A morning walk, Singapore

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Sir Stamford Raffles (1786-1821). National Singapore Museum. Raffles founded the city and harbour of Singapore in the early 1800’s, negotiating a deal with the local Sultan. The strategy was to create a British stronghold to balance the Dutch domination of Indonesia. Raffles was born on a ship off the coast of Jamaica. A “colonial” of sorts. My point of interest: the National Museum of Singapore has this portrait in a prominent place. No apparent resentment against the former British colonial power. they’re just part of Singapore’s history.

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Singapore airport, way back then. 50’s I guess, just around independence. I put the date at 1959 when Singapore was granted/obtained internal self-governement, led by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

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Changi airport, now. (2017). Changi airport is repeatedly qualified as one of the best airports in the world. I second that motion. I don’t know of any other airport as beautiful and well-organized as Changi.

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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, December 2017. The space is limited in Singapore. It is a tiny city-state covering 720 sq. kms for a population of 5.8 million. Yet, they have managed to preserve wide stretches of parks along with the most modern constructions. Gardens by the Bay is a must-see. The crowds strolling carelessly at night are a good reminder of the high levels of safety.

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“Paparazzi”, Singapore, 2018. (I need to control my candid camera shots, lest I start looking like a “dawg”…)

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House of noise, Singapore. 2017. Strangely enough, almost anyone I talk to about Singapore and its achievements, invariably replies “Yes, but it is an authoritarian state.” Maybe, but the people on the street don’t seem to live in a dictatorship (as I have seen in too many parts of the world). This house of noise was quite “loud”, and the participants did have lots of fun…

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New and old, Singapore. As a personal hypothesis, I think part of Singapore’s success is based on “Balance”. Balance between old and new, tradition and modernity, between all the cultures: A vast majority of the population are Straights Chinese, also called the Peranakan, (76%), Malay and ethnic Indians. Not to mention foreigners. There are four official languages: Malay, English, Mandarin and Tamil. Though I suspect the Chinese population speaks Hokkien more.

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Water pipes, National Museum. I was very surprised to see those. Why? See below:

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Our own personal water pipe, a gift from my brother, the flea market vendor… Maybe I should set up a museum, and charge for entrance… 🙂

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I have no idea who Mr Smith, Esq. was, but I find it another good example of Singapore’s mentality. Most of the streets seem to have retained their pre-Independence names. Again, no resentment against the former colonial power. They’re integrated as part of the national history. And the street names have not been changed as they have in many “independent” countries I know.

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Though chewing-gum is strictly forbidden – fine by me, the costs involved in cleaning gum on streets around the world are outrageous – and it is supposedly an ‘authoritarian’ state, street art can be found around many corners.

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Traditional Peranakan or baba-nyonya shophouse… (You can see the exact same houses in Georgetown, Penang)

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An artist’s view of the traditional houses. Peranakan museum, I believe… Those houses stretch from one street to the other. The ground floor with the windows and door holds the shop, the warehouse is at the back and the living quarters are upstairs. Lovely houses. We stayed at one such renovated house in Penang. Beautiful.

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More street art. Can’t tell what it is though.

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Beers of the world series. Don’t forget to try a Tiger in the City of Lions (Sing = Lion; Pur=City)

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Kraken roams the streets of Singapore…

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The Phoenix (Fenghuang in Mandarin?) is the symbol of high virtue and grace. It seems males were called Feng and females Huang… So FengHuang means male/female? Asian friends, help me there. It is also the symbol of Feminity. (Source Quota.com)

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Chinese mortars, National Museum. Those impressed me too. That “technology” is about 15 to 20,000 years old. The mortars were used to grind grain, rice, most likely, to make flour. Still used, I’m sure, to grind all sorts of food. Why do I say the origin is so ancient? See the following “exhibit”:

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Mexican molcajete in our kitchen in Mexico. The rectangular ones are called Metate. Since the American “Indian” population came from Asia between 15 and 20,000 years ago, I have to assume they carried their mortars with them. No small feat, those things weigh a ton. See the resemblance?

