Saturday, 29 January 2011

Responsible Pet-Ownership

In the year of the bunny, do the bunnies a favour and DO NOT BUY ON IMPULSE!!

I get very upset every time people buy hamsters, bunnies and dogs as pets in rat, rabbit and dog years respectively. Pet shops cash in on the "auspicious-ness" of these animals and people buy them on impulse because the animals "look cute".

The fact is, ALL FURRY ANIMALS LOOK CUTE. and ALL BABY ANIMALS LOOK CUTE. just like babies... all babies look cute but some grow up into really horrible people.

Before you get a pet, think of the following:

1. Can you commit to looking after the pet FOR LIFE? for dogs, that's about 15 years, for bunnies, it's about half. it's like when you want to adopt a child, you don't adopt and after a few months say, "erm... sorry..., we changed our mind, can give back?" for couples without kids, think about whether you will still be able to look after your pet when your children arrive. if not, do not get the pet in the first place.

2. Are you willing to pet-proof your home? just like when you have kids, you need to baby-proof your home. bunnies like bite wires and eat plants. cats like scratch leather... or scratch anything. dogs like to bite shoes. and if you have a cat, you may have to put window grilles otherwise they may crawl to the neighbour's house... haha

3. Can you provide a comfortable home for your pet? for dogs, it means space to run... for cats, it's space to roam or lounge. for bunnies, they need space to run too and they LOVE to run and jump! some people think bunnies can be kept in a cage. if you do intend to, pls make sure the cages are large enough. I was really upset and pissed to see these pictures of an exhibition in suntec city. the poor bunnies hardly have space to stretch! it's like you living in your bomb shelter... but wait, some people make their domestic helpers sleep there... and bunnies do not have padded paws like dogs and cats so standing on wired flooring for prolonged periods of time causes a condition called sore hogs. you just imagine yourself standing barefoot on a wire mesh ALL THE TIME you will know what i mean.

4. Do you have the resources to care for your pet? i.e. buy food, vaccinations, vet visits when they're sick etc. note that each visit to the vet is not cheap. it's almost like seeing a specialist doctor.

5. Do you have the time to care for and play with your pet? you will need to not just feed the pet but also clean up their poo poo and pee pee. pets can be toilet-trained, including bunnies. you need to walk the dog at least once a day (and YOU should do it, not your helper).

6. Can you accept whatever the pet comes with? yes, the pet is very cute but bunnies will molt i.e. drop fur EVERYWHERE and deposit their faecal pellets here and there. can you accept that you need to eat and breathe dog, cat, bunny fur? it's on your clothes, on your furniture. there isn't an inch of your house without fur. if you have allergies, i suggest you don't get a furry pet. pets can be mischievous so are you willing to train it? and the cute pet will one day grow old and get sick. can you take care of it?

DO:
1. read up material to prepare yourselves. just like if you want to have a kid, you read material, go for seminars etc. before you have a baby right?
2. talk to people who have pets.
3. prepare the home for the pet before buying it.

DO NOT:
1. give a pet as a present. a pet comes with lots of responsibilities.
2. buy a pet as a "token of your love" when you're dating. cos when you break up, who's gonna care for the pet?
3. buy a pet for your kid as a reward or because s/he thinks it's cute, insists, cries and wails at the pet shop etc. or worst, BECAUSE IT'S CHEAP... hamsters cost only about $15 each so parents don't think twice about buying them. bunnies are much cheaper than dogs. kids are kids. once the novelty wears out, the parents are left to take care of the pet and as most parents are, they're busy so the sad truth is many such animals get abandoned or worse, die of hunger or diseases due to utter neglect.
4. "let your pet free". the chinese think it's 放生. i call it ABANDONMENT. domesticated animals CANNOT survive in the wild. a bunny out there is food to predators. when you adopt a child, you don't go and change your mind and say "why don't we let the girl/boy free" and leave him/her in a park...

and yes, DO NOT buy on impulse.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

My Nieces Say the Cutest Things - Part 2

My sister-in-law has been trying to teach my nieces some simple differentiation just for fun so i tested them...


then SIL also tried teaching them to differentiate x^3 using some hand sign... 3x^2 is the answer so she made a 3, crossed her arms to make X and used index fingers and thumb to make a square...

SIL: differentiate x^3 you get...?
kirstyn: 3x... rectangle...

-___________-|||

Monday, 17 January 2011

My First Time

I pumped petrol manually for the first time last night after driving for more than one and a half years... =P i never had to pump petrol cos my car always has petrol (Chris pumps it) and i don't have to top up cash card (other than when i go for shopping spree at Takashimaya) cos my cash card always has money (Chris tops it up).

