Month: September 2006

AVA Responsible Pet Ownership Roadshow

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Today was the second day of the AVA Responsible Pet Ownership Roadshow held outside Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. The theme for this year was “Don’t Get Pets On Impulse“. I hope it sends a strong message across to everyone who were thinking of getting a pet that pet ownership comes with big responsibilities.
We went to check out the booths and we stopped at the House Rabbit Society to look at the adoptables. This volunteer came to talk to us and he introduced to us about the purpose of HRSS. When I told him that I’m already a member of the HRSS Forum and my nickname there, he immediately said, “Oh, you are the guy who wrote in to the newspapers!”

I was quite taken aback that anyone still remembered something which happened eons ago! Mizu whispered into my ears, “I didn’t know you are so famous…” Anyway, that made me feel so good, ha!

I didn’t see much animals around this time round compared to the previous one. I didn’t see any kitties from the Cat Welfare Society and there’s only one small puppy from ASD. It’s quite a disappoinment for me.

From my observation, the roadshow was rather quiet as there weren’t much people around. I bought a ‘101 Salvation‘ poster from the SPCA and I saw the same lady who brought along a Dexter-looked-alike Jack Russell during the last roadshow. The Jack Russell wasn’t here this time and I hoped he has been adopted by a good family.

Dr Grace Heng was there too as the in-house vet to answer queries from the public and she was Dexter‘s last vet before he died. Before we left, I did the AVA survey and I gave them my ernest opinion about their organization.

After the roadshow, we went to have our lunch at Centrepoint‘s Mac. The place was crowded but we managed to find a seat when I heard someone calling me from the next table. I turned my head and was surprised to see Mrs Wee and her whole family there. It was a bit awkward as I didn’t know what else to say after greeting her.
I keep racking my brains on what I could say but it sounds fake and lame to say “Nice weather, isn’t it?” Or “Lovely kids you have!” “Shopping huh?”

It just didn’t seems right for this kind of small talk to come out from my mouth. I decided to keep my mouth shut instead.

It was a torturous 20 minutes of awkward silence before Mrs Wee and her family left. Meanwhile, I was almost driven crazy by the family seating on my other side. The mother was yelling at her two kids to finish their food and the younger one was bawling away while the older kid nearer to me was hitting my head repeatitively with his balloon when his mum wasn’t looking.

Thus, I have come to this conclusion:

KIDS = MONSTERS = NIGHTMARES


This is NOT from the roadshow but it’s a cute video that I would like to share.
*Not for the faint-hearted.

It’a a stampede!

paws in the park

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Title: PAWS IN THE PARK
Where: Bishan Park 2, Banyan area (near the dog run) Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Date: 8th October (SUNDAY)
Time: 10.30am – 6pm
Buses: 133, 136 and 262
Nearest MRT: Ang Mo Kio
Parking: Available near the park and at Blk 338

It’s soon going to be that time of year again where we celebrate a very important day – World Animal Day! This year SPCA will be celebrating World Animal Day at the Bishan Park on Sunday 8th October. Friends, family, pets are all invited!

The objective of SPCA organizing this event is to create a greater awareness of important issues such as animal abuse and responsible pet ownership. At present, the SPCA takes in over 1,000 unwanted animals (pets and strays) each month.

An exhibition detailing the work of the SPCA, including tips on responsible pet ownership, details on pet sterilisation, information about animal abuse and much more.

There will be rousing stage games where you can win attractive SPCA t-shirts and souvenirs.

An endearing play by Truth Theatre entitled “Paw Pals?will be staged with the aim to teach our young ones a valuable lesson on what it takes to be a responsible pet owner at 1pm.

ACRES will be having an exhibition to raise awareness on the illegal wildlife trade. There will be models showing the cruel ways in which wild animals are smuggled to supply the demand for exotic pets. There will also be a chance to learn the truth about bear bile farming and a see a life-size model of a bear on a bear farm. ACRES will let you know how you as an individual can help to stop the cruel trade in wild animals and their body parts.

