Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Green, what does it mean to you?



What does GREEN symbolise to you?
To me it's linked straight away to sunlight giving its energy to create 'life':) I love the sunshine, and it means plants get to photosynthesize. Thus, spiritually it means 'life' or Protect our Earth:D => Liveliness. See you can also roll on the tarn, see photo by Wilf ;)

My 14-year-old cousin is packing his luggage for his Volleyball training in Taiwan. This trip, organised by his High School, is a compulsory training and these young men will have a friendly match with some of the schools in Taipei. The tricky part about this packing is, NO GREEN and also NO RED. (Green is pro- and Red is anti-). Simply becos of Taiwan's current political situation, he can't bring the RED backpack..., no green windbreaker, no green school uniform, no red shoebag:( aww....

Colours can be so sensitive.

I guess some of you who live in cities with the four-seasons climate are already experiencing Autumn, and Joensuu, East Finland is already snowing! Wow...however, I still wanna share some 'sunshine' elements with you...


Monday, October 30, 2006

Twilight Zone




Every day I must pass by this particularly block. Today I like this moment when the sky is of this blue...I love all hues of blue and twilight is very special time of the day for me. I like this instrumental as it can express how I feel about this 'mood'.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Waiting



Waiting can be infuriating and it can also be such a joy. I pressed the bell today, but no one answered. I didn't know whether was it because no one was at home or maybe they didn't hear someone ringing the bell.

While waiting, I squad down and saw this, still holding on to my umbrella, I decided to take out my camera. Now you know why to me, the waiting is 'a joy'?:)


Saturday, October 28, 2006

MRT



Friday, October 27, 2006

A place of worship



How about a temple instead of Churches' pix? ;) This temple (Seu Teck Sean Tong Temple) is right in the centre of this housing estate where I took the night shot which Olivier from Evry (France) likes:) Actually this is a rather old estate in Singapore called Toa Payoh. Many efforts have been taken to 'upgrade' the surrounding areas like having a lift that stops on every floor, new market etc. And strangely if you were to take a shuttle bus within this town, you'll see more senior citizens than others. Some estates just has a demographic of young newly weds, some have more couples with young toddlers and some have big families with more primary or secondary school children.

This is how the zoomed out view looked like:)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Super loooonnnnnnggggggg bus:)



ohh, it's really a long bus. Today I managed to capture it with my Sony Cybershot;) I'm feeling a little glad as I can share it with you all here:D

How is your city's most versatile transportation like? I dun really mind taking buses, cos here in Singapore our transportation is rather well connected (or i should say well-organised). After about ten stops, you can easily see an MRT (subway) station, where you can choose to alight or transfer to another public transport. But actually i kind of miss double-decker bus rides in my younger days. We still have them though, just fewer on the road than before.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Dawn or Dusk?



Now, so many dp bloggers with SHARP eyes....and you know? when I post this, I wish to see how many of you are sharp to tell whether this is a sunrise or a sunset? Some of you might already know, this is Singapore, a small island very near to the Equator and the whole year through we have summer, summer, summer:)

That's not very useful hint, huh? heh heh...:)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Moment on a Moving Bus



The colour seems strange, i got this shot on the moving bus, this result was somehow amazing to me. Coincidentally, the street lamp outside the windows seemed to be something he was holding on to. Up til now, I'm still not sure what is it ''p

Monday, October 23, 2006

Movie buff


I am a movie buff. Yes, totally! I love movie experiences, and yesterday was the last second day of the EU Film Festival and I went for the United Kingdom's arts film called 'My Summer of Love'. This photo was taken right above my head at the box office (of the new cineplex at vivocity) while waiting in the queue for my tickets :) I also found out that this cineplex is screening 24hours, wow!

Quotes
Tamsin: This is Edith Piaf. I just adore her. She was this marvellous Parisian woman who had such a wonderfully tragic life. She was married 3 times & each husband died in mysterious circumstances. The last one was a boxing champion and she killed him with a fork. She didn't even go to prison because in France crimes of passion are forgiven.

Please click to see/hear this song sang by Edith Piaf. This music set the whole mood to that intended scene:) Alot was "said" (between the lines) in this particular scene which makes one wants to go back to watch this film again.

