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I heard an unfamiliar sound-

The crowing of a cockerel. 

Because bird flu

Keeping chickens is illegal. 

And then I saw it was no tame bird

But a wild junglefowl, crossing the road. 

 

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Guess where – 1

Can you guess where I took these pictures?

This first one is of a piece of art priced at SGD 6800 (about USD 9250). The card says to contact the gallery if you’re interested.

The second picture was taken from inside a lift (or elevator).

Actually if you read the fine the fine print in the sign above, it gives the location 🙂 

Seen around town

We are approaching the Mid-Autumn on 4 October; this is the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Seasonal roadside decorations have been put up to both set the mood and remind us. The picture below shows large cellophane (or glass paper) lanterns which are traditionally lighted up by placing a burning candle inside… and then they look very pretty like stained glass sculptures flickering in the moonlight. One childhood memory comes to mind – the more coveted and treasured a lantern, the more quickly it catches fire and burns up. 

These doggies at a major shopping center never fail to attract crowds of admirers. This a rare photo without someone standing in the midst of them. I can’t figure who they are supposed to symbolise. Paparazzi? Doggarazzis? 

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Now this sight caught me by surprise. Google maps and Wikipedia informs me it’s a Thai Buddhist temple established almost a hundred years ago called Ananda Metyarama. It has a modern cubist extension added behind it in 2014. I may plan a proper visit with a camera some day. 

A rite of passage

Long ago I learned that social rituals are observed to seal an event, give meaning and help people adjust to changes. Graduations, weddings and funerals are examples of “rituals”. Rituals are to be respected; performing rituals bring the community across the threshold. As such rituals tend to be highly prescriptive ceremonies and full of symbolic meanings. 

I attended a graduation ceremony recently as a guest, marveling at the colorful robes (also called regalia) on stage and wondering how it has come to mean so much to us. Most of us there had no idea how this ritual came about but there was no mistaking the parents’ pride and the graduands’ exuberance!

Given the number of little teddies on sale, it was obviously not part of the ritual to take one home. 

I kept wondering “rented” or “owned”?
With glasses or without?

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!