Commemorating 50 years of Greening Singapore Music Video Featuring Big Bro & Dr Jia Jia and sung by Lorraine Tan

I am sharing this video as the intro was very interesting from Dr Jia Jia’s dialogue with his big bro. It is not easy to have 50 years of greening. In fact many places has celebrate 50years of anniversary such as National Park Board, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Church of Singapore this year.

Hope people can save more trees and be more environmental friendly. Hope you enjoy this video and Lorraine Tan’s song.

WWF Singapore – OceanWorld screening at East Coast Park on 9 June 2012

Oceanworld

Image taken from http://www.wwf.sg/what_we_do/save_our_seas/celebrate_our_world_s_oceans/

WWF Singapore invites you to join us for the first public screening of OCEANWORLD! WWF want to share the beauty of our oceans so that more people will be inspired to take action to save our seas.

Date: Saturday 9 June 2012
Time: 6.30PM (Screening starts at 7.30PM)
Venue: East Coast Park, Dalbergia Green (click here for map)
How to get there:

  • Nearest MRT stations are Eunos, Kembangan and Bedok
  • Bus Service 401 from Bedok to East Coast Park Service Road. Services 16, 13, 196 to Marine Crescent or Marine Terrace and walk across the underpasses or overhead bridge. Services 15, 31, 36, 55, 76, 135, 196, 197 and 853 to Marine Parade Road (near Tao Nan School or the police post at Marine Parade Road).
  • Nearest carparks are C4 and D1.

It’s the weekends, so come along with your family members and friends. Come early to get a good spot and to check out the WWF booths to learn more about our marine conservation programme. Bring a picnic basket and mat to enjoy the sea breeze and sunset.

Make your picnic an ocean-friendly one. Make sure any seafood you bring is sustainable – here’s WWF Singapore Seafood Guide to help you along.

The event is free for all to attend.

Here’s the trailer of the movie:

Is not it beautiful? Hope you enjoy it.

My railway track walking adventures part VIII

Sorry for the lacking of updates as I was busy with my project and studies then.

Level Crossing at Sungei Kadut Road!

Welcome back to my railway track walking adventures part VIII (8). This part of the journey will be from 4th level crossing located near Sungei Kadut level crossing to Kranji area.

 reached 4th level crossing at Sungei Kadut Road after a long walk from Ten Mile Junction to Stagmont Ring Road to here along the canal area. It was not an easy walk though.

One of the most dangerous roads I even crossed in my life here. As this place is an industrial area.

Part of the remains of the level crossing dumped at the side of the railway track.

Signalling office for KTM staff.

An area of serenity after crossing the road.

Oh, the hut was the staff’s office area to rest.

Message from KTM train staff who stationed at Sungei Kadut road crossing on the door written in Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language).

Abandoned buildings near the KTM railway tracks…

Beautiful view … Walking along the way.

Approaching next (the 5th) level crossing real soon….

1842 – Structure of the concrete tunnel.

761.5KM away from Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia.

5th level crossing- demolishing. What a pity.

5th level Crossing area at Kranji Road = marks the end of the KTM from Tanjong Pagar to Kranji adventures

As I had no time to explore further up to Kampong Fatimah (old swampy kampong area) before reaching the new Woodlands Train Checkpoint. My walking adventures from Tanjong Pagar to Kranji area ended here as the pathway had to be closed for the removal of tracks.

Summary of my walking adventures (chorus from Nickelback’s photograph):

Every memory of looking out the back door,
I had the photo album spread out on my bedroom floor.
It’s hard to say it, time to say it,
Goodbye, goodbye.
Every memory of walking out the front door,
I found the photo of the friend (the place) that I was looking for.
It’s hard to say it, time to say it,
Goodbye, goodbye.

Shall stop my part VIII(8) of my KTM railway track walking adventures here. 

However, this won’t be the end of the railway track walking adventures as there is still part of the KTM railway tracks left behind from the old Jurong line in Singapore. I even spotted 1 canal bridge near German Centre along Jurong east area at AYE while I was on the bus. There’s some construction near part of the old railway tracks. Some of the railways tracks may be gone for good for Singapore development while some will still remain as part of Singapore history.

