Sunday, 2 November 2008
Today's featured animal is Arabian horses.
Arabian is a horse breed known for their intelligence, spirit and endurance. They can be easily recognized by their distinctive head shape and high tail carriage.
Arabian is also one of the oldest horse breeds, first domesticated in the Middle East, and later spread to other parts of the world either through trade or war. The breed is also good-natured, intelligent and eager to please, resulting from close relationships with humans for centuries. They are also very alert and possess high spirit which made them extremely useful in wars of the past.
Pure Arabians come in several different colours: bay, gray, chestnut, black and roan. Bay, gray and chestnut are the most common. All Arabians, no matter what their coat colour is, have black skin, which offers protection against the desert sun.
Arabian horses are very versatile that compete in many equestrian fields, and especially dominate endurance riding because of their stamina. They are also used in leisure fields, working as ranch horses or for trail riding.
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
For those of you who know, I am currently studying first-year Bachelor of Commerce, and in the past month I have started to really dislike the course. I have little motivation, perseverance or consistency, and right now I'm doing worse than last semester. Several times I turn up late to lectures, sometimes even missing one entirely. Try as I may, I find it extremely difficult at times to get a grip and actually do work.
Yes, commerce was my first preference, but science was my second. You know I never really wanted to study commerce in the first place, but the pressure from my parents... :( Now I wonder if I made the right choice in the first place. I want to transfer course next year, to Bachelor of Science. My ultimate goal is to do one year of that, then apply for direct entry into Veterinary Science. But it will be challenging, very very challenging. If not, then I would choose to major in Zoology, and hopefully do masters or honours in this field. Preferably, if possible, do a double major in Zoology and Marine Biology. :)
I believe that people should do what they enjoy, and not choose a course just because their parents or teachers said they should. I mean ultimately, you are the one who will be pursuing that as a career, and studying something you don't like leads to an unhappy future. I want to be able to get up in the morning, be ready to face the day and say, "A new day, a new adventure!" I want to actually enjoy uni, and looking forward to it, knowing that I will make fascinating discoveries and learn what I love to learn.
Will this ever happen? I can only hope.
Monday, 29 September 2008
The pics I'm about to show you may cause incessant staring, drooling, gasping, sniffing, fainting or even screen-kissing. Only look if you don't mind losing your sanity! LOL!
Are you ready? Scroll down.
No really, are you certain you want to look?
Okay, brace yourself and scroll down.
Monday, 15 September 2008
Okay, as I write this, the dark clouds that have been hovering above Melbourne all day finally gave in. Now it's pouring! I heard there may be a chance of thunderstorms later.
No wonder it's uncommon for Melbourne to have what people call 'four seasons in a day'!
Sunday, 7 September 2008
But that's not all of it. The semester break is still two weeks away and just this week alone I have work on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I can't believe this...
I'm just so tired... *drinks coffee*
Saturday, 6 September 2008
Also, I really need to cancel my Maccas shift on Wednesday to do my assignment, but I'm scared they might get mad at me. But I have too! Or..... Oh drat, I dunno what to do! *sniff*
I really really cannot wait for the semester break!
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Every day, the McDonald's at which I work sells dozens, maybe close to a hundred soft serves. I know they are cheap (only AU$0.50), but do they really taste that good?
Sunday, 24 August 2008
I've got some pics of this beautiful breed below. Enjoy!
Friday, 22 August 2008
From December 4th this year, the wonderfully amazing J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, will release a new book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard. A wizarding classic, this collection of five richly imaginative fairy tales was translated by Hermione Granger from ancient runes, complete with an introduction, notes and illustrations reproduced from the original handcrafted book, and extensive commentary on each of the tales from Professor Albus Dumbledore.
The hardcover book will be released on December 4th. Can't wait! =)
Thursday, 21 August 2008
I know it's good, since Melbourne desperately needs water. But whenever it rains, I feel somewhat weary, my mood dampened. I prefer sunny days.
Also when it rains, I just want to stay in bed.
Now I can't wait for spring!
