Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Have you ever....

Phew! I'm taking a break from revision. I did some pen and thumb twiddling during my breaks, and the result is this poem. My very first stab at poetry. When someone like me starts writing poetry, the world is starting to turn in the opposite direction. You see what stress and thinking about your past and someone else can do to your mind.....

Have you ever?

Have you ever wondered why, humans were created?
Have you ever wondered why, the dead are sometimes cremated?
Have you ever wondered why, y has a long tail?
Have you ever wondered why, when we try so hard we sometimes fail?

Have you ever seen, the Northern aurora lights?
Have you ever seen, the devil dance in the pale moonlight?
Have you ever seen, on a brilliant night a shooting star?
Have you ever seen, someone you love, die in a car?

Have you ever been, too scared to stop a fight?
Have you ever been, too stubborn and then seen the light?
Have you ever been, in a fight and regret the words you said?
Have you ever been, so angry and stormed off really early to bed?

Have you ever felt, someone’s smile light up your face?
Have you ever felt, really happy when you’ve engaged in a long embrace?
Have you ever felt, betrayed by someone you love?
Have you ever felt, sadness caused by the one above?

Some of these questions are written, just to really confuse,
But all I’m trying to say is that, life is so obtuse.

And yes, I have done all the above.
So hold me tight, my love
So there you go. Right, back to revision.....

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Crunch Time

Oh man. This is really it. My FINAL exams. So much to revise yet so little time. I wonder why do I always feel this way when the exams are approaching. Even when I've done all the necessary revision and practice (which I haven't), I still feel the pressure and butterflies. Is it just me, or is it natural? And the worst thing is everyone in my group seems so calm about it. Maybe I'm just worrying too much.

Well, my first paper is next week, followed by one on the 25th of May. And then afterwards, all the shit will hit the fan. No doubt about it. And no misses too. I'll be craaaazzzzeeey from the 1st of June till the 9th of June. In total I've got 7 papers to plough through. And after that, I'll probably look really really bad.

How I shall look like after my exams

So, I think I will be taking a break from this blog till my exams are over. I need all the resources and time. Good luck to all those that are having exams at this moment. This is SJ....over and out.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Animal Encounters VII

Hello folks. Welcome to another posting of animal encounters.
This time, we’ve got the

Ring-tailed Lemur

Ring-tailed Lemurs live in social groups in the southern forest of Madagascar. They use their tail as a signal to others in the group whilst foraging for food on the forest floor. The stripey tail is used as a flag when they are walking on the ground, held aloft where others can see. The tail is also used in "stink fights" where the animals rub their tails against scent glands on their arms and wave them over their heads at the opponent. Lemurs have longer and more sensitive noses than other primates. This suggests that smell is an important way of communicating for them. They also chatter among themselves with series of barks and alarm screams when frightened.

There are over 1000 ring-tailed lemurs in zoos worldwide, but only 10,000 - 100,000 in the wild. The dry, scrubby forest in which they live is being destroyed by slash and burn agriculture, charcoal production and mining for gemstones and minerals.

Did you know that Ring-tails in the wild occasionally pick up toxic millipedes and rub themselves all over with the foul smelling juices from the millipede. The juices may act as an insect repellent - the lemur equivalent of flea-spray!

Like most lemurs, you can often see them sun bathing in the early morning sun. Well that's about it for this encounter. Look out for the next one!

On a side note, I’ve been pretty busy recently, with many things on my mind and many things to do (exam revision, studies, housing), hence the absence of updates and postings. I’ll do my best to update this site.