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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wonderful Christmas Cards


Hello everybody! As the biggest (not the eldest) dog in the family, I felt it was my job to report to you that mom has been bedridden for the past week, but she's getting better. At least, she can blog while she is stuck in her room with us:)

One thing that REALLY cheered her up was all the Christmas cards we received. They were OURS but Mom thinks they are hers. Here's Mocha Barney posing with the cards.


There were also cards that were received by email! They were so fun, great pictures of our pals, and some had music and were moving, too.


Mom sent out as many cards as she could, and then she got this mean virus. But she will be on her feet in time for Christmas:)


She really loved all those who sent us photos of our pal dogs in different countries! And Snowmen, Santa Clause, Peanuts (her favorite cartoon character -- Snoopy) and so much more. So we would like to say Merry Christmas to Finn, Maggie Mae and Max, Erica and Blair, Koda, Sophie, Indy and Jack, Fred and Gloria Gilbert, Oskar Hoerauf, Freedom, Casper & Nikki, Magic, Caoimhe, Alfie Crybbe and Aoife, Leigh and Judith, Sarge and his Peeps, Frankie Furter and Ernie, and our friends who sent cards online (another post on that, next time):)  Mom plans to print out even the online cards and then make a scrapbook of Christmas 2011, the first time she spent with lovely greetings from her (OUR!) blogger friends.


Some of the cards Mom sent by mail may arrive late, because she was sick and also Philippine Snail Mail has its own version of Snail Mail ergo.....really slow snails sometimes.  She also hopes to send out more cards by email. Her goal is to send them to everyone on the list:)

Here's a scanned version of the card. Mom thinks she is a designer, and she designed the card personally. We, uh, well...it's not Andy Warhol. Then like a true newsperson, she actually made the mistake of choosing GLOSSY paper which looks nice on magazines, but she discovered later, not really apropos on cards. But it's her, mistakes and all.

And then Mom made her own Christmas poem. Well, Shakespeare it ain't. But it was made with lots of love to all of our wonderful blogger pals. We hope she gets to send to everyone at least by email on the list before Christmas:)

Lotsa Christmas love, slobbers and licks,

Ashley Pumpernickel (because I'M sending this out as the biggest -- not eldest -- dog), Mocha Barney and Winniechurchill

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Jurong Bird Park, Singapore


By Mona Sabalones Gonzalez

Because of all my bird blogging friends, I was very much determined to visit Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. I don’t have the bird expertise of most of the bird blogs I follow, but going to the largest walk-in aviary with 1,500 varieties of birds, I felt, might give me a taste of what they enjoy every day.


You can see me here getting some bird love. The Jurong Bird Park has a metro rail of sorts that's elevated, so you feel you are on the same level as the birds, and looking down, you get a view of things in the same way that they see it.

There are stops along the way, and you can walk trails, then get back on the metro rail until the next stop. I made it a point to get down on every stop.

Here, you see a lot of lorries. You can feed them, and they all congregate on you. The feeling of tiny bird feet on the arms and face is like a soft touch massage.



The birds are affectionate to people, but can be competitive for the food.  We would see lorries push each other aside so they could get some food. It was kind of neat. 

 On the day we visited Jurong Bird Park, it was raining. We were worried that it would affect our trip, but were pleased to see that many others went to the park, too. We took the MRT and a bus, rather than took a tourist group. Ed and I like traveling on our own, much as possible.
 During the walking trails, you cross a lot of bridges. Above is a wooden bridge, and below is the cable bridge. The whole idea is for you to experience life from the perspective of the bird, so things are always elevated.

The whole idea of the bird park is to promote ecology and to have a concern for the maintenance of forests and animals, and in particular, the beautiful birds. Here is a display of tools and weapons that were used to destroy our lovely forests and trees.
 We were on ground level when we saw the water birds, and I was totally taken by these beautiful orange pelicans. Er, I think they are pelicans. Am I right? Bird blogger friends, help please:)  We also got to see penguins. I couldn't photograph them because my camera was battery challenged, but they were totally lovable. We also noticed that a lot of couples (ehem) find it very nice and romantic to visit the bird park. Love is truly for the birds:)

 When we went to Singapore (last November) they were celebrating the Deepavali festival. It was a lovely experience to see greetings such as this in the bird park, and all throughout Singapore. We loved Little India, which of course, is where Deepavali emanates from. Right now, everything in Singapore is filled with Christmas decorations. My daughter is there now, visiting her best friend. We love the multicultural quality of Singapore.
This is the souvenir store. I bought one of the red hats on the right, as it was raining. Nice hat.

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