Wednesday, 14 August 2013

A Walk Outside

Hello everyone!! How have you been? I'm sorry I haven't been writing much -- besides being busy with school and my little brother, I've been having the flu! I had a fever for days, but am better now, just that I have this stupid cough and sometimes a head and tummy ache. So my Mom has been taking care of me and giving me my nasty tasting antibiotics. I've finished my homework now though, so I'm going to share with you some photos I took!

My Mom takes us for long walks to the beach almost every day and each time there's lot of different things to see. These are photos I took on one of those walks (except the one on top of course, which was taken by my Mom! I was about to go for ballet then haha).

So first let me show you the mangrove swamp we always walk past. The canal leads to the sea. The swamp area used to be much bigger, with lots of herons, snakes and monitor lizards, but that has greatly decreased :(

That day, we were so lucky to see this little bird in the bougainvilleas! He or she looks like a hummingbird, don't you think? But my Mom says we don't have hummingbirds here, and he is actually a sunbird. In fact, she thinks he may actually be a spiderhunter, one of the largest species of sunbird.

Like hummingbirds, sunbirds feed on nectar, and also insects and spiders. They have long, curved bills, and tubular tongues for nectar feeding. They're so cute!

Some sunbirds can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, see? They fly very fast, so I was happy to catch these shots!

There are lots of beautiful trees and plants by the sea.

My Mom says many of them have been here for years. I hope they stay around for many years more!

Many ships pass through here. Singapore is the world's second-busiest port and the world's busiest transshipment port. Ships like this one are so huge they look gigantic even from the shore. My Mom says LNG is a tanker that transports liquefied natural gas. The ship has a double hull or body to protect the cargo from damage or leaks.

Out at sea, there are lots of these kelongs. Kelong is a Malay word for these sorts of offshore wooden structures. They are built mainly for fishing, though there are fishermen and their families living in the bigger ones. They are secured to the sea bed by tall wooden posts that go down several metres into the sea. These ones look like they're resting on the water surface, but there are many that are elevated high above the water and you have to climb up the rickety beams. My Mom told us she did that when she was younger. The kelong she went to was out in the deep sea and she could see big shiny barracuda in the water below!

Now let me tell you about this thing. We had been seeing it in different parts of the sea for days already and I finally remembered to take a picture of it. The first time we saw it, we said it looked just like the head of someone with goggles and greasepaint on, half-submerged like those people on secret missions. Then I said he was in some competition for treading water, and that he had outlasted everybody.

You see -- he refuses to give up! That's why he looks like this now.

There were many poor dead crabs on the shore that day. The bottom of this crab shows he is male. When they are alive, we can see them running about in the shallow water and then suddenly diving and disappearing into the sand.

I read an article that said that unlike what a lot of people think, crabs and other crustaceans DO feel pain. My Mom has always believed this and refuses to eat them (and animals in general). Once, we rescued some crabs from the supermarket. My Mom says that those poor crabs and lobsters we see tied up in the supermarket or in the tanks at restaurants are boiled alive. Now a university study has proven that these poor animals do feel pain! And if you read how the study was done, you will see that they are smart, thinking creatures too! So please don't eat them!

There are lots of sea stars washed up on shore too. Don't call them starfish because you know they aren't really fish. They don't have backbones for one thing, but fish do. Did you know that sea stars can grow a new arm if they lose one? They also don't have brains or blood, and move by using hundreds of tube feet on their undersides.

Now let me share with you a very sad picture. This is a beautiful bird we have to walk past every time we go to the beach. He is quite far away so we can't tell what kind of bird he is, but he has a very long tail and sings very loudly and sweetly. I think it is very very wrong to keep a bird caged. Caged birds cannot stretch or use their wings and are lonely and bored. Imagine being trapped like that all day, every day! He must be so sad when he sees the wild birds calling to each other and flying past. Mommy says there is a poem by one of her favourite writers called "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings". One verse of the poem is:

The caged bird sings with fearful trill
of the things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom

Isn't that sad?? Please don't ever get a bird for a pet, unless you are going to build a bird sanctuary in your backyard or are rescuing one that has been abandoned.