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“Our” road in Singapore… (Can’t resist posting it!) 😉 Every member of the family who goes to Singapore, drives there to take a picture. This very short road was named after my great-uncle, René Onraet. Between 1917 and 1939, he was head of Special Branch in the Straights police. And as such, tracked terrorists, Kuo-min-tang agents, what have you. In many other places he would be considered an agent of colonialism, in Singapore he is part of their history. See this post on part of the family story from the Raj to Singapore:

https://equinoxio21.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/a-road-in-singapore/

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Forgotten Gods? Part of the population is ethnic Indian, Tamil. As such they are Hindus, worshipping the many gods of the Hindu pantheon. There are many temples everywhere. I came across those seemingly discarded statues on the sidewalk. They all most certainly have a name. Need more research. I know a few places, where the statues wouldn’t last long on the street before being stolen. Not in Singapore…

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The goldfish represents wealth and prosperity. (Also lack of memory for a friend of mine…) Just learnt that the Chinese (Mandarin?) word for fish is yú, which translates into abundance, yù. Note the accent aigu: ´, on the the first word and the accent grave, `, on the second word. Probably makes for an entirely different pronunciation. (I love research)

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Madame Wellington Koo. National Museum. A perfect example of “Fusion”. Let’s read the Museum’s words:

“This portrait of Madame Wellington Koo (1899-1992) wearing fashionable Western dress embodies the cosmopolitan nature of Peranakans of the time. Comfortable in both Asia and the West, Madame Koo was an international fashion icon, appearing in Vogue magazine in the 1920’s… in 1921, she married Chinese diplomat Wellington Koo… this was her second marriage, and his third…”

In the 20’s the Straights Chinese were ‘comfortable’ with both West and East. I have evidence they still are. And most, if not all, adopt an English first name in addition to their Chinese first name. Practical. That ‘comfort’ enabled them to make the best of both worlds, and create one of the very few countries that has actually gone from Third world to developed country in half a century. (Not to mention that in 1921, very few Western countries had implemented divorce laws…‘second and third marriage’?)

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Gimme a five! Little G. with a Baba-Nyonya girl in front of the Peranakan museum in Singapore… (2 years ago; he has grown and changed so much…) 😉

Allow me to conclude: in a world of growing instability and violence we need to look very closely at Asia. The future of humanity is being built there. Sounds like an overstatement? Go and see for yourself.

I wrote this post on February 18th. Two centuries ago. Asia? I know some blame China for the virus. And China most certainly tried to cover it up at first. Nor can one believe they haven’t had a single casualty in weeks. But China is not the only “player” in Asia. South Korea has handled the virus well. So has Singapore: 15,000 reported cases is not bad. (But then some will say again they’re an “authoritarian regime.”) I have it on good authority that Viet-Nam is coming out of confinement… Considering the recent pitiful performance of many western political leaders, I insist: we  have a lot to learn from Asia.

Thanks, Kam-Siah, for bearing with me and flying Equinoxio’s Time-Space shuttle. Stay home, stay safe. 🙏

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

125 thoughts on “A morning walk, Singapore

  1. Oh my gosh, little G is so adorable!!! And cute shoes too! My boys have tiny vans shoes which they wear in the coolest manner. Otherwise, a great post! So many things to comment on that I forget. City Of Lions. And China is the Middle Country, I just learned

  2. Hmmm. Maybe I should try going to Asia. After all, besides living in Shanghai for one years time, living in Hong Kong for six years and commuting to Singapore to finish our projects, I’ve never been there. Heh! I met my wife in HK. She is Chinese-English. She speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, French and English. We live in NOLA partially because the weather is about like it is in HK. She’d love to live in San Francisco or NYC, but the weather is way too cold for her.

    I started going to SQ before a lot of modernization began. I got very lost because I navigate by landmarks. Each time I would return, the landmarks would be gone. Sometimes, my wife would accompany me because she could do business as well as play tourist. The Goodwood Park was our hotel because we could rent a room next to the pool and she could work on her tan.

    Oh yeah, I speak Cantonese and enough Mandarin to get by.

