Month: October 2012

32) Lady on a Hammock

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I am a lady swinging on a hammock
We are sculptures and the lovely all
Come and see us, you will know us more
To the Singapore Botanic Gardens just for a walk
Enjoy the trail and the nature fall

This is a sculpture at one corner of the Botanic Gardens
This simple poem is written and dedicated to the great artist, Sydney Harpley R.A and great man Mr David Marshall who commissioned and presented this art piece in 1989.


17) Fast Song

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I am a Sailfish

A silvery space shutter with tail and fins

King in the sea

Sea belongs to me

My senses are sharp, my radar can screen

I am a sub-marine in this bluish kingdom free

No one catches me up

As I am as fast as lightning, happy like a stream

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I am a Falcon

A dark arrow with tail and wings

King in the air

Air belongs to me

My senses are sharp, my radar can screen

I am a flash in this kingdom free

No one catches me up

As I am as fast as lightning, happy like a twist

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I am a cheetah

A roadrunner with muscles and teeth

King of the land

Land belongs to me

My senses are sharp, my radar can screen

I am a devil in this nature free

No one catches me up

As I am as fast as lightning, chasing my “deer” friend happily

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I am a boss

A job provider with foods and sympathies

King of the Galaxy

Workers belong to me

My senses are sharp, my radar can screen

I am a Saint of this office free

No one catches me up

As I hope you’ll be as fast as me

Happy like one family

16) Slow Song

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I am a Sloth

Slow like a tortoise, happy like a saint

Living in the tree

Grounded with a brain

Gentle, happy, lovely face

I wouldn’t go for a race

As I am living in my own way

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I am a Tortoise

Slow like a snail, live like a saint

Strolling on the ground

Protected by my own shell

Gentle, happy, lovely face

I wouldn’t go for a race

As the rabbit had already lost the race

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 I am a snail

Slow like a worm, crawling like a saint

Chewing in the green

Singing in the rain

Gentle, happy, lovely face

I wouldn’t go for a race

As I may end up on your dining tray


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 I am a human being

Speed like superman, think like Spiderman

Files piling up on my desk

Water level reaching up my neck

No more gentle, happy, lovely face

I always go for a race

‘Else my boss will said to me

you are sloth like a tortoise, slow like a snail

Hiring you is a waste


11) The Lost (1)

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No one ever knew what had actually happened to Ken other than himself.
It was till 7.00pm that Ken’s parents began to worry about his return from school.  His dad call up the school and was told he left after his extracurricular activities around 3.00pm.
Where could Ken been?  Usual days, he’ll be sitting in front of the TV set watching his favorite series by 7.00pm.  Ken is a well-behave and smart boy at his age.  Though he is still naïve, but his self-discipline and good conduct has never worry his parents.
As the sky gets darker, Ken’s parents loses their patient and decided to drive out to look for Ken.

But they are not sure where to start off.  Ken’s dad drove towards the direction of his school hoping to see him there, but the school gate was locked and the vicinity was in total darkness.  Then, a strong instinct led them to a park nearby Ken’s school.  This is a park where Ken had fond memories of his childhood.  He loves to drop by feeling the flora and fauna and look up for his playmates at times.
By this point of time, Ken’s parents were very anxious as there isn’t a clue down the path.  The dim lighted, quiet park added a sense of mystery to their lost son.  After a few laps walking around the cul-de-sac of the park, they were drained and was about to call the police for help.  Suddenly, they saw movement in the bushes not far from the pavillion.  Curiously, step-by-step in trepidation they move towards the bushes 3 metre away.
At this point of time, the weeping sound heartened Ken’s dad to poke the bushes with a vigorous rush.  To their shock, they saw Ken’s trembling with both fear and shock. 

 “Why are you hiding here?” Ken’s dad spoke with a reproachful tone.
 “I can’t find my way home” Ken spoke with a look of grievances.
 “I don’t get you…?” Ken’s dad was puzzled.
 “I don’t know!”  Since noon after I came here, I have been trying to walk out of this park, but I just can’t find the exit.
 “You can easily follow anyone here to get to the exit” Ken’s dad felt that he is silly.
 “Yes I did!” Ken felt that he was wronged.
 “I followed those people, but those people…”
 “And what now?” Parents were tensed at this moment.
 “They all walked into the bushes..”
 “Oh, come on…Ken”  Both parents rebuke.
 “Yeah…While I followed everyone walked into the bushes, I just can’t find a way out from it tile the sunset.  I was too afraid and I have hide here till rescue come to me”  Ken’s dad felt something is obviously not right and they hurried off home.

