June 22, 2006

[010606] Ajitei with Pig-pig

e world from a katek little straycat's point of view - Bugis Junction:

P6010606 P6010608

even shophouses look tall =P



e anmitsu bowl looks big fat enough to be a rotenburo =P

cat food:


wafer + peach slices + green tea soft ice cream + green tea 'normal' ice cream + green tea warabi mochi + azuki + cornflakes + whipped cream + green tea jelly:


pig food:


more options:


great for desserts, but food-wise even e cat thinks that e portions are pathetically tiny! didn't bother with photos. best to fill up elsewhere & come here for dessert.

[ filed under: catfood + 9_lives_2006 ]

June 20, 2006

now listening....

平井堅 Hirai Ken - 10th Anniversary Complete Single Collection '95-'05 - Disc 2

01. Miracles
02. Missin' You ~It will break my heart~
03. 瞳をとじて Hitomi wo tojite

溝口肇 Mizoguchi Hajime - Espace II

02. Her Voice - NTV ドラマ「 新・星の金貨」より Die Sterntaler OST
03. Quiet Days
06. 透明な心 - CX 系ドラマ「 天気予報の恋人」より OST Tenki-yoho no kobito OST
10. 緑の影Ⅱ
18. Chaos

佐橋俊彦 Sahashi Toshihiko - 「救命病棟24時 III」 OST

01. 「救命病棟24時」 -main Theme-
02. 心の扉
04. 始動
05. Lifeline
06. 葛藤
07. 進藤のテーマ
11. 木漏れ日
15. 蘇生
17. 生命の行方
18. 守りたいもの
21. それぞれの愛
22. 明日葉 ~再生~
24. 生きる
25. 何度でも (Instrumental Version)

松谷卓 Matsutani Suguru - 「いま、会いにゆきます」 Ima Ai ni Yukimasu OST

04. ママとの約束
05. 雨の森
09. 優しい雨
10. 決心/澪の住む街へ
11. 6週間後
12. 光の彼方
14. 決められた運命
15. いま、会いにゆきます/時を超えて

as usual, almost everything from Japanese OSTs ;)

big fat relief for sore ears from last night's K-box....wushu guys + music = auditory massacre *cringe* >_<

[ filed under: music1 ]

June 18, 2006

phuket 2001 - BL4103 honours field course - part 1

[010901-070901] frog- (& lizard- & snake-) hunting in Phuket....

Kamala Beach Resort & Hotel:


view from e room that e 3 frog team girls shared. right smack in between coral reef prof & spider prof. but frog team girls were relatively quiet people, unlike some classmates whom coral reef prof shouted at over e balcony wall to pipe down =P

amazed to be put up at such a place - air con, beachfront location, swimming pool that a certain group used to 'desalinate' themselves & their equipment after returning from outfield, view of e Andaman Sea with glorious sunsets to be missed while giving presentations in e hotel meeting room every evening except for e last....

Kamala was a small quiet Muslim village by e sea, a winding drive north of e tourist trap of Patong beach. tourists headed to Kamala only to visit Phuket Fantasea for e cabaret, something that seemed rather out of place & alien to e locals. near e hotel was a Muslim cemetery. at night e place was dark except for some lighting along a short stretch of e main road & tiny food stalls, our torch beams, moonlight, & e occasional spray of sparks from fraying electricity wires. one of e restaurants where frog team had dinner at before heading outfield was nicknamed 'one light bulb'. that was all e lighting they had dangling from e ceiling over e few tables squeezed into a smaller than a living room space =)

Kamala is described in past tense as e tsunami tore through e place on e morning of Boxing Day 2004. Kamala Beach Resort & Hotel was affected, & e room that e frog team girls stayed in probably took a direct hit since all that stood between it & e fury of e sea was a narrow strip of beach, e swimming pool & a lawn.

frog team got down to work right after our arrival on 010901. M, our TA, had arrived a day (or two?) earlier & recced waterfall KTH on e night of 310801. had to run through his haul + settle that evening's presentation + prepare to go outfield that very night. all other groups would start fieldwork only e next morning.

made e amazing discovery that L had brought only a pair of slip-on flat ladies' shoes with cute pink bowties....!! fortunately e cat had two pairs of Teva sandals - an old pair with cracked soles + a new pair as backup - & could spare her one. & so began frog team's cycle of:
  • hotel breakfast with profs & classmates
  • outfield: recce new survey site + hunt lizards & snakes
  • lunch
  • process morning + previous night's haul
  • prepare evening presentation
  • evening presentation + Q&A
  • dinner
  • outfield: hunt amphibians
  • store specimens, clean up

& somehow fit laundry & sleep in between. slept around 1-2AM on most nights, though we knew M probably stayed up later since he was e one with e SLR camera & photography skills to document specimens. his hotel room was fully made use of - minibar fridge for storing fresh specimens, bathroom sink area for pickling them, & bed & floor for photography (specimens on large dead leaves laid on top of e bedspread/tiles).

