Sunday, July 31, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
This morning I was supposed to join Slushy, her baby Ainsley, her hubby and Fairy Godmother for an outing @ the zoo. However, I have to miss that and a kayaking activity organised by my company in the evening because I woke up with running nose. I don't want to spread whatever weird virus I have to my friends. On Tues evening, I had fever of 37.3 degree celsius. I took a fever tablet and turned in @ 10pm. Yesterday morning, I felt alright with no fever. Last evening, the fever came back to haunt me. My temperature was 37.7.
This zoo outing has been planned a few weeks ago and I have taken leave and been looking forward to it. Today is also Slushy's birthday. Happy Birthday, Slushy! Hope you all enjoyed yourselves @ the zoo. Anyway, I went to the nearby clinic and got a MC for today and 5 different types of medicine (antibiotic, sore throat, flu, phlegm and fever). My GP is only interested in treating my symptoms and I'm still clueless how I fell sick. I also managed to go for a haircut nearby. I can't stand my unruly hair, so it's time for a trim.
Mum cooked her yummy porridge with crabstick, carrot, peanuts and cabbage, coriander, oat and also brewed some chrysanthemum tea. Mum and I suspect it's because I have been only getting 6 hours of sleep on the average and I'm not as strong as before. It's kind of disappointing that my body of 27 years is ageing so quickly but I will work with it to see how I achieve optimal hours of sleep. Hee. Gone were the days where I was healthy and not take mc for the entire year until 3 years ago.
Hope I will be almost as good as new tomorrow. I have already made plans to meet some friends for dinner tomorrow and lunch on Sat and I hope I don't have to cancel them.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
After dinner, we went for drinks @ Starbucks to continue our discussion until 11.30pm. I'm not from media or advertising companies and also do not have any good contacts with suppliers, so I hope I can help out in other ways based on my work and life experiences :)
Monday, July 25, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Saturday, July 23, 2005
I am reviewing how I have been spending my time after work. With my swimming and tennis lessons, it means 2 weekday evenings gone. My friend is arranging for tennis practice session possibly every Mon and I will normally meet friend(s) for dinner on another evening. This means I’m left with a weekday evening to go home for dinner with parents and help mum to clean hamsters’ homes (or mum claims I’m more of a hindrance since I like to pick them up instead of picking up their little droppings). Luckily there is still the weekend. Sometimes I will stay @ home to relax, read, bake or go out with friends or family.
Hopefully after 6 more swimming lessons, I can swim front crawl as well as my breast stroke for a few continuous laps without feeling exhausted . Coach taught us the leg and hip movement for butterfly style and maybe I could fly across the pool after the lessons. Hee. Tennis has been an expensive sports to learn after buying myself a $270 racket and investing $240 in 8 group lessons with Singapore Tennis Association. My friends and I are going for another 4 lessons @ $120 to correct/improve our strokes. With their encouragement and my determination, my ball sense has improved slightly and I hope I will be able to play a good rally with my friends soon.
In about 2 months' time, I could practise what I have learned and lead a healthy lifestyle of swimming and playing tennis regularly. I will keep a look out and see how I can use what I have learnt and my work experience to help people/animals around me :) I'm not letting time run ahead of me. I will keep in pace!
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Dawn has also provided the links to the relevant sections of the Animals and Birds Act that make abuse and abandonment of animals a crime and the police is authorised to arrest the person committing the crime and investigate the case. Or you can click here to go to Part IV on Prevention of Cruelty of Animals of the Animals and Birds Act directly.
I think it’s good to arm ourselves with such knowledge, so that if we do come across incidents of animal abuse/abandonment, we know we can approach the police directly or when we see people on the verge of abusing or abandoning an animal, we can tell them it’s a crime and this may prevent them from doing further harm to the animal. For such potential cases, it will also be good to report to animal welfare groups like SPCA and AVA to investigate since a crime has not been committed. They can help to re-educate the person or persuade the pet owner to find a home for the pet instead of abandoning it.
