I stumbled upon this tree at East Coast Park a few months ago and thought it looked a bit like a sakura tree. However, sakura trees can’t grow in our warm and humid climate so I didn’t think too much about it after that. A few days ago, I read in the papers about how Singapore really does have its own version of the sakura tree, known as the Pink Mempat (cratoxylum formusum). Not only that, other purple flowering trees grow in this climate as well such as the Trumpet Tree and Bougainvillea. Want suggestions on how to beautify Singapore? Plant pink mempats every 10 metres throughout the whole stretch of Orchard Road. Hehe…
Pretty in pink
Another interesting thing that happened last week was Alvin returning from Tokyo and passing me a “toy” that he had helped me buy. Basically, this “toy” is plastic shaped branch that plays real life sound samples of a running river and birds chirping. Although I can’t read Japanese, I can tell from some illustrations on the box that these sound effects are supposed to be very calming. Let’s see if it works!
Not only does it make sounds, but it makes a pretty good art deco piece too!
Yup, I think it does work. *yawn*