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War Memorial Park



war memorial park 01This Civilian War Memorial is located in War Memorial Park, the open space between City Hall MRT and One Raffles Link.

war memorial park 02The Memorial is dedicated to all those who perished during 2nd World War, Japanese Occupation of Singapore from 1942 to 1945.

war memorial park 03The four vertical of 70 meters high pillars, symbolic the share experience of the Chinese, Malays, Indians and other races.

war memorial park 04The remains of unknown victims are interred beneath the monument.

war memorial park 05Today is the National Day of Singapore, we shall let this Memorial to act as a reminder, to cherish and treasure every blossom in this peaceful century.

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The MacDonald House



macdonald house 01The MacDonald House was built in 1949 by the architectural firm Palmer and Turner. It is now the only one building left with red- brick exterior in Orchard road. In 1965, two Indonesia saboteurs placed a bomb on the mezzanine floor, three persons was killed and 33 injured.

macdonald house 05The impact of the bomb shattered all windows within 300 feets and damages car outside the building. It was due to Indonesia Confrontation, in support of President Sukamo, opposition to the merger of Singapore, Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak. The 2 Indonesia terrorists were convicted to murder and hanged eventually.

macdonald house 02The building was built for The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. It was the first large office building of the post-war period and has gazetted as a National Monument on 10 February 2003.

macdonald house 03The building is designed in Neo-Georgian style. Built in reinforced concrete and clad in red brickwork with rigid language. The white painted frame casement windows allow it to stand out from the modern cityscape of the Orchard road. macdonald house 04The 1st floor was lay by creamy natural marble stones, the size of the tiles and refine details made the building more conspicuous.

Obviously, this buiding is different from fast restaurant Mcdonald, this is The Macdo

nald House.


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Courier hour



courier hour 02Sometimes I’ll helped my friend who is doing courier service where he last minute can’t find anybody to do the delivery task.

So here I am.

Today, I left home at 5.50am in the morning, reached LRT (Light Rail Transit) by 6am. And took a public bus 27 and change to another bus 37 to reach Changi Industrial Park. Finally, I touched the ground of World Courier at 7.15 am, by then dawn was standing by my side.

courier hour 01I picked 2 parcels for delivery; one must be delivered at Chinatown by 9am, the other one by 9.45 at Orchard WHEELOCK PLACE.

Times is precious, I have to speed up to reach the destination before the specific time required by World Courier, so that I have enough time to roll over for the next delivery.

courier hour 03It was 7.30 am, I took a bus back where I came from and transferred to MRT (Mass Rapid Transports). The time traveling took me about 1 hour plus.

Gladly, I reached the 1st destination at 8.45. I got a stamped for acknowledgement and heading the next job.

courier hour 04I took bus no. 145 to reach WHEELOCK PLACE in Orchard road; by 9.25 I managed to deliver all on time.

This is my “Rush Hour”, quite fun and interesting, that is one of the reasons I had many pictures always ready on hand!


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Anniversary Song



birthday agoe 02We dance in the waltz of flowers

Gliding in the rain

The leafs, the buds, the trees

Thanks to all the lovely faces

Thanks to all bloggers regardless race

Do remember to add grain on earth

This is the song for each and everyone

No candles, no roses, no ballroom chandeliers

This is the song for the earth

This is the song

For the 1 year old of addgrainonearth

birthday agoe 03We dance in the cottage of woods

Greet by the rain

The stones, the paths and the sculptures

Thanks to all the lovely faces

Thanks to all bloggers regardless race

Do remember to add grain on earth

This is the song for each and everyone

No candies, no popcorns, no champagnes

This is the song for the earth

This is the song

For the 1 year old of addgrainonearth

birthday agoe 04We dance in the melody of culture

Swinging in the rain

The hills, the gardens and the past

Thanks to all the lovely faces

Thanks to all bloggers regardless race

Do remember to add grain on earth

This is the song for each and everyone

More dancers, more singers, more dreamers

This is the song for the earth

This is the song

For the 1 year old of addgrainonearth


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Singapore River by local poet, Lee Tzu Pheng



singapore riverThe operation was massive;

designed to give new life

to the old lady.

We have clearned out

Her arteries, removed

detritus and slit,

created a by-pass

for the old blood.

