The erratic weather has cause the Tabebula Rosea trees to mass bloom recently, after having no rain for almost 2 months follow by the onset of rainy days. Flowers bloom all the time here, but to see almost an entire trees with flowers like this, is quiet a rare occurrence. The blooms began to fall days later and right now, they are already non existence, but they will bloom again, just not like this anymore.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Housed in the Central Fire Station, the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery traces fire fighting and civil defence developments in Singapore from the late 1800s.
Showcasing the Singapore Civil Defence Force’s (SCDF) proud and long history, the centre aims to heighten public awareness of the civil defence. Experience real-life fire fighting action at the customised interactive stations and see how fire engines have evolved through the years!
The building which houses the gallery was built in 1908 and is a National Monument. It is still being used as a fire station now. Visiting the gallery provides you an opportunity to learn about Singapore's colonial past and the significance of the building in the past.
Admission to the Guided Gallery Tour is free. The operating dates / hours are from Tuesdays to Sundays between 10am to 5pm.
The Merryweather Steam Fire Engine was the first fully motorized fire-engine in Singapore. It was imported directly from Britain and was named after the Governor of Singapore at that time, Mr. Broadrick. As it was one of the best fire-engines in the world at that time, it was nicknamed the “fire-king” by the firemen who used to use it.
The boiler always contained hot water that produced steam, which allowed the vehicle to respond to fires immediately. The engine also allowed firemen to have water pumped to them from a water source thus increasing water pressure in their hoses and allowing them to fight fire more efficiently.
The Dennis Pump Escape was the first vehicle acquired by the Singapore Fire Brigade in 1951.The fire engine saw a new emphasis by the Singapore Fire Brigade on the operational efficiency in their response to the fire scenes without compromising the safety of the firemen. This fire engine was not only fitted with a better engine that can respond fast to the scene of fire, it has replaced the old concept of fire engines where firemen clinging to a rail on the outside of the appliance. The security offered by a totally-enclosed cab reduced the risk of death or injury to the firemen in any type of vehicle accident. Its service was discontinued in 1979.
I hope you have a lovely time joining me in this virtual visit, I know I had an enriching experience visiting the museum with my son , who served in Civil Defence for 2 years, during the compulsory National Service for our citizens from the age of 18.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
We only have 2 weathers here, either it's a hot and humid or a rainy day.
Earlier this year, we had no rain for almost 2 months and it causes the grass to turn brown and died, and leaves shed their brown leaves, thankfully the rain did come back occasionally now.
It rained quiet heavily 2 days ago, as viewed from my 13th floor apartment.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Panoramic view from Machincang Mountain in Langkawi Island, Malaysia.Visitors will be amazed at the unfolding 360 degrees dramatic views of the Langkawi Islands and Southern Thailand as well as the dramatic views of the deep ocean..