Garage sale: Saturday, 15 March

With less than 10 months remaining before the majority of houses are either demolished or re-zoned for business, many residents are moving out as leases expire. Passing on pre-loved items has been a long tradition, and we expect garage sale activity will pick up as we get closer to December. Here is one: Saturday 15.3.0810 am – 5 pm 22 Hyde Park Gate, Seletar Airbase … Continue reading Garage sale: Saturday, 15 March

Life next to a construction site

Although residents have full tenancy contracts till December 2008, quality of life in some parts of the Airbase is no longer what it used to be. Last week, morning birdsong was drowned out by the din from a building being torn down. One of the 2 disused hangars was being brought down . These used to be fully functional hangars with access to the runway. … Continue reading Life next to a construction site

In praise of broadband

I’ve often thought that the idyll of working from a kampung while being an IT industry analyst is only possible when the communications infrastructure is in place. Kudos to iDA for continuing to drive enhancements. Singapore, one of the world’s busiest seaports, aims to become one of the most connected with WISEPORT (WIreless-broadband-access for SEaPORT). The initiative between the Port Authority of Singapore and iDAre … Continue reading In praise of broadband

Rainy days

October is going out on a whimper – it’s been either overcast, or drizzly, here at the Airbase. Nevertheless, spirits are high. Halloween tonight, when scary creatures come out to play. Speaking of scary creatures, it will be school holidays soon, and kids will be on the ‘ronda-ronda’ (malay for roam, be sure to have your volume cranked up before clinking this link). If you … Continue reading Rainy days

Hunters’ Moon

We discussed solar cycles and Halloween, it seems only fair to enjoy the wonders of lunar cycles too. An interesting update in the mailbox this morning. OK, I confess to being a subscriber to Dr Tony Phillips’ Spaceweather channel 😉 This week’s full Moon is the biggest full Moon of 2007. It’s no illusion. Some full Moons are genuinely larger than others and tonight’s will … Continue reading Hunters’ Moon

Halloween at Seletar

It should be no surprise that Halloween is celebrated enthusiastically at the Airbase; after all, resident spiders and bats are always hanging around, waiting to be acknowledged 😉 Most human residents know to deck their entrances with ghoulish apparitions if they welcome visitations from trick-or-treaters. I’m told groups of revellers will be setting off on their sugar acquisition trips at 6:45 pm on Weds, Oct … Continue reading Halloween at Seletar

Class of 2011, mental illness and casino costs

A rather eclectic collection of stories caught my fancy today… BELOIT COLLEGE’S MINDSET LIST® FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 – some extracts here. Go on, compare your views… They never “rolled down” a car window. Nelson Mandela has always been free and a force in South Africa. They have grown up with bottled water. Women have always been police chiefs in major cities. Being “lame” … Continue reading Class of 2011, mental illness and casino costs

Reach, SAA and Sembawang

Despite its buzzing economy and rosy outlook, Singapore is encountering an upswing in its suicidal rate, growing from 346 cases in 2003 to 419 last year. The suicide victims are mainly men in their 40s and women in their 50s, who belong to the so-called ‘sandwich generation’. Discussion thread on REACH New blog – The Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA) is the internationally recognised training arm … Continue reading Reach, SAA and Sembawang

t minus 18 months

By December 2008, many of us will have to leave this amazing place we have cherished and call home. Articulating what makes it special is proving harder than we thought – we need to build a scrapbook that can illustrate an extraordinary co-existence of gracious people, historical buildings, wild (ish) animals and majestic trees, all enveloped in tranquility. I’ve just moved across some of the … Continue reading t minus 18 months

Seletar Base Golf Club

Update: On 30th June 2007, The Golf Club closed its doors. According to SLA, the clubhouse and grounds are available for rental till 31st December 2007. Background (as narrated on Seletar Golf Club’s website) Seletar Base Golf Club came into existence on 1 January 2002 with the aim of placing golf within reach of anyone interested in playing and enjoying this great game. Formed to … Continue reading Seletar Base Golf Club