For our junior animal lovers, there will be a bouncy castle and also face and hand painting and animal balloon sculpturing.

A pet advice corner, where members of the public can seek advice and consult with the SPCA to determine if they are ready for the lifetime commitment of buying a pet. A vet will be present from 2pm-4pm to answer any medical questions you may have regarding your pet.

If you sign on to be an SPCA member, you will get a goodie bag with lots of special goodies including SPCA merchandise.

There will be sale of SPCA merchandise. Look out for the new SPCA 2007 desk calendar and diaries, t-shirts and 2006 Christmas card designs.

Sale of customised pet name tags and animal plaques, sterling silver jewellery with animal motifs and paw prints designs and Science Diet pet food. A percentage of their sales will be donated to SPCA.

Running out of Christmas gift ideas ? A lovely local book called ?span style=”font-style: italic;”>More than a Dog’s Life -Datin’s Own Story?will be sold for $10 on that day with $2 of the proceeds going to SPCA. A children’s book (age 9 and above), it is ‘written?from the perspective of a dog, a Golden Retriever, called Datin. It tells of her views, observations of life around her; her experiences in Singapore. Reading the book will help young people appreciate, and be more responsible for, other forms of life on the planet.

Take part in the Hill’s-SPCAPound for PoundFood Drive. When visitors buy a bag of food for the animals at the SPCA , Hill’s Science Diet will match every pound donated. What a wonderful way to contribute to the upkeep of our animals awaiting adoption at the SPCA!

An ear cleaning station will also be set up and manned by a qualified groomer to give ear cleaning services for $5 which will go to SPCA. If you buy a bottle of Earrific Ear Cleaner, your dog will get a free ear cleaning on the spot and all proceeds for the first 50 bottles sold will be donated to the SPCA. So get those furry ears ready for a good cause!

Also, there will be freshly baked doggie biscuits, pies and food items by US Bakery. It is wholesome goodness that your dogs will love.

Remember Noah’s Ark? Singapaw? Hello Doggie? Or the ever popular plain grey Stop Animal Abuse t-shirts? Now is the time to tell the SPCA which t-shirt you would like to see make a come back. Simply pick up the voting form, see each tee pictured and vote for your favourite! And if you can’t make up your mind, don’t worry! You can vote for up to three of your favourites. Those who voted for the most popular t-shirt will then go through a lucky draw where three people stand a chance to win attractive prizes.

SPCA is organizing for the very first time a rabbit grooming session. Grooming covers clipping nails, powder brushing, dematting fur, shaping paws and tail end furs. Short fur breed – $10 per bunhead & long fur breed – $20 per bunhead. All proceeds goes towards the upkeep of SPCA’s shelter animals.

Email Yu Ling at mars_mentos@yahoo.com.sg to register your rabbit grooming time slot.

So pet owners, animal lovers, spare a thought for our furry friends and show your support for the SPCA and our cuddly friends this World Animal Day.

Remember to keep this day free and book your family and friends too.
(In the event of rain, the event will still go ahead as planned)


As part of SPCA’s World Animal Day celebrations, we will also be having merchandise sales and exhibition to raise awareness for our furry friends at the following MRT locations:

12th -13th October (Thursday and Friday) Raffles MRT Xchange 9.30am-8pm
20th -21st October (Friday and Saturday) Dhoby Ghaut Xchange 9.30am-8pm
27th -28th October (Friday and Saturday) Dhoby Ghaut Xchange 9.30am-8pm

(If you would like a copy of this information to forward to friends and relatives, please email educationpr@spca.org.sg )

Kopitiam ¡V Moving along with times?

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I visited the Kopitiam at Bukit Panjang Plaza recently and I was annoyed to learn that it has adopted the no-cash payment system similar to what some of the food courts in Bangkok has been doing.

