Tiger peers intently

He was allowed moments out of the carrier when returning from the vet to peer at pedestrians, in particular. He took great interest in the surroundings this time. He had lost 0.5kg in this bout of pancreatitis but he is back to normal now, it seems. What a relief!

What is that green spot?

What is that green patch we saw from the Singapore Flyer on a department staff outing? The Singapore Flyer is located at the southern end of Singapore and many of the biodiversity folk were using the opportunity to peer into the surroundings like they usually do fro airplanes, to look for green spaces—it was actually depressing with loads of construction going on.

But then we spied a green patch in the distance which had some of us arguing, really in disbelief (this photo is clearer than the view we had) but in the end there was no doubt about what it was. 

Besides being testament to how flat Singapore is, the scene certainly highlights how precious it is. How I wish we could say our green spaces were secure for the long-term. This morning, Melissa Lois Koh Wen Hui argued for many of us when she wrote in Today Online, "Leave my green spot alone."

Hint: See image below;
A = Kallang Stadium, B = Singapore Flyer

“The two talking cats” YouTube video – apparently an unusual hour for Stina and Mossy

TheCatsPyjaaaamas posted the second video clip below in 2007 and it has since received >18 millions hits. According to their owner, the 10-year old unrelated females, “Stina and Mossy usually fight instead of communicat[ing], so this was an odd moment. They kept “talking” for about 1 hour, constantly.”

Prelude to “The two talking cats” YouTube video (complete with snoring dad!) by TheCatsPyjaaaamas

“The two talking cats” YouTube video by TheCatsPyjaaaamas

Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk

It was a tough walk for me as I was quite exhausted from the week and my flu. Thankfully Stella brought us morning coffee and a sandwich so although I still struggled to guide, the other guides, Oi Yee, Airani, Kenneth, Kiah Shen and Stella, later said we did okay.

One reason I suppose is that we had 53 eager beaver participants – I forget that we usually have bright-eyed and bushy-tailed participants during the commemorative walk; after all these are the people who get up to meet us at 7am in "ulu" NUS!

It got muggy towards the midday and then a quick shower relieved us of the heat. A bunch of people came forward later to thank us which was sweet. Many are guides or educators so they can appreciate the effort that went into the trip.

I twittered every now and then thanks to tweet.sg on my shiny new Sony Ericsson w902; I love having a clear screen on my phone once again!

After the trip, our reward – the guides + Wendy (who joined us after her unfortunate training stint), sit down for a long and relaxing lunch all afternoon; with the bonus of special members Georgiana and Darren. Georgi, like some of the guides, took turns napping…

Akan datang – photos of the walk and an account by Kenneth at the Toddycats blog.

Mangrove mapping

When detail is required in our very heterogeneous mangroves in order to track animal movement, the resolution afforded by a GPS is too inaccurate. Since Google Maps for the Buloh mangrove patch we are working in is tragically covered by clouds, detailed mapping is a critical step for this and future work. So its back to the Murphyian tape, compass and clipboard days for me, a tradition in our mangroves dating back tot he late-80's. 

The student has to hold the compass though, not me. For she has to learn, make mistakes, get frustrated by inexplicable plots back in dry land and plan a remapping. I have to exercise restraint and remember that it was my mistakes as much as my successes that honed my skill.

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