  3. One of the best tours you’ve taken us on Brian. Loved every photo and background story. Re the virus , I recently read that the US and China have an ongoing search into the origin of the virus. Sending best wishes and hugs and many thanks! 🌹❤️

    • My pleasure Coeur de feu… Let’s hope a cure is found soon. How have you been doing professionally? Not too hard? Here hospitals are already saturated. Despite officials claims that they¡re not…
      🌹💕

  4. Excellent. The street art is beautiful. The post was wonderful and so interesting. We in the west have a lot to learn, period. Unfortunately. We refuse to learn anything at all. I’m sure you can see that. Still, one can only hope. The clown, who suggested people drink bleach is our leader. Try not to laugh until you fall down.

    • Yeah. I heard about the bleach. Unbelievable. And he goes on. Like nothing happened. Grrrr.
      Glad you liked the Singapore post. TBH I came back in awe. It is the first “tropical” country I know that seems to be working well… Many lessons to learn…
      How are you doing? Still locked up? (I am getting cabin fever…) 🥵

      • I’m sure you know that Spain sprayed bleach on their beaches and now they have an ecological nightmare on their hands. I really am amazed at how incredibly out of touch with reality so called “leaders” are.

        We are still locked up as well and will be for at least one more month. Our numbers are high. Last time I watched, a couple of days ago, over one million infected over 56,000 dead. The numbers are higher now, of course and higher than those because of the way they count.

        It was a great post.Enjoyed it very much. Thank you.

      • Hi Gigi. Glad the post “helped” a few minutes of lockdown. One more month? Same here. Though I suspect they will cancel it soon. Who knows? Most our “leaders” are indeed incompetent…
        Stay safe.
        B.

  5. Indeed. If I had to live under a dictatorship, Singapore style would be my choice. Whilst I believe there is still some level of discrimination, the society functions well.
    I am impressed about Omraet Road. How lovely for your family? Kuomintang agents – wow, sounds like counter-intelligence!
    I enjoyed a Singapore sling at the Raffles Hotel in 1986, as many tourists did, and it still had its colonial air. And I do concur with you about Changi. I have spent many hours there! And if one has to spend it in an airport, that it is the one to do it at!
    As regards Corona, we do have much to learn especially from Singapore. There you go, a good dictatorship protects its citizens.

    • Thanks for your comments. I have lived under a few dictatorships, not the same thing. They are strict. People stop at red lights. (not here), crossing the street outside the zebra pavement is prohibited… There probably is some discrimination, but overall, I wouldn’t mind living there. Their standard of living is incredible. Their manners too. I will go back ASAP.
      Stay safe…

  6. I’ve always wondered if there’s such a thing as a good dictatorship? But while one shouldn’t compare, if you do, places like the Philippines, North Korea, do make it look much better. Another great morning post for me to engage.

    • There isn’t. Trust me. Been there. The worst may possibly dictatorships disguised as “democracies”. There are many more than one may think in the West. Just because they hold elections doesn’t mean much… Philippines is a good example. N. Korea is a family property…
      Thanks for your comment Paul.
      Hope all is well with you?

  7. I found interesting when you mentioned the majority of the population are Straits Chinese also known as Peranakan. Correct my if I am wrong, but I think these are two distinct terms. Straits Chinese are Chinese who don’t associate themselves with those from mainland China, and someone who is Peranakan is a mix of two local cultures. At least that was what I understood from my time in Singapore.

    This was a great post on modern day Singapore. Really enjoyed it, and also enjoyed finding out there is a street in your family name. So agree Changi airport is the most organised airport. When you compare Changi airport to Melbourne airport over here, well, there is no comparison. Changi airport is a bustling hub in its own right.

    There are indeed many players in this virus thing. Sometimes you really don’t know if COVID-19 numbers are true, and there really is probably under-reporting of figures. I think it’s a bit too early for restrictions to ease and if countries are easing right now which they are, won’t be surprised there will be a second wave of it.

    Take care, stay safe.

