Monday, 19 June 2017

FENG SHUI OF SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE


Sydney Opera House– Begun in 1957 by Architect John Utzon with his competition winning design and eventually completed in August 1973 under the direction of Sir Peter Hall, this building is surely an architectural landmark of the 20th century.

In Feng Shui terms, its angular designs mean it is classified as a fire type building; perfect for housing the arts. However, its water environment may lead to disagreements, particularly amongst staff.

SOURCE: https://fengshuiworks.org/feng-shui-buildings-around-the-world/

Sunday, 18 June 2017

PRECIOUS AND JUNIOR'S MAMA IS SICK


Precious: My mama is still in bed. She is sick. She has sore throat and fever.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Burj Al Arab, Dubai, U.A.E


Burj al arab– This unique luxury hotel completed in 1999 is built on its own island in the shape of a dhow, a type of Arabian vessel. An interesting example of wind and water! It is the fourth tallest hotel in the world, although almost forty per cent of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space. Standing on an artificial island, it is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge.

In Feng Shui terms, this is a wood type building, which means that it receives a lot of support from its water environment.

Source: https://fengshuiworks.org/feng-shui-buildings-around-the-world/

Friday, 16 June 2017

DRAGON SPINE


Bailang River Bridge Ferris Wheel

The incredible megastructure named “Bailang River Bridge Ferris Wheel”, is a mighty installation, that has been erected on the Bailang river bridge in the city of Weifang in China. It is being touted as the ‘world’s largest spokeless ferris wheel.’ It’s built upon and measures a total height of 145 meters, which is 10 meters taller than the world-famous London Eye. The wheel has 36 carts with the capacity to carry 10 passengers each and offer an unparalleled view of the Bailang River and the surrounding areas of the Weifang city.
Each of the wheel’s 36 carriages is outfitted with Wi-Fi and television sets. There is no information on what will be played on the TV sets, but we presume that it will display information on the ferris wheel and the cart’s current location. The wheel will take 28 minutes to complete a full rotation giving the tourists enough time to click pictures and get a good view of the city.
The amusement park-style attraction is soon going to be opened to the public in China. It is also the world’s first spokeless Ferris wheel with grid design and the crisscrossing steel beams holding the Ferris wheel together have been described as a ‘dragon spine.’ The incredibly complex architecture is vital for pulling off the spokeless and shaftless design, making the center completely hollow like a giant high-tech wheel.

Source: http://www.interestingonly.com/bailang-river-bridge-ferris-wheel/

Thursday, 15 June 2017

UMPUN-UMPUN

What you see here is a type of worm called umpun-umpun.  It is used by anglers to catch prawns and fish.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

FIDGET SPINNERS



These fidget spinners are the new craze among the youngster. They were were originally developed as a way for children with ADHD or autism to relieve stress.

But these palm-sized toys have become the latest "must-have" for school children. I read that some schools have banned them as they are a distraction. They might also become a health hazard and might not be safe.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

CHARCOAL TO RID STENCH FROM CAT LITTER



I prepared these containers of charcoal to place near my cats' litter boxes.  It is said to help absorb the odour from the kitty litter.  Actually it is said that  activated charcoal works better but I make do with regular ones that we use for the BBQ grill.

Monday, 12 June 2017

RE-SUING TEABAGS AS FERTIZERS

What do you do with your used tea bags?  Throw them away.  Well, if you have a garden and want to save on fertilizers then you can use them instead.
Moist tea leaves added to the compost bin increase the speed with which your pile decomposes.When using tea bags as fertilizer, either in the compost bin or directly around plants, first attempt to identify if the bag itself is compostable — 20 to 30 percent may be composed of polypropylene, which will not decompose. These types of tea bags may be slippery to the touch and have a heat-sealed edge. If this is the case, slit open the bag and discard in the trash (bummer) and reserve the damp tea leaves for composting.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Composting Tea Bags: Can I Put Tea Bags In The Garden? https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/ingredients/composting-tea-bags.htm

Sunday, 11 June 2017

MINION FROM OLD TYRES

I saw this at a holiday resort at Marina Island and so want to make it for the college herb garden.  It looks easy enough.  So, now I need to look for some used tyres first.

WHAT PLANT IS THIS?



The berries are from a plant that the Malays refer to as kuncur.  I have yet to put a scientific name to it.  Anyone has any idea?

PROMOTING CHARITY EVENT



My friends and I were involved in helping to promote the Marina Island Family Day 201 on Friday. It is a charity even and the proceeds go to the Alzheimer Society.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

JUNIOR REMEMBERS BUT NOT PRECIOUS





When I first got Junior I did not know how to care for him as he had just had one eye removed and was sickly.  It was Kak Rozie who helped care for him for a week.  I have had him for more than two years and he goes and visits his godmama once in a while.
During her latest visit, Junior recognised her and was happy to be cuddled.  Not so for Precious, he pushed her away.

THE KD RAHMAT WAS LISTING





Last week my friends and I went to check out the ex warship KD Rahmat which is used as a Maritime Museum.  The ship is leaning on the side that faces the shore. The term for this is called listing.  A few hours after I took these photographs the navy personnel managed to get it upright again.

LIGHTING A LOTUS CANDLE FOR A LOVED ONE


One of my loved ones is having a troubled time.  She is feeling depressed and is really worn-out.  It could be because of post menopausal depression or it might be something else.  My family and I are worried and we do not really know what to do. She is seeing a counsellor for her problem and we do hope that it is of help.  In the meantime, I have been going to temples to pray for her and to light lotus candles to brighten her path.

SPENDING THE WEEKEND WITH MY AUNT



Weekends for me are spent with my Aunt Linda.  We go shopping, marketing and eat out.  This is our break from our normal routine.

LIZARD KILLER



My two cats love to hunt and kill lizards.  Here are pictures of Precious after a successful hunting expedition.

SUMBANG SAHUR PROJECT




My colleagues and I organised a project called sumbang sahur.  What we do is to distribute to uniformed officers who are on duty until the early hours of the morning.  The food is for them to eat before they start their fast at dawn.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

BATHING THE STATUE OF BUDDHA ON WESAK





Bathing the statue of Lord Buddha on Wesak Day.
The meaning of bathing the Buddha:
When we bathe the Buddha statue, we should sincerely pray for purification of our own defilements of greed, hatred, and anger. We should pray for peace and harmony everywhere, so that there is no more violence, deceit, and evil in the world. We should wish for our troubled world be transformed into a pure land and all minds be guided onto the bodhi path. This is the true meaning of bathing the Buddha.