Monday, 8 December 2008

Shanghai: 1-12.12.2008 (the trip so far..)

Shanghai Old and New
--> The Old making way for the New
Shanghai Contrasts
Shanghainese Cats
--> shanghainese cats basking (fashionably) in the sunshine
Mao watch
--> Mao watch from Dongtai Lu Antique Market (fake lah!)

Saturday, 29 November 2008

If Everyone Cared

From underneath the trees, we watch the sky
Confusing stars for satellites
I never dreamed that you'd be mine
But here we are, we're here tonight

Singing Amen, I, I'm alive
Singing Amen, I, I'm alive

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day when nobody died

And I'm singing

Amen I, Amen I, I'm alive
Amen I, Amen I, Amen I, I'm alive

And in the air the fireflies
Our only light in paradise
We'll show the world they were wrong
And teach them all to sing along

Singing Amen, I, I'm alive
Singing Amen, I, I'm alive
(I'm alive)

[Chorus x2]

And as we lie beneath the stars
We realize how small we are
If they could love like you and me
Imagine what the world could be

If everyone cared and nobody cried
If everyone loved and nobody lied
If everyone shared and swallowed their pride
Then we'd see the day when nobody died
When nobody died...


We'd see the day, we'd see the day
When nobody died
We'd see the day, we'd see the day
When nobody died
We'd see the day when nobody died

what have i done today to show that i care....

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Good Wood Gang

Good Wood Gang from Friends with You

Good Wood Gang by Friends with You
(Acrylic on plywood - 19"x24")

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Cookie the Cat
looking around.. notice the sweet heart-shaped bi-colour print on her side..
looking intellectual...
looking blur...
looking serious...

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

EU to allow 'wonky' fruit and veg on supermarket shelves

i don't often put up newspaper articles but this is great!! hahaha... Hot off the press...

AFP - 12 Nov 2008

BRUSSELS (AFP) - - EU nations on Wednesday gave the green light Monday for bent cucumbers and other "wonky" fruit and vegetables to be sold in supermarkets and elsewhere, as part of a drive to cut red tape.

"This is a happy day indeed for the curvy cucumber and the knobbly carrot, and other amusingly shaped fruits and vegetables," said European Commission spokesman Michael Mann.

"Rules governing the size and shape of fruit and vegetables will be consigned to history", the commission said in a statement.

In all, marketing standards for 26 fruits and vegetables are being scrapped, paving the way for the return to shopping trolleys of forked carrots, onions that are less than two thirds covered with skin and the bent cucumbers among other deviant vegetables.

The rules had been derided as "bonkers" by the likes of major British supermarket chain Sainsbury's, while major agricultural nations such as France have argued that scrapping the restrictions will lead to a fall in prices and thereby hit farmers.
"This marks a new dawn for the curvy cucumber and the knobbly carrot," said EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel.

"It's a concrete example of our drive to cut unnecessary red tape. We simply don't need to regulate this sort of thing at EU level. It is far better to leave it to market operators."

She added that in the current climate of high food prices and economic woes "consumers should be able to choose from the widest range of products possible. It makes no sense to throw perfectly good products away, just because they are the 'wrong' shape."

Representatives of most EU countries voted against the rule change, but not by the overwhelming "qualified majority" required to stop it going through, a commission spokesman said.

The rules are to be scrapped for apricots, artichokes, asparagus, aubergines, avocados, beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflowers, cherries, courgettes, cucumbers, cultivated mushrooms, garlic, hazelnuts in shell, headed cabbage, leeks, melons, onions, peas, plums, ribbed celery, spinach, walnuts in shell, water melons, and chicory.

Standards are kept in place for 10 others, including several of the most popular items in European kitchens; apples, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, lettuces, peaches and nectarines, pears, strawberries, sweet peppers, table grapes and tomatoes.

Mann explained that these were being maintained as a compromise to opposed member states, while assuring that there was "practically no difference" between the two categories.

Vendors will be able to sell deviant versions of the still proscribed items as long as they are labelled as a "product intended for processing" or similar.

