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Stark Contrasts

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If you read my previous post, you’ll know that I had a lovely Friday evening meeting a group of wonderful people who all want to live in a society without prejudice, without xenophobia, without unkindness, just like I do. And if that’s too much to ask, at the very least, we hope for a society that practises tolerance. Then on Saturday, my hubby and I went for our usual late lunch at our favourite neighbourhood coffeeshop…


Let's Makan!

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On Friday evening, my hubby and I attended a networking session for a new initiative called 'Let's Makan'. We had been erm...kindly invited by the very affable Dr William Wan, the General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement. The whole idea is to get like-minded people together to become 'connectors' to seed little groups around the country with the aim of reviving the 'kampung' spirit that has largely been lost through modernisation, urbanisation and the fact that busy lifestyles nowadays mean neighbours often don't do more than say "Hi" and "Bye", if they even interact at all…


Miss Bean

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Let’s face it. As much as I think lush greenery, towering trees and delicate blossoms are nature’s works of art, I’m not much of a plant person myself (might have something to do with the worms that seem to come hand in hand with them). I’m happier going out to the parks to admire them, rather than actually doing any gardening at home. Although some years ago, I did make an exception…


Glow, People, Glow!

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Chilli Padi’s been slacking with posts for her Corner, and apologises profusely. Her reason excuse? Swamped with other work. But since I took some time out to join Awol at what turned out to be a really cool event, I figured it was the perfect chance for my comeback post. We headed to the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay, where a group of glow-light-loving people had come together to make beautiful art…

I’ll end off with a gallery of when the one and only Awol took to the floor. First, he throws in his specialty - sparks. Then he borrows a LED hoop from the people at
Starlight Alchemy and goes to town with it. Like he isn’t already mesmerising enough! Hehehe…


My Love Affair With Heights

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I’m vertically challenged. Pint-sized. Little. Whichever you prefer, it’s fine with me. I’m short, period. And a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Not that I’m calling myself a rose, although I do have some thorns in my side...but that’s a story for another day, I’m sure. Let me cut to the chase. My point is, I’m shorter than the average ten-year-old but I have a love affair with heights...


Freelancer - A Noble Profession

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I learn something new every day, and today, I owe my gratitude to Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe. In one of his many educational interviews, he mentioned in passing the etymology of the term "freelancer"...


Solving the Peugeot Mystery

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The usual two-minute jaunt home from the coffeeshop after our nightcap last night produced a chuckle or two. A couple months ago, my helpful hubby with his usual magpie talents had picked up a car key in the carpark. Seeing how it was imprinted with the Peugeot logo and it was on the ground by the passenger door of a silver Peugeot mini car/van, it obviously belonged to the owner of that vehicle. Not knowing how to return it, he decided that…


Moonstruck!

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So it began as a pretty ordinary day. Did a bunch of work, had dinner, then at about 9.30 p.m., got a text from our buddies, Vincent and Penny, to meet them for kopi (coffee) - tea for me - at the coffeeshop across from us. We had a lovely time chatting and I got to play with their overgrown puppy, Asher, which I had helped rescue from the park a couple months back. A couple hours later, we said our goodnights and started across the carpark for home. And then I looked up…


Our Labours of Love

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There are many things I love doing. I love to read, write, Google, chat, laugh, enjoy a nice cup of tea, listen to music, watch sports, hang out with good friends, walk in the park...the list goes on. But there is nothing I love more in life than the time I spend with my hubby. Especially when you consider that spending time with him can mean doing all the things I just listed above (and more), but with the benefit of doing it all with the person I love most in the world…


Visit To The Istana

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So I’d never been to the Istana before. I wonder how many Singaporeans have. But I have to admit that I’ve always been awed by its impressive gates along Orchard Road as I walked by thousands of times, and often wondered what the grounds were like. But still, no real push to actually go see it, despite knowing that it is open to the public a few times a year. Until, of course, my darling American husband who wishes more than anything else to become Singaporean, learnt about this...


National Day 2013 Approaches

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National Day is celebrated on August 9th in Singapore, to commemorate the day in 1965 when Singapore became a country in its own right. And every year, Singaporeans all over the island hang out the red and white flag with its crescent moon and stars to show their patriotism, and to express solidarity in celebrating this special holiday. Since many of us live in blocks of flats...


Harbourfront

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There’s a nice area in Singapore known as Harbourfront. It’s a cool hangout place with big malls on the waterfront. I never knew that there was a ‘Harbourfront’ in my bedroom too. Until I happened to see this...


Praise The Artist

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It’s such a hot day. If only there was a breeze. Why can’t it be cooler out? I’m dying of heat! Sound familiar? Pretty much every Singaporean - and those living in the tropics or experiencing summer - would’ve said these words at some time or other. But AWOL and I shared a revelation yesterday...


Bohemian Rhapsody

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In conversation over a late night snack with our buddies, the Vamps, we got to talking about a silly meme that had a reference to a line from the classic Queen song. Walking back home afterwards, the song was playing in my head and I said so. Of course, my hubby couldn’t resist serenading me with bits of the song, bringing forth bits of the original version, as well as another we both love. His entertaining performance as usual left me giggling and chuckling away. As a result, I was inspired to write a post and dedicate it to the late and very talented Freddie Mercury...


PayPal Phishing Around

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It’s in times like these when I thank my lucky stars for my partly geeky nature. I’m the administrator for the generic contact email account attached to this website. And I access this account, like I do for my numerous email accounts, using a mail client on my laptop and similarly on my smartphone. Yesterday, I received this email from service@paypal.com. I didn’t think anything of it at first...