Monday, October 31, 2005

Scrutinising corals at Pasir Ris


Coral
Originally uploaded by lekowala.
A day before this, my fellow trainees and I were at the Science Centre and we gazed at the stars in a dome-shaped tent which had the stars projected onto the dome. The guide took us through Orion to the Big Dipper, Canis major and Canis minor and we all gazed in wonder at the constellations. I could have just stared into "space" for another hour and at some point, I said these words to my friend, "You know, I'd really like my children to gaze at the stars in wonderment than to look into a microscope in confusion".

Matt says "Cheese"


Matt says "Cheese"
Originally uploaded by lekowala.
Matt's turning 2 soon and is at the age where he is suppose to be cute and fun. He also asks for ribena, turns it down when its made, asks for cold water and turns it down when its poured for him... all in the span of 2 mins.

Brothers at the beach


brothers at the beach.JPG
Originally uploaded by lekowala.
My parents used to take me to the beach when I was young. I remember my elder sister and I swimming and going from rock pool to rock pool. We really lost track of time. Pasir Ris is one of the better beaches for scrutinising dead corals and seashells.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Josh asks

Josh asks

How does food become “pang pang” (excrement in toddler talk)?  
When we eat MacDonalds, does the burger go all over inside our body?

Words I’d like to use...
Cellulose
Digest
Matter
Peristalsis
Absorb
Waste
Good bacteria
Vitamin K, B1, B2 and B12
Intestines
Alimentary canal

Friday, October 28, 2005

Josh asks

Josh asks

How does food become “pang pang” (excrement in toddler talk)?  
When we eat MacDonalds, does the burger go all over inside our body?

Words I’d like to use...
Cellulose
Digest
Matter
Peristalsis
Absorb
Waste
Good bacteria
Vitamin K, B1, B2 and B12
Intestines
Alimentary canal

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Sister Moon, Brother Sun

In the car Josh asks “ Papa, why the moon is not out?”
“Because the moon doesn’t come out when the sun is out.
“Why?”
“Because the moon has gone underneath the horizon” (right...horizon, now kenah explain that)
“That means I can use an excavator and dig it out?”
“No...”
“Why?”

Hmm, I guess this can go on forever, I am beginning to realise how stupid adults can be/seem. Luckily having spent a year doing pedagogy, I whip out my secret weapon – Piaget.

“Okay, the moon and the sun love to play hide and seek”
“Hide and seek?”
“Yes, when the sun is out the moon hides from the sun and when the moon is out, the sun hides from the moon”
Josh giggles and is satisfied with the answer.

See also why the moon follows you around. why the moon follows you around.

Sister Moon, Brother Sun

In the car Josh asks “ Papa, why the moon is not out?”
“Because the moon doesn’t come out when the sun is out.
“Why?”
“Because the moon has gone underneath the horizon” (right...horizon, now kenah explain that)
“That means I can use an excavator and dig it out?”
“No...”
“Why?”

Hmm, I guess this can go on forever, I am beginning to realise how stupid adults can be/seem. Luckily having spent a year doing pedagogy, I whip out my secret weapon – Piaget.

“Okay, the moon and the sun love to play hide and seek”
“Hide and seek?”
“Yes, when the sun is out the moon hides from the sun and when the moon is out, the sun hides from the moon”
Josh giggles and is satisfied with the answer.

See also why the moon follows you around. why the moon follows you around.

Friday, October 21, 2005

"There was you"

I took out the cd and listened. It was Kai, a street performer in Covent Garden. I remember the rumbling rides on the tube back and forth and staring out into the fields and cosy looking homes. The leftover newspapers in the train. Jee-hin had come over from the US to visit for a week and we spent most of the week roaming the streets of London. We used to just huddle one corner in the cold autumn afternoon listening to musicians till evening beset us, which was early. We had spent most of our youth writing, playing and recording songs. It was nice to be in that moment. We were one with the musicians; their hopes of a tune reaching to someone who would appreciate. I can still remember the smells of the bazaars; there were many scent shops so it was a potpourri of smells.

I took out the CD and smelt it and for a moment I was transported back. Should I dwell in the past? I didn't just dwell, I closed my eyes and dove right in and swam around and stirred the stagnant waters of my past. I came to a part where the waters were not so mirky and bespeckled with gems. It was a place oft visited when restful reminiscence was needed. Ahhh, these were the jewels that could never rust and where moths could not destroy, whilst the walls of some places darken, these gems sparkled with chemicals of many oxidation states. How true how true.

"There was you, there was me
But we never found out what could be
Cause we came from such a different place....

Give your heart a second chance
even if you lose your first and last romance
Everyday I miss you smile. Everyday is such a long long while."

Excerpted from "There was you"
CD
SARI: Pearltree in the Wilderness by KAI JANSEN

"There was you"

I took out the cd and listened. It was Kai, a street performer in Covent Garden. I remember the rumbling rides on the tube back and forth and staring out into the fields and cosy looking homes. The leftover newspapers in the train. Jee-hin had come over from the US to visit for a week and we spent most of the week roaming the streets of London. We used to just huddle one corner in the cold autumn afternoon listening to musicians till evening beset us, which was early. We had spent most of our youth writing, playing and recording songs. It was nice to be in that moment. We were one with the musicians; their hopes of a tune reaching to someone who would appreciate. I can still remember the smells of the bazaars; there were many scent shops so it was a potpourri of smells.

I took out the CD and smelt it and for a moment I was transported back. Should I dwell in the past? I didn't just dwell, I closed my eyes and dove right in and swam around and stirred the stagnant waters of my past. I came to a part where the waters were not so mirky and bespeckled with gems. It was a place oft visited when restful reminiscence was needed. Ahhh, these were the jewels that could never rust and where moths could not destroy, whilst the walls of some places darken, these gems sparkled with chemicals of many oxidation states. How true how true.

"There was you, there was me
But we never found out what could be
Cause we came from such a different place....

Give your heart a second chance
even if you lose your first and last romance
Everyday I miss you smile. Everyday is such a long long while."

Excerpted from "There was you"
CD
SARI: Pearltree in the Wilderness by KAI JANSEN

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Morning Glory


Ipomoea.JPG
Originally uploaded by lekowala.
Here's a flower for you.

Morning Glory


Ipomoea.JPG
Originally uploaded by lekowala.
Here's a flower for you.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Mangifera leaves

This morning as I drove out of the carpark in the early morning, I saw an Indian lady pluck a bunch of mango leaves from a tree, and carefully checking the appearance of each leaf. What a nice scene that was. Its nice to know that we are at least not too far-removed from direct interaction with nature.

"The cultivated mango is probably a natural hybrid between M. indica and M. sylvatica that occurred in southeastern Asia to India. Selection of wild types has occurred for 4000-6000 yr, and vegetative propagation for at least 400 yr in India". Mangifera indica website.

Mangifera leaves

This morning as I drove out of the carpark in the early morning, I saw an Indian lady pluck a bunch of mango leaves from a tree, and carefully checking the appearance of each leaf. What a nice scene that was. Its nice to know that we are at least not too far-removed from direct interaction with nature.

"The cultivated mango is probably a natural hybrid between M. indica and M. sylvatica that occurred in southeastern Asia to India. Selection of wild types has occurred for 4000-6000 yr, and vegetative propagation for at least 400 yr in India". Mangifera indica website.