Month: June 2013
Entering the Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay, a world highest 35-meter tall indoor waterfall welcomes its guests with mist and lush vegetation. These greens are of that from the highlands of up to 2 thousands meter above sea level.
The “cloud mountain” is completely clad with epiphytes such as orchids, ferns, peacock ferns, spike, clubmosses, bromeliads and anthuriums.
Pacific Sparrow is one of the commonly seen feathered friends in Singapore. It has orange neck with short scissors tail. Vigilant and does not station at a place for long.
This feathered being seems to love photography. So much so that it allows me to snap a few shots of him in a row.
They are all PHILIPS’s products. I personally used transistor radios, tape recorders and record players before.
For PHILISHAVE, I was not qualified at that time…
Now, I am qualified but then they are no longer qualified in this Era.
If you have it one or more of those, keep the physical body, share the memories with the next generation.
Pasah Malam (night market), mobile circle, exhibitions and religion ceremonies are some of those frequent activities I could remember.
The ceremony here is held outside Eunos MRT station where a Taoism religious celebration took place. The on going Teo Chew Chinese opera performance is a form of showing gratitude to gods while audience enjoy in appreciation.
The wooden throne seats catered for heavenly gods are cart by disciples while it swings in trance. Simple decorations those days were replaced by modern days decorative technology and creativities. Seats are litten up with colors of neon and eyes-catching blinkers.
Balsa tree is the most lightweight wood in the world. It grows in the tropical forest of America; the weight is one-tenth over the same volume of others. It was therefore also given the name ‘Light wood’.
Balsa is one of the fastest growing trees in the world. The tree trunk is huge and tall, leaf like Phoenix tree, and it’s green all year round.
It has a wide range of application. Just to name a few, it can be produced into bottle’s cock; life saving items; electricity insulation and soundproof acoustics.
The balsa wood is also an ideal material for construction of aerospace and marine engineering.
This light tree is just right to reflect the unbearable lightness of being ‘The Tree’.
This giant Weta can only be found in limited area of New Zealand. It can grow up to 10 cm in length, 5 years in lifespan. Giant Wetas can weight more than 60g, which makes them one of the heaviest of all insects.
The name ‘Weta’ was derived from New Zealand Maori words, meaning ‘spirit of ugly things’. The physical appearance of this insect may looks like katydid, grasshopper or cricket but the hind legs are enlarged and spiny. Many of them are wingless and predators.
Wetas are not great leapers like their cousins – katydid, grasshopper and cricket. But with the surprisingly speed and the power of the rear leg, and tough skin he always put on, this solider is like an army trooper with fully armoured protector in the battlefield.
According to legend based on the history of pre-Rafflesian time of Singapore, Orang Laut or Sea Gypsies was the communities who lived ‘in the numerous bays, inlets ad creeks surrounding Singapore.’
Half of them lived on water, in little canoes that could scarcely stretch themselves. The water lodgings were equipped with 1 or 2 cooking pots, earthy jars and mats made of pandanus leaves that allowed shading from sun and rain.
They spent most of their time on boat, where birth, marriage and death took place therein. As they were accustomed to life on the boat, they are easily recognized with their wadding gait on land.
The other half of these people lived in huts on the banks near Kallang River and at the wider portion of Singapore River.
During the times of British settlement, Major-General William Farquhar (1774-1839), the First Resident and Commandant of Singapore was appalled by the Orang Laut wearing no clothes, so he distributed money, clothes and rice to them. Their children were terrified by the newcomers, merchants, laborers from all over the world.
One even jumped into the sea and got drowned when people approached near their boats.
And now, if you attempted to jump into the water, hoping to stay closer to the legendary tale, I think that is the only best reason I could agree upon.
According to a local article written by photographic journalist, Lee Tian QI (李天锜), about 30 numbers of birds of prey transited through Singapore as migrant in September.
During the stay, the birds frequently visited Sungei Buloh, Seletar, Changi and Jurong Lake, where most of the wetland and mangrove are. While others look for footprints, the avid interest of Lee prompts him to hunt for ‘birdprints’.
He had experienced witnessing a Japanese Sparrow Hawk chasing a group of birds.
I thanked him for the great discovery and generously sharing this information with us. Ever since reading the article, it is not just sky and cloud appearing in my eyes whenever I looked up to the sky.
There are more things beyond that. I believe this is what the writer is trying to tell us. There is certainly something to look for on this little red dot.
Plants bear flowers for fruits and propagation. It requires helps from external sources like insects and wind to pollinate.
One way to invite insects is to cosmetic or beautify oneself so as to enhance the chances of visiting.
If you sight a frangipani flower wearing a pure white gown waving at you, please do not doubt its intention, it’s as pure as its scent!