Parks and gardens of Singapore

You might know that our little red dot is a garden city, more precisely the government wants to turn it into a city within a garden. You might have read about how our little island have linked up various parks into a walking trail that one can ‘hike’ on (here). And you might on occasion of reading our MRT series (here), come across photos of parks and gardens.

Indeed if one were to try counting how many parks/gardens we have on this island, one could get confused. Sort of like a kungfu master asking you to count mixed up brown and white rice with chopsticks… heheh. Not sure if they really do that, but some slapstick movies apparently suggest so.

But we digress.

We’re about to start exploring more of our island gardens for a new series. One that examines the parks and gardens, green spots in the little red dot. Wow. Can you imagine that? Have you counted the number of gardens and parks in your hometown?

 

The MRT series – Kovan (NE13)

If you look up literature about the area around this station, they might say the place was the abode of the Teochew Chinese dialect community. But you should know that this was in the past. Today one of the things that fascinated Mel as he walked around the neighbourhood was not the dominance of private homes but nurseries and florists.

In fact, there was a steady stream of folks driving or walking to these establishments to browse and make purchase in that early Sunday morning Mel was there for his walk. You might find these nurseries rather interesting too!

←Serangoon (NE12)

→Hougang (NE14)

Part of the MRT series here.

What inspires you to travel?

Probably been asked many times over in posts as far as you can read. And each one of us who reads this will have differing, even if slightly differing in the motivations behind embarking on journeys.

You might know that we came to travel because mainly of work. Many years ago when we were much younger, we had the good fortune of spending quite many years outside our home country. It was during those heady days of being an expatriate that we enjoyed getting around much of central and western Europe. But even before that, we had enjoyed annual ‘pilgrimages’ of travel journeys.

That long stint abroad reinforced the passion to go see as much of the world as we can. But as you will know, one cannot continue to simply travel around with reckless abandon unless there is a trust fund waiting to fund you.

Thus our lives have become a little more “balanced” between working for a living and taking journeys as it fits the schedule. Not so easy in hectic jobs right? Absolutely! But deep inside as we read the stories of folks journeying around the world with seemingly no obligations, we feel such a sense of jealousy. Well, we had our time a little earlier…

So what’s YOUR inspiration?

Time after Time

This post was inspired after watching some re-runs on local free-to-air channels on television. Yeah, what can you expect from public broadcasting right?

Anyway.

The movie was ‘Jupiter Rising’. Not that we are into the details of the movie, but one of the dialogues caught our imagination. You see, the dialogue went something along these lines: “In your world, people are used to fighting for resources… like oil, or minerals, or land. But when you have access to the vastness of space, you realize there’s only one resource worth fighting over… even killing for: More time. Time is the single most precious commodity in the universe“.

Yep.

We’ve often said time and again on this blog that it is but the only precious commodity that one cannot store, put away or save for later use. It ticks past you, and it’s gone. This is what inspired us to look forward to each day be it at work or play. Yeah, times will be hard at work and sometimes downright hell. But if one has to be at it, why not make it a good one?

Don’t you now feel inspired to make the most of each and every day of your life?

The MRT series – Serangoon (NE12)

Ahhh…. this place brings back memories. You see, many moons ago Mel used to make the almost daily trek from home or the office here in the evenings or weekends… why? He was busy studying part-time to buy obtain a degree.

And how the place has changed since the days he’d have glutinous rice breakfast at a coffeeshop nearby where he had classes! These pictures surely does not give the right impression of how things were back in the day.

←Woodleigh (NE11)

→Kovan (NE13)

Part of the MRT series here.

Cool public housing pictures

Well, it seems that public housing in Hong Kong has in recent times become another aspect of attraction if you read this article. It is said that more than half of the special administrative region’s population lives in such housing. As you probably imagine, this is such a juxtapose from the glitzy skyscrapers and beautiful buildings in the business centre of the city.

Deja vu.

Now we in the little red dot too have public housing that supposedly house 80% of the population. Like those in Hong Kong, they were built to house the homeless masses in the 1960s that were living in squalid conditions. The difference though, is that the public housing in our little red dot is not only owned by their residents, but also maintained to such a standard that one might mistake them for privately built flats…

Ok, well not all of them. The older ones do resemble those in Hong Kong, but they are regularly spruced up with renovations or augments. All efforts made to ensure living conditions are not compromised and neighbourhoods degenerate into slums.

You might have seen that we are in the midst of the MRT series (here). Every week we post about the neighbourhoods around each of the stations. Invariably this will include glimpses of public housing clusters. Look out for them!

Have you visited the red dot’s public housing too when you were here?