Now you can hardly tell

her history.

 

We have become

so health-conscious

the heart

can sometimes be troublesome.

Lee Tzu Pheng (Dr) (b. 13 May 1946, Singapore -) is considered one of Singapore’s most distinguished poets. A retired university lecturer, she is an award-winning poet who has published in anthologies and journals internationally. All her three volumes of poetry, Prospect of a Drowning (1980), Against the Next Wave (1988) and The Brink of an Amen (1991), have won the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) Award – From http://infopedia.nl.sg/articles/SIP_447_2005-01-25.html


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Different types of Durian



Here are different types of Durian shown above and some recommended below.

By courtesy of beconfused.com

By courtesy of beconfused.com

D24 – Bittersweet in taste, with small seed and flesh in dark yellow color.

This is one of the most expensive varieties.

By courtesy of www.ebay.com

By courtesy of http://www.ebay.com

XO – It has bitter taste and XO aftertaste. This is one of the most expensive among all.

By courtesy of blog.udn.com)

By courtesy of blog.udn.com)

Hong Xia- (meaning red prawn) the flesh in the color of cooked prawn, thin and orangey, strong aroma.

By courtesy of fatoo.com

By courtesy of fatoo.com

Mao Shan Wang- (meaning mountain cat king) the flesh that is firm on the outside, creamy on the inside. Having the most satisfying of all durians types, having said that, this is considered the best among all.

By courtesy of www.mysabah.com

By courtesy of http://www.mysabah.com

Red, Orange meat- one of the rare varieties, fruits are very small and can be held by one palm. Both are considered as Wild Durians.

By courtesy of sgforums.com

By courtesy of sgforums.com

Esplanade – The biggest Durian in the world


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How to choose Durian?



By courtesy of evespiration.com

By courtesy of evespiration.com

Is Durian’s Season now, some tips you may like to follow while choosing a king of fruit!

First, pick up a durian by using a towel cloth or a glove and give a gentle shake. If the sound is dull and subtle, this is just right. If it is knocking sound, the fruit is not ripe enough. It there is no sound; the fruit may be too ripe and taste bitterness (to some, bitterness is the best taste among).

Second, durian should smell little fragrant. Too pungent may indicates the fruit is too ripe.

Third, some seller allows open up the shell slightly to examine the flesh. It should feel soft and tender not watery and hard.

Fourth, buy back home and test personally.


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My Article



my sengkang article 01Lately, a local Chinese Press published my article in one of the Leisure section. This is a prose; it talked about the beauty side of Sengkang@Promenade that is a famous estate park in Singapore.

This is the second articles published after 20 years of my “rest and relax” period.

I hope that this is not the last piece of my story.

But for sure, when ever I saw, I heard, I touched, I always think about what I write, is going to share with the whole world!

How exciting it is!

So for that, on this ordinary day, I would like to make this opportunity to thank all my followers and blogger friends.

Through my sincere heart, thank you very much!

pcn 10Wishing everyone, a warm rising sun on you!


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Sculpture “The River Merchants”



river merchants 02This sculpture signifies a Scotsman- Alexandra Laurie Johnston who was a prominent merchant, former ship’s owner/captain, Businessman, Magistrate, Justice of Peace in early years of Singapore.

river merchants 03The sculpture shows he was mediating between Chinese trader and Malay chief while Indian and Chinese coolies load sacks onto a bullock cart.

river merchants 04This is a common sight around the river in those days.

river merchants 01The sculpture locates between Singapore River and Maybank Towers where the heart of the river flow day and night.

Please drop by listen to their conversation, at the same time enjoy the breeze of the riverbank.


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Road to Percival.



Arthur_Percivall 02Percival road was named after Lieutenant-General Arthur Ernest Percival.

During the Second World War, Percival was the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Malaya; he marched down from this road by surrender himself, as representing British Empire to the Imperial Japanese Amy.

Hence, Singapore occupied by Japanese soldiers for 3 years and 8 months.

Not many people knew there was a sad story hidden behind this road.

Arthur_Percivall 01There is no road sign bring you to Percival road. You can Google it, it bring you where to go but just an ordinary road behind National Museum of Singapore, Fort Canning Park.

Where cicada is calling, where shadow of the forest lying on your shoulder silently.

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