Sunday, December 27, 2015

Walking Trail: Monument Trail by NParks

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Took the opportunity to go for a free walking trail by the NParks board for the first time and overall it was quite enjoyable. I learned a lot and if there are other trails like this I don't mind joining another one too.

Sharing a few things I learned from the Monument Trail

Meeting place starts at
Civilian War Memorial (War Memorial Park)
In Memorial to an estimated 50,000 people who died during World War 2, during the Japanese occupation. The identical four pillars represents unity of the four major races of Singapore, Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian. It also look like four standing chopsticks, and unseen by most is that all the unknown war bodies are buried under this structure. Inaugurated by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yu in 15 February 1967, which is also now celebrated as Total Defence Day.

Tan Kim Seng Fountain (Esplanade Park)
In commemoration to Tan Kim Seng for his contributions in building to the first public waterworks of Singapore. If his name sounds familiar, he got a few street and landmarks carrying his name in River Valley (i.e. Kim Seng Road)

The Cenotaph (Esplanade Park)
It was originally erected in memoriam of those who died during World War 1 and was solomnise by then Prince of Wales, King Edward VIII (the King who abdicated the same year for Love, interesting story too). In the 50's it was extended to commemorate those that have died in World War 2 as well.

Lim Bo Seng Memorial (Esplanade Park)
Major-General Lim Bo Seng, is considered to be one of Singapore's War hero during World War 2. Made of marble,  this is the only structure in Singapore that commemorates and individual from World War 2 (He must have been a very great value during the war). He was only 35 when he died.

Dalhousie Obelisk
Made to look like a single monolith,  it's is actually made of bricks that have been plastered. It was erected in 1851 to commemorate the visit of India's governor-general in Feb 1850. It is placed near the mouth of Singapore 

Ended at 
Outside Asian Civilisations Museum beside the Singapore River
Was told the story of the Singapore Stone which originally stood at the mouth of the Singapore River. Legend has it that Badang, who grew strong after eating genie's vomit, threw the stone into the mouth of Sungai Singapura during a test of strength. The stone was blasted in 1843 to make more way for ships coming in to bustling port of Singapore and a fragment can now be found in the Singapore History Museum.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

My Little Green Plot - Week 3

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It's not so easy to grow plants... I have been telling that to myself, but it's still so rewarding learning what I can and cannot do.


I learned that some plants can be tenacious. My parsley got into a little accident when the pot dropped and spilled, but despite that I started seeing that my seeds are now becoming seedlings.


On the lesser tenacious side, my rose wilted leaves and are now balm again. I moved the pot to the other side to give the basil a little more sunlight. Little did I know that roses are sensitive and immediately the next day it wilted. Oh well, will just keep trying.


Happiness in green!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

#AlDav - Alma Moreno's (Awkward) Interview by Karen Davila

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This was the video that launched a thousand meme's on how Philippine politics works...

Nearly three weeks after this interview, I think most people would have moved on to the next big news but I'm still seeing one or two post related to this. I still have a lingering thought about this...

It's so obvious minutes on to the interview that Alma was not prepared for the style of questioning that a broadcast journalist Karen is. And in as much as I was hoping Karen would at least lay low on some of her probing, she was just doing her job. It just gets awkward the longer the interview went. To be honest, I stopped watching it the first time I pressed play on my phone - it was too embarrassing!

Not that I think or don't think Alma is capable as a senator, I'm pretty sure she has her credentials and earned her position in the Leagues of Councillors in the whole Philippines, but I only think she didn't prepared as much as she should have. What does running for a senator entails other than the sign.

This interview did remind me of a job interview that I did before, this show was basically a job interview to become a senator... but maybe unlike Karen, my interviewer stopped probing which means he wasn't interested anymore. It did break my heart and my ego a little bit, but what to do, I still think I was a good fit for the role *what's eating gilbert grape*. But you can only learn from this thing...