The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, must formally adopt the changes which, "for practical reasons", will be implemented from next July.

Rules for straight bananas are not affected. --->>> ???????

The last statement being terribly vague, i went to do further research and found this!


"Was the European Union trying to ban straight bananas, or bent ones? This story goes back so far that a lot of people are no longer sure quite what the scandal was about. They just remember that Brussels seemed to be taking an unhealthy interest in the shape of this fruit.

Here is the correct answer: the commissioners have no problem with straight bananas, it's the crooked ones they don't like so much, but they have never banned them. As Commission Regulation (EC) 2257/94 puts it, bananas must be "free from malformation or abnormal curvature". In the case of "Extra class" bananas, there is no wiggle room, but Class 1 bananas can have "slight defects of shape", and Class 2 bananas can have full-on "defects of shape".

No attempt is made to define "abnormal curvature" in the case of bananas, which must lead to lots of arguments. Contrast the case of cucumbers (Commission Regulation (EEC) No 1677/88), where Class I and "Extra class" cucumbers are allowed a bend of 10mm per 10cm of length. Class II cucumbers can bend twice as much."

Related (honestly!) site:

from their FAQ...

Q: "Not all bananas are the same size or shape, so how can the Banana Guard fit them all?"

A: The Banana Guard was specially designed to accommodate the majority of banana sizes. Our testing indicates that over 90% of commercially available bananas will fit into the Banana Guard. Highly curved bananas can be straightened ever-so-slightly without harm to fit the Banana Guard shape. The opposite holds true of very straight bananas.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

For Ladies: The Reason to Be Healthy

(via email from health fanatic friend)

I noticed an old lady sitting on her front step, so I walked up to her and said,

"I couldn't help noticing how happy you look! What is your secret?"

"I smoke ten cigars a day," she said. "Before I go to bed, I smoke a nice big joint. Apart from that, I drink a whole bottle of Jack Daniels every week and eat only junk food. On week-ends, I pop pills, get laid, and do no other exercise at all."

"That is absolutely amazing! How old are you?"

"Twenty-four," she replied.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Visit to Marina Barrage

Visit to Marina Barrage

Water Wally!!! Notice the brown water on the left (reservoir) and the blue water on the right (sea)?? Gulp!!

Built across the mouth of the Marina Channel, the Marina Barrage creates Singapore’s 15th reservoir, and the first in the heart of the city. With a catchment area of 10,000 hectares, or one-sixth the size of Singapore, the Marina catchment is the island’s largest and most urbanised catchment. Together with two other new reservoirs, the Marina Reservoir will boost Singapore’s water catchment from half to two-third’s of the country’s land area.

The Marina Barrage is the result of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s vision nearly two decades ago when he envisaged damming the mouth of the Marina Channel to create a freshwater reservoir.

(Related: "Who's Water Wally?")

Saturday, 1 November 2008

The Bad Idea Bears from Avenue Q ... on the Election


The Bad Idea Bears from Broadway's "Avenue Q" talk to people about the upcoming election.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

vicky christina barcelona (2008)

woody allen's latest film ... thoroughly enjoyable!

Thursday, 23 October 2008



tried to search online and on "frogs and toads of singapore" on wildlife singapore (Warning: Not for those with amphibian phobia, aka "Batrachophobia"!) for help to id the funny looking fella.. but to no avail... (Update: The fella is listed there! It's the first one on the list!! Seems like the specimen I had was a tad bit dehydrated compared to the chubby moisty one on the website!! :p)

finally joined Flickr: Frog and Toads/Discuss (never knew such a site exists!!) and .... lo and behold! I GOT AN ANSWER!!!

Kaloula pulchra - The Asian Bullfrog (aka Banded bull frog or Asian Painted Frog and even Chubby Frog)!!! :O

Interesting Facts: Known to have immigrated from West Malaysia during the 1800s.Very common seen island-wide, especially after heavy down-pour.

Size: 7.5cm

Diet: Invertebrates

Activity: Nocturnal and terrestrial-burrowing

Habitat: Disturbed forest, agricultural areas and urban areas

Tip: When selecting an Asian painted frog, make sure that it has a good weight, clear eyes, no abrasions or open wounds, and is behaving normally (???).

