Say Cheese with a Big Pearly Smile!

December 31, 2008 at 8:49 pm | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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Tonight is the last night for 2008 – an eventful year for many people. With 2008 coming to an end we welcome 2009 with open arms in the hope that things will get better for everyone – a better economy; a safer world; a better health; a better career….a better everything…. :p So let’s celebrate the beginning of a new life ahead, joined by friends and families…and what better way than to give everyone a sincere smile and a warm hug? 😀

Er, but just in case you have problem in that department…Itchyfingers has this lobang for you…cheap, economical and environmental-friendly too….:p

Dentures, anyone?  😀 Er..looked like recycled ones though… :O

According to Itchyfingers’ colleague who knows Thai and has many Thai friends, this was what his Thai friend helped translate for us:

“Genuine Dentures For Sale. Cheaper than the original market price. Please come and have a look.”

Er…this roadside stall even had business cards…Eeeee…just maybe not too hygienic for some….:p

Fret not, here’s another better lobang to look your best for 2009….

A proper dental clinic…I like the cartoon with braces…haha… 8)

Now, say cheese will you? 😀

Happy New Year from Itchyfingers!

Also see related post:
> Funny Signs (Chiang Mai, Thailand) 


Fine City

December 30, 2008 at 11:39 am | Posted in itchy fingers | Leave a comment
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We are known as a “Fine City” for the many fines imposed on various offences. No littering, No Smoking (in lifts, air-conditioned areas etc), No Eating or Drinking (on trains) etc…most fines range between $20 to as much as $500 to $1,000. This one, seen at Pulau Ubin, must be the cheapest and most confusing of all, cos, depending on which language you are reading, you pay different prices…:p

One dollar for trespassing…cheap lah….hahahah….

Private Lives: An Exposé of Singapore’s Mangroves

December 23, 2008 at 12:54 am | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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Itchyfingers first visited the mangroves at Sungei Buloh in the 90s with some friends. We didn’t know much about the plants, insects and birds then but it was a really fun experience for city dweller like me. After joining the Nature Society (Singapore), I had more chances to explore other mangroves to learn more about the lives there. But never did I expect years later, Itchyfingers would be able to be part of the team with the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) to do a book on lives of the mangroves in Singapore.

After about two months, with numerous rounds of text and layout changes, finally, on the 24th of November, the book was launched by Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources at NUS.

My first book

Singapore used to have many mangroves area but today we are left with about 5 per cent of that. Mention mangroves and many people would think of it as muddy, smelly and full of mosquitoes and would never give it a second thought whenever mangroves had to give way to development. The tsunami in 2004 was a rude awakening to many of the importance of mangroves as a natural barrier to the destructive waves. Many of the food that we eat (like fish, prawns and crabs) also come from the mangroves. Plants from mangroves are also important – we get charcoal from the wood of Bakau and atap chee from the seeds of Nipah Palm.

Straits Times report, 22 Nov 08

Straits Times report, 25 Nov 08

Chapter divider with the Shore Pit-viper, a venomous snake. Itchyfingers were
lucky to see it just one month ago

Divider with the Smooth Otter that Itchyfingers saw just the day before…

Some of the birds that can be found in the mangrove habitat

Look out for the different kinds of root system the next time you visit a mangrove!

Some mangrove trees like the one above are called the ‘firefly mangroves’ as they are congregated by fireflies after dark for light display. I had seen the fireflies display at a Malaysia mangroves and they really looked like christmas tree lightings! 😀

If you would like to learn more of the amazing lives of mangroves, Private Lives is definitely a good book to begin with. Christmas is a season of sharing and giving, and the sharing of knowledge certainly would bring much joy to your loved ones!

Private Lives: An Exposé of Singapore’s Mangroves is now available at Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, NUS. Er, Itchyfingers dun get commission for passing this piece of lobang around hor! Hahahah…. 8)

Also see related posts:
> Star Appearance at the Wetland
Smooth Sailor in the Wetland

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