I also took buses past Ngee Ann Poly area regularly as I reminded me that the old Jurong line used to pass by the area near the Corona florist shop towards Sunset way direction. I wish to explore those areas when I am free. 

However due to the recent developments in Singapore, we may not be able to see much of the Jurong Line left in Singapore. It will be hard to see the old railway tracks as some of the tracks were either removed or covered up by grasses.

Beside the old Jurong line, there are KTM railway tracks in Peninsula Malaysia (of course not for walking). You can consider to visit Ipoh and/or KL Sentral train station/(s) You can consider taking a train from 1 area in Malaysia to another area. Do take note of the train timings. I was glad that I managed to take KTM train from Malaysia to Tanjong Pagar, Singapore. I may want to take KTM train to explore and enjoy the scenery area the tracks.

For my other parts of KTM railway track walking adventures, feel free to read them:

1. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part I (Summary of my journey)

2. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part II (from Silat Avenue near Spooner Road Depot to Alexandra Hospital)

3. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part III (from Alexandra Hospital to Buona Vista)

4. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part IV (from Buona Vista to Bukit Timah Station)

5. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part V (from Bukit Timah Station to the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall)

6. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part VI (from the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall to the 2nd Crossing near Ten Mile Junction)

7. My KTM Railway tracking walking adventures in Singapore part VII (from the 2nd Crossing near Ten Mile Junction to 4th level crossing at Sungei Kadut)

Stay tune for more updates!

Singapore Garden Festival 2012 coming soon…

Singapore Garden Festival (This photo was taken 4 years ago)

Singapore Garden Festival 2012 is back from its 2-year hiatus. It will be back at Suntec Convention Centre level 4 and 6 for its beautiful landscape and floral display as well as the Singapore Orchid show from 7 July to 15 July 2012 10am to 10pm daily.

For ticketing enquires, visit Singapore Garden Festival 2012 official website for more details. Passion card holder, NTUC and SAFRA cardholders and HomeTeamNS can get discount if buy ticket at Botanic Gardens and/or Suntec Convention Centre.

You can take MRT to Esplanade station via Circle line  or to City Hall and walk through the underpass to Suntec or buses  36, 97, 106, 111, 133, 501, 502, 518, 857, 700 and Alight right in front of the Convention Centre. Or take buses 10, 14, 16, 70, 196 and walk from the shopping centre to the Convention centre.

I attended this event since 2006 and I am looking forward to attend this event for the 4th time & be a shutterbug! Haha.

Singapore Garden Festival Mascot (photo taken in 2008)

My railway track walking adventures part VII

10-mile junction

Sorry for the lacking of updates as I was busy with my project and studies.

Welcome back to my railway track walking adventures part VII (7). This part of the journey will be from 2nd crossing located near Bukit Panjang – Ten Mile Junction to Sungei Kadut level crossing .

Heard that the new Bukit Panjang MRT station for Downtown line will be located near 10-Mile junction.

Quite a lot of HDB flats around this area.

767 Km away from Butterworth!

Approaching the canal near Senja area & needed to cross the bridge across Pang Sua Canal. I was horrified to walk across such canal bridges. Luckily it was safe to walk across.

Pandrol 7747? What is this?

1853? along Pang Sua Canal area.

Pang Sua Canal

Back on the land

Now walking along near Woodlands Road.

Signal light – Gate Crossing approaching?

School near the railway tracks?

I was wondering what school was that. It is West View Primary School.

Flowers…

Beautiful flowers growing well. I did not know whether the flowers still can survive well there after the rocks were removed.

Walking on the tracks

766km away from Butterworth!

Approaching near the highway – That’s Kranji expressway ahead!

Approaching the 3rd crossover soon?

Barriers near 765.25km mark?

Tracks removed?

Some of the metal tracks were being detached near the barrier area.

This is Stagmont Ring road area. It is quite near Yew Tee area. The 3rd Crossing had been removed & became normal looking road. What a pity! Heard that Stagmont Ring road used to be a camp area. Now it is just a small portion of the road left behind.

