Monster the insatiable

don't mess with mean boy!

Rex a close second

straggling hobbits

you got a lot of growing to do. try to keep up will ya?

as a fitting antithesis to the maudlin names of your siblings, you get illustrious ones straight out of the Lord of the Rings appendices. droopy-eyed stripling is Mungo Chubb and pointy-eared dollie, Bramblerose.

the woman wonders if Bramblerose is getting enough of her mummy's milk. she's a lot like Suede when they found her and Suede never seems to fatten up despite a voracious appetite.

"oh Tooty!"

once in a while the woman throws a fit when she discovers her favourite jewellery, her clean laundry set aside for ironing or contents of her purse all over the floor. she just has to look away for a split second. over time, she has learnt to be more zen about it. after all, she knows she signed up for this.
nice things or cats? CATS of course!

for zuleme

when you have kids there goes all your alone time. mummy wants to use the toilet and everyone starts piling themselves in there so she gives up.

mummy spends more time outside the cage now. she also tries not to have the little rascals fight for her nipples all at once and picks them out with her for feedings 2 at a time.

Monster on the move

leaving the rest in his dust, Monster is big cahuna of cage condo for sheer size. he is the first to open eyes, first to crawl and almost surely the first to climb everest and cure cancer.

still, right now, he is at the mercy of archnemesis who has him in a vice. (potentially incriminating graphical evidence if sent to SPCA, don't you think?)

naughty suede

leafty's new playpal.

leukemia and bendy tail go back on the streets

leukemia clamours to go out again soon after surgery. the woman releases her at her usual spot the next morning. late afternoon, she hears leukemia meowing from the second floor and goes out to lead her back downstairs and to give her some food and hugs.

bendy tail is released that afternoon after a good snooze. she follows the woman back upstairs a couple of times but wouldn't come back into our house of cats. she finds a warm spot on the 2nd floor roof landing to enjoy the sun. when the man and woman goes for supper in the night, they find her still there. the dilemma of strays.

i wish you all the best you two. come visit us if you feel like it.

Smooth Sailing. Dang!

The latest two-day voyage at South China Sea was surprisingly uneventful.

The sea was calm. The weather was perfect.
But I expected worse, thus(?) I was rather disappointed.

A case of lousy expectation not achieved, huh?

I don’t know. At the time of writing this, I was surprised myself of why I was feeling down.

Perhaps it was because whenever I went to that sea, I was always greeted by violent waves which caused many of us sea-sick while I was enjoying the experience of standing at the Main Deck admiring the strength of the sea and the furious wind that slapped my face.

Yeah, I rather missed that.

Still the trip was not truly wasted. It gave me ample time to think (hey, I finished working fast!) and reflect.

Seeing at the calm wave, I couldn't help but recall the story that I read once. About how a small wave feels depressed when it compares itself to the larger wave and how eventually it can find peace when it realizes that there should not be any differentiation between waves. As they're all part of the sea.

Now, isn't it bloody obvious--you may say. How can the story relate to us? Are we supposed not to feel small when we compare ourselves with others as we're all actually part of ...

Part of ???

Right, part of humanity?

Couldn't understand it. Perhaps in one untold story about the little wave, there is one where it comes to know that it is part of the sea. But it doesn't understand what "sea" means.

So what does 'humanity' mean?

responsible living is tough

the woman's vegetarian friend in australia sends her a Save Babe postcard and it reminds her that she has a lot to learn about living a responsible cruelty-free life. she hasn't even begun to scrap the surface.

already, based on whatever she knows, which is little, the task at hand is daunting, almost impossible. no shark's fin, no veal, no fur, no pet trade, no IAMS is easy. but BAN

* all Procter & Gamble products P&G Kills
* factory-farmed pork products Save Babe
* KFC KFC Cruelty
* all fish Fishing Hurts and
* all meat Case Against Meat

altogether, and she's wondering if life is worth living without Paulaner Brauhaus pork knuckles, salmon sashimi and Hot & Spicy chicken.

it's not just about missing the food, she is also exasperated by the divide that already exists between her and a lot of the people around her. friends and family are thinking what's with the compulsive recycling and saving of cats. so pushing the envelope further by going vegetarian or something will probably invite more well-intentioned concern about the woman's mental faculties. their diagnosis: histrionic, obsessive-compulsive, bleeding heart, too much time on hands.