Friday, 25 July 2008
When I first started working, there was a lot of things to learn and remember. A lot of skills take practice, such as making soft serves, sundaes, packing fries, and using the register etc. A month later, I'm still not perfect. Still waiting for the day when I can make two soft serves at once! Of course, there are many other things I had to do besides serving the customers. I also had to learn how to do stock-ups (counting how many units of cups, lids, spoons, paper bags etc and ensuring there are enough units on the premise at all times), how to clean the dining area, refill ice cream cones, brew coffee and cleaning the drink machine.
Working at Maccas is also great for boosting self-confidence, gained from interacting with customers and team members. This is excellent for me as I'm usually quite shy, and do not like approaching people I don't know. In addition, I made several new friends, which made work a whole lot more enjoyable :).
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Anyway I was watching the puppies play around and being very active as it was nearly their dinner time when I overheard two Asian international students talking about the puppies. One of them wanted to buy one because it was "so cute". The other one said how it will be quite expensive, not to mention stinky. The first girl then said, "A kennel is all it needs, I will just put the kennel in the backyard and so it won't be so smelly."
At this point I was getting worried. Surely they are not going to leave the dog in the backyard all the time?
I listened to them for a little longer and found that neither of them like to pick up doggie dos or cleaning the mess. One of them was like, "but it will make so much mess, I don't want to pick up their waste."
I wanted to yell at them "What did you expect? It's a dog! Not a toy!"
Boy, these two young women present a spectacular example of people who buy pets on impulse. Usually they know very little about the animals, let alone how to care for it. So a kennel is enough for a dog?! I would love to be the pet shop owner telling them a dog needs much more than shelter; grooming equipment, good quality dog food, walking accessories, flea and worm treatments, vet care and most importantly, plenty of love and attention. If those two girls are not too keen on picking up doggies dos, then I suspect they won't like to wash or groom the dog either. To make matters worse (if they do buy the puppy), it is a long-haired breed, meaning it will require much more grooming attention.
I left the pet shop just as they went to ask the shop owner for the price. I sincerely hope the price will scare them off.
Unfortunately this situation happens every day and everywhere. In most cases, the animals end up unwanted, in the shelter.
SIGH, when will people learn?
Sunday, 8 June 2008
Hi there mum!
Searching for fallen rose petals
Hey mum, why are you down there?
I'm the king! Worship me! xD
I'm exploring and posing at the same time =P
Hey, don't you think I can be a movie star?
Want a bunny kiss?
What are you looking at?
I want treats!!
Got anything for me?
Whatcha got there mum?
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
As you know, I have a pet rabbit called Rex, whom I love to bits! He is my furry little pal, and the best listener. This is probably not strange, because many people claim that their pets are the best listeners. You can tell them anything, without having retorts thrown back at you, and it is my way to just get something out of chest. For now, I will talk about pet ownership.
A pet is not just for display, or for Christmas, it's for life. Thousands of unwanted pets end up in the shelters every year, simply because their owners can no longer look after them. They why you would ask, would they buy a pet in the first place? The decision of whether to own a pet does not just happen overnight. It takes weeks of planning. Not everyone is suited to pet ownership, and even if you want a pet, not every specie is suitable for everyone. A common reason that people has when handing their pet over at the shelter is "I didn't think he/she would be like that." How can this be avoided? The answer is simple - research. Researching provides potential pet owners with invaluable information. One cannot just look at their neighbour or friend's dog and say "oh how cute, I want a dog." People who act on their impulses often do not understand the huge responsibility that comes with owning a pet. A pet needs more than just food and water. Many pets, especially exotic pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs etc, are often left alone in the backyard without any human interactions.
This brings me to my main point - pet rabbits.
Here we are in the twenty-first century. Rabbits are becoming more and more popular as household pets. Unfortunately, people's perceptions about them haven't changed much. There are many common myths surrounding this furry specie of animal, and I will list some of them below.
Reference: www.boingonline.com - Visit the website for more myths and quality information on rabbit care.
