Tag Archives: Singapore

Hazy Outlook

The weather isn’t so good in Singapore. The wind brings fine ash particles from the plantation fires that are raging over in Sumatra. Days are shrouded dull grey. It rains and rains – cloud seeding is rumored – but that does nothing to the haze as the particles are just too fine. They should make it rain on the fires, not on us!

And Mom is showing more signs of confusion. I think the lack of strong daylight is interfering with her daily rhythm. Her afternoon naps are shortened; and she demands her bath and dinner several hours before they are due. The lack of sleep adds to her confusion, and for the first time we hear the confused speech associated with dementia. She’s looking for something, anxious about the “renovation”, having to go somewhere, speaking a strange dialect.

She doesn’t smile as freely. Her eyes are wary now.

I hope it’s not a lurking infection. If only the haze would clear up soon.

Election Day

Singaporeans go to the polls today, Sep 11, 2015. It’s very exciting.

Photo from the Election Departments website http://www.eld.gov.sg

There’s been plenty of rhetoric from both sides contesting the 89 seats at stake. The ruling party will try hard to hold onto its 79 seats. There are 8 opposition parties. Yes, Singapore is funny like that. It doesn’t make the fight any less vigorous though.

Will the ruling party win big? Will the opposition make more inroads? The outcome is still hazy. And coincidentally, so is the weather.

Mom is very clear though.

Do you know it’s election day today, Mom?
But you cannot vote. Do you know why?

Mom smiles and says, “Because I am Malaysian.”

I’m surprised she knows. I should ask her who she thinks will win.

The Power of Nature

Tropical thunderstorms can be ferocious. In Singapore the worst ones happen in the middle of the night during the inter-monsoon season. Fortunately, apart from the need to get up to close the windows, I sleep very well through them! I love the rumbling thunder and the sound of the pouring rain. Sometimes, the wind gusts and howls, and it is accompanied by the crashing of things falling and breaking.

Here’s the evidence of one such gusty storm in April this year; an uprooted tree and broken bamboo stems, in the nature reserve. Part of the cycle of renewal, I’m sure.



Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Run

In a bid to improve my fitness last year, I signed up for a 10k run through downtown Singapore. Starting at dawn, I ran and walked through some of the best known landmarks – the F1 Pit stop building, the Singapore Flyer, the Helical bridge and Marina Bay Sands. The run ended at the new National Stadium, which had a mechanical canopy that can be opened and shut at will.

The pictures are not of a great quality, taken with a hand-phone literally “on the run”, but it was a good start to the day. For more photo interpretations of this week’s photo challenge, please click here “Today was a Good Day”.

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For shoe repair jobs, we have a choice – the professional in the air-conditioned shopping mall, or the Uncle on the sidewalk. Uncle doesn’t have very regular working hours, so it isn’t a good idea to leave your shoes with him. But he’s good for short jobs if you could wait a while, which is what I did.


Uncle charged me too little, he gave me too much change. Is it because he has forgotten inflation? Or perhaps he miscounted, and was embarrassed to admit it. Maybe I was the first customer of the day, though I doubt it. First customers are often given special discounts in the believe it will bring in more custom. Whatever it was, I told all my friends to go to this Uncle please, and remember to bring exact change.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

Singapore is really fortunate where the forces of nature are concerned – there are very few natural calamities. No earthquakes, tornadoes nor hurricanes. Rising sea levels will get us, but that is for the young to worry about. Every now and then though, we get extremely heavy rains – have you heard the phrase “raining cats and dogs”? It feels as though buckets of water are raining down. The picture below shows far more dramatic skies than rain.

Heavy Rain

Occasionally there are strong gusts of wind, and trees are uprooted. One is strongly advised to avoid the Nature Reserve during bad weather. I found this poor tree about a day after heavy rains.

Uprooted Tree

Finally, though, I couldn’t resist putting this little fella into this post, he was a Force of Nature as far as I was concerned! I was afraid to walk past him, so intent was his stare.

Monkey Stare

For more pictures of Forces of Nature, look here.