Archive for June, 2014

Tree planting!

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Today, Zen and I went to a tree planting exercise in Sengkang Riverside Park with some company colleagues. I’d been the main organizer, and was happy to see that we had just the right number of people out to plant our 11 trees (actually, there was a spare tree, since we had 10 units of tree diggers, so Zen and I took the second one). We posed for pictures, and the photographer said “one, two, tree…” That’s the local accent, but it could also have been a pretty hilarious joke, considering, ha ha ha…

The Sengkang area is somewhat far flung (by Singapore standards), and I’d never seen that heart of town before. There’s a lot of new development and they’re building housing for what looks like at least 500 thousand people.

There’s also a light rapid transit line there, with just a single car zooming around. After our one hour exercise, Zen and I went out to the LRT and took a tour around the area. It’s a funky little roller coaster of a buggy, and we had a nice time. After that we went to Jing Hua Chinese food restaurant in Tanjong Pagar, where we’ve been many times before, and had a great little lunch. Went home, had a beer, napped, woke up, set up the new iMac, and just generally got things done. Going out tonight to a “drinks wedding reception” for a guy who was once an intern at my former place of employment. Sighhhh…

Orientation

 

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This is the way we plant our trees…

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Getting started!

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Our crew at work!

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Zen getting some assistance.

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Watering the new tree.

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Getting started on our second tree.

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Watch out, earth!!

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Talk to the hand!

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Our handiwork!

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On the LRT.

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Sengkang New Town.

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Some day, this will be a bustling street…

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Nice “river” view.

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I went to Canada! Yay!!

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

I had such a great visit to Canada when I went there from May 30th to June 8th! Here are my pictures!!!!

 

Weird that there’s a queue at Changi Airport runway!!
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Ships, off Singapore

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Wow!!

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Business class food!

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Nice island, behind the clouds there… maybe somewhere off Vietnam?

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Took this picture in the Hong Kong Cathay Pacific flight lounge… love the reflection off the floor…

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Very simple toilet!

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Burger in the evening…

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Me and my jet helmet…

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My home town, from the sky…

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First view of Canada – the airport at 8:00 PM on a late May evening.

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Entering the Northlands at night.

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I ordered a bunch of indie band patches. They arrived while I was away…

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The view from my window at home.

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Selfie in the mirror (jet-lagged… but this is how I see myself, actually…).

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Normal selfie…

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Great book!!!

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Mom and Dad, glorious, in the sunlight. Photo by me.

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Too flaky to buy, even for $0.33.

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Take off, you hoser!!

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Mom and dad’s porch… barbecue-free after a long hard winter…

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Thriving Midland on a Sunday afternoon!

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Rabbit burlesque.

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Awas!!

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Photo by dad.

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Photo by mom.

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Little Lake, man!

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My taxi into Toronto!!

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BRAD IS THE MAN!!!

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Live at the Horseshoe!

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Pete ‘n’ Struts, live at the Horseshoe!

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Queen Street at night is gorgeous!

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Oh yeah!

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The view from my hotel window… I work in one of those buildings…

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Renovation, Canada-style… the pool was closed ,but who knows why?

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There’s a frog in there somewhere…

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This movie was playing in the pub that our gang partied at. Dialogue unnecessary.

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Me ‘n’ my posse…

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With a cowboy guitar gal…

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Toronto from Spadina.

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John Shoesmith – poet.

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The poet ‘n’ the cowpoet.

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Sloan at the AGO!

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A Toronto… thing!!

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After the Sloan show – let’s rock at the Rex!!

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View from my team’s office space in Toronto. I love how you can see the reflection of the Royal York Hotel – where I once worked – in the PwC Tower glass. IMG_3800

Another view from my office space – can see the logos of four of Canada’s top six banks off in the distance.

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Goin’ green!!

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Big Fat Burrito, in Kensington Market, in Toronto.

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My ‘n’ my new buddy, James C, of Malhavoc fame. We spent 45 minutes talking outside his apartment discussing Ministry, Monster Magnet, Motley Crue and Malhavoc. Good times!!

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Later that night at the Bovine Sex Club.

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Even later that night at the Cameron House.

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Wow – Freddie Blassie!!

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What is an “old cummer”?

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Me and Mr Bidini. Wow!!!!!!

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Memories…

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My old home…

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Another old home…

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Wow… old friends…

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The real world.

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Friends walking the old road.

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Lots of love and memories here.

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Back in the old school yard!!!!!!!!

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Seriously… nothing’s changed in nearly 40 years!!!!

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Yeah………….

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Yeah!

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The Credit River. Love it!!

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Touched by the hand of Ozzy!!!

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Yes… I am!

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The man!!!

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Jamer’s throne!

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Shelly Jameson – sheer awesomeness!!

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Train keeps a movin’ all beer-drinkin’-session-long…

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Shuriken-shaped vinyl!!

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Merry Goddamned Christmas, EnGarde Records, 1992!!

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Wow!!

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On the road!!!

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Pride!!

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