Monday, August 01, 2011

Yes, I've moved

I got a comment on my previous post asking if I'm still blogging, and mannnn am I surprised!
I didn't think anyone actually read this blog, other than my rant about Kerala on which I still keep getting comments. God knows where the crazies have put it up that it's still being read!

Anyway, for the ONE reader that's still following this blog, thank you! I'm touched! (really!)

I am fine, and alive and all that. And yes, I do have another blog where I am more active, and yes, I will mail you the link.
I'd have put it up here, but I'm using my real name on that blog, so I need to be more careful about people linking that one to this blog, as this one is generally a sad little blog, and I'm not actually so sad all the time! You'd like me if you met me! ;)

So anyway, adios and all that! I will not be posting on this blog anymore.

If there are any more lurkers out there, leave me a mail and I'll lead you to my new blog.


Monday, January 10, 2011

The Animal Farm

So this animal shelter I volunteered at... turned out to be a lady’s HOUSE!

She’s a local, and she’s got a massive house where she takes care of abandoned animals (although the idea of someone taking the trouble to bring Shetland ponies to the country and then abandoning it is just preposterous!)

I had to clean out the guinea-pigs’ pen, and though it was hard work, I enjoyed it!

I had to rake out all the old hay ( I ended up with 3 bags full of it!) and then replace it with fresh hay. And then I refilled their water and food bowls.

The guinea pigs shared their pen with reallllly fluffy rabbits (maybe they’re not rabbits, cos they had another enclosure for regular rabbits as well, but I don't know what else to call them) and were adorable!

I put in a hour’s worth of hard work, raking and scooping the poop out using a little blue spade the lady gave me.

As I was putting in the last finishing touches of fresh hay artistically around the nice big stone vase they had inside the pen, I heard someone behind me.

Or something, rather.

It was a Shetland pony! Black and absolutely adorable looking! But the naughty creature had tipped over one of my filled-to-brim bags of old hay and was contently chewing it up!

Another one of the volunteers came around and shooed the pony away, after which I had to clean up the mess.

I was free after that though, so I spent the next hour just walking around checking out the rest of the animals and taking to the other volunteers.

Most of the people I talked to had been volunteering for a while and knew all the animals and their names.

This one Jordanian guy (Hazem) I met was talking to a cockatoo and teaching him to click his tongue! The little guy could already say Hello! and was adorable!

I loved the fact that they left their flying birds free to fly around and yet the birds never flew away. This was their home.

The cockatoo liked it when Hazem scratched behind his head, like you would a cat. In the beginning, the cockatoo wouldn’t let me touch him and would snap his beak at me if I tried, but within 10 mins of me chatting with him, he relented and let me scratch his head too! Women's charm? I think so! ;o)

Hazem took me around and introduced me to the other animals – other than the numerous dog and cats running around there was also an African gray parrot, peacocks and peahens, rabbits, owls (who were asleep), pythons, a family of llamas (the baby llama was named Valentino cos he was born on the 14th of Feb *grin*), deers (one normal spotted kind and another white one) who were sharing their shelter with a friendly goat, a huge Alsatian (whose enclosure was the only one that we didn’t venture into), iguanas, porcupines, maras (before last Saturday, I didn’t even know there existed such a creature!), Minky the monkey (who unfortunately didn’t warm up to me as quickly as the cockatoo) and a regular green parrot that was missing for a while until we discovered that he was sneakily chewing up some cables and had almost exposed the copper wires within! As soon as Hazem called out his name he stopped what he was doing and looked away guiltily! He was scolded by Hazem and I found it so hilarious that the guy was scolding the bird like you would a child and the parrot actually seemed completely aware of his actions and looked guilty!

I didn’t take any pictures this time as I’d started with work as soon as I got in and didn’t have a chance to go back to my car and grab the camera afterwards.

But I’ll definitely capture this wonderful place on film (can you still say ‘on film’ when you use a SD card?) when I return next weekend!

If you're in Dxb and would like to volunteer as well, please mail me.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Random Saturdays

I'm always on the search for new experiences, new people to meet and things to do.
I'm interested by people, humanity, the way we are, so to speak.

I've joined this group called Volunteer in Dubai, and they do a bunch of different things to help make lives better for different people. They organize clean-ups, meetings for autism awareness etc.

So today, I'm off to help clean up the animal shelter.
I've been warned that there are quite a few "very friendly dogs" roaming around freely at the place. And I love dogs! I think I'm more excited about meeting the dogs than the people this time!

At least with dogs, you know exactly what they're thinking!


On a different note, I've decided that I'm going to give up on smileys when writing.
I'm going to try and express my emotions the old-fashioned way, with words!
I find myself constantly using lukewarm language and substituting smileys to represent what I'm actually feeling, and while this is okay in chat (where tone is impossible to explain and emoticons are required) in prose it should be different. Newspapers and magazines don't have smileys in their articles!

And if I hope to be in that field of work, I should work on improving my skills as well right?

So there!

Oops, I think something's burning in the kitchen!


Wednesday, January 05, 2011

So yeah... I've rearranged my resolutions a bit.

Career comes first. So I'm working on getting a job in a field I'm more interested in.
Then I'll work on saving money and changing house.

Practicality brings me down from my lofty castles in the air I suppose.
But I'm not giving up on anything, they're still plans that I give myself a year to bring to fruition.

I'll also start another travel-blog, with my real name, and maybe more pictures of the places I've been to. This is my bid to get closer to the job I actually want. This way, I'll actually have something to say when I tell people I like traveling and writing.

I'm going to make it like a column, I will update it weekly and all that!!

Ooh! I'm getting more excited by this idea by the minute!

Cool! So adios Iwishiwaskidding and Hola .... hmm... I'll have to think up a name for the new blog!

I'll come back to this one once in a while I'm sure! Whenever I feel down and out and know that I can post stuff in here without it linking back to me.

Ok then, I'm off, to grab Life by the horns! :D