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Monday, March 31, 2008

Martial Arts Day '08 - WW

SAFRA Tampines held a Martial Arts Day '08 at its premises. I arrived after lunch and missed the Longsword demonstration by PHEMAS. What a bummer. I went specially for that. A boxing match was on so I sat down to watch.

a boxing match

I hate wrestling and boxing matches, they are such violent sports..... and it's so ironic that my Dad and father-in-law love watching these sports. I have to shut myself in my bedroom whenever the guys watch such matches at home.

I'm sporting when it comes to having fun but I hate sports. I don't enjoy watching matches or playing any ball except...... nvm. hahaha......

Watching a boxing or Muay Thai match live is so different. The spectators around me were screaming at the competitors to 'go for the blood'. I found myself drawn into it..... I too was shouting in the end! *gasp*

Muay Thai (Thai boxing)

I will never allow my son to take up boxing or Muay Thai. Whenever I see a fighter bleeding from the punches, I feel his pain too. Ouch! Jaymes is learning Ninjado, it's more for self-defence...... I don't think it's useful in a fight. :P

Taekwando


Learn self-defence when attacked, can you imagine girls doing this?

There will be lots of hair pulling and tearing of clothes. Guys would love to be spectators of girly fights...... hehehe.......





Sunday, March 30, 2008

Historical European Swordmanship - WS #17


Look who I found in Singapore! Not Cosplay!

PHEMAS members in their Historical Kit

I was so sexcited excited when I was shown a photo of the men in Medieval gear. I attended the Martial Arts Day at a club just to see the guys from Pan-Historical European Martial Arts Society (PHEMAS Singapore) in action! This group of dedicated exponents are learning the Late Medieval Longsword techniques of Fiore di Liberi.

member practising in their standard kits with wasters

For a Beginner, he needs to get thin soled shoes, black pants, white T-shirts and 1600N Fencing Masks. He will be required to purchase a wooden waster first due its reduced cost and speed of delivery. He can use the basic Mk1 wooden stick until his waster arrives. A Longsword is required for training in Fiore at PHEMAS.

learn how to handle swords

When Christopher handed me his steel sword, it was so heavy! I doubt I could keep swinging it for 5 minutes. I would probably be stabbed to death before I could utter 'Oh my Gosh!'
You need lots of practice!

This art of swordsmanship was only taught to Noblemen in the past.

Christopher Blakey (center), President of PHEMAS and some of its members

Historical Kit is the gear that a Medieval knight or man-at-arms would have worn into combat.

Swordsmanship is a strong and extremely practical martial art. Members of PHEMAS learn as the historical masters taught, both for it's self defence value and it's value for its mental and physical discipline.

Training
Wednesdays (7pm to 9pm)

Sundays
Time : 5pm - 7pm (Advanced)
7pm - 9pm (Basic)
Fees : S$80 monthly
Venue : Eurasian Community House
139 Ceylon Rd, Joo Chiat
http://www.phemas.com/







Friday, March 28, 2008

Photo Hunt - Living the High Life in Singapore

Photo Hunt - High

A luxury mega yacht berthed at °15 Marina Club

Imagine a home with championship golf courses in your backyard and
a marina at your doorstep......... own a oceanfront luxury bungalow at Sentosa Cove!

Just a stone's throw away from your front lawn, enjoy high living on the high seas as the world-class °15 Marina Club’s 204 berths are designed to house mega yachts in sheltered waters. The $80 million club is poised to become the Monte Carlo of the East.

*daydreams*

A wealthy client bought a house in Sentosa Cove and a luxury yacht. He invited us to dinner on his newly acquired toy. Envy was written all over my face.

Singapore Airlines first-class passengers receive Salvatore Ferragamo (His or Hers) toiletries and Givenchy pajamas.

He flies first-class on Singapore Airlines to Europe and saved his toiletry pouch to give to me. He also asked for a toiletry pouch for Ladies and many packets of high end tea bags for me. So sweet hor.

Tell myself after oooh-ings and aah-ings at his high end items : My feet must be firmly planted on the ground. *ties bricks to my feet*

In a time of affluence, 'keeping up with the Joneses' is going to create problems. Living within my means is not enough because it means I will spend what I earn. I have to live a lifestyle below my means instead.