Because of their size and cuteness, rabbits are often thought of as the perfect pet for children. However, this is not the case. Believe it or not, a dog would be more suitable. Rabbits are prey animals, and most do not enjoy to be cuddled and picked up, which is what children would do. In an attempt to escape, the rabbit may kick, bite or scratch, injuring the child and often the rabbit itself. Rabbits are known to have broken their spine as they kick madly to escape. The startled child may also drop the rabbit, whose bones are fragile, and can cause serious injury. Unfortunately, rabbits are popular Easter gifts for children, but as the novelty wears off, the rabbits are left neglected in the backyard or dropped off at the shelter.
Who says vet care is only for cats and dogs? All domesticated animals require vet treatment, even if it's just a half-yearly check-up. Illnesses are sometimes difficult to identify in rabbits, and when you do, it may be too late. In addition, they are good at concealing pain, so if you ever hear a rabbit scream, it means he is in excruciating pain. Trust me, you never want to hear that sound.
Rabbits make excellent pets when cared for properly. They are very clean, can be easily litter-trained and friendly. As for me, pet rabbits will always be a part of my life.
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Monday, 4 February 2008
3. You Can't Take Me
4. Get Off My Back
5. Brothers Under the Sun
6. Don't Let Go
7. This Is Where I Belong
8. Here I Am
9. Sound the Bugle
10. Run Free
11. Homeland (main title)
13. The Long Road Back
14. Nothing I've Ever Known
15. I Will Always Return (finale)
As the seasons change - remember how I used to be
Now I can't go on - I can't even start
I've got nothing left - just an empty heart
I'm a soldier - wounded so I must give up the fight
There's nothing more for me - lead me away...
Or leave me lying here
Sound the bugle now - tell them I don't care
There's not a road I know - that leads to anywhere
Without a light I fear that I will - stumble in the dark
Lay right down - decide not to go on
Then from an height - somewhere in the distance
There's a voice that calls - remember who you are
If you lose yourself - your courage soon will follow
So be strong tonight - remember who you are
Ya you're a soldier now - fighting in a battle
To be free once more - Ya that's worth fighting for
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
I woke today to find the ground covered in a fluffy layer of snow!! Since I live in Australia, snow is indeed a rare sight. I was so excited! The last time I played in the snow was about three years ago, during my previous visit to China.
After breakfast and some house chores however, half the snow has melted away. Still, there was plenty to make a small snowman. My sister Jane and I thus wrapped up in cloaks, scarves and gloves and headed outside.
We got all the snow we needed from on top of the cars coz the snow there are the whitest and the fluffiest. Findind a place to build the snowman was a bit difficult as there weren't many flat ground around. At last we found a stone chair to act as the base for our snowman project. My gloves were soon soaked by the melting snow, making snowman-building increasinly difficult. Brrr...it was freezing! At last, our beautiful snowman was finished, we used a few lychee cores for its eyes and nose, and a piece of snow pea for the mouth. We dubbed it: Mr.Squishy!!!
Monday, 21 January 2008
Pros of living in China:
- The cost of living is cheaper. Say if one earns money in Australia, then spend it in China, nearly everything would seem a whole lot more affordable, especially every day essentials.
- Late closing times are very convienient. Every day, shopping centres are open until 10 to 11pm, unlike in Melbourne, where the shops close at 5.30pm except on Thursdays and Fridays when shops close at 9.00pm.
- Clothing range: the varieties of clothes on sale in China is far more diverse than what I have noticed in Melbourne. Most of my clothes are bought from China as there are not many clothes that suit me or my tastes back in Melbourne.
- Food glorious food: I can enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine in China, as well as other delicacies which cannot be found in Australia.
Cons of living in China:
- Large population: in my hometown, Ningbo, alone, there are over 5 million people. Due to rapid development, the number of vehicles on the roads are increasing by hundreds every day. It is a pain just to park your car, not to mention travelling a major road during peak hours. My cousin told me that you can leave your car on the road to use the toilet and when you return, your car would still be in the same spot!
