Religion and Spirituality

Sculpture “The River Merchants”

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river merchants 02This sculpture signifies a Scotsman- Alexandra Laurie Johnston who was a prominent merchant, former ship’s owner/captain, Businessman, Magistrate, Justice of Peace in early years of Singapore.

river merchants 03The sculpture shows he was mediating between Chinese trader and Malay chief while Indian and Chinese coolies load sacks onto a bullock cart.

river merchants 04This is a common sight around the river in those days.

river merchants 01The sculpture locates between Singapore River and Maybank Towers where the heart of the river flow day and night.

Please drop by listen to their conversation, at the same time enjoy the breeze of the riverbank.

Unique sculpture “Unielephant”

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unielephant 02The sculpture “Unielephant” was done by Artist, Philip Treacy; a world-renowned British milliner who made hat to stars and royalty.

unielephant 03This is one of the art exhibition programme initiated by “Art in The City” under The Fullerton Heritage. The objective of the programme is to promote local art and culture as well as refusing art within the city.

unielephant 04The art piece act as a reminder for the dwindling elephant population of Asia, as to raise fund for the conservation and well being of the region’s neglected jumbos.

unielephant 05The sculpture adopted by The Fullerton Heritage, under “Art in The City” programme. A unique elephant is waiting for you there.

Road to Percival.

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Arthur_Percivall 02Percival road was named after Lieutenant-General Arthur Ernest Percival.

During the Second World War, Percival was the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Malaya; he marched down from this road by surrender himself, as representing British Empire to the Imperial Japanese Amy.

Hence, Singapore occupied by Japanese soldiers for 3 years and 8 months.

By courtesy of www.wikipedia.org
By courtesy of http://www.wikipedia.org

Not many people knew there was a sad story hidden behind this road.

Arthur_Percivall 01There is no road sign bring you to Percival road. You can Google it, it bring you where to go but just an ordinary road behind National Museum of Singapore, Fort Canning Park.

Where cicada is calling, where shadow of the forest lying on your shoulder silently.

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

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

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.

Am I cute enough at this age?

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BY courtesy of newshub.nus.edu.sg
BY courtesy of newshub.nus.edu.sg

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!