calling me – itchy legs!!

https://www.nea.gov.sg/dengue-zika/dengue/dengue-cases

Is this too good to be for real? This mosquito&bug KillerBuzzBGone claims to do the job and is selling out according to a report in consumerreportstech.surge.sh (Sammy Holland/14Jul2020). If true, this is worth the investment for every home.

Thu: Happy Birthdays Lucas(12)&#5 in the US who is celebrating his last year with a single digit – pix from 2011, 2013, 2018&2020. Am glad that Target’s Antsy Pants Gym Balance Beam was delivered in time and enjoyed not just by the bday boy, but by all. Will not always physically be present to stand by my kids’&grandkids’ bdays but they will always be in my heart&thoughts, especially on their special days.

Lunched@AmoySt FoodCentre, where I can add all the condiments (ginger, fried-onions, spring-onions, pepper, sesame-oil, soya-sauce) I like to compliment this minced-pork congee. The only thing missing there was coriander. Used to frequent this food center when working@H&H/CecilSt many moons ago.

Dessert – KeyLimePie at my favourite PS Cafe@AnnSiangHill. This location somehow brings back memories from childhood days with a welcoming serene colonial-days ambiance. The fresh flowers are always tastefully arranged whenever I have been here. Today, a huge bouquet of Lobster-claws/Heliconia at the entrance to welcome the guests. Delicate wax-flower/Chamelaucium on every table and roses in the Ladies. Appreciations to DaisyLam for a lovely afternoon catching up with family updates.

A quick walk thru’ Chinatown to run some errands and to catch the bus – delighted to catch some of Yip YewChong new mural paintings. Has been a while since being away from the 4-walls for more than 9hrs (excluding the stays in hospitals!).

About Marriage

20 Jul 2020 – Kahlil Gibran

Sat: delicious dinner@Les&Ivy+family – a lively game of Scrabble for families who eat&play, together stay together and a perfect evening of laughters with good food, wines&durians. Kat&family are planning to return to NYC/USA next week.

Sun: to my first-born Linn and her husband Jeff – Happy 23rd Anniversary. Amazing that she can still fit into her wedding gown after 23yrs+5kids and surprisingly the gown survived the 2013 house-fire. Do remember getting the gown cleaned, boxing&sealing for storage after the wedding, seemed like another life time ago!

You were born together, and together you shall be forever more.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Yes, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness.
And let the winds of heaven dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but each one of you be alone– even as the strings of a lute are alone though the quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not in each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the Cyprus grow not in each other’s shadows – Kahlil Gibran, from The Prophet

Mon: having survived 7+decades on planet earth, this is a plea written 2decades ago, shared in 2009 and now is the time to re share this again – always Peace&Love.

Africans, Americans, Asians, Australians, Europeans and the rest of the world
Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and any other religious faiths
Women, men, bi, gays, heterosexuals, metrosexuals

Why segregate with labels Human Beings on Planet Earth
Confused by emotions of desire, lust, insecurities, power
Awakens with hopes of humble knowledge and wisdom

Dreams of dignity and grace
Some may not live up to expectations
May not be of expectations to others

Assumptions and expectations restrict communication
Sincere and true respect for differences
Is a journey to gracious acceptance

Life is a gift to be celebrated
Differences to be appreciated
Compassion to be achieved

Act with considerate awareness
With no premeditated cruelty, ill intentions or malice 

Actions, behaviors, thoughts, words
Body, verbal and written languages
In sync and harmony with Nature and Peace

Peace is Love and Love is Forgiveness
Best of luck to balancing this Gift of Life

Campers’ Corner

17 Jul 2020 – Marmot Sales

Tue: Happy Bastille Day to all celebrating. From Gloria in Paris: it was a wonderful parade today – though without the grandeur of the usual Champs Elysées spectacle. Very touching shoutout to the country’s medical personnel. One of my favourite downloaded pix for this day.

Wed: Campers’Corner to check out the sales. 40% off all Marmot brand is a good bargain but did not find my size for the pants. Instead got this HoudiniMessageCarrier (not on sale) to try out this Swedish brand. Nice to catch up the the CCcrew with popiah&rambutans from my neighbourhood – Aloha insulated-bag did a good job keeping the popiah warm.

Clement managed to get some good deals@the sales. Would have like to dined in LittleIndia for Indian food, but considering the present circumstances, decided to dine at this unusual name for Thai food@MackenzieRd. Tasty GreenCurry/chicken, Fried PorkBalls and TomYum Soup/seafood. Dessert@McD/Bugis for my favourite artificial-flavoured banana ice-cream now back again. Nice breezy evening walk.

Thu: what a fantastic summer project for #1-5 with mural paintings@their paternal grandmom’s house. Thanks to Cindy for the pix and how they have grown. #5 has stretched, #3&4 are now as tall as #1&2 who had foot surgery for a navicular stress fracture and had to have a screw put in her foot where the bone won’t heal, still on crutches – speedy recovery to her. It will be unlikely that a visit to the US this year will be possible and that means I will not see Jeff, #1, 3, 4&5 in 2020.

Today 12Auntie Winnie in HI/USA turns 92 and 2Sis-in-law, originally from KotaBahru/Malaysia is 81 and they both look well when I last saw them/2018&2020. Somebody is renovating in this block and the drilling&hacking are giving me such a headache – well 20yrs ago, some ppl would have felt the same when my unit was under renovation! Getting on the ear-phones on for more audio-books&movies is the solution unless I go away from these 4-walls, but not in the mood to be out.

Fri: last few days to pick up 2free masks – from today till 19Jul23.59hrs, residents of SIN can collect a free mask kit consisting of 2reusable white MaskSafe DET30 masks from vending machines in some bus interchanges and PlazaSIN. The machine facing OrchardRd was out of masks, had to get it at another machine at the side of the building – line was long, but orderly&moving fast, unless you get caught with ppl who do not know what they are doing!! Took the opportunity to pop into Diaso&ArtFriend where one can always find something one needs! ColdStorage for some more than the ordinary foods!!

Facial recognition software can pick out a person in a crowd, but the stupid vending machine can’t recognize my $bill with a bent corner…