Reflection by the river

Beautiful Night in Pasir Ris..

静思堂,Hall of Still Thoughts sitted quietly near the entrance of Pasir Ris New Town. This Building is the headquarter for volunteers of Tzu Chi Foundation(Singapore). A Buddhist Charitable Organisation founded in Taiwan. Other than the charity work that they do, Tzu Chi is notably known for their missions of disaster relief and environmental protection worldwide.

The headquarters is open to public for visiting. There is a little shop that sells publications related to Tzuchi and their ideology, Eco-friendly products and perishables produce by the nuns of Jingsi Abode.

Tzu Chi also conduct classes geared to the diverse interest of the community. Short or long term couses like culinary, advance guitar, yoga, chinese caligraphy.etc Their main motive is to encourage life long learning & to induce wholesome values in the masses.

This is also their spiritual home where volunteers come back for trainings and to cultivate their inner peace. Communal events for volunteers are usually conducted here, for e.g. sharing sessions, monthly meetings, camps.etc Tzuchi provides opportunities to do good and to advance in one’s inner journey.

It is also worth to mention that this grey building is situated beside Sungei Api Api, a portion of this Sungei was adopted and maintain by Tzuchi. Sungei Api Api is especially beautiful at night when the water reflects..

Haiku of the day:

Still thoughts, in a busy world.. Do you stop by to reflect in everyday life? The water reflects my still thoughts..

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HDB Gardening

Living in Singapore means you gotta live with the limitations of land scarcity. Majority of Singaporeans, rich & poor live in urban high rise apartments. That means no backyard for gardening and of course community gardening is not available in every estate, even they do, most of the time only volunteers & retirees manage the place, with rules and restrictions.

However, Singaporeans still love the greens near to their houses. We are resort to planting indoors, with limited sunlight and rain. If you’re lucky, your house might be along the walkway, where your plants can get all exposure to the sun. Sometimes you get corners like mine, can’t really do anything much..

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Most of the plants are from Ikea
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Notice we gotta separate the pots so that each pot gets its fairshare of sunlight

We have plenty of Crassula ovata, aka jade plant, because they are easy to maintain, do not require lots of watering, just sufficient sunlight to survive. They are nice to look at too.. If the conditions are right, they might flower too.

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infact most pots are easy-to-manage plants

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My neighbours have their own cute little green space too! Looking forward to see what i can do more with this space… Ciao~