This is how it works:

1. Purchase a stored-value card from one of the ticketing stations
2. Order your food from any of the stalls
3. Hand your stored-value card to the cashier
4. Your card would be tapped against a card reader
5. The amount for your order would be deducted from the stored-value card
6. At the end of the meal, you can choose to keep the stored-value card and use it for your next visit to Kopitiam or alternatively, you can return the card to the ticketing stations and the remaining cash value would be refunded to you.
    It is actually quite similar to how our public transport system works.

    1. Purchase a stored-value card from one of the ticketing stations/control station
    2. Tap your stored-value card against the card reader when you enter the station
    3. Board the train and alight at your destination
    4. Tap your stored-value card against the card reader when you exit from the station.
    5. The amount for the distance traveled would be deducted from the stored-value card
    6. At the end of the trip, you can choose to keep the stored-value card and use it for your next trip or alternatively, you can return the card to the ticketing stations and the remainder cash value would be refunded to you.
      In my opinion, this system is downright inconvenient, troublesome and exasperating.

      Let me share my experience and illustrate the three points bolded in red above.

      I had brought my parents to the food court for dinner and it was our first visit there after it has shifted from the basement to its?new location on the second floor. We were full of anticipation of what’s in store for us (good food, nice ambience, etc).

      I ordered my food and presented the cash for my payment when the cashier asked if it was my first visit to the food court. I nodded my head and she explained to me about their no-cash policy.

      So, with my food in the custody of the cashier, (and a long queue of customers queuing behind me looking on, thereby making me look stupid in the process) the famished me went off in search of the said ticketing station to obtain a $10 stored-value card.

      After getting the stored-value card, I returned to the stall to pay the ‘ransom?for the release of my bowl of noodles. I brought my food to the table where my parents had been waiting and off I went to order the food for them.

      I went to another stall and ordered two set meals and when the cashier tapped my card against the card reader, I was told that there wasn’t enough credits left in the stored-value card and that I had to top-up the value at the ticketing booth.

      So, with my food in the custody of the cashier yet again, (and a long queue of customers queuing behind me looking on, thereby making me look even stupidier in the process again) the famished me went off to the ticketing station to top-up another $10 into the stored-value card.

      After topping-up the value in the stored-value card, I returned to the stall to pay the ‘ransom?for the release of my two set meals.

      By the time I was finally able to sit down and enjoy my meal, I was too upset and tired to eat. Perhaps like they said, “A HUNGRY MAN IS A ANGRY MAN.?
      Some more, they made ME, the HUNGRY MAN run all around the food court like an idiot just to get a simple meal for my family.

      The Management should be flexible enough to allow customers to pay with either cash or their no-cash system ?at least have a trial period until customers are totally familiar with the no-cash system before phasing out the cash system gradually.

      Also, individual stalls itself should possess the facility to allow customers to top-up their stored-value card should the credits falls short instead of making the customers run to and fro between the stall and the ticketing station.

      The initial anticipation to eat in a newly renovated food court has vanished. Instead, I left Kopitiam feeling pissed and suffering from a bit of indigestion.


      Prisoners of Greed: Puppymill Misery

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      Allow me to introduce, the parents of the puppies in the petstore.


      pm0013pm001pm004pm003pm0014Do you seriously think dogs
      that are kept in such horrific conditions, could actually produce healthy puppies?


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      Dinah lost almost all her teeth to decay so her teeth hung out all the time.
      Her ear was eaten off by a cagemate and her leg was disjointed from having been caught in the wires.


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      Storey
      ‘s teeth were so rotten that his gums abscessed and infection spread up his face.


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      Conventry died after her jaw was broken when she was debarked –
      probably by ramming a metal pipe down her throat to rupture her vocal cords.


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      Derry
      ‘s jaw was broken when she was debarked. A typical way
      of debarking was by ramming a metal pipe down their throat to rupture their vocal cords.


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      Cassidy
      lost most of his teeth to decay, his leg has been broken and
      not set, he was suffering from congestive heart failure at only six
      years old. He had been debarked.


