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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!

So we decided on an extreme backyard makeover … Continue reading

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.

 

 

Hurricane Irma

 


Hurricane Irma is about to come my way,
I’m not sure what I can say,
Am I prepared to sit out her strong wind and rain?
It’s like Frances, Jeanne & Wilma again.

Having experienced three hurricanes
you’d think I’d worry less;
No, the preparation process is less frantic
but nothing changes the level of stress.

Hurricane Matthew struck last year
when we were away,
I guess Mother Nature wants us here this year
to hear what she has to say.

Oh, Mother Nature, I’m here
and I can hear you loud and clear,
please go easy on your wind and torrent power
why not just give us a gust and a mild shower?

Singapore’s National Day

Time is but an infinite passing of events. Time doesn’t stop, only life does. When life stops for 1 being, life for others continue until it is their time to end their existence. Time is just too in-depth a subject for this blog’s discussion but each time I hear or see something from my precious past, of sentimental significance, it still makes me reminisce and long to go back in time … an impossible feat.

A 30-yr old video re-surfaced, I see faces and places I remember from my younger days, on the land of birth and it simply makes me so homesick it triggers the urge to travel, a return to my birthplace while I still am able to. August 9th is Singapore’s National Day, the day we obtained Independence and became a Republic. Each time I watch this video, which was on Singapore’s television 30 years ago, it’s like a travel back in time through the time tunnel.

Also in this video is the Singapore Pledge which I recited every school-day for well over a decade of my life.

We, the citizens of Singapore,
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society
based on justice and equality
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity
and progress for our nation.

Yes, I am now out of Singapore but I simply cannot get Singapore out of me ~ a span of time which time cannot erase.

(Americans & others ~ I do not mean to sound derogatory but please do not assume Singapore is part of China.  Yes, I’ve had people in Social Security and USPS simply adding the word “China” to my submission of written forms. *sigh* Just for information Singapore is further away from China’s closest point than Orlando is from Boston, a long way away … 3hrs 50 min flying time.)