There are 2 archived news (16 May 2002 and 14 Oct 2002) about Cat Welfare Society (CWS)’s proposal and consultations with MND, HDB and other authorities. Personally I feel that the suggestions put up by CWS are sound and can be implemented, especially since CWS is prepared to help HDB to work with residents. Why should we not let the actions of some irresponsible cat owners penalise cat lovers who could provide a good home for cats in their HDB flats? If cats are allowed in flats and there are some people who break the rules, we can educate them and if they are recalcitrant, we can then disallow them to keep cats in their flats. This is more logical than a complete ban of cats in flats. It is ridiculous that most Singaporeans are staying in flats and they can only keep small dogs and not have the options of keeping cats open to them.
If you have any good suggestions that you think CWS could consider adding to their proposal when they float it up to the authorities again, please let me know or forward your comments directly to CWS at email@example.com. Thanks :)
Monday, July 18, 2005
I just drew this using ArtRage. I definitely need to get the graphite tablet and stylus if I want to do such sketches. My eyes feel very tired after staring into the monitor and trying to coordinate and execute the mouse movement with the cursor on the screen. I'm quite satisfied with how this hamster turns out. Chubby and cute just like my winter white hamster girl, Zap :)
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Saturday, July 16, 2005
and we save some of the yummy food for Dad who went down to East Coast with auntie and uncle to look for the Straits Time's car (which I wasn't interested to know the contest details). Anyway, they didn't win the car or any prizes but Dad can reward himself with the food when he is back :)
Mum and Dad made their own version of the Hakka Yam abacus yesterday. Using mashed yam, pumpkin and tapoica flour, they rolled tiny balls and steamed them. The steamed balls were kept in the fridge when cooled for later use. So mum decided to use half a batch of th balls to make lunch just now. She first allowed the balls to cook in boiling water before draining the water. We then fried the dry shrimps, mushrooms and sausages before adding in the balls, spring onion and coriander. The abacus turned out to be really yummy. The balls tasted like fried oyster omelette when eaten with coriander. Mum also fried the oily carrot cake Dad bought from the market with shredded cabbage. Of course, the home-made abacus is my favorite. Mum said she can teach me how to made the abacus one of the weekends and I can bring them to work for lunch :)
We took away 3 pieces of cakes from Big O Cafe @ Wheelock Place last night after our dinner there. The slice of Fruits of the Forest cake was already in Mum's stomach and I wasn't in time to take a picture of it. The left plate had my share of the cakes. The right plate was Sis'. I let you guess which is the Big O New York Cheese cake and Indecent Obsession (a chocolate hazelnut cake). Both were very rich and creamy and I find them a little too sweet but they made a fulfilling breakfast.
I was surprised that the Auntie did not think that shopkeeper uncle is doing a good job in taking care of Frisky. I told her that Frisky was getting better when I last saw her more than a week ago and apparently Auntie didn't check with Uncle whether Frisky has been to a vet before bringing Frisky. I also feel that it was not very nice for her to do that without informing anyone. And I wonder if Frisky's condition has worsen because she was removed from a familar place to the home of a strange and it must have been a stressful experience. Sis and I noticed that she wobbled and she didn't approach me when I let her sniff my hands. I took a plastic crate from Uncle's shop as she used to sleep in it and luckily she found that familiar and quickly went into the crate. I managed to coax her into eating some cat food before going home with sis. I shall update Uncle later and see if he knows anything.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Fi and I told our coach, Allan at the start of our swimming lesson that improving our front crawl strokes is our main goal. Allan has to manage about 7 other beginners and me, Fi and another guy. I think he is a good coach as he showed us the strokes, saw how we swam and he was able to pin point our mistakes and correct us. At the end of the 1.5 hour lesson, my front crawl kick is a more improved version(pointed feet like a ballerina and moving the legs from the hip without bent knees), so is my front crawl arm movement. Fi said I could be like Allan and teach swimming to others. Haha. Allan said he would teach us backstroke and butterfly style in subsequent lessons. I’m looking forward to that.