    • Hi Mabel. Agree on many things. Numbers? many are under-reported in many countries. As if politicians are afraid to tell the truth…
      Don’t know Melbourne but I do love Changi.
      About the street name which is fun I also discovered my uncle has a room of his own at the National museum…
      About Peranakan, that’s what I understood from my contacts over there. The Peranakan museum in Singapore and the Peranakan house in Penang are Chinese. They also are called Baba-Nyonya… Now I also understand there are “Indian” Peranakan… Confusing. 😉
      Here’s a link I thought which doesn’t look too bad. But you probably know that already.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peranakan
      You too take care…

      • There’s probably a lot about COVID-19 we don’t know about in terms of what leaders are not telling us, and undiscovered knowledge about the virus itself. It will be interesting to see where this all goes in the next couple of years.

        There are so many cultural groups and sub-cultural groups in every country and all over the world. It’s what makes the world so much more interesting 🙂

      • It will be interesting to see how the world will be post-crisis. Wonder how many changes there will be to our lives and the way we live.

      • I personally think it is time for a reflection on how decisions are made worldwide. We depend on bureaucracies too much… Fingers crossed 🤞

  8. Love the juxtaposition of past and present – also of native and colonial, whilst it makes me cringe too. I hadn’t realized about the goldfish as a symbol of prosperity: I had thought that was mainly middle eastern cultures. Clue is in the colour, I guess.

    • hadn’t thought about the colour but my Chinese artist friend is quite clear about the goldfish. And you do see it everywhere… in Asian motifs…
      Now past and present? Maybe each explains the other and vice-versa? 😉
      Thanks for your visit and comment…
      Take care, Libre.

    • I find it appalling… Ultimately I have said and repeated that if any of us in the private sector had done only half the mistakes politicos are making daily, we would have been fired a long time ago… That has to change, right?

  9. In my travels, I’ve learned that some prefer to live under authoritative rule, more than you would expect, though they see it as more a way to organize chaos than living in a police state. It takes a lot of energy to rebel and as long as needs are more than met (as in Singapore) it’s all good. Not my way to live, but I don’t judge others’ way of life.

    Little G is so cute!

    Hope you are well, cher Brian. Bises.🙂💕

    • Yes, one can see that. Germans supported Hitler massively. Many Chileans still favour Pinochet.
      Now there are variants. And degrees of “authority”. Most African countries are pure dictatorships, with the same president elected and re-elected for 20-30 years.
      many “democracies” are masquerades… Vote bought for a sandwich. Or a little more. Public money is quite a temptation even in the poorest countries. I once heard someone say that “corruption is the easiest way to rob from the poor).
      Little G. is a great guy. He has grown so much. We miss him dearly, haven’t seen him in weeks.
      Likewise Julie. Take advantage of your “rural” surroundings, and stay safe…
      Bises. 💕💕

  10. Hello, Peng Yu! Your photos are making me miss home again. Especially now that I can’t go home. 😦 Not for a loooong time. Until this pandemic is over so I won’t put my little one at risk. Speaking of little one, your little G is adorable! Do you have a post where I see more of him?

    Changi Airport definitely is one of the best airports in the world and if I have to pick another airport, it would be Dubai because of the 24 hours shopping! I can’t get enough of duty-free shopping.

    Guess what? I haven’t been to Gardens by the Bay. It was opened in 2012 and by that time, I was working in Shanghai already. So plenty of places in Singapore seems so distant to me.

    Yes, Singapore is an authoritarian state. Is it a good thing? Yes and no. I love that we have clean streets, greenery, safe environment that our kids (as young as 5 years old) can walk to school on their own without the lingering fear of kidnap. I can walk on the streets in the middle of the night without getting catcalls or fearing harassment. In fact, I can put my laptop bag on a public seat and walk away, knowing that when I come back, the bag will still be there, untouched. No, I don’t do that anymore. After living overseas for 8 years, I know better. Haha! Well, all these safety, cleanliness and orderly comes with a price. The cost of an oppressed and expensive society.

    So if you asked me if living in Singapore is good? It will depends on how old I am and what are my goals. If I am a young female looking to advance my career, Singapore is awesome with very little discrimination against age, race and gender. If I am having young children, Singapore is great with low crime rates. If I am old and retired, I will prefer to stay at somewhere medical treatments are not that costly and my savings can be stretched further.

