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Thank God for the Haze

22 Jun

A few months ago, I watched Criminal Minds (Random? I know.). I can’t remember which episode it was, but I believe it was about tainted wine, causing drug overdose to its victims. Anyway, there was a scene I remembered lucidly. The scene goes like this:

It was dinner time. The table was set perfectly- with food and cutlery nicely placed. The mother (or was it the father) called upon the daughter to come down for dinner. The girl came down and was eager to start her meal. And the father said,’… You know better…’ The girl looked at her father with little vehement, closed her eyes, clutched her hands and prayed,’… thank you Lord for the food we eat. Thank you Lord for the air we breathe. Thank you Lord for the birds that sing. Thank you Lord for everything.’ With that, the family started their meal…

The grace the girl said before dinner really touched me. We are seldom contented with the things we have. The most basic element that enables us to survive- AIR, we (I mean, me) take it for granted.

I have never really taken these words ‘Thank you Lord for the air we breathe’ seriously. As long as I remember, air is something we breathe in everyday. I know that air is important for our survival- Duh. But I don’t really see air as part of my life as it is ALWAYS there. There is no lack of air for me, everyone has a fair share of it. (I don’t know if this makes any sense to you up till now.)

Anyway, ever since I came back from my vacation to Thailand (a few days ago), I was engulfed by haze. It was quite terrible. Even before the plane touched down, I could already smell the polluted air (or was it all in my mind, hmmmm….). Instead of being greeted by fresh night evening breeze as we headed out of the airport, we (BFF and I) were welcomed by blurry versions of the trees, roads, and vehicles. It was like our homeland was, and still is, in a zombie apocalypse! Ok.. ok… I’m exaggerating here. Haha..

I haven’t headed out since I returned home from my vacation…until today. I had a class at the local community centre, so I had to get my lazy ass out of the house and into the haze. I have asthma as a child, but it hasn’t really act up (thank God for that)… yet. But still, I was a little fearful that the haze might just aggravate it- with Pollution Standard Index (PSI) at its peak of 401. And true that, the haze has affected me a little. Walking to the community centre and back home has caused me to have slight sore throat.

(Or maybe I have the sore throat because I won’t stop munching on the goodies I brought back from Thailand… Hmmm…)

Anyhow, as I was walking home from the community centre with my facemask on, I looked up and saw no stars, probably blanketed by the thick haze hovering in the sky. In my whole life, I will always see a bright luminous yellow moon/crescent glistening in the dark sky, but not today. I was greeted by a fury reddish- orange crescent shining back at me.

Oh boy, was Mother Nature fuming at our self-seeking actions that harm our own environment. The red crescent was indeed really scary, like the end of the world was coming. Ok… I may be slightly dramatic here. But still, this shows that we have to do something to save our environment, no?

As a strolled back home (yes, I strolled in the haze, I was tired), I started thinking. What would happen to the animals in this haze? What will happen to the birds in the sky? Will they be able to sing again? What will happen to the stray cats and dogs that roam the streets and void decks? They have no N95 mask/ facemask to protect them from the haze. What will happen to the animals in the zoo? The elephants, the zebras, the otters, the giraffes, the sheep. Why would humans harm our own environment we live in?

Either way, I would like to thank God for the haze. Without this incident, I would not have appreciated the fresh air he has given me my whole life. So I would like to end off with this again:

Thank you Lord for the food we eat. Thank you Lord for the air we breathe. Thank you Lord for the birds that sing. Thank you Lord for everything.

We should learn to be grateful for the things we have.

(All pictures in this post are not mine)

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You will be So missed- R.I.P Trouper

24 Oct

And this day came- 23 October 2011 marked the day our dear family friend was gone to the Lord. She came into our lives and touched our humane part of our heart by making us laugh at her extreme cuteness.

She was weak when she entered through our doors- bullied by her siblings. Unwanted, as she was different. We thought she would make it- but with our care, she struggled hard to survive. Soon she was in get health, though 99% of the time she was as lost as a baby bird.

She did not behave like her kind. She runs around in circles; scare herself silly; never could she ever sit up right. She is just the cutest little thing you could ever imagine.

From a skinny thing who almost died, soon became the fattest cutest fur-ball of her kind. She has the largest, darkest, innocent eyes which most of her kind do not have. She sleeps in her food bowl, with her back facing down and little paws sticking up like antennas. During her sleep, her little paws would vibrate suddenly in random intervals- like she was using paws as a danger detector or something.

I remembered during one spring-cleaning session of her home one afternoon, we opened her house, she was still sleeping. No matter how we tickled her, she would not wake up! Which species of any kind does that?! Who could still sleep so soundly despite the house being torn apart? It was so hilarious that we had it on film. *memories*

Months passed, and it was a few weeks ago that she became weak. Refused  to drink nor eat anything. From a fatty fur-ball to only skin and bone (literally). She was so tiny, it did not looked like the fur-ball we knew. We realized that her time was coming. She was going to a better place.

This day came yesterday. My brother and Mum have a buried her in our secret yard. I was still in school then. She will be missed.

I never thought I would be sad for an animal, considering the fact that I am terrified of them. I still remembered the 1st day she came. I was a little sacred to even touch her. She was the one who made me less afraid of animals.

And now? I miss her. I wish she was young again. I miss her cuteness. I miss the furry bunch of fur-ball. I miss seeing her lost in her own world. I miss seeing her scared herself silly. (And the sad music from my computer is so not helping at all as I write this entry- I about to cry 😦 )

At least she is still close to us, and I could visit her any day.

Miss Trouper, you will be missed by all. You have strive to live despite the odds. Your existence alone has touched my heart.

To commemorate Miss Trouper:

And yes, she's the one is the green food bowl- as lazy/cute as ever

Little Miss Lazy

Taking a rest on a lazy everyday ❤

She with her nieces and nephews. Being the largest, she will still afraid of the tiny ones. IRONIC.

She as lazy that she would just stay put on your palm

She has the largest cutest eyes

'Check out my new ride sista! Bet you can't have one,' Miss Trouper

Two songs to end this commemoration:

For those who do not like pets, or are terrified by them: Do give them a chance to touch your hearts. You never know you might just fall in love with them.

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