and the winner is…………..
was scanning through channels today, when i chanced abt Discover Channel’s documentary abt a girl in China, whose cancer got worse when exposed to light…….
she has this condition called Xeroderma Pigmentosum, where the skin is unable to recuperate after exposure to sunlight. in some cases, cells that havent recovered yet, become cancerous…….
Wan Lao Yang had to stay in the dark, in her remote village, had to stop school.
after her operature to remove the external cancerous tumour, her face looked more like a face. though still stained badly by all the skin grafts, discolouration and subsequent swelling.
her lost her ability to see from her left eye, and lost her left nostril.
even though she could only see from 1 eye, she said, “im happy. im happy that i can go to sch like other kids. i want to go to university one day and be successful”
i thought the episode ended then, only to find out that the cancer had spread to her lungs, and that she died in 2006………..
she had the sweetest smile…….
what does it mean to live life?
her spirit was remarkable.
arent we being too picky abt the smallest things in life.
10. malaysian orchid mantis
9. spiny rainforest katydid
8. scorpion fish
7. owl butterfly
it obviously looks like there’s a predator there instead of a prey!
6. dead leaf mantis
and in case you cant exactly see the mantis, here’s one hanging upside down..
5. leaf insect
and this leaf insect comes after praying mantis, because this leaf insect can still spot one, and eat it!
if you can spot the 2 organisms below…
3. sand flathead (platycephalus bassensis)
2. Satanic leaf tailed gecko
1. minic octopus
remember the invisible octopus? and the octopus that i saw at chek jawa. if thats not convincing enough, try this. an octopus that changes not only its colour/texture, but also its behaviour. to act like a flounder, sea snake, lion fish, and whatever else that hasnt been caught on tape!
this is so fantastic, a photo doesnt do it any justice.
and thats why, the octopus takes the no 1 spot!
6 hrs ppl…… 6 hrs…. we took that long, cos of various factors, that included my fitness level…
but at least we saw a whole lot of things!
we crossed rifle range rd, and im so grateful we didnt get to see the monkeys devils that confronted us the last time i went… (how to survive devil attacks)
we passed by the same place where we saw a monkey trying to open up a tied plastic bag to effortlessly, to get to its contents.
finally at macritchie, we spotted a stealth Varanus salvator (WML). i thought it was a komodo dragon the last time we saw one at macritchie. and remember my dear friends calling out to it as if it was a doggy! haha..
and at the end of it all……………. all muscle ache and all…….. we were sure that our end of yr camp will be a terrifying experience for our cadets… aaahahahaha……. *evil laughter*
crazy guy… we thought the guy must be just as psychopathic as Chucky, to be travelling on the MRT with Chucky! so it wasnt easy to get a photo of it……… obviously we didnt want the guy to spot us taking a photo of Chucky right………… so pardon me for the blurred shot.
Disclaimer: not intented for kids below 12.
i see my mom getting older by the day… she not 60 yet, but, stress, sadness, and age is catching up with her………
when she gets tired, she’s so tired that her voice changes. initially, i thought her throat was just dry, told her to keep drinking water.
even after a few cups of water, she still spoke as if she had a lump in her throat. that was when she was doing the savouries for Deepavali.
the second time, we went out to shop for jewellry and accessories, after 2 hrs, her voice changed again. it was then i realised, she’s so tired, she cant even speak properly. she cant sustain long hrs of multi-tasking, as she used to in her younger days.
she still carries heavy stuff. she still works, she still comes home to do housework, she still prepares dinner for us……….. she runs the household for us…
but, i worry for the day my mom gets so tired that the family falls apart. i dont know who can replace her dedication and energy for the family. i dont think ive done enough to make her happy………
and im afraid that one day, when my mom is gone, i’ll live to forever regret everything ive ever done to make her sad………..
and i cried….
have i been ungrateful………………….
will i live to regret……………
its been a long time since i went down to check up on the flora and fauna…
but the kids were extremely excited abt the 4 new kittens that were in our garden…………
“awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…….. so cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!!” they all said…
i dont really prefer cats, but i still went down to check them out…
thats the closest i ever went to taking close up shots of kittens…
went around the garden to see what bloomed..
garden had more stuff in 2006, with upland cotten and coleus and many more flowers and fruits… but at least, its still surviving…
i saw the small boy board the bus. sat in the seat facing me. he was wearing black rimmed spectacles. his parents boarded, and sat on the other side, facing the vast majority of the commuters. his sister came abroad, sat beside her younger brother.
i saw the boy turn on his PSP, swung his leg back and forth, excited abt the game. suddenly something outside the bus fascinated him. he pointed to his sister. the sister laughed.
i saw the mom have an intellectual conversation with the dad. she spoke abt some financial situation in an institution. the dad contradicted and argued. she smiled and said what she thought.
i saw the boy tapping the sister’s hands to look at random things outside the bus. the sister rolled her eyes. all that constant hyper tapping made her call out to her dad for help. her dad continued the intellectual conversation with the mom.
i saw the sister take out her ear piece. she’d rather listen to music then watch her brother point at random things. her brother thought differently. he made silent noices of random sounds just beside his sister’s ears so that she wouldnt be able to hear her music. she called out to her father again.
i saw the boy stop just as the father turned. the sister lost. he smiled. she tried to put the ear piece on to listen to music again. the brother started his random noises of sounds. she laughed with a small smile as she looked away. tried to listen to music again, got disturbed again. she gave up, and followed her brother as he pointed at random moving things outside the bus.