    The majority of Singaporean Chinese do have Hokkien as their dialect, second will be Cantonese, following by Teochew, Hakka and Shanghainese.

    By the way, the street arts you saw are probably commissioned by government and definitely requires a permit. Otherwise, it will be called vandalism (remember Michael Fay and sentencing of six strokes of the cane?) Food for thought, eh?

    Take care Peng Yu!

    • Kam siah Peng You for your visit and comment.
      Look at it this way: for a brief moment you were home again. 🙂 And sooner or later you will be able to travel. And visit the Gardens of the Bay. 😉
      I agree that the street art must have been commissioned. Which to me is fine.
      I’ve lived in the “South” most of life, and I must confess, a little discipline could help many of the countries I’ve lived in. Quite honestly.
      I remember Michael Fay. He knew the rules. 🙂
      If I recall, you speak Teochew more than Hokkien? One of your parents? Or am I confused?
      Stay safe Peng Yu. Don’t worry. You will go home. Sooner than later… 🙏🏻

      • I am Hokkien but I understand Cantonese more due to my mom is a Cantonese. My husband is Teochew so my little one is a Teochew.

        Thank you for reassuring me on the going home bit. I do miss my family because we usually will meet up once every 2 or 3 months. It does get worrisome watching the figures go up and down. Now I don’t even catch up on news anymore because it’s so negative on that front.

        Good news is that the lockdown has eased a little in Malaysia so little one can go for walks or dash around in her little scooter everyday. 7 weeks indoor is enough to make anyone have cabin fever, even a 3 year old!

      • Quite a mixture. I’ve just learnt a few words in Hokkien: jujuila (who’s that?); Ee eh (She/her?); Siang been (same face) Siang is face?
        Enjoy the release of lockdown Peng You

    • About Little G. I don’t post him much. let’s say a concern for security. Just as I don’t give his full name. 😉
      He has been featured in several of my Asia posts, since he was an important part of that great trip.

  11. Really like how you always connect the present elements with the past 🙂 the other day, while running, I wondered if you’ve considered publishing a book with the photographic material from your family archives. You’d also make a great historian 😀 (which career path did you actually pursue?)

    Regarding the authoritarian thing– I stumbled upon this article after reading your post and found it a good read: https://www.ricemedia.co/culture-events-westworld-singapore-blind-spots/ Westworld is a series I’ve been watching, it was surprising to discover that they shot so many scenes of the latest season in Singapore 🙂

    also, quite interesting to imagine that your great-uncle and a very few of my relatives lived in Singapore at the same time (if I’ve got my facts straight, my family history is not as clear as yours)

    Great post, as always! Espero que estés bien 🙂 gran abrazo desde Suiza!

    • Hola “Moni”. Thanks for the visit and comment. yes, it is weird that our relations may have crossed path.
      Thank you for the “compiment”. 🙏🏻 I like to blend diffetent themes. Past. Present. West. East. Europe. Latin America. AS you know, different perspectives help a better understanding…
      I like History, though I’m a business major. Business school in France and an MBA in the US.
      I will check your ,link now…
      Abrazo “back”. Cuídate.

    • PS. Now, publishing a book? The publishing industry is dying on a dying market and they don’t even know it. Let’s say I’m writing the book by bits and pieces. I will put it together some day. Then we’ll see… Chao, chao…

    • Read the post. I must confess I have not seen Westworld. I am growing increasingly uncomfortable as dystopia seems to ooze from fiction into the real world… Yes, that way around. Or shall I say that the real world is getting worse every day and Fiction does not show much redemption? 😉
      Thanks again. And stay safe in Switzerland my dear.
      😷🙏🏻

      • What were the odds… Just yesterday I got Westworld after finding out about season 3’s advancement. I had only watched first two seasons last year or so. It will be interesting.

