Friday, September 30, 2011

Don't Touch My Bed!

I had to repair this imitation burberry bed because Wawa's tattered bed had to be thrown away.  It stank to high heaven because he puked in it.  No way I was going to put that in my washing machine.  Well, it took him less than a day to unstitch my hard work.

Since it is such an eyesore, I always try to keep it out of sight by banishing it (and his toys) to the enclosure.  "I'm not going to let you!" said Wawa.

 "Don't touch my bed!"

"Here Mommi, I'll help you get this ugly thing outside!", said Coco.

No! No! No!

This bed stays INSIDE!  My toys too!  And me too!

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Biggie Event

I was privileged to participate in a rather biggie event today - officiation of another new Klinik 1 Malaysia just 5 minutes from where I live!  Someone important is walking on the red carpet but she was blocked by a lot of heads in front of me so I decided to shoot these photographers instead.  Perhaps Canon will buy this shot..?  Wishful, wishful thinking, of course.

The new clinic was declared open by our deputy Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Datuk Rosnah Shirlin.  She is a local girl hailing from none other than Papar.  The new clinic is about 12 minutes from Papar town (40 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah).  One thing I like about Malaysia - there is a fair share of women leading the country.  Cheers, cheers!

I was given the task of looking after the food.  Must've been obvious to them that I love food.  However, I only helped to eat because the caterers were super efficient and I didn't even have to ask them to refill anybody's glass.  Look how nicely they did up the tables and chairs.  And they did it quietly and unhurriedly, so professional.  The powers-that-be must've kicked themselves for giving me such an easy job.  I had a FIELD day taking photos for my blog instead (plus a day off from work!).  Red-ribbon settings are for the VIPs.

The event was open to the public and these "tapau" food are for them.  "Tapau" is a ubiquitous term meaning take-away.  It is a chinese word but used and understood by all races in Malaysia.  KFC personnels : Maam, eating here or take-away?" Aunty Tooki : Tapau.

We had a LOT of entertainment.  This makcik (aunty) was setting up her gongs.  There were about 4 or 5 of these elderly ladies with sticks and big hanging gongs plus smaller ones laid out in a little special bench as shown.  They were surprisingly energetic and forceful.  I almost dropped my camera when they whacked their gongs without warning.  Dour looking ladies - they could've at least smiled.  She looked as if she wanted to whack me with her stick when I took her picture.

These young ones, on the other hand, were a different story.  They smiled sweetly and posed readily when they realised that I was taking their pictures.  Aren't they sweet?  In China, don't pose with sweet costumed girls like these - they will charge you RMB10 for a shot with your, I repeat, your (not their) camera.  The whole troop will pose with you and then afterwards they will say sweetly, "Oh, it's not RMB10 for a snapshot, it's for each person!"  That will wipe the smile off anybody's face.  No such thing in Sabah.

They are performing the sumazau, a cultural dance by the Kadazan-Dusun community.  The dance varies from place to place and I love the Papar sumazau best of all.  The attire is somewhat different (they sport long sleeves, for instance) and the steps are cute and graceful.  The music always has me moving against my will.  Very, very contagious.  Next thing you know you will be on the stage dancing, taking a swig of their tapai (rice wine) and screaming "yeeeeeehaaaa".  No, I've never done that before, just saying.

We also had a few singers to entertain us. Did butterfly belts make a comeback? Dogs have taken so much of my time I no longer know the meaning of the word fashion.

I also enjoyed looking at the ladies' headscarves.  This one had shiny beads.  She was holding a colorful "bunga manggar" normally used for weddings.  When the VIP walks in the ladies will stand in line with their bunga manggar to welcome him/her.  Just a decorative piece to spice up an event.

More colorful scarves as the ladies try to outdo one another.  Young women wouldn't want to be caught dead with this style (with a sort of hood in front).  According to one I know, these are for "aunties".  I thought they looked pretty good.  But then I am an aunty.

Little tots also did their act on stage -- cute.  In the midst of all these activities, I forgot to take a shot of the most important thing.  The clinic itself.  I guess I got a bit side-tracked by all that entertainment.

However, I did get a picture of a goat grazing behind the clinic (afterall, this is a rural town).  I thought that a photo of an animal is a must to qualify this post for petblogville.  No photographers elbowed me for this shot.  They were too busy snapping pictures of the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the front door.  Yoohoo, goatie, look this way....mmm, love curry mutton!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Help Me, I'm Lost!

A dog at my workplace gave birth to puppies again.  Yesterday, for some unknown reason, she moved her puppies to a not-so-safe spot near the garbage bin.  Very little protection from the rain and this morning the sound of motorbikes startled the puppies and made a couple of them fall into the ditch in fright.

