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A Great Wall

I just thought I’d share a couple of photos of this great picturesque wall of a house I saw, along one of the coastal roads, in Cape Cod ~ of Cedar Shingles and Lobster Floats.

Simply Eye-catching!

Pretty Lobster Floats

 

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Cape Cod ~ Chatham to Provincetown (Pt 1)

It’s still Spring (June 21 is the 1st day of Summer) and the northern hemisphere is supposed to be slowly warming up but it suddenly got warmer than usual in the short time when we were up in Cape Cod, yes, we were caught in a heatwave, a tropical heatwave… (like the Ella Fitzgerald song goes).

Nevertheless, we explored Provincetown and Chatham.
I found the buildings and little streets simply beautiful and filled with history and took some photos to share.

The Frying Pan Gallery

Door color matching road lines ~ strikingly charming.

Meeting House & Preschool (sideview)

The Front of the Meeting House & Preschool

Little street shops ~ see Ice Cream & Fudge? 😛

Self-explanatory…

The Public Library – set up in 1895.

Old cart-wheel and driftwood furniture ~ probably an artist lives here.

Street serenity – no large buses, no bumper to bumper, no smog.

House with a garden (& path), right along the main road.

Another main road house with arty décor and a beautiful garden.

Restored old Fire Comfort Station, 189 Commercial St., Provincetown.

A side street with beautiful cedar-shingle buildings.

I kept wondering, while walking the streets and absorbing the beauty … when Summer and Fall ends, what does Winter bring?

Can’t See Eye to Eye…?

Did your contact lens pop out?
Did you fall and break your spectacles while girl/guy watching?
Looking for an optician, squinting, trying to read signboards?

Have no fear, you know there’s an optician right here!
Can’t resist sharing this on Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge. 😀

Street Photography ~ Street Food

On the streets of Penang – no kitchen; no fancy food court; no angst on my part.

Fried “Flat Rice Noodles” – from the back of a truck. Yes, she fried & I ate. Yum! Yum!

Steamed dumplings.

Fried Noodles and Blanched Noodles.

Street Fruit ~ to me, Street Art.

Cee’s Share Your World – April 10, 2017

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.
Running/Jogging can be addictive.
In Singapore my weekend morning jogs were on the 10.5km/6.5mile East Coast running track; up & down would make a half-marathon. Away from traffic & road junctions, wafting with clean salty air, being close to the sea, birds chirping & trees rustling ~ great meditation ambience.  Around mile 7, the muscles would be stretched, heart would be pumping in-sync with pacing and breathing, the brain would go in “happy mode” which some call “runners’ high”. On and on, step by step until I see the 20km/12.4 mile marking and the parking lot. Time to cool down.

Then I tempted fate; the runs got longer and longer. This addiction, with friends’ prompting, led to one of the funniest decisions made for a vacation … join the Honolulu Marathon!

Join I did and fortunately the day after the run, I didn’t stand out. Thousands of limping post-marathon vacationers filled the streets and I got to see sufferers, grinning, enjoying their pain and nodding to fellow sufferers with glee and the unspoken exchange: “We did it!”

Name one thing not many people know about you.
I’m a Glutton ~ when back in Singapore with my favorite dishes, I can eat slowly and continuously, portions for 3 adults.

What is your favorite flower?
The Sunflower. The bright yellow simply brings joy, looking like the face of the sun and actually following the direction of the sun. It attracts and provides the bees with pollen and nectar and later loads of seeds for the birds.

Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc)
A house cleaning robot! If Elon Musk one day decides to invent SpaceVac, a digital device which vacuums & mops floors, cleans windows, washes dishes, etc. and needs a test-site, I’d gladly volunteer my home.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful to be home, fully recovered from cough and nasal congestion and looking forward to seeing germination of the loads of seeds I’ve just sowed for Spring.

Share Your World – April 10/17

Built by a Jewish Merchant in 1928

I walk the streets of Singapore, each time when I’m back, with a different feel these days. I try not to take anything for granted. So when I saw the David Elias Building, I stopped, I observed, I approached…

David Elias Building

Note the significant Star of David at the top and along its sides. Built by Mr Elias, a Jewish merchant, in 1928 to house his trading company it just emits vibes of history.  It stands at the the junction of 2 main roads indicating a prime location.

The tallest point of its façade.

With the intermingling of races & religions over the years, I think ownership and tenancy has played a significant role in little addition(s) to this conserved historical building. From my brief observation, it shows ~ very subtly. I wish I had a reason/excuse to explore its interior but alas … 😦

Little mirrors attached.

Mirrors outside a building, placed in strategic locations, are used to deflect “poison arrows” in Feng Shui… other buildings’ pointed corners, roof edges, broken walls, etc., so this indicates a Chinese Feng Shui believer owns/rents some or all of this building now.

Down on the ground level, what else can there be but a food shop/eatery for us Singaporean food lovers.

Dual purpose blinds – block sun’s rays & advertise.

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Is One Really the Loneliest Number?

When I read a post by Michelle W. of WordPress asking the captioned, together with contribution from several bloggers, it made me ask myself that question.

Sometimes there can be more than ONE but they each can still live in their lonely self-imposed enclave. Loneliness, to me, is a state of mind.

selves

Many a time I enjoy my own company, allowing free flow of thoughts, doing what I please, keeping peace with myself. Being an only child, to me, ONE is merely an ordinary state of lifestyle.
Am I an introvert? Yes.
Do I feel lonely when on my own? No.

So, is ONE really the loneliest number?
Subjective … it can be, if you make it so.

Curry Leaf Plant’s Embryo

The Curry Leaf Plant (Murraya Koenigii) once established will/can reproduce in different ways. On its own, with a tap root deep enough to maintain its subsistence, it produces secondary roots (like mini-rhizomes) to produce little “baby” plants which can eventually exist on their on. From a gardener’s standpoint that is a good time to unearth-&-pot to create individual independent plants.

But … Curry Leaf Plants do produce flowers too, which when pollinated become fruits, bearing seeds …

Fruits ~ 1 ripened & 1 still immature.

Fruits ~ 1 ripened & 1 still immature (with their pollinating assistant)

and when ripened can be buried to germinate and produce seedlings.

I usually hand-pick them when they are dark burgundy and begin softening a little, then very, very gently peel off the coating and bury the aromatic seeds with their pulp intact.

A seed with its hypocotyl ~ ready to start growing into a plant.

A matured Curry Leaf fruit and 1 which has been peeled. This seed, with its hypocotyl visible, is still vegetal but ready to start growing into a plant.

So today, a few Curry Leaf seeds will be given new and comfortable seed cell-pots with rich growing mix, to begin their new lives.
Yes, I’m helping it to get out of its Vegetal state!