"Don't be fooled by its bulky size. It can still climb trees very well."
:O x 100

Monday, 20 October 2008


October - The Month of Runs

I can't figure out why but i just feel like running this month.. and the more i run, the more i feel like running.... i think.. i think.. i'm turning into... Forrest Gump!! hahahaha....

and who can forget that memorable running scene from the show..

from Wikiquote:
"That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great state of Alabama. And that's what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going. When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go... you know... I went."

Update: My sis just reminded me of "Run Lola Run"... gosh I LOVED the movie!!!! made me wanna get up to run and great soundtrack too!!

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

I'm watching Avenue Q on Broadway!


Monday, 13 October 2008

Wakeboard World Cup Singapore 2008

Wakeboard World Cup 2008

these people defy gravity!!

Sunday, 5 October 2008

The Funeral of Mr JBJ
Funeral of Mr JBJ
the crowd was solemn and respectful.. after all, most people, like me, were there for a simple reason... to honour a man who showed us, and the rest of the nation, what true courage really was.. who lived a life of integrity... and conviction... and with the fear of God... who truly believed in standing up for what he believed in... no matter... and for the weak ... and "voiceless".... beyond all (the ugly of) politics, his life will always remain an inspiration to us all...

Thank you Mr JBJ..

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Mourning the passing of JBJ (5 January 1926 - 30 September 2008)

"He has done so much for Singapore. But what have Singaporeans done for him?" - quote taken from the weblog of Siew Kum Hong.. a line the Nominated MP heard said at Mr JBJ's wake..

"In an age where a million dollars are demanded to serve the nation, JBJ parted with a million dollars to serve his people." .... from Jacob's weblog

Indeed, very few among us can claim to know him beyond what we read in the local press, whether it is fair or otherwise... let alone care about what he does; or try to support or encourage him in his work... I was surprised to read that he faced and lost the first political defamation suit against him way back in 1976.. and was sued again and again and jailed and bankrupted all the way till he was finally discharged in 2008!! Read: JBJ through the years... wow... talk about determination!

Personally, the closest encounter I ever had with this iconic figure was the brief chat i had with him many years ago, when he set up a booth just outside City Hall MRT, near to where i was working at that time, selling his first book "Make It Right For Singapore".

I bought a copy and he was quick to give me his office number, on top of autographing the book, when i asked if I could email him afterwards if I had further questions.

Through someone who knew him, I went on to also buy his second book, "The Hatchet Man of Singapore" a few years later.. it was a pity that this time round, i didn't get to speak to him, even though the book came autographed.

Though he is gone, his life, thoughts and ideas deserve a place in our history books..

Singapore has lost someone very special.. and very important... and who will always deserves our utmost respect...

“At times I feel tired and say to myself:
“Don’t you think you should give up now?”
But that is only momentary.
It is followed by the thought that
if I have started on a job and
as long as I have the health and strength,
I will have to go on with it.
And there are people who look to you
especially when you walk the streets of Singapore.
It is just my conviction that when things are wrong,
and if there is anything I can do to put them right,
then I should do that.
I think every citizen should feel like that.
It is a citizen’s duty.

“I did not have many properties
but I had to sell a bungalow
in a very fashionable area in Singapore
to pay the judgment obtained
by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.
Having sold that, three years later
I bought a small apartment,
and then I had to sell that too.
All in, I had easily about 12 to 13 suits to pay off.
Some people say I was a fool.
All I can say is I do not regret it because,
to me, life is not all about making money
and acquiring wealth.
Life is doing something for the people around you.”

- Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam

Some more balanced reporting (Thank God for the Internet!):
* Photo copyrighted by Lim Soon Chung. See gallery of her great JBJ pics.

Monday, 22 September 2008



Will snacking office workers and students be able to get through these tough times? Stay tuned!!

