Thursday, April 28, 2005

Old photos of Ubin and much more

Nice images of old ubin /tekong from this online user on Webshots named Fairypoint . Really a nice photogallery of old photos of ubin, tekong, changi and much much more. And he/she is sharing it with us all..

Thanks Fairypoint for sharing the nice photos.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Oriental Pied Hornbill

My research from this book: A Field Guide to the Birds of South-east Asia by Craig Robson.

Male hornbill: White facial markings, belly and vent.
Pale yellowish bill and casque with dark markings.

All this check out !!!

Definition of Casque: an enlargement of the upper mandible.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Hornbill -Oriental / Asian / Southern Pied (Anthracocceros albirostris)

The Oriental Pied Hornbill
One of my favourite birds that i regularly see in Ubin, the pied hornbill, either called Asian pied hornbill or asian pied hornbill or southern pied hornbill (take yr pick). Spotted 3 today on the way to Orchid Garden(Mamam beach). Not to sure whether the one i took is a male or female, but will do some research..... and get back to you folks !!!

Oriental Pied Hornbill 

Travel log
Arrived in Ubin with my friends at 9.00 am in the morning and had a nice cool drink before heading of to Noordin beach. Almost immediately, saw this cute lizard !!

cute lizard oh?
Reaching Noordin beach, it was quite a shame to see Noordin beach view blocked of by water fences to prevent illegal immigrants from swimming the Johor Straits.

Took a short cut dirt trail pass the prawn farm to Mamam Beach..While good thru the old rubber estates, it was here we saw 3 hornbills !! what a lovely sight.

The walk back was tiring but fulfiling indeed. Back to mainland for more food !! haha

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Nature Society (Singapore) Programmes.

Nature society organises monthly activites. All you need to do is sign up as a member and you get to participate in their events..... Good fun and u learn a bit too and you can learn about plants, birds, etc etc.

Check out Nature Society (Singapore ) calender of events

Eh ? not updated !!! - nevermind e-mail them ok !!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Angsana blooms (Part II)

Angsana Trees are blooming and making Singapore to look like a sea of green and yellow.

Mother Nature reminds us how beautiful the trees are and reminds us to appreciate them as God's gift
for us to protect and appreciatelayout...

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Guide to investing

For a beginner like me, i enjoy and look forward to reading the Sunday Times (Singapore). It publishes during sunday's a section called invest giving u some insights to investing as well as interviews with people who have invested wisely and are not sitting "rich". Too often we start by investing to preserve our capital (i.e. ensure our savings and interest earned is more than the rate of inflation)..and get good yield......but for some people investing is no different than gambling !!!..Don't get me wrong, i am not trying to preach here..As they say, to each, his/her own.

Many,many books "teach" you the basic/indepth principles of how to be rich !!"e.g rich dad,poor dad, warren buffett guide to investing, etc etc etc etc.......but why isn't there not more rich people out there with the mushrooming of simple guide books on how to be rich ???

Some people say "No guts, no glory mate"...Some people are just risk averse. Too scared, etc.

This could be true, i am risk averse, but i also do not intend to join the long line of the non-success stories and bankrupt folks that appear in notices in papers bound for the recycling bins. All i can say is to those who made it thru hard work, good for you.

As a newbie in the investing world, what i will try to do is keep to the practice that was nicely quoted in one the articles in Sunday Times dated 10 April page 21 by Mr Wong Khai Soon in his parting words, "when you invest, go in only with money you can afford to lose'.

Another regular series of localised articles which i like to read to is by Dr Money of the Newpaper. Check Dr Money (Larry Haverkmap) out too, if you are a newbie like me..

$$$ is a means to an end..not the end itself, but we all do like a smooth journey there right ?? hahah

Take care ya..

Saturday, April 09, 2005

In memory -Pope John Paul II

In memory to a great servant of God who help Catholics worldwide to be united with brethen of other races and was a example of a person who forgave his enemy (he forgave the person who tried to kill him).

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Ixora in bloom on way to Chek Jawa

ixora (family: rubiaceae) in bloom on the way to Chek Jawa..(forgotten to post them up). Ixora over here are wild shurbs. Hybrid ixora species often seen in the rest of S'pore are similar to this (however some have different colors)

I identified this flower from this book
1001 Garden Plants in Singapore. Boo Chih Min, Kartini Omar-Hor, Ou-Yang Chow Lin. National Parks Board Publications. National Parks Board.2003

flowers on the way to chek jawa
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Friday, April 08, 2005

Angsana Trees in bloom

Was on bus 12, passing by St. Patrick's School along East Coast Road, when a tree full of yellow flowers caught my eye. Open my eyes bigger and noticed that trees of Angsana (Pterocarpus indicus) was in bloom, with bunches of yellow flower buds on trees as well as ground below trees..

