Singapore is NOT part of Malaysia!!

Singapore was literally “kicked out” of Malaysia in 1965.

The island is a sovereign city-state known globally as the Republic of Singapore and we celebrated our 51st year of independence in 2016.  BUT *sigh* sadly the US State Department still thinks Singapore is part of Malaysia.

We are NOT part of Malaysia!

No one seems to be googling/checking for errors even though everyone with a PR/media job to perform has a (if not more) computer on their work desk + tablets + super cellphones. They are not layman-bloggers like myself, they get paid(!) to do their jobs … and their editor(s), overseer(s), bosses seem to be equally complacent.
I give up! 

Update:  It’s now gone global. Yes, it’s in the South China Morning Post and if anyone thinks this is one of China’s teeny-weeny newspaper, I’m sorry to disappoint you but this is a global news site & newspaper read by businessmen, politicians, etc.

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Uh-oh… the BBC screwed up

BBC ~ the famous British Broadcasting Corporation ~ should know maps, global maps, right?

Singapore was once under the British rule, yes, we were part of the British Colony for 144 years. Wouldn’t a British news corporation then know where to get a proper map ~ be it from their archives or even Google Maps? Someone in the mapping department of the BBC must have been in post-pubcrawl stupor or working many hours overtime, but the editor … away on vacation?

To put the map of Sentosa, which is a resort island off the southern coast of Singapore, connected by a short road and cable car, as the island of Singapore is hard to believe and “digest”.

BBC’s wrong map!

and it took Coconuts.Co (a Singapore news site) to correct the BBC!

Coconuts.co did a superb correction.

How on earth (pun intended) can BBC air such a glaring error globally?
Go figure!

 

 

Singapore – No, it is not a part of China!

I have been asked many times “Which part of China is Singapore?”
Even a Social Security employee (many years ago) took the liberty of adding the word “China” to my application form without asking me. Fortunately I  corrected her in 2 seconds, telling her that Singapore is an independent republic, 3 hours flying-time away from the southern most point of China.
Does that surprise you, my fellow readers?

Well, now that an important summit of the US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is being held there, with over 3,000 journalists covering this piece of news being physically in Singapore and a spike in Google Search for Singapore’s location … I think I will now be relieved of the “China probe” when asked where I am originally from. (Yippee!!)

If you want to know where Singapore is, click Google Map and add to its Search statistic.

Yes, I have been resting my fingers from blogging but I simply am unable to resist posting this.  I am after all a true blood Singaporean and proud of it.

 

Extreme Makeover

It’s almost the end of winter ~ Florida winter that is.  Another “nor’easter” is brewing and will probably come down south, yes, our way.

Will my warm weather plants’ seedlings survive? Will it get frosty, needing the tropical fruit “trees” to be covered again? Unpredictable as … who knows(?) *sigh*

But all is not lost. There is an indication that Spring is forthcoming. The grapevines are calling out.

Spring is forthcoming and I’m ready to grow!

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He Woke Me Up …

“Rat taa taa taat!”
Me:  *yawn* Wat wassat?!
I looked at my alarm clock ~ not due yet ~ OK, false alarm (pun intended).
Head went back down to my comfortable pillow, eyelids slowly came down.
Then again “Rat taa taa taat!”
Now I’m wide awake!!

By the back door, what I saw made me quickly run back in to grab my camera and then slowly, very stealthily, creep back out again to try my luck to get a few shots.

Pileated Woodpecker

There was Mr P Woodpecker (different from the the Ladder-Backed Woodpeckers, who love our front yard oak tree). He was pecking away at (of all things) my bathouse! The bathouse, being hollow, of course made an extra loud “Rat taa taa taat!” compared to a tree trunk, no wonder it woke me up.

He’s a big one ~ about 20″ tall, while standing vertical on the bathouse, that is.

That’s 1 handsome bird!

Look at those eyes!

Want to see his head rattle and hear his wake-up call?
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The Year of the Dog

It’s time to blog anew, just like the start of a new Lunar Year.
Today is the 1st day of the Year of the Dog.

Hurricane (Irma’s) damage has long been cleared, post travel weeds were mostly pulled (some retained to act as shelter for seedlings),  then came cold fronts in January 2018, which actually killed those poor sheltered seedlings. *sigh*

I can only say that Mother Nature has a mind of her own but
all is not lost. Spring has Sprung, though not officially, but definitely in my part of Florida.

It’s time to sow, grow and update this blog.

 

 

♫ Are you going to San Francisco…

… be sure to wear some flowers in your hair …

Ah yes, that beautiful song by Scott McKenzie.

The Hippie Movement has always intrigued me. The flower children advocating peace and love, dressing differently and creating a new form of ‘psychedelic’ music which literally changed cultures and lifestyles for the young, all over the world. I think I would have happily been a hippie but unfortunately was born in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Oh well, no harm then visiting the site where early hippies hung out and began their love trips. (Better late than Never.)

Haight-Ashbury ~ where it all began

When the influx of young ones, also known as Hippies, began growing for their Summer of Love event, Haight-Ashbury soon became known as “Hashbury”. Even today, it is so appropriate and in my humble opinion, it’s a very sweet nickname. 😆

The scent/aroma was just there! It made me wonder if I would feel the effect of the second-hand smoke (not that I’m complaining).

Jimi Hendrix lived at 1524 Haight Street

It would have been a bonus if some ‘smoke shop’ had played Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze while I strolled by.
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San Francisco ~ Chinatown

How can I possibly not visit one of the oldest Chinatowns (which can be traced to have begun around the mid 1850’s) in the USA?

I wasn’t sure if one is supposed to begin one’s exploration via the entrance or simply walk through using many of its mini-sidestreets.

The “entrance” to Chinatown.

We roamed the steep gradient streets and found the official entrance which had the slogan  天下为公 (read from right to left) meaning The World is for All and decided to re-do our walk-in.

We were greeted by several of our primate ancestors’ effigies so I decided to capture a photo of one, simply as a reminder.

Me and my Gorri

Apart from the usual touristy shops, what captured my attention was the street wall-art. No matter which Chinatown one visits, wall art will always pertain to Chinese astronomy, religion and movie celebrities.

Chinese Zodiac Animals

Luke Dragon and a touch of Black History

Lord Buddha and Bruce Lee

The late Kung-fu celebrity Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco in the year of the Dragon, which is how he ended with the screen name 李小龍 or Little Dragon Lee. Thus, many of the images I saw of Bruce Lee had dragons for company.

A few hours of walking got us hungry, so did we settle for Americanized Chinese takeaway? Korean-Sushi cafe food?  We (at least I did) wanted real Chinese food with no substitutes or toned-down versions, hence a mini food hunt began …

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