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Monday, December 31, 2007

Marina Bay Countdown...

Is there going to be a Countdown in your city?

In Singapore, there will be the Marina Bay Countdown. There's going to be lots of fireworks. This photo was taken earlier today, at around noon. Everything seems to be ready. Waiting for the skies to turn dark.

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Where would you be tonite at the stroke of midnite?
Well, for me, I will be in church, joining the many churches in Singapore that is having the Watch Nite service thanking the Almighty for the blessings of 2007.

Have a very Blessed 2008!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Long Taxi Queue, but no one's boarding the cabs.

Just a few weeks ago, the taxi companies in Singapore raised their fares. Depending on where and when you take it, you might be paying up to 49% more. Whatever 'justification' the taxi operators are giving, many people don't buy it. I think the passengers are retaliating by taking less trips.

This photo is taken a few days ago. Many people have realized that it is now much easier to hail cabs. Taxi are lining up and there does not seem to be people taking it. Previously, it was the opposite. Long queues of people waiting, but no cabs.

What's your wish for the new year? Cheaper public transport fares? ;-)

Saturday, December 29, 2007

What do you do on a bus?

In Singapore, about 1500 of the buses have television sets installed. This is an example of one taken yesterday. It is called TV Mobile.

It is a digital television broadcast and can be picked up if you have a digital receiver. Read more about it at

Does the city you live in have similar tv sets on buses? Or you prefer a peaceful bus ride and not being bombarded by advertisements ;-)

Friday, December 28, 2007

Accident at corner of Orchard & Scotts Road

Today I was on the way to meet up with Ed of Kuala Lumpur Daily Photo who is visiting Singapore and wonder why the traffic is so slow moving.

Aha! This was partially the cause. Why?

Whenever there's an accident, passerby and drivers slow down, not out of concern, but they want to look at the number plates of the vehicles!

Puzzled? A large majority of people in Singapore are addicted to a menace called 4D. 4D is a form of legalized gambling by Singapore Pools.

Community Message:

Are you a problem gambler? Visit the National Council on Problem Gambling to seek help.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Construction goes on... Up.. Up..

Cranes. Busy building more buildings in Singapore.

The background is the Raffles Place / Shenton Way financial district of Singapore.
The foreground is the new Marina Bay. After all these cranes have done their work, it will look like how it is described in

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Nativity Scene

I guess most churches would have a nativity scene at some corner of the church. This one was spotted in a church i visited today. Visited because, its not the usual one that i am a member off :)

Left side of the scene showing the shepherds, who were there to see baby Jesus.

Right side showing the 3 kings who brought gifts.

Has this scene any significance for you? Is it just a scene, from any story? Or does this story live in your heart today?

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Candy Cane

Blessed Christmas to one and all! May this Christmas season be a meaningful one for you.

One of the traditions of Christmas was the candy cane, which many children grew to love - if they like peppermint flavour. Though nowadays, they come in several other varities too. This one shown here is a peppermint one, which is white with red stripes.

Does anyone knows the origins of the candy cane? There are several versions going around, originating from different places. Although, i do know that the original candy cane was straight and completely white.

Try one today! You may like it :)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Charity Toy House

Is giving to charity one of the to-dos for Christmas for you? In one of the shopping centres down in Orchard Road, Paragon, a Charity Toy House was set up in aid towards the Straits Times School Pocket Fund.

One could donate $20 into the box and go into the "house" and pick up a gift of your choice. The gifts are wrapped and they include animal-bags, scarves, wooden toys, blankets, pencils cases and height rulers. The nett proceeds go into the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

More about the fund:

Those living in Singapore, hurry down there and do something meaningful this Christmas :)
Those not living in Singapore, do you have something like that in your city?

Sunday, December 23, 2007

What the world thinks of Christmas

Is this Christmas? Lights, fairy tales, decorations?
This is how Orchard Road is decorated. These are more pictures of the Orchard Road decorations in Singapore.

Millions must have photographed this. You can even see people posing in the picture above. haha...

What does Christmas mean to you?

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Traffic Light Green Man walking down a slope

Spotted at a traffic light near the tallest hotel in Singapore. This green man was fixed slanted. It is as if it is walking down a slope.

Someone said, hey, how can fussy Singapore get a traffic light that is not fixed properly. haha..

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Majulah Singapura - First performed at Victoria Theatre

This big plaque was seen on the walls of the Victoria Theatre.

I guess it is there because Victoria Theatre was the venue for the first public performance of "Majulah Singapura" on 6 September 1958. [from Wikipedia]

What is Majulah Singapura? It's the National Anthem of Singapore. Translated to English, it means Onward Singapore.

To listen to the anthem, you can visit Singapore InfoMap at:

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Selamat Hari Raya Haji / Eid Ul Alha

Wishing all Muslim friends a Happy Eid Ul Alha!