My idea of pumping petrol is to drive up to the pump, press the switch in the car and tell the guy, "Red colour full tank."

but chris insisted i try pumping manually at least once so i reluctantly got out of the car...

chris: open the cap...
me: *turn anti-clockwise...* argh...! *turn clockwise* argh...
chris: -.- *turns anti-clockwise* nah!
me: -.- eeee.... is it dirty???
chris: -.- take the pump. red colour.
me: argh argh argh...
chris: put into the hole
me: -.- argh argh argh....
chris: cannot anyhow force!!! -.-||| *puts it in place* k, wait until the pump meter resets itself...
me: zzz...
chris: ok...
me: ok what? nothing's happening...
chris: -.-||| *flicks the pump ledge up*
me: *presses the handle... petrol flows in... release... petrol flow stops... press... release... press... release...* wa, like that damn tiring neh...
chris: ROFL *flicks the catch on the pump for steady flow* usually friedrich drinks about 35-40L
me: GAH!!! 40 litres le!!!! ahhh!!!! how do you know it's full??? what if it overflows and boooo out??!!!!
chris: -.-|||
me: *pump jerks and flow stops* AAHH!! oh...? ok le...
chris: >.<|||
me: =D
chris: put pump back
me: so? done?
chris: got to pay!! -_______-|||
me: oh ya... what will happen if i forget to pay and just drive off ha??
chris: -__________-|||

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Wake-up Call

In most hotels, you can arrange for a wake-up call.

At home, I used to be Chris' wake-up call but West has since taken over that role. I'd let them out in the morning then West will go to the side of our bed and poke Chris with his damp nose. If Chris doesn't budge, he'd stand on his hind paws and poke chris with his fore paws hahaha... then Chris will wake up to feed and stroke him =)

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Hairspray!

I was so thrilled that they showed Hairspray on TV tonight =) Here's my favourite song =)

My Nieces Say the Cutest Things =)

Kirstyn and Gwyneth are at a very cute stage now when they'd blabber baby talk and i have learnt some of their language...

ber ber means vegetable
ri ri means they want to be carried
room room means mushroom

so i guess the rule is to take the last syllable and repeat it. i guess it's good that my name is Gu Gu =D but they know barney, how kikky (Hello Kitty) and all of Mickey's gang haha

some of the things they say are very smart too =)

my sister-in-law: differentiate x^2 you get...?
kirstyn: 2x!!!

my brother was eating crab and i made the crab pincers hand sign kirstyn said, "like tinker tinker likker star!!"

hahaha... so cute... ^^

Monday, 3 January 2011

Irritating Kids

I like cute kids... such as my nieces and most of my friends' kids cos they are generally well-behaved... but some kids really get on my nerves...

on the flight back from Narita Airport, we were unfortunately assigned the middle two seats of four on the plane (when we tried to check-in online, we tried to change our seats but the SIA website had some problems so we couldn't and we tried asking at the counter but the girl said there were none available >.<) and behind us was a family of 4: mum, two kids, dad. So the two kids sat in the centre right behind us and the one behind me kept kicking my chair!! I was really fuming and i imagined myself turning around to yell, "You kick some more I'm gonna chop them off!"... but i didn't do it. instead, i politely told her mum, "Hi, can you kindly ask your kid to stop kicking my chair, thank you ^^" the frequency did reduce and i could watch my movies in peace...

then there was this other infant in a bassinet who kept crying and crying and crying and crying non-stop THROUGHOUT the flight!!! i nearly went mad and had to resist going over to slap the kid.

i was talking about this unpleasant incident at a gathering and one of my friends recalled a recent trip he took with his wife and daughter. He was nicely settled in his aisle seat, happily buckled up and waiting for the plane to take off when a mum carrying an infant walked down the aisle and the infant totally PUKED purple puke on him (cos he had ribena and milk before getting on the plane). my friend almost turned into The Hulk instantly but had to control his temper because his girl was watching... he said if he were childless like us, he would have really given the mum and kid a piece of his mind. so throughout the flight, he was wearing his purple-puke-stained shirt... i can imagine how he must have felt and how much he would want to slap (actually, strangle) the kid...

people really shouldn't travel with very young kids unless it's absolutely necessary (such as migration, need to see some family member for the last time or job attachment etc.... ) because according to one of my ex-colleagues, there are certain complications associated with infants on a flight. I know for one that most of them can't regulate the air pressure so you will notice that whenever the plane takes off or lands, all the babies on the plane start crying... anyway, this ex-colleague said his sister's friend who is an air-stewardess once witnessed a kid getting choked on phlegm and died on the plane so throughout the entire flight, the parents were sobbing... that is super tragic...


when i told my friends i get really irritated by kids on flights, one of my friends who has travelled a few times with her infant/toddler say people like us can jolly well take business class... -.-


ya right... if i can afford i also want to take business class... *grumble grumble* so OTHER PEOPLE'S kid irritate me become MY fault?? actually, since the plane has different sections, why can't they pack all those families with kids in the front or back section and the adults in a separate section? that way we can watch our movies in peace and you guys can cry, wail, shriek, puke for all you want i don't care... or please just feed the kid some rum to knock him/her out thanks.