make 2007 a year brimming with kitty love!

How old are the Tiong Bahru Properties

The lease of most Tiong Bahru Pre-War Conserved flats start between 1st Jan 1965 to 1967.
(The Singapore Government started selling the units to the individual owners from 1965 onward)

As at 1st January 2005, the lease remaining for this area is less than 60 years.

Do take note of how this will impact your CPF withdrawal limits and your bank loans when making an offer for these properties.


The lease for the HDB side starts from 1st Jan 1973.

The rule will affect those who will be using bank loans to finance their purchase from 1st Jan 2013 onwards.

Those who are eligible for the HDB loans are not affected by this ruling.

sleep in heavenly peace,

sleep in heavenly peace.

merry christmas, everyone!

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Must be due to the last-minute shopping of Christmas presents. Yes, that's it. That's what the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is about.

Heh. Like the above image of the terrified Santa Claus. (The link includes another link to the poem titled "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore that consists the name of Santa's reindeer. No, Rudolph ain't mentioned.)

Talking about Santa, the comic Non Sequitur also 'exploits' the character. I remember once reading a series of Non Sequitur about 'Santa Dude'. It's about Santa going to Hollywood incognito--he donned his usual costume with an addition of sunglasses--to find out why there were more bad children than good ones. He's greeted something like "Hey, it's Santa, dude!" and eventually dubbed as 'Santa Dude'.

The following comic is not about 'Santa Dude', but it sure brings the story to mind. The image copied & cropped from this Non Sequitur page.

Wish you all a Happy Holiday Season. There's no Tiny Tim here but I'd like to quote his line "God bless us, everyone!".

Different Seasons

‘Tis the season to be…different. I guess the King of Horror, Stephen King might have thought that way when he wrote Different Seasons. The genre is not horror, but surprisingly it is a very much pleasant to read.

The book is a collection of four novellas: “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”, “Apt Pupil”, “The Body”, and “The Breathing Method. They are respectively subtitled based on the four seasons namely Hope Springs Eternal, Summer of Corruption, Fall from Innocence, and A Winter’s Tale.

The first three stories led to the movies: “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Apt Pupil” and “Stand By Me”.

If that is not impressive, I don’t know what is. Okay, so I am a fan. But I still retain enough objectivity to say “The Breathing Method” doesn’t take my breath away. It’s supposed to be a weird tale that achieves its objective too well. It’s weird and I don’t like it.

In contrast, “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” is a story that inspires. I watched the movie version before I read the novella and I can’t agree more with the show tagline “Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.”

Imagine you’re accused wrongly & sentenced to a jail where the worst trashes of the society were locked. Imagine the jail’s administrator was equally bad. How would you cope? Will you sink in despair or will you sustain a belief that things would eventually be better?

The main character, Andy Dufresne chose the later. He was determined not to let the prison dampen his spirit. Utilizing his knowledge (no, he didn’t have a prison blueprint tattooed on his body like Michael Scofield in the TV series Prison Break), he manipulated the prison’s guards to protect him. He was a banker before he was a convict. His financial expertise was needed and in one case, abused by the jail warden.

Oh sure, the story has a happy ending: Andy managed to escape. But how he did it and perhaps how long he took to do it—now, that is why you ought to read this novella!

Although enjoyable to read, the other two novellas, “Apt Pupil” and “The Body” were not that impressive. The former involves a psychological blackmail between an old Nazi commandant and a teenager. Witness how the role of a victim switched. “The Body” was about four boys' quest in trying to locate a corpse of a missing boy.

The two stories are credible. Reading them prompt you to ponder that such a tale is very possible to happen in real world. That by itself is something fresh, something new, something that you don’t expect from Stephen King.

The Hill of Peace, The Sea of Mist (@Mae Hong Son: Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu)

This is to follow up to Pai post which hinted about the beauty of Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, Mae Hong Son.

1. Trekking my way up to the temple through a misty path with a little misgiving that I might be lost. I had my fair share getting lost during the trip. Not that I complain, mind you.

2. Phew. I was on the right direction.

3. Guan Yin?

4. It was Sunday & there were a lot of people visiting the temple. They were given a bouquet which would be placed by worshippers near any of the Buddha statues--

5. --after which, the monks would retrieve them back for next worshippers to use.

6. Oh yes, I'm proud of this photo. Religion & technology in such a close proximity. ;)

Photo 7-12: Ineffable scenery. Or perhaps, I'm just too lazy to describe each photo. Love the mist.

13. Still at Doi Kong Mu hill, I hiked up to one solitary temple.

14. On my way up.

15. Jatayu or Garuda or ?

16. Can't comment. Undecided whether the door is supposed to represent a duality of good and evil or whether a fresh coat of paint is what the door needs.

