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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Shell HandWash

You see the big words HandWash?

It's not for you to wash your hands though. It's for cars. Cars have hands?

Shell HandWash

Ya, the cars that drive through here wants to be washed by human hands and not machines but big huge brushes. ;-)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

ML Building at Harbourfont

I thought this building at Harbourfront looks really neat. All glass and its really shiny.

Few months ago we thought that they will close down.

Merrill Lynch Global Services Centre

But it seems ML is keeping this for the time being. There seems to be people working here with the lights on etc...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

NTUC Centre

Would you associate a Trade Union to a supermarket?
Somehow in Singapore, when you mention NTUC, people's mind will think of a supermarket.

Fairprice is the name of the supermarket chain by NTUC. (National Trades Union Congress, Singapore)

At the entrance of Fairprice:

Chinese 'aunty' speaking hokkien with another chinese 'aunty'.
"Ooo buay pang sai zhua boh, jin phee leh, bah lu si kor pua, oo sar chap lak liap leh. Wa chu ey lang, jing gao pang sai. Gao jiak, gao pang."

Malay 'aunty' speaking to another malay 'aunty'.
"Kak dah beli sirap ros kat NTUC tak? Ohper lah. Minggu ni murah. Boleh stok up lah.. Biskut Oreo pun ohper. "

When Chinese 'aunty' and Malay 'aunty', who are neighbours sees each other at "NTUC", they will speak as follows:

Chinese aunty: "Today vegetable on offer in NTUC, you buy already or not."

Malay aunty: "No lah, yesterday I buy already. Yesterday I go Giant, also got offer. Very fresh somemore, so I buy vegetable there already, today come here buy fruits only."

In many places in Singapore, Chinese 'aunties' and Malay 'aunties' will speak their own dialect/language amongst themselves. But when they need to speak to people of other races, they break into "Pidgen English - Singapore style."

AND.... They understand each other!!


Thi is NTUC Centre at One Marina Boulevard.

NTUC Centre

I wonder if there's a Fairprice outlet in this building.

Monday, April 27, 2009


I always wondered how it looks inside.
One side of the building is so transparent with all glass.
The other side is covered all up. Hmmm....

DSO National Laboratories

Maybe one day in future. Just a quick random post today.
This building it the DSO National Laboratories.

You can read more about them at:

Friday, April 24, 2009

Flowers in a tam pui

For some of us, this looks a bit weird, others a beautiful work of flower arrangement.

Flowers in Tam Pui

Our family went to this restaurant some time ago and saw this 'flower pot' being used. Do you know what the 'pot' is used for in the olden days? It's called a 'Tam Pui' in the local Hokkien dialect and its used for urine and spits.

So we teased the lady owner about it, and she said that it's all brand new. No smell right? A sure conversation starter. LOL.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Porsche Cayenne

On the way to lunch, my colleagues and I stopped and admire this car for a while. We seldom see such cars around.

Most Porsche you see are the small little ones. This is the Cayenne that's built for the tough terrain, but the roads in Singapore are so smooth! LOL..

Porsche Cayenne

Anyway, the person probably worked hard, save enough to buy it. So he can do what he wants with his money. The price of this car can buy a HDB flat in Singapore. :-)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

This car 'choot' pattern

'Choot' in the local Hokkien dialect is 'come out'.
The locals like to say 'someone choot pattern' meaning to say someone is being difficult.

Eg: He's not coming for lunch anymore, he choot pattern again. (haha.. try understanding this singlish)

The car choot pattern

But this car we saw today at a carpark also 'choot' pattern. LOL...
I don't think the car is trying to be difficult though :-)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tree pruning

Routine tree pruning along Orchard Road.

Tree pruning along Orchard Road

Just a phrase to encourage you:

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
John 15: 2

Monday, April 20, 2009

Singa the Courtesy Lion

People in Singapore will recognize this 'lion'. It's Singa the Courtesy Lion! The mascot of the National Courtesy Campaign. The lion has been around since 1982.

This lion in the photo is a new installation. It makes me wonder...
They brought out the lion again, the courtesy index must have gone way way downhill again!

Test 1: Did you let people out of the train before you rushed in today?
Test 2: Did you hold the door for someone today?
Test 3: Did you give up your seat for someone in the train or bus today?
Test 4: Did you curse at the driver who overtook you on the roads today?

Singa the Courtesy Lion

Wikipedia has a write up about the National Courtesy Campaign.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Paragon Orchard Road

It has been a long time since I walk along Orchard Road. Walking along the every crowded road, it seems that the makeover of Orchard Road is taking shape.

Paragon Orchard Road

The exterior makeover for Paragon seems to have been completed. So 'shiny'.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Durian Spikes and balloons

Do you sense something odd here?
Spiky roofs and balloons = loud bursts! LOL...

