Sunday, May 17, 2020

Day 62

Remember Penyu, the baby turtle I adopted and released back into the wild on a turtle-release excursion 2 years ago?  Story and photos here.

Oftentimes, I still wonder if my little buddy ever made it after we sent him off into the sea.

It is  estimated that only 1 in 1,000 turtle hatchlings survives to adulthood. Along with fishing gear and climate change, there are numerous human activity threats to sea turtles.

But for now, the fate of turtles may change and the Covid-19 pandemic could be playing a role.

Endangered turtles are thriving as global lockdowns vacate beaches across the world.

In Thailand and India's eastern coast, millions of endangered baby turtles were seen making their way on empty beaches to the sea!

From the archives

Endangered sea turtles are  nesting in peace  at least for now.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Day 56

Bing! Bang! Boom! Boom! CLANG!

Of all the skills my son chose to take up during lockdown!

Haha!  Right back at ya, tone-deaf karaoke neighbour on the third floor!

Nah, I was merely joking. It's a digital drum set so all you really hear is the sound of the drumsticks tapping on the e-pads.

But it still is a tad annoying!

Linking with

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Day 48

We were supposed to arrive in Milan for our Italian vacation on the 9th of March.

Just two days before our departure, our travel agent called to inform us that the trip was cancelled.

On March 9th,  the government of Italy announced a national lockdown.

There is no refund for the trip, only a deferment . No date has been given.

We are still waiting for a response from our travel agent who is waiting for a response from the tour operator who is waiting for the airline who has suspended all flights until further notice.

It's a long waiting game...

It's a no-win situation for any party and everyone is a loser.

I'm not even angry,  just frustrated.

Our Italian vacation is in limbo.

It's a torturous wait  and at 58, I feel my life seconds numbering.

The corona virus has hit the pause button on my bucket list.

So many places yet to visit, so little time.

From the archives.
London 2011

According to Lonely Planet, international travel might not return until 2021.

I miss traveling!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Day 34

Shuttered restaurants ...

Upturned chairs on tables in empty restaurants...

Open for take-outs and delivery only...

Dine-ins are prohibited.

Restaurant operators and diners found guilty of ignoring the order could face a maximum jail term of two years or a fine, or both.

Sad and heartbreaking but sacrifices have to be made.

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

DIY Mask

Strange times call for strange moves!
And yes, she did plug up the hole in the funnel!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Through Music We Are Connected

A Malaysian classical group and global friends comprising 25 vocalists and 19 instrumentalists, performing on the flute, cello, piano, violin, etc  from all over Malaysia and seven countries, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Sweden and the United States met online to record this uplifting Bach hymn on their cellphones.

Watching this video keeps my spirit up, knowing that although we are isolated and worlds apart, we are still connected.

Stay home and stay safe!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

No Exceptions!

A friend shared this photo on FB.

Hope this will bring a smile to your face in these grim times.

Sunday, March 22, 2020


Lockdowns, hospitals and morgues overwhelmed. empty shelves, xenophobia, a masked society, world chaos...

Our lives are thrown out of whack...


It's like waking  up in the middle of the movie "Contagion"...


I  am inclined to believe that there is a silver lining when adversity knocks on the door. Things always happen for a reason.

I believe too, that God allowed this pandemic to return us to our true priorities — to the God who loves us, our families and the friends He has given us.

Mother Earth is given a chance to reboot  — to purge off  human pollution, to heal and  to rejuvenate.

"Since the lockdown: Venice's canals have become crystal clear. Italy coasts have dolphins coming nearer and nearer. Japan now has deer roaming free in the streets, and Thailand: the same with monkeys. China has record breaking pollution cuts. The Earth has already began showing signs of amazing things that are happening from the absence of human pollution. What if- and hear me out..- what if the entire human population used this as an opportunity to restart society on a greener, more environment conscious foot. What we're seeing in the span of a couple of days is amazing. A pipe dream "    - Gina Mayer

Swans have returned to the canals and dolphins have been spotted in the port.

In the meantime, sometimes the only things that can get you through these uncertain and  tumultuous times are a little laughter and a whole lot of friendship.

Fortunately, here in blogosphere, we needn't adhere to social distancing rules —  we can send virtual hugs and kisses as much as we'd like!

Sharing my go-to hymn whenever my head is in turmoil.

The words and melody never fail to sooth me.

Let's get through this together. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Awww Monday!

Guess whom I met this evening when I was on my way down to my sanctum to spend my quiet hour with the Lord?

This adorable poodle was waiting patiently for his owner who was chatting with a neighbour.

Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus.

Sharing my go-to prayer  when I want a full hour of deep prayer  –

Sunday, March 8, 2020

My Sanctum

It's hard to find solitude when you share a home with 3 other family members in a cluttered 1208 sq ft condominium.

So, whenever I feel like I'm snowed under by life's demands, I would head on over to the poolside on the ground floor late in the evening.

The pool is always deserted at this time.

My sanctum  where I spend my quiet time with the Lord.

Where is your sanctum?

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Onde Onde

Q. What is  green and furry and literally bursts in your mouth in a sweet liquid explosion of flavors and textures when you take a bite?

A. Onde-Onde!

My all-time favourite dessert – traditional Nyonya (Malay-Chinese) green-coloured rice cakes filled with liquid palm sugar and coated in grated coconut.

What is your favourite dessert?