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49) Last day of the year in the Gardens


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This Gazebo sitting next to the Swan Lake, designed in Victorian style with cast iron material.  It was originally built in 18th century at Grange Road.  It was later on been re-erected in 1969 and relocated to the entrance of Botanic Gardens.  Finally, in 2010 it was  shifted next to the Swan Lake.

I wish this would be his final home, as to get a favorite ground like this is not as easy as you could choose.  Memories, surroundings and atmosphere are considerations.

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What is it like sitting on this timber bench, well washed by weather?  Well, while enjoying watching the lonely swan surfing from one end to the other; waving at the surfing boat passing by; or even meeting a new friend could be a valuable insight for some.

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The Gazebo with a dark gray body, exudes the calm and tranquility of the landscape even more.

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Only one single swan is onboard today, I see that the others are all out for their party preparations or are they somewhere reciting their incantations for a better new year ahead…?

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Come close to Frederick Chopin and his lover seated near the Symphony Lake, a few hundreds meters away from the Swan Lake.  While Chopin is engaged in his keys and notes, his lover looks on.  Symphony Lake is filled with emptiness now, but with the looming notes of Chopin, a brand new year awaits her.  Shall we ask Frederick for some inspiration?

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And I am sitting next to the lotus, good enough for my companion to comfort me, on the last day of 2012!  Cheers!

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24) What’s gone wrong with us?


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What’s gone wrong with you..?

You tear a person into pieces, leaving her soul unease.

Raped her by your gang wolves!

Slaughter her with no guild with blood and brazenness!

Hit her and throw her out of a moving bus!

Have you cherish the beautiful life around you..?

And do you know how lovely it is to chase each other around the coconut tree?

How entertaining Bollywood show can be?

And you did that in return, to tarnish all should have been!

For sure, she is not going to rest in peace!

It would be a joke, if they asked her to do so!

Is this a joke, if it’s going to happen to your family?

Will you still be laughing and kicking?

And what an irony!

She was offered a marriage in return to close the case!

She asked “What’s gone wrong with us?”

Before she tears off freely…with a shattered heart in agony.

In memory for the two victims gang raped by the locals in India, eventually one committed suicide and one died of serious injury in a Singapore Hospital.

My heart goes to the victims and the families.  It’s very sad and disheartening to see such crimes happening over and over again.


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Sydney Fong:

The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases From A State Hospital Attic! – BY Cindyknoke

Originally posted on :

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Willard State Hospital

by, Darby Penny, Peter Stastny, Lisa Rinzler, Robert Whitaker.

When Willard State Hospital closed in 1995, after 125 years of continuous operation, 427 patient suitcases, filled with patient’s personal belonging, were discovered, abandoned, in an attic.

This interesting book attempts to bring to light the personal stories of ten of these patients whose suitcases were intensely studied. The authors chose these specific suitcases because there were a lot of personal notes and materials in each of these ten suitcases, that provided the authors with enough data, combined with patient records and charts, to try to reconstruct these ten people’s lives.

This is a fascinating book about these people’s lives and about the hospital itself. The authors are incredibly patient detectives, who tease out a great deal of facts and details from these suitcases, chart notes, and interviews with hospital staff members, many retired. They locate living relatives…

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48) Would you like to have a new curtain for 2013?


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This is not a curtain, is a root!

This is the root of Cissus sicyoides, it is also commonly known as Curtain Ivy or Princess Vine. This beautiful lady carries long reddish roots that forming a dense lacy curtain.

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It looks like a Mammoth from far, but I am sure she is much more gentler.

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This amazing plant is not the true Ivy but is a close relative of grape family.

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 Traditionally, it can be used to treat rheumatism, ulcer and diabetes. To me, this is the most elegant doctor I ever met.

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So would you like to have this kind of curtain for 2013?


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47) Tembusu Tree Speaks You and Me


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Tembusu tree is one of the popular trees you can find along the roadside of Singapore. It can grow up to 40m in height with it large and evergreen portray. This tree in the picture is located next to the footpath, which heading Ginger Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Besides being a Heritage tree, it also serve as an appreciation to The Shaw Foundation in supporting for the Garden City Fund.

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By courtesy of flowernypsbluebottle.blogspot.com

This huge tree bears creamy fragrant flowers that attract moths in the evening when the party starts.

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By courtesy of berriesflick.com

It grows small and orange berries that I believe is nothings to do with Christmas.

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It can grow to a very large size on poor soil and low branches will develop when the tree left unpruned.

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Let’s be strong and hardly like this guy, carry on the battlefield in 2013.


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17) Whose Footprints are those?


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 (A) Deer

(B) Squirrel

(C) Mallard Duck

(D) Penguin

(E) Red Grouse

(F) Snow Art

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Happy New Year in Advance!


