Monday, October 31, 2005
We were happy to see the chubby black and white cat and the black cat. Both have left tipped ears. We fed them dry food and gave them water. The skinny black cat was a bit skittish and doesn't really take to us sayanging her.
The other cat was quite manja and he loves our stroking. He was rubbing himself against Sis' legs and Sis is quite taken by him. Hee.
Some more lovely photos of our community cats :)
Mr Manja seems so at home while the black cat looks so sad and scared. Hunter comes and goes as he pleases.
I was quite surprised to see NEA's exhibit panels on dengue and Shuhui was amused that there was a dengue talk @ 5pm.
I said hi to Dawn and had to leave soon before the merchandise for the CWS' shirts and bookmarks arrived. I shall get them another time :>
We hopped down to AMK library to borrow some children's story book for reference and inspiration. I found one about a hamster who has a diary. Isn't it cool?
We are taking up this challenge of writing and illustrating a story for children. I forwarded this initiative by MDA to some of my friends and when Shuhui suggested we could do it together, we have been brainstorming and decided our story will focus on pets. The deadline is 16 Dec, so if you are interested, there is still time.
After a fruitful discussion @ Shuhui's house in the afternoon and eating some of her mum's daosuan, we met our 2 friend from our secondary school for dinner @ Cafe Cartel @ Junction 8 to catch up. I didn't manage to find any community cats last night and went home straight.
Ikea, as usual, was crowded. Sis and I find this curtain very pretty.
We had the vanilla ice cream cones from the Ikea takeaway food counter before leaving for Orchard. Orchard Road was filled with people too. We only bought bread and some marble cake from Takashimaya before having dinner @ Lucky Plaza foodcourt and heading home.
Sis accompanied me to see if there were any community cats in the nearby park while parents went home first. There was this stripey greyish brown cat without tipped ear. I fed it with some dry cat food and gave it water. After a short while, he exposed his tummy and I gave him a tummy rub and massage. Suddenly, he was alert to some sound we couldn't hear. Then we saw a tiny mouse and the hunter chased after the screaming mouse who went "ki". They went down the slope and while we couldn't see them, we could hear the mouse and its ki. Silence and ki again. Sis and I left soon after.
Friday, October 28, 2005
After tennis, it started to rain heavily and lightning flashed throughout the downpour. We went to Dunman Road Food Centre for char siew wanton noodle. The noodle is home made and fresh but the chilli is very spicy. Melvin drove me and Fion home before sending Adele home. I had a a good sleep after the workout :>
Sunday, October 23, 2005
After coming back from Hua Hin, I spent Monday till Thursday drafting my meeting report, checking with a colleague who is familar with the issue in addition to other CCA work and my core work. A number of things are due tomorrow, so I will have to work on them later in the comfort of my home after blogging.
I bought this cute scotch tape from Mini Toons shop @ Hougang Mall on the way home yesterday.
Seems like a cat who likes to bake. Hee. I can use it for wrapping of presents and sealing of envelopes to friends. I hope to be able to squeeze some time to bake a hazelnut cake. I bought some grounded hazelnut some time back and its expiry date is 28 Oct (Fri)! I will post photos of the cake if I do bake it later and it turns out nice.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
One of the organisers is from China and was happy that I could speak Chinese (although not as good as him). For the first time, I find some use of my knowledge of Chinese, making someone feel happy in finding someone who speaks a language he is comfortable in. Although I'm more comfortable to speak in English or a mixture of English and Chinese, it was quite fun making conversation in complete Chinese sentences. I also spent 2 evenings talking to 2 Swedish ladies. We had dinner together and also browsed through the night markets. We shared the kind of books we read (Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, Lord of the Rings, The Alchemist, etc), our religious beliefs, our lives, etc.
I was grateful that my colleague was very nice and helpful in answering my queries about certain issues. I called home everyday as mum misses me and I want to let her know how I was doing in Hua Hin. A good friend of mine also sms me almost everyday like what she did when I was alone in Prague for an international meeting on the same issue. I was very touched by her gesture.
I doubt I will visit Hua Hin again or soon. The 2.5 to 3 hour car ride to and from Bangkok and Hua Hin gave me a bit of aching back and bum but the memories of my experience will stay with me for a long time :)
As compared to my past overseas meetings, the photos I took are considerably less. I only took photos in the resort. I didn't take photos of the food I had during the weeklong stay, photos of piles of fried insects, cages of young adorable puppies, rabbits, etc sold at the night market, photos of stray dogs roaming the streets, resting outside the shops or photos of beggars. I don't know why. I wonder if the Thai are happy with their life, selling their wares at the night markets. Perhaps with limited education, there is little else they can do. I saw some Thai trasvesites at night smiling and looking pretty. I saw a stray dog with injured fore legs, limping and crossing the road safety and wondered about its fate. I wondered if the young animals sold at the market will end up with good responsible owners. These images stay with me in my mind. Besides some disturbing thoughts, I have also learned more from this meeting and the conversations I had with the other participants. I will tell you more later.
However, there are some photos that I like and want to share with you :)
We had a few lunches at the Thai Restaurant of Hyatt Regency Hua Hin (the venue of the meeting and also where all participants stayed). It was a nice open air dining experience. Lovely sea breeze and greenery created a good ambience for dining and lively conversations.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Sunday, October 02, 2005
I have been seeing this black and white cat from the window of my flat (11th storey) for the past few weeks. Mum said it has been hanging around the area for quite some time as the Malay family seems to be taking care of it. I thought I tried my luck when I was on the way home just now around 3plus pm and there it was lazing and taking a nap.
It was quite friendly and didn't mind me stroking it. I then decided to roam around the park to see if I could see other cats. A shy black cat was hiding in the bushes.
Then there was this friendly clean cat near the bushes. It has a collar with a bell around its neck. I wonder if it belonged to someone. It allowed me to stroke her, her face and gave her a good body massage.
Look like it's smiling into the camera. So adorable!
It seemed so at home and at ease, just lying there on the ground, stretching.
I managed to coax the little black cat from its hiding place with some dry cat food but it was quite skittish and fled back into the bushes a few times.
The beautiful cat also ate some food and continued to stay in its relaxed pose when I finally headed home.