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      Ariel was rescued from a kennel in Kansas where she had been
      going round and round in the cage for hours. She was so
      traumatized that it took two years before she could go outside
      without a towel on her head.

      And this is their living quarters, where they stay condemed for the rest of their life, never once had the opportunity to step on solid ground or roll in the grass…

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      Squeezed into tight enclosures with hardly any space to move around.


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      Cooped up like chickens…

      “Your puppy may be living in heaven (with you), but his parents are living in hell (at the puppymill).

      By buying that puppy in the petshop, you are sentencing your puppy’s parents to a

      lifetime imprisonment for a crime they didn’t commit.”


      Do you seriously think that dogs under such living conditions would produce healthy puppies? You may think that this only happened overseas and not in Singapore but think again. These are where all the so-called ‘imported’ puppies came from.

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      Puppy mills are breeding facilities that produce purebred puppies in large numbers. The puppies are sold either directly to the public via the Internet, newspaper ads, at the mill itself, or are sold to brokers and pet shops across the country. Puppy mills have long concerned The Humane Society of the United States.

      The documented problems of puppy mills include overbreeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor quality of food and shelter, lack of socialization with humans, overcrowded cages, and the killing of unwanted animals. To the unwitting consumer, this situation frequently means buying a puppy facing an array of immediate veterinary problems or harboring genetically borne diseases that do not appear until years later. In 1994, Time magazine estimated that as many as 25% of purebred dogs were afflicted with serious genetic problems.

      Sadly, some dogs are forced to live in puppy mills for their entire lives. They are kept there for one reason only: to produce more puppies. Repeatedly bred, many of these “brood bitches” are killed once their reproductive capacity wanes.

      Watch this VIDEO

      The dogs have been debarked and have no more voice. We got to speak up for them as we are their only hope! We can sit here and whine all day about how pitiful they are but nothing is going to change if we do not put it into actions. Let’s help them with OUR actions by spreading the word around.

      Look into their eyes, especially Ariel‘s. Can you see her FEAR? Can you feel her HELPLESSNESS? Will she, and the other dogs like her lived to see another day? Will they ever get the chance to romp in the grass? Chase after butterflies? Or even have a warm hug?

      To help them or not, it’s in YOUR hands. Don’t wait for the others to take the lead! Let it start with you!


      You HAVE the power to do something. NOW.


      When the buying stop, the breeding will stop too.

      Source: Prisoners of Greed, HSUS

      astrology

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      pisces

      Traditional Pisces Traits

      Imaginative and sensitive
      Compassionate and kind
      Selfless and unworldly
      Intuitive and sympathetic

      On the dark side….

      Escapist and idealistic
      Secretive and vague
      Weak-willed and easily led

      Pisceans possess a gentle, patient, malleable nature. They have many generous qualities and are friendly, good-natured, kind and compassionate, sensitive to the feelings of those around them, and respond with the utmost sympathy and tact to any suffering they encounter. They are deservedly popular with all kinds of people, partly because their easygoing, affectionate, submissive natures offer no threat or challenge to stronger and more exuberant characters. They accept the people around them and the circumstances in which they find themselves rather than trying to adapt them to suit themselves, and they patiently wait for problems to sort themselves out rather than take the initiative in solving them. They are more readily concerned with the problems of others than with their own.

      Their natures tend to be too otherworldly for the practical purposes of living in this world as it is. They sometimes exist emotionally rather than rationally, instinctively more than intellectually (depending on how they are expected). They longed to be recognized as greatly creative. They also dislike disciple and confinement. The nine-to-five life is not for them. Any rebellion they make against convention is personal, however, as they often times do not have the energy or motivation to battle against the Establishment.

      Pisceans tend to withdraw into a dream world where their qualities can bring mental satisfaction and sometimes, fame and financial reward for they are extremely gifted artistically. They are also versatile and intuitive, have quick understanding, observe and listen well, and are receptive to new ideas and atmospheres. All these factors can combine to produce remarkable creativity in literature, music and art. They may count among their gifts mediumistic qualities which can give them a feeling that their best work comes from outside themselves, “Whispered beyond the misted curtains, screening this world from that.” Even when they cannot express themselves creatively they have a greater than average instinct for, and love of, beauty in art and nature, a catlike appreciation of luxury and pleasure, and a yearning for new sensations and travel to remote, exotic places.

