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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Holiday Fantasy in Lights 2011

"A Madison holiday tradition, the Holiday Fantasy in Lights is a free public light display in Olin-Turville park. The lights are in a variety of interesting shapes ranging from Santa Claus Golfing to the Tunnel of Lights. Many people make it an annual tradition to drive through the large lighted Christmas displays each year. The display goes up in mid-November and runs until early January."

Holiday Fantasy in Lights

Kitty and I went there for a walk-through instead :)

I actually took videos of these fantastic displays, but it was so long ago I couldn't find the videos anymore... I think I have accidentally deleted all :(
I wish I could show you how fantastic it was. These scenes were not static like what you see here in my pictures... The lights blinked, faded out, changed colors, changed patterns etc, creating illusions as if the characters were moving and dancing!

Holiday Fantasy in Lights

Holiday Fantasy in Lights
mini Capitol building and... something.

Wisconsin Madison Capitol
the real Capitol building

Holiday Fantasy in Lights
Booths at the exit, distributing free candies and Christmas cards

Holiday Fantasy in Lights

I know, but this is the only picture of us...
It was so cold I almost cried. I didn't have a proper pair of winter boots that time, my toes were literally purple when we got home. I couldn't feel my feet at all. I groaned almost instantly as I put my almost-frozen feet in warm water bath... the kind of sharp pain that ran through every single nerve in my toes and spread throughout my whole feet was similar to the burning sensation when I accidentally spilled a pot of boiling water onto my feet (yeah, that happened, when I was turning 14)... After about 5 minutes I could feel my toes again, and the purple slowly faded away.

Holiday Fantasy in Lights

On our way out to catch a bus. Eerie scene.

Christmas lights decoration
Someone's house

Christmas lights decoration
The penguin would slowly disappear into the igloo and slowly reappear

Christmas lights decoration
This depiction was actually untrue to what told in the bible about the arrival of three wise men, go figure yourself :)


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Animals I've killed before

Obligatory picture because I am cute and lovely and sweet. You're welcome.

This post is just to list down animals I accidentally or intentionally killed before. Here goes.

1) Terrapins

Wow such fancy term! I got the name from this Yahoo answer because I am confused whether they are turtles or tortoises. Found out these semi-aquatic reptiles are called terrapins. Never heard of this term wtf.

I was told that I killed 2 terrapins when i was... 3? :X

I don't have a vivid memory about it but according to mom, they bought me 2 baby terrapins and one day I decided to put them on the table for a race. So they raced toward the edge of the table and fell off and died hahahaha wtf and I was sad. Not sure if I cried, I think I did? because they refused to buy me new baby terrapin

When I was 8, my dad kidnapped a big terrapin (diameter around 6 inches?) when he was driving home. No idea what the terrapin was doing on the roadside, probably migrating to another pond. I played with it for a day by gently knocking on its shell + gently poking its head and limbs when it extended them out hahahaha. We fed it fried rice and some char kuey teow from supper (those years when my family dabao-ed hawker food for supper every night...) That was a true Asian reptile... The next day my dad released it into a pond. Not sure if that's the pond he came from or the pond he was heading to. I am so lame wtf.

Recent years they bought another 2 terrapins. Now left only one. The other one died because the surviving one often climbed onto its back and sat there for hours, I think the poor thing at the bottom makin hari makin kemek and suffered internal injuries which led to its death.

This was one among the two, not sure if it's the one which survives or died. And my Notty was not afraid of it, he was so fluffy his fur was standing like this all the time. Okay lah this one his fur did stand a bit higher.

2) Fishes

("fish" can be singular or plural, if plural it's referring to the same type; "fishes" refers to many types)

We had so many species of fishes before! Goldfish, bloody parrot, flowerhorn, guppy (we once had a pregnant guppy and she gave birth to hundred baby guppies!), tetra, blue discus and lots of cute little fishes. Most of them died naturally.

One time my family filled the aquarium with fishes of different colors and patterns, and my most favorite one was a tiny yellow fish with not vertical but horizontal tiger stripes. I was sitting in front of the aquarium looking at those little creatures swimming, and suddenly I noticed that my favorite fish was gone! It just disappeared like that!!! I asked my family and we couldn't explain why, all other fishes were tiny, it's impossible they ate it! The aquarium had a lid on top so it's also impossible that it jumped out! Where the hell did it go???

