Sea Almond Tree in Sungei Buloh

Sea Almond tree stamp

Abstract painting of Sea Almond tree with orange-red leaves, in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves, set against a beautiful morning sky of changing colors from orange to purple to blue. Native to this region and found along the seashore, it is recognisable by a distinctive pagoda shape.

It is one of the trees featured on NParks‘ “Know 10 trees” campaign in 2010 and commemorated into first day covers by the Singapore Philatelic Bureau.

The fruit is sweet and edible with delicate almond flavour. To commemorate Sungei Buloh’s 20th anniversary, it is depicted bearing 9 fruits, a play on the Chinese word for “longevity” and fruits of love, joy, peace and kindness. – Joanne Koo

I’ve had mixed comments on my painting, my very talented neighbour Tr being the most encouraging. “Never fail to admire its beauty even when in a rush. Sometimes the sun rays casts a lovely glow on it and it seems to come to life. :-)”.  Thank you Tr!! L had joked earlier that I should check with her if she’s ok with me hanging the painting outside the main door, as she’ll be facing it every time she enters or leaves her home. Whew… What a relief.  Serendipitously, a few days later, I received an sms from Tr that she loved looking at it everytime they leave home.  I’m quite blessed to have inspiring people around me. Everytime I see pairs shoes outside her house, I’m motivated to be more hospitable and invite friends home.

Sea Almond Tree

The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches.  Ezekiel 47: 12

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