quite la. and arrested development, i might add. but in this anthropocentric world, animals can't be choosy about who our champions and avengers are. right now, she works for me so i much like to keep her that way.

but conversely, if she doesn't push the envelope on animal cruelty issues, the same people cry hypocrisy. bring up animal welfare issues to them only, they say care so much about cats, what about the hainanese chicken rice you are eating? chicken not life meh?

human, you really a lot of excuse not to think about things much. i'm a cat and i know there is nothing to life but a constant striving. you strive for your luxuries and comforts, let others strive for what's important to them. nobody is asking them to save the whole world tomorrow and die trying. all the animals ask is for people to start somewhere and keep on going. if you choose not to be involved, is ok, just shut the fuck up then!

but all that is secondary. as the woman is finding, the struggle to live responsibly remains a gruelling personal one. when confronted with a new piece of information, she has to decide how she can best act on it, or not, weighing all her human baggage of circumstance, practicality, resources and priorities with her conscience.

i hope for her sake and mine that she is of strong mettle to carry through her convictions.

(Photos from Save Babe & GoVeg)

Leaving on a jet plane?

Hardly. And I'll definitely know when I'll be back again.

Going out to contemplate "life, universe & everything"[1] at South China Sea today & tomorrow.

Will be back on Thursday.
Over and out.

The owner of this site therefore relinquishes any responsibility of whatever comments (thanks goodness I don't have that many a reader!)--bad and worse--posted in this blog.

[1] I wish. It's for working really. ;p

leukemia's back

after a couple of sluggish, embarrassing and ultimately failed attempts at using the cat traps leading up to the many festive distractions of december, woman completely forgets about her resolution to sterilise the community cats until today when in a fit of activity, she nabs 2 cats on the way back from late night shopping at mustafa. so leukemia is back. and a never before seen cat with a warped Escherisque tail, bent in 2 places to resemble a Penrose triangle.

the cats are quarantined in the toilet and that makes us one animal too many in our 7 residents, 7 squatters 2006 household census. and the woman is going on about how Escherisque tail is rare for a domestic short-hair, luxurious and soft to the touch. eh, don't get any funny ideas lady, one more resident and we are officially slumming.

i am in a mood today. letters to Town Council about potential animal abuse have come to naught. 2 times already, a certain politician comes back with standard replies on necessity of animal control and no feeding and allowing stray cats in our estates. excuse me, i am asking you what is being done about cleaners taking their own initiative to kill the cats by whatever means available to them. witnessed practices: poisoning of cats and bagging kittens alive and throwing them in the trash. he skirted the issue completely in his first reply, and only on further insistence does he say they will instruct cleaners accordingly.

that is an appalling lack of reading comprehension or respect. so estate beauty more important than value of life, is it? feedback on potential animal abuse case becomes another avenue for them to read residents their riot act.

this makes me more inflamed about their ridiculous stance on not allowing stray cats in our community, he says we need to take into consideration of others living in the community. HDB and Town Council have received many complaints on stray nuisance and we need to remove strays.

what about people who value the lives of strays animals and want to see them well taken care of? don't they have a voice in the community that also requires action from the authorities?

to be in keeping with the stray policy, it requires in most circumstances for people who care to consciously walk away from animals in destitute or distress. that's asking them to give up a part of who they are. Compassion and social conscience are not attributes that can be turned on for politically correct causes and off for unpopular ones. you want to promote volunteerism and philanthropy in Singapore, here's your citizens, auntie and uncle giving of own time and money everyday, others trapping and neutering, still others rehoming. but what the authorities are saying is sorry hoh, only for the causes we like, ok? no wonder so many disillusioned, complacent, indifferent people here.

if you are as inflamed as i am, give a shout to your Town Councils today: set guidelines, not DEADlines.

I’m (trying to, at least!) lovin’ it.

Either that as a title or “The Heirloom: The Heir’s Doom?”

