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Apr 13, 2014

One Man's Trash, Another Man's Treasure

What is the definition of "trash" and "treasure", and the differences of "collectibles" and "antiques"?

Simply are the stuff to be thrown away for more storage spaces in the house while those stuff with personal sentimental values for keepsake for posterity.

I think the "Keep Singapore Clean" campaign for decades to keep Singaporeans since early schooldays have been successful and effective in our garden city.  One of the visual transformation of the Singapore River for cleaning up over a decade ... not only the atmosphere, the environment and the public places, but the long forgotten memories of the smell.

Foreign travellers, visitors and tourists now flock to the Singapore River, Marina Bay and the many places of interest in Singapore.  Our multi-racial, multi-religion, multi-language, multi-culture society and one people, one nation, one Singapore to live, work and play in harmony in peace, political stability and economy prosperity together to make Singapore an unique country in the world.

Young children are also trained to keep their homes clean too.  During the year-end school holidays before the new year, the family would work together to "use our hands" campaign to make our homes spick and span, the home and workplace environment and living conditions.

However,  one man's trash is another man's treasure.  In a "throw-away modern society" today, the younger generations all over the world are learning to "reuse, reduce, recycle".

During my young days, I started the hobby of collectibles of small items within my monthly strict budgets. I have collected little by little, bit by bit, over decades to save some souvenirs and collectibles to store fond nostalgic memories and personal experiences.  Some of these little "treasures" I bargained at Sungei Road in Singapore where I roamed during weekends.

About 10 years ago, I had the first experience to visit Edmonton, Canada.  My trip was on a "shoestring budget".  I travelled on backpack by public transport and cars driven by my friends in Canada.  I stayed in their homes in Edmonton.

Old Strathcona Antique Mall - Edmonton, Alberta 

Old Strathcona Antique Mall is located in the historic Old Strathcona area of Edmonton. It host over 130 antique dealers offering the area’s finest antiques & collectibles with over 27,000 square feet of treasures over two floors.  I spent a day at the antique mall to explore a place I have not seen elsewhere in Singapore.
It was awesome!  I was young again once more!  To me, those were collectible treasure, not trash!

Over a decade since my last visit to Old Strathcona Antique Mall,  many things have changed as I watched this video on YouTube.  The business have gone online and the design of the dealers' booth over three hundred booths and showcases are neatly arranged, partitioned according to the categories of items.

Please share memories of heritage and collectible friends of "treasure", converted from "trash"!

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Apr 8, 2014

The Bloom of the Garden City

With thanks to Mr. Lim Lian Hai for posting this amazing photo taken in Singapore for us to share.

Photo Credit:  The Straits Times
Photo Credit:  The Straits Times
Photo Credit:  TODAY Online

The Bloom of the Garden City
Chase Away the Gloom of the Haze

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever
It's loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health,
and quiet breathing.
from Endymon, John Keats

All of a sudden everywhere all over Singapore since early March, the talk of the town was about the weather, the rain and the sun, the haze and the heatwave.

These few days so many Facebook friends have posted photos of the beautiful flowers captured in red, pink, white, yellow and purple.

Xiang Yun posted to her Facebook page:

Good morning! We did not expect that its the season in Singapore. Flowers blossoming everywhere, it's beautiful! Thank God to bestow on us the blessings of Mother Nature!

Photo Credit:  The Straits Times
Photo Credit:  Mr Goy Soong Ngee
Since when so many years or decades ago that these beautiful sceneries in various parts of Singapore was blessed by Mother Nature to feast our eyes to watch.  Please capture these photos wherever you are located and share them with us.  Thanks to the National Parks Board to plant these floral plants and trees over the decades and they are now blooming.

Please enjoy them as more photos are uploaded by friends and contributors to Facebook for us to share on the blog.  

In March, 2010, Wild Singapore posted "Sakura" Season in Singapore too.

The Straits Times and Today  also published similar news about the blooming in the Garden City of Singapore.

The flowering trees are planted all over Singapore since the annual tree-planting campaigns with seedling or saplings at various constituencies by our "national gardeners", our "citizen gardeners" and everyone.  With their tender, loving care for the trees to grow tall and strong.  At the right time, right season of the Garden City of Singapore blooms and grow with the best of every types of flowers for us to enjoy.  Beautiful!


Apr 4, 2014

If there were a Rip Van Winkle to explore Singapore then and now

This "long-winded" blog title as a sequel of a previous blog "Miss to Share, Share to Miss" here .

As a blog version of the forum talk topic "Adopting Technology to Bridge the Generation Gap" at the 50plus Expo 2014,  it is hoped that the combination of multimedia format as an experiment to deliver an effective and simple message to the audience.

If there were a "Singaporean Rip Van Winkle" (fictitious character) who fell into a "supernatural sleep" on 9 August, 1965, Singapore's National Day and to wake up 50 years later on 9 August, 2015, what was happening in Singapore while he was in "slumberland"?

Please watch the short video filmed by my nostalgia friend Lina CatCat (nickname) during the forum talk and uploaded to YouTube for viewing pleasure.  With thanks to Lina CatCat for her video filming skills to share on this blog.

