Sunday, October 08, 2006

Winds Of Change

Satellite View of ASEAN - Singapore as Red Dot
Yes! Thank you for the reprieve even if it is only for a day.

Woke up this morning and the scenery out the window is back to where I remember it and definitely prefer. The haze has cleared... for now at least.

The winds direction has changed and so Singapore enjoys the clean air it has continuously advocate with its strict pollution control measures.

Last check with NEA's Meteorological Service online showed that the PSI reading has gradually dropped from the unhealthy range of 150 at 11:00pm yesterday, the highest in 10 years, to 27, well below the tolerable range... the way it should be always.

It is a wonderful and timely reprieve for me since I am going out with my parents again today ... as promised since she wanted to get a few things.

We are going shopping in preparations for Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations, marking the end of a month-long fasting and self-cleansing when the month of Syawal arrives on 24 October 2006.

Clean Air For Singapore
First stop, IKEA. A must for house-proud Malays.

Geylang Serai is the best place to be during this fasting month of Ramadhan since all the needs for our Hari Raya celebrations are all there in one, huge, make-shift market.

Since she had already been there with my 3rd Sis and Brother-in-law last week, IKEA will be her next hunt for some canisters for the many Hari Raya cookies and other decorative stuff for her home, while I will look for drapes for mine.

Yes, this year, I will do the shopping for the home instead of together with Wify, since she is stuck in Bugis Street tending to our shop.

We are expecting better sales this month and the months to come leading to Christmas and New Year as the shopping spree of Singaporean heats up.

VivoCity Opens on 7-Oct-2006As for our home preparations, of course we have discussed what exactly I should be looking out for with the colour and style of curtains for the living as well as the bedrooms.

She is trusting my "interior deco instincts" for our home. A huge leap in faith on her part, so I better not screw this up.

Since the shopping should be a breeze at IKEA, I wish to surprise both my parents by bringing them to VivoCity at Harbourfront.

It has just opened for business yesterday. Currently touted as Singapore's largest shopping mall to date. We can have our break fast at dusk there. A photo-snapping opportunity for me too.

Should be an exciting outing today for all of us.


  1. I hope everything is still o.k. for you!

  2. Hello Andrew,

    Missed this one. Thanks for your comment.

    The haze has finally subsided and cleared to health range, now that the wind has changed direction and we start to have rain.

    NEA is still keeping everyone posted with live pollution rating on TV.

    Never been so glad to see the glaring sun during the day and the bright full moon at night before.

    No pungent smell but clean air again. Yes!

    Hope the farmers and land-owners be dealt with by ASEAN.

    Have a good week ahead, Bro.


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