Singapore Botanic Gardens and Orchid Hybridization

  Orchid hybridization mixes and matches different orchid breeds to create new beautiful blossoms. I am very proud that Singapore Botanic Gardens is a pioneer and is one of the top centres for orchid research and hybridisation. I personally think that naming and presenting a new orchid hybrid to important guests, dignitaries and celebrities is a great compliment and wonderful gift. Some of my favourites are: Spathoglottis Jane Goodall Named in 2004 after the leading primate expert and naturalist.  Dendrobium Bae Yong Jun Named in 2004 after the Korean superstar….

Am I a patriotic Singaporean?

National Day is drawing near. The local radio stations saw it fit to start a ritual of broadcasting the “famous” National Day songs, like a countdown to the actual day. This morning, over the radio, I found out that the most popular National Day song, in a recent vote, is Stand up for Singapore. My God! I hate that song. As the song started to play over the radio, I saw myself in my school uniform, standing in line with the rest of the school singing this song in the…

Singapore Postal Codes – revealing the meaning behind the codes

What’s in a number? You may ask. Well, the Singapore postal codes – a 6–digit string of numeral is the backbone of efficient postal delivery by the Singapore Post. For those of you wondering, Singapore postal codes started off life as humble 2 digits. Over the years, it has evolved to keep pace with the growing urban society, helping to enhance mail processing and delivery by the Singapore Post. Its development is in tandem with the growth and expansion of the city. Evolution of the Singapore Postal Codes Singapore postal…

How is the Singapore Weather?

Maybe the “how’s the Singapore weather” question should be re-phrased to… how HOT is it in Singapore? Some have said there are only 3 seasons in Singapore, hot, hotter and hottest! It’s not an overstatement to say that it is summer all year round here. And it is not just hot, it is also humid. Singapore is very close to the equator and the humidity is often above 90%. At its peak, it can really sap your energy and make you irritable. It can be unbearable sometimes. But quick relief…

Singapore Flag

Singapore flag, Flag of Singapore

The Singapore flag consists of two equal horizontal sections, red above white. In the upper left section is a white crescent moon and 5 white stars forming a circle. I used to stare up at the flag of Singapore flapping on a flag pole for most of my school days during the school assembly. We sang the national anthem and recite the pledge. It’s the daily rite of passage every school-going child in Singapore goes through. But I didn’t really know much about it. Since I am writing about it,…

Where is Singapore Map

Where is Singapore? Where is Singapore located? Is it part of China?

Many people think Singapore is part of China, or even Malaysia. Singapore is a country, Singapore is a city. We are an island state, one of the smallest nations in South East Asia, in the same league as sovereign states such as Monaco and of course the Vatican city. Where is Singapore located? Geographically, Singapore is situated at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, 137 kilometres (85 miles) north of the equator. The tiny island state is usually mistaken as being a part of Malaysia, its neighboring country to…

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