Dec 30, 2011

Say Bye to 2011 ... Hello 2012!

It is the time of the year again. The end. This time last year I was on another island; I blogged about my countdown in Harris here. The years preceding I spent my countdown with Ah Tiong from my previous company watching fireworks in town; you can read about my experiences here, here and here. This year I will be spending my countdown out of town again. Wish me well; I may even blog about it later.

To all folks who read this blog frequently, once in a blue moon, annually or even if you accidentally stumbled onto this blog post, thank you for the support! Love your comments and, for some of you, your emails as well. I still have a long backlog to clear. Looking at the things to come, I should be cutting down on my exploration and focus on putting words to the blog.

This shall be my last post of the year. I wish everyone a good year ahead.


Dec 23, 2011

What I Learnt from the 20 Cents Ice-Ball

Ice Ball Booth

It was an offer not to be missed and too good to be true. For two weekends, at two locations in the Brash Basah - Bugis precinct, we are treated to a showcase of some old and dying trade common in the past along alleyways in NHB's Heritage Along Footpaths project. The best part was the price that went with the ware or service from that era. Imagine having your fortune told, savouring an ice-ball and snack on kachang puteh for under a dollar. It was good old nostalgia, so on the second weekend I went back for another peek at the trades and ... a second helping of the ice-ball!

Dec 10, 2011

8 December 1941 - The Japanese Invasion of Malaya

Historical Site of WWII - Pantai Kuala Pak Amat

Last year for WWII anniversary, I blogged about the first air raid in Singapore while in 2008 it was on Pearl Harbor. This year is special. It has to be since 2011 is the 70th anniversary of the Japanese invasion of South-East Asia (note they invaded China before that). Not to bore you with the usual story and photos of torpedoed ships in smoldering ruins (they ran that image for 70 years already), I shall keep this post short, relevant and meaningful, in line with the theme of this blog.

Dec 6, 2011

Ice-ball for 20 cents, Kacang Puteh for 20 cents

Ice-ball cupped

It is sheer contrarian and unusual that NHB is organizing Heritage Along Footpaths, a project that seeks to re-introduce trades of the past and in a bid to up the nostalgic factor, decreed that ice-ball will go for 20 cents, sama for kacang puteh. At such crazy-low price that is surely extinct in Singapore, the news is just too good to be true and the offer … too hard to resist! So what are we waiting for?