Saturday, 23 December 2017

Christmas Light Up Around Singapore 2017

 Bugis Junction 

Saw some Xmas decorations in Bugis Junction while i was on my way to my post-surgery follow-up visit in Raffles Hospital. So i thought i captured the Xmas spirit while it lasted. I think "spirit" is the right word (not alcohol, although there's part of the festive cheers). Is Christmas fairy or pixie a spirit?

Christmas decoration, Bugis Junction, Singapore
Is she the Xmas fairy? Well, where's the wings?
Is she a Xmas pixie?  She's rather tall for a pixie.
Ok, it's Xmas, let convince your brain to go on holiday. That's the spirit. Hey, where's the fairy dust?

Xmas fairy, Christmas decoration, Bugis Junction, Singapore
I didn't create the halo with Photoshop (i can't afford the software or the time). It's the midday sun.
It's perfect timing. A Xmas miracle !

Xmas fairy, Christmas decoration, Bugis Junction, Singapore

Xmas fairy, Christmas decoration, Bugis Junction, Singapore



 Vivocity 

Was there shopping for my $2 reading glasses at Daiso (a Japanese dime-store, and a dime is now $2 SGD). Without my reading glasses, pray tell me, how i'm going to write this post?

Palm trees, rooftop, Vivocity, Singapore
There're toddler pools and ponds on Vivocity's rooftop. But this is a puddle of water after the rain.


These pools are filled with chlorinated water, not rain. So have fun with chemicals.

Pool, rooftop, Vivocity, Singapore Paddle boat, Pool, rooftop, Vivocity, Singapore


In the West, snow is a magical time during Xmas. In the tropic, maybe rain does the same as snow for Xmas? No? At least, it provides nice reflecting surfaces to enhance photos.

Christmas tree, rooftop, Vivocity, Singapore


Christmas tree, Vivocity, Singapore Christmas tree, Vivocity, Singapore


Christmas tree, Vivocity, Singapore


Christmas tree, Vivocity, Singapore


Christmas tree, Vivocity, Singapore


Christmas tree, Vivocity, Singapore


Christmas tree, Vivocity, Singapore
The same puddle of water but at the opposite angle



 Harbour Front 

I went to Harbour Front next-door for some Vietnamese. There's a photo booth / box where the chairs are affixed to the ceiling, and everything else are upside down. Is this Singapore or Australia? Since Singapore is located on the Equator, shouldn't the chairs be nailed to the walls, instead?

Christmas decoration, Harbour Front, Singapore Christmas decoration, Harbour Front, Singapore


 Orchard Road 

I went to Orchard Road to get some Xmas shopping (well, i'll go there anyway. To get myself off my butts and take some Xmas photos. No Xmas photos are complete without including those that are decked Orchard Road).

Christmas Light Up, Orchard Road, Singapore


This is the 1st time i saw some religious displays on Orchard Road. Perhaps it was always there, i was just blind. But this wretch can now see. Amazing !

Nativity scene, Christmas Light Up, Orchard Road, Singapore
Nativity scene
Jewish Menorah, Christmas Light Up, Orchard Road, Singapore
Jewish Menorah
(Usually 7, 9-branched Menorah is used during Hanukkah)

While Hanukkah is the most common used spelling, there're other spelling like "Chanukah" was used (see photo).

Another trivia, if you google "Hanukkah" during this period, you'll get this Google banner, instead of the usual plain Google banner.

Hanukkah, Google page banner


Christmas Light Up, Orchard Road, Singapore
The white peranakan building on the left is the Visitor Center

Christmas angels, Orchard Road, Singapore


Christmas Light Up, Orchard Road, Singapore Christmas Light Up, Orchard Road, Singapore


Christmas Light Up, Orchard Road, Singapore


Christmas Light Up, Orchard Road, Singapore Christmas Light Up, Orchard Road, Singapore


Christmas Light Up, Orchard Road, Singapore
Peranakan style is a mixed between Chinese and Malay,
but his building has a rich architectural elements from the Colonial style.


Christmas Light Up, Orchard Road, Singapore



Wheelock Place

Christmas Light Up, Wheelock Place, Orchard Road, Singapore
The cone of Wheelock Place looks like a Xmas tree. It's even green in colour.
So it only needs to hang some tinsels to turn the cone into the largest Xmas tree on the road.


