Wednesday, March 30, 2011

EMPS # 117- Historical Places

Labrador Battery at Labrador Park.

Labrador Park was one of nine sites where British forces set up their batteries for the defence of Singapore before world war 2. This strategy was based on the belief that invasion of Singapore would not come from the north. These batteries would fire shells against naval invaders to Singapore.

The Labrador Battery included two six-inch 37-ton guns which were installed in 1938. These guns could fire 102 lb shells almost 10 miles.

In addition to these two guns there were searchlights to beam at enemy battleships.

In February 1942 these guns were traversed almost 180 degrees to fire upon the advancing Japanese Imperial Forces on Pasir Panjang Road towards Alexandra Road. However, they were not effective against land forces because of their very flat trajectory.

What we see today in Labrador Park are only the gun positions and not the guns. However, these remind Singaporeans that wrong military strategy can lead to disaster. Winston Churchill called the fall of Singapore 'the greatest disaster to British arms which our history records'.

Memorial Plague at the top of the hill .

ABC Wednesday: K

K is for Koi - ornamental varieties of domesticated common carp (Cyprinus carpio) that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens. Koi are among the longest-living vertebrates, with some animals living over 200 years.

Kids feeding Kois in Mount Faber.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Red Rhino

Light Fire Attack Vehicle (LFAV aka Red Rhino) 
A brainchild of former Singapore Civil Defence Force Commissioner James Tan and affectionately known as the Red Rhino, the LFAV is an all terrain vehicle  equipped with a hydraulic system for rescue tools, a water mist gun and a water monitor, with a seating capacity if 4-5 responsers. It  is seen around the country parked near to Fire Posts and is designed to traverse off roads  to aid in firefighting of densely built-up areas without road access which conventional fire engines may not be able to reach.
This is a formidable vehicle which could also be maneuver into every corner of our public high-rise's void deck.

The Rhino was captured in town, near highrise office building in a weekend  but I'm very sure there was no cause for alarm, as they might just be in a training mission or just routine checking.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

FMTSO: Yellow

Ripen yellow bananas in my kitchen.

Yellow Creeping Daisy.

My neighbour yellow rose.

Yellow Daisy in a flower shop.

Yellow robot waiting for inquisitive kids in a science center.

Yellow balloons were used during my niece and nephew's school price giving ceremony.

My niece's pet bird, named Kuning which means Yellow in Malay.

Yellow-haired angel? I'm not sure what she's suppose to be, saw her on a photo-shoot , must be for some kind of advertisement.

Yellow sculpture along a very busy shopping belt, Orchard Road.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday Challenge: GREEN

"GREEN (Plants, Cloths, Cars, Toys, Houses,...)"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ABC Wednesday : J

Jambu Air or Water Apple, commonly found in tropical country.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

EMPS # 116 - Cold Beverage

 My favorite cold beverage,  Bandung drink- made from rose syrup, evaporated milk and water. A perfect companion of any hot day here. I don't drink any fizzy or carbonated drink, preferring either the Bandung or just plain water.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

FMTSO: Green.

This week's Theme is:

"Show us how you or your town celebrates St. Patrick's Day. Or if this is not for you......... show us your GREEN!!

Prickly green cactus.

Men with green fingers.

Averrhoa bilimbi or Belimbing Buluh in Malay is a small bitter fruit found throughout Asia and is commonly used in Thailand and Malay kitchens. The name "Bilimbi" is the common name used in India and has become popular elsewhere, English names include "Cucumber Tree Fruit" and "Tree Sorrel".These cucumber like fruits are very sour when eaten raw and are most commonly used in Curries and also for making relish.


Gaelic Dragon boat rower.

Green tomatoes.

Color Carnival # 82

Solanum Wrightii

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  • Botanical Name: Solanum macranthum Dunal (synonyms: Solanum crinitum Lam., Solanum wrightii Benth)
  • Common Name: Potato Tree, Brazilian Potato Tree, Giant Potato Tree, Giant Star Potato Tree

Truly an exotic and impressive tropical specimen! This Giant Potato Tree is a large bushy shrub that can grow into a medium-height tree, and be beautifully adorned with stunning flowers all year round! A rare treat indeed to see purple blossoms on a tree! And more amazing is that its gorgeous blossoms come in three wonderful shades, changing successively from deep purple to lavender to white.

The sweet-scented flowers are large (7.6-8.9cm across), striking and showy, covering the whole tree in favourable growing conditions, and will develop into roundish yellow berries, bearing seeds that can be used for propagation when ripened.