11th July (Saturday) - Museum Night Festival
I heard about the Night Festival event a few weeks back from the papers. The events are pretty much similar on both Friday and Saturday evenings. FP and I drop down on the Saturday evening. We got there around 8pm and proceed straight to the National Museum. The night lightings of the museum is pretty impressive.
A large crowd of people waiting against the museum walls, forming a silhouette. FP recommend me to take this scene and it turns out well.
Within the museum are several showcases. One of it is the glass city below.
There are many other exhibits in the museum, the most popular of which is on the History of Singapore. At around 8.30pm, a downpour started. Luckily we are in the museum. But unfortunately, we are unable to catch the Loop of Fortune as it has been pushed back beyond 11pm. I heard from a friend that the show still goes on after that.
7th July (Tuesday) - Reunion at Tony Romas
I normally have classes on the Tuesdays. But this day is designated to be a reunion with Captain Lam, who came back to Singapore for a few months till his second phase of training in Australia. Kent suggested pork ribs at Suntec City's Tony Romas. So here we go. Chok ordered salad while the rest of us went for the ribs, fries and onion breads. The portions are huge. Check it out below.
Luckily, we find the portions to be just nice. We have quite a few power diners amongst us, so no worries that we will not be able to finish the food.
Here is our group photo~
5th July (Sunday) - World Cyber Games 2009
Today is an outing with the BDS Buddies. The initial plan was to catch Transformers 2. But since I have watched it when I was in Penang, so we decided to go for buffet lunch at Marina Bay follow by a walk around the World Cyber Games in Suntec. When we got there at around 3pm, they were preparing for the DoTA finals. So we walked around, checking out the exhibits, playing arcade games and taking photos of the cosplayers.
Here is the common halls where the pros gathered. We watched Guitar Hero finals and wow! It was really amazing on how a professional played and how an ordinary gamer played. The difference is just too great.
4th July (Saturday) - Dim Sum Brunch
Met up with CY for a long postponed brunch. Have been deciding to go for Dim Sum for many months now and I finally have a chance to set aside this weekend for it. We went for Red Star in Chinatown again. Last time I came here was with FP. CY has also been here before. The distinct feature of this restaurant is the push-cart type dim sum.
We ordered quite a lot of stuff. I have already taken my breakfast. But since our brunch is at 11.30am, I can have more of it. We chat till 2pm and I proceeded to Bedok to meet up with another group of friends. Thereafter it is off to Aljunied for some activities with another close group. It is a long and busy day indeed.
25th June (Thursday) - Dharma Life Planner
I got this Dharma Life Planner not once but twice in a week. One is from a retreat friend, the other is from my Thursdays teacher. Think it has some special significance, so I just share with all. Coincidentally, a no. of my friends are also pondering that life is short at this period of time. So I pass them this Life Planner to think about it too. :P
21st June (Sunday) - Bodhi Walk at Bedok Reservoir
On this day is Bodhi Walk at the Bedok Reservoir. Getting up at 6.40am is the hard part. When we got to the gathering point, managed to catch up with some old nusbs buddies (7 of them). It begin with warm up. The flag off starts at 8.40am.
Here is a quick view of Bedok reservoir. The entire journey is 4.3km which span 1.5 hours in all. It is juz non-stop conversation throughout the entire walk, so time passes by fast. Once we got back at the gathering point, we proceeded for breakfast immediately and resume our conversation till 11.30am.
20th June (Saturday) - Singapore River
There is a few appointments on this day. It started with a lunch appointment at Parkway which span till 4.30pm. Thereafter I got down to Bugis National Library to rendezvous with another friend. We walked from there to Suntec for dinner and down to the Esplanade, where there is an outdoor performance going on.
Along that stretch, there is a beautiful skyline of Singapore's financial district.
Walking up, we arrived at the Singapore River where there is some kind of festival going on.
We were actually looking for a drinks place to chill out. And finally settle for TCC at Clarke Quay. The second floor is actually quite a cool place to hang out, with special seats to juz lie back and relax for many hours.
3rd June (Wednesday) - Visit to NUS
On this Wednesday evening, I paid a visit to NUS. It has been almost 3.5 years since I last visited my alma mater. I am to pass something to a friend before I go on for my retreat. I met her at the Megabites cafe (it was not around during my time). It is a pretty cool (literally) place, considering Singapore to be pretty hot these few days. They serve only western food. I'm not a big fan of western food, but it is quite affordable, considering it is campus food.
Thereafter at night, I met up with FP and we went 'Harold and Kumar' style towards East Coast. Firstly we climb KR hill towards pasir panjang road, then we hop on the first bus that comes along, bus 10 and it brought us to One Fullerton. Along Singapore River, I took a snapshot below. Then we walked towards Suntec, past esplanade, marina square and millenia walk. Finally hoping on bus 36 towards East Coast. Total journey time, 2 hours.
29th May (Friday) - Kathok Centre
As with most Fridays, I will be visiting the Kathok centre. Really grateful for the lama in sharing with us on the teachings of the Buddha and on the culture and lifestyle of Tibetans in Sichuan. On this day, one of the devotees have prepared supper for us all, and one of them brought along a portable DVD player which play Tibetan songs and dance. We all join in together enjoying the meal while watching the cultural images.
When I visited the centre again on the 19th June, Lama gave us a audio CDs of his chants. One of the students have volunteered to record, edit and publish his chants. To the left is Khenpo's prayers on Guru Rinpoche. I met khenpo when I first joined the Kathok centre 6 years ago, there after Sanzhu Lama took over from khenpo in 2005 and has been staying in Singapore for 4 years. He will be returning back to Sichuan soon.