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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 …


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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On This Little Street in Singapore …

The street where I lived … during my childhood… East Coast Road.It’s an old street with many old buildings retained but with new shops and businesses. It actually made me wonder what became of the old shops ~ books & comic stores, ice cream parlors & bakeries, laundries, mom&pop sundry stores, medical clinics …

As I walked on … “Aargh! It’s still there!” though closed for that day. Mum once told me that I got my 1st shot of cocktail here ~ BCG & 4-in-1 (whatever made up the ‘4‘ during that era is anyone’s guess) ~ yes, I survived.

Now run by Junior Kai

Each time I got sick, this is where I would end up and everytime I was here on that dreaded green flatbed, I would see Doc with a syringe in hand. I simply didn’t want to remember his name so I just called him Dr. Needle till I was 10 years old.

A more pleasant sight is the ever famous Red-House. For many years, it stood vacant, boarded up, sadly on a wavering status of whether to be conserved or not. Thankfully, it’s been restored but is now a bakery-nouveau of sort. I used to ride my bicycle here to get mum her bread & cakes and, yes, the aroma could actually trigger hunger so I learned to run this errand, twice a week, after lunch.

The old “Red House” Katong Bakery.

The Katong Red House Bakery has a fascinating history – it began with the 1925 ownership by a wealthy Muslim tradeswoman Hajjah Fatimah (Hajjah indicates completion of pilgrimage to Mecca). In 1931, a Jewish man named Jim Baker, started a Bakery (see the pun? 😀 ). Then came a Hainanese man, Mr Tan Siang Fuan, who took over, paying $600 as “coffee money”.  The Hainanese are famous in Singapore  for literally being Bartender, Baker & Chicken Rice Maker (see earlier post with Chicken Rice mentioned).

Every child had a hideaway then (not sure about now) and mine was right here in the back alley of the next street. Hey! we were cellphone-less & escaping from chores was considered cool.

Where I rode bicycles & played with dogs and chickens.

We attached nets wall-to-wall and played badminton and volleyball. I collected stale bread from Red House Bakery and would feed & talk to the roaming chickens and dogs. Yes, life was good living in harmony with different beings.

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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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