International Labour Day 2019

4 May 2019 – May Day

Mon: a day@Campers to learn&know more about their products, will be there helping out until 18May.

Tue: guiding Kevin&Clay to places of worship and where else could you find a Synagogue, 2Churches, a Buddhist&Hindu Temple all within 2-3mins walking distance from one another on the same street – WaterlooSt which was actually ChurchSt many moons ago, a more appropriate name for this street, but not to confuse with another ChurchSt near RafflesPlace was thus changed.

Maghain Aboth Synagogue (1878). 

Church of Saints Peter and Paul (1870).

Sri Krishnan Temple (1870) & Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple (1884). Did not make it to Masjid Bencoolen@BencoolenSt, the next street to WaterlooSt.

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Wed: Crown Prince Naruhito ascended to Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne marking the beginning of the new Reiwa era. Pix downloaded.

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japans-new-emperor-naruhito-to-ascend-chrysanthemum-throne

Happy International Labour&May Day to all. Byebye to Apr – April showers bring May flowers.

Helping out@Campers on this public holiday. Good to catch up with Thomas&family+other families with their babies in our new location. A wonderful new start to life by introducing nature&an outdoor lifestyle to the young ones.

Thu: HDB officer here to check about a drip from the AC to the downstairs neighbour’s AC, will need to get that fixed.

Fri: TGIF and a fabulous weekend to all. Tkx for this reminder&share TingTing. Seems like another life time ago and many other fantastic trails&paths have been in this life journey since then. Fond memories from 14yrs ago with Wiggs, T² & Gadget – fellow AT Thru’hikers + others who hike sections with me MoFo, Pokey, Lizard, Sawbuck&Blossom, Coops, Alleghany, Skywalker, HiHills, Loon+many others. Appreciations to Warren for making this hike possible for me and special tkx to fellow hikers who were also our trail angels, including Judy.

Tkx to CC for dinner@Whampo FoodCentre. Traffic was bad getting there due to roadworks. Appreciations to Sam for the ride back to my 4-walls, been a long day on the feet for a no longer SpringChicken, nor do I want to be one 🙂

Nothing makes you look older than attempting to look young. —Karl Lagerfeld, may he RIP.

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Sat: as the tenth monarch of the Chakri dynasty, he is also styled as Rama X. Aged 64 at that time, Vajiralongkorn became the oldest Thai monarch to ascend to the throne. Pix downloaded.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/04/asia/gallery/thai-king-coronation/index.html

Two crowning within a week must be a record.

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Wow! Prom time for #1 (pix credits to Christie Glen Smith&Angela Bruccoli).

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Seems like yesterday when her parents were at Blue&Silver-Ball@LakeHowell High/FL (1993).

1 May – Happy May Day
5 May – Happy Cinco De Mayo
6 May – Happy Bdays WONG Wai Kit & Jan SOSA
10 May – Happy Bday Andrew LAM
13 May – Happy Bday Susannah LAM
17 May – Happy Bday LAM PohChee & hurra for 17 mai
18 May – Happy Bday Helen VICKERY-YEO
23 May – Happy Bday Yasmine AMEEN
27 May – Happy Bdays LAM SuiChang Karen LIM
28 May – Happy Bday Vanessa LAM
30 May– Happy Bday Hans Kristian HUSTAD

World Book Day

28 Apr 2019 – Interviews With SHS&HSS

Tue: today on World Book Day, tkx to Edmund Wee for having a sale and for signing his 4books on Understanding Singaporeans@HuggsEpigram CoffeeBookshop/URA. Have been wanting to know more about KiongSaik Rd and looking forward to reading this narrative by Charmaine Leung.

Grocery shopping&movie based on Anna Todd’s best-selling novel which became a publishing sensation on social storytelling platform Wattpad, After@Parkway – young chick flick!!

Wed: appreciations to  Lynn Wong YuQing (SIN Heritage Society/SHS) video-interviewed for In Search of the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl牛郎织女 Trying to remember what I can from those days when grandmother had the different foods, etc for all these celebrations.

Thu: woke up with a pain and was planning yesterday to go to the polyclinics for a referral letter to the dentist for a broken tooth, not this pain! As I was explaining about the pain and with my past history, was considered high-risk, ended by in an ambulance to A&E@Raffles Hospital. All’s well that ends well so far but will need further tests sooner or later!

