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Happy As A Mynah Perhaps?

I could not resist taking this photo of a Mynah, all puffed up, perched tranquil like on the ledge of the building carpark where I work.

Mynah did not move at all despite me backing into one car park lot next to where it perched on the ledge.

I suppose the fella is deep in though! I wonder what Mynah is thinking about, all huffy and puffy like on ONE leg!!

I suppose if Mynah wore an eye patch, he would be the regular Mynah Pirate.

How did Mynah lose his foot? I wondered if he did battle with other mynahs or if he was caught and lost his leg trying to escape.

Or maybe poor Mynah was  born with a congenital defect, missing a leg!

I guess I will never know, but it was fun taking Mynah’s photo!

It shows tenacity of Mynah to survive the elements and fend for self despite its physical construct.


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Accidental Grower

By now my dear friends on WP know that I cannot cook, sew nor grow anything.

But I lie…as I can heat canned foods or inflate sauces to pass as my own home cooked meals😄.

Definitely I cannot grow plants or sew.

So today when one of my onion bulbs literally sprang shoots overnight in the onion basket, I thought to self….hydroponics might work to see this spring onion grow taller from this bulb.

So, I put some water on a sauce dish and sat the bulb in it.

Nutrients are from the onion…the water helped the roots.

As to if I will get a decent spring onion to use as garnish on my soups…this is left to be seen!

Wish me luck!


Loyal – One Word Prompt

It was oft quoted that loyalty knows no bounds.

But these days loyalty is hardly found.

In days of yore, wherein lies loyalty?

Employer to employee remain mutually and stoically loyal, ensuring employee has a job. This is no longer true!

Employees work in jobs that were their first and last jobs till they retire. This is also no longer true!

These days employers are no longer loyal as they hire cheaper and younger. Out with the old, in with the new.

Millenial employees move for $50 more or move so long as they find new things.

Who remains loyal these days?


Cats and dogs remain loyal to their human daddy or human mummy.

They love unconditionally, knowing when to put their heads onto laps of their humans or when to stick paws out or tuck in their paws.

Thank goodness for pet loyalty when human loyalty fails.

Literally speaking….loyalty has gone to the dogs or cats😉


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Monday Natterings From Lil Red Dot ME

Today’s natterings will speak of the “Muslims only” service areas in Johor Bahru, Malaysia – our neighboring country. I was pleased when I read in the papers this morning that the Sultan of Johor stood up and spoke against people in Malaysia trying to create “Muslims only” launderette service offered by a shop owner.

In today’s integrated society, this is not sustainable and the Sultan was correct in that, this will lead to Muslim’s only currency and other things which is not right! He went on to say what will it be like if this became rooted?!

I am appreciative that this is not the case in lil red dot. We have 4 major ethnic groups; Chinese, Malay, Indians and Eurasians (Others). All 4 nationalities have equal rights and we are friends with one another as we see selves as Singaporeans, not by ethnicity as a country.

Come Wednesday, 18 October 2017, it is Deepavali or Diwali – The Festival of Lights signifying the triumph of good over evil. As we are a multi racial society, we will be busy celebrating with friends.

We will enjoy murukus, curries (indian snacks) as Little India is brightly lit and the ladies will be dressed in their pretty saris with floral garlands on their long hair.

It cannot be the case that any one race, religion or culture takes centrestage.

With migration and the world getting smaller with easy travel, we have new “Singaporeans” who can come from different parts of the world. In our own way, we will need to integrate them into our societal norms and cultures, sharing with them our ways and learning their way of life.

A middle eastern drum performer, Amit Gilboa, does a lot of good work for the seniors. As he is an entertainer, he spends time making seniors happy by getting them to make music from everyday things like pots, pans or hand drums that he provides during a short get together.

Although he is of middle eastern origin, he has immersed self fairly well into our lil red dot and now speaks Mandarin, some dialects to engage the seniors.

Not all will be able to easily integrate. I speak for self when I went to Hong Kong to work years ago and for one straight out of university in USA, I was in huge culture shock as I spoke no Cantonese and missed the wide berth we call space when sitting down to eat a meal.

HK as a city was crowded to me, and I cringe whenever I had to walk on the streets, eat in the little cha cha tengs (“cafeterias” ) and hear the loud cacophony of Cantonese spoken by women in shrill tones.

All it takes is patience, understanding and co-existence to form a new people or a cohesive society.

I wish all Indians, a happy, peaceful and joyous Diwali celebration on Wednesday and cheers to good murukus, pappadams and great curries! HAPPY DIWALI OR HAPPY DEEPAVALI FRIENDS!!