Hope Alma doesn't get discourage, just keep doing interviews... and get a PR team who will update her with real life Philippine problems and what her platform is. It's not just all about being smart, but getting a smart team to back you up. Whoever got her that interview with Karen, just fed her to a lion's den without anything. Running for senator will definitely NOT be a walk in the park. Voters like me will surely scrutinise every running Juan and Juanita - my vote won't be cheap.

Monday, November 23, 2015

My Little Green Plot - Week 2

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I got a few good things to share this week, and a few things that I am also struggling at the moment.

Things I am happy about this week:

1. Rose leaves are growing and more leaves are coming out

2. Same of the dandelion buds, maybe around 5 of them. Hopefully they bloom.

3. Pink little buds are blooming in my Kalanchoe

4. The petunia as well as the mint leaves are growing wild and strong as ever

Things I am sad about this week:

1. The petunia flower didn't bloom. It was my fault, I missed a day of watering the plants and when I got back from work I saw the flower withered like this. Lesson learned

 2. Its a shame I lost my battle with the cactus. I guess it just dried up, time to let go

 3. Struggling to make the parsley grow and not one seedling bloomed from the seeds I planted last week. I got too cocky last week, given that most of the plants were blooming

4. Same for the basil, the leaves are falling off. Its so sad! I don't know what to do *sob*sob*





Side Project: I made my first cut to the water vine plant and put it on a bottle of moscato


Saturday, November 14, 2015

My Little Green Plot - Week 1

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It's almost a week now since I have inherited a handful of greens. It made me a bit happier stepping out of the house, and checking if the plants are still alive - can't have plants dying on their first week ~_~

I was so glad yesterday night when I saw signs of hope for the bald rose shrub. A long way to go but at least I know its responding to the TLC I've been giving.



And this morning when I was watering the plants, I saw three beautiful colors other than green - pink, yellow, and violet. The flowers are slowly starting to bloom *love love love*
(L-R) Kalanchoe, Carnation, Petunia

I am getting worried with my Cactus though, it has been like this since Monday when I brought it home. Looks dry and withering but I am not that ready to give up on it yet. Especially after seing my rose shrub showing signs of life.

Next challenge I want to give myself is to start planting these seeds that came with the plants... Or am I being over confident now?

Happiness in Green :)






Sunday, November 8, 2015

Happiness in Green

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One of the best things I like about Singapore is that despite it being developed/urban and land space is quite valuable, it never runs out of green space. 

Living in a city that loves green it does inspire me to have my own little garden. However it is hard to have your own garden especially when you are living in a concrete building.  My thought I have seen neighbours who have managed to have a little green space of potted plants, so I too can have a piece of green heaven outside our door step. Wouldn't be that hard, right?

This plant here has been with me maybe for about five years now. It never grew out its small pot until recently after we moved house early this year. Quite surprised, good thing I decided to take it with me instead of discarding it.  It's a good sign that I may have a green thumb somewhere deep (deep) down and our new place was simply is well sunlit.

The idea has been playing in my mind for sometime now, but just never had the time to setup something. Not till a friend asked me if I was interested to take care of her beloved plants since they are moving, so I am game! Challenge accepted.


Lucky to have remembered these old wooden shoe racks stacked in the storage room just accumulating dust. I then sorted the plants, trying to group them which are plant, then herbs, then flowers.

(L-R) The thin plants are Carnations, I initially thought its rosemary or thyme because of the leaves. Then Petunias, who love the sun that's why I moved it on top of the rack. Lastly some baby Tomatoes, I want to get some chop sticks for so the stalks can standup straight.

(Top rack L-R) Starting with Parsley, recently harvested by the former owner that's why its looking bald. Then Basil, plus all the pots below are also basil, smells really awesome. And the wild looking plant is Mint, although I am not a fan of eating mint, it does have a great smell to it, fresh and earthy.
(L-R) This rack I am not so sure what are the names of the plants, I only know now that the first two are flower plants, then green plants, lastly is the rose which I am hoping I can get to bloom again.

