Monday, March 30, 2015
Several Malaysian friends have recommended this restaurant in Johor Bahru and it was through sheer luck I went there for dinner. I had arranged with a girl friend to collect some foodstuff from her. She suggested we meet at this restaurant.
My husband and I had a hard time finding it as our GPS went haywire and made us drive in circles. Thanks to kind locals who gave us the directions to the restaurant, we managed to find it an hour later.
My girlfriend brought her kids and we had a sumptuous dinner. As she is a regular at this restaurant, she ordered the following dishes : Lamb Shank, Grilled Chicken Chop, Seafood Mee Mamak, 4-Cheese pizza. The portions were big. I had the grilled chicken chop which was succulent. I seldom eat French fries ... Lemon Tree's fluffy fries are irresistible. :)
Restaurant owner and chef Jeffrey Bong emerged from the kitchen briefly to say "Hello".
After the main courses, the kids wanted desserts. Despite declining her offer due to our stuffed tummies, my girlfriend went ahead and ordered 5 sets of desserts : Volcano cake, Mousse Au Chocolate and Tiramisu.
We were glad we ate these desserts .... they were really yummy, especially the tiramisu (to die for!). The desserts were beautifully presented, they were not overly sweet.
We were lucky to meet the young, good-looking pastry chef Kevin Sio who has more than a decade of experience in baking.
It was an enjoyable evening of good food and great company.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Mr Lee Kuan Yew's body will lie in state at Parliament House from 25 Mar (Wednesday) - 28 March (Saturday) 8pm.
Earlier this morning, Mr Lee Kuan Yew's casket, draped with the state flag was carried by the 8 casket bearers onto a gun carriage at Sri Temasek.
The draping of the State Flag over a casket is the highest State honour accorded to a leader. When the Singapore flag covers the casket, it is placed so that the crescent and stars lie over the head and close to the heart.
President Tony Tan and ESM Goh Chok Tong, along with 90 staff from the President's Office, Prime Minister's Office, and 24 Ceremonial Guards, waited at Istana Plaza to offer respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
Thousands lined along both sides of the gun procession route on Wednesday morning (Mar 25) to catch a glimpse of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's casket as it was being transported on a gun carriage to Parliament House, It proceeded through parts of Orchard Road, Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road before turning into Parliament House.
It was an emotional journey as his casket emerged from the Istana gate. The crowds that had gathered to pay their last respects yelled "MM Lee, we love you ".
All along the streets, people cheered and clapped, threw flowers at his casket, and took photographs. A number of them wept.
Mr Lee Kuan Yew's family bowing in front of his casket.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob, the Chief of Defence Ng Chee Meng and Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck received the casket at Parliament House.
Members of the public can pay their last respects at Parliament House until Saturday evening 8pm.
Thousands of people have joined the queue to pay their last respects to our Founding Father Lee Kuan Yew who is lying in state at Parliament House.
Due to overwhelming queues at the Parliament House where the waiting time is 8 hours to pay our last respect, the Lying In State timing has been extended to 24 hours till Saturday, 28 March 8pm. There is no need to rush down immediately.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew dies aged 91.
"I have no regrets. I have spent my life, so much of it in building up this country. There's nothing more that I need to do. At the end of the day, what have I got ? A successful Singapore. What have I given up ? My life. " - Lee Kuan Yew
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Lee Kuan Yew has transformed this tiny red dot into a first world country that Singaporeans called home.
Singapore loves you, Singaporeans love you. Singapore is fortunate to have you. You have changed the life of the passed, present and future generations here. You have done a lot for us. You are a legend, there will never be another Lee Kuan Yew.
Thank you Mr Lee Kuan Yew for the Singapore we now have.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has declared a seven-day period of national mourning for Singapore's founding father and former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.
As a mark of respect, the state flags on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast for the mourning period, which starts on Monday, March 23, and ends on Sunday, March 29.
The period of National Mourning will start from Mar 23 to Mar 29 (Monday to Sunday) and a State Funeral Service will be held at 2pm on Sunday.
Mr Lee’s body will lie in state at Parliament House from Wednesday to Saturday, for the public to pay their respects. Those who wish to pay their last respects at Parliament House can do so from 10am to 8pm daily from Wednesday to Saturday.
A State Funeral Service will be held at 2pm on Sunday at the University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore.
The State Funeral Service will be attended by the late Mr Lee’s family, friends and staff, the President, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Old Guards, senior civil servants, grassroots leaders and Singaporeans from all walks of life. The State Funeral Service will be followed by a private cremation at Mandai Crematorium.
Condolence books and cards will be available in front of Istana by the Main Gate from Monday to Sunday, for those who wish to pen their tributes to the late Mr Lee. Condolence books will also be opened at all Overseas Missions for overseas Singaporeans and friends.