When Two Dragons Meet
It was the usual evening walk with my wife at the Botanical Gardens enjoying the lighted Christmas trees - at this time of year - that lined the paths along the Gardens when we both chanced upon VVIP Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong walking with his wife Ms. Ho Ching and a few bodyguards near the famous gazebo (image).
My wife acknowledged him by calling out his name. He smiled and said hello. I was more engrossed in taking the picture of a tree and fiddling with my iPhone than to notice.
PM Lee on the left.
As the couple walked around the gazebo and came our way again, I asked to take a selfie with him. He obliged. And here is the picture. But PM took the selfie because I always fumble with selfies, preferring instead that a stranger took full body. But with PM obliging so kindly...
Meantime my wife was so lost in taking more pictures of the trees she was unaware of what had happened. It was such a quiet affair.
The informality of the meet struck my mind as we parted. No official function, no speeches, no agenda, no requests, no fuss... And he was so kind about it, not in a hurry.
Thank you, PM for giving your time. And a very nice PM he is. Can't remember if it was a moonlit night but it didn't matter.
A once in a blue moon occurrence actually, and it happened on 12.12.16. at about 9 pm.😊
Is he looking as young as ever after 10 years since 2009 or hasn't he? Check out PM Lee's Facebook page.
At the National Orchid Gardens @ Botanic Gardens many celebrities have specially bred orchids named after them. This practice started in 1956 and to date, there are about 200 names.
Offhand, some of the names included: Lee Kuan Yew, Kwa Geok Choo, Lady Anne Black, Indira Gandhi, Emperor Akihito, Queen Elizabeth 2, Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Gloria Macapagal-Aroyo, Laura Bush, Annika Sorenstam, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Zhou Xun, Jan Goodall, Bae Yong Jun, Joe and Jill Biden, Paloma Picasso, Shah Rukh Khan, Michael Kors, Ban Ki-Moon, Amitabh Bachchan, Aun San Suu Kyi.
Even our pop stars are honored: Elton John (below), Ricky Martin, Andrea Bocelli, Stefani Sun and Jackie Chan.