In Singapore, we call it Selamat Hari Raya Haji in the local Malay language.

Ballerina, Toy Soldiers and Mousey Kids

More photos from the Charity Concert yesterday. Actually it is also shown tonight.

How graceful the ballerina is. ooo.. those toes must be painful!

These kids posing as toy soldiers and mice is quite interesting! How much hard work they have put in!

All part of the Circle of Life - In Aid of National Cancer Centre Research Fund.

More about the National Cancer Centre, Singapore at:

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Circle of Life - In Aid of National Cancer Centre Research Fund

I was at a concert earlier this evening. It was held at the Victoria Theatre and it is in aid of the National Cancer Centre Research Fund.

This is the cheaper ticket at the Circle Seat upstairs. :-)

It started at 8PM all the way till around 10.20PM.
One of the many dances performed by students from the Sylvia McCully School of Dancing.

When was the last time you attended a ballet concert?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Conrad Centennial Singapore Bear Tree

Was at Conrad Centernnial Singapore for a farewell lunch. Colleague's leaving us, after 9.5 years. We will miss him. All the best KP!

These bears looks so cuddly ya?

If you were a kid, would you love this tree?

Are you a teddy bear collector?

Monday, December 17, 2007

3/4 Tank Sign

The words look blurish because I tried to take it behind a drop of water on the windscreen! haha..

I guess you can only see this sign in Singapore.

Cars leaving Singapore and driving into Malaysia have to make sure they have at least fuel tank 3/4 full. Failure to do so will result in a fine! The sign tells the drivers to detour back to Singapore if you have less than the required 3/4 tank of fuel.

Huh? What's the reason for this? It is to curb people from buying cheaper petrol over at the Malaysia. Cheapest petrol cost SGD1.973/litre in Singapore and MYR1.92/litre in Malaysia, 1 SGD = 2.3 MYR. You know why.... :-)

Do your city have such rules? haha...

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Lego Programming

These two are additional photos taken at the Lego event yesterday.

The lego "brain" is connected to the PC to programme.

I took another snapshot of how the programming interface looks like from another machine. The kid said sure, take a photo of it.

One look, I was in awe that programming is needed for toys. Maybe one of these days, I should try my hand on it!

Can you do any kind of programming? Maybe even setting up a VCR or DVD to record a show on TV! ;-)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Primary School Kids @ NUS playing hi tech Lego.

Yesterday after lunch, colleagues and I, we went over to the premises of the School of Computing, NUS to be 'busybodies'. There's a Lego League Competition going on.

We were quite impressed! When I was in primary school, lego meant ordinary legos. This kids are programming robotic legos!

Did you as a kid also admired your neighbour's invention, just like this kid here?

Oh man... my lego sure did not look like this when I was young! This is programmable and can move according to what was programmed into it!

You can read more about it at:

So... did you play with Lego when you were young?

Friday, December 14, 2007

NUS School of Computing Infocomm Fest 2007

These pictures are so fresh from the oven. The SoC Infocomm Fest 2007 is a series of events targeted at youths from the age of 9 to 25.

The SoC Infocomm Fest consists of:
- ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest for Asia
- Algo*Mania
- First LEGO League Competition
- SoC Infocomm Camps 2007

I am so interested to look at the LEGO league. Let me try to get some photos of the LEGO event. Here are some photos of students cracking their heads for the ACM ICPC at around 11 am.

The balloons that are all around. It really makes it 'FESTive'. :-)

Who will be the champions?
The results will be known tonight at the University Cultural Centre from 6 PM.

For more information, view the organisers's website at:

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Are you brand conscious?

After posting yesterday's photo, I realise I took a similar shot at Vivo City too just one or two weeks ago. You can see the roof top 'playground' of Vivo City on this picture as well.

I guess the brands here are different from the ones yesterday.

How many products from the brands do you own?
Are you brand conscious?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Brands: French, British, Japanese, Australian, Singaporean

This is one popular mall along Orchard Road. This is part of the front wall where it has the name of the shops on it.

Can you name where the brands come from?
Is there any favorite of yours listed?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Knock Knock, who's there? Lion King

Spotted at the big huge doors at City Hall.

More about visiting this place at the Uniquely Singapore Website.

Do you think it looks like some animation from Lion King? :-)

Monday, December 10, 2007

At the NUS Field: No Play, Field Closed

Spotted at the NUS Field: No Play Field Closed.
It has been raining for the past weeks and the field is soft and muddy.

Has it been raining where you are living?
It has been raining and everyone's getting really moody!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

St Andrews Cathedral

Paris Daily Photo posted a photo of Hunch Bak of Notre Dame a few days ago.

