Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Southern Cross Rising

6am "Southern Cross" or Crux rising in the South ( Az 173, Alt 27)

The cross as depicted in Australia, New Zealand and other Southern Pacific National Flag.

Friday, December 09, 2005

humble 1.3 Megapixel ccd images

.... shot from north-bound MRT - Seletar waterway near Khatib

...Near Woodlands MRT..

Saturday, November 26, 2005


Came across
Einstein's 1912 Manuscript
on Relativity...
with English translation
on the left
and his handwriting on the right...

Monday, November 21, 2005

The Young One

Clear liquid with
strong ginger smell
out the tip of the
young flower head.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Bird Cage of Some Sort??

Strong measures had been taken to deal with Bird Flu - in parks and playgrounds - the latest strong-case cage had been installed to keep the affected birds in....

Oops... didn't read the instruction (see below)!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Mistletoe Fig - Dots on the underneath of leaf

Image showing the characteristic 'dot' on underside the leaf..
Just in the background 'dots'
are seen on the topside as well

Bring Home A Mistletoe Fig in a Pot

I don't mean those preserved or dried figs you find in Supermarket. This morning for some reasons I decided to stop and looking at the potted plants for sales outside the Cheers in Vista Point. One particular plant caught my attention. The unusual 'pipa- shaped' triangular leave and the fruits on stalks. It reminded me of a 'rare' fig shrub mentioned in "Figs of Singapore". I returned the next day to take this pic using my Cp995. Image of the figs was included in the lower left corner showing the pinkish-red ostiole. If you look closely at the leaf you will find a dark 'spot' at the forked midrid AND two closely spaced dark dots near pointed end of the leaf. ( similar midrid spot is found on the leaf's underneath). So for the price of a fastfood meal you can bring home a living potted fig.

Friday, November 18, 2005

SexPo 2005?

SexPO 2005 Latest toy?

Pretty potent nut- delivering up to 600 lb force.
OK - is "Hexnut" - typo lah - not "Sexnut".

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Its the White Mempat's Turn To Flower

On my way to work this morning I saw tiny petals scattering on the pavement. Instinctly I looked up - it was a WHITE mempat tree flowering this time. The tiny white flowers already attracted a handful of 'early-riser' bees that were buzzing around. A faint fragrance greeted my nose from the '1-day-only' blooms above. When I returned from work, a slight drizzle made the flora littering even more noticeable. I picked up my CP995 and headed back to capture this moment..one arm holding the umbrella and the other firing away.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Hey... what is going to happen next?

Pic taken on Nov 24...
after watching this tower for weeks
at least
some 'changes' are

Who Squeezed My F*****

" Who Squeezed My Flower! " ( as oppose to Who Moved My Cheeze)

I have been watching the nightly( rather than daily) the growth and progression of this strange looking flower-'bud' ( Costus erythrocoryne). No idea where my wife got it from. Over the weeks, tiny pale yellow 'tiger-tooth' grew and withered away leaving behind an alternative pattern of black triangles on the spear-head pinkish 'bud'. Just Monday I discovered someone obviously took a liking to this thingie and decided to give it a squeeze at the lower stem leaving behind an irreversible damage to it...
Hey I am as much eager as whoever you are to find out the utimate outcome of the flower - please dont do it again.....OK?!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Yet another pasar malam ( night bazaar)

You see them so often - the mobile or roving 'pasar malam' or night bazaar selling the same stuff. Lasted only 3 days/nights before they moved out to another location.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Venus and Mercury

Planets grouping in the evening Western sky- Thick clouds rolling in fast as seen from my kitchen window. I quickly set up the coolpix 995, centre on Venus - zoomed in and found the dimmer Mercury. I managed to get Venus and the dimmer Mercury framed by a big 'gap' in the cloud. Saturn was not seen in these two frames... Perhaps tomorrow evening...

Pink Mempat

I walked past the few 'pink' mempat ( Cratoxylum formosum) trees .. then something struck me... hey! I saw branches with dark brown upward pointing capsules. I have been waiting for months ever since they shedded all leaves, replaced with red young leaves and pinkish tiny clusters of flowers in April. I reached out and brought home the capsules. I reread " A guide to the Wayside Trees " - Yes, the descriptions of the seed pods and the tiny wing seed matches.... OK - this is pink mempat - confirmed. .... Took a few close up foto for documentation purposes. ( The image is taken on Nov 26 2005 morning )