[to be continued....]

[ filed under: thewanderingstraycat + phuket_2001 + 7_things_i_jumped_into + nature1 ]

June 11, 2006

may 06 - part 4

[190506] corner of Armenian Street & Stamford Road:


beautiful =))


ugly =(( where e old National Library building used to be along Stamford Road *sigh*

[200506] esplanade rooftop has become such a smoky & noisy place, full of rowdy teens smoking & drinking themselves silly....e cat stays indoors not to hide from e sun & humidity, but to hide from secondhand smoke & e stench of stale puke =|

[210506] ICQ message from N|U|S wushu 'godson':

Date : 21/05/2006 Time : 1:37 AM
From : XXXX - N|U|S wushu
hey, it[sic] i were older, i would pursue you too ;)

this guy who refers to e cat as 'godma' has a serious case of oedipus complex....bigfatwhale once theorised that he 缺乏母爱 (lacks motherly love) *lol*

[220506] a T-rex named Sue...


some humans thrown in for scale:


official opening of e dinosaurs exhibition @ science centre turned out to be a FoS/DBS gathering of sorts, with plenty of profs, former TAs, lab techs & department admin staff present. a rare chance to see many of e non-profs wearing something more formal than e usual bermudas/shorts/cargo pants & Tevas/hiking boots/flip flops/diving booties get-up. after all, this is e department that has staff like bird prof, who wore jeans & flip flops beneath his academic gown up onto e UCC stage during e cat's convocation commencement ceremony ;)

met lao2 ban3 BCL....by some coincidence he'd just referred to e cat's honours thesis earlier in e morning to point something out to a masters student, at about e same time e cat was learning about his recent promotion to A/P....& now we were meeting in e evening - totally unexpected & definitely unplanned, didn't know that non-ecotax people from e department would be there. so happy to talk to him again & lapse into our usual mix of English-Hokkien-Mandarin =P

also met e former SPS staff mentor 'Dr Love', Woffles Wu's twin Dr PSQ who still remembered being one of e cat's UROPS examiners, e not-so-nice prof (why did LKY's wife choose him as a boss, e cat still wonders....) who once scolded e cat for trying to take his BL4000 module in its 3rd year & in e process miffed e department coordinator (who supported e cat's case), & otterman, whom e cat thought was still thousands of miles away in Berkeley!

got to watch e Dinosaurs i-max movie for free....with e president & other VIPs seated directly behind us. sootty's friend autograph-hunting:


[270506] fiction@love again - cute cat & big fat koi =))


finally cleared SMU campus off e 'to go' list =)

[280506] Maths Olympiad training for kindergarten 2 level kids:


hanging from some lamp post at Marine Parade Central. on e reverse side was a banner advertising 'Chinese for Survival'.

[290506] cat with buttered paws = shattered mug. brings to mind one of e older KE7 hall plays 'Windscreen Cracked From Side to Side':


can't bear to throw e pieces away (here they are pieced together), even though e cat has no lack of backup mugs. Altius 98/99 was probably one of e last 'old-style' KE7 freshmen orientation camps complete with initiation night (KE7 airport, KE7 beach, milking cows etc), square meal, & songfights. 8 years on, e 4(?) of us working in e same building who went through Altius 98/99 together still remember those 3 weeks of a really strange version of hell (to some) & how it brought us so close =))

[300506] on way to get lunch, spotted a big fat lizard (a Calotes?) on a branch of a beautiful tree along e path near e railway tracks. it would move a few inches, stop & appear to gobble up something, & when its jaws stopped moving, it would repeat e whole move-stop-gobble cycle. too far away to tell, maybe it was picking ants off e branch?

[310506] spotted it again basking in e morning sunshine:



love this kinda tree, e smooth greyish bark is so beautiful & so are e compound leaves =) amazed how this tree-hugger was spotted through half-open cat eyes while sleepwalking in from e bus stop =P


from a comment left by Mr Wang on his vesak day thoughts post:

'...spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle has in fact commented that cats are Zen masters, due to their ability to be perfectly present in the here & now, and to be content.'

think this comes from this line I have lived with several Zen masters, all of them cats in 'The Power of Now', a book by Eckhart Tolle?


sootty's farewell dinner @ HV Swensen's:




poor guy got totally bullied by ALGH & e cat, since he refused to ask another guy to accompany him to e loo:


having two knives in his backpack was useless....he still got his hair tied into two ponytails =P

[ filed under: 9_lives_2006 + nature1 ]

June 01, 2006

re:act & Let's TAP!

from KH:
Really Architecture

a.w.e.! is mentioned here =)

Let's TAP!
Talk About Places exhibition + forum
03-17 June @ National Library Building
FNK's involved too. wonder if there is a reason why LXQ spells her surname that way ;)

also a two-in-one reminder to e cat to get down to writing about #5 (AR1722) & #7 (a.w.e.!) of e 7 things that I jumped into series of posts....

[ filed under: architecture1 ]