A night walk amongst the mangroves

I had this wonderful opportunity of walking amongst the mangroves in near darkness this evening. With me were little children and their parents, and our guide.

A little girl behind me held her breath in excitement. “I want to come back again to see the fire flies,” she told her mum who was carrying her.

Right in front of us were 2 lone fire flies, dancing in the darkness. What a beautiful sight, made more beautiful with the words and expressed delight of this little girl.

As we made our way down the boardwalk, we saw more of such fire flies dancing away in the distance. One crossed our path, it was so close that we could have reached out and touched it.

In this same walk, we saw other animals. One other animal that caught my eye were the dog-faced water snakes that waited for their prey along the banks of the mangrove streams. There was also a tree-climbing crab that disappeared into a tree hole when we came along. “Be quiet, and keep the torches off”, it seemed to say. “Be invisible if you want to observe the nocturnal world for what it is.”

Significance in life

“The ultimate significance in life comes not from something external, but from something internal. It comes from a sense of esteem for ourselves, which is not something we can ever get from someone else. People can tell you you’re beautiful, smart, intelligent, the best, or they can tell you that you are the most horrible human being on earth—but what matters is what you think about yourself. Whether or not you believe that deep inside you are continuing to grow and push yourself, to do and give more than was comfortable or you even thought possible. The wealthiest person on earth is one who appreciates.” – Anthony Robbins

Coastal cleanup & rescue of horseshoe crabs

A most awesome evening at Kranji mudflats! Caught up with fellow nature enthusiasts & made new friends.

My team removed a couple of long abandoned fishing nets. We ended up spending much time trying to rescue horseshoe crabs that were entangled in the nets. Many of the horseshoe crabs were still alive, but they could not move because the knotted strings got into their feet, carapace & mouth parts. I am thankful that we rescued at least 20+ horseshoe crabs. Some of the rescued hsc were in such hurry to get away, they moved away really quickly when placed back on the sand!

Being nature people, my team did opportunistic bird watching too. ‘Snow Tern. From the North Pole.’ said Sunny, my team mate for the day. The terns dived into the waters occasionally, such a beautiful sight.

Utter joy to be out in nature :)

Before the coastal cleanup at Kranji mudflats. Kerry from Nature Society (Singapore) giving a brief.

Before the coastal cleanup at Kranji mudflats. Kerry from Nature Society (Singapore) giving a brief.

Nature’s gift of a “bird park”

Thankful for nature’s gift of a “bird park” right outside my office building. The birds were busy calling away at the tree tops all day! With the gentle breeze, and the green forest surroundings, it’s a really lovely place to be in.

What are you thankful for today?

I’m thankful for…

  • the wonderful lunch conversation I had today with one of my colleagues;
  • the sense of satisfaction that comes with being deeply involved with what I do;
  • the wonderful conversation I had with one of my neighbours;
  • the refreshing time spent alone reflecting;
  • the renewed sense of inner direction which makes each moment so exciting & joyful;
  • the simple joy of seeing my family return home from work safely

:)

 

the 4 mins speech

There was this ball. It was blue, red and a little soft. You know, the bean bag kind. The ball was thrown across the table to another student. He stood up, walked to the front of the room, said his 3 to 5 mins speech without any audio or visual aids. The speech was video-ed and he got immediate feedback from the class.

I sat uncomfortably in my seat, not wishing to speak. The ball looped over. It was my turn!

I walked to the front, plagued with self doubt. Not too sure if I knew what to say. The topic which I chose was something I feel keenly for, but do I know enough to captivate the audience for 5 mins? Without any aids?

As I took my position & felt the presence of a “stage”, the fear slipped away. A certain courage & strength took over. A voice rang clear and powerful – was it mine? For 4 mins, I shared stories that until now I felt no one understood. The room listened with apt attention, at times responding with laughter and nods.

As I returned to my seat after the speech, my heart danced. :)  There was this joy as I realised… I did my act of courage! I stood for something I believed in, and I stood up for myself. I am truly very thankful for the opportunity.

Re-discovering the Green Corridor :)

It has been a long time since I went on a walk along the Green Corridor. Glad to have the opportunity to walk a short segment of it with some colleagues & their children. A rare chance in a long time to re-connect with nature’s beauty, and the many plants and animals in its midst. Came across a supposedly rare insect. The Green Corridor, or least the segment where we walked, looks well utilised, with runners, cyclists, people walking their dogs and families.

Interestingly, the planted grassy ground on which we walked was all dried up & yellow, but the green areas that grow wild are still looking good despite the dry spell. Perhaps the wild plants are indeed far more resilient, doing relatively well compared to the planted ones.

Along the Green Corridor. Not far north of Bouna Vista MRT

Along the Green Corridor. Not far north of Bouna Vista MRT

A little happy moment :)

A little happy moment :)

Dancers being filmed under a bridge.

Dancers being filmed under a bridge.

Beautiful art murals under the bridge

Art murals under the bridge

Beautiful flowers :)

Flowers are blooming!

Bananas in the wild :)

Bananas in the wild :)

Spider and its shadow

Spider and its shadow

Butterfly. It didn't move even though my camera hovered for several seconds near it!

Butterfly. It didn’t move even though my camera hovered for several seconds near it!