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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Bukit Timah Hiking.. The Trails..

The different route you can follow if you decide to hike at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

When I took this photo last weekend, we all took the 'green route' up, and the 'red route' down. It was a good walk.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

The visitors centre at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. It's a place where everyone 'meets' before they go for a hike.

Bukit Timah is the highest hill in Singapore. It stands at 164 metres. :-) Which means many tall buildings in Singapore are actually higher than this hill.

Do you like hiking? When was the last time you went to a hike?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

to climb 94 steps? or to take the escalator...

This was spotted in one of the underground train stations in Singapore, the Chinatown Station at the North East Line.

Are you game for it? Walk up or take the escalator?

I used to walk 5 storeys up every morning before my office shifted buildings. What do I do while walking up? I count in French, all the way up! Really! OK, that was the past. hehe....

Monday, January 28, 2008

a chinese equivalent of a Christmas Tree?

Looks pretty don't they? These are not roadside plants. These are individual potted plants that are for sale for the coming Chinese New Year. Many people like to buy these plants for decoration as it has symbolic meanings.

The plants behind are mini fruit plants. They are mini mandarin oranges. They symbolize abundance of wealth. (as they look like golden nuggets)

The plants in front are flowering plants that have reddish and yellow colours, both auspicious colours too.

All for sale by this corner shop in Clementi, Sunset Way. They are only for sale during the Lunar New Year period. Haha.. something like a "Chinese Christmas Tree" equivalent? LOL. Yes, people do put decorations on them too!

Do you buy plants for decoration at any festive season?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

red and orange colours rules during CNY.

Scenes of Chinatown. This will be what I will be posting here in Daily Photos these few days.

It seems Reddish and Orangey colors rules!

Do you have a Chinatown in your city? Do you visit it often?
For me, I only visit it during Chinese New Year!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

sbs transit and bak kwa stalls welcomes you to chinatown.

It's getting nearer to the Chinese New Year. Chinatown is such a hive of activity. Last nite I walked the streets of Chinatown to 'absorb the atmosphere'. haha..

Many people do that for the fun of it. Squeezing with thousands of people along the roads in Chinatown with stalls displaying their wares.

Visitors coming out of the Chinatown MRT station will see this. The welcome sign is exactly the same as last year's. Guess they are good at recycling :-)

View the photo I took in February last year here of the same entrance.

The only difference is that the station number and name has been replaced with a Bak Kwa shop's advertisement.

I know most people hate crowds. But, do you sometimes like me just join the crowds for the fun of it? haha..

Friday, January 25, 2008

quan yifeng and old granny quan yifeng

Every time I see this poster in train station, I want to laugh.
You know why? They are the same person! Haha...

The person is not a train personnel though she is wearing the SBS Transit train uniform.
She is actually a very emcee, comedian and host on the local TV. Her name is Quan Yifeng.

Have a great weekend!
By the way, what do you do on weekends?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

it cleans the road for us...

This thing cleans the roads for us. machines like this cleans many parts of Singapore. Human sweepers can still be seen too.

if only there's a robot that cleans our house for us. haha..
do you like doing housework?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

miss whatever.... girls....

spotted in a shopping mall. what interesting names these two shops have. "miss whatever" and "girls".

just wondering... are you a shopaholic? :-)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

lion's head on the table...

This is not Simba's head, but two heads that belong to the two lions that's going to perform the Lion Dance.

This was spotted at The Centrepoint. One of the popular shopping malls in Singapore.

They are popular during Chinese New Year. If you are interested, you can read more at wikipedia.

Have you seen a Lion Dance performance?

Monday, January 21, 2008

no smoking, no food and drinks, no durian, no pets.

How do you interpret the sign? no smoking, no food and drinks, no durian and no pets right?

Wondering, what is durian being purposely highlighted? Isn't durian part of the food and drinks category? haha...

I guess you can only find "No Durian" signs in Singapore (and maybe Malaysia). It's usually found in public transportation.

Should durians protest for being marginalised? Haha...

Sunday, January 20, 2008

of designers garbage bins on orchard rd

88 of these 'arty' or I would call them 'designer' garbage bins are around Orchard Road. people behind them are Creative Home, a youth project to encourage them to take ownership of the environment.

