Tag: personal

Loving My Country

August 8th, 2007   •   14 comments   

Today is Singapore’s 42nd birthday. This year, the national day celebrations will be at the floating platform of the Marina Bay area – a first in Singapore. Culture lovers can pop by any of the NHB museums as they will be open to the public for free. There will also be lots of other celebrations and parties going on in the many households here I am sure.

What does National Day mean to you? Is it just another public holiday or does it stir something deep within you?

For me, I find that national day is a good time to quieten one’s heart a little and celebrate the things which makes life worth living here in Singapore. We have fabulous food, an efficient public transport system, relatively clean streets, high levels of security, and a soaring employment rate. If you think you have it bad, just look at the environmental disasters, acts of terrorism, abject poverty, stark hunger, political turmoil and rampant inflation happening around us.

Of course, our country isn’t perfect. There are still lots that we can do to make it better. However, maybe just for this one day in the year, let us look at the positives rather than the negatives shall we?


Believe It Or Not!

August 2nd, 2007   •   11 comments   

Got this tag from Jacklyn Ker about meaningful lyrics from a song and decided to choose this upbeat ditty from Joey Scarbury. I don’t know if you guys are familiar with this song which came from a very old television series (Greatest America Hero) featuring Ralph Hinkley as an un-superhero who ends up crashing into trees and buildings while saving the world.

Kind of like George of the Jungle or Super Grover.
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Birds of Different Feathers

June 30th, 2007   •   10 comments   

About a month ago, in a sudden whimsical flight of fancy, we decided to follow the flock and make our way to the Jurong Bird Park. Part of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Jurong Bird Park is a multi-award winning attraction. It is famed for having the world’s largest aviary and manmade waterfall. Unfortunately due to the deadly avian flu scare, it has lost some of its lustre with the locals.

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Our pictorial journey begins with the little intrepid explorer picking up a map and charting the course for the day.

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Sun, Sand and Sparkling Seas

June 24th, 2007   •   25 comments   

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Central Krabi Bay Resort – Our Spot of Paradise

If you enjoy tropical getaways, you will love Krabi. Located along the coast of the Andaman Sea, it is one of the more rustic and less commercialised beach getaways in Thailand. Almost everything a beach bum wants – sparkling crystalline seas teeming with colourful fishes, white sandy beaches, great seafood – can be found there. The icing on the cake is that great Thai hospitality which always makes experiences extra special.

Here’s a photo essay of a our recent holiday there. Enjoy.
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Philatelic Pleasures

June 17th, 2007   •   13 comments   

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One of Singapore’s hidden little treasure is this beautiful boutique attraction called the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Tucked away at Coleman Street just below the National Archives of Singapore and Registry of Marriages, the museum is probably one of the few indoor places where you can bring a young child and be entertained for hours.

I brought my family there recently during International Museum Day 2007, and boy we sure had a swell time.
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A Day at the Beach

June 17th, 2007   •   no comments   

We recently brought Ethan to Sentosa’s Siloso Beach to have fun frolicking in the water while building sand castles. By now, you probably would have guessed that we prefer the great outdoors to spending time shopping in artificially controlled environments. Here’s a short clip of Ethan with Tina building a sand castle.

When was the last time you built sand castles? Or castles in the sky for that matter?


Make Room For Ikea

June 15th, 2007   •   11 comments   

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In a desperate bid to get my son to sleep on his own, my wife and I decided to venture to Ikea at Alexandra Road to shop for a “tent”. Well, actually we were looking for a bed canopy which my son Ethan said will help him sleep on his own at night. The current arrangement was that one parent had to spend the night with him in his bed room. This obviously isn’t ideal as you would imagine.

Ikea is one of the world’s leading furniture retailer. It is founded in Sweden by Ingvar Kamprad, who is the fourth richest person in the world with a net worth of US$33 billion. The chain is huge, with 254 stores around the world in 35 countries, and adopts a franchising model of business. One of its key strengths is in “democratic design” which integrates efficient manufacturing and design to capture economies of scale and consumer preferences.
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Off to Krabi!

June 8th, 2007   •   11 comments   

A beach at Ko Samui (not Krabi), which was my last beach holiday
I will be going off to Krabi for the next few days for a much deserved break. Have fun guys and don’t miss me too much. Ahhhh… I can already smell the salty scent of the sea, sizzling seafood, the sand and the endless bottles of beer…. 😉

Animal Adventures

June 4th, 2007   •   19 comments   

About two months back (yeah this post is long overdue), I brought my family to the Singapore Zoo. This is one of our favourite hang outs for many reasons, some of which I have blogged about here. Attracting close to a million visitors a year, the Singapore Zoo has attained pinnacle position in the Singapore Tourism Awards for many years running. It is also a media darling, generating publicity for anything from animal births, conservation championing, escaping cats to goring elephants.

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These signages complete with different animal showtimes help us to plot our journey through the wildlife park.

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Diggin’ da Double Bass

June 1st, 2007   •   15 comments   

Last night, I brought Ethan and Tina to catch Oceanskies and her fellow double bass players performing at a free event called Basso Bravo! This is a half-hour special aimed at getting members of the public to better appreciate classical music.

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Belonging to the ensemble d’Bassists, the quartet were playing at the Esplanade’s Concourse as part of the Singapore Art Festival. d’Bassists is actually part of the National University of Singapore Symphony Orchestra, which is based in NUS Centre for the Arts.
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