I think this is a type of Hibiscus. I saw these gorgeous flowers for the first time in the garden of a client’s residence, and it tickled me a bit to be reminded of that monster from Ridley Scott’s Alien movies.


Image seen on tv tropes. Click to go there.

The post on tv tropes that the above image links to also has a fascinating list of where similar creatures have made appearances over the years in different media.



Day 94



Pink Bougainvillea

I came across this intense burst of pink while walking along Keppel Bay. Such a dazzling display just at that particular spot.


If I’m not mistaken, the condo around this area is called Caribbean or something. We were walking towards HarbourFront MRT to catch a train home.


This particular estate is what I guess is considered posh as it is located in prime central area, and is part of a marina area, so to me it’s too bad that the architecture is plain and kinda boring, bearing the typical look of condos in Singapore I think. Thankfully they are low-rise buildings so there are less of them at least in this part of the area. What I do like about the buildings is how the green tint of the windows match the colour of the water in the canal! That’s pretty. The landscaping with the shrubs, palms and bougainvillea, and the canal, really make a difference in beautifying the place.


Day 90 of ‘100 Happy Days‘.

Pink rose bench


I like these delightful benches that pop out from the boardwalk outside Vivocity. Nobody else were sitting on them, though, maybe because it was hot. They didn’t offer shade like the seating that surrounds the landscaped island in the background of the picture. But that’s alright, all the more to appreciate how pretty they are. I love things like this, creative ideas that look so simple but make a big impact. Look at how they dazzle up the area.


Day 56


I love bougainvillea, and the first sight of this burst of purple at a traffic light brought an instant smile to my face.




It’s been very dry and hot for many weeks, with very little rain, lasting only a few miserable minutes each time. Only once last week I think did it last a bit longer, but then it was barely for half an hour. Frequently I see big patches of dry brown grass and dying plants like the palm in the picture above. The bougainvillea though, thrives in hot weather.


Day 29 of ‘100 Happy Days‘.

Happy meter: cheered


I like having fresh flowers in the house. It’s a bit of work having to change the water everyday, and snipping off a bit of the stem, but it’s worth it.


Orange is Bert’s favourite colour. So it was nice to come by these orange gerberas again. I was just thinking how this gorgeous yellow-orange combo is rather apt for the gerbera flower, since it comes from the sunflower family.


I’ve always loved floating candles. Even better, with flowers. Here I took inspiration from my trips to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, where in the lobbies of hotels we stayed at, I frequently saw arrangements of flowers floating in large, low vases. Sometimes this is accompanied by a leaf artfully wrapped inside the vase. My leaf was such an amateur mess, hahaha! Oh, well. I did manage to use it to keep the candle to one side so it didn’t burn the petals.


Day 20 of ‘100 Happy Days‘.

Happy meter: sunny

A courtyard garden at Singapore General Hospital


I visited someone at SGH when I heard she was hospitalised there. I had not seen her for some time and I wish we had met again in better circumstances. And there were other people around, family and friends, so conversation was a bit awkward. But it was nice to see her again and see she’s doing okay for now, so I’m glad I went, even  though I hung around only for half an hour.


Then before I left the hospital I thought I’d look for the foodcourt to grab lunch, and came across this pretty courtyard garden. It was lovely just sitting there with my coffee after lunch, doing nothing but watch the people walk past and listen to myself breathing, reminding myself yet again to be consciously aware of the good health I had at that moment and be grateful for it. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? I guess there are other gardens in other blocks of the huge SGH complex, but I didn’t have time to run around exploring.



Sweet little green walls. They remind me of the massive panel I had seen at Raffles Place and featured in a post here.


This post is Day 7 of ‘100 Happy Days‘.

Happy meter: thankful