Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Flower Photography: Scarlet Milkweed








Asclepias curassavica, commonly called Mexican Butterfly Weed, Blood-flower, Scarlet Milkweed or, Tropical Milkweed, is a species of flowering plant in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. It is native to the American tropics.


It has a pantropical distribution as an introduced species. It is grown as an ornamental garden plant and as a source of food for butterflies.

Wildlife Photography: Orange Butterfly


This orange beauty is just one of the many "treasures" we discovered during our trip to

Monday, 27 June 2011

Nature Photography: Sunbeam


Happiness is a sunbeam which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray; nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror, it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared. ~Jane Porter



Saturday, 25 June 2011

Flower Photography: Sunflower




Friday, 24 June 2011

Best Buy @ Walgreens

This post brought to you by Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have been suffering from heartburn and sour stomach since my first trimester but I am not the type of person who relies on medications every time I feel uncomfortable so I took liberty to live with the discomfort. However, I am now in my third trimester and the heartburn is getting more intense. I happen to meet a nurse friend in a facebook chatroom few weeks ago (she is now based in Florida) so I mentioned my predicament to her. Without beating around the bush, she introduced me Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products. She asked me to check Walgreens website and look for Digestive Relief products.

 Lo and behold, I discovered about Walgreens Extra 750 mg Chewable Antacid/Calcium Supplement Tablets Assorted Fruit.

 

 

 

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 When I received the goods few days ago, I thought I really had a big bang for my bucks. Apart from being relieved from intense heartburn, I found out that a purchase of every Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products supports bringing preventive wellness services to local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Fund™. Wallgreens contributes up to $3 million annually to the said program. The Walgreens Way To Well Fund™ provides free preventive health tests as well as other health and wellness services and education to local communities. For detailed information, feel free to visit Walgreens Way to Well Fund™.

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Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land.


With the casino complete, the resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 1,300,000 square foot convention-exhibition centre, the 800,000 square foot The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, an iconic ArtScience museum, two large theatres, seven "celebrity chef" restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, an ice skating rink, and the world's largest atrium casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world's largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m. The 20-hectare resort was designed by Moshe Safdie Architects. The local architect of record was Aedas Singapore, and engineering was provided by Arup and Parsons Brinkerhoff (MEP). The main contractor was SsangYong Engineering and Construction.

Originally set to open in 2009, Las Vegas Sands faced delays caused by escalating costs of material and labour shortages from the onset. The severe global financial crisis also pressured the company to delay its projects elsewhere to complete the integrated resort. Although Marina Bay Sands has been compared on scale and development costs to MGM's CityCenter, the latter is a mixed-use development, with condominium properties - comprising three of the seven main structures, being sold off.

The resort was officially opened with a two-day celebration on 23 June 2010 at 3.18 pm, after a partial opening (which included the casino) on 27 April 2010. The SkyPark opened a day later on 24 June 2010. The theatres were completed in time for the first performance by Riverdance on 30 November 2010. The floating pavilions are still being built and are expected to be fully completed by 2011. The indoor skating rink, which uses artificial ice, opened to a performance by Michelle Kwan on 18 December 2010. The ArtScience Museum opened to the public and the debut of a 13-minute light, laser and water spectacle called Wonder Full on 19 February 2011 marked the full completion of the entire Integrated Resort.

The grand opening of Marina Bay Sands was held on 17 February 2011. It also marked the opening of the seven celebrity chef restaurants. The highly-anticipated Broadway musical The Lion King debuted on 3 March 2011. ~Wikipedia

LookBook: Pink Ballet Tutu for Kids



The ballet tutu was my daughter's inexpensive gift (bought it for only S$10 at Cotton On) on her 8th birthday.


Thursday, 23 June 2011

Bush Clock Vine


THUNBERGIA ERECTA


King's Mantle
An upright shrub with dark green leaves and an abundant display of trumpet shaped
purple flowers with yellow throats.

FAMILY : Acanthaceae
ORIGIN : Tropical America
SIZE : up to 6'
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS : full sun/bright shade
WATER REQUIREMENTS : average
MIN. TEMP. : mid 30's
FLOWER : throughout the year

Info Source: http://www.rareflora.com/





Story Telling Comes Alive!



My daughter can't wait for it to start!


Warming up!


They are guessing how old is she. :)


She played the roll of a grand daughter.