Is it the high cost of living or the cost of high living that is leaving people breathless?'

You will Reap What You Sow.

**************ooOoo***************

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Hay Dairies Goat Farm - WW


Kids feeding the kids

Hay Dairies is the only goat farm in Singapore. It has 1,000 goats of mixed breed, producing milk for sale. The farm uses machines to milk, pasteurise, homogenise and bottle the goat milk before selling it directly to consumers.

You should be prepared for the unpleasant smell. hehehe.......

Feed the billy goats , some are huge!

Goat's milk is an alternative to those who are allergic to cow's milk. Fortunately I'm not allergic to cow's milk, I don't like the taste of goat's milk. blek.....

The goat is a useful animal though. Besides eating its meat and drinking its milk, its milk can be made into cheese, beauty cream, soap, lotion etc. Their hides can be made into cashmere shawls, angora coats, leather, rug etc.


The milking mother goats are separated from the bachelor goats and kids. awwww..........


Farm Visits

The farm opens daily from 9am to 4pm. Milking sessions last from 9am to 11am, so visitors are encouraged to go in the morning. Milking demonstrations and briefings are held at 30 minute intervals during the following times: 9am, 9.30am, 10am & 10.30am.

Educational Tour: $3.00/pax; 250-ml bottle of milk and souvenir with Hay Dairies logo

Public Transport:
SMRT 925 (Sundays & Public Holidays) – from either Woodlands Interchange or Kranji MRT station

Kranji Express (Yellow Bus) shuttle service– departs from the Kranji MRT station every hour (fares : adults $2, kids $1)

No. 3 Lim Chu Kang
Agrotech Park Lane 4
Singapore 718859

Tel: (65) 6792 0931 (Visiting Hours: 9am to 4pm)
Fax: (65) 6794 1580







Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Toys of Yesterday - Wordless Wednesday

These are toys that boys love to play many years ago. When I showed my brothers the photos taken at Children Little Museum, their eyes lit up.

My first brother was very playful when he was a boy. Every day after school, he would throw his school bag aside, quickly gulped down his lunch, grabbed his bag of 'treasures' (marbles, bottle caps, ice-cream sticks ..... etc) and ran out to meet his play friends. Only at dinner time, when I was told to bring him back, would he come home. Those were his carefree days. hehe.....


hand-made 'helicopter blades'


Battle of the Bottle-caps

Seeing the handkerchief toy gives me the shudders. The boys loved playing with it then. The girls would be screaming, crying and running for their lives!

How do you play with this? hehe......

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My First Trip


The said Genting Highland as "City in the cloud".

No kidding eh ?! See the picture ?

It is in the cloud.........


Malaysia……

Truly Asia.

That’s make sense, coz there are three big races in Malaysia.

Malayans, Indians, and Chinese.

So…. by coming to Malaysia, you can enjoy and feel at least three different cultures in one place

In 2005, I had a chance to have holidays with mom

Actually we want to go to Singapore, but the cheapest way is using AirAsia.

Best airlines in south east asia (my opinion).

There was one hour delay, but it worth for the price we paid.

Landing in Kuala Lumpur than using bus to go to Singapore.

That way is cheaper and we have more places to see.

We landed at 14.00 Malaysia time.

In 2005, LCCT have operated yet .They still builds it I suppose.

The airport architecture is modern minimalist.

It’s large and very clean though I didn’t see the cleaning service.

After done with the custom (their service is fast and don’t ask many questions),

We’re looking for lunch.

The food court is in the different floor.

The food price is expensive (for me).

May be because the are working in airport. The food is similar with Indonesian food.

Only they have more various India food.

After got lunch, we use taxi to go to Genting Highland.

(first mistake, later I’ll tell you why).

We arrived in the afternoon.

The First world hotel is the cheapest hotel in Genting.

The receptionist like bank counters.

So many counters & officers to help us (around 30 -50 counters), yet we still need to queue.

(imagine how many guesses they have)

After we got a room,

We taking a bath than start to explore the complex.

Genting Highland popular with the casinos.

But I don’t understand about gamble, so I just look around.