Well, before I go, let me share with you something happy -- a picture of my little brother who is now one month old! He is getting cuter and cuter every day! I love him!!! He is soooooooooooooooooooo adorable! I just want to hug him and squeeze him FOREVER!!!

Thank you for visiting! See you again really soon!!
 

10 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear to you have the flu! I wish you to get better soon. I didn't know you have a beach in Singapore! I always thought it was all concrete or port. Caged birds are sad. I don't keep pets because of that. I am too afraid to take away their freedom. And your baby brother is so precious! Very cute little guy. *hugs*

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  2. Sorry to hear you came down with the flu Becky but glad to hear you're feeling better now. It must be nice to take walks with your mom every day and your photos are very pretty. I'll take your advice and not get a bird for a pet. Jake looks totally adorable and huggable! I bet he's getting plenty of love from you all :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  3. I found adorable that here in Portugal, in my grandparents farm we have the same pink flowers, right on the other side of the world! Isn't it amazing ?(: The beach seems wonderful and I also am very sad for birds in cages, I mean, they look so pretty outside! I just love starfishes :D And they can regenerate their legs! How amazing is that?(:

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  4. Hi Becky! I'm so happy you're feeling better. Having the flu is really not fun! I loved your post and all of your pictures. The sunbirds are lovely. I took some hummingbird pictures at my parents' house earlier this week and hope to post them soon. I agree with you about the crabs. I've been vegetarian FOREVER. Did you know lobsters scream when they're boiled? If that's not proof that they feel pain, then I'm not sure what is!!! We do have a bird for a pet (her name is Scout) but her cage is never closed ~ she has full flight of the house and she loves to play with us. She's quite spoiled actually! But, in general, I do have to agree that most people should not have birds for pets. The one in the cage in your picture made me quite sad. Hope you continue to feel better!!!

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  5. Thank-you for taking us on a beautiful and educational walk, I love how knowledgeable you are about the wildlife that share the beach with you! I promise that I will only have a rescued bird if ever I have one for a pet and I never eat crab or lobster anymore for that very reason you state.
    I am so happy that your little brother is doing well and that you love him so much, you are the best kind of big sister! Take good care!

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  6. I'm sorry you were feeling sick! That is not fun! I hope you're all better ;o) I love your post! A lot of great pictures and meaningful information! The little bird that looks like a hummingbird is so sweet! I agree with you, I will never cage a bird! I always thought lobsters and crab didn't feel pain either. Thanks for letting me know! Give your baby brother a hug from me ;o) Take Care ;o) xoxoxo

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  7. I love your photos Becky! Isn't it fun to explore by the water? Nature offers so many different things. I never eat seafood like your mom. I always saw is as a different food chain (with the shark being like the human of the sea). I have seen a crustacean in pain and it is very sad. That caged bird makes me sad too. :( Your brother is so adorable. I bet he has a really cute giggle. I hope you feel all better soon. :)

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  8. What a wonderful post. And your pictures are fantastic. I feel like I took the walk along with you. There are so many beautiful things to see when you slow down and look around. I do hope those trees are there for many years. I love big old trees; many of them take decades to reach their full potential, and it's heartbreaking when they are cut down. Your brother is such a cutie. But then, so are you! Hugs to all of you!

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  9. Hi Rebecca,

    I love this post of yours. Firstly, I hope that you have fully recovered from your illness. Secondly, congrats to you and your mummy for having a new addition to the family. Your little brother is adorable.

    Well, I love walking along the beach with you through your photos. I'm so glad to know that you are from Singapore just like me. Although we do not have clear blue waters and fantastic view of the marine life, our beach is still very interesting to visit with the many sights of nature to observe. Your mummy has taught you well. I would not keep a pet bird.

    RYC:
    Ooooh... You are so cute! I felt you sounded like a cute little girl with very good English and went to peek at your blog. You are really a lovely little girl. I haven't tried Colimix and peppermint oil pills my dear but I would take these suggestions into consideration. I have seen a gastrointestinal specialist but nothing serious could be picked up. I will drop by your blog again soon to read your posts. =)

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  10. Your brother is so cute! :) We will be looking forward to meeting up with him. :)

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