It is during moments like this that I feel good about myself and my life. I am learning something new or improving my skills :) Tonight we will be going for our 8th tennis lessons. I'm not a natural tennis player like Fi. My ball sense is quite bad and it is now slightly improved after I start to practise playing badmintion and learn tennis. Netball and other bigger ball games are definitely out for me. I have a phobia of the ball hitting my face. Hee. Fi commented yesterday that I'm a natural swimmer. I told her I guess each of us is good in certain things but as long as we are interested and willing to learn, we could enjoy the sports/game/activity. Anyway, we have signed up for 4 more tennis lessons and hopefully, I could become a better tennis player :)
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Since I have drawn a bright daylight picture using ArtRage some time back, I thought why not draw one showing the night? So here it is finally done after I "painted" for the past 15 minutes. I always think it will be nice to have my pets by my side as I enjoy the night breeze. These are my imaginary adopted cats :)
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
It will be so cool if I can bring my pet dog to work. Imagine my furry friend by my side as I'm working and during lunch time or after work, we can have a walk together before going back to work or going home. The problems will be: (1) I will need to have a car to transport my dog, (2) the cost of owning a car and (3) colleagues and boss may not feel comfortable about it.
It's unlikely to happen in Singapore but it's a nice dream. I think it will be great if people can bring their pets to work on at least one day of the year as colleagues who have been busy with work can have the opportunity to interact with the animals and some may find happiness in giving a stray animal a home.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
I do not see my 4 hamsters as slaves but our babies who are dependent on us as caregivers. They have been adopted from friends and SPCA. Mum and I clean their houses and feed them a few times a day and they have us and toys to play with. With almost 10 years of experience in caring for hamsters, I have learned how to sex them, tame them, know when they are sick or dying and cried when they died and most of them lived to their expected lifespan of 3 years. If surgery could remove tumour from my hamster and she could live healthily, I would spend that money. Having a hamster as a pet is not for our amusement but it's a commitment and a love for these furry creatures.
If all pets can be released in the wild and not impact on the ecosystem, there won't be SPCA, Cat Welfare Society and Action for Singapore Dogs. However, pets like hamsters, rabbits, cats and dogs have been domesticated by man for a long time and most of them can't survive in the wild. And some irresponsible owners abandoned their pets when they get sick of them.For a week in June, I learned to nurse a young baby mynah bird until it learned how to fly. It wasn't easy and we had to feed the baby every hour. I named it Dharma and it was so manja and wanted us to sayang it. But Dharma belonged to the wild. I encouraged it to practise flying from its temporary "nest" to me. Finally when we brought it to the park downstair, Dharma flew away to the sky.
Recently I have also fallen in love with some of the stray cats in my area but with hamsters @ home and being away from home most of the time, I could not give the cats a home and the attention. I have learnt a lot from my furry friends about life, myself, humility and I like to think this has made me a better person. This is something that I don't get from our school education system. Interesting topic and long winded me could go on forever because I have been exploring animal welfare issue with friends and family, reading Dawn's blog on her work in Cat Welfare Society and blogging on behalf of my hamsters, Dharma and cats.
Anyway, the movie is quite entertaining. The acting of the cast is only so so but as I don't know the story line of the movie, I find it interesting to see the development of heros from 4 ordinary human beings affected by some cosmic blast. I only recognise Jessica Alba (from Dark Angel drama serial) and Julian McMahon (from Charmed and Nip/Tuck) who played the baddie. The other 3 lead actors looked familar but I can't place them in any shows. The movie is almost 2 hours long. Of course, if there is no free movie ticket, I won't bother to watch the show because it's cheaper to rent the dvd than paying for the ticket.
There was an interesting movie trailer of Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride before screening of Fantastic 4. It's starring some plasticine skinny people similar to his Midnight Before Christmas and the lead character is voiced by Johnny Depp which my sis thought is my idol. I wonder why. I don't mind catching that movie though. Maybe sis will get a pair of free tickets. Hee.
My friend, Slushy has created a meme on our earliest memory and tagged me and another friend. So here's my answer:
My earliest memory is when I was 3 or 4 years old. I remember my parents, sis and I would go to East Coast Park (the section between the jetty and PA campsite) together with my aunties' (my mum's 2 sisters) families and have picnics. There were lots of food but I could remember only 3 items (fried rice, curry chicken and grapes). We would play by the beach, build sandcastles, pick shells. And I don't remember the weather back then to be that hot. If it rained, we would take cover in the nearby pavillion, or use the picnic mat or hide in the car. It was so fun and carefree.
And I shall tag Rustic/Cheryl to participate in this meme :)
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
There is also an online review by Streats: http://www.streats.com.sg/article/es041228c.shtml Any of you think I have any chance of becoming a vegetarian? :P