Christmas Light Up, Wheelock Place, Orchard Road, Singapore


Christmas Light Up, Wheelock Place, Orchard Road, Singapore


Christmas decoration, Wheelock Place, Orchard Road, Singapore
Is it just me or that rectangular eyes are becoming fashionable for cartoon characters


ION Orchard

This is one of the prominent building on Orchard Rd. It's corner location certain helps it to stand out more. Because of this, its Xmas decorations wouldn't stand out as it would in other places. But its giant wrap-around undulated media screen would be best served by displaying festive season motif.

Christmas Light Up, ION Orchard, Orchard Road, Singapore
ION Orchard Mall and the Orchard Road's main Xmas street light up decoration.

Christmas Light Up, ION Orchard, Orchard Road, Singapore


Christmas Light Up, ION Orchard, Orchard Road, Singapore



Orchard Central

Every year, Orchard Central comes up with installations for Xmas photos like this windows with flying snow flakes (polystyrene beads).

Christmas decoration, Orchard Central, Orchard Road, Singapore Christmas decoration, Orchard Central, Orchard Road, Singapore

Christmas decoration, Orchard Central, Orchard Road, Singapore Christmas decoration, Orchard Central, Orchard Road, Singapore


Orchard Gateway

Orchard Business Association runs the Best Dressed Building every year to encourage Xmas decorations on Orchard Road. Orchard Gateway tends to put in extra efforts in this regards, coming up different theme every year. I remember their marine and arctic themes in the last 2 years . This year, it's deep space. For that they won the award once again.

Christmas decoration and Light Up, Orchard Central, Orchard Gateway, Singapore

Christmas decoration and Light Up, Orchard Central, Orchard Gateway, Singapore Christmas decoration and Light Up, Orchard Central, Orchard Gateway, Singapore

Christmas decoration and Light Up, Orchard Central, Orchard Gateway, Singapore



Bucket List Check (Houston, Houston...)

egg nogg
I finally sampled some egg-nog from the supermarket and crossed it off from my bucket list.

Believe it or nog!

Which part is unbelievable? The fact that egg-nog is on my bucket list? Or that it takes me so long to try it.

Well, it takes me so long because my list is very long, and this item is near the bottom. The list is considerable longer than the 10 Commandments, but i only require 1 tablet for the list (my tablet has at least 300 GB memory, if my memory serves).

Moses holding 2 tablets with 10 Commandments
Moses (played by Charlton Heston, real name John Carter,
who's not the fictional hero who goes to Mars,
leaps like a frog,  floats like a butterfly  and stings like a bee)
holding 2 tablets of the 10 Commandments.

These 2 tablets hold less than 1 KB of data. Very low tech. The upside is that the data storage would last thousands of years. Especially in the dry desert condition.

Another shortcoming of using stone tablets was that there's no room in the future for extra Commandments (even God can change his mind). Or in modern computer jargon, "Insufficient memory".

So i asked Moses, "Why didn't you use smaller fonts just in cases there're new Commandments?"
"I can't read small fonts. Can you?" Slightly miffed, he said. He wears no spectacles.
Aman! (or Awoman! Clearly,  'amen' is grammatically incorrect).

I, too have problem reading smaller fonts. Also, i suspect it's very hard to chisel words that have font size smaller than 80. So what type of font are these words on the tablets? Not Times Roman font, i hope! These pagans put Christ on the cross. Damn you! Ah...God damn you all to hell!

Oh, you haven't seen that movie with Charlton Heston (ala Moses) playing the lead? Here's a quick refresher.



Where was i? Oh yes. The egg-nog brings back old (i mean childhood) memories. I remember i went to "the gym" in my teen years. Since i grew up in Saigon (for the millennials, Ho Chi Minh City) during the Vietnam War, the gym is a place for lifting weights and nothing else (actually, there was a lot of self-admiring at the mirror. It's  not just the place for inflating muscles). Grown-ups recommended raw eggs and milk for muscle build up. Well, egg-nog is essentially that with sugar added. Too sweet for me. I should put some coffee in to make it more agreeable with me (others would probably prefer whisky and rum).

While the list is long, it's considerably shorter than Donald Trump's tie.

Anyway, the bucket list is now (negligibly) shorter. On that short note, Happy Holiday! (i'm told it includes Happy Xmas, Happy Hanukkah, gong hei fat choy (close enough. Some years), etc).




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