For Sparky and myself, curiosity drives passion which in turn fuels our life's engine. Our passion was capturing the story of both unbuilding the Grace (1929 - 2007) and Pearman (1966 - 2007) Bridges and discovering the unbuilders. It takes a lot of passion to track a project from July 2005 until April 2007 - rain, shine, hurricanes or moving to Singapore. We discovered the joy of discovery learning. Ken Canty opened the front door for us - then Steve Testa, Ponch Billingsley and Mickey Rogers opened many side doors. Below are the highlights of what we discovered, who we met and what we learned.
And a reminder from T.S. Eliot (East Coker from the Four Quartets)
Home is where one starts from. As we grow older The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated Of dead and living. Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment And not the lifetime of one man only But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
Here is Leah waiting and the group gathering
We make our way to the street - and cross it (note the green walk light)
We pass a Sikh Temple and continue walking
We pass an interesting market and before us is the Silat Food Court
Then cross over to the food court - ans past the Popiah stall
Here is Yu Hui - looking for empty tables - while I am off ordering my mutton briani and paratha
Then Yu Hui orders and the drink lady drops by
Leah has noodles today and Gina is engaged in very deep conversation
There were no adjacent tables so we split up - here are the ladies at one table and Tony, Yvonne and Edward at another table
There are many food stalls - to the left and right
Here are our ladies and here is my favorite guy - the man that makes Popiah
Someone has to guard the fort - and it is usually Pat while the group returns back
For the next day - Friday - Tony decided it was Guys-lunch-out - at a place near Far East Square
Here is li Fook - and then on to Far East Square
Walking back - we pass a number of interesting food courts - all engaged in group culinary therapy
And so we continued - under the Fire Gate and back to Tony's car park
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C. Frank Starmer