Month: June 2013
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!
The song is inspired by the haze pollution cause by neighboring country lately.
Ionisers are overwhelming
Everyone grabbing masks and start fanning
PSI three twenty
CSI still on going
Headlines shouting over the sky scraping
No more outdoor fine dinning
No more star glazing
No more picnics and camping
Return me the green
Return me the trees
Return me the sunbeam
Return me the ice cream under the summer breeze
I’m not used to seeing your face
Haze, haze, go away
I can’t see my lover’s face
Everyone is choking
Asking doctors to give medical leave
What had happened to our sales margin?
Boss, boss, can’t you see we are drowning? We are drowning!
No more bargaining
No more daydreaming
No more moonlighting
No more lying and blaming
Get back to the street
Get back the sparkling margin
Get back to your own seat
Get back to the client’s face until they can see
I’m not used to seeing your face
Haze, haze, go away
We got something had to say
CSI – A popular criminal drama in America.
What character does it carry?
In 1160, Sri Tri Buana, Sang Nila Utama, the ruler of an ancient kingdom saw the white shore of this little island, described by the annalist.
He asked, “what is that stretch of sand, we see yonder?”
“Your highness, that is the land called Temasek”. One of the companions replied.
When they reached the shore, he saw a strange animal “very swift and beautiful”, with a bright red body, its head jet black and its breast pure white. The beautiful animal has the size of a he-goat.
The companion said, “Your Highness, I have heard that in ancient times, it was a lion which has that appearance”.
Sang Nila Utama then established a city at Temasek and name it Singapura.
This is a short story about how the name of my country came by.
Life form always made its way towards the most adaptable and comfortable environment.
That applies to plants too!
Shapes in circular are more resistant to external damaging. Imagine a square or flat surface tree trunk will provide a suitable angle for animals’ chews and gobbles.
This great wise man on earth inspired the shape of the lamppost. It takes hundreds of, millions of years of self-development to acquire the stage now.
Day in, day out, we take things for granted. So, do we know the moral of the story now…?
Rhinoceros beetles are named after their long strong horn. This hero is the champion among them for horn length. Their horns use to fight rival males and impress female. It can interlock, push, lift and slam down or even snap off enemy’s head.
It can live up to 2.5 years and reach up to 20 cm in total body length.
Rhinoceros beetle is one of the strongest animals in the world. It can lift more than 800 times its own body weight. Imagine a person weight of 60 kg, how much can he carry base on 800 times power? The answer is 48 tones! For that, I salute him as a Hero Hercules in the insect kingdom!