Fun&such a clever idea to be able to taste a bite of all these 5 small-bowls/S$11.70 including a drink. Enjoyed it all for lunch after being discharged! – my personal favourite Pathumthani-soup base,

@Boat Noodle, Bugis Junction 重庆烤鱼

Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all it’s flavour ― William Cowper

Fri: raining cats&dogs and the bus was stuck in traffic for 20mins@OrchardTurn. Tkx to Ivy for Fri yummy lunch@GinzaKuroson/Takashimaya Shopping Centre Level3. The first round, the beef was overdone, returned it and got it medium-rare (which was what I ordered!) the next round!

A walk around the food area in the basement – a must for me but only when I am not hungry! Ended with dessert@Azabu Sabo Hokkaido Ice Cream, smooth coffee flavour.

Sat: discovering new area here@Bendemeer FoodCentre on the way for an interview.

Appreciations to CH&Shamima of the Humanist Society (Singapore)HSS for interviewing me regarding to my views on being humanist@Upside Down Concepts Studios. Good luck to the HSS and always remember to live&teach Peace&Love in all ways.

More discoveries in the neighbourhood on MacKenzie RdOyeyo Boulder Home, a climbing gym&Owls Brew, a pub.

Andy happens to be the one running Oyeyo and appreciations to him for giving me a tour to his colourful place and for explaining how the name Oyeyo came about – not a climber but do wish him the very best for his passion. Looks like a fun place for any climbers&my grandkids. With Owls Brew next door, so you can unwind with some craft beer!

Pat is the chef&owner for Owls Brew – a cozy place to have a bite with your drinks. A nice lay-back ambiance giving the feel of being far from the maddening crowd.  Appreciations to Pat who has kindly accommodate us to serve you with her yummy pub food when you are at our new location@Campers Corner.

Sun: tkx to Clement for dinner@MrsPho/BeachRoad – first visit here, the broth tasty&beef tender.

Evening walk around the Arab St area to capture these murals. Would be nice with a cup of coffee, but I do want a goodnight sleep! Ended with a bowl of black sesame paste@AhChiew Dessert on LiangSeah St.

‘Royals In Our Midst’

22 Apr 2019 – A Telok Blangah Tour by Tuah Bugis

Fri: tkx to Daisy&Darryl for delicious lunch@KokSen/KeongSiakRd, Michelin Bib Gourmand ZhiChar for their BigPrawn BeeHoon –  a definite die die must try dish.

https://guide.michelin.com/sg/kok-sen/restaurant

KeongSaik Rd – this building by the red car was where my father used to play mahjong on Thu evenings.

CC’s new location, panorama pix credits to SengHock.

Appreciations to SengHock for an informative first photo-sharing enjoyed by both young&old in the new surroundings.

Good to catch up with Alvin. Looking forward to his 2nd edition for La Kopi book. Can anyone find me in this sketch???

Tkx to Calvin for hosting the event and for snacks&drinks, to Ann for a taste of this whisky with an unusual name&label.

Sat: Royals in Our Midst: A Telok Blangah Tour by Tuah Bugis – tkx to Tuah Bugis (his real name is Syaqil Sarafian) for an educational tour and appreciations to the Singapore Heritage Society for organizing this. Had a good time meeting and sharing with this interested group.

It was an honour to be able to share my experiences of Temenggong Rd from 1950-1965. Pix credits to Tuah Bugis&Ng Yi-Sheng.

That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind – William Wordsworth

One of my favourite quotes (probably overused, but I do like it) also made into a movie – Splendor In The Grass.

Was somehow too pre-occupied with listening that very few pix were taken by me –  4above pix by me@Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim Mosque&Makam Puteri Radin Mas.

https://amylamsg.com/2014/11/14/5-temenggong-rd/

Tkx to Les&Ivy for Indian food dinner to celebrate Easter weekend and the opening of Les’s new clinic. Yummy babygoat/kid&wine – the bone will be returning home with me to become broth!

Sun: Good morning and Happy Easter🐣to all celebrating. To others not celebrating, enjoy your Sunday on this beautiful day – am blessed with these lovely yellow-flowering trees just outside my kitchen window. Amazing that it is a roof-garden on top of the car-park.

This is as good as it gets with the sunrise where the feeling of spring is in the air.

If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom — Audra Foveo

Nice of Clement, Daisy&Darryl to want to have PrawnMee lunch here in my neck of the woods. As usual this venue is packed in the weekends. Awfully Chocolate for dessert&coffee – pass by this place so often and this is the first time in here! Good to be spending some time with Darryl before he goes for his National Service. When has all the time gone, seems like yesterday I was visiting Daisy when he was born!!! Boys to Men…

Reminiscent of childhood memories, luxury, sweetness and sensuality, chocolate is more than just a food–it is therapy – Christelle Le Ru

Mon: saddened by this morning news of the bombings in Sri Lanka where at least 207 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a series of explosions across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, one of the most sacred days of the year for Christians. Thought&prayers out to all affected.

https://edition.cnn.com/asia/live-news/sri-lanka-easter-sunday-explosions-dle-intl/index.html

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ALWAYS try to live&teach PEACE&LOVE by&in your actions, deeds, motives, speech, thoughts&words.