No more dull green garbage bins along Orchard Road. You can see 3 of them in this photo.

Do you know that there's a voting contest too? If you have seen them around, view the designs and vote for your favourite. You can visit Creative Home for more information.

Here's a shortcut to see all the designs and participate in the contest.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

may thee prosper by eating prosperity burger...

Just wondering.... Does the fast food restaurant near you have promotional items on sale?

This is at the golden arches. They are having promotional burgers called Prosperity Burger. It is the promotional item for the Lunar New Year.

Hmm do you prosper by eating them? Maybe. The weighting scale will tell you that you have indeed prospered. haha..

Friday, January 18, 2008

of food with sambal....

i took this same photo from my food blog.

do you take spicy food? this is sambal sotong.

Definition of Sambal in Wikipedia.
Sotong = squid in the Malay Language.

Have you tried this? Can you get this in the city that you are living in?

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

temporary diversion. for a permanent improvement.

as seen on the junction of Orchard and Scotts Road for a long time now....

what have you set for yourself in 2008?
it's been 17 days, have you diverted from your plans yet? :-)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

long queues have started at Lim Chee Guan....

Goodness gracious! This was taken a few nites ago at Singapore's Chinatown. Snaking long queues of people lining up to buy slices of BBQ Pork Slices called 'Bak Kwa'. It is also called the asian chewing gum! Something like beef jerkeys, but 100 times better.

It's one of the gifts that you buy for friends and relatives during the Lunar New Year.

Bloomberg had a Bak Kwa index last year, wonder if they will be having it this year.

In our office, we usually get free packs of it from our software and hardware vendors. Wonder if they have made their orders? haha.. IBM, Sun, Dell, do you hear us? haha...

What is the thing that people are queuing for in your city? Can't wait to get their hands on it?
Maybe the new Macbook Air? haha....

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

towkay ho seh boh? ... how to become a successful towkay.

I was given this book to read. It's really a good read and a hilarious one too. It's something very Singaporean because of the language is a mixture of Singlish and Hokkien.

(Singlish is the so called Singapore version of unofficial spoken English. Something like how Aussies have English words that only they will understand, or pidgen English spoken by some of my friends from Solomon Islands and Samoa that I dont understand. Hokkien is a Chinese dialect spoken widely in Singapore.)

If you have your enough of Drucker or Harvard Business Case Studies, get hold of a copy of this. It has very good business do's and don'ts.

Some chapters inside: (I think people in Singapore and Malaysia will laugh)
- Zou Seng Li Ai Gan Dan (Business ideas must be simple)
- Mai Zuo Number One (Don't be Number One)
- Ka Ka Lai Lah! (Be Brave!)
- Lao Sit Si Pun Ji (Honesty is your Capital)
- Tae Suah Liat Boh Tua Hee (A Short Fishing line never catches a Big Fish)
- Bao Shua Bao Hai (Do Everything in the beginning)
- Lang Kon GST, Wa Kong ERP ( Others Say GST, I say ERP)
- Mai Zuo Lao Gao (Don't be a monkey)
- Ji Tua Tua, Thang Dua Lui (Big Aspirations, Big Money)
- Gang Lang Ma Si Lang (Employees are Humans too)
- many many more... haha...

It is published by Rank Books.
ISBN: 978-981-05-9638-5

Monday, January 14, 2008

... chun... that's the word hanging up there...

The Lunar New Year deco's already up in most places. This was taken yesterday at a mall called Plaza Singapura.

Do you celebrate the Lunar New Year?
Not only Chinese celebrate them. Koreans and Vietnamese celebrates it too.

In the Chinese Zodiac, 2008 is the year of the Rat!
I am born in the year of the Rabbit, which year are you born in?

Sunday, January 13, 2008

of the colourful mica... and the Kindness Movement...

Formerly the Old Hill Street Police Station, this building with colourful windows is now known as the MICA Building.

What is MICA? MICA stands for Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. Want to know what MICA does? Drop by their website. :-)

One interesting occupants of this building is the Singapore Kindness Movement.

What was the kindness thing you did last week?

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Beauty World.. cha cha cha...

Today, my sis and I went to a very Singaporean musical, called "Beauty World".