In a bid to try to enjoy the so-called mystical day of Friday the 13th, I went to watch the Taiwanese show, The Heirloom. (View the trailer here)

Guess whose idea it is to watch that show! Not me for sure. =) Although I don't understand why girls--ok, possibly an over-generalization here--like to see such a movie, if what they do throughout the show is just to cover their eyes now and then. :(

Anyway, armed with my old spectacles (I need to read the English subtitles), I went to Cathay Cineplex at Causeway Point.

I’m not particularly into a horror movie. When was the last one I watched? The Ring or The Blair Witch Project? Couldn't tell.

But the horror of the movie is not exactly because the supernatural aspect of it. It is more about the sickening extent how a family try to gain fortune.

As usual I’d try not to divulge too much information.

Now looking forward for: V for Vendetta. At least, the trailer looks cool! :)~

And if the movie follows closely the graphic novel from which it's adapted, I will say it’s a must-watch show. Because that graphic novel, published by Vertigo, is written by Alan Moore. Doesn’t ring a bell? Well, this Alan Moore inspires Neil Gaiman as the latter openly admitted and taught Gaiman about how it is to script for comics.

Moore is a guru!

And remember the masterpiece, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”? It’s also written by Alan Moore.


before you start getting all impressed, just remember who was there first. ME. Tooty says: from back of swivel chair good place to leap to fragile glass cabinet causing pretty trinkets to shake and woman's teeth to rattle. to come down again, computer monitor makes good landing pad, especially when man is using computer. thank you.

Friday the 13th

A TV series in the 80s. Remember the show? It’s about a team of three trying to recover the cursed antiques that the late owner of the antique show had previously sold. One item per episode.

Can’t recall, though how the show was finally ended.

If I’m to refer to this site, it seems that the story was not satisfactorily concluded. A possibility for Season 4 then?

Ads by Google...

My previous article, "Priceless indeed." had invited a spammer by the nick of ass2006 whose comment contained a link to an url that led to xxx-theme page.

Perhaps it's because I wrote $xxx.xx (which some may accuse me of being showy, although I'll tend to just laugh them off as the first x could mean any number & that includes zero, mister! =)

But seriously, just take it as an attempt to adhere closely to the original advertisement. By the way, it's about Mastercard & I recall it's widely used as a parody for even in a US presidential campaign (ok, I lost the link) which led to a lawsuit when the court of law finally decided that as long as the creative-twist of the advertisement served not for commercial purpose (apparently being a president there is not considered as commercially beneficial. It's a serious job. Heh), it's not against the copyright.

Well, do tell me if I'm wrong.
And if I am, I'd gladly delete that article from my blog.

Boy, am I not cooperative! ;)

What has it got to do with the title, you may ask. Take it as a little experiment, to see whether it's going to do any good to my site, my pocket, or both, or none at all (which I'll then simply remove this Adsense thingy--not sure how to do it yet, but I can always ask around).

Till then, let's give it a chance.

Disagree: Honesty is hardly ever heard.

At least according to Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary which claimed that “based on (users’) online lookups the #1 Word of the Year for 2005” is “integrity”—a word to which the explanation shows its synonym, “honesty”.

Makes you wonder why “integrity” is the most sought word.

Personally, I don’t agree that the synonym of “integrity” is “honesty”. Isn't the latter a subset of the former? Not equal to each other. Yet who am I to argue against an online dictionary?

On a totally unrelated note, the tittle—the major part of it—is inspired from Billy Joel’s Honesty.

A little comment on his first verse, in particular...this one:
But if you look for truthfulness
You might just as well be blind
It always seems to be so hard to give
Truthfulness is easy to give as long as you do not worry about being tactful or about whether you being honest may hurt the other person’s feeling. Then nobody needs to go blind if they’re searching for truthfulness.

But if you hurt other person’s feeling? Even when you’re not in the wrong, you’d feel damn guilty about it.

Just a little reminder to my future self.

they can see now

the babies have all opened their eyes
and starting to crawl around in
curiosity. soon, mummy will want
more space. hmm...

couch potatoes

Annotation to previous entry.

This ought to consist of verification whether the previous article's title is indeed derived from a song. Maybe yes. Maybe not. But if it's from a song, it's surely not a memorable one as I couldn't recall the tune. Now if the title is "November Rain", that will be unforgettable--the tune, not the lyric of course.

