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Holiday greetings: Happy Lunar New Year 2019

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Happy New Year to all the people from cultures that celebrate this traditional festival! And to all Chinese around the world, Happy Chinese New Year!

 

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祝大家:新年快乐,万事如意。身体健康,心想事成!

明けましておめでとうございます。

It’s the first day of the Lunar New Year. This year, it’s the year of the Pig, according to the Chinese zodiac.

May you and your family enjoy a healthy and prosperous Lunar New Year, and a blessed 2019!

POTD: Wall flowers in Hua Hin, Thailand

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

We were walking around our hotel in Hua Hin, Thailand and admiring the aesthetic decor all around us, when we came across these wall flower arrangement. Loved it!

Here are some flowers decorating the walls along the walls of the garden. So creative. Photo taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Here are some flowers decorating the walls along the walls of the garden. So creative. Photo taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Door flower, wall flowers – so much nature and creativity all round.

POTD: Door flowers in Hua Hin, Thailand

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

We were walking around our hotel in Hua Hin, Thailand and admiring the aesthetic decor all around us.

Here are some flowers decorating the doors of some of the rooms in the garden. We loved the peacefulness just looking at the flower arrangement. Photo taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Here are some flowers decorating the doors of some of the rooms in the garden. We loved the peacefulness just looking at the flower arrangement. Photo taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

It was really therapeutic just walking around and smelling the flowers around us.

POTD: Happy New Year 2015

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

A new day … in a new year … has begun …

A little wild yellow flower in the old city of Jakobstad (also known as Pietarsaari in Finnish) on the coast of Finland. Taken with a Nikon D600 with 24-120mm lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

A little wild yellow flower in the old city of Jakobstad (also known as Pietarsaari in Finnish) on the coast of Finland. June 2011. Taken with a Nikon D600 with 24-120mm lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Here’s wishing everyone a fantastic year ahead in 2015.

POTD: Colourful flowers at Hakaniemi farmers’ market

Friday, August 16th, 2013

The stalls at Hakaniemi farmers’ market are set up every morning for the locals to buy groceries and fresh flowers, amongst other things.

Two types of fresh flowers vying for space and attention at the Hakaniemi farmers’ market. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Two types of fresh flowers vying for space and attention at the Hakaniemi farmers’ market. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

By afternoon, however, all that’s left of the market is a large empty plaza, as stall holders tear down their stalls and call it a day.

POTD: Fresh flowers at Hakaniemi farmers’ market in Helsinki

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Hakaniemi is a part of Helsinki city centre traditionally associated with the working class and workers’ associations.

Fresh flowers being sold at the Hakaniemi farmers’ market. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Fresh flowers being sold at the Hakaniemi farmers’ market. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Every morning farmers set up stalls at the farmers’ market selling groceries and flowers to the locals.

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Happy Mother’s Day 2013

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

To all mothers out there … Happy Mother’s Day!

Flowers for all mothers on Mother's Day. These beautiful flowers adorn a florists shop in Kumamoto Japan. Taken with Nikon D800.

Flowers for all mothers on Mother’s Day. These beautiful flowers adorn a florist’s shop in Kumamoto, Japan. Taken with Nikon D800.

And to all mothers-to-be or newly-minted mothers, here’s a book to find out what not to expect when you are expecting.

Muddlehood (S$25.90). Available online, at Popular, Books Actually, Thomson Medical.

Muddlehood (S$25.90). Available online, at Popular, Books Actually, Thomson Medical.

“Muddlehood” is a collection of essays by parents on life in the first year of parenting.

It was written by my wife and a few of her friends to share the trials and tribulations of motherhood, or how they “muddled” through it all.

The authors noted that when they were going through their first pregnancies and looking for advice and things to pay attention to, it was difficult to come by a book that was truly honest about the difficulties and psychological rigours the expecting mother was to encounter.

So having gone through it, they decided to pen down their own experiences as honestly as possible – to share what “expecting mothers never expected”.

“On hindsight, we felt that the accounts were so brutally honest that the book might actually discourage women who had not conceived yet to put off having children,” mused Koh Keat Kian, co-author and co-editor of Muddlehood.

However, despite the rigours of motherhood, the consensus among all the authors was that – at the end of the day – motherhood is the most rewarding thing a woman could experience, and it was worth every bit of angst or trouble they had to go through to have the baby.

This is an excellent book for the expecting mom to find what they never tell you to expect.

It’ll make a handy book to buy yourself if you’re contemplating having a baby, and an excellent present to give an expecting or newly-minted mum.

"Translucent" flowers at a greenhouse in Beppu, Japan. Taken with a Nikon D800.

“Translucent” flowers at a greenhouse in Beppu, Japan. Taken with a Nikon D800.

New iPhone app: SG Florist

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

No more excuses not to send your better half that bouquet of flowers. This PayPal-powered mobile app from FarEastFlora makes it easy for Singaporean men to remember and celebrate their loved ones.

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Sending flowers has now become a breeze with this free mobile app that is available from Apple’s App Store and the Nokia Ovi Store.

SG Florist is a free app available on Apple's App Store and the Nokia Ovi Store.Flowers and gifts are delivered on the day of the order.

An order placed as late as 4pm in the afternoon can be delivered between 7 – 10pm at night on the same day.

Users can set reminders within the app to deliver flowers for special occasions.

Tap and swipe through a wide range of over 1,000 gift options ranging from flower bouquets, plant arrangements, gift hampers, gourmet baskets and even perfumes.

Select your gift, add to your shopping bag, and check-out with PayPal in two simple taps.

Using ‘Pay with PayPal’, simply log-on to your PayPal account and confirm the purchase.

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PayPal also provides a safer mobile payment method as no financial details are shared with merchants or stored on mobile devices.

Features of the app:

  • Reminders and Wishlist: Pre-select favourite gift items under ‘Wishlist’ and set reminders for special occasions like birthdays, anniversary and Mother’s Day.
  • Sync addresses from phone contacts: Sync recipients’ addresses and details from phone contacts, avoiding the hassle of manually typing in addresses.
  • Surprise: Tap the ‘Surprise’ tab and shake the phone – lucky users might get a discount exclusive to SG Florist app users.