Friday, August 31, 2007

Flying Our National Flag

I took a photo of our Chinook flying our national flag last year.

This year my daughter drew a helicopter instead during her art session in nursery. Our schools seem a little out of touch these days. But the massage is the same,

We are Singapore,
We are Singapore,
We are Singapore,

2007 BLOG Day

Today is 2007 Blog Day. To celebrate this, I have found five new Blogs to recommend to everybody. Here goes:

Love Singapore Food
Blog of Singapore Food.

Singapore Surf Anglerz
A Singapore fishing blog with great potential.

My Wedding Blog
Not a new blog, but interesting for married or going to marry couple.

A Singapore Gooner’s Highs & Lows
Lady Football kaki Diary – Not bad for soccer Lover

Nutrilite For Life
Everything about health issue

Ok, I have done my part, now's your turn.

Have fun and HAPPY BLOG DAY!

Happy Teachers Day

My daughter is proud to celebrate Teachers’ Day today, and no, she is not a teacher, but due to the fact that she making muffin for her teachers rather than buying for them.

Come to think of it, I celebrated Teachers’ Day as a student for more than ten years, but I only know that it was done to show appreciation to our respectable teachers. Today, almost twenty years after I left school, I found out where and how it got started.

"National Teacher's Day history is quite interesting. Read on to know about history and origin of Happy National Teachers Day.

In 1944, an Arkansas teacher, Mrs. Mattye Whyte Woodridge, corresponded with political and educational leaders for a national day honoring teachers. She also wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day in 1953.

In the late 1970s, the National Education Association (NEA), its Indiana and Kansas state affiliates, and its local affiliate in Dodge City, Kansas, lobbied Congress for the creation of a national day celebrating teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher's Day. But it was declared as National Teacher's Day for that year only.

NEA and its affiliates continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when NEA and the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher's Day. Since then, National Teacher's Day is celebrated on the Tuesday of the first full week of May.

This is all about the National Teachers' Day origin.

This article is extracted from here."

I have some friends who teach, it is not an easy profession, especially in Singapore today. I wish all teachers a Happy Teachers' Day today, but be happy all year round. Happy Teaching!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Shortest Personality Test

Your Personality Profile

You are funky, outdoorsy, and down to earth.
While you may not be a total hippie...
You're definitely one of the most free spirited people around.

You are very impulsive - every day is a new adventure.
However, you do put some thought behind all your actions.
Still, you do tend to shock and offend people from time to time!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Durian Marathon

Our plan last week to invade a durian store this Friday meet a little hurdle, a few of us could not make it. But the crave for the king of fruit is just unbearable, so we decided to bring forward the adventure.

We decide on 717 at Yio Chu Kang Road to have our dinner last night.

It was crazy, I couldn’t believe that five big guys actually have problem finishing just six durians until I foot my bill. The durians weight more than 2 kg each, my goodness! We also take away some durian puffs from 727 to treat our fellow colleagues which did not join us.

And how can I forget my family, I brought two durians back. My youngest girl was so delighted and dragged me to take a photo of her with the durians.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Words Of Wisdom

Quotes from Words Of Wisdom by Daisaku Ikeda, a Buddhist philosopher.

One of my favorite poets, the Argentine educator Almafuerte (1854-1917) wrote: "To the weak, difficulty is a closed door. To the strong, however, it is a door waiting to be opened." Difficulties impede the progress of those who are weak. For the strong, however, they are an opportunity to open wide the doors to a bright future. Everything is determined by our attitude, by our resolve. Our heart is what matters most.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Ramen Ramen

It started raining heavily just before noon, and inspired me to find nice food center to eat without been affected by the weather. After some discussion, we decided on Koufu Food Court. I drove my friends to Toa Payoh Central and park right into the multi-storey car park.

I had no difficulty deciding my pick - Ramen. The presentation was of restaurant standard, priced right and tasted good too. At $4.50, it's worthy choice.

The Sesame Street Personality Quiz

Did the personality quiz, very interesting. I may not be talented, or maybe I did not know that I am, but the rest are quite true.

You Are Big Bird

Talented, smart, and friendly... you're also one of the sanest people around.

You are usually feeling: Happy. From riding a unicycle to writing poetry, you have plenty of hobbies to keep you busy.

You are famous for: Being a friend to everyone. Even the grumpiest person gets along with you.

How you live your life: Joyfully. "Super. Duper. Flooper."

LIVE! Seafood In Sembawang

The pass weekend has been an exhausting one. In fact, I was so busy I did not have time to update my Blog that day.

My dinner on Saturday night is a satisfactory one, ever since Yishun Live Seafood restaurant (义順活海鲜) started this store in S21 along Sembawang Road, they have not disappoint me yet. By the way, if you do not like seafood, there are good varieties of choice here. The food center has an uncle to direct you into their parking lot when the car park is congested, and of course, parking is free. They even do broadcasting to inform the customers to move their car from the road side whenever a Traffic Attendant arrives.

The three must-try dishes I avoid missing here are oyster egg (蠔蛋), crab with cellophane noodles (冬粉螃蟹) and curry fish head (咖喱魚头). I personally feel that their oyster egg is even better that the neighbor’s store specialize in it.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Chinese Fast Food

Had my lunch at Shunfu Hawker Center today. We walk all the way into the hawker center and stop right in front of this store, Lai Heng Fried Kuay Teow.

