Month: June 2013

Misty cloud forest not to be missed!

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cloud forest 01Entering 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.

cloud forest 02The 42-meter “cloud mountain” can be ascended comfortably with elevator, and descended by a circular path surrounded with vertical greens and cool fresh air.

The “cloud mountain” is completely clad with epiphytes such as orchids, ferns, peacock ferns, spike, clubmosses, bromeliads and anthuriums.

cloud forest 03At certain point, you may be so clouded with mist and wouldn’t see the person next to you.

cloud forest 04Or what kinds of trees are fronting your eyes!

cloud forest 05It’s a trail so wonderful and unforgettable and a trail that makes you forget about getting all drench while enjoying the walk in the mist!

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For you, for sparrow, for me!

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to u to sparrow 03Spotted a Pacific Sparrow at MacRitchie Reservoir.  It stood on the lamppost tip without assuming my presence.

 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.

to u to sparrow 02After a well-deserved break, it took off for its air show again.

to u to sparrow 01When he’s done with his show, he returned for this silly photographer, asking “are you putting me up in Youtube?”

What are your 60s products?

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60s productsThese are the electrical products commonly used in the 60s of my country.

 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.

What are the things on and above the grass field?

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eunos mrt 01When space allowed, the open space grass field next to the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) station is always able to accommodate many kinds of activity. 

 Pasah Malam (night market), mobile circle, exhibitions and religion ceremonies are some of those frequent activities I could remember.

eunos mrt 04 This in fact is a good and smart idea for space optimization.  The day in day out route draws great attention for community bond, at the same time linked up social awareness as well.

eunos mrt 03The 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.

eunos mrt 05The 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.

eunos mrt 02When the field is empty after the day of activities, what is the something that will draw your attention from above?

Friend 30 – Raindrops, 雨点

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friend 30 -01I’m so glad to see rainfall after 10 days of smoggy experience.  The rain touches the ground, the colorless water colored the pale and grayish land where we lived.

经过十天的浓雾笼罩,今天终于看到无色的雨点,在我们这片灰土无色的地方涂上色彩。

friend 30 -02We smell the nature gratefully.  We saw the smiley plants and flowers, and the relief of the concrete floor dancing with smoke.

我们终于嗅到大自然的气息,看到植物与花朵的笑颜与地面上跳舞的水蒸气。

friend 30 -04We saw peoples happily hiding under the roof.  We heard thunder visiting by the window side, witnessed the birth of rain from the sky.

我们看见人们开心地躲进屋檐下,听见窗外的雷鸣声与雨丝如何从天空里落下。

friend 30 -03I felt something moving in my heart.  Shouldn’t we realize, shouldn’t we cherish the piece of land we are living?

这一刻,有一样东西在我心里头遄动,我们难道还没发觉,如何去珍惜这片土地?

The unbearable lightness of Tree

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

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.

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

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’.

 

The Armoured troopers

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By courtesy of brfal.blogspot.com
By courtesy of brfal.blogspot.com

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.

By courtesy of www.doc.gov.nz
By courtesy of http://www.doc.gov.nz

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.

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

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.