Xmas in Singapore

‘Tis the season

For bright lights and gifts

Pine trees and snow…

We bought into the idea; the commerce, the hype

But so what, it’s all good fun!

A Christmas Wonderland is a seasonal offering at Gardens by the Bay, now in it’s third year. In it’s own words, it is “Singapore’s biggest yuletide fair, created to enthral visitors with a combination of magnificent sculptures of light and charming festive markets alongside carnival games.”

Here are a few pictures from my visit recently –

 

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Light sculpture brightens up the background whilst we get our food
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One of the permanent “trees” at Gardens by the Bay – if you fancy, you could get a ticket and go up onto the walkway
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Stunning light display
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The walkway between the two furthest “trees”
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Enthralling fake snow!

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.

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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.

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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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