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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?

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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.)

The circle of a Food Chain

From seeds to seeds … and more seeds …
It all usually begins with buying seeds to feed the birds. If you are not a keen lawn mowing activist and allow some so-called weeds to grow along planting borders, you will be surprised what appears.

Nature’s bird food ~ millet

Fresh bird seeds, grown from seeds sown by the birds after consuming from human-made bird feeder(s). Yes, volunteer Millet plants! They are actually quite pretty, adding color to the garden.

Garden assistants helping to pollinate.

Aphids join in the food ring for their plant-sap needs

The ants will pollinate and help the aphids; the aphids will multiply …

Aphid-ful

and soon the Ladybugs will come to devour the aphids, while the Millet will ripen to once again feed the birds.

Nature’s well-planned food chain circle.

 

Hay, Hay, Hay, it’s Magic… ♪

It’s that time of the year.
It’s time to “repair” the path around the house and we use hay. So I drove to a feed-shop (yes, not a home repair or DIY store) to get my fix-it material. For USD8.50 a year, which is the cost of a bale of hay ~ half laid on now & half for filling up later when needed, how wrong can you get?

2″ of spread out hay

No needle in this haystack, hay path, whatever you may call it…

I am no guru of Permaculture but I’ve come to the conclusion that trial and error is the best means to find out what works (& what doesn’t) on one’s own miniscule plot of land. So far, our hay path works well. :mrgreen:

Hash House Harriers ~ Please Be Aware

Yes, it will be forever … “ON ON!”

The HHH is a fascinating group of fun trail runners now spread out globally. It began in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in the early 1930’s when a group of British residents decided to have some fun and began this kind of fun-run which ended with some nice cold beer and lots of laughter. Read the History of the HHH.

Now sadly, Harriers, I think you will have to change your marking material &/or avoid going through any urban areas with crowds and heavy foot-traffic. I’ve attached a Link to a TODAY news article of a recent incident in Singapore. Why on earth choose a running trail to go through a Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) station is beyond me.

Photo borrowed from news channel

Use a whole toilet roll or a couple of carrots tied together or some peas, even luminous thick bio-degradable bands but please … no more white flour! White powder is not cool anymore.

So, fellow HHH runners in Singapore and elsewhere please play it safe with markers and re-think your routes.

“ON ~ ON … “

Made in Singapore… well, a part of it anyway

Readers in the US, in case you are a CBS TV subscriber ~ tune in to Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders – Cinderella and the Dragon (Season 2, episode 6). 

For others, try THIS LINK … probably loaded with advertisements but you will get to watch this episode with scenes of Singapore. I don’t know how long this link will stay working but…

Just my humble opinion/observation ~ the “locals” are not Singaporeans as can be clearly realized by a Singaporean listening to their accents, but it is an indeed entertaining detective episode, 😀

Holy Hell..!!

…  I just flew United Airlines!

and they did THIS to a PAYING customer because they overbooked and couldn’t find volunteers to get off, just so their standby staff could have seats?!

I may have to re-think my future flights on United Airlines. To pay and be treated like an animal is certainly not my cup-of-tea.

Leaving on a Jet Plane …

“… I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
I Don’t know when I’ll be back again.” ~ Peter, Paul & Mary 1967

I have come to prefer long, non-stop flights instead of transiting in Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong … wherever. It takes less (precious) time, cuts all the unnecessary getting off & on, lugging hand-carried items & at times extra screening, etc.

It takes an average of 16 hours on the long cross-Pacific sector but United Airlines has such good videos/movies that I have watched, on average, 6-7 of them each time.  No boredom and usually don’t even get into sleep mode.


Just cross the International Date Line and the Pacific Ocean to get directly to my destination ~ is that cool or what?!

The above pics were taken on a return flight to the US.
Once on US soil, leg stretching can be attained with a fast long walk from gate to gate (international to local terminals). The transit wait followed by a 5-hr flight to Orlando, Florida, is when the eyelids will feel like gym dumbbells! Cross continent flight is nap-time.

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