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Moon Photography 15 Sep 2008
happy mid-autumn festival!

i've been enjoying mooncakes, pomelos and lanterns.. have you? :)

Monday, 15 September 2008

I Like DHC Balloons! :p

The DHL Balloon
managed to catch the DHL Balloon before it closes end of this month... it's actually a lot more enjoyable than the Flyer, albeit a lot shorter (10-15mins vs. 30mins) cos you can feel the "takeoff" and the wind in your hair, instead of feel like you are just in a grimey fishtank going round and round.. haha.. :p

its not cheap at $23 to go up to 150m (but still cheaper than the $29.50 of the Flyer) but i kinda feels its quite worth it.. then after that you can proceed to eat charcoal steamboat or hainanese chicken rice (or both! which is what i did! p) at the New 7th Storey Hotel, which you definitely need to do if you haven't already tried it, before the authorities demolish it (so sad!! :( ) for the downtown line one (or something like that).

Friday, 5 September 2008

Singapore Flyer - Teachers FLY FOR FREE!

View from the Singapore Flyer

view was quite nice but if i had to pay (thank you Singapore Flyer for the free flight!!), i'll probably wait for the Sands IR to be up first so there'll be more stuff to see.. anyway, take the 7pm ride, its probably the best.. it's the so-called "sunset" time when the sky turns a beautiful blue, u can still see the clouds and the office lights have yet to be turned off... a friend of mine tells me the Moët & Chandon Champagne Flight is worthwhile too. bring your loved one.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

The Moon on 20 Aug 2008

Moon Photography 20 Aug 2008

the moon again, one of my favourite subjects.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Hitler And ERP Woes (Singapore)


Tuesday, 12 August 2008

A luxurious weekend getaway for a steal

The Legend Water Chalets @ Port Dickson

a laidback getaway at a great price... a couple of drawbacks though.. hard to explore around the area unless you have your own transport (there is some rabbit park nearby and of cos port dickson town itself), the swimming pool could be a lot cleaner, and while the food at the hotel is great (love the pizza!!), choices around the area are limited (of cos, unless you have your own car, again).. :) get more details from me if you need.

Monday, 28 July 2008

The Transformation

Saxophone Case (Design by Øistein)
check out this funky musical instrument case!!

Painted by me but design is by Norwegian cartoonish Øistein Kristiansen (see website - can you believe this incredible artist is actually based in Singapore?? :))
Beijing Olympics!

so much muck at the Qingdao venue that swimmers and sailors will be stuck for sure! (see more pics)

Construction workers stand on scaffolding erected to build an Olympic exhibit as the city is covered with smog and pollution, a month before the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing on Tuesday, July 8, 2008. (AP / Oded Balilty)

and the air is still so bad competitors will collapse from their running, jumping etc.. will Beijing be ready in time??

Friday, 25 July 2008

'How to encourage your child? Use your imagination.'

in case u haven't seen it, the video that (probably) inspired our NDP2008 video..

as Alex Au of Yawning Bread puts it.. "It's a powerful ad that reminds us how imaginative genius can easily be mistaken for madness and be dismissed, or worse, suppressed. "

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Oh Great Leader we obey thee

Oh Great Leader we obey thee

original painting by eeshaun (

supporting local artists! :)

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Daniel Powter - Bad Day

i know it's kinda soppy but hey, it brought a smile to my face and might just do the same for you.. :)

and besides, according to BBC UK, it "has been the most played song in the UK over the last five years"... not bad, huh?

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Toy Shopping @ China Sq (Sunday 13 July 2008)

eager to do my patriotic bit at boosting the domestic economy, i trudged down to China Sq last Sunday, shortly upon receiving my mid-year Civil Servant bonus, and threw it all (well, not exactly) into the following cuties...

Toys Glorious Toys!
Toy Shopping @ China Sq
Toys Toys and more Toys
it's all for a good cause, i say.. :p

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Outdoor Photography Course - Day 1

Outdoor Photography Course

theme is "Colour".. which is kinda hard when we are asked to shoot within a 200m stretch of secondary rainforest.. haha.. oh well, i love my snail pic.. :)and if u look carefully enough, i do have a nice range of colours in my photos..