The Enormous Turnip story began.


Grandma & Grandpa


Helping grandma & grandpa harvest the enormous turnip.


Everyone pulling each other!


And more pulling!


Excited for their prizes!


She sure had fun!


Family photo opp, that's HUGE goodness gracious me @ 34 weeks!


She's pointing the roll she played.



Catch this fun event @ Sentosa!

Quote by Katharine Hepburn



 


Monday, 20 June 2011

Flower Photography: Spanish Needle



Bidens pilosa, also known as Spanish Needle, is a species in the plant family Asteraceae. It is an annual that grows up to 1 meter in height.


This plant is considered a weed in some tropical habitats. However, in some parts of the world it is a source of food or medicine. For example, in sub-Saharan Africa, the tender shoots and young leaves are used fresh or dried as a leaf vegetable, particularly in times of scarcity. ~ Wikipedia

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Scenic Switzerland


This is a snapshot from a Swiss train ride from Leichtenstein to Zurich.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Wild Wild Wet








Wild Wild Wet, Singapore's largest water theme park, is gallons of fun for the whole family. Wild Wild Wet features 9 distinctive rides and facilities - from the family-friendly to the exhilarating, and will appeal to both the uninitiated and thrill- seekers. Whether you are looking for some relaxing fun floating along the Shiok River or seeking adrenaline-pumping excitement sliding down Ular-lah, Wild Wild Wet guarantees you a day of wholesome and wild wet fun!

And if your exciting adventure leaves you feeling a little hungry, there are many fantastic nearby restaurants and eateries to whet your appetite further!

Wild Wild Wet was awarded the Pro-Family Business Mark for providing numerous family-friendly facilities such as lifejackets, baby carriers, nursing rooms and children's shower cubicles. It was also the winner of the 2004 World Water Park Innovation Award for its creative design and technology.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your swimsuit and go wild - because there's never been a better way to get wet!

Operation Hours
Mon, Wed – Fri: 1pm – 7pm
Sat, Sun, Gazetted School & Public Holidays: 10am – 7pm
Tel: 6581 9128
Visit website at http://www.wildwildwet.com/

Pizza



Another yummy treat from Pizza Hut. 

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Sunset Story




I took this photo of my hubby and my daughter during our 3-day vacation in Penang, Malaysia during the March school holidays this year. They say a picture paints a thousand words hence I leave you to enjoy
my sunset story.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Wildlife Photography: Caterpillar


I found this hairy little creature about the size of a fat matchstick during one of my nature photowalks at the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Thanks to hubby for buying our first macro lens,
it is cheap but it works pretty good.


Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The Fisherman



Sunday, 12 June 2011

Wildlife Photography: Squirrel



Saturday, 11 June 2011

Flower Photography: Globe Amaranth



Globe Amaranth, (Gomphrena globosa), ornamental garden plant of the family Amaranthaceae, native to the Old World tropics. Globe amaranth is a short annual with dense, cloverlike flower clusters that often are dried and preserved. The flowers are in groups on long stalks; they lack petals but have red, pink, orange, or white bracts. ~ http://www.britannica.com/

Night Photography: Golden Reflections


A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. ~Oscar Wilde

Friday, 10 June 2011

Ginger Bread Man



A colourful ginger bread man creation.


Wildlife Photography: Yellow Dragonfly


A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are similar to damselflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to, the body when at rest. Dragonflies possess six legs (like any other insect), but most of them cannot walk well. Dragonflies are some of the fastest insects in the world.


Dragonflies are valuable predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like flies, bees, ants, and very rarely butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands because their larvae, known as "nymphs", are aquatic. ~ Wikipedia



Thursday, 9 June 2011

Flower Photography: Pink Bloom


I would like to dedicate this post to my top commenter and dearly cherished friend, Betchai. She blogs at TJOSL and has a new baby named BIBO. She's my great influence in nature photography and I just can't thank her enough for everything she is in my life in general.

Quote by Mother Theresa: Unconditional Love




Char Siew Rice




Here's K enjoying her Char Siew Rice at C.Nai HongKong Cafe!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Texture Experiment

BEFORE

AFTER
Soft texture applied using PhotoScape, I have yet to learn applying textures in Photoshop. Is there any other software I can use besides Photoshop to create nicely textured photographs?