Old hut house near Stagmont Ring Road

This hut looked quite old and deserted. It was a signalling station for the level crossing there.

Still at Stagmont Ring Road area.

Why this signal light was so tall? Can anyone tell me why?

Another crossing approaching?

Near Chua Chu Kang north area.

Wondering whether I was approaching near the industrial area along the railway tracks…

Now at the green area with no sight of houses or buildings nearby…

So many rocks!

Still had not reaching the 4th crossing yet!

Signal light approaching!

Reaching the 4th crossing near Sungei Kadut soon?

1847? This looked interesting

Another canal & a bridge to cross….

Some buidings ahead….

Still near the Pang Sua Canal area, I guess while approaching Sungei Kadut industrial area.

763.75 Km route marker…

Level Crossing at Sungei Kadut Road!

Finally reached 4th level crossing at Sungei Kadut Road after a long walk from Ten Mile Junction to Stagmont Ring Road to here along the canal area.

Shall stop my part VII (7) of my KTM railway track walking adventures here. Stay tune for more updates.

For my other parts of KTM railway track walking adventures, feel free to read them:

1. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part I (Summary of my journey)

2. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part II (from Silat Avenue near Spooner Road Depot to Alexandra Hospital)

3. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part III (from Alexandra Hospital to Buona Vista)

4. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part IV (from Buona Vista to Bukit Timah Station)

5. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part V (from Bukit Timah Station to the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall)

6. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part VI (from the Iron Truss Bridge near the Rail Mall to the 2nd Crossing near Ten Mile Junction)

Stay tune for more updates!

My railway track walking adventures part VI

Truss bridge near the Rail Mall

Welcome back to my railway track walking adventures part VI (6). This part of the journey will be from the Rail Mall till the 2nd crossing located near Bukit Panjang – Ten Mile Junction. Sorry for the lacking of updates as I was busy with other things.

This part of the journey started on another day at the Rail Mall as it was too late to trek all the way from Tanjong Pagar to Kranji area as it was 6.30pm and the sky was getting dark if chose to continue the journey then. The Rail Mall is a place where people can rest and makan (eat). It is located near Dairy farm and Salvation Army at Bukit Panjang area.

Wait a minute. Did I mentioned about Bukit Panjang? Yes,  it locates near the Rail Mall. There is a famous landmark there along the railway track. Its logo is blue and green in colour and every year this company is always the title sponsor of the Singapore Biggest Marathon event in Dec.

Sorry about the picture as it looks quite small from the picture taken while walking on the railway track. Yes, it is the Singapore 1st Standard Chartered bank at Bukit Panjang area. Opposite the bank is Salvation Army which people can donate their old stuff for sale to raise funds. You also do see quite a lot of construction as LTA is building Downtown line along this part of the railway track.

See those construction items along the railway track. As you notice along the railway track in this area, the roads were built along/very near the railway tracks compared to the southern part of the KTM railway tracks in Singapore. There are also quite a number of schools along the Bukit Panjang/Upper Bukit Timah part of the railway track. Such as CHIJ Bukit Timah, Assumption English school, Fajar Secondary School.

Cashew Road, Chestnut Avenue, Hazel Park. As you notice some of the roads at this area are named after nuts. Haha.

Hmmm…. I wondered what this signal light along Cashew Road area indicates what? The sign shows a gate ahead and there’s a green & red light ahead. What does that means? Stopping/allowing the train to move …

There’s a black & white striped sign located near the Hillview camp site. What does that mean? I guessed it must be related to the sign with a gate.

I was wondering why there were bricks along the track then. I guessed there might be a tunnel or a hole below the track.

As I walked further to the north, I saw 1 station located near Gombak Drive and Bukit Panjang Link. This was 1 of the stations where staff had to give signal to the train to cross over the road safety using the gate to stop the vehicles (cars, trucks and bus 177 and etc) from going to /or of Gombak Drive.