        However, for a better understanding of how things work in this world, try to get Survivors (2008-2010). Keep in mind that this version was adapted after Terry Nation’s novel written in 1976 while the first version of the series – Survivors (1975-1977) – was being broadcast.
        Then jump to The dead zone (2002-2007) where in S2E14 is presented a smaller scale epidemic. What’s the common denominator? An airborne virus, originated from China; as a bonus, in this episode a cure is revealed: chloroquine. Sounds familiar? Well, the series is adapted from a 1979 Stephen King novel so there may be a connection with Terry Nation’s. Or not.
        Going forward to Travelers (2016-2018) there is another outbreak in S2E5-S2E6. Travelers teams are coordinated by the… Director – interesting coincidence with the revelations in Westworld’s season 3.

        One who has the spare time and dedication to follow through all 15 seasons of Ancient aliens (2014-) might find a much deeper understanding of why things are as they are – that is, why human design is flawed and why the vast majority of us are slaves. One may even realize who the real masters are. Warning: this series may seriously shatter one’s religious beliefs. Luckily I’ve always been agnostic.

        My conclusion: through this intentional “pandemic” the Earth has been prepared for Singapore-forming (a term I just invented) – that is a totalitarian, authoritarian global state. Hopefully Bill Gates’ upcoming “vaccine” will spare many of us – mostly the elderly and the “useless” adults over 40-45 – from this atrocity.
        Eat your hearts out Orwell and Huxley!

      • Amazing indeed. We have seen Travellers. With pleasure. Liked the characters, story and good actors. Not sure I will go to see the other series now. I need a bit of “redemption” in my fiction.
        Good to see you here old friend. How have you been? Staying home (as usual) and safe?

      • Ah, it’s OK if you watched Travelers. But please take my word that Survivors 2008 is worth watching; I’ve always believed the current pandemic was a fake – and just minutes ago, reading some of the comments to another post it occured to me that some places/countries may have been “hit” with a placebo while others may have had a real virus – but if (or should I say when) they do decide to release the real deal then Survivors shows exactly what will happen.

        To answer your question below: yes, Contagion 2011 is the one with Gwyneth. And I find it funny – in a creepy way – that many people actually believe the current pandemic started from a… bat, just like the movie tries to imply. I read something about bat soup, actually. Dunno who spread all those rumours but I’ve seen videos where Trump was told about the $3.7 mil. that Fauci granted in 2015 to the secret Wuhan bio-research lab after the research was banned from the US and was outsourced, and others about the virus containing HIV strains indicating it was genetically engineered. So if any of this is true then the whole deal gets a much deeper and darker aspect. Unfortunately Google/YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and all others are taking down very quickly all the unofficial videos that try to present the reality as it is. There is censorship even in the off-topic sections of forum boards (I had a few comments deleted without notice), and a few .ro sites have been blocked too. Apparently the truth is now “fake news”.

        Otherwise I’m absolutely fine, which is too strange considering usually I could easily catch a cold by drinking a cold beer, whereas in all this hysteria I went shopping in crowded places without mask, gloves or any other precautions – and I wasn’t the only one. But yes, I generally stay at home all day because there are now 30 kittens I have to take care of besides the remaining 18 adults. Luckily I have enough movies and series to watch offline because I’d rather die than watch TV or listen to radio again – had enough of the official lies and fearmongering all seasoned with stupid advertising.

        Take care mon ami, and don’t believe everything you see or hear on “official” channels.

      • We may look for survirvor. I’ll let you know. So Contagion was that one. Spot on. And everyone ignored the signs…
        30 kittens now? OMG.
        Be safe Dragos.
        A bientôt

      • Another interesting fact would be The eyes of darkness written by Dean R. Koontz, published in 1981 and republished (modified) in 1989, where the initial location (and name) of the virus – Gorki, USSR – was changed to… hold on to your seat… Wuhan, China!

        Also there are a few variations of a picture circulating on the web where a page from this book mentioning Wuhan-400 is presented together with a page from another book by Sylvia Browne – End of days: Predictions about the end of the world, where she says: “In around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread around the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes […]”

        All these – the movie series, the books etc. – cannot in any way be a coincidence; this has been carefully planned and deliberately seen through. But as I probably said before, this has only been the “dress rehearsal” – the real plague is yet to come (another Flood would be too corny and inefficient in the current context) and humanity will be rebooted once again, for the N-th time.

