Some Birds in NZ

Compared to Singapore,  some other places do offer the chance to commonly encounter a larger variety of birds, our flying friends. These are a few that we met during a recent rip to NZ.  I wish Singapore continue to resist becoming more of a concrete jungle, and keep forests and gardens in the City for […]

Raising Chickens

It is a lot of fun to keep a few chickens around.  We harvest eggs We observe how small chicks are hatched and raised by mother hen     As we live in this garden city, our kids still need to learn how nature works wonders, and how thankful we should remain to obtain our […]

Making Butterfly Pea Blue Dye

The Butterfly Pea we keep is in constant bloom with the very distinctive Blue colored flours. So we tried to make a blue dye out of it.   After hours of soaking, we thank for this beautiful gift from nature.        

Bee’s wing frequency

So I used 1/2000 shutter speed, that is, about 0.05% of a second time, to take these photos.  Yet this Blue Bee’s wings are still in action blur.   Turns out Bees wings flap 230 times a second. In comparison, Usain Bolt, the men’s 100m world record keeper, makes less than 5 steps a second in […]

Home visit by a Grasshopper

A very shy grasshopper ended up in our home garden.   Definitely a masculine look with strikingly long and fierce-looking legs. Fun fact:  grasshoppers can jump up to 1 meter long, and 25 centimeter high.  As multiple of body size, the equivalent capability in human would enable us to jump easily 50 meters long, and 15 […]

Sherine’s Garden

Sherine started this amazing edible garden on her balcony, together with her 4 year old son. Look at their bounty, after a mere 3 months since attending workshops at Gardens with Purpose From Pak Choi to Okra to Cucumber to Muskmelon.  Sherine’s garden adds so much joy to her whole family !   And this is […]

Palm

Palms are Calm. I find it especially soothing when looked at from above with bird’s eyes view.  Large symmetrical leaves unfold and rustle against each other.  These large fan shaped leaves are actually made into hand fans in Asia,  so looking at them reminds me of my grandma waving a hand fan and send me […]

Anemone

” Windflowers, my father told me not to go near them, he said he feared them always, And he told me that they carried him away. Windflowers, beautiful windflowers. I couldn’t wait to touch them, to smell them, I held them closely. Now I cannot break away. … ” Seals & Crofts – Windflowers (1974) […]

Lizards

This group of lizards were spotted enjoying suntan on some large rocks in Garden by the Bay. Judging by skin colors, I’m not sure if they all belong to same species or the first one is a juvenile with lighter skin tone.  One of them was displaying a red throat, called a dewlap, a flap […]