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A New Record (Not to Be Proud of)

The new Singapore past time – tracking the PSI like the stock market. Thanks Sumatra for helping us to reach a new high today, once again.

Every PSI unit is a photo filter

What used to be the norm, now a rarity

However, because of your hot beds, my house smells like it’s on fire; I can’t open my windows so my aircon is on 24/7 and my bills will skyrocket; my head and eyes and nose and my babies are suffering; and I’m easily irritable.
So, I would really appreciate if you would be a man and own up to your mismanagement, focus on cleaning up your act and preventing future mess, instead of pointing fingers.

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Lion dance (NTU) by Junyan

Lion dance is been an annual 初二 affair at home since all three Yap brothers are lion dancers from school days. Yesterday, 叔叔’s NTU troupe came by and he gave final performance as a student at home before graduation this year.

This may be 叔叔’s last chance to perform, but as daddy says, we want lion dance every year!


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Day 1 on my own

Dominic, my littlest nephew, braved his first day without mummy and daddy who were on a well-deserved holiday to view Sakura.

My, is he a trooper. He whined less, slept a lot (pretty much like hibernation, and it’s summer!), didn’t struggle much to go to bed. And best of all – he slept through the night under the watchful eyes of popo. First time! No crying for milk!

Afternoon play after milk-





Bin bin, you aced it! Thank for being an angel (and you too, jingheng) yesterday so I could rush a report without worry.

Another 6 days to go!

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Viridian Art House

Last Feb, was at the opening launch of Viridian Art House, an art space opened by a dear friend Chyi Yun and 5 of her artist friends. It showcases their art work which are also for sale, offers art classes for both children and adults, and boast a cafe with a relaxed ambience.

I like that it is located at the base of Fort Canning, and you get a nice cozy artistic corner in the midst of lush greenery where you can also sip coffee and chat with friends.

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If you are like us and wondering what Viridian meant, it’s artist jargon for a shade of green. Pretty much like how Pantone assigns a number for each colour for printers, but artists use words instead. They use their right brain more heh. I only remember cobalt blue from my water colour paints in school!

Not sure if all the 6 artists favours the colour Viridian, but it sure reflects its location 🙂

Chyi Yun is one of the few who has tenaciously held on to her passion for art, from since I knew her when we were just 12. Art is part of her interest, hobby, life and work, and I admire her for her unwavering perseverance to make art work for her, which we all know is not easy-peasy in Singapore. She’s always an inspiration to remind me to not forget the things I love in life.

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At 7 Jalan Hajijah

Dear Aunty Bee Hian, Uncle bi ba bu (Howe Yang),

Thanks for cooking up a scrumptious dinner on Sunday. Although I didn’t eat as much as you and mummy would have preferred, I just wanted you to know that that was because your home was so so fun. The carpet, sofa, TV, the giraffe puppets (woohoo!) – me like!

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We hope you bake the cookies soon. Could I have a piece, please?

I love playing with you guys. Can I come again? Oh, I forgot. Please?

Love, Jingheng

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60th birthday bash for big uncle!

Been ages since I’ve been downtown east. Urgh, Ultimate East. But big uncle’s surprise party at Aranda Country Club was worth the trip for some good old fashion family fun. It was like Chinese New Year gathering, but chalet-style. There were a lot of people – extended families from both uncle and aunty sides. That involved some major coordination. Kudos to Aaron, Yvonne and Qiqi!

Us cousins (ok ok, just me) tried to spring in some drama/weird/eerie surprise element since it was a surprise bash for big uncle, and he was going around Aranda in circles while Yvonne and Qiqi directed all guests to find the chalet unit. Luckily, we ended up simply gathered by the door, with lights on, and clapped to shouts of “Happy Birthday!”. Big uncle responded with a wonderful look of surprise. Mission accomplished.

Happy 60th, big uncle!

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