My mom sleep in the room. She was tired.

First night in Malaysia, I spend it with explore the First Hotel complex.

Looks like mini Disney Land.

Lots of toys and games.

Ahhh….. before I forget.

In Genting, you will enjoy the fresh cold air.

The temperature is around 16 – 25 C degree.

It’s not air conditioner, but from the nature.

That’s what I love from Genting Highland……

Fresh air.

Well first day in Malaysia…….

then I’m going to bed.

Tell you again in the next article.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Now... that's entertainment!

It's a portable movie box!! It was common in the 196os when TV was not affordable to the common folks. It's only available in the city area. The movie box is mounted on a tricycle which would be parked where crowds gathered.

Audience paid 5 cents for a few minutes of black and white silent movie or cartoon (Tom and Jerry). The more you pay, the longer you could watch. Can you imagine the number of people standing on each side of the box, watching movies? hehe.....

In the old days, after their dinners and baths, people would come out of their homes to seek some entertainment. Besides chit-chatting with friends and neighbours over a cuppa, they could....

watch a movie......

Listen to music (OMG! This is still in good working condition!)

watch a puppet show on the side walk.....

The best (and free) entertainment was to get the kids to sleep early and have your own little entertainment. It caused the population to boom. Having 7 to 12 children then was common. Then PM Lee Kuan Yuan had to come up with the 'Stop At Two' campaign. Today.... the Singapore government is worried about the decreasing population.


(Photos taken at Children Little Museum)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Children Little Museum - Weekend Snapshot #16

I was meeting friends in Kampong Glam for lunch when I passed by this shophouse. Started by 3 collectors, the exhibits in this museum are very interesting. It brought back memories of my childhood. Like children having found candy, Chris and I spent an hour in this museum playing with the displays and posing for silly photos!

The local readers might remember these toys from the good old days ......

Hello! Hello! Walkie-talkie made using condensed milk tins and a string!

Many families were poor in the old days, parents could not afford to buy toys for their kids. So the kids were creative and made their own toys to entertain themselves and others.

Handmade toys - boys made guns using chopsticks, and girls sew these little bags of filled with sand or beans called 'five-stones'.....

What is eastcoastlife peeping at? Porn movie!? Answer in the next post.



Entrance fee : S$2
Children Little Museum
40 Kandahar Street Singapore 198895
Kampong Glam

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Night Entertainment In Honolulu


If you are thinking of a vacation to Hawaii and you enjoy nightlife, then head for Honolulu. Since Honolulu is the capital city of Hawaii, you can expect a very vibrant and cosmopolitan night entertainment scene catering to tourists and locals alike till the wee hours of the morning.

Your best guide to what’s happening Honolulu after dark is to grab a free copy of Honolulu weekly which is widely available in restaurants, night clubs and newspaper stands. You can also check with the daily newspapers especially Honolulu Advertiser or with your hotel concierge.

If Cazimero Brothers are putting up a show, don’t ever miss it. This show is legendary. The Cazimero brother’s act is one of Hawaii’s most beloved and gifted acts. Check with your tour guide or newspapers to see if they are performing anywhere near you.

Don Mr Mellow is a perennial Hawaiian favorite and is still perform to full house crowds even though he has been doing his act for decades. Don is sometimes compared to Cliff Richard or Dick Clarke because of looking far younger than his age. He is in his seventies female fans still swoon when he sing romantic heart tugging songs. Don is also beloved for his cheeky off the cuff banter in between songs. His shows are very interactive and audience are often encouraged to dance the hula, tell jokes or even singing along with him.

If you enjoy a touch of magic, then you will certainly be delighted with Las Vegas standard magic show by illusionist John Horikawa. John perform mind boggling feats of magic on an elaborate stage set along with a large costumed cast and cutting edge light and sound displays.

At the House Without A Key at Halekulani Hotel, you can mind spinning mai-tais by the patio facing the Pacific ocean front. Here, the traditional Hawaiian dancers and musicians playing steel guitars will entertain you while you lounge and relax during your vacation. You can move further indoor to the Lewers Lounge for some romantic music and standard light jazz.