Are you a movie fanatic too? If you have sometime , do share with me which is your favourite film/movie OR the venue that you had the best movie experience and why you like the film:)

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Vivo City


Now this is the newest and one of the largest mall we have here in Singapore.
It is called Vivo City. And for those of you who knew about WTC or have heard about the World Trade Centre, yes it used to be, now it is the refurbished area and they renamed it as 'VIVO CITY'. Well, I dunno why exactly. That they have to changed the name from 'World Trade Centre' to Vivo City.

Perhaps they dun want us to be reminded of the sad event on September 11. Perhaps it is the consumer behaviour that they are concerned about, so that means for commerical reasons. But whichever reason it is, it's a nice wide area with a Cruise Centre where you can see ships, cruises and ferries of various sizes in the outdoor areas of the mall. Please click to see, I really love the twilight scene it sets. Do you like it too?

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Secrets to keeping clean



So, did you ask how we managed to keep even our void decks, corridors so clean?

Ok, here's the secret, now it's 'leaked':-
Look, this photo shows a classic example to keep our living environment clean. This small holding area is where junk mails are 'collected'. These mail boxes are for the residents living in this entire block of housing flat. The design creates an easy access even if small or short children wants to help their mom or dad to check the letter box. It's not a problem now. Even if they live on the 12th Floor;)

There is also an extensive use of garbage bins, or trash cans islandwide:) More importantly is to educate the public to throw their unwanted junk mails and flyers into the trash bins.


it's bad PSI 102
it's choking:( bad!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Look out from my window :)

Night


This is one of the views from my window:) A night view.
It is facing a primary school...so you can hear the bell rings for recess, the children's playing, squealing with delight on the field where they play a game called ''Catching'', which is right beside the school from Mondays through Fridays. Because of the haze (PSI still between 70-120), I opened my window less often these days. It's a little sad that the suspended PM10 pollutants will stay until early November becos of the El Nino and rain will not arrive before end October. Meanwhile we got to endure with it. I am getting dizziness as inhaling all these weird PM10 what you call, with size big enough to irritate eyes, throat, worse still I have got a sensitive nose


I managed some wonderful skies shot by the beautiful sunset by peering out of this window though (before the hazy days). One of which I've shared it here.

So Kris (Szentes, Hungary) you can see my 'world' now ;)

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Rules, Rules, Rulessssssss!!



No excuse. It comes in all four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil . We are multi racial, so even a simple rule has been translated to FOUR languages. Now you see, you have no more excuses...

Somehow looking at these rules, you can imagine how many rules we need to abide just in public premise, considering these are already so many for being on a public bus. I just find these ''rules'' too common sense. But somehow, some inconsiderate people will need such reminders. Look at the the extend of reminders: NO durians!
This sign will probably not appear in the europeanean cities, since this fruit is all native to south-eastern Asia cities. It has a strong fragrant and it can be overpowering to some. But hey, it's one of my favourite fruits.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Going home late?



Going home late in Singapore is rather common. It is also rather safe.
Even the public transport has a poster informing you about cheaper means to get home after midnight.
This service is called ''NIGHT RIDER'' :) only S$3

However, I also understand it is not so for some countries. Ladies better stay home when night falls.
Is it like this also in your city?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Why are they so adorable?



I was listening to bbc.co.uk while i was on my way home...it was reported about China's reform policy that their government would pay parents in rural areas who had no more than one son - or two daughters - 600 yuan ($100) a year each starting at the age of 60.

In Singapore, on the other hand, the govenment is providing a ''Baby Bonus'' Package, to entice more couples to give birth. What it means is parents will get a cash gift of $3,000 for the 1st child, and a cash gift and co-savings of up to $9,000 for the 2nd child and up to $18,000 each for the 3rd and 4th child.


Here's a video clip about Singapore edited by Zsolt, in which you can see more of the cute little girl in the above photo.
I found her very adorable:) and sweet!:)



Back to the initial note, what's gonna happen to those (Chinese in China) who long and love to have more children but is limited by their ''one child policy''?
Does your country have such kind of pro-family or population control policies?