Outdoor Photography Course (BnW)

and we were also given opportunity to shoot "Textures & Shapes" in B&W.. more snails!!! :p

Update: Anatomy of a Snail

Monday, 30 June 2008

Toys, toys and more toys (Singapore Toy & Comic Convention 2008 @ Suntec)

Gloomy Bear & Wall
Mori Chack and My Gloomy Wall!
Bought a piece of the wall from Gloomy Bear creator Mori Chack's booth.. toys were all sold out by the time i got there but they started to sell chunks of the wall instead, with the artist's autograph, for $10 a piece and my, was the queue long! :p i can't believe mori chack is actually here! i've been such a huge fan since 2002!! :p

Gundam BB Warriors - Romance of the Three KIngdom
Couldn't resist buying the Bandai Gundam series of BB Warriors - Romance of the Three Kingdom.. hope i have time to assemble them all together..

Keroro toys
and i still have all my Keroro toys to assemble... :O..

and guess what?? I managed to buy the Friends With You's Wish Come True toys made by Strangeco!! whee... they are so cute!! and apparently they jingle too when they rock from side to side!

Friends With You's Wish Come True toys

Wednesday, 25 June 2008



someone put a 'breadou' on my table today.. luckily i already had lunch and wasn't hungry... it's quite spongy and cute and smells nice.. :)

update: showed it to mum and she told me to keep it properly in case daddy accidentally eats it for supper.. wahahhahaahaha... she knows him so well... :p
Southern Ridges Walk (5 June 2008)

Henderson Wave

over-photographed... but still nice... :)

if u need advice on walking the whole route from end to end, u can email or msn me.. we did the 9km walk starting from Clementi Woods, got really lost somewhere in NUS literally going around in circles, then bounced down the whole winding length of South Buona Vista road, strolled through the picturesque Kent Ridge Park, had fun playing in the wonderfully manicured Hort Park, saw the often over-shadowed but nonetheless quite pretty Alexandra Arch Bridge, clanked the whole metallic length of the seemingly never-ending but supposedly only 2.4km canopy bridge called the Forest Walk (The forest walk consist of a series of interlinking grated steel walkways joined together to form a continuous linked hilltop walkway towering over the tree canopy tops), ending up at Telok Blangah Hill Park slightly past dusk, in time to witness the really-quite-beautiful Henderson Wave basking in the twilight, before charging through the rest of the walk (Marang Trail - basically a forest walk) in darkness using our headlamps, and eating dinner at VivoCity, some 5 hours later..

u can definitely do the walk at a much faster pace if you take less photographs and have less fun at Hort Park and don't stop to listen to the birds chirping in the trees.. but then, what's the point of doing the walk then?

this guy's blog has the description of the whole route and the sights along the way in quite an incredible amount of detail..

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Singapore Arts Festival 2008 Closing Celebration : Hydro Sapiens by The Lunatics (at Bedok Reservoir)

Singapore Arts Festival 2008 Closing Celebration : Hydro Sapiens by The Lunatics

Another cryptic performance.. but nonetheless quite interesting.. though i personally prefer the water-based performance during the opening celebrations..

Friday, 20 June 2008

Road Trip to Western Australia (08 to 16 June 2008)

Road Trip to Western Australia
Road Trip to Western Australia
Road Trip to Western Australia

Itinerary: Perth-Williams-Mt Barker-Albany-The Gap & Natural Bridge-Albany Windfarm-Williams Bay-Valley of Giants & Tree Top Walk-Pemberton-Margaret River Wine Region-Mandurah-Fremantle-Perth (1470.1km)

Plus took an additional two pretty typical day tours: (1) Perth-York-Hippos Yawn-Wave Rock(Hyden)-Mulka's Cave/The Hump-Babakin-Perth; & (2)Perth-Caversham Wildlife Park (Koalas, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wombats)-Corrigin Dog Cemetary-Pinnacles Desert-Lancelin Sand dunes for 4WD off-road driving & sandboarding-Perth

a nice and relaxing (albeit more costly) break, vastly different from most of my recent adventures to less developed countries... i've got a lot of other pics, if you are a friend and want me to show them to you do msn me :)