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Gratitude to our parents

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The Buddha said, “ There are two persons to whom one can never adequately express one’s gratitude. They are our mother and father.” Our parents have made great sacrifices and took great pain to nurture us.

The Buddha said we should repay the kindness of our parents in 5 ways:

1)     By supporting them (just us they have supported us)

2)     By doing their duties

3)     By protecting the family property

4)     By preserve the family honour

5)     By dedicating the merits virtuous deeds to our deceased parents

Wild growing Albizia tree

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By courtesy of wildlifehawaii.com
By courtesy of wildlifehawaii.com

Due to the fast growing speed, Albizia tree (Falcataria moluccana) has never been the roadside tree in Singapore. The trees were first grown in Singapore Botanic Gardens in 1870 and later shifted to waste ground where it start proliferate.

By courtesy of www.ctahr.hawaii.edu
By courtesy of http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu

Albizia is a can grow from sapling to a tree in 35 feet (10.7m) tall, within 13 months. The huge number of seeds in pods can multiply in the wild.

By courtesy of www.baumkunde.de
By courtesy of http://www.baumkunde.de

Although, the tree is beautiful and widely spread like a green canopy. But the branches may prone to fall over the stormy rain, and cast a danger to the road users. Since then, Albizia tree has been out under Tree Conservation Area (TCA) due to it reality and practicality.

The ten common trees in Singapore

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Introduce 10 common trees in Singapore, wishing them shade you from the summer sun and bring you the joy of greenery.

rain tree 01Rain Tree

By courtesy of www.nparks.gov.sg
By courtesy of http://www.nparks.gov.sg

Angsana

yellow flame treeYellow Flame

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By courtesy of http://www.nparks.gov.sg

Senegal Mahogany

broad-leafed mahoganyBroad-leafed Mahogany

tembusu tree 01Tembusu Tree

sea apple 01Sea Apple

saga tree 01Saga Tree

trumpet tree (www.nparks.gov.sg)
By courtesy of http://www.nparks.gov.sg

Trumpet Tree

Terminalia catappa - overall, unpruned in a stateland
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Sea Almond

“Weekly Photo Challenge: (The Golden Hour)”

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golden hour 01The iconic doorknob decoration is belongs to the Sri Mariamman Temple; the oldest Hindu Temple in Singapore.

 The flower-like art works are crafted by hand and made of timber. There is a copper brass shrine-like metal in the center.

  This is not just a Hindu Temple; it serves people from all over the world, tourists and locals with no religions boundary.

 A Golden Hour to welcome you at the doorstep!

Catch of the day

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catch of the day 01What is your catch of the day? My friend.

I don’t know! I don’t know!

Something I don’t wish to know!

catch of the day 02What is your catch of the day? My friend.

I don’t know! I don’t know!

Somebody please tell me where should I go?

catch of the day 03Hey! What is your catch of the day? My friends.

We don’t know! We don’t know!

We are trying our luck! Spending our time! Releasing our fishing line!

catch of the day 04What about you? What is your catch of the day? My friend.

I don’t know! I don’t know!

I’m watching them staring at air and river!

A mangrove river!

Summer grows in my secret garden.

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summer grow secret garden 01Lately, those flowers in my balcony grow immensely rich. This is my happy season even thought the weather is hot and humid. Peacock flower that I plucked from the wild, now it starts to blossom with a charming smile. I do believe the saying, “You get out of it what you put into it”, this is what it’s happening in my secret garden now.

They’re all ears now…

summer grow secret garden 04Here is my red Bougainvillea in rosy cheek.

summer grow secret garden 02White Bougainvillea also name Paper flower, but it never fail me from offering me a brand-new paper.

summer grow secret garden 03Purple Jasmines are waiting for the summer breeze, the party is ready, secret garden is opening now for the enchanting melody.

The skulls, The rats, The centipedes and The Singapore River.

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In the early years when mangroves swamps and human skulls were covered long ago before the Thomas Raffles came.

Sea Gypsies - By courtesy of Tidal Fortunes
Sea Gypsies – By courtesy of Tidal Fortunes

During the Raffles colony, Colonel Farquhar asked the Sea Gypsies who were the early communities, “Whose are all these skulls and dead bodies?” they replies, “They belongs to the men who were robbed at sea and slaughtered here.”

According to Munshi Abdullah wrote; there was a plague of rats in the river community, the size of rats were as huge as cats.

Colonel Farquhar rewarded 1 ‘wang’ for every rat been caught. Hence, thousands of rats brought in every morning. After 6 or 7 days, multitude of creatures were still can be founded. He increased the paid out to 5 ‘duit’ for each catch. But still, thousands of rats have been brought in everyday.

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BY courtesy of http://www.omg.com.ng

Subsequently, Farquhar ordered to dig a deep trench to bury those dead bodies.

The number of rats brought in dwindled until 10 or 20 rats a day.

Not long after, centipedes struck. A number of centipedes attacked people who living on the riverbank. Again, Colonel Farquhar offered 1 ‘Wang’ for every brought in. Hundreds of catches been brought in everyday, until the number descended to 20 or 30 centipedes for 2 or 3 days. Finally, the cleaning up campaign came to the end.

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

Did you ever stopped by and wonder who is calling at the riverbank of Singapore River? The water? The leaf? Or the flow of reminiscences?

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We are extinction

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Due to the rapid urbanization grows in Singapore, some species that are presumed nationally extinct.

This information may leads you recall when is your last encounter with nature on the earthy ground.

BY courtesy of draconenator.wordpress.com
BY courtesy of draconenator.wordpress.com

Watering-Pot Shell

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By courtesy of deviantart.com

Walking Flower Mantis

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BY courtesy of http://www.birdspiders.com

Singapore Brown Tarantula

Am I cute enough at this age?

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Singapore kids have one of the highest rates of myopia in the world. About one out of two children under 12 have to wear glasses. To some, are cute and adorable. To some are related genetic that couldn’t help much.

By courtesy of sglinks.com
By courtesy of sglinks.com

Stay a distance from the computer, television. If not, you will be spending extra money to heal the problems in the future.

By courtesy of thegrandnarrative.com
By courtesy of thegrandnarrative.com

I meant it!

Bukit Chermin Black and White Bungalow

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bukit chermin 03House no.30 Bukit Chermin Black and White Bungalow is the grandest and largest among the four houses on the Bukit Chermin Hill. Bukit Chermin meaning “Mirror Hill” in Malay.

bukit chermin 01Black and White Bungalows is a painted white house that built from 19th century until World War 2. It used to house European expatriate, colonial families in the colony times.

bukit chermin 02The style incorporated elements of Arts and Crafts and Art Deco movements as well as the need of wealthy expatriate families for airy and spacious family homes. Many of them have conserved by Authority, developed and converted it into residential and commercial usages.