We loved it! The theme song, "Beauty World... Cha Cha Cha" has been ringing in my head for hours now! (help!!) It doesn't help that we bought the CD and listening to it right now while I am typing this. :-p

A snap of the program cover, since no photography is allowed during the show.

This is prove that I really watched it! ha ha ha...
We bought the tickets very long ago, so we had the 20% off for the matinee.
Though quite an expensive ticket, but it was good!

Do you all have a tune that rings in your head the whole day?
If so, which tune is it today? haha...

if you want to know listen to that tune in my head, you can listen to it here.

Friday, January 11, 2008

taking a cruise... ?

Wanna take a cruise? Singapore is known as the cruise gateway in Asia Pacific.

This photo is the Super Virgo from Star Cruise, a leading Cruise Operator in Malaysia and Singapore. On the background is the Sentosa Cable Cars, another popular tourist attraction in Singapore.

Want to find out more about what time your cruise arrives?
Visit the Singapore Cruise Centre website.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

my paper... free paper that is now a bilingual paper..

This is "my paper". A name of a free tabloid that this week gone bilingual. It is interesting that it has both English and Chinese in one paper. I happen to pick up a copy today while having lunch.

You can also read the contents online. Visit if you are interested to read about Singapore news.

Singapore has two free newspapers. The other is Today. It is also available online at

Does your city have free newspapers?

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

changi terminal 3 opens today.... passport in diff languages....

Changi Airport's Terminal 3 opens today!

It welcomes her first flight, SQ001 that flew in from San Francisco at around noon today.

This is what arriving passengers will see.

Do you understand this?

What about this?

I am sure you are all clever enough. haha..

To those who arrived today, have an enjoyable stay in Singapore!
The above are photos I took when I went for the Open House and these are the big screens at the Immigration counter.

Friends from overseas, have you visited Singapore?
Friends in Singapore, did you go to the Open House recently?

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

market's closed for cleaning...

spotted yesterday while going for lunch...

the fresh food market and cooked food market, closed for cleaning.

Fresh food markets are also commonly known as wet markets. People generally do not go to wet markets on Mondays because supplies of vegetables and meat are limited or almost non existent. Some are even closed.

Are you a fresh food / wet market person or do you buy everything from the supermarkets / hypermarkets?

Monday, January 07, 2008

chewing gums for personal comsumption is technically not allowed...

someone asked if i want some chewing gum. haha.. no, i have not had them for so long, i don't even want it in my mouth. this pack was different from the normal green ones we usually see, so i could not resist not taking a photo of it.

do you know it's illegal in Singapore? so this is contraband! haha..

There's a legislation called "Regulation of Imports and Exports (Chewing Gum) Regulations." In it, no provision for personal consumption is stated. So technically it is illegal to bring in even a stick of it.

You can read more about it at:
Singapore Tourism Website & also Wikipedia.

Oh yes, if it is chewing gum of therapeutic value, it is allowed after 2004, when the United States - Singapore Free Trade Agreement was signed.

Do you like chewing gum?

Sunday, January 06, 2008

was raffles the plaza.. now fairmont singapore.

Another view from The Padang.
  • The left is the 42 storey office block at Raffles City.
  • The middle is the tallest hotel in Singapore (73 storey, also the 6th tallest hotel in the world), Swissôtel The Stamford.
  • The right is the twin tower hotel, Fairmont Singapore.

Fairmont was known as Swissôtel The Stamford until 12 December 2007.
I had a peep at the rooms when friend's parents stopped over. So comfortable!

Hope you have recharge yourself! It's the 2nd work week of 2008 tomorrow!
Are you back at work since your year end break?

Saturday, January 05, 2008

our glorious dead - The Cenotaph

This granite structure is located along the Esplanade. It's called the Cenotaph or known as also as "Our Glorious Dead".

Extract from the National Library Infopedia:

The Cenotaph located along Connaught Drive at the Esplanade, facing the old Courthouse, is a war memorial, which commemorates the sacrifice of the men who perished during World War I and World War II. It was unveiled on 31 March 1922 by his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Edward VIII.

Friday, January 04, 2008

at the middle of the padang....

This was taken earlier today, in the evening as I was walking in the middle of the padang. the view of the tall buildings of mostly banks.

