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No more racing on Race Course Road

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Race Course Road was named after the old racecourse at Farrer Park built in 1842.  It was the recreation hub for Europeans in the past and it also created jobs opportunity for the early settlers from Java and India.

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While some buildings gives ways for the new.  The present Race Course Road has many up and coming commercial buildings coming along the way.  But some prefer to sit still just like the Leong San See Temple(龙山寺) which was built in 1917.  It was popular with many Chinese immigrants who came here to offer their prayers.

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Just like the Heng Fo Buddhist Temple (恒佛寺).

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This historical building, “Temple of 1000 Lights” was reconstructed in 1930s with a changed of zinc roof to wood shelter.

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Public housing serves as changes of an era.

The roof garden at IMM

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IMM is one of the biggest shopping mall in Singapore.  This mega mall comprises of a unique composition of retail, warehouse and office spaces. One attractive feature is the open sky garden that come complete with playscapes attracting shoppers for leisure entertainments.  After some good cuisine from the eateries, you can step out to the roof garden finding joy and fun with your family.

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This is a playground for kids and fun seekers.  Water games is a wise choice for us living under a 34ºc year round summer.

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Kids just can’t wait for their ‘spiritual water’ to arrive.

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Free yourselves with your birthday suits in this wonderful mall.

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This is a place where families have fun and bonds.

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Why not spend some time to smell the flowers and look closer to these gorgeous landscapes?

When sky is blue

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When sky is blue, we all gather around kick off the Monday blue.

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Look up the sky above.

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What the lovely blue Monday!

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What’s the good news coming our way?

Another story about my mom and me

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Down on memory lane, I recalled having high fever at the age of nine.  Mom tried keeping the temperature down by using a straw fan.  That was close to midnight, the lights was off but her hand was still moving.  The cool breeze did not stop my heart from moving too.  I told mom, “It’s alright, I’m fine, don’t have to worry about me..”

 I saw tears welling in her eyes, even though the room was dark, but I could feel her sobbing in the darkness.

mothers day 02Till today, I can recalled the moment we touched each others heart so much.  So much so that the offer of her un-returnable warm light keeps beaming.  Just like the rising sun, giving us warm without asking for any returns.  Treat your mother well; treat mother’s nature well.

Happy Mother’s day!

Cherish cherry’s pictures

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Spotted a few cherry trees along Evans Road outside Singapore Botanic Gardens.  To my surprise, it is beaming with shinning and juicy fruits but with no birds chirping happily with their fine cuisine.  For that, I have a strong reason to believe the fruits will not taste as sweet as it looks.

Otherwise, birds would not have enough to share it with the worms and the ants would be happily singing and carrying it all the way home.

If not, these strings of ruby gems wouldn’t be hanging there like dropping musical notes, waiting for an artist to complete the beautiful song.

Or else, all these ripe and unripe cherries will be ferry all the way to the supermarket for sales.

Then, today, I wouldn’t be able to have a chance to share them with you and cherish these cherries’ pictures with all!

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How fragile life can be!

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Lately, dengue has made its way to our little country.  Hence, the authority concerned, National Environment Agency (NEA) launched a “Do the Mozzie Wipeout” campaign to educate the public on dengue at the same time to prevent dengue from spreading.

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

NEA advised every household to do the following 5-step mozzie wipeout regularly:

1)     Change water in vases on alternate days.

2)     Remove water from flowerpot plate on alternate days.

3)     Turn over all pails and water storage containers.

4)     Cover bamboo pole holders when not in use.

5)     Clear blockages and put BTI insecticide in roof gutters monthly.

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

Also, there are 3 color codes symbolizing number of cases happening in each town.  Color ranges from the gentle case (green) to (yellow) that represent cases less than 10, until the highest level (red) that is 10 cases and above.  The color banners are hanged along the street sides to alert residents to stay vigilant and do the mozzie check regularly.

By courtesy of youthhealth.asiaone.com
By courtesy of youthhealth.asiaone.com

So far, more than 3,100 persons have been infected.  Fortunately, no deaths were reported.  But the message still bring across how fragile life can be?  We are nothing under the sting of a tiny mosquito.  Let’s take heart, our frail body can never hit the high of our ego.

Labour Day Song

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Never work for a day

Never heard of 1st of May

A happy fish in the air

A passing cloud in the wind

A standing leaf on the tree

No holiday for you

No Sunday and Saturday

Then what about pay day?

Never heard of 1st of May

But still

I see you on this day

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Never work for a day

Never heard of 1st of May

A happy train on the road

A crossing man on the run

A flying leaf in the garden

No shoe for you

No break and no lunch

Then what about pay day?

Never heard of 1st of May

But still

I see you on this day

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Never work for a day

Never heard of 1st of May

A happy girl, a lovely face

A passing cloud in the wind

A pointing girl on the street

No parent for you

No working and no schooling

Then what about pay day?

Never heard of 1st of May

But still

I see you on this day

This is no ordinary ‘Shan Shui’ paintings

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There’s nothing much to talk about at the first glance of these Chinese Shan Shui painting by Yao Lu, an artist from China.

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Then, with a closer look, you realize the beauty of the trash hills are all captured resembling Chinese paintings.  With Photoshop touch-up, the trash hills emerged as beautiful landscapes with gorgeous creek covered with mist.

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These art pieces are messages brought across by the artist on how much rubbish we have discarded in a speedy developing city.  Hopefully her art pieces serve as a reminder of how much our mother earth has been destroyed and a reflection of how we should cherish our beautiful earth like the exquisite Chinese paintings.

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Cougar Song

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When I was just a little boy

I asked my Kor Kor what will I be

Will I be handsome will I be rich

Here’s what he said to me

 

Hey Cougar Cougar

Whatever will be will be

The future’s not ours to see

Hey Cougar Cougar

What will be will be

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When I grew up and fell in love

I asked my sweet heart what’s life ahead

Will we have chasing day after day

Here’s what my sweet heart said

 

Hey Cougar Cougar

Whatever will be will be

The future’s not ours to see

Hey Cougar Cougar

What will be will be

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Now I have rugby of my own

They ask my Kor Kor what will I be

Will I be naughty will I be free

I tell them happily

 

Hey Cougar Cougar

Whatever will be will be

The future’s not ours to see

Hey Cougar Cougar

What will be will be

Hey Cougar Cougar

 

(Kor Kor literally means elder brother in local dialect, it’s referring me)

Green Roof

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When we enter the lobby of this green pavilion at Botany Centre (Singapore Botanic Gardens), you see a stretch of timber walkway covered by ripple of greens on the top of the roof.  This special feature not only rejuvenate the gardens but also provides the objective of the green pitch roof.

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You don’t find any special elements underside of the pitch roof.  But, by enjoying the reflection of the pond on the ceiling might be a bonus to understand how nature interacts among them.

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Either gets a faraway distant angle from the Green Pavilion, or another option is to reach the 2nd floor of the pavilion to get a closer look of the green roof.

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With the help of lushly covered plants decrease the temperature of the room beneath, obviously also decrease the energy generated.  It is no doubt, green roof are widely adopted eco concept and globally well received in the world.  Then again, did we take this eco steps for granted?  When you enter this blissful green land, the cooling and refreshing ambience don’t come along without the effort of green hands behind.  Without them, we won’t have a chance to enjoy a green and blue combination of this horizon of landscapes.  Should we thankful for that?