More New Locations

18 Apr 2019 – CC & Library@HabourFront

Mon: day for printing invoice@MPlibrary and how frustrating, only 1 printer on Level3. Had to get help from groundLevel as printer was not functioning, thus going down-up twice to finally get a page of invoice costing 0.030c. Need to write in about having more printers or move the printer to the ground-Level. Banking&haircut went smoothly. Movie Guang/Malaysian movie – about two brothers. The older brother Guang is autistic and cannot focus or socialize with other people. A touching movie deserving 2awards@ChineseYouth Generation FilmForum in Wuhan/China.

Tue: tkx to Helen for dinner with take-out food from TekkaMarket/LittleIndia dining@Campers’Corner’s new location. Need to go across the road to get a better shot of the new location.

Like the bigger brighter open concept of space.

With new brands to try out on top of their extensive selection of Quality-Gears for your outdoor activities&adventures which is a a must for your enjoyment&safety.

We are open Good Friday from 12n, so plx do drop by earlier before the photo-sharing to check out this new lovely new location with new high-tech toilets too 🙂 Experienced&knowledgeable management&staff (including myself) will do our best to help you to find gears, etc most suitable for your needs.

Wed: sad, shock&speechless – prayers&thoughts to all the firefighters at this medieval cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Not that it is ever a good time for fires, but to happen on this most holy week, Easter for the Christians! Was last there 1997 – pix downloaded.

https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/notre-dame-fire/index.html

Welcome back to SIN from Perth for the Easter break & appreciations for scrumptious vegetarian lunch@Elemen元素/HabourFront to Annie.

Enjoyed both the taste&presentation of the food here.

Perfect portion with a bit of this&that of everything for us to share&taste without getting stuffed. Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all it’s flavour ― William Cowper

The new library@habourfront (just above GV where Daiso used to be) and with views towards Sentosa like these – who would not like to be sitting here in the comforts of the AC reading all day?

Looks like grandnephew Andrew is now taller than his mother.

Since I was here, decided to catch a movie FriendZone – Thai flick about a relationship border-lining friends&lovers more for the younger generation but no harm to kill time when there are cute eye-candy young Thai guys to look at 🙂 The funny thing was that when I was getting the ticket, this young boy asked me if this is a good movie and all I could say was I would not know until I have seen it!! Then he continued telling me how boring&slow the other movie FiveFeet Apart was and I kinda agreed with him. Will probably not remember these 2movies by next week!!

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Thu: have been overwhelmed by these new locations the past week (including Jewel), but do look forward to spending more time to explore them at a slower pace. Even at a slower pace@The National Library, did not have enough time to read the captions of these wonderful B/Wpix inside; unusual installation, PieceOfMind by Choo JenQuinn outside@The Plaza.

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Appreciations to Gretchen Liu for her talk on SIN in B/W which was informative and interesting. Imagine if you carry this apparatus to take a pix – there will certainly not be pix here!! Great to catch up with Irene who also attended the talk.

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence ― Ansel Adams

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Would have like to have attended this exhibition if I was in Rome – tkx to Egidio for the invite and all the best.

Tan Kah Kee 陳嘉庚 Foundation

14 Apr 2019  – Happy 70Bday To Peggy Tan

Fri: a good weekend to all and I thought that yesterday was a busy day. Started today with celebrating Peggy’s 70Bday – tkx to Aileen&Jeremy for delicious lunch@Tavern/TanglinClub – been a while since I last met up with PT’s god-sis&her son.

ChickenRice À la TanglinClub!, Crème brûlée & a cappuccino for me.

Appreciations for an interesting visit to the Tan Kah Kee 陳嘉庚 Foundation /TKKF – PT’s grandfather.

A nice cozy set-up located@Ee Hoe Hean Club in Chinatown.

https://www.tkkfoundation.org.sg/

Really! has it been 10yrs ago I visited the TTK Museum, Xiamen/XMN 厦门 in China? Glad to have this blog posting to re-fresh the memory.

https://amylamsg.com/2009/10/29/chinafujian-hunan/

Five Feet Apart – Stella is every bit a 17yrs, attached to her laptop and loves her BFF. But unlike most teenagers, she is in a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control until she meets Will’s who is against his ongoing medical treatment. Stella gradually inspires Will to live life to the fullest.

