Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bye 2009, Hello 2010 (Year end memories)

Photo: Ascending towards the Sundarijal hill.jpg. Old kampong building - no modern facilities but with electricity and clean water. Most important of all, peace and quiet places.
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Photo: Soothing Green telling us goodbye for the day.jpg Perfect freedom from office hectic life but not free from manual hard work. The marvelous view and clean environment may soothe the tired body after a hard day of tolling in the field and under the hot sun.
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Photo: Lonely as the Tree. The middle one..jpg
Isolated far away house is still existing, especially in the north-eastern part of Singapore (Ponggol). They are mysterious and appear haunted due to its over silent and lonely landscape. It invites many stories to scare the wit out of the declared braves, when told in the middle of the dark night.
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Photo: A closer look at the village palace.jpg
In the early sixties and seventies, land space was not a problem and all are one-storey "bungalow". What are missing are the animals watching over the security of the houses while the owner concentrate on the field and productive works.
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Photo: Lonely tree. Remember the Marsiling Hill 265. Charging and shouting up and down in the middle of the day and night, like mad (and wearing something green). If you happen to fall down and get poke at the most inconvenient area, the memories will last a long long time. Forget about clearing obstacles for a while as it will be too painful.

Photo: This is how a normal office will look like during weekends and holidays - or after many rounds of retrenchments. Year 2009 has its full share of such activities in closing the big door for the last time. Bye Bye forever, temp or not.

Photo: First light. Venture before the first light is darkness and madness but unavoidable as survival is at stake. With faith the light brings along the first green shoot, follow by hope and then our life.

Photo: Valentine and spreading love using the Internet. Best wishes to all the couples on earth. GOD created the combination and harmony in Heaven and invite us to join the celebration of all joyful occasions.

Photo: New Year Eve (NYE) fireworks and vocanoes.
From: Asiaone photo gallery.

Places to Celebrate 2010

Marina Bay Singapore Countdown
Spectacular fireworks choreographed to music with 20,000 floating wishing spheres on Dec 31, 2009. By Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Urban Redevelopment Authority. Composed by Iskandar Ismail, the music features violin, Chinese instruments and Japanese shakuhachi. Free shows at Esplanade till 1am.

Marina Barrage, Marina Bay
Gatecrasher, one of the world's most famous clubbing brands, will throw the ultimate NYE party here with top DJs like Yoji, Ronald Van Gelderen, Blank & Jones and Scott Bond. Enjoy cross-genres of music plus the spectacular skyline and fireworks.

Siloso Beach Party, Sentosa
Party at 5 unique zones: Coastes, Azzura (UK DJ Seb Fontaine spins from 30-foot high stage as well as Godfather of House, Marshall Jeffersons), Café del Mar, Asia's first surfing and restaurant
venue; and Main Arena (local and international DJs like American-Korean DJ Shy).

Zirca, Clarke Quay
Eden - The Rebirth of Music. The dance club will be transformed into a garden of Eden with lush props and glamour on Dec 31. $25 with one drink (7.30pm to 9.30pm). $35 with one drink after 9.30pm. House pours from $12 each.

Takeaway food at Esplanade eateries
Some of the eateries will prepare special takeaway food for people catching the free performances and fireworks. Tomo Izakaya will sell bento boxes while 7atenine will offer finger food.

Best fireworks viewing spot
Make a reservation at Orgo if you want to catch the next fireworks at Lunar New Year at River Hong Bao or the National Day fireworks. But you can go there any time to enjoy the unique martinis like Apple & Shiso, Pomelo & Basil and Pear & Rosemary.

Shanghai Dolly, Clarke Quay
A Dolly New Year. Shanghai theme with a bevy of dollies from China. Mando-Canto pop king William Scorpion and Queen band perform on Dec 31. $35 with one drink, 9pm. $12 for house pours.

The Arena Live, Clarke Quay
American R & B singer Radio and female drummer Lady Stick entertain on Dec 31. $25 to $30 with two drinks, 10pm. Moet Chandon, $128++.