Saturday, March 29, 2008

JLand photoshoot #131

Our subject this week is:


(Interpret this anyway you like. Some suggestions are: holy, faith, religious, prayer, church, solitude, Bible, etc.)

So he're my take on sacred, the first 2 are the Holy Book of the Muslim called the Quran, it's written in Arabic and one needs to have an ablution before the book can be handled and read. It belong to me, Yes I'm a born and practising Muslim.
This second picture is the Hindu Deity, not sure what's the name but Indian devotees pray to her for a bless life. It's taken from a Hindu temple in Singapore.

The next picture is from a temple in Krabi, Thailand, on the praying altar of the Taoist . The big statue is the Quan Ying, the Goddess of Mercy

This next picture was taken in Bali, Indonesia, at a Hindu temple during one of the offering ceremony to their God.

Being born and breed in a multi racial multi religious society, we're taught from young to respect and aware of each other's religion practices. I always believe religion is personal matters between one and it's maker and no one should be judged based on what is his/her beliefs. And being from different religions doesn't make one a less friend than the other! it's all about acceptance one as an indidual.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Photo Friday - Emotions

I'm already feeling tired and taking a breather by the river , but why is this auntie taking photos of me?

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Monday Photoshoot #12

In honour of St Patrick day and and in anticipation of spring - in the States, right here in Singapore it's spring all year round! -Karen Funk
wants something green, either naturally green or photoshop. Co incidently I just baked a fresh batch of pandan kaya muffins which are green in colour , due to the pandan paste added to the batter. Plus there's kaya filling ( something like custard) , wich is actually dark green in colour. Served on what else but the green bamboo plate.

Some green view when I looked down from my apartment, that's mango tree sprouting flowers at the moment, very soon there'll be mangoes hanging down from the branches. There's quiet a few mango trees around my neighbourhood.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Photo Friday challenge- The Good Life

Keep on feeding me that kit kat chocolate mummy, I'm on a break right now!! keekekkeke

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

JLand photo shoot #130

Our subject this week is:

Photographer's Choice

This week photograph whatever you'd like. If you don't have time to get out your camera, then pull something up from your files. That's okay too.

So here's mine, a shot of that special breed of rose , on displayed at the recent flower festival. I have never seen a combination of 2 colours on a rose and these became my most favorite shot taken that day. I have always love taking shots of flowers and will not stop doing so. Just my way of preserving it's beauty in print, to be shared with everybody.

Monday Photoshoot #11- Far and near

With such a busy schedule this week, I almost forget about the weekly Monday Photo Shoot #11
so here it is, posted on a rainy Wednesday, where I am right now, it's already the 12th March 08.
The challenge is to take a shot of something far away but include something much closer in the same shot. After searching my albums, I came with with these 2, the first one is taken in December 2007, while on my way to the resort island of Sentosa by the linking monorail system. The island is just minutes away from the mainland. What you see here is the part of the port near the monorail terminal with skyscrappers office building in the further distance. Photo was shot behind the glass window of the monorail.

The second photo was shot during the recent Chinese New Year celebration early this year in the same island , there was an exhibition of flowers there, and the whole island was decked with fresh plants with beautiful blooms. The statue of merlion you see here is the symbol of our country, and is actually an observation tower for visitors.

Hope these 2 pass the criteria set by Karen.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Time for a tea break

With the rainy season we're having right now, going out is really a hassle. So what else to do at home but cracking my brain on what to cook for my 2 adult sons. What I love about my younger 18 years old son is that he'll eat anything I made as though it's his last meal! even thought outside food is easily available around Singapore, this fussy young man will insist on home cooked meal. But he's a great help in the kitchen, so I don't mind slaving at the hot stove.

For tea todayI made currypuff, which is deep fried puff filled with curry potatoes and mincemeat. This is one famous asian snack and well likes by everybody. Served with whatelse but hot Lipton tea. I don't drink coffee and neither do the boys.

Just look at him attacking the spicy egg noddle I made for lunch yesterday!!!. Just watching him eat with relish make all the hardwork I did worthwhile!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Round RobIn Challenge - a nice place to sit

Another challenge by : a nice place to sit can be our little santuary ,to take photos, to just sit and think or do nothing but people watch...

The most favorite place in the world for me, would be this- Redang Island in Malaysia. A great place to just sit and watch the waves and boats and get some tan at the same time, not that I need more tan since I'm not the fair-skin type! LOL. I wish I could go back there again soon but the long journey by land and boat is a big turn off for me.

