Thursday, February 6, 2014

Temple of the Jade Emperor of Heaven

Along Pasir Panjang Road is a small temple with a colourful facade with statues of the Eight Immortals depicted as crossing the sea according to legend. This Taoist temple is where devotees go to to pray to the Jade Emperor of Heaven and a few other important deities in Taoism. Today I was there to accompany a friend who went to pray to Tai Sui, the Heavenly General who is in charge of the well-being of the mortal world,  as her horoscope and that of her son's clashes with this particular deity this year. Those born in the year of the Horse, Rat, Chicken and Rabbit will have to make offering to the Tai Sui deity to appease him so that all will be well for them in this year of the Horse.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Waterloo Street

 I was walking along Waterloo Street towards the Singapore Art Museum when I came across these graceful bamboo branches that drew me to the quiet backyard of a church where a bamboo grove sheltered me from the sweltering heat for a while. I am discovering the joy of painting bamboos these days and the sight of bamboos anywhere always make me stop to admire and attempt to study their complicated structure. 

















Thursday, September 19, 2013

Mid-Autumn Festival at Gardens by the Bay 2013

I heard about it, googled it and thought I should not miss it. I went to the Gardens by the Bay on the eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival which is today to enjoy the lovely lantern displays around the gardens under a moon that was almost perfect. There were many visitors to the gardens like me but the number of people present were not overwhelming and I did not have to jostle with others to take photos of the lantern displays. It was a pleasant evening spent admiring the lanterns that were appealing to children and adults alike.

 


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Labrador Park

 Blues skies and everything nice and no haze, what a wonderful morning at Labrador Park. From this day on, sky and clouds like this will be treasured in my heart every time I set eyes on them.










Monday, June 24, 2013

Celebrating the first haze-free morning in days

I have been taking countless morning walks in our parks over the years. Never once did I stop to think what would be able to stop me from this habitual activity other than rainy weather until we were so badly affected by the ridiculous forest fires originating in Indonesia over the past week. We were blanketed in thick haze that made it look like there was fog everywhere. We stayed indoors as much as possible and scrambled to buy N95 masks to avoid breathing in hazardous micro particles in the air.

My walks were made impossible overnight and I missed my daily routine where the only complaint I made was against the scorching heat and humidity at this time of the year. The Indonesian minister said that the situation we are in was the result of nature and asked us to pray for a miracle. Well, I prayed for a miracle for two days consecutively and the winds changed direction. Unfortunately, our good fortune over the weekend caused Johor to take on the bulk of the pollution from Indonesia. This morning, the haze seemed to have disappeared and the skies were clear. I wasted no time in donning my walking shoes to go and enjoy this reprieve from the haze. We never know when we will be hit again with a Pollution Standards Index (PSI) of above 100 or worse still be overcome by smog at a PSI of 300 and above.

This morning I walked with a friend, from Hortpark, across the Alexandria Arch bridge and walked along the elevated walkway to Telok Blangah Park. The air was clear and it was no different from those numerous other occasions when we did our morning walks in the parks of Singapore. This time, however, I saw everything with new eyes. Never again will I take clean air and clear views of things for granted. You do not know what you have till you experience loss. So I hope that everyone will be more environment conscious in their daily lives from now onwards.