I happen to take this photo of St Andrews Cathedral in Singapore. Not very similar, but since I took a photo of it, here it is.

Looking at their website at, I realise that they have a Welcome Centre and it organizes tours. One of these days I might just take a tour inside, or ask my colleague who worships here for a personalized tour.


If you are in Singapore or happen to visit Singapore between 15 - 25 December, take time to enjoy performance by various groups from local and overseas churches along Orchard Road. For more info, visit the Celebrate Christmas in Singapore Website.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Boys' Brigade Sharity Gift Box.

This is also spotted along Orchard Road this week. It's the Annual Boys' Brigade Sharity Gift Box.

So, what is this?

An excerpt from their website at explains it all.


For 20 years, The Boys’ Brigade has been seeking to bring cheer to the less fortunate by collecting food items and fulfilling Christmas wishes of the beneficiaries through The Boys’ Brigade Sharity Gift Box. These gift items reach out to more than 180 Voluntary Welfare Organisations and 3,000 individuals under the Public Assistance Scheme.

This project is all about YOU! You can make someone’s wish come true this Christmas!

This is a unique project as donors are encouraged to go beyond purely financial giving and are instead challenged to make the extra effort to buy gifts for the less privileged in our society.


Local Broadcaster ChannelNewsAsia also have an recent write up about it here.

So, for yourself personally, do you often help or give to the underprivileged?

For the locals reading this, if I am not mistaken, you can go to any of the Fairprice Supermarkets and they have this box manned by the Boys' Brigade where you can buy stuff and pass it to them.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Recycle your Tiger Beer...

Saw this on Orchard Road earlier tonight.

Remember to recycle! Do you recycle your stuff?

Here's a good site to visit: Singapore Environment Council.
People in Singapore, this link is particularly useful if you are interested in Recycling.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Apple Monitors & Apple Keyboards for Information Kiosk @ Vivo City

Wow, doesn't it look nice? Vivo City, one of the newer shopping mall in Singapore recently had this new information kiosk that's also a Visa Card promo kiosk. Look, they are using high resolution Apple Monitors and the new slim Apple Keyboards.

There are a few of it side by side as well.

I guess the Apple products looks so good, they do not really need to mask it up. Most kiosk have the monitor enclosed in some boxes.

So... Do you own any Apple products?

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Open Minds @ Singapore Design Festival 2007

Anyone who loves things with interesting or good design should visit the Singapore Design Festival 2007. I was there last weekend and went through a few free (yes, free) exhibition.

There are also paid exhibitions, but we were too tired to go through it and we were suppose to meet friends for dinner.

Well, if you are interested, you have until 8 December to catch the festival.

The Falling Cube at the entrance of City Hall, where most of the exhibitions are held.

I took this on Friday nite, 30 Nov.

Then I was thinking, Open Mind.. so I did! I took out my brains and waited till Sunday 2 November for daylight to take another shot of it.

Really I did! But I went home in between. :-p

More about the Design Festival 2007 @

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Arts House - walls that changes colours!

I think it is an attention seeker thingy when buildings shine different colour lights to its walls. Well, for me, I have this tendency to stand there and gaze at it until the full cycle of colours finishes.

Here's some colours that I manage to capture on my camera a few nights ago.

Bloody Red....

Purple monster.....

Cool Blue....

The original colour!

By the way, if you are interested, head down to this very building for the Singapore Writers Festival. It runs from 1 - 9 December 2007.

Talking about Writers, who is your favourite writer?

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Run Your Own Race

This morning, thousands in Singapore ran the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2007. No, I was not one of those who ran. I know a few friends who did.

I was only at the site when everything was over in the afternoon. :-)
So, here's a photo of the last 25M marker.

Who won? The Kenyan and Ethopians won the Top 5 each for the Mens and Womens Full Marathon. Congratulations!

You can check out the details at

Mr & Mrs J&J Lee, hope you all finished the race!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

December Theme Day: Bridges

Today is the 1st of December, and it is Theme Day for the worldwide City Daily Photo bloggers again! This month's theme is Bridges.

What bridge am I showing? A brand new aerobridge at Singapore's Changi Airport Terminal 3. This new terminal will officially open on 9 January 2008.

The ones above I think are not the ones for the A380 planes. It only has 2 arms.
I have photo of the 3 arms aerobridges, but they are not very clearly taken.

I wonder if Sally from Sydney DP will be flying over to Singapore to escape the summer heat? haha.. Currently the airline that flies the A380 is Singapore Airlines and the route from Singapore to Sydney is the only route with the new Airbus A380 planes.

When was your last flight and which airline did you fly with?

My fellow Daily Photo Bloggers around the world are also participating in the Theme Day. See how the theme is being interpreted in different cities.
Due to different time-zones, some photos might appear at a later time.

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