Monday, October 16, 2006

Sculpture of 3



Sunday, October 15, 2006

Haze



The pollutants spreads the light of the street lamp, that's why it makes the light source looked like that.
Today's haze isn't getting any better, 116!! My eyes itch, i've been sneezing, got to close all my windows to inhale less of such harmful pollutants by the fires set off by the Sumatrans who believed it is a way to get fertile land :(

Saturday, October 14, 2006

The NEWPAPER Face!



One of the tabloid newspaper we have here in Singapore that targets younger readers with more eye-catching "tabloid"-style journalism coupled with often sensationalised headlines. The NEWPAPER. And while I was at the Takashimaya Square, I saw this setup for the Grand Finals. The tracks (for the contestants to 'cat walk' on) looks funny in my view with the 'little men' on this topview now, as if some children's board game:)

Wanna see how the winner looks like? Yes | No, Thanks

Friday, October 13, 2006

Orchard Road



It's Autumn, the only thing we will know that autumn is here is by the main chinese festival called Mid Autumn's Festival. So it means even before the full moon nite, it's mooncakes sales, lanterns etc. Other than that, no obvious signs of autumn becos our weather will not change. It is still like Summer! Sunshine. Even if we hope that it rain a bit to clear the hazy conditions becos of the Sumatran forest fires, it will not. We have to wait for a couple more days then it will start to pour abit:)

This was found outside the stretch of road called Orchard Road. Orchard Road got its name from the nutmeg, pepper and fruit orchards that used to lie on either side of the street in the 1800s. Now it is rather strange if you try to match its look with its name. See the overall effect on this pix here. This photo shows the ad panels of Paragon at night, it is like a "Moulin Rouge'' wanna-be. Don't you think so?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

S.A.M.


When I was a kid, like 8, I enjoyed reading a rather popular (at least at my time) children's magazine called ''Young Generation'' So being my very first children's magazine subscription, I learnt that I need to pay using Money Order. It can only be purchase from a Post Office. To mail out the form/letter, we MUST go to the post office. First to buy the stamp or to weigh the postal item. Very conventional as we have to wait for office hours, queues etc.

Today, most of us can buy a stamp at any hour since these SAM machines are 24hours islandwide. It serves like an automated post office. With the touch screen features, I am glad that we can weigh the item, buy stamps as well as pay bills.

It was good news as today our government announced that it plans to provide free wireless Internet access to the entire island by 2007 and at the same time, offer about 10,000 subsidized computers to low-income students in an effort to give all of its citizens more opportunities in the digital world. Hence I guess this will be just the beginning of everything self-automated :)

Just curious, how is the postal service like that is available in your city? Post office? or self automated?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Ghost Buster in SINGAPORE?



7......6......5.......4...................

NO, he's not a suicide bomber...dun worry...

Neither is he a Ghost Buster :) not in the broad daylight:p

This is a grass 'cutter', this tool that he carries with him is actually an engine (it makes some mechanical noise). He would brush over the grass, and a translucent plastic, like a wire fastener acts like a 'blade' at its tip of the long lever. Then with a sweeping motion across the long grass, it'll cut the grass under these ''blades'' giving off a fresh green smell... Can you imagine how dangerous it is for him, for this 'engine' that he was carrying was labelled 'DANGER: KEEP AWAY!' ?

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Birthday Ramen at Ajisen



A Ramen treat from my friend Ching Sian, a belated Birthday ''celebration'' for me at Ajisen Ramen (my favourite japanese ramen)...This is Ching Sian, dun you think she looked mysterious like this?

i kind of like the lighting effects of this restaurant, nice warm cosy experience:)

Monday, October 09, 2006

stone seats



In a bus interchange, there will be rows of stone seats like these. I guess it's becos of the height of these seats that makes them really comfortable even for a short moment. Cos u know why? As by the time you've done with lots (or some) of window shopping at a mall nearby, you'll find these stone seats really comfy to rest your legs and feet:). Somehow in Singapore, there's bound to be a shopping mall somewhere when a bus interchange is found.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Children

Childhood. Especially when celebrating the Mid Autumn's Festival, I always chose lanterns which MUST be lit using candles only and my favourite design is always the BUTTERFLIES. I still remember the 'thrilling moments' of 'walking my butterfly lantern' so afraid that it will 'la ti tu' (as my grandmother liked to say in Teochew, which means 'caught fire') :p These days, I can't find anymore cellophane butterflies traditional laterns :( It has been mostly replaced with battery operated plastic icons such as Power Puff Girls and the CG cartoon characters that blinks and comes with childish musical tunes.



