Sunday, June 28, 2009

New Fabrics

Decided to make a laundry bag for Miss14 to try and keep the clothes off the floor.  They don’t ever make it to the existing laundry bin, so I’m hoping a colourful bag might do the trick.  I found these fabrics at one of our local shops in Chinatown. They are ‘Flower Sugar’ from Lecien fabrics in Japan.  At only A$14 equivalent per metre – I think they are a bargain!


Travel Itineraries

We just had 2 nieces stay in between their backpacking travels around Asia. I hoped they enjoyed it as much as we did.

This weekend their 18yo brother and 2 mates arrived – DH finally located them at the airport – somehow they arrived at 2 different terminals.  This morning they have been

making further travel plans and this is their itinerary for the next 53 days!


Day to Day Life

Long time no post.  There I was stuck in traffic a few days ago and was taken by this contrast between the old and new Singapore – beautiful old shophouses in the foreground and the new housing of the 21st century still under construction


I then met a friend for lunch in the busy CBD and this is at the front of her building – it’s quite soothing amongst the crowded skyscrapers and the heat and humidity.


Thursday, June 04, 2009

Local Wildlife

Yesterday when Milo McD and I were out walking we saw one of these -


 Sea Eagle

It was walking along the ground a few metres from us and eyed the dog hungrily when he barked at it.

Most days we will see one or more like these in the jungle area across from our house -


Asian Fairy Bluebird    




Asian Glossy Starling

However, today we came across something really scary…….one of these -



The guards at our Condo call Mr Milo “Nooorty Dog” because of his antics with residents riding motorbikes, bicycles, skateboards etc. 

We were walking along the grassy patch in front of the fence and he spied this “big stick”.  Luckily I had him on the leash and thankfully tight on the leash as sometimes residents let their dogs roam free in this area.  Mr Milo was just beginning to sniff and check it out, when the stick’s ugly head reared up.  Now I am not a fan of many things in the wild – mice, frogs & cockroaches spring to mind, and they are all in plentiful supply in our neighbourhood.  I often wondered how I’d react if I did see a snake and now I know.  I can move pretty fast if I have to!   And it wasn’t any old snake – it was one of those most deadly Cobras. 

We then alerted the guards and stayed to watch them, a) go and find it, b) go and tell every other employee nearby, and c) try to catch  and deal with it.  This took a good half hour and was like watching an old episode of Keystone Kops.  I was impressed though.  They did catch it using big poles with rope, didn’t kill it, but had it with the rope around the neck dragging it along.  They then have to  contact the Singapore wildlife people to come and get it.  

While we were standing around making sure it was gone, one of my neighbours told me she has found two of them in her house in the past two months.  I so wish she hadn’t told me that. 

The upshot is Mr Milo is now being called “Mr Hero” and “Goood Boy”