Feeling adventurous? Then hop to Duke’s Canoe Club on Waikiki beach. This is a very lively night entertainment area and can get pretty crowded by sunset. It is a beachfront bar and restaurant with tiki torches adorning the sandy beach. This tropical party offers a gigantic drink menu to loosen you up and to have a whale of a time.

So you can dance? The Rumours Nightclub at Ala Moana Hotel will certainly get your adrenaline pumping and head spinning. You get top 40 dance music and retros at this club. If salsa dancing is your forte, then go to Rumours’ salsa night every Thursday.

The night entertainment scene is very cosmopolitan and there are many more class acts and clubs for you to chill out when you are in If you are thinking of a vacation to Hawaii and you enjoy nightlife, then head for Honolulu. Since Honolulu is the capital city of Hawaii, you can expect a very vibrant and cosmopolitan night entertainment scene catering to tourists and locals alike till the wee hours of the morning.

Your best guide to what’s happening Honolulu after dark is to grab a free copy of Honolulu weekly which is widely available in restaurants, night clubs and newspaper stands. You can also check with the daily newspapers especially Honolulu Advertiser or with your hotel concierge.

If Cazimero Brothers are putting up a show, don’t ever miss it. This show is legendary. The Cazimero brother’s act is one of Hawaii’s most beloved and gifted acts. Check with your tour guide or newspapers to see if they are performing anywhere near you.

Don Mr Mellow is a perennial Hawaiian favorite and is still perform to full house crowds even though he has been doing his act for decades. Don is sometimes compared to Cliff Richard or Dick Clarke because of looking far younger than his age. He is in his seventies female fans still swoon when he sing romantic heart tugging songs. Don is also beloved for his cheeky off the cuff banter in between songs. His shows are very interactive and audience are often encouraged to dance the hula, tell jokes or even singing along with him.

If you enjoy a touch of magic, then you will certainly be delighted with Las Vegas standard magic show by illusionist John Horikawa. John perform mind boggling feats of magic on an elaborate stage set along with a large costumed cast and cutting edge light and sound displays.

At the House Without A Key at Halekulani Hotel, you can mind spinning mai-tais by the patio facing the Pacific ocean front. Here, the traditional Hawaiian dancers and musicians playing steel guitars will entertain you while you lounge and relax during your vacation. You can move further indoor to the Lewers Lounge for some romantic music and standard light jazz.

Feeling adventurous? Then hop to Duke’s Canoe Club on Waikiki beach. This is a very lively night entertainment area and can get pretty crowded by sunset. It is a beachfront bar and restaurant with tiki torches adorning the sandy beach. This tropical party offers a gigantic drink menu to loosen you up and to have a whale of a time.

So you can dance? The Rumours Nightclub at Ala Moana Hotel will certainly get your adrenaline pumping and head spinning. You get top 40 dance music and retros at this club. If salsa dancing is your forte, then go to Rumours’ salsa night every Thursday.

The night entertainment scene is very cosmopolitan and there are many more class acts and clubs for you to chill out when you are in Honolulu, Hawaii., Hawaii.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Hawaii Cruising


Sunshine, sparkling blue waters, exquisite beaches, colorful panoramas, great people, great food, exciting activities to get involved in - you name it. Hawaii and the islands have it!

A wonderful vacation is definitely one that is spent on the Hawaiian Islands. This archipelago of atolls and islands is entirely the right place for you to treat your senses.

All the must-sees and must-dos a person can have in the islands are definitely worthwhile. And there are more options when it comes to Hawaiian vacations. One great way to spend your time in the archipelago is to go cruising!

The Hawaiian Cruise Lines

There are plenty of attractive Hawaiian cruise lines that you can choose from.

To name a few, there is the Norwegian Cruise Line that takes its passengers in and around the fantastic Hawaiian destinations. You can also enjoy the cruises provided by Celebrity Cruises and have a wonderful time seeing Honolulu and the rest of the islands.

Princess Cruises is an ideal cruise line that offers you an absolutely memorable Hawaiian cruise vacations starting from Vancouver, Tahiti, Los Angeles, Mexico, and Ensenada.

There is also the cruise line Royal Caribbean Cruises that would take you to Honolulu from Ensenada and Acapulco, and from Vancouver, Canada and Mexico. There are other cruise lines of course, and it is up to you to choose the one that suits your needs.

