This is the insect world version of the ugly duckling. The cute ladybird beetle started life as a fierce centipede look-alike creature.
In the human world, the closest equivalent i ever observed is my nephew. He used to be a naughty and spoilt brat in his younger days but after going through army and NUS, is now a soft spoken gentleman.
So, we are not what we used to be. We change. From bad to good. Or good to bad. We will never know what we will become. Be mindful and aware and hopefully we will not be too far away from the middle path.
We used to run around in “lombong” (disused mining pond) when we were young and occasionally get wet sneaking a swim. The ending to this type of indiscretion was always a whacking from my father as lombong in those days was a dangerous place for kids. The seemingly serene water had claimed many victims but the allure of forbidden fruit was always irresistable, especially to kids with afternoons to kill. Nowadays, kids can get “wet” in the comfort of air-con mall and in the safety of a “dry” fountain under the watchful eyes of their dotting parents.
“Will you play with me?”
I stayed at Tiong Bahru for a while when i came to lil dot long time ago. But i never noticed the lil chimney at the roof top of the 3-storey conservation shop houses. I happened to go for lunch at Tiong Bahru a few days ago and see the chimney for the first time. Took a shot with my dependable Canon A80 and here it is!
Have a nice weekend!!
You probably had heard or read about the story of an Englishman who went round the world in 80 days. I met one Russian, a Mr Vladimir Yarets who did something similar when i was in Middle Road last weekend. He had spent 8 years trying to go round the world but has yet to complete his journey. He hopes to get listed in the Guinness Book of Record “to encourage disabled people”. I had a good time going through the many wonderful photographs he took of his journey.
What i find more amazing about Vladimir’s feat is he did it despite his physical handicap. Vladimir is a deaf mute. He left Belarus in 2000 and had travelled the world ever since. You can read more about the man here.
I dont know Russian nor sign language otherwise, i will ask him how he got his license and pass custom.
Vladimir showing off his iron horse and the photographs of his adventure
Vladimir was kind enough to pose for pipit!
10 min haircut? a sign of busy city life or just a business gimmick? this quickie snip business had been pioneered by a japanese expat here and i am sure this is just a copy cat version of it. the real mccoy cost $1 more at $10 and can be found in modern mall in the city.
for the busy and forgetful driver! mall basement carparks are so caverneous nowadays i usually snap the parking lot number with my handphone camera before taking the lift up.
if you cannot afford the $200 fine, you can always call miss tan for a quick loan. opportunistic & smart advertising?
underground italian joint? if you are observant, you will notice that all mafia joint in the movie operates out of cafe or kopi tiam. by the same logic, this joint could be operated by the globalising mafia. this sign was found 10 m from the loan shark sign above. a coincidental or product of an over imaginative mind?
this is the view from my living room as i got up this morning. beautiful isn’t it?
this shot was taken with my trusted sony dsc-w1 point & shoot camera. for the photo buff, i was shooting in manual mode, spot metering the red part of the sky, 1/5s and 5.6 aperture. camera was resting on the window frame for stability. i used a timer and post production include cropping, level and curve tuning.
“he aint heavy, he is my brother”
caught these two ants outside my apartment last weekend. one of them is dead and the other was presumably carrying its fallen brother back to the nest.
p/s sorry for the grainy shot cos the photo was taken in low res & due to cropping
Found this wall along the expressway during the weekend. The creepy crawly give the wall green cover that not only appeal to the eyes but environmentally friendly too.
Meet our leafy green agent!
Life is suffering for me. I suffer because there are strings attached to life on earth. I realized this hidden terms when I asked my dad for money for a trip during my school break in my teen. For teenagers now, holiday is an entitlement that you can ask your parent for. Not during my time.
I still remember my dad’s words. “Son, I can give the money for your hol but then you won’t enjoy it as much as if you were to earn it yourself.” Well, that’s my dad’s way of saying “NO”. Not wanting to waste a school break I went to look for a job. Preferably something light, pay well and not too far from home. Before long, I found a day job packing peanut that paid $3 bucks a day in one of the neighbour’s kitchen. Cottage industry was rampant in those days and it seems everyone was making some kind of stuff in either their kitchen or backyard.
The pay was not bad as my allowance was only $1 per week then. It was a monotonous back breaking job. By the time I saved enough for that trip, the school holiday was over. I ended the term break with no holiday and a sore back. I learned two important lessons. I had actually wanted to visit little dot with my friends then. Lesson no:1, if you dont want a life of sore back, better have enough vitamin “M”!
This little story is not unique or funny, so there is no punch line or words of wisdom in this last paragraph. But then, I thank all for staying the distance. Missing out on that trip to little dot, I had yearned not to miss another opportunity to “visit” again. So, after my “A” level I applied to study in little dot. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. Now, I am “stucked” here and go back occasionally to my hometown for holidays! It is one of those little ironies of life. Lesson no:2.
“Be careful of what you wish for. It may actually come true!”