Exactly a week ago, we were in Singapore. Our dear host Jailani took us for a tosay and teh tarik breakfast at Tek Kah - a must-stopover for us whenever we cross the Causeway to Temasek. We were given a special treat - a Saturday morning car ride to MacRitchie Reservoir.
I've always remembered MacRitchie as a venue for P. Ramlee's movies. This video was taken from the 1957 'Bujang Lapok'.
It was also where we were taken by our Guide Captain to undergo the Trekking test - to earn our Second Class Badge.
|My very own Second Class badge.
Miss Lam would lay out the trail of sticks and stones and leaves for us to translate into directions for our route through the Reservoir's forest.
Here's a 1961 map of Singapore - the red arrow points to MacRitchie Reservoir.
|This map was extracted from Collins-Longman's World Atlas for Malaya - part of my Secondary School's Geography Textbooks .
On that walk of nearly an hour - we have these to 'show and tell'.
|A trefoil of three rubber seeds in a pod.
As we were walking on the wooden platform along the edge of the reservoir, we heard this very slight movement of water. We turned and this was what awaited us!
We have a similar problem up here. Where we live in KL a number of domesticated cats have been 'released' in our neighbourhood - leaving us and our neighbours who care for cats with more strays to look after.
Whenever we get to Singapore, Jai will always be available to help us get to Pusara Abadi at Yio Chu Kang Road to 'menziarah' the graves of my father and brother. This time, we also visited the grave of Jai's mother - arwah Macik Alimah who passed away 3 months ago.
Al -Fatihah to the three beloved.
You see, going back to Singapore is very much like visiting an abode where the furniture is being moved about ever so often.
Up to 2008, this was my father's grave .........
........ and my brother's at Pusara Aman.
As of 2009, this is what we ziarah....
|My sister and family at Pusara Abadi.
|Eight to a plot - if the families claim the remains.
Dear Jai, remember this at our Oxford Avenue house in Leicester 1995?
And you have now become our host at your house since 2005(?).
|Irene and the two septuagenarians, 2015.
Finally here's a beautiful song for three beautiful people in Singapore - Jai, Irene and Lely. This is my favourite concerto, it's so sweet and longing - just how I feel about the ones who have left me forever - in Batu Pahat and Singapore.