Durian Spikes and balloons

Somehow, the photos shows that the balloons likes the spikes and leaning towards it. :-)

The people in the photo, most of them are working in the finance and corporate sectors. Rumour is that those who participate might not get the 'axe'.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

JP Morgan Corporate Challenge

Momo was at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge and these are the photos she took today.

The starting...

J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge - The start

The ending...

J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge - The end

Were you one of those who had your first run? The Standard Chartered Marathon next? ;-)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

JP Morgan Corporate Challenge

Tomorrow at the CBD, roads will be closed for the Annual JP Morgan Corporate Challenge.

JP Morgan Corporate Challenge

Momo has been hitting the gym and will be participating. I wonder if she and her colleagues will be running or chatting while walking. LOL...

The runners have all got their tags like the one shown here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Boy on a swing...

Everyone's so bogged down with so much work.

boy on a swing

Take time to play, just like this boy. He looks so happy and stress free.

(Ya right, if only we adults had the time right?)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bedok Lighthouse

Can you imagine the apartment that you stay in has a lighthouse right on the top?

Bedok Lighthouse

Well, residents in this block can claim to have it. It's the Bedok Lighthouse and it's the only lighthouse on mainland Singapore it seems.

Interesting isn't it?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Asian Civilisation Museum from across the river..

Asian Civilisation Museum from across the river..

Asian Civilisation Museum from across the river..


A very Blessed Easter to all. He is risen indeed!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

Together with all who commemorate Good Friday, Thank You Jesus.


Photo of a church in Orchard Road. One of the many Presbyterian Churches in Singapore.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

English Presbytery Easter Convention 2009

I was at a rehearsal for the Good Friday service for tomorrow. Here's the orchestra and the choir practising very hard for tomorrow's service.

Good Friday Service Rehearsal

Have you wondered what is Good Friday and Easter?
It will be a long story if I write them here.

But if you are reading this and can make it for the 10.30 am service at the Singapore Expo Hall 3 on Good Friday, come and join us and find out more.

Easter Convention

Easter Convention

This is a combined service of all the English speaking Presbyterian Churches in Singapore. But you read this too late and missed the Good Friday service, then visit the nearest church to where you live this coming Sunday.

If you are staying in Bukit Timah or the surrounding areas, I invite you to join me at Glory Presbyterian Church at Pei Wah Avenue. There are 3 services, the 7.30 am, 930 am and 11.30 am services. You are most welcome to join us for our Easter Services.

Come and find out what Easter means to Christians and what it can mean to you too.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

No more valet parking

Saw this today and got reminded of the 'no valet' saga in September last year.
It seems the signs has been there for so long, but it's the first time I noticed it.

Use of Valet Services is not allowed in HDB Car Park

Jolt your memory by reading the news article here on the Straits Times.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The old and new co-exists

The old and new co-exists nicely don't you think?

The old and new co-exists.

Old - The old supreme court building
New - The tallest hotel in Singapore / South East Asia - SwissĂ´tel The Stamford

Monday, April 06, 2009

Fernando Botero - Bird

Botero's oversized and round works of art always catches people's eyes.

Fernando Botero - Bird

This is one of his art piece at UOB as well.

Fernando Botero - Bird

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Homage to Newton

Another of Salvador Dali's works in Singapore.

This is Homage to Newton. Located at UOB Plaza at the UOB Plaza at Raffles Place.

Homage to Newton

Homage to Newton

Friday, April 03, 2009

Fiber Optics to our homes?

These cables have been appearing where I live. It looks like fiber optic cables.

Fiber Optic Cables to our homes soon?

Are we going to get fiber optic speed connections to our homes soon? Can't wait!
Anyone in Singapore knows?

Thursday, April 02, 2009

The building with the flying saucer...

One of the most unique building around in town. The supreme court has a top that looks like a space ship.

Parliament and Supreme Court

The building in front is the Parliament building.

Conspiracy theory: When Singapore is ever invaded, the space ship will power on and get detached from the building. Our ministers will fly off to somewhere safe to continue their planning. LOL.... I wonder a submarine is under the Singapore River in front....

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

City Daily Photo Theme Day Yellow

It's the first of the month again and many City Daily Photo community bloggers are participating in the Theme Day post. The theme is "Yellow" for April.

I think yellow is the theme colour for "Shell", the petrol/gas company. Most of their signs are in yellow.

Shell's Yellow Sign boards

With regards to saving money, why not take public transport if possible if you are in Singapore. 1 April is the day that public transport rates go further down.

To get more details about public transports in Singapore, visit:

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants of the City Daily Photo Theme Day.