 Although he looks happy he's actually yelping for help.
" ..Yelp me..yelp me, Momeee!"

 Mommi said, "I'd like to help you but you are getting heavier and I have to feed your brothers.  Get out of the ditch yourself, you've got to learn!"  That yellow thing is the garbage bin I was talking about and underneath is just about all the shelter they get from wind and rain.

 "The ditch is too deep and I am still too short....sob..."

"'s a jungle out here!  Oh?  Who's hand is this?  This kind hand that saves me from my miry pit??"  Of course, none other than Aunty Tooki once she's done with the flashy box.

 "Oh, my brother!  Am I glad you're back!  Let us hug each other and never be parted again!"  Your soft body is also better than the prickly grass.

Exhausted, little lost puppy fell asleep underneath his garbage home.  Good news, a workmate has his eye on this little cutie so he will soon have a loving, forever home.  As soon as this week, I think.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Goodies From Sarawak

One of my workmates had a holiday in neighboring Sarawak a few days ago and she brought some goodies back for us.  Malaysia is divided into east and west by the South China Sea and there are only 2 states in East Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.  Sabah is the part in orange and famously shaped like a dog (thereby qualifying this post for petblogville) while Sarawak is that part colored yellow.  Brunei, a country in its own right, is the tiny pink area (but $$$ giant) in between gigantic Sabah (but no $$$) and Sarawak.  Kalimantan is Indonesian territory and together we make up the island of Borneo.  Come to think of it, Borneo looks like a (fat) schnauzer.  A little bit of Geography there and now for the goodies....

One of Sarawak's specialties is this very, very colorful layered cake (kek lapis) which I heard takes a whole tedious day to cook.  Well, the colors are very striking and these tasted minty, sweet and, advisable to pray before you partake.

I also got this cute key chain from her - an Iban girl dressed in traditional costume.  Iban is one of the ethnic groups of Sarawak.  Very nice of my workmate.....a heartfelt thank you from me!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Nothing-Better-To-Do Day

Nothing special today so I just fooled around with the camera.  Here's one of Wawa sleeping on his tattered and shrunken bed.

 Don't take my photo!  I am shy!
Or rather, I love the smell of this piss-dirt-drool stained bed.

Since you have nothing better to do, why don't you play with me?  Here, come and get my octopus...I will run and squeak while you (pretend to) chase....^_^

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Everybody's Walking Except Me

 I want to go for a walk.

 Why am I not going for a walk?

 Why's that white dog walking outside?

 Why are those black dogs walking?

It looks like a good day for a walk.
(She's very good at it.)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Couch Trespassers

Couch potato #1
(done when she can't see me in the sitting room)

Couch potato #2
(done when lights are off and he thinks I am sleeping)

Couch potato #3
(done in broad daylight)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Everybody Kungfu Fighting

Daily pre-bedtime kungfu....sigh, it happens without fail after food has gone in one end and come out the other.

 Wawa becomes mad and bites his own happens to obsessed and malicious kungfu fighters.

Oh-oh...the villain has Coco floored!

Not to worry, she saves herself by playing dead.  She succeeds and Wawa goes to sleep after a bit of sniffing.

 Yoohoo! Wawa!  Want to play outside?  Nice and dark out here, she won't see us!  See, I've got a squeaky porcupine...squeeeeak!

Don't play anymore, time for bed, ok?  Here, I will lick-lick where I bit you during our sparring session.  Goodnight!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Open House & More Food!

I was invited to another "open house" last Saturday.  This former colleague and long time friend holds an open house every year and to say that she is a good cook is just not enough.  Superlatives are needed.  My nephew had curry beef on top of his biryani rice.  Biryani is rice fried in ghee (lard) and cooked with all kinds of spices and raisins.

Buried underneath that sauce is "lemang" or glutinous rice cooked inside a bamboo trunk, stem, piece of cut bamboo.  It is cooked in an open fire.  The bamboo is then cut open and discarded and the rice is cut into rings and served.

One of my favorites - jackfruit or nangka cooked in coconut milk, salted fish and spices.

This spicy chicken was really, really good!  We had 2nd helpings even though it wasn't our intention......and when I asked my nephew why all that food and curry is sticking to his face he said he wants to leave some so he can lick them in the car.....\o/
Ooooh just had a phone call...Dr J has invited us all to his "open office" lunch tomorrow!  More good doggie news for today.  Sorry Wawa and Coco!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday, Coco!

 It was Coco's birthday yesterday so I got her a present.

 Coco was panting with excitement.
Of course, Wawa tried his utmost to grab it.

I had to lock him up.  Here he is drooling, envious and sending poison signals to Coco who was happily savouring her new toy.

But not for long.
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