Sunday, 29 March 2015

State Funeral for Singapore's Founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Today is a day unlike any other for Singapore as we bid farewell to our Founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

The past week has not been a easy one as anguished Singaporeans come to terms with the death of Mr Lee since news of his demise broke on early Monday (March 23) morning.

His body was brought back to Sri Temasek atop a Gun Carriage pulled by an open-topped ceremonial land rover for a two-day private wake. President Tony Tan Keng Yam, the Sultan of Brunei and Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing were among the visitors.

On Wednesday (March 25) morning, Mr Lee's casket was conveyed to the Parliament House for a public wake where Singaporeans could pay their tributes for the next four days until Sunday (March 29).

Thousands have joined the queue, waiting for a chance to pay their last respects even though it meant a eight to ten hours wait. The line stretched a few kilometers from the Parliament House but the crowd kept coming. The queue was eventually closed at 8pm on Saturday (March 28) in preparation for the State Funeral the next day.

And today is the day.

At about 12.30pm, the Coffin Bearer Party, comprising of eight officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police, will enter the Parliament House to carry the casket bearing the body of Mr Lee atop the Gun Carriage.

The cortege will then embark for the UCC (University Cultural Centre) at the NUS (National University of Singapore) while passing several landmarks associated with Mr Lee's 60-year political career.

The landmarks included Old Parliament House, City Hall, the Padang, NTUC Centre, Singapore Conference Hall and heartland areas, covering a total distance of 15.4km.

The route

The public are expected to line the routes taken by the cortege. Those who were unable to pay their tribute during the public wake at Parliament House have the last chance to bid their farewell when the cortege passes them en-route to the UCC where the funeral service will be held.

World leaders and dignitaries will be attending the funeral service at the UCC where 10 moving eulogies will be delivered. The opening and concluding eulogies will be delivered by Mr Lee's sons - Mr Lee Hsien Loong and Mr Lee Hsien Yang respectively.

Australia Prime Minister Tony Abott
Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck & Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck
Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen
Canada Governor-General David Johnston
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Indonesia President Joko Widodo and Spouse
Israel President Reuven Rivlin
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov
Lao PDR Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong
Malaysia King Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah
Myanmar President U Thein Sein
New Zealand Governor-General Jerry Mateparae
Phillipines President of the Senate Franklin Drilon
PRC Vice President Li Yuanchao
ROK President Park Geun-hye
Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani
Russia First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov
Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha & Spouse
UK First Secretary of State & Leader of the House of Commons William Hague
US Former President Bill Clinton
Former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon
Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung

On the conclusion of the funeral service, the late Mr Lee will make his final journey to the Mandai Crematorium where he will be cremated in a private service.

Rest in peace, Mr Lee.

*The State Funeral procession will be telecast “live” on national television and online at

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Passing Of A Legend - Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew

Tribute site beside Jurong Regional Library

Grave news shook the world in the wee hours of March 23rd 2015. 

Lee Kuan Yew, the former Prime Minister of Singapore has passed away peacefully at 3.18am. He has been warded at the Singapore General Hospital since February 05 for severe pneumonia where he remained critically ill. He was 91.

For the days leading up to his demise, the PMO (Prime Minister's Office) has been updating Mr Lee's health status daily. His deteriorating  health is worrying and I knew what is to come but still, I was shaken when the inevitable happened. 

Saturday, 21 March 2015

A Day With The Singapore Zoo, River Safari And Night Safari!

Last Sunday, I spend my birthday at the Singapore Zoo and River Safari for the second consecutive year ever since I found out that Singaporeans enter WRS (Wildlife Reserves Singapore) parks for free on their birthdays.

I arrived at the Zoo bright and early that morning to collect my complimentary tickets from the ticketing booth.

After getting my tickets, I head straight for the River Safari because I wanted to see the Manatees and Araipaima first.

While most people visiting the River Safari naturally turn left towards Rivers Of The World, I head for the opposite direction towards the Amazon Flooded Forest where the Manatees and Araipaima are.

The River Safari is designed in a loop so visitors can just go clockwise (or anti-clockwise like I did) around the park. The Rivers Of The World is at the beginning of the loop while the Amazon Flooded Forest is at the end of it. Since the majority of the crowd are at the other side, I have the Amazon Flooded Forest all to myself!

Friday, 6 March 2015

DIY: Biological/Chemical Filter For Aquarium

I have been toying with the idea of making my own biological cum chemical filter for a long time. I am using a overhead filter but it is kind of small to add in any other media after putting in the filtration wool.

Since my overhead filter is only fulfilling the mechanical aspect of the filtration system, this project will enhance the biological and chemical step.

There are three components to the filtration system:

- Mechanical
- Biological
- Chemical

Monday, 12 January 2015

Char Siew Pau And Kuih Lopes At Cafe@Heart

Cafe@Heart is located on the second level of the new National Heart Centre building opposite SGH Block 4.

I was there with Mum for her blood test and having fasted since the previous night, she was extremely hungry after done with the test. The cafe was just diagonally opposite from the clinic so we made our way there for a light breakfast.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

McDonald's X LINE Plush Collectibles With Purchase Of EVM From McDonald's!

Are you a fan of LINE characters?

Then Brown, Cony and friends should be of no stranger to you.

McDonald's is collaborating with LINE to bring you your favorite LINE characters!

The set of five plushie will be made available in stores every Monday beginning 05 January 2015 at 11am. Each plush is priced at $4.90 with purchase of any EVM (Extra Value Meal™).

For the next 5 weeks, one design will be released every Monday at 11am:
  • Cony (from 05 Jan) 
  • Sally (from 12 Jan) 
  • Cony (from 19 Jan)
  • Moon (from 26 Jan)
  • Leonard (from 02 February)

Monday, 15 December 2014

Our Army Exhibition - A Soldier In Every Family

Our Army Exhibition - A Soldier In Every Family came to the open space beside Westgate, Jurong East two weekends ago. 

I took the opportunity to visit the exhibition to learn more about the technology and weaponry used in our defenses. It was an eye-opener to learn about the latest technology and also seeing some familiar equipments which accompanied my days with the armed forces.

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