In the end it was my dad who found it, guess where it went?

It was so small it got sucked into the water filter system!!!

We got it out and it swam for a few hours and got sucked in again. We took it out again and wrapped the water sucking part with a net thingy. But it died the next day and I was so sad :(

Okay this didn't count because it wasn't me who killed it. But wait I have one more!

We had a flower horn for quite a long time and she was the only fish in the aquarium. (oh wait, there was a garbage eater in the aquarium too... hey you know what we used to keep a garbage eater since he was like 3cm and it grew so big we had to remove him and put him in a pail. He continued to grow until 30cm long and we decided it's a waste to keep him because he ate A LOT of fish food every day so my dad threw him into a river. Or big drain I can't remember. Wait where was I? Oh flower horn... let me start a new paragraph wtf)

I quite liked the flower horn, it was pink and yellow and cute. One day we woke up and found her dead body lying flat on the floor.

She jumped out of the aquarium at night when we were sleeping and tragically exhaled her last breath on the hard, cold, shiny mosaic floor. (we got rid of air pump thingy so we no more covered the aquarium with a lid)

We thought she was out of her mind to jump out of the water at first, but after that someone recalled that it was my father who was out of his mind and did something to her the night before. Apparently my dad was feeling a bit ding dong after dinner, he took a mop and pretended that he was gonna mop the glass of the aquarium (he held the fabric part up and did the mopping action in the air in front of the aquarium). The fish was frightened and swam in all directions because suddenly there was this strange thing with long white pieces shaking vigorously in front of her. My dad did it a few more times and finally left the poor fish in peace after he felt satisfied.

this kind of mop

So we thought the fish must have felt that her life was in danger and she might die of some weird way so she decided to end her life first before anything happened to her.

Okay okay I will tell you how I killed a fish now.

So one time they brought back some small red fish (no "-es" because they were of the same type). I took one out of the aquarium and put her in a small glass of water and put the glass on my desktop table so that I could look at her while I did my project. The glass was very small, the length of the fish was slightly more than the radius so the poor fish had no space to swim it kept going round and round.

Okay wait this reminds me of the small shark (or big fish that looked like baby shark) in Al-Salam, a mamak restaurant near my previous college INTI-IU. It was kept in a pole-shaped aquarium and it kept going round and round in the same direction because the room was small for it to change direction. James asked one of the waiters and the waiter said the shark had been going round and round like that for three years wtf. Okay okay let me go back to my story.

So I was focusing on my project and suddenly my mom asked me, "hoi where is your fish." I pointed at the glass and realized my fish was not in the glass!

"WHERE IS MY FISH???!!!!" 

Then my mom pointed at the floor and I saw the little thing struggling and bouncing. I quickly caught it with my bare hands and put it back in the glass. They were amused and they said I should put it back into the aquarium because the glass was too small for it. I said I would after I finished my project.

To my horror, it disappeared again after a while and this time I could not spot her anywhere!!!!!!!

I questioned my parents many time whether they hid her somewhere but they said no!

And then after half an hour I found her dead at the leg of the table... or under the book rack? :X

Sorry fish! I didn't mean to kill you! o(╥﹏╥)o

I think I killed more than one fish, I forgot how... Maybe like, I poured too much fish food into the aquarium and they died of eating too full. Or I secretly threw in fried rice cluster or some other human food into the aquarium because I thought they would be happy to try different food. But then they died because of the food was oily. Something like that. Can't remember. My brother likes to frighten the fishes by poking chopstick into the water hahahaha wtf. Blame it on my father's gene. Really. I read a genetic study that says children's personality is largely inherited from the father. My father is very giet siao and I top my father. HAHAHAHA.

ps: I thought it would be a short post but it seems it has gone too long and I still have like a few animals on the list :X I guess I will write the rest in the next post. Wait for it.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

DCFOF Cat Shelter =^..^=

(there is a video embedded in this post!)

This visit happened in 2011. I decide to clear my blogging debts by starting with furthest back sets of pictures. Which I already did since the previous post. But the previous post is more self-ish and this one is slightly more nutritious (informative?).

