Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What is this plant?

Have you seen this plant? What is the name?

Looks like tissue from afar. Found next to MRT track near Bottle Tree Park

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Monday, October 20, 2014


We are forced to stay at home over the last weekend. 
doing her school homework.
Little One had contacted conjunctivitis a few days ago. I noted her right eye was slightly swollen and her eyelid turned pink. She woke up from with yellowish sticky discharge in her eye. I brought her to the doctor and it was diagnosed as conjunctivitis. She was given eyedrop and a medication to stop itchiness. The medication and consultation fee cost S$40 which is rather expensive.
For 3 consecutive days, we do not see major improvement with her condition. Her eyelid remains pink and there is still yellowish discharge. Hence, she had to miss out her cousin's birthday party. She was pretty upset about this but we got her some pieces of "old school cakes" to cheer her up. I was pretty worried she would not be able to attend her school concert which is coming this week. She had been practising and is very excited about it.  Fortunately, her eye recovered today.

Little One had a bad habit of rubbing her eyes especially when she is tired. I have constantly warn her that germs would get into her eyes if she would not stop the habit. It was shown in this case that my advice had fallen into deaf ears.

Some "old school cakes" to cheer her up
Tips for Staying out of the way of conjunctivitis.
Probably, I should not say tips since I have not successfully prevented Little One from getting conjunctivitis but.conjunctivitis is contagious. These steps will prevent further spread of the germs.
  • Encourage the child to keep a good habit of not rubbing or touching the eyes with the hand. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water
  • Wash discharge with clean towels. Wash the towels and your hands with warm water and soap after using.
  • Wash your bed linen and towels in hot water and detergent.
  • Don't wearing eye make-up.
  • Do not share eye make-up with anyone.
  • Wear glasses instead of contact lenses. Throw away disposable lenses and clean extended-wear lenses and all eyewear cases.
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as unwashed towels and glasses.
  • Wash your hands after applying the eye drops to your eye or your child's eye.
  • Do not use eye drops that were used for an infected eye in a non-infected eye.

A night of NanYin at Kusu Island

Have you heard of the legend of Kusu Island?
There are many versions if you were to google it. The most common belief was that a giant tortoise turned itself into an island in order to save 2 drowning fishermen, a Chinese and a Malay. That was why Kusu Island had the shape of a tortoise. However, if you were to google the shape of the island now, it looks nothing like tortoise because this island had undergone reclamation.

The Singapore Heritage Festival (SHF) took place in July, the theme this year was Our Islands, Our Home. I wanted to go for Nanyin (songs from the South) at Kusu (Chinese Hokkien for Tortoise) Island. However, it was fully booked and due to the overwhelming response, additional tours was conducted in September. I was lucky enough to go after balloting.

Participants would visit the Tua Pek Kong's (Da Bo Gong) temple on the island and if they want to, they could also visit the 3 Muslim keramats on top of a hillock which was located just next to the temple. However, visitors would need to climb 152 steps to visit these Malay shrines. The night ends with a Nanyin performance, a special arrangement for SHF, by the Siong Leng Musical Association (established 1941) at the temple. This musical  performance is usually held during the Kusu pilgrimage (which occurs in the ninth lunar month)

I was truly excited when I got to know we could visit the island. It would be my first visit. My sister who had been there when she was very young, remembered getting sea sicked and vomited! Good gracious! As my husband and I would be bringing Little One along, we are naturally worried whether the same would happen to her. I tried find anti seasickness band in pharmacies but could not find any. Hence, we crossed our fingers and hope every thing would go well. I did prepare plastic bags just in case. We also brought light food to be eaten for dinner that night, another precaution for sea sickness. The journey from Singapore to Kusu Island is about 30-45min depending on the condition of the waves. We were glad that my little girl survived the ferry trip without much problem. I guess my sister could have traveled on those small and unstable boats that were used in the past.

Facts about Kusu Island
Kusu Island is about 5.6 kilometre to the south of Singapore. It was initially 1.2 ha but due to landfill and reclamation in 1975 joined it with another coral outcrop, it had increase to  8.5 ha island.

Pilgrimage to Kusu began as early as 1813, the year of Syed Abdul Rahman's death. Hence, the tradition of the pilgrimage had started before Sir Thomas Raffles arrived Singapore in 1819. When the island (known as Peak Island then) became the burial site for immigrants who died in quarantine on St. John's and Lazarus Islands in the late 19th century, many of the devotees were unhappy about the use of the sacred place as a burial ground,

It is noted no overnight stay is allowed on the island. There is no street lamp on the island.

Our trip
This is our second family trip exploring islands of Singapore. The first one was just a few days ago to Pulau Ubin.
My daughter's excited about the trip. The tag she had on is our group name. SHF utilised many guides as there  were more than 100 people on tour that night.
Cheng Ho Cruise Ship, a replica of the actual ship that Cheng Ho comes to Singapore in! It tours around the southern coast of Singapore as well as provide a landing on Kusu Island. I wish to board this instead!
This was the cruise ship we boarded. 

Welcome to Kusu Island!
A rather serene view of the island