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23) Song of Boxing Day


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I’m dreaming of a white musical box

Just like the ones I used to know

When the heaven door open

And babies listen

To hear sweet dreams in the bow

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By courtesy of tresoros.co.uk

I’m dreaming of a white post box

With every Christmas card you write

May your days be cherished and shine

And may all

Your Christmases be fine

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I’m dreaming of a white shoe’s box

Just like the ones I used to know

When your door got opened

And your toes listen

To hear my secrets in a row

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By courtesy of podington.co.uk

I’m dreaming of a white letter’s box

With every Christmas card I write

May your days be merry and bright

And may all

Your Christmases be white

 


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3) Temp for a night!


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Hi! Sydney is away for party fun today!

He put me on stool before he left the house, and demands me to put up the post for him tonight!

So, for the time being, I’ll be a temp staff for Addgrainonearth.

And while waiting for Santa Claus to come, I’ll sing along with you guys first!

Let’s start with the “Blue Christmas”!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfd8353Uazc&playnext=1&list=PL0C0A8F33E4DA4382&feature=results_main


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2) Where is my Christmas gift?


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My owner, Sydney, this is the place where he was born, a green green grass of home, a place where he spend his childhood busy catching spiders and butterflies, Merpati Road.  Now with the remains of the old wall, the grass still looks green.  When he left this place 23 years later, it still wave at him now and then, as if asking him to drop by now and then.

Though his house has been torn down for redevelopment many years ago, it is still a very fond memory in his heart.  The trees, the wall, the green grass and the road to the playground, it’s his childhood nostalgia.

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Sungei Kallang (a canal) is also full of his memories.  In those days, when the tide is high, kids lure fish from the canal with their utmost attempt.  A fish is so precious in those days where most families were poor.  It was not until a drowning incident occurred, the fun of this young seeker would have continued.

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This is a shot of a ‘meal finder’.  This chap is not smart enough to spot the right place, all his seafood has been gobbled up by F&B for the preparation of Christmas parties!

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This is the neighborhood park where he lives now, a crawling distance from the Sungei Punggol.  A quiet and serene wetland where he got his surprises and funky inspirations!  There is a Sports & Recreation Centre nearby, where you can practise your swimming skill or have water fun with your ducky toy.

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This is the west side scenery from the apartment where we stay, a glance of the Bukit Timah Hill on the right, stormy clouds is a reminder of nature dear and near.

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On the left, is the last Kampong in Singapore.  Sometime is so amazing to wake up by the ‘Kampong fragrant” under the star!

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And this is the door leading to our home sweet home, a door opening up to east meet west.

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Where reindeers are all dressed up, but no where to go…

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Shimmering stars all ready and awaiting for the dance and party goers..

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Oops! So much about my owner…He won’t realize how much I have reviewed the little secret of his past.  He is still busy waiting for his turkey, honey baked ham, log cake, Christmas gifts and party dress-up!

And now, don’t keep me waiting…where is my Christmas gift before the year past…


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Friend (24) – No Doomsday but Dawn is here / 朋友- 末日早晨


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A thin layer of fog floating on the grass, just awaken.  That’s the face of nature’s pure, perfect face under the escort of the Divine.  No one can help not to give it a second glance…on the day after doomsday, on the morning after doomsday; a brand new morning!

一层薄薄的雾气,漂浮在刚苏醒的草地上。那是一张大自然的脸孔,单纯无瑕,在神的护航下,让人不禁多望一眼。

这玛雅传说后的第一天。

这玛雅传说后的第一个早晨。

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Cool air and blue sky, accompanied by the sounds of insects hidden in the green grass, I rejoice with the miracles in my eyes and the warm in my heart.

清凉的空气与湛蓝的天空,伴着草地里的虫鸣声,我的眼睛被这一幕神迹吸引。一股喜悦在心里满满的被滋润。

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Standing outside the fence, asking myself how often do I witness nature with his hazy eyes.  While eveyone is busy with the myth of the Apocalypse, the new day has gradually emerge, never deceptive, never turn up late with hesitation.  Giving everyone a fair day of his own.

篱笆外的我伫立片刻,试问我们这一生,有几何见证大自然睁开朦胧眼睛的样子。当大家还忙于世界末日的传说,新的一天已经在那儿慢慢耘酿,毫不虚假,毫不迟疑,每人一份公平的一天。

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How far you go with the 24-hour is up to you.  You can walk a distance with it and you can fly far with it.  Paint this canvas of the sky with your own colours, you may obtain your own rainbow or may not even sell it for a penny.

每人一份24小时的天空,你要走多远,随你。你要飞多远,也随你!这幅天空随你用什么颜料去涂彩都行。用心画会有彩虹,没用心的当然卖不出一分钱。

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I am not fearful of the end of the world, I am more apprehensive when the world lost its sight of light.  Then, front with tract of the sunray, doesn’t it have enough to shoot through the doomsday?  We don’t even have to debate about it!

我不怕世界末日的到来,我只关心这世界有没有曙光。但眼前这道旭日足以射穿末日的那一端,还要争论吗?

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