Padang (in the Malay language) means field. The Padang is also a well known open space in the CBD. You can read more about it at wikipedia.

Just trying out taking the picture is wide screen mode on my camera. It's suppose to be in full HD mode. Hmm.

Have a good weekend! How are you spending your weekend?

Thursday, January 03, 2008

of the esplanade, tourist and Beauty World

This is the Esplanade Theatres that appeared on the Theme Day photo. You can see tourist on the boat all standing up taking photos of the unique shape building. No one seem to be facing me!

Those white balls on the water are Wish Balls, where wishes were written for the Countdown party held at this site a few days ago.

I will be going there for a musical next week! It has a very 'beautiful' name, it's called "Beauty World". It's a Singaporean production.

It's about a girl called Ivy Chan Poh Choo from a small town called Batu Pahat, coming to Singapore to look for her long-lost father. Yes, Batu Pahat does exist in reality! Check out this town blog at

For more about the musical, visit

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

max your leave for 2008 : take 8 days, rest 37 days.

It's only the second day of the year, and what are on people's mind? Planning holidays!

This is what appeared on the Sunday papers a few days ago. Telling readers how to maximise their leave.


Just take leave on those green boxes. Combined with the public holidays, you just need to take 8 days of leave for 37 days of rest!

Photos taken from The Straits Times.
To read this Singapore newspaper online, visit:

People in Singapore: Have you booked your leave? No, I have not. No plans for any holidays yet. haha..

People overseas: How many days of public holidays do you have in your country?

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

January Theme Day: Photo of the year

A very Happy, Prosperous and Blessed New Year to all.

It's Theme Day again and the theme is Photo of the Year.
This photo is the last few photos taken on the last day of 2007.

It clearly shows 2 distinct Singapore icons. The Merlion and the Esplanade Theatres. I think it's my photo of the year.

Travel round the world with these Daily Photo bloggers from other cities on Planet Earth. Due to different time-zones, some photos might appear at a later time.

Paris, France - London, England - Hyde, UK - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Grenoble, France - Stockholm, Sweden - Riga, Latvia - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Manila, Philippines - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Weston (FL), USA - Prague, Czech Republic - New Orleans (LA), USA - Wichita (KS), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - San Francisco (CA), USA - Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Greenville (SC), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Mainz, Germany - Melbourne, Australia - Portland (OR), USA - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Toulouse, France - Naples (FL), USA - Jakarta, Indonesia - Brussels, Belgium - Stayton (OR), USA - Selma (AL), USA - Mexico City, Mexico - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Toruń, Poland - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - Budapest, Hungary - Baziège, France - Nashville (TN), USA - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Chicago (IL), USA - Prescott (AZ), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Nottingham, UK - Moscow, Russia - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Evry, France - Trujillo, Peru - Arlington (VA), USA - Denpasar, Indonesia - American Fork (UT), USA - Seattle (WA), USA - Chandler (AZ), USA - Coral Gables (FL), USA - Montpellier, France - Joplin (MO), USA - Pilisvörösvár, Hungary - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - Bucaramanga (Santander), Colombia - Boston (MA), USA - Torun, Poland - New York City (NY), USA - Dunedin (FL), USA - Quincy (MA), USA - Stavanger, Norway - Chateaubriant, France - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Jackson (MS), USA - Wailea (HI), USA - Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Budapest, Hungary - Austin (TX), USA - Montréal (QC), Canada - Cypress (TX), USA - Bicheno, Australia - Wrocław, Poland - Brookville (OH), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Nelson, New Zealand - Cheltenham, UK - Wellington, New Zealand - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Mumbai (Maharashtra), India - London, UK - Haninge, Sweden - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Arradon, France - Jefferson City (MO), USA - Orlando (FL), USA - Mumbai, India - Terrell (TX), USA - Bogor, Indonesia - Delta (CO), USA - Radonvilliers, France - Saigon, Vietnam - San Diego (CA), USA - Adelaide (SA), Australia - Belgrade, Serbia - Auckland, New Zealand - Seguin (TX), USA - Inverness (IL), USA - Oslo, Norway - Singapore, Singapore - Las Vegas (NV), USA - New York City (NY), USA

Happy New Year again!