- Dangerous traffic: in China, you cannot wait until the road is clear to cross the road, or else you will never get to the other side. It is a pedestrian's job to safely weave in and out of vehicles to cross the road. Cars will come within inches of you, even on a pedestrian crossing. Cars are not the only danger. Cyclists and motorcyclists are probably the most daring people on the roads. They are everywhere, zooming in and out of streets, one must keep their wits about them in order to avoid being hit.
- Inadequate control of hygiene rules: even though their are "keep our country clean" signs everywhere, some people still spit all over the place, which is much more indecent than littering. When I walk on the streets, I have to constantly look on the ground to avoid stepping on spit. Eww...XP Australia is much cleaner and less pollution results in a better environment.
Sunday, 20 January 2008
We got a new home in my hometown Ningbo, China. It's kinda like a two-storey apartment and it's ultra awesome! It is much more modern-looking than my home back in Melbourne. I have my own room with a double bed! Dad also bought a 46inch Sharp Aquos LCD TV, complete with DVD player and surrond stereo system. Watching movies at home is a whole lot better now! Our home has three bedrooms, an open study, two bathrooms, two balconies, two walk-in wardrobes and an open kitchen opposite a spacious living room. Ahh! I love my new home! :)
I have been in China for nearly a month now and have done a LOT of shopping already. I got heaps of new clothes, shoes, a R4 card and leather pouch for my Nintendo DS, some books and best of all, a lap top computer of my own! It's a blue Sony CR series laptop and it's absolutely brilliant!!
Food here in China is really cheap, well in terms of currency conversion. One Australian dollar equals to around 6.5 RMB. When I go to supermarkets, I buy a load of snacks such as cakes and those yummy Asian snacks, which are a lot cheaper than in Melbourne! My grandparents also buy us fruits which you don't get in Australia, they said, "Try to enjoy them while you can!" Mmmm....I'm in heaven! Hehe...
Well, that's it for now...FOR NOW...more to come! :P
Tuesday, 1 January 2008
Our teachers often remind us that year 12 is going to be the best year of high school, but in my opinion, year 11 was the best. Year 12 was too stressful and tiring to be very enjoyable. Although year 11 was the first year of VCE, the stress level was not as high, meaning I could still do some of my favourite activities during free time. I like my year 11 teachers better overall as well. Especially in Biology and Physics, where we can muck around a lot without being told off. For example in biology class one day, we get to disect a rat and examine its digestive system. After drawing a rough (and messy) diagram, some peole started to mutilate their rats. By using a scapel, a couple of girls crushed a rat's skull. The crunching sound made Ms Williams look up and she said in an exasperated tone, "Will you stop making those sick noises! Leave the rats alone!" However, she rarely gets angry, and always likes to joke around, which made biology classes a heap of fun. The stench of the rats were overwhelming as well, and in just one lesson, we used up two cans of air refresheners, but even that could not completely cover up the smell of dead frozen rats. As a result, we left the class with a mixed scent of rats and air refersheners...
Year 12 was much more serious, and it felt like the shortest year. We had so much homework, assignments and assessments that even the term holidays felt more like catch-up periods rather than vacation. The hard work was paid off in the end though, and now it's all over!! But year 12 wasn't all work and no play. I still went to orchestra rehearsals once a week, one of the few year 12s who still do. I joined House Chorals, the Winter Concert and concert choir. These are the things which made my last year of high school even more enjoyable and memorable. My favourite teachers this year are got to be Ms Scarpino for accounting and Ms Gurm for biology. Ms Gurm is one of the funniest teachers I've ever met, but she takes our class seriously and most importantly, she is fair.
The greatest asset that I have gained from the past two years is friendship. I have made many new friends and got closer with some old ones. My best friends are Yimo, Sandra, Maria, Coral, Enlin, Jin, Sally and Ziwei. I also have friends in all my classes as well as in orchestra. I hope to remain in touch with all of them.
The past two years are filled with excitement, happiness, tears and memories. I will never forget these.
Anyway, I've decided to start a brand new blog, called Midnite's World. Hopefully this one will be more active than the last one. :) For the time being, I will not delete my old blog.
Yes, my new year resolution: constant bloggin! lol