Saturday, October 07, 2006

YUAN says ''Ning Hao''....what do you say?



This 'YUAN' means the chinese currency renminbi, the greetings used by Chinese when you first called into china would be ''Ning Hao'' But how would you say it?



In Singapore, Singaporeans will just say 'hello', some say 'Har - LOU', some say 'hey-lo' ;)
I will sometimes say 'hi!' :D but if I am calling japan, I'll say 'moshi-moshi' :)

Do share with me what you say when you first pick up the phone to greet your caller...i'm simply curious;)

Friday, October 06, 2006

Green Cow in Singapore !



Green Cow for a change...i imagined maybe the milk it produces will be 'pandan' flavour :D hee hee...
As Pandan is said to be a restorative, deodorant, indolent and phylatic, promoting a feeling of wellbeing and acting as a counter to tropical lasstitude. It may be chewed as a breath sweetener or used as a preservative on foods. It is also said to have flavonoids which are believed to have a variety of healthful properties, including antiviral, anti-allergen, antiplatelet, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant.


I REALLY missed the clear skies we used to have. Today is a super-hazy day. The wind is bringing in haze from the fires in Southern Sumatra. Visibility in Singapore was reduced from 10 kilometres to two to three kilometres as the 24-hour Pollutants Standards Index rose slightly to 54 at 4pm. And guess what, it was detected that there are 228 hotspots in Sumatra!!! Oh no...

Below is a video for Kris, it's about the Biennale in Singapore:)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Polka dots on trunks ;)



Not a new biological disease...POLKA dot is used becos polka dot is kinetic; it's a circle, it's never-ending.

When thot of kinetic energy, it's thoughts of dancing, not just fashion but theatrical.
This is part of the Singapore Biennale, 60 trees along Orchard Road have received a make-over.

They were dressed in red and white polka dotted strips of cloth which took 15 workers an average of four hours to wrap one tree.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Fetish?





Found this big sexy ad on the building of Specialist Centre, somehow this curvaceous body will draw the attention of the Singaporean men. But hey no, it's a women's Perfume by Salvatore Ferragamo.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Another Creative



This is a part of the rebranding ad for Old Chang Kee (it is an old brand name for a local snack called Curry Puff.)

I was much captivated by this when this ad was launched to newly introduce their new flavours. The original being just curry with potatoes+a wedge of egg (Only S$1, equivalent to US$0.63). The new additions being Sardine and Pepper.

See the complete ad with the simulated look of a pregnant mommy beside their two twin additions :) one boy, one girl presented like two newborns :D




Established in 1956, Old Chang Kee started off as a small stall outside Rex Cinema at McKenzie Road which still exists. Its current chairman, Han Keen Juan bought over the establishment which was about to fold up in 1986 and revived the business.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Darth Vader was here?





These street lamps were probably inspired by Darth Vader, the famous fictional character in Star Wars Universe :D
The more I looked at it, the more it looked like the outer silhouette of Darth Vader's head gear :p

The moment I was capturing this photo, I recalled the heavy breathing made by Darth Vader which was always the first you'll hear before he took scene. Since he has a chest-worn, computerized control panel unit that regulates his respiratory functions.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Theme Day - Taxi





I didn't participate, jus becos i wasn't sure how. Even the setup below was what mr budapest (8) helped me with. I just hope the two guys (the other two dpbloggers from Singapore) will post the other two taxi companies so that all who gets here on DP can see all the types that's available should you decide to come to Singapore! :D


Now do take a 'taxi-photo-ride' around 41 other different cities, enjoy! :D 1 -2 -3 -4 -5 -6 -7 -8 -9 -10 -11 -12 -13 -14 -15 -16 -17 -18 -19 -20 -21 -22 -23 -24 -25 -26 -27 -28 -29 -30 -31 -32 -33 -34 -35 -36 -37 -38 -39 -40 -41 -42 -43 -