Read this some where, but do not remember where, when or who wrote it and that is not unusual for me nowadays 🙂

At some point, you have to realize that some ppl can stay in your heart but not in your life…

Sat: Katong Square Lifestyle & Vintage Market April Edition – no harm to browse and look around. Have no intentions to buy and did not buy.

Great to catch up with Martin to introduce him for a bowl of KatongLaksa, nice to hear that he has adapted well after 6months stay and that he is expecting his parents to visit from Germany today.

Sun: this morning I had the pleasure to have coffee with AudreyW who has the most well-behaved&disciplined dog/Choya, (besides Johnny’s LokLok, may he RIP) I have so far met. She would sit quietly where she is supposed to without bothering&disturbing anyone until her owner returns after shopping.

Am soo impressed that I even offered to dog-sit for this lucky dog who lives with this view. Anyone who knows me also know that I very seldom offer to baby or dog-sit!!

SIN public housing/HDB and its surroundings here in Marine Terrace&Crescent – for my overseas friends who might not be aware that 80+% of SIN live in public-housing, including myself.

The local&wet-market in my neighbourhood where I do enjoy eating&shopping at.

How coincident to meet Choya today. Got me looking back at a posting a year ago to realize that LokLok went to Dog-Heaven exactly a year ago. RIP LokLok, the only dog I know of who had better table-manners than many humans, the best behaved-dog I liked being with in HKG – pix fr 2011-15.

Tkx for Sunday’s home-cook dinner@Jo’s

Was at this world’s most dangerous airport, Lukla/Nepal 2yrs ago with Calvin, Sam&Lum and discovered last year that the only runway with the number 24 is something to do with the angel for aviation – https://amylamsg.com/2017/04/23/nepal2/ 

Condolences, prayers&thoughts to those involved in the crash today.

https://www.todayonline.com/world/nepal-plane-hits-parked-helicopter-while-taking-killing-three

Jewel Changi Airport

11 Apr 2019 – National Siblings Day

Tue: tkx for yummy home-made dinner at Jo’s. Watched Arctic – a man stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in hopes of making it out alive. It was already cold in this small cinema but felt so much colder screening this!

Wed: been informed by Linn&May (pix credits to Linn who is visiting May&their half-siblings/Norway)&Dika (pix credits to Richard of Minos&Dike in 1980s/UK) that it is National Siblings Day in the US. Posted the 1955B/W FBpix (none of my siblings here in FB), sharing with the Orange Generation who are mostly in FB – 1.Lawrence – father to John&Larry, 2.Kiong (1935-2000) – father to JenMun, Jenleng, JenWee&Steve 3.Jo – mother to Pat&Sue, 4.Steven – father to Vincent, Judy, Daisy&Clement, 5.Joyce – mother to Lee Wang&Yasmine, 6 Leslie – father to Patricia&Kat and 7.Me – mother to Linn&May.

Still going thru’ old pix and it is quite a job but interesting, thus taking much of my time. Also found some postcards from 1957&60 from Lawrence&Les of their safety&whereabouts then&there in London&Dublin where Nelson Pillar still existed then, now The Spire/Needle of Dublin.

Am trying to keep the tradition by sending postcards to the grandchildren, but doubt that they keep them – its the thought that counts.

Thu: just cannot get enough of these wet cool days – relaxing to be indoors organizing old pix and reading old mail from the 1950s-60s. Walking under the shelter-walkway to catch the bus to the airport was a breeze, no umbrella needed as the bus gets in the basements of all the 3Terminals. From T3, these link bridges via translators or walk connect you to this new SIN National Pride, Jewel. The shortest walk will be from T1.

Beautiful flower sculptures along the Petal Garden

The Discovery Slides will not be opened until June, but looks fun.

Best to visit late afternoon-early evening to see the water features both in daylight and night when the light&sound show takes center-stage. Definitely worth the trip to see the world’s tallest indoor waterfall/40m Rain Vortex for a sneak-peek. Costing S$1.7billion with 300 retail&dining facilities, 1hotel+1cinema over 134,000sqm from B1-Level5 will need more time to check it out.

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Took the escalators up –  a happy selfie 🙂 and a slow walk down the stairs to enjoy the center-waterfall at all levels and also the other soothing water features to soften the stone-walls.

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Need a whole day to explore especially with a Shaw cinema there (still the best price for Seniors S$4)+the 1st Norwegian fast casual dining Pink Fish, 1st non-Japan Pokemon Centre (for #6). Above 3pix downloaded

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PowSing Restaurant using Mozart listening fresh organic chicken for their ChickenRice, die die must try here another day! Lines were too long today, so were most places, including the A&W.