Here’s crossing number 1 located along Gombak Drive. Haha. The gate was demolished when I visited there then. Now I guess the metal rails on this road are removed and become a normal looking road.

The dismantled gate.

The site where the gate poles were located at.

After passing the 1st crossing, I reached this building. I think that was an abandoned Bukit Panjang Station where people could alight from the station to their destination around Bukit Panjang area many years ago before it was closed due to low usage. There was not much furniture unlike the Bukit Timah Train Station. No roof top too.

But there was a small building nearby. I was not sure whether it was the washroom for the KTM staff who controlled the crossing gate nearby.

As I walked further to the north, I saw another similar sign to the 1st signal light. Another crossing ahead I guess.

2nd crossing approaching soon…

Reaching the end of the Upper Bukit Timah Road area…

So strange to see such a plot of land for gardening. But the crops had been removed.

Saw above ground rail line ahead. Guessed it is part of the Light Rapid Transport (LRT) in Bukit Panjang area.

Another small house near the 2nd crossing site.

Control station for the 2nd gate crossing.

Off to cross the 2nd crossing…

Shall stop my part VI (6) of my KTM railway track walking adventures here. Stay tune for more updates.

For my other parts of KTM railway track walking adventures, feel free to read them:

1. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part I (Summary of my journey)

2. My KTM railway tracks walking adventures in Singapore part II (from Silat Avenue near Spooner Road Depot to Alexandra Hospital)

3. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part III (from Alexandra Hospital to Buona Vista)

4. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part IV (from Buona Vista to Bukit Timah Station)

5. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part V (from the Iron truss bridge near the Bukit Timah Station till the other Iron Truss bridge near the Rail Mall

6. My KTM Railway track walking adventures in Singapore part VII (from Ten Mile Junction to level crossing at Sungei Kadut road)

Stay tune for more updates!

20th World Orchid Show in Marina Bay Sands Singapore

20th World Orchid Conference 2011

20th World Orchid Conference 2011

20th World Orchid show was held in Singapore from 13-20 Nov 2011 at Marina Bay Sands Expo Hall at Basement 2. There are 3 buses services heading to Marina Bay Sands – Bus 97, 106 and 133. The last time Singapore hosted World Orchid Conference was in 1963

I was so happy to have complimentary weekday ticket to attend for the 20th World Orchid Show at Marina Bay Sands. The ticket also allowed people to visit the Flower Dome at Garden by the Bay anyday between 14-20 Nov 10am to 9pm (but only 1day entry on the day you visited the Flower Dome).

Have you found your little piece of paradise?

Have you found your little piece of paradise from the 20th World Orchid Show? There was indeed many different types of orchids used for this show.

There were quite a lot of interesting exhibitions at the 20th World Orchid Show from all different parts of the world. Such as Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Taiwan and many more as well as Ikebana(生け花 also known as living flowers or flower arrangement).

Here’s some of the exhibits I had seen during the show:

Chinese Calligraphy

Yellow orchids were used for this decor. There’s some chinese calligraphy on the wall. Can you read those words? I can read some of them.

Can you see that there were a few different orchid species used for decorating the showcase? Did not expect the designer to put 2 models with peranakan kebaya (1 adult size & 1 children size).

Does this decor reminds you of somewhere especially the shape of the towers? Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Didn’t expect designer to use orchids to decor the mask character. Papua New Guinea is famous for all these masks.

Here’s another 1 from Papua New Guinea.

Does this reminds you of fairyland? So many colourful orchids used for this showcase from Thailand.

Does this colourful costume rings a bell to you? Yes, it is worn by 1 of the authenic group in Asia.

Why there’s a ‘cheetah’ resting here? Don’t worry it’s just a decor.

Showcase from Taiwan. I felt that I should have taken a better snapshot for this. I liked the baskets in this showcase. Nice and beautiful.

Beautiful and colourful right?

There were so many beautiful exhibits as well that I did not post on my blog.

Before I end off this post, I just want to show you a picture of 1 particular orchid. Yes, it is related to Singapore.

Our National Flower – Vanda Ms Joaquim.

Will update pictures of the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay in my future blogpost.