We were there just before the crowd arrives. We made our order and the old lady speaks into a microphone like what they do in Burger King. We then proceed to about three tables away from the store. And there comes the surprise, the old lady is standing right behind us hold two plates of fried kuay teow as we were sitting down.

At $3 per plate, it certainly taste much better than many others, the cockles were of good size and they are fresh. All five of us emptied our plates.

But this is not good, I am spoiling myself, after last night's big feast. To make things worse, I still have to accompanying my wife’s friend from Hong Kong to try some nice food tonight. I will have to lighten my diet next week.

Friday, August 24, 2007


It’s Friday, but it is not the end of my week. My weekend start tomorrow at 3pm. But I am getting into the mood, with three of my friends. We are heading to Geylang Road, for steamboat buffet.

We reach the restaurant at about 7pm. The soup is a little flat, meaning MSG is not present, varieties is not comparable to places like Marine South, due to the space constrain, but it is air conditioned. One thing different is the dumpling, its hand made, and it definitely taste good. We took less than two hours to fill our stomach, such a waste, I could eat non stop for three to four hours ten years back. This is an alarm for ageing. Four of us cool ourselves with two bottle of Tsing Tao and chat till about 10pm before we settle the bill and make a move, and our plan for the coming Friday, durian for dinner at 717 or Balestier Road. By the way, the meal cost us $12.80 per head, excluding the beer.

Before we leave, I discover a long lost friend – Tai Seng Herbal Restaurant.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Hungry Ghost Festival - 中元节

Today my company holds a ceremony to pray for the hungry ghost festival. While my project is half way through, thing don't seems quite right. There are less contractor joining the event, there's less food, and less offering. Though it's only a Chinese festival, it does reflect the economy status of Singapore in its way, at least in the building construction industry. At this golden period of our nation, we are expecting good amount of contribution to the ceremony. I can still remember ten year back, when the project I was handling was three time smaller in contract size, and the money thrown into the fire was three time more than the current one. After all, the player was meant to be for everybody's well being.

Anyway, my focus today is not economy, but food. I will be going for steamboat dinner with my friends tomorrow, I should train my appetite tonight.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

My Theme

When I started this Blog more than a month ago, I did not really know what I wanted to write on. So I simply throw in my latest fishing trip photo and wah la, I am a blogger. From then, I begin to read through more blogs, and realize the amount of new things I need to learn, before my three girls catch up with me.

Now I have decided on my theme, they are “FAMILY, FOOD, FRIEND, FISHING & FEELING”.

It will be a memory of my precious moment with my GIRLS (Wife + 3 Kids). Things we do, food we go after and jokes we make.

I like unhealthy food, my wife too. And although my family doctor will not encourage it, I would have to try it before I could blog about it. Right, I’ll sacrifice for my blog.

This should be everyone and anyone that we know.

I like to record all my fishing trips and equipment, so I will be able to know the kind of time and money I have invested in this hobby. Of course, it also helps me to remember the wonderful time and beautiful experience.

These will be times when I complain, or share my joys, maybe my thoughts, in one word “my emotion”.

This post should help to keep me on course, I hope. Maybe one day, when I got substantial improvement in my writing skill and acquire sufficient knowledge in web page formatting, I will consider starting start other blog that is more focus. Let’s start BLOGGING…

Monday, August 20, 2007

Firework On 18 Aug 2007

We set off to Marine Square at 1900hrs to avoid traffic jam in this area. From previous experience, the only word to describe the human and car traffic in this area is PACKED.

We initially intent to view from our usual spot - the Benjamin Sheares Bridge, but this time round, the police have banned all public access. With the gallery covering almost the whole of Marina Walk, the next best place to watch show would be below the bridge. We reach the spot at 2020hrs, there will probably less than 50 other waiting before us. I guess many have actually got tickets to enjoy the show at the gallery, or at the Esplanade. The show started with the performance of remote control kite at 2100hrs which last for 15 minute follow by the firework. I took a video clip of the firework.

On our way back, we drop by Marina Square 7-11 for a drink. And I was approached by a Vietnamese tourist asking for help to catch a cab to their hotel. Apparently, our Call-A-Cab services here is not very user friendly for these group of people, the queue were long and they could not make oversea call for a cab with their mobile phone. Anyway, we managed to get them 2 cabs within 30 minutes and send them back to their hotel, Hope they enjoy their stay in Singapore.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Fishing Trip 11 Aug 2007

This time round, I join my wife where her company organise a boat trip on Nelayana. Along with 9 other staff and family, we board the boat at the yacht club near West Coast Park. The weather was good, a little breeze and not so sunny. We decided to bring only my elder daughter to be fair. The boatman brought us to the southern side of main land where we could see the skyline of Singapore.

This is my catch of the day, biggest so far for bottom fishing.

And of course, my wife also has a great time fighting this one.

This one was too heavy for my girl to handle, so I have to help her reel it up and hold it for her photo session. In fact, it is the second biggest among the trip.

And these are the effort of twelve anglers, including my family.