Cycling on the road in Singapore

While it is a common practice overseas, in land scarce yet vehicle packed Singapore, there seems to be quite a issue with regards to cyclist using the road.

Being both a cyclist and a driver, i do think that it boils down to both side being gracious. As a cyclist, i try to avoid single lane road or road with high traffic especially during the office hours. By doing so, i have yet to have an issue with any drivers despite cycling for more than 2 years on the road till date.

The issue is never with cyclist on the road but cyclist taking up the road thus slowing down the traffic.

One of my worst experience is actually as a driver dealing with a cyclist. For those whom have driven on east coast park road, i am pretty sure you would know that the area is mostly a single lane area. To top it off, there is a cycling track (separate from the walking path) along the beach running the same route as the road for cars. Yet there are cyclist whom insist on riding on the road thus causing a jam behind them. At this point it is where i feel that a cyclist we should hold our hands up and say we are in the wrong.

Below is a link to another car driver reporting on cyclist. While there are circumstances to this making it hard to say whom is in the right or wrong. What are your views?

http://www.stomp.com.sg/singapore-seen/singapore/group-of-cyclists-take-up-middle-lane-while-cycling-along-upper-bukit-timah

3 Tips in Indoor Herb Gardening

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You could grow herbs indoors using pot or containers. You can grow them in window boxes or hanging baskets too. There’s no more work to growing herb in pots than in case you grew them outside. Regardless of whether indoors or outside, herb gardens require the same care wherever you grow them.

You can find 3 things necessary for growing herbs indoors. A window sill or surface where sun enters through a door or window is significant. A kitchen herb garden is a great starting point. If there is a window in the kitchen area that faces south or west, you could take greater advantage of natural sunlight. In case you have an issue with too little adequate sunlight, growing herbs indoors can also be accomplished using a source of light such as a “grow lamp” or fluorescent lamp. While these are available, natural sunlight is actually preferred when it is available.

Soil is the next essential consideration. Herb Plants develop best in well-drained soil that’s not too rich. Making use of two parts sterilized potting soil with one part coarse sand or perlite for herbs is a good mixture for pots. Additionally it is good to put about an inch of gravel or small rocks at the base of each pot to enable adequate drainage. When growing herbs indoors, it is important to make certain that pots don’t turn out to be too wet and drainage helps avoid this problem. Adding about a teaspoon of lime for a 5-inch pot will help make sure that the soil is most effective for herbs. Once the soil is optimal, the herb plants could grow strong and healthy and maintaining the herb plants would be easier.

Herbs require a good amount of water hence they will thrive and flourish. Though it may be essential to make sure that the herbs get enough water, over watering them can be very bad for the plants. You also have to monitor the level of soil moisture since this lets you know how often your herb garden needs to be watered. Adapt a habit of watering the plants once in each and every one or two weeks.

Growing herbs indoors isn’t difficult and can beautify your home throughout the year. You may also include tremendous flavor to your food by cooking with fresh herbs you have grown yourself. A home herb garden will also save you quite of bit of money since the more you harvest and utilize your herbs, the more they grow.