Assuming that we are the licensed Tour Guide of a travel agency certified by the Singapore Tourism Board, how would his "culture shock" be cushioned with the rapid changes to explore in Singapore, his own homeland? Like a first-time tourist who visited Singapore 50 years ago and now to revisit Singapore today, what would be his impressions then and now?


What a difference Singapore would make to "Rip Van Winkle",  foreign visitors and tourists who have not visited Singapore since the independence of our nation fifty years ago.  Singapore did not remain stagnant over the decades.  Singapore is forever "work in progress" to develop, in transition to make it a better place to live, work and play for everyone.


Apr 2, 2014

Miss to Share, Share to Miss

Last week after I had the privilege and pleasure to participate in the forum talk at the 50plus Expo 2014 on 29 March, 2014 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Halls Level 4,  a 50-year primary school classmate told me that he missed the event and was interested to know what was I talking about.

So this blog version is shared with him and my friends some entertaining stuff  with them to enjoy.

Although I am not a professional, qualified public speaker and a "newbie" on this scheduled topic "Adopting Technologyto Bridge the Generation Gap",  I am pleased to share my personal experiences.  I thanked  Council for Third Age (C3A) the organiser of  the 50plus Expo 2014 and the participants to attend the "sharing session" to learn from their personal stories on this topic.

The 3-day annual event from 28 March to 30 March 2014 was hosted by Third Age (C3A);  50plus EXPO is the largest and most comprehensive event for baby boomers and seniors.

[If you are above the age of 45 and want to live well and celebrate life, this exhibition is for YOU!

Come to 50plus EXPO 2014 to Get a L.I.F.E - Live, Inspire, Fulfil and Enjoy - with hands-on workshops, health and wellness tips, educational forum talks, entertaining stage performances and activities, health products and services for purchase, daily lucky draws and more!] (Source:  50plus Expo 2014).

Before the session started, I mentioned that I am a "Friends of Yesterday" (FOYers) and one of my blogger friend, Lam Chun See was featured here on The Straits Times on 24 March, 2014.   Chun See's best selling book, "Good Morning Yesterday" was available at the exhibition.  As the books at major bookshops were out of stock, the visitors were informed that Chun See could attend his forum talk the following day on 30 March at Forum B at 5:00 pm.  They could "Meet the Author" session with an autographed book.

Next, I had to introduce myself in person as most of them are my new friends.  They are my Facebook friends who giggled and asked me why my facial appearance look so different?  The photo of me when I was twenty something, but I am now already 65-years-old.  They then laughed.

The images for Facebook avatar are unreal. I am so vain as to post the best of my young photo to cheer myself and to think me of myself as forever young  : )   Never mind lah.  Some Facebook friends have avatar image of  their pet dogs,  pet cats,  favorite celebrities or movies stars.  In the past,  I  had used my 10-year-old photo and my friends told me that I was too young.  We had fun together to enjoy on Facebook!

A series of photos were screen captured from a YouTube video and shown on the presentation slides.

These ignorant kids were too young when the video was uploaded to YouTube many years ago.

They have grown older and I believe they would not say that they "won't talk to old people because old people are old computer which cannot upgrade or access Internet".  I felt sorry for them to think that way.

Thanks to the Silver Infocomm Junctions and Hotspots for every Singaporeans and pioneer generation  Singaporeans regardless of  languages or ages to become IT and Internet-savvy.

In May 2005, a high-level steering committee convened to spearhead the development of Singapore's 10-year masterplan to grow the infocomm sector and to use infocomm technologies to enhance the competitiveness of key economic sectors and build a well-connected society.

iN2015 is a living blueprint, jointly developed with the people and the private sectors, to navigate Singapore's exhilarating transition into An Intelligent Nation, A Global City, Powered By Infocomm. iN2015 will fuel creativity and enable innovation among businesses and individuals by providing an infocomm platform that supports enterprise and talent.It will connect businesses, individuals and communities, giving them the ability to harness resources and capabilities across geographies. iN2015 will be the conduit to enable access to the world's resources and for Singapore to export her ideas, products and services to the global marketplace here .

Since the forum talk topic is to bridge the generation gaps, not to divide the pioneer generations and the young generations of Singapore.  It was stressed that the purpose of computer technology for everyone to teach and learn to integrate the various age groups, not to segregate them.


Lets look at how they can live, learn, work and play together!


To share a touching story of an old father, son and a sparrow video clip from YouTube.

There is a moral to this story.  In this video, the son was learning as a child.  But when the old father becomes forgetful, the son should teach his father with patience.

In 2012, I had the opportunity to be trained as a Memory Corps volunteer to share with students in the schools in Singapore under the Singapore Memory Project .


It was an enriching learning experience from the enthusiastic young school children.  Some of them shared their stories told by their great grandparents who were as old as me or much older.

At the Paya Lebar Kovan Community Centre in 2007,  IT and Internet courses were conducted to adult learners.  Most of them are 50plus and look so youthful.  They all have Yahoo email registered during their training at the courses.

To be continued ...

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