Sunday, June 30, 2013

Alphabe-Thursday Letter F for friends in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

I dedicate this post to the friends I made during my 16 years as a faculty wife with these ladies from all over the world. Though I left them for 6 years, they were as warm as ever and I went back to visit them last year. We had great times, and we worked for charities like separating a pair of Siamese Twins from Nepal, we raised funds to run a school for the deaf in Kenya.


Monday, June 24, 2013

Our world/outdoor/wordless wednesday

Photo: like this job?

  1. There aren’t many rules for this blog – mostly the usual ones: Every Wednesday, post a photo that speaks for itself (and you are the one to make that judgment!).
  2. Post only photos that you have authority to use.
  3. Include a link to this blog in your post -
  4. Leave the link to your Wordless Wednesday post below on Mr. Linky.
  5. Visit other blogs that are posted, being sure to leave a comment.
  6. Enjoy!

Sunday Stills: no zoom required.

The Next Challenge: No Zoom Required

All you have to do for this challenge is take pics of anything but with no zoom, should be an easy one..:-)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Alphabe-Thursday Letter E:

 Easiyo yoghurt maker below, the finished product above, 



Honey Vicks VapoNaturals

Combine the goodness of honey with the vicks throat drop, you get a naturally flavoured yummy drop which is both  great in  taste and is effective.

Especially in the cold winter, where we are more susceptible to colds and flus, it is great to know that this little drop helps dry itchy throat. Banish that hum hum embarrassing moment.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A jungle in a concrete jungle


In the midst of a 21st century concrete jungle of Singapore, I protected myself with a green jungle, Nanyang technologgical Univeristy.  This jungle gave reprieve and enjoyment to my overseas friends. 

I had a gardening column in a website which provided a lot of information on "How to grow in a tropical island."

Here are just some of my plants.

Johor Ferns give a good carpet cover

I grew the bird's nest fern from a little seedling, and put it under a big tree.

Blue ginger aka galangal for curry, Thai and Chinese dishes.

Yellow ginger aka Tumeric,

Peace lily.



Banana for fruit and leaves


The others are local herbs.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Our World Tuesday: Phone technicians

Every so often, these technicians come and work on these phone boxes. Usually I am discrete when I take the photos. Once I got near and took a photo. The technician told me it was illegal to take the photo. He said it was government property. I was afraid he would rip the camera from me.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday Stills: One Tree Hill, Auckland, New Zealand.

The obelix monument is on top of One Tree Hill extinct volcano.,_New_Zealand

The monument and the one tree were one of Auckland's most obvious landmark. However, the One tree Hill has become None tree Hill. Tourists often ask this question ,"Why is it called One Tree Hill, when there is no tree?"

Until 2000, a radiata pine tree stood next to the obelisk. This tree (one of two pines) had been planted to replace a sacred Māori Totara tree, the tree which had given Maungakiekie its English name. This totara had been cut down by a white settler in 1852 for firewood.

However, in the early 1960s during a jamboree, a group of overseas Boy Scouts cut down one of the two newer pines. The remaining tree was later attacked twice with chainsaws by Māori protesters (partly because it was not a native New Zealand species and thus considered an insult). The first attack happened on 28 October 1994, the anniversary of the 1835 Declaration of Independence.[2] A second attack on the 5th of October 2000[3] left the tree unable to recover and so it was removed due to the risk of it dying and falling down.,-New-Zealan

This is a place of reverence and sacred memorial place for both the Maoris and Pakehas. But some people have no respect. They deface the place with graffitti and broken beer bottles. They harrass visitors. Now alcohol is banned at nightand the police checks the place frequently.

The Next Challenge: Historical sites and markers

This challenge will be both a difficult and informative challenge. I almost feel like a history teachergiving out homework but hey, next week we will all learn something new. So for this challenge we are looking for historical sites, markers or monuments. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Birds in winter.

It is blustery cold.
In 4 days,
It will be the shortest day of the year.
The wind is howling,
The rain is pouring.

Oh  _____,
The b______ birds,
They have come in the house again.
I go ______. ______, _______.
I have lost my poetic mood.
Get out! bird, _________.

Time to feed the birds.