I am giddy excited about these plants. Hoping I can get the flowers budding and the tomatoes cropping and the herbs blooming. End of the day I just want them healthy and green.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Face Shop Myeonghan Miindo Heaven Grade Ginseng Wrinkle care night Cream

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I currently have a handful of samplers which I got from my recent trip to South Korea (I'm hoping to find time to blog about that trip too). I should use up most of the samplers before I open some of my stash, right? Anyhow the fun in shopping in South Korea is also getting A LOT of samplers and freebies, so have to use 'em all

One of my personal favourite is The Face Shop Myeonghan Miindo Heaven Grade Ginseng Wrinkle care night Cream.

I did use this too last week together with Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask as shared in my Instagram.

Looking at the cream it have tiny bits what looks like gold flakes are the heavenly grade ginseng.
Comparing the before and after application my face does looks smoother and I look fresh.I hope it helps to clear out stress lines *not-getting-any-younger*

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Steptember - Challenge Accepted =)

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Today is the start of Steptember... a group of me and my good friends in office formed a team to take on the challenge for each member to walk at least 10,000 steps for the next 28 days. This is to help raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Singapore CPAS where our company's adopted charity GROW falls under in.

Something that I learned is that an average office worker only takes 3,000 steps per day, so 10,000 steps a day is not so easy as I think it would be. But all for a worthy cause.

Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood. One in two people with cerebral palsy are in chronic pain due to the tightening of their muscles. Many will never be able to take a single step without assistance.

Friends if not sure where to start, a donation of $35 could support a child with one hour of physiotherapy.

Please do visit our team's fundraising page: (http://bit.ly/1PC7Sj0)

Any amount you contribute would make a huge difference to children and adults living with cerebral palsy and of course encourage me and my friends to complete our 10,000 steps per day!

Thank you so much!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Food for Thought - Corruption Index

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Happy Saturday! I think I have a thing for mid-month blog entries since the last I wrote was about a month ago... I should blog more often to stimulate my brain cells a little bit more :)

Anyway, I came across an article talking about corruption index and a survey made by a Berlin-based company called Transparency International (TI). Corruption seems to be a hot topic in the news these days, especially back home when election season in the Philippines is happening next year (hopefully).

The Philippines scored 38 out of 100 in the corruption index, 100 being the very least corrupt public sector score. Same as other Asia Pacific countries such as Thailand, India, and Sri Lanka. Ranking 85 out of 175 in the corruption index.

To be honest, I was a bit surprised that we actually did ok, better than other countries who I thought would be a little bit more advanced in someway... maybe I didn't give my motherland the benefit of a doubt. I guess my perception comes from the taxes being high, traffic getting terrible at unexpected hours of the day, and politicians being, ummm, well politicians. 

Looking beyond the problems (which everybody would have something) we have a very good population (aren't people a country's best natural resource? *grins*), infant mortality rate is ok, and literacy rate is 95.4%. In my opinion not bad for a developing country, huge room for improvement.

Of course, out of curiosity, I check where my adopted country par in this... 7th out of 175, is not bad at all.



Photo Credits: All three images are screen captured from TI website

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Weekday Project - DIY Shower

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After months of asking folks for a reliable plumber to diagnose what's wrong with the shower and essentially replace it, I took an advice from a friend that I can DIY, and so I did.

I bought an adjustable chrome bar, hose, and a shower head. The guy I bought this from is quite informative, like I was initially eyeing a similar shower but he said I would have to drill new holes and cover up the new ones and also if the thing breaks again I would then have to buy a new set. He also gave me some tips how to mount this on the wall. 


The diagnosis, pipe inside the shower head broke...


Finally after an hour or two of following the drawings and slight panic when I screwed the support bar wrongly the first time, I felt a eureka moment, I did it! Woot woot!





 Happiness!