Happenings, Thoughts


After a couple of weeks of not being able to walk she finally stopped eating and drinking for a day and went to rest in the afternoon of 25th August 2014.

How aloof can one dog be

Rocher in dignified times


Looking poised


I was told beagles would be greedy and eating till they had one (or two) feet in the grave and it is absolutely true. Even when she was unable to walk, she would still eat when we lifted her head over her bowl. Her entire life she was always nudging our legs with her wet nose at the table begging for food and she loved the lotus roots I fed her along with whatever she could get. I think she even tipped one of my aunt’s carrot cake to the floor and ate it all during the chinese new year.

"oh hai"

“oh hai”

At the SPCA

picked her from the SPCA

At the SPCA

At the SPCA

Think this was from the early days at home

Think this was from the early days at home

I remember when we got her from the SPCA, my mom and sister picked her and she was this aloof bundle of energy.  She came when she was 4 and she’d always sheepishly walk away when I tried to take a picture of her. When she was too lazy to walk she would just turn away and give me this evil eye. I did manage to get  quite a few photos though.

"what are you doing to me human.."

“what are you doing to me human..”

heh heh heh

heh heh heh let me leave these guys a present..




her favourit-est corner of the house. Nice and warm because of the fridge


Sunning in the open

I never really wanted her at the start. I was always still nursing a gap left by Candy and I guess I never really get over any of the dogs I lost. I always wonder whether it would be worth it to have a companion all these years only to outlive each of them time and again. We see them from cradle to grave, a mini reflection of what it means to take care of human companions and be committed to the very end. I wonder how people do this time and again and how can we bear leaving others behind or be left behind by others. It’s simply too tough.


watching the world go by


Her gently accusing eyes whenever I take a picture.. heh..

So indicated in my calendar, every 29th of August I think of Candy, and now every 25th I will think of Rocher as well. 2 silly dogs that took up residence in my heart and left a big vacuum when they left. I’m not sure why I don’t think of Lolly as much.. perhaps because she never suffered the indignities of old age. Perhaps because of that I didn’t feel like I invested a lot even though I might have.


Will I ever have enough space for another dog? perhaps not. 3 holes are enough for now. Oh dearie you guys feel so far away now. See you all.



Fat Cow

I have to mention the best ever wagyu donburi I’ve ever eaten last Saturday at Fat Cow. Located at Camden medical center, its simple and high quality stuff. Not so wallet friendly, would totally go there again. No pictures! Still not developed.


Public Service Announcement

Today while at Loysel’s Toy:

1) A 15 min discussion with a subject matter expert who happens to be my cousin probably saved days of work and many mistakes.

2) The summon uncle came to summon people parked along the road outside. After said cousin went to move his car, I made an announcement which resulted in 3 people getting up to move their cars too. Some guy bought me a cake for that. haha..  🙂 t’was a nice gesture.


Sebastião Salgado – GENESIS

Went down to the National Museum of Singapore for this exhibition. I saw Salgado’s giant book for the first time over in Europe and more recently again in Books Kinokunia at Takashimaya. I was delighted to chance on his exhibition as I walked by the NMS after class and saw the giant banner with one of his images printed on it hanging outside. This particular one in fact:


The gallery was nice and dim with plenty of well aimed lights to light the photos without glare. It was one thing to view the photos printed in the large-sized book but when I saw the mounted prints it was a whole different experience. The blacks were deeper, the dynamic range was greater, the size of the prints were ridiculous huge with plenty of detail. The large ones I feel are also well chosen and the size is used to great effect.

The gallery contains about half of the content in the books but the 250 chosen were fantastic and way more than one person can take in at once. By the time I was halfway through I found myself just glazing over photos because of the richness of the content. It was just wow, wow, wow all the way through until my brain felt a bit overloaded and fatigued. Animals, scenery, nature, obscure cultures and portraits. Very varied content and doesn’t get old.

Photographically, he exclusively used black and white for this project and it really helps as colors don’t bring his message of conservation and how unspoiled nature is so wonderful it should be preserved. You are forced to absorb the information and what’s going on inside it without being distracted or considering the colors. Overall very contrast-y and deeper blacks compared to the books.

I picked up the small version of the book as I didn’t have $6000 to spare. It costs about S$98 and I was going to pay but my dad picked up the bill instead (thanks dad!).

This is the first book of its kind that I would have bought without a second thought.

This is the first book of its kind that I would have bought without a second thought.

I highly recommend visiting this exhibition which ends 27th July 2014 at the National Museum of Singapore



Today as I was driving along in the rain with my brother, we spotted a bird, crushed on the road. Traffic was quite heavy and what reached out to me was that another bird was standing around on the road just next to it, hopping around avoiding the zooming traffic perhaps mourning the other’s passing.

Moved me, if only just a little.


Makers in Singapore

Chatted up an uncle and realised the maker community in Singapore isn’t all that small. He’s nuts about almost everything I am nuts about and shares an excitement for DIY, photography, technology and tools.

Was talking to him about the logs I have and he offered to help me dry it in a giant oven he has. Also showed me some stuff he fabricated. Heh.. Very well finished and no way to tell it wasn’t that way out of the factory. Always interesting to meet such people.