The most important part there is you are going to have a beautiful time cruising in Hawaii.

Delightful Hawaiian Island Destinations

When you talk about Hawaiian cruises, there are plenty of exciting options in terms of places to go. One place you would really enjoy is the port of Honolulu port on Oahu. It has plenty to offer including pristine beaches, bazaars, cafes, five-star restaurants, and natural delights.

You might fancy seeing the island of Maui with its beautiful resorts, restored towns, and of course the Haleakala volcano. Taking one of the cruises could even get you to Kauai where you will experience the majesty of this tropical haven.

Indeed it is not wrong to consider your Hawaiian cruise truly a trip to paradise. The archipelago is lush, beautiful, colorful, vibrant, full of life, and simply amazing.

Cruising Activities

Of course cruising to Hawaii is not just about sightseeing and visiting the many wonderful islands that form this ribbon of bejeweled islands (there are over 100!).

There are a lot of other activities that you can enjoy when taking a cruise there. You can definitely include in your itinerary the many water activity possibilities.

Those cerulean waters lapping Hawaii’s shores are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, and other aquatic ventures. So for all of you who want to sample adventure in the waters, cruise vacations are totally right for you.

There is also plenty of sunshine to go around, perfect for relaxation and enjoying the comforts of cruising. So if you are up for a vacation, a Hawaiian cruise is definitely the idyllic way to go.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


When most people think of HAVO, what comes to mind is usually basic information that’s not particularly interesting or beneficial. But there’s a lot more to HAVO than just the basics.

Once you begin to move beyond basic background information, you begin to realize that there’s more to HAVO than you may have first thought.

Hawaii is a beautiful vacation destination. It makes for either a quiet and mild vacation consisting of countless hours lying on a beach or wildly active vacation sure to please event the most avid thrill seekers. What thrill seeking vacation would be complete without exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HAVO). The national park occupies a vast array of terrain ranging from tropical beaches to the sub arctic Mauna Loa summit. The huge park has two active volcanoes.

Kilauea Caldera is the youngest and most active volcano on earth. The landscaping is amazing complete with hardened lava and dozens of craters. The park has 140 miles of hiking trails and is open to the public for camping. The park is over 333,000 acres of land so plan to stay a while if you truly want to explore the park. If you don’t have a lot of time, you should plan to at least drive through the park. It is worth the hour or so that it will take you to see everything. The volcano erupts regularly, so in most cases you will get to see some sort of lava flow. However, don’t expect to see eruptions spewing into the sky like in the movies. The flow is fluid and constant, not nearly as dramatic as Hollywood depicts.

The terrain changes so frequently due to the ever changing lava flow that it makes it difficult to follow maps, however the most up to date versions will be available at the visitor’s center. The map can be used for driving as well as hiking. The park has a hotline that tells you what is happening with the volcanoes that day and where to best view the lava flow.

Unlike the rest of Hawaii the weather can change very quickly in the park. The temperatures can be about 15 degrees cooler here than in Kona, so plan to dress appropriately. The park can have blistering heat from the sun’s reflection off of the lava flow. It can be hot and steamy one minute and change to a chilly downpour of rain with little or no warning.

If planning to visit the volcanoes you should be prepared and dress appropriately. Wear hiking shoes or boots; bring sunscreen and lots of water. The heat can cause dehydration quickly so be prepared with lots of fluids because this little nuisance is preventable. Always follow the signs and stay on the trails. Fatalities do happen here at HAVO. The most common are due to people wandering off and getting lost in the park and people getting too close to newly formed lava paths. These lava flows can collapse causing injuries, or even worse death.

If and when the lava reaches the ocean, sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid permeate the air. These gases are toxic. Every one should be careful, especially pregnant women, young children and people with upper respiratory problems. The smell of sulfur is strong in the air.

Whether it’s magnificent hiking trails you seek, or simply marking visiting a volcano off of your to do list, HAVO is sure to please.

Of course, it’s impossible to put everything about HAVO into just one article. But you can’t deny that you’ve just added to your understanding about HAVO, and that’s time well spent.