So this annotation will be about the movie, "The Shawshank Redemption" originally a short story, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption written by Stephen King.

I like the movie tagline: "Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free." Though if you do watch the show, the more apt caption--albeit lengthier one--would be something like this: "Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free. Determination helps too."

The movie is not merely about hope. It's about the main character who determines not to have his time just wasted away in the prison.

Enough said. Catch the show.

Have you ever seen the rain?

Hmmm...which I somehow suspect is a song title. Anyway, it was raining the whole day on Sunday. A condition that I normally find as a blessing. Especially when I'm indoor.

I was outdoor. Cycling home. Muttering to myself "Be positive. The rain refreshes you. In some countries, people are even praying to get this wet."

Yeah, right. Somehow it did not make me feel better.

I tried to imagine myself like the poster of the movie, The Shawshank Redemption. You know, the protagonist in the posture of opening his arms wide to the sky with the rain drizzling against him?

Well, I promptly checked myself. I was cycling and emulating the pose would mean an instant death for me with the certain risk of the bicycle losing its balance and rejecting its rider, me.

But to make the matter worse was not actually the rain. It was when I bought my dinner. The queue was slow and when my turn almost came, it just so happened that the guy in front of me was a certified auditor(?). Thoroughly meticulous, but an idiot nevertheless.

Coz he kept asking "What's this meal?" *pointing at tofu*
"What's that meal?" *at the fried chicken*
"How do you call this meal?" *at sweet & sour fish*
"And this meal?" *at some green vegetable (kangkong? - not sure the English word)*
"And that meal?" *back to pointing at tofu*


I was trembling behind him with the mixture of cold and anger. Glaring hard at him which he simply ignored. But that stare was not wasted to his thick hide. The stall owner could--luckily--sense that this guy might not even serious in buying from him, so what the owner did then? He just bypassed that guy and asked me what meal I'd like to order. Thank you! The guy in front of me looked so heartbroken it almost made me laugh. I just grinned instead & used the chance to show him how one should make a decision.

I ordered quickly and made a mental note that I'd definitely be trying to be a regular costumer there as I was impressed by the stall owner.

Heh, and the food was not bad, either!

Priceless indeed.

A taxi ride to the nearest MRT: $x.xx
A late dinner with her at NYDC: $xx.xx
A belated gift bought on Christmas Day for her: $xxx.xx
A very late stroll at Esplanade & together making fun of those pda-ed[1]couples (get a room, people!): Priceless.

There are some things money can’t buy, for everything else there’s [insert-any-credit-card-brand-of-your-preference].

[1] pda = publicly displaying affection

Pass the story on, Octavio!

Octavio Paz. I came across this name when I was browsing the Asiapac book/comic, The Illustrated Heart Sutra.

Well, I always like to view the artwork of this particular artist, Tsai Chih Chung.

Anyway, there is this 2-page story in the book adapted from the work—alas, no specific title--of Octavio Paz.

In the first page, it’s about someone—let’s call him “A”—who walks through the dark city alone. When he does, he creates the noise. Soon he realizes that the sounds are ‘echoed’ by similar sounds somewhere behind him. Step. Step. Step. Step.

When he walks faster, the similar sounds behind him follow suit.
Stepstepstep. Stepstepstep.

When he runs, so do the sounds mimic behind him.

And in the final panel of that page, he stops and quickly turns around. He sees nobody. End of the first page.

Enter the second page (uhm…it’s the opposite page actually so it makes a very convenient visual comparison).

Started with the similar setting. Another person, say “B”, at the same dark city. Walking alone. And he hears the sounds of a person walking in front of him.

He uses that sound as a guide. When the sound indicates that the person walks faster or even runs, he does the same.

The sounds in front of him suddenly stop and so B halts too. In front of him (B), A is seen to turn around as if A acknowledging the presence of B or if I remember correctly, it's written from B's point of view that A looks as if “he claims to see (B)”.

A short commentary about the moral of the story is in the last panel of the 2nd page. I couldn’t say that I agree with it. I don’t aim to argue against it yet, though.

The point I try to make is I'm impressed with the story and I would like to know more about Octavio Paz.

1. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1990.