It was about two month after I left home and my babycat Notty. I was getting all cat-sick and I started posting tweets/statuses like

" My life is not complete without a cat ╥﹏╥ "
" Life is incomplete without a kitty ╥﹏╥ "
" I need to snuggle and sniff a cat like RIGHT NAOOO ╥﹏╥ "
" Ah Mao I miss you so much I miss the tenderness of your fur and the passion of your love bites ╥﹏╥ "
" Can I have Notty shipped to me please ╥﹏╥ "

Just so happen one of my roommate Jimi  read my status (forgot which one, but I'm sure the last one of cat-sick series) and told me that he was a volunteer at our neighborhood cat shelter. That he could bring me along if I'd like to. Of course I was like yessssss bringgggg meeeee pleaseeeeee!!! 

(another reason was, I had to write a paper on anthropological aspects of a place in Madison for a class)

So in October, I followed Jimi to Dane County Friends of Ferals! The cat shelter is located at some kind of dessert area:

Jimi typed some code on the electronic lock and the door opened. Each volunteer worker has his/her own code for entrance, if anything wrong happens, DCFOF peeps can check up the code and figure out who should be responsible for the mess.

Thank-you cards from the new owners and pictures of the cats at their new homes

The kitties were classified and placed in 4 different room. The only one we were not allowed to enter was the room for cats with chronic skin diseases or in post-surgery condition.

The exam room is where they vaccinates the cats.

yellow tabby fluffy cat cute cat
Yellow tabby in the exam room

fluffy cat cute cat yellow tabby
This picture had me confused for a while until I spotted the nose. lol

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The medical room is for kitties who need medical care or are on special diets.

cat shelter
These cage have bigger room than those in the intake room! Unfair.

cat shelter
Notes from other volunteers. The way they personalize each cat was so cute!!! Read more here.

fluffy cute black white cat

cat kitten kitty fluffy cute black white
Jimi said I could let tame ones out so I did

She was a big cat!

This was how big she was! I was camwhoring with cat when Jimi was working at the back lol

The smell of the food already got the cats crazy when Jimi was still dividing the proportions! Our job that day was to distribute food to the cats, replace their drinking water and clean their litter boxes.

cat kitten kitty fluffy cute grey
Roxy, very affectionate and cuddly ♥

You must be amazed how I still remember her name right? Because I just visited DCFOF site and she is  March Cat of the Month! She just got adopted! :D Happy for her because adult cats usually have a lower chance of being adopted and hence have a longer stay at the shelter. Note that this picture was in October 2011 and she only gets adopted last month, March 2013! Her new owner named her Sylvie.

The intake room is for healthy, ready-to-be-adopted kitties!

cat kitten kitty fluffy cute grey tabby
I think the culprit was me because I let her out although the description did warn that she was "sweet but flips flops". And then she refused to go back to the cage and poor Jimi had to trap her with a box!

cat kitten kitty fluffy cute long tail
Very long tail

cat kitten kitty fluffy cute grey
This looked like her but this was not her. This was another cat called Polly. Her sibling? Can't remember.

cat kitten kitty fluffy cute grey tabby
Okay actually I am not quite sure whether the one I was holding was Polly or the Prison Break one

cat kitten kitty fluffy cute evil
She was plotting to kill me wtf

cat kitten kitty fluffy cute siblings twins tabby grey
This pair was for sure siblings. Why so many black/grey tabby cats! I want ginger ones :(

But hey Notty bit me all the time too and I loved it

cat kitten kitty fluffy cute
Kittens! Siamese and tabby mix?

cat kitten kitty fluffy cute tabby grey evil siblings
They were plotting to kill us too wtf

I ignored Jimi's warning that the kittens were still quite feral and took them out :P

Petrified kitten. She was like shivering in fear when I held her :(

cat kitten kitty fluffy cute grey
You totally see this coming don't you? One kitten escaped from my hug! Luckily Jimi wasn't around to scold me...

cat kitten kitty fluffy cute grey
I was not as patient or gentle like Jimi. I just quickly grabbed her and threw her back into the cage before she created more mess :/

Bad kitty flipped the litter box >:(

Some Egyptian cat. I was like "ughh you look weird" and Jimi was like "hey don't say that to her face! You'll hurt her feelings!" and I was like =.=

The central services room with washer and dryer, double laundry tub and shelving for towels.

That's all and
ending this post with picture of a cat who probably looks more attractive than you:

cat kitten kitty fluffy cute pretty eyes gorgeous elegant

I know right.