In the car, dad recalled an incident…
He wanted to know the reason of Ken’s visit to the park
Ken felt hesitant to answer his dad.
His pursue with the question as he knew what had happened today is rather unusual.
Ken pick up his courage and explained that he dreamt of cousin Wei last night.
 “But Wei was killed in an accident last month” Both parents repeated.
 “I knew he is dead, but the dream last night was spot-on, Wei dated me to meet up at the park, he wanted to show me something, I can’t reject him as we are both so close to each other” Ken argued.
 “Besides what…?” Mom asked.
 “He said he won’t have a chance to see me after this meet up” Ken looked on reluctantly.
Ken’s parents stared at each other with disbelieve.  Ken’s dad subconsciously tapped on the car accelerator and they sped off.  Promise never to return to the park anymore.

31) What so special about this tree?

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An usual tree that is unusual

This tree may look normal to us.  It is a tree of tropical rainforest which require humid climate though it can withstand dry season.
It is as special as its dedication to Mr Nelson Mandela, President of Africa who visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens 15 years ago, on 5th March 1997.
This Giant Cola Tree is among one of the Tree of Fame in the gardens

The extracts from nuts of related species are used in cola drinks and food items.  The cola nuts contain caffeine.  Chewing cola nuts can also ease hunger pangs and was thought to be remedies for whooping cough and asthma.
This is certainly an usual tree that is very unusual.

9) Story about HWA (Handicaps Welfare Association)

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A stroll to Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA), located in Whampoa, Singapore is my weekly visit to my volunteer work with the association.  HWA was founded in 1969, with a group of 23 philanthropists.  An organization run by people with disabilities and for people with disabilities.  An organization aims to promote self-help and mutual support to themselves and others.
After 43 years, HWA has 42 full time staff and they extend their contributions in rehabilitation, educational classes, welfare assistance, driving lesson for the disabled.

A wall painted art piece delighting the entrance of this caring ground.

Staffs helping member repositioning to the ground.

This picture shows a corner of the Rehabilitation Center, where some members are doing the therapy.

Today, a group of toddlers from a nearby kindergarten paid a visit to HWA center, an officer-in-charge explaining how the center operates and works and what we can do to help and contribute to the members of the center.

Architectural room providing Architectural drafting training assisting members to pick up extra skill and integration to community.
In this Art Room, you’ll discover  they are more able than anyone else.

Drop of rain, bring about a life with countless crack of dawn, can be found here.

7) 2 choices

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Candle light dinner
Candle light dinner (Photo credit: ComùnicaTI)
Wife: Do you want dinner?
Husband: Sure, what are my choices?
Wife: Yes or no.

30) Where is this sculpture?

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“SWING ME MAMA” Sculpture

The beautiful art piece named “Swing Me Mama” is located next to the swan lake of the Singapore Botanic Gardens
It is made of serpentine spring stone.  The sculptor, Dominic Benhura from Zimbabwe created this beautiful piece of work through the inspiration of his kids while he was trying to swing them.

And now, both father and child are swinging and dancing together next to the Swan Lake, emitting and sharing the happiness they had together to visitors day in, day out.

3) A story about Tiger in a little Jar

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This 1-inch diameter Jar clawing with tiger doesn’t harm you, it doesn’t make any complaint until your muscle is yelling or nose is blocking.  It becomes a tiger that eases your pain and calms your vein.

The Jar captures an insight story about Assiduousness, a story about two brothers, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, whom took over the business from their herbalist father, Aw Chu Kin in the 1870s. They founded “Tiger Balm Gardens” in 1930, one in Singapore (the well known Haw Par Villa), and the other in Hong Kong.  During the olden days, Haw Par Villa is a must visit mythology theme park for family outdoor event during weekends or public holidays.  The Chinese mythology figures are good means of teaching traditional Chinese values.

Aw Boon “Haw” literally meant “Tiger” in Chinese and Aw Boon “Par” literally translated as “Leopard”, and this infamous story of Tiger and Leopard is legendary worldwide.
The Aw families with enormous fame overseas has done benevolent contributions to society with this huge garden, till now admission is free for all.
Tiger-balm-s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

29) Where is this sculpture?

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“Chang Kuda” Sculpture

The “Chang Kuda” Sculpture happily enjoying themselves in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.  It is situated directly opposite the swan lake below a small hill.
“Chang” in Malay describes “piggyback” where “Kuda” means “horse”.  So, it literally means “piggyback on a horse”.
It is a famous childhood game during the 50s and 60s.
This is the work of Sculptor CHONG FAH CHEONG