2. His poetry “Motion” consists of an impressive blend of parallelism with a creative usage of a point of origin that coincides with its point of end. (Confused? Yeah, me too. Do read the poem for a clearer picture.)

3. Again, the effective dosage of parallelism in “The Clerk's Vision” leaves me rather speechless.

This Octavio guy should have a blog on his own! :)

new year babies

Singapore's 2006 first baby born at Thomson Medical Centre

rambo rabbeet has a new charge. mummy and 4 tiny newborns.

man and woman find them on new year's day through the cleaner's tip off. it is so beautiful watching mummy with her babies after reading about Scarlett. and so heartbreaking at the same time. the way she hurdles over her babies when she senses a potential threat. the way she nudges and licks them, drawing them around her. the way she flops down laden and exhausted as she turns her nipples towards her wailing babies.

the gift of life especially on this day of days should be an exciting, joyous affair but it is instead a bitter one as we watch a young mother shackled by the cruel fate of nature. she is a protective, tenacious mother who would do anything to safeguard her young. yet she is entirely powerless to safe her babies from the brutal circumstances of her own life.

before they even have a fighting chance, the babies already face grave danger. it would not be the first time a vulnerable mother and her little newborns are put into a plastic bag and thrown into the garbage in this neighbourhood. a source points to one of the cleaners. if only the Town Council is taking this seriously but they are not. their standard reply is, "we will look into it".

mummy will be sterilised before being released back to the community. hopefully afterall, her babies will escape her fate.

cats, cats, everywhere!

The Curious Incident of the (Barking) Dog in the Night-time

With apology to Mark Haddon. Will definitely try to read the book (the title minus the 'barking in brackets', that is) one day.

Oh and by the way, be careful with the link, it consists of a spoiler.

It was not that dark and stormy night yesterday. But I just could not sleep. Opposite my block there was an open field which currently has a construction work ongoing. There was a dog in the vicinity barking. Incessantly.

It was almost midnight and I was supposed to sleep already.
But that darn dog was still barking. Incessantly.

What’s the hell wrong with the dog? I began to wonder.

Couldn’t retreat to sleep, I took a book to read: Adam Smith’s The Money Game. Stop reading the book after some time. Couldn’t concentrate because of the damned noise.

Lying on my bed I was thinking what the dog was barking about?
Looking at my watch beside my bed, hey, the dog had been barking non-stop for almost 45 minutes? No kidding?!

Not a dog person myself, I won’t know what kind of bark it was. Fear? Hunger? Anger? But why it was so persistent?

If it was fear, shouldn’t the dog bark for a while—if not for the sake of formality--and then run away?

If it was hunger, the dog was trying to get a sore throat to numb the hungry feeling within its stomache?

If it was anger, apparently the dog did a poor job to terrify whatever creature it was trying to show its anger, but then why the creature did not do anything to silence the furious dog? I mean it was such a raucous disturbance and if the creature was not supposed to be there, won’t the creature worry that someone might come to investigate?

I was thinking about it when I finally fell asleep and in the morning when I woke up, I heard the same barking. No kidding?!

Sophie’s World – More Than A Mere Bagatelle

Finally…I’ve finished reading the book. Thanks to "Shakespeare Heroine" who lent it to me & patiently let me taking my time to read it.

I am undecided whether I like the book or not, though.

On the one hand, the book has an element of fiction too with a bizarre, frame-like plot which I found a bit disappointing.

On the other hand, it is like you could see the book as a brief, friendly summary of philosophy—you just ignore the Sophie’s part and focus on the philosophy teacher’s speech. The book also has an index!

Perhaps I can say that I like the book because of the latter reason: it encompasses a concise write-up of philosophies.

I will like it better if Sophie’s role is further expanded and not just as a glue to, uhm, glue the plot.

Still it’s a very unique book that you may want to re-read. Again & again.
For its compilation of philosophy, at least.

Note. Yeah, 'bagatelle' is one word that is kept repeating in the book. A rather annoying word, I'd say. And what is more, it's used by the teacher who's supposedly knowledgable in philosophies. The irony!

Whatever happens to treating a world as wonder if everything unusual you quickly dismiss as a bagatelle?! :(

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