17. Can't comment either. Intrigued with the long-haired lady in gold.

18. On my way down where I would meet the dogs earlier mentioned in this article.

Future Directions

Recently with shows like the National Biennial and the host of new media art courses at the Edna Manley College, new directions have emerged in the Jamaican art world. I wonder how valid the public and more traditional art lovers view these artists and their work. Do you think Jamaica is ready for this and is it even important? Video and photography as art in a country with a huge history of 'the collectable painting'?

Launch of new art forum

Welcome to the launch of the new art forum for Jamaican art. This blog is dedicated to the open and honest discussion about the arts in Jamaica. Over the next 6 months topics will be raised and hopefully a useful discussion will be generated by all interested persons. We will also post reviews of shows and events contributed by the public. This blog was created as an alternate to the tightly controlled arts media in Jamaica. Please send submissions to the above email address. Keep checking for postings and your participation is greatly anticipated.

ode to small cat

this little girl is making herself quite irresistable and the man and woman keeps putting off putting her back on the streets though her little incision is healing quite well. they say it is the rain, but...

think its that pom pom tail!

you one corner, i one corner

courting couple parts with a tiff before their big surgery. they are joined by Chaplin and a surly ginger tom who wears his battle scars as aristocracy. ginger tom is certainly NOT happy to be losing the pride of his malehood and protested by escaping his cage with just enough time to pee on man's freshly laundered shirt.

incidentally, most similar 'accidents' in the past year have occurred on man's shirts...

on the way to pick the convalescents up, the woman interrupts comic cat - Bug Eye - in mid lick. do you see a resemblance??

Lonely Road

Nice lyric. I don't recognize the song "Lonely Road", though. Now the above photo (taken in Singapore, not in Chiang Mai / Pai / Mae Hong Son. Am I that predictable?) is indeed about a lonely road (I counted only one or two cars at one time) just after the rain yesterday.

have space, will run

Tigger settles into her new Jurong home.

where's everybody?

Blackie's bros, the Paws, have gone away on home trial. no one asked Blackie if that was ok.

Entry prohibited to women (at Wat Buppharam, Chiang Mai)

and men, and all those without the padlock keys.

What's the story behind the highly secured well? Exercise your creativity, weave a tale why the well is guarded (the opening is barricaded, the door twice locked & chained). However, try not to be influenced by the well in the anime, InuYasha or the horror movie, Ring.

"Bah, humbug!"

Received an email that started with "A beautiful story....makes you understand that everything happens for a reason." It's about a tablecloth. Beautiful indeed at least till the end part of "True Story - submitted by..." which triggered my automatic response of "True, eh?"

According to the link above, it's unproven--neither true nor false. I reckon if I were to forward the story to others, I'd substitute 'True' with 'Unproven'. Yeah, I think I'll do that.

Thank God It's Over (TGIO)

Attended the TGIO party last Saturday at Earshot Cafe.

Organized by the two MLs (Municipal Liaison): rozen and sarahcoldheart, the programme included reading excerpt of novels, participating in the NaNoWriMo not-so-trivial trivia quiz & announcing the winners for forum activity (who posted the most--the winner is halfcrazed, who could give the most interesting explanation about their user names--ellimist3, and who could give the best alternative words for the acronym TGIO--celia141). It's fun.

There were 19 of us: AikiChaos, avalon182, bruise_d, celia141, Chiquit, eatyourgreens, ellimist3, Ganoidyn, halfcrazed, jeremiahadolpher, kuaizi, nerwenfaelvirin, ravensilvers, red265, rozen, samjo, sarahcoldheart, and sunlitstranger.

Chiquit asked me whether all were students (I'm flattered. Heh). You've got to see her look of relief when I regretfully told her that I work. I guess she must have felt out of place as the majority were still schooling.

Stubborn flu mixed with work proved to be an ingredient for ensuring me to snap lousy photos. Poor timing, bad angle, shaken arm--you name the excuses. Bleah. So much for trying to post pictures like this 8@Earshot Cafe article.

Anyway, let's see how Singapore perform this year compared to last year. Impressive, isn't it? ^_^"
185 WriMos with Singapore as Hometown
235 affiliated to Singapore (includes above)
28 winners
Singapore came 105 out of 271 regions in the world with a total of 783,344 words.

192 WriMos with Singapore as Hometown
244 affiliated to Singapore (includes above)
35 winners (official) + 1 (unofficial)
Singapore comes 105 out of 304 regions in the world (official) with a total of 2,501,447 words. If the unofficial winner is included, Singapore would be in the 101st rank with a total of 2,551,493 words beating "Iowa::Elsewhere".

The unofficial winner was caramelmermaid. She did not manage to validate her word count on time. Couldn't blame her as she just joined this year. Congrats nevertheless! You know you did it. We know you did it.

And here are the screenshots (nabbed from here) of the 35 official winners from Singapore.

we look so good together

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