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Dinner@ShangSocial, on the pricey side, but few places without a line then. Food OK, nothing to write home about and there will not be a second visit.

Panorama shot credits to Clement. To hopefully return after Jun when there are less crowds and when all the other attractions like the Bouncing&Walking Nets, Hedge&Mirror Mazes, Discovery Slides, Canopy Bridge, etc are completed. To be updated here with pix!!

Jewel has certainly put airports to another level – a level that makes airport visits for whatever reason a more enjoyable one, not just to leave or return on planes or to welcome or say goodbyes, but now to shop, dine, watch a movie, a walk in the park with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall with playgrounds for children.

Edited – 17Apr 2019:

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/amp/jewel-changi-airport-singapore-guide/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0ydf1LuGHl2HqUNCpJyTeeEa8uRMglwOIztbIDd614lqdlgDibyGvS68k

How Can I Keep From Singing

8 Apr 2019 – Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Sat: appreciations for a short delightful concert How Can I Keep From Singing with the pastor Alexander Colstrup playing the drums!

Comment from Carmel who is in Ireland now and unable to attend: Oh how nice !! Thats the good looking pastor at the Norwegian Church. Remembering back to blog posting: 20 Nov 2018 – Christmas Bazaar and the sight of a young new eye-candy pastor; blame it on Carmel who commented that the churches in Ireland would be packed with young ladies if he was preaching there! My answer: not blind yet, so do enjoy your sight fully while you still have it…

Thank you for coffee&waffles over a beautiful sunset@The Norwegian Seamen’s Church. Also a place where I can get my Norwegian cheeses. Living a simple life to the fullest, just enjoying these moments without any questions or thoughts.

If you see the sunset, does it have to mean something? If you hear the birds singing does it have to have a message? Robert Wilson

Sun: condolences to AuntieAnna Chan&cousinKaren Lim for UncleJohn LIM RuKhoon (1934-2019) who passed away last night – may he RIP. B/W+obituary pix credits to Karen. Bro Lawrence&I last visited him in Jan2019@EderlyCareCentre in KCH where he certainly showed weak signs of recognition to Lawrence.

Tkx to Clement finally got to finally taste this HokkienMee@EC Rd and it is as good as his brother’s@Lorong29. We were there before 1800hrs to avoid crowds&lines and that we did, but we could see many packages of take-away ready to be collected. Thrilled that both my favourtie HokkienMee&PrawnMee are within walking distance from my 4-walls.

Continued to Parkway with intentions of grocery shopping, but decided against it. Tried their signature drink RedCane@FunToast – first time here and trying this drink which is too pink&sweet for me. Seems like there is a new route from the bus-stop to Parkway all the time due to the MRT-TEL-line constructions. The days have been too hot to be out but the evenings and the dawns are quite lovely with the breeze.

Mon: wines from Les’s cellar to compliment food and here is where I am in food&wine Paradise. 5*FineDinning@Paradise Teochew/ScottsSq – tkx to Les&Ivy&their friends. Above 3 pix: Braised Sliced Irish-Fat-Duck with Tofu, Steamed Pomfret, Sautéed Fresh-Lily-Bulbs, GingoNuts&OrganicBroccolini

Happy SJI Reunion to those who are back in SIN to celebrate their reunion. Pleasure to meet Carol&Tibor from the US. Small world – Madeline is the sis of Rebecca, my CHIJ classmate and now neighbour here@MarineCres. To Madeline&Kwan, welcome back to SIN from the US who are also visiting their mothers ages 106&90s.

Excellent with this fresh water fish Braised&Fried SoonHock/MarbleGoby (Oxyeleotris marmorata) with 2007 Cloudy-bay-te-koko

This absolutely tasty young Roasted&SucklingPiglet is one of the best I have tasted – the crispness of the skin was just right and the meat lean&moist with 2008 Domaine de Chevalier.

SautéedJapanese BeefCubeWRoastedGarlicSlices – tender beef done to perfection with roasted garlic. 2002 Château Lafite-Rothschild. And here is a very seldom wine which I am soo blessed to get to taste only when I am with Les&Ivy. 

Today ST and another article 2015-article from LifeHackerThe Secret To Living Longer: Chocolate, Wine And Sex. Not that I wish for a long life, but yes, a healthy one and a balance of all kinds of good food&wines might help 🙂

One of my favourite dark chocolates is from HI and tkx to Huang who works for Dole, managed to get a few packages for me to bring back here.

So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work… Ecclesiastes 8:15