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Aug 27 2012

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The Philippine Eagles

Previous entry: Butterfly Sanctuary

Date: 15th June 2012

 

The next destination, after the Butterfly Farm,

 

Yes… we were here to meet the infamous Philippines Eagles!

But, let’s do some homework first:

 

The eagles are an endangered lot  :(

 

The pictures I had seen so far gave me the impression that they are cute:

 

We had to walk deep into the park:

 

These are the cages for the eagles. The cages have to be big enough to allow them to stretch their wings (fly). There’s one here, can you see it:

 

More lessons:

 

They are also known as the monkey-eating eagles (yes, they eat monkeys!)

 

Their wing span is 7 meters!

 

This was the closest we could get to one:

 

This one was  just curious of us as much as we were curious to see him:

 

This park is definitely very educational :)

 

This one is in a cage:

 

 

There was a donation drive some years ago, and donors’ names are etched on the blocks of cements:

 

 

 

On our way out, we were “greeted” by this Brahminy kite :)

 

 

 

The road back to Davao:

 

Except for the public transports, the ambience really reminded me of the villages back home in 1970s..

 

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Aug 27 2012

Posted by under Diary

The Half Century Mark!

Yesterday was my birthday, at least officially. And officially I am now half century old. I am grateful with the life that is given to me. I am blessed with a great family, relatives and friends. There are just too many of them that those few who tried to make me feel miserable are negligible to me :)

The kids gave DH and I a bean bag each:

(I bet you can guess which one is mine!)

Here’s what I did yesterday:

1. Woke up at 4.30am for the early meal (I was going to fast).

2. Did my morning prayers, did some ironing, cleaned the house (or rather the family and dining area).

3. Sent Aina to her friend’s house in Section 24, Shah Alam

4. Went to the wet market

5. Since I had some time to spare before I was to pick Aina, I decided to visit the famous Jakel (Textile Shop). I will write more about this :)

6. Fetched Aina and 3 friends, took them home

7. Sent Aina and friends to Setia City Mall

8. Did some early cooking and prep tasks for today’s lunch meet with some friends

9. Fetched Aina and friends.

 

I was so exhausted in the late afternoon (I had been up since 4.30am!) that I unintentionally took a long nap – woke up just in time for the breaking of fast. I was too tired to sent Mae back to college, but I did manage to prepare some quick dishes for dinner.

 

That was about it :) . Four friends remembered to wish me happy birthday via sms/FB. Two of them are very close to my heart and I was not so surprised to receive the wishes, but the other 2 came from 2 young former colleagues, whom I didn’t expect to remember my birthday!!

 

Now, back to Jakel, yesterday was my second visit to the place. The first was during the chaotic, recently concluded  fasting month when it was just too difficult to move around. I went there with DH to get some curtain fabric, and we did just that!

However, yesterday, despite me wanting to only buy some fabric for my head scarves, I ended up buying some dress fabrics too! The temptation was too great to miss. Maybe I was in a good mood because I managed to get the parking spot right in front of the main entrance!

 

I can’t remember when was the last time I bought dress fabrics! The last time I bought new “baju kurung” was for Eid Mubarak LAST YEAR!I hope I will not buy anymore for at least another year… I just do not feel the need to, anyway :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 20 2012

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Eid Mubarak 1433H (2012)

My Eid Mubarak Wishes to all my Muslim friends and family!!

 

We had our 1st Shawal celebration yesterday. It marked the end of the fasting month of Ramadhan.  Like most Eid Mubarak, we didn’t go back to our hometown for this great day (we however went back there 2 weeks ago, to beat the jam!).

 

Unlike the last few years, this time around we had a great celebration. Why? Because since 2006, this is the first time we managed to have EVERYONE in the family home!

To celebrate that, we had this family photo:

 

Well…. Different house, different chair (sofa this time), but the arrangement is still the same as the last (full-membered) family photo taken on the same day (1st Shawal 2006) exactly 6 years ago:

 

Last year we could have had a similar photo (Ayi came backfrom Canada just before Ramadhan) if it was not due to call for duty for Nuni, who had to work continuously 7-days a week for 3 weeks that included the first 2 weeks of Shawal :( .

If everything goes as planned, next year will see Nukman and Nafis (the two blokes standing on the right-most and left-most of the picture respectively) spending their Eid in France and USA :( .

 

So, we decided to enjoy this gathering to the fullest!! :)

 

 

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