Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Giant puffs at Biopolis!

No camera tricks! Honest!

My sunflower plant decided to sprout another sunflower... but it's so mini-sized!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Prometheus : "why was I created?"

Caught Prometheus over the weekend. Haven't seen a movie in quite a while. Lido is crowded even on a Friday at 3pm.

Overall, the movie was a so-so sci-fi flick that runs against conventional Darwinism or The Big Bang.

With a very loose plot and vague story-line, and mediocre special effects and alien monsters, the only highlight for me was it's attempts at fielding philosophical questions about the origin, existence, and purpose of human life.

The statements asked by the humanoid robot, David, seemed a tad bit depressing. For example, David asked why he was created by humans, to which one guy replied, "because we could." David, very much like a human, asked how they would feel if after seeking out their "maker" they got the exact same answer.

"Why was I created?"

Have you asked yourself that? What would be an acceptable answer to you?

For Christians, the Westminster Shorter Catechism, distills from the Bible what we were created for:

Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.

Amen to that!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Can a sunflower plant have 2 flowers?

I was very surprised to learn that a 'sunflower' is actually a mass of many mini flowerlets bounded by large coloured petal leaves, and they're available in orange!

Anyway, the sunflower got attacked by a combination of aphids and lots of ants. For weeks I had been flicking the aphids off with a chopstick, but they kept coming back, and the ants multiplied in number! So i finally got a pesticide and killed them all! Very effective!

Another bud, which looks like the beginnings of another flower, has appeared midway up the stem. I thought each sunflower plant would have only one flower?

Would be interesting to see what appears :)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Thanks-giving for the week

Thank God for the cool weather, after a spell of hot and humid days.

Thank God for small mercies, like easily-found parking spots and table places.

Thank God for family, loved ones, and brothers and sisters in Christ.

Thank God for mercies at work, including colleagues and bosses.

Thank God for His Spirit, which gives us understanding and peace.

Thank God for His Son, through whom we have eternal life and hope.

Just remembering to thank God today!

Which early bird will catch THIS worm? And the Snail

I like how these curious creatures always appear after the rain. The worm on the left is thoroughly exposed on the path, but looks like all the birds are still fast asleep in the cool weather. 

More on #Hougangbyelection and another unfortunate red-light running accident at Rochor, right after the shocking Ferrari crash that killed three. Thankfully, this time, noone was seriously hurt, and police arrested the drunk driver on the spot. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Nowadays, only food in SG is cheap, but not for long

$9 and comes with 2 bowls of noodles
Today I sat down to have a nice breakfast of Kway Chup for two (without innards) and it cost a decent $9. Perhaps recent claims that inflation won't affect the majority of Singaporeans are true.

As long as you bought your flat in the golden days of 100 per sq ft HDB, and are content to take peak-hour public transport (or, by the grace of God, still have a car from the days of 20k COE).

On previous days, I even enjoyed $1.50 meat porridge, and $2.50 fishball noodles with generous portions and huge fishballs! (you can check my earlier blog entries)

But I wondered, how much longer would such low prices at hawker centres like Ghim Moh and Holland Drive last?

And in recent debates about "inclusive growth" and increasing income inequality, is it even fair to be expecting such low food prices from hawkers?

As for me, I'm enjoying the cheap prices, although I know this rosy state of affairs is transient, much like things that are "cheap and good", like high salaries and low cost of living. Do we try and keep attempt to keep the cost of living artificially low by using transient labour from abroad? Or pay more for the sake of inclusive growth?

Anyhow, I think once this current older generation moves on, given the higher opportunity cost of a hawker, and the inevitable increases in rental, $1.50 porridge with real meat will soon belong in the heritage centre :)