Seats around the neighbourhood- great place to relax those tired legs and have a good chat with the neighbours. But at times the seat can be too hot during the midday, as these are in the open spaces next to our apartments, but comes evening, it will be shaded by the tall shadow of the apartment blocks. Parents can get a breather while watching their children playing at playground next to it.

It's not easy getting a seat during the peak period in the MRT train, but when you took it at the beginning of the journey or when the train will do an auto turn back at the last station, it's a bliss for the tired legs! 2 stops later and the seats were fully taken and the cabin was packed like sardines.

These beautiful sofa was spotted at the recent open house of the new Terminal 3 at Changi Airport, before it was opened to passengers. I could just imagine myself sitting there for hours with a book, or laptop or just watch the planes , the only trouble is now I may need to purchase an airline ticket to access this place , since it's in the restricted area for passengers only!

Nothing beats the wonderful santuary called HOME SWEET HOME! this is my special area where lots of serious reading are done. Or just a place to relax, away from the PC ..kekekkeke

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Monday Photoshoot

The theme this week at is Fire or Ice, or both. I choose both. Since being on a equator it's almost impossible to showcase how cold my country can be, so I decided to show something heavenly on a hot hot day, ice cream that is!

Waiting for the fire to burnoff before we can have that BBQ by the beach.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

JLand Photo Shoot #129 - Sights of My Town

This week challenge is sights of my town, lets go travelling in the comfort of our home!
since I'm staying on a tiny island called Singapore, the whole country is actually my town. After all we only need about an hour and a half to travel from the east to the west ! But there's nothing islander about us, we are actually one big city with a population of almost 3.5 millions- foreign workers included!

With such big population and limited land, where do we house our citizen but the high rise apartments? We are still expanding, upwards that is.

Ang Mo Kio Central

This is taken just 5 minutes drive from my home, the low building in the centre is the office of the Housing Development Board, the one in charge of the public subsidised apartments like the ones in between it, for the citizens. Around this area called the 'central' where there's malls, shops, restaurants, banks.....

Clarke quay at night

Clarke Quay was named after Sir Andrew Clarke, Singapore's second Governor and Governor of the Straits Settlements from 1873 to 1875, who played a key role in positioning Singapore as the main port for the Malay states of Perak, Selangor and Sungei Ujong.
Clarke Quay is also the name of a road along the quay, part of which has since been converted into a pedestrian mall. Clarke Street, located next to Clarke Quay, was officially named in 1896, and was originally two streets known simply as East Street and West Street in north Kampong Malacca. Similar to Clarke Quay, Clarke Street has since been converted into a pedestrian mall.

Presently, five blocks of restored warehouses house various restaurants and nightclubs. There are also moored Chinese junks (tongkangs) that have been refurbished into floating pubs and restaurants.

Sultan Mosque

With its massive golden dome and huge prayer hall, the Sultan Mosque is one of Singapore's most imposing religious buildings, and the focal point of Muslims in Singapore. The mosque, designed by Denis Santry, was built in 1928.

Living in a multiracial country, we are exposed to each other religion and cultural practices since young. In fact there it is a compulsory subject in our primary school curricullum. Being tolerence, respect and understanding each other's religious obligation and cultural practices is the only to way to survive living among the multi racial neighbours.

Changi Beach

After a hardworking weekdays, time to relax by the beach in Changi , either fishing, swimming, watching the boats or the planes passing by...

I better stop here, I got too many photos of my town but I'm not going to bore you people. Thanks for visiting! :)

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Monday photo shoot #9

New Monday photo shoot #9-

the topic is " On the clock"

This wall clock has a special place in my heart, because it's a gift from my aunt for my 10th wedding anniversary, years ago. This year it will be our 29th years together as husband and wife.Time flies so fast when you're having fun...

Right now , the clock sit perfectly in my country look kitchen.

what's cooking today

Stir fry beef with asparagus and young carrot , add some slices of chilli padi to give it that fiery taste , damn shiok I tell you!

Eaten with taufoo, potato and egg soup, perfect combination.

Our desert, banana cake without the butter. Not as rich but good for the weight watcher, not that I need to watch my diet....I'm pratically underweight! kekekekeke

Want to join me for tea? perfect during the rainy sunday...