      • I missed that one by Koontz. Read quite a few of his. But dropped him a while ago.
        We’ll see how it goes. (Dress rehearsal? Hmmm)
        Be good Dragos

      • Dunno if it’s worth reading the entire book, maybe if one has both versions (the one published in 1981 under the pen name Leigh Nichols, and the one republished in 1989 – the year they forcibly took down communism all around the world except China! – under his real name) only to make a comparison of what changed between versions besides Gorki – Wuhan. I couldn’t find the original one yet.

        I’ve been good all my life but when some lackeys of the Cabal take away my fundamental rights I become very very bad.

      • From Gorki to Hankeou could be a good title for a novel.
        Bad? Understandable. I am getting increasingly pissed at everything…
        Stay safe then. 😷

      • Yeah, apparently some people managed to get some inside data from the Cabal and slip it into novels, but who could have decoded it back then… And now it’s too late.

        I refuse to live in fear. “The only thing to fear is fear itself”. 😉

      • P.S. If further evidence is needed, try Contagion (2011) and maybe a harder-to-find Contagion: The BBC Four pandemic (2018) which depicts a simulation using smartphones.
        Oh and I don’t suppose many have heard of Event 201

    • A pleasure. The last photo? 😉Little G. seems to have conquered a few hearts. We haven’t seen him in close to two months. Darn…
      And yes, we were lucky to have Lisa and Fabio at home. Just before all the madness started…
      Blogging is amazing.
      I hope Italy is getting better. It may take some time though. Stay safe.

  12. Perhaps someday I will see the wonders of Changi airport. Until then I’m imagining what it might be like to walk the streets of this “middle empire” which has known the waxing and waning of trade between all the nations of the world for so many centuries. Donne’s “No Man is an Island” comes to mind as I peruse your photos of Singapore. Hoping you are well.

    • I hope you are well too, in those strange days. When other humans can be a threat. We have a neighbour who’s in total shock. Panic.
      I wish you can know Changi airport. It is quite an experience. (And I have come to dislike airports very much) When you fly into Singapore, you can see the hundreds of ships queuing to enter the harbour. Singapore is a power centre for Asia. And a fantastic place to visit. One day, travel will re-open.
      How are you spending “lockdown”?

      • I feel so fortunate to be able to spend lockdown working remotely, reading a lot, and staying in touch with friends and family virtually. How are you doing in Mexico City?

      • Indeed. Hopefully when we come out of this (because we will) work habits will change.
        Here? We’re still climbing to the peak of the virus. Not there yet. Only time will tell.
        Take care.

    • Daphne! So good of you to drop by. Lovely to hear from you… How have you been in the current madness? 😷
      We’re ok here, so far. Locked up for close to 2 months now. Missing our daughters and grandchildren. And just aking it one day at a time…
      Stay safe dear Agnes… 🙏🏻

  13. little G so sweet Brian 👼 and I also have a couple molcajetes…lovely to read your narrative and see your photos…smiles and joy your way ~ hugs hedy ☺️🙃🙂🤗

    • He’s a sweet boy. We miss him dearly…
      A couple of molcajetes? How come?
      Glad you like the “narrative”. (I do try to tell a story, as you succeed very well)
      Hugs back

  14. I didn’t really get to grips with Singapore on my one fleeting visit, and what I did see left me a little ‘cold’. Your photos make me want to give it another go though, Brian. It is an authoritarian, one party state, but that’s part of the social contract with the population who receive significant benefits from the arrangement: civil liberties surrendered for a guaree of prosperity and security. Whether that’s feasible in the future remains to be seen, especially amongst younger generations. I love the fact that your relative has a road named after him.

    • I will definitely go back. Need to spend more time there. To decide for myself. 😉One of my cousins just spent several years in Singapore. Quite happy.
      The road is a “joke”. Hardly a block long in the “open”. The rest is inside the Police Academy. Uncle René did contribute to the “one-part”, actively pursuing and arresting Kuo-min-Tang members…
      Cheers

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