Why Travel? Enjoy our own Cherry Blossoms in Singapore

There is no need to buy a ticket, pack your bags and fly to Japan just to enjoy the Sakura.

We have our own ‘Sakura’ season in Singapore, just right at our doorsteps.

Spotted this beautiful flowering tree, which resemble cherry blossom, which I read is called trumpet tree (scientific name Tabeuia rosea) right outside MacPherson MRT Station on 16 September 2019 on my way to work. The flowers were just floating down and several of us took out our phones to capture the scene. Lovely isn’t it?

Trumpet tree just outside MacPherson MRT Station

In The Straits Times 18 September 2019, there was also a short article about these trees. I gathered the name of the tree and noted there are two flowering seasons of these trees in Singapore – during March to April (oh, so much like the Sakura season in Japan) as well as in September to October. Showers after a long hot and dry spell will cause these trees to flower.

So there is really no need to travel far to be amazed. Often, we just need to slow down, stop and smell the roses, in this case the ‘trumpet flowers’.

I noticed that these trumpet trees can be found just right next to my block. Today, I discovered that they are also planted at the Jurong East Stadium carpark area near the main entrance.

Check out this lovely collection of cherry blossom lookalikes photos shot by the public and collated by NParks.

But be quick if you want to enjoy them, as this lasts only for a few days!

What are the 3 Things You Need to be Concerned With in Life?

Stoic Philosophy states that every day, for every decision, we just need to do three things:

  1. Control your perceptions.
  2. Direct your actions properly.
  3. Willingly accept what’s outside your control.

That’s all we need to do.

Taken from ‘The Daily Stoic’ by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

Empowering isn’t it? Just three things we need to do in our lives.

I suppose we sometimes make our life more complex than it should be. When we take back control of what we have control of – our perceptions, which are shaped by our beliefs and thoughts, and discard the falsehood that we have control of our body, our surroundings and our loved ones, this is when we find happiness.

No need to ‘force’ anything or anyone – just surrender ourselves to the notion that sometimes, it is just the way it is.

Lovely Family of Otters

Expect the unexpected! Something which I just learnt on 2 August 2019 at a Brahma Kumaris workshop about Stress Management.

Wow, what a surprise! A family of otters came by at the canal near our block of flats.

They were playing and frolicking about on the ground.

I didn’t count the number of otters when I saw them. I was just wowed by the huge group. It looks like more than 10 of them.

Back at home, I googled for the earlier news of otters spotting in Singapore and noted that there is a Bishan 10 (so called because the otters came from Bishan Park and are a family of 10). I wonder if this is the same family as I watched a video online and spotted similar behaviour. However, when I counted the otters in my photograph, I think there are 11 otters. Has there been a new addition to the family? I suppose it wouldn’t be surprising since it has been more than a year since the otter news at Gardens by the Bay. If so, congratulations to the family 🙂

How to Handle Stress the Brahma Kumaris way

I attended a Workshop ‘Bid Farewell to Stress – Reclaim Inner Freedom’ on 2 August 2019. These are what I’ve learnt:

How to handle stress

  • Discover the inner space within you
  • Channel your thoughts and emotions
  • Understand your limits
  • Expect the unexpected
  • Realise that you are not alone, discover the one who is always on your side
  • Don’t give sorrow and don’t take sorrow
  • Be a trustee, do the best you can
  • Elevate your stage to be higher than the level of your problems

Spiritual path …

  • Build a strong foundation on which you can grow taller than your problems and groom others as well.
  • Practice gratitude for everyone and everything in life
  • Keep sending good wishes.
  • Make life journey joyful.

I especially wanted to highlight the sharing by the facilitator on the reason why we should and can be grateful. When we were born, we had nothing. But now, we have more than ‘nothing’, even if we feel we have little money and few possessions.

Sunny Seven

Seven Dimensions of Health

  1. Social: Contribute to community
  2. Emotional: Cultivate a positive attitude
  3. Spiritual: Mediate to find inner peace
  4. Environment: Conserve resources
  5. Occupational: Choose a suitable career
  6. Intellectual: Keep learning
  7. Physical: Exercise and proper nutrition

Summarised from Bridge, a publication by South West CDC, Singapore. Mar/Apr 2019.