London Bridge is falling down. Not

Happy Place, Happy Space
London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down
My fair lady
~18th Century English nursery rhyme~

Did you play this game as a child? Marching/running/skipping around in a circle, singing this song until the “bridge falls” and traps a person who then has to do a forfeit.

“Eager Anticipation” by Teng Kai Wei, stainless steel wire mesh, in front of Aperia Mall.

I walked in a different direction after dropping Younger Child off for her dance class. Too hot to run today so I walked in as much shade as I could find. The above playful sculpture marked the end of my walk after poking around the Jalan Besar area, back to where I was to pick Child up.

Exploring on foot allows reach which touring by car does not, particularly in city nooks & along little streets. I first discovered this years ago when walking in London. The view from the bus, even on the higher deck, is no match for what can be seen on foot, pausing and detouring as necessary.

Perhaps not as much distance can be covered, but certainly more opportunity for discovery. Like these beautifully restored Peranakan shophouses built in the 1800s.

Or these quirky sights most motorists would miss.

Or these outdoor spiral stairs which are characteristic of the backs of older shophouses.

I have lunched out with a good friend who lives in this area. Some years ago, we parked right next to Jalan Besar Stadium (below left) to lunch at the nearby The Tiramisu Hero (below right). I am happy that both establishments are in good repair.

I also enjoyed coming across an older, less developed nook of the neighbourhood: a hardware store with all sorts of fascinating bits & bobs next to an old style noodle shop (below left), and a retro biscuit selection (below right) in an all & sundries shop.

Finally, here’s The Tiramisu Hero (and I) wishing those of your who are celebrating this weekend, a Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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Reading your Joyful Posts brings me to my happy place. I hope having them in one place makes it easier for you to find when you need a bit of happy therapy, too.

If you would like to join in Happy Place, Happy Space, ping back to this post and I will include you next week.

  • Barbara at Thistles and Kiwis’ This Week’s Small Pleasures: has a busy week involving fund-raising, good food (of course) and a road trip
  • David Oakes Images’ Is it Friday? looks forward to Friday with a adorable image which made me smile
  • Donna at Wind Kisses’ Fragrance Evening Primrose: offers us a whiff of fairies
  • Esther at Sing Like Wildflowers’ Nature Finds: brings us on a nature walk around the block
  • Laurie at Notes from the Hinterland’s After the Nor-easter: shares snowy scenes after the storm
  • Natalie the Explorer‘s Postcard from Charleston: enjoys a reunion with her sisters
  • Pepper from Heaven’s Sunshine’s Is it Well? writes a beautiful letter to her 100 year old self
  • Trent’s World’s The Weekly Smile: sees the signs of Spring, despite a snowstorm
  • Xingfu Mama’s Whatsoever is Lovely: scavenges for signs of Spring during her morning dog walks

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  1. Wow, great photos! It would be interesting to walk on those spiral stairs.
    I enjoy walking around too and making new discoveries. I agree that less space can be covered, but you get to see details that can be easily missed when driving. San Jose is not a walking city, so it makes it more difficult to wander around. But when I lived in nyc, I enjoyed the scenery of shops, people, delis, bustling, that accompanied walking.
    Thank you Ju-Lyn for adding me to your list! Hope you have a great start to a new week. 🙂


  2. Ju-Lyn, I love the Eager Anticipation sculptures and your exploring. The restored shophouses look beautiful. Thank you for the mention and your weekend coffee share.


  3. Now why am I instantly attracted to the Tiramisu Hero? 🤣🩷 Nice biscuits too. But the bit I like best is those restored houses. Aren’t they beautiful? Thanks for sharing, Ju-Lyn!


  4. So much to see and notice on foot! I have never seen anything like those spiral staircases on the outside of a building. I did play London Bridges as a child. Really like the sculpture. Thanks for the mention.


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