Very beautiful and noting that angsana trees very rarely bloom and when they do they last very shortly.

For those who do not know what this tree look like, look at the trees along Orchard Road, from Wisma Atria all the way down.....

For those who still scratching head..and thinking how this tree look like..Well if you regularly go Orchard Road, take a look at the trees planted along orchard road (wisma atria , takashimaya, etc) ..yup those dense leaves with dropping dome-shaped crown are the angsana trees..

Further research information
Family: Leguminosae
Scientific name: Pterocarpus Indicus
Common names: angsana, burmese rosewood, narra, red sandlewood
Uses: medium-heavy hardwood (known as narra) used for construction, furniture, panel. Bark used against dysentery.
Tree prone to fungal disease and that led to its decline in popularity as it was formerly once of the main trees planted for the Garden city campaign in the 60's.

Further references:
Ptrecarpus indicus. NFT Highlights, NFT 92-02, Mar 92
Heritage Trees (pdf) National Parks.
Ptrecarpus Indicus. National Park: Trees
Wee Yeow Chin, Tropical Trees and Shrubs. A selection for Urban Planting. Sun Tree Publishing Limited,USA.2003

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Miss Universe Singapore-2005

When asked to choose her favourite cultural festival during the Question and Answer segment, Ms Ling Lee (19 yrs old NTU undergraduate) answered "Racial Harmony Day-cause she had fun dressing up as an Indian".....Jaws dropped !! duh...

Watching it, i can only say....God is fair. 'Sometimes you can't have both beauty and brains'

Kudos to the winner - Ms Cheryl Tay (24 yr old). Do Singapore proud ok.

Love converts hearts, promote's peace (in memory of Pope John Paul II)

Many wonderful words, poems,songs have appeared or are appearing online and news all around the world encapsulate who the Pope is and what he has done. I shall not add what has already been said. The Pontiff (Pope John Paul II)was indeed a great man, a holy man, well loved by many.
"Viva el Papa" (italian for Long live the Pope)

All i will say:
There will be rejoicing in the heavens because a Servant of God Returns.

Rest In Peace
Ioannes Paulus PP. II
Karol Wojtyla
16.X.1978 - 2.IV.2005

Excerpts from the official English translation of the Pope's Roman Triptych:

The End is as invisible as the Beginning.
The universe emerged from the Word, and returns to the Word.
Right at the heart of the Sistine Chapel, the artist shows this invisible End in the visible drama of the Judgment -
And this invisible End became visible as the highpoint of clarity:
ominia nuda et aperta ante oculos Eius.*
The words recorded by Matthew, here become the painter's vision:
"Come, you who are blessed... depart from me, you accursed..."
And so the generations pass - naked they come into the world and naked they return to the earth
from which they were formed.
"From dust you came, and to dust you shall return";
all that had shape into shapelessness.
What was alive is now dead; all that was beautiful is now the ugliness of devastation.
And yet I do not altogether die, what is indestructible in me remains!

*(Everything is disclosed and revealed before his eyes)

source: Pope's Poetic Last Statement: Guardian Unlimited, Book News.

Pulau Ubin – ex-Headman celebrates his 100th birthday

Reported in the Sunday Times, April 3, 2005,Mr Lim Chye Joo, a celebrity in his own right, celebrated his birthday surrounded with family and friends yesterday at his home in Pulau Ubin. Mr Abdullah Tarmugi (Speaker of Parliment)was present as well

It is fantastic to read this in the papers and that people as well as representative from the Govt. remembered.

FYI -if you want to visit Mr. Lim's house:
You can’t miss it, located at the “T”junction of Jalan Noordin and Jalan Ubin (opposite Belatok Hut), 700 or so meters away from the jetty.

The paper reports that he has lived in Ubin for 70 years since he arrived from China and has 8 children. In his younger days he was very active in the community and was former chairman of the Community Centre over at Ubin.

Do drop by his place to see and shake hand with this icon of Ubin.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Shopping for an HDB apartment..

Yes, i am flat hunting. Where else to start but Housing Development's Board InfoWeb.
An excellent site which showcases what places are on sale,ballot,recent resale prices, etc.

The most recent flats put online for ballot is Tivela - a built-to-order (BT0) exercise by HDB in Sengkang. BTO means oh...HDB will only built if there is demand for it..You can also see from the website, how many people have submitted applications for it on daily basis as well images of how the building and layout inside. A really good site.

Visit it if you have time and need a flat or just get information on house purchase, rules, terms and conditions, etc.