      They are never egotistical in their personal relationships and give more than they ask from their friends. They are sexually delicate, in the extreme almost asexual, and most Pisceans would want a relationship in which the partner’s mind and spirit rather than the body resonated with their own. Unfortunately they can be easily misled by a lover who courts them delicately and in marriage makes them unhappy by a coarser sexuality than they expected. They are nevertheless intensely loyal and home loving and will remain faithful.

      In their employment they are better working either by themselves or in subordinate positions. Their talents are individual in a commercial business or similar undertaking. They would be afraid to manage more than a small department, worrying always that they would fail in a crisis. They can make fair secretaries and bookkeepers. Their sympathy equips them for work in charities catering for the needy, as nurses looking after the sick and as veterinary surgeons caring for animals. As librarians or astronomers they can satisfy their mental wanderlust, and their fondness for “faraway places with strange-sounding names” may turn them into sailors or travelers. Many architects and lawyers are Pisceans, and when the creative abilities are combined with gifts of imitation and the ability to enter into the feelings of others, Pisceans find their fulfillment on the stage.

      Their psychic and spiritual qualities can lead them into careers in the church or as mediums and mystics. They may find an outlet for their creativity as caterers, and are said to make good detectives because they can imagine themselves in the place of criminals and understand how their minds would work. In technical occupations they are well employed in dealing with anesthetics, fluids, gases and plastics. Because of their lively versatility and inability to concentrate overmuch on any one project, Pisceans often simultaneously follow more than one occupation.

      Possible Health Concerns

      Pisces governs the feet, liver and lymphatic, and its subjects can be threatened by anemia, boils, ulcers and other skin diseases, especially inflammation of the eyelids, gout, inflammation, heavy periods and foot disorders and lameness.


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      Revenue Collection Management Program

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      The first lesson today was quite dry but fortunately, the lecturer is rather ‘lively’ in his teachings.  Actually, having browsed through the whole book, I found much of the contents to be a mixture of Accounts, Banking, Business Communication and even Customer Service.  There’s a little bit of law and even a little pyschology to handle difficult debtors but other than that, most of the things are still quite new to me. 

      I’m not sure whether to take this as an elective or simply as an value-added course as the subject is quite cheem and I’m not so confident of doing well in the assessment.  Just the first chapter today has already got quite a lot of memorizing work to do! 

      It is quite an interesting course and I think it would be an advantage to possess this skill as it give me an edge over other applicants when applying for a job.  Who knows, I could double up as a legalised debt-collector.  Talk about multi-tasking!

      If the outlook of the economy is grim, I could still make extra income with http://www.ah_long.com.  Sure huat one!!

       

      Aku Tidak Chakak Malayu

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      Do I looked like a Malay? (Refer to my pix in previous entry)

      Just a couple of months ago, I was having lunch with some friends at S11 and we were conversing in mandarin.  The auntie from the drink stall who was taking orders at that time stared at me with disbelief.

      Auntie:
      chinese
      Me: ah
      Auntie:
      not_malay
      Me: Uh huh
      Auntie: …….

      Then today, the SC EXCOs from all the College Central Campuses were having a Dialogue Session with the Principal, Dr Ricky Tham at the Macpherson Campus.  This EXCO from Bedok was seated right beside me and he talked to me in Malay.  I went ‘Huh?’ and he repeated what he has just said.  I went ‘Huh?’ again and after pausing for a few seconds, he knitted his brows and asked, “You Chinese ar?”

      So… tell me, do I really looked like a
      malaizai

      Btw, you can download my performance at the Bishan Carnival
      here if your’re interested and I’ve just leant a new acronym: P.D.A