What's going on?

What's going on? You can't rush perfection! Have you heard of this famous saying? It has never been more relevant to me until this year, or to be precise this last few months of Honours. At this pace I'm going, please, as if I can go any faster anyway!

October 21, 2010

so take a picture.

people often resort to taking pictures to store and freeze good memories, so they don't get lost somewhere in our tiny brain as we make way for more.. so that during one of those gloomy days, when you need a bit of a mood lift, you can always crawl back to these memories that colour you life.. that define you.

this feels surreal. today feels surreal. i was meant to send in my thesis (which btw is still a piece of crap as for now..) today at 4pm sharp but i got an extension. and i don't know why, somehow, when time usually pass you by so quickly during those rush hours, it just does not this time around. like, i could still be out surveying for hiking packs in Toowong today when i freaking need to just wrap myself in a blanket to get the writing done. but i could, and time is still around, weirdly.

i am not complaining, don't get me wrong. my point is, as surprised as i am to how merciful time is treating me this time around, i am cherishing every bit of it. this year has been such a BIG thing, with the koala conservation that i have been intensely involved with. it opens doors, it channels many wonders for my mind to feast on. and ya Allah, i just want you to know that i have never been more grateful, ever, in my life with the opportunities that You have showered on me this year. it all comes down to this one last week, and how i wish it doesn't end.

i don't know what exactly am i writing about. maybe this is a letter to God, to thank Him. for the wealth in knowledge and possibilities He bestow upon me, and for the time He spare for me when i need it. i mean, come on... i really am putting my procrastinator mask on at this very moment to show how much time i have left before the thesis is due next week.

so go on, take a picture of your favourite days.

frame it in your mind anyway there is, coz moments like this are just too sad to be forgotten. and as for myself, this blog is my picture :)

have a good week!

October 07, 2010

paid your tribute?

sean came back from the field bringing a bag full of shattered body parts of a koala he found killed by the freeway. i dropped by his room to have a look, and could barely see the head. the nails from her claws looked chipped. and the smell was horrible.....

bloody urbanization.

September 13, 2010

Eid 2010

i consider myself as a weeper on most sad occasions.

i cry when my cat falls sick, i even cry when my shoes gone missing.
but somehow, not this raya... and even the last four rayas i've spent away from my family, surprisingly.
maybe it's just me who hate sounding all sad to the echoing sound of takbir and thus make my parents even sadder, or me not attending to the sad emotions, or maybe im not sad at all. hehe.

but i do miss this routine thou.. seeking for my parents' forgiveness on Eid morning!

so this year marks my last year celebrating Eid abroad.
eventhough i've starting not believing in spending money for new fancy baju raya since years ago, i was still excited more than anything.

i'd say this raya was equivalent to a celebration of both friendship and... food (duhhh). everyone was neither short of laughters nor lemangs, nor rendang nor impit, nor kuah kacang nor laksa itu ini, nor satay nor every-food-you-can-possibly-imagine-on-pagi-raya-in-Malaysia.
ok im getting carried away with the food.... :D

sad to think that this raya with friends ends here, but please, hell to the YES for going back to raya at Malaysia!

so here am I wishing everyone a very joyful & blessed Eid Mubarak wherever you are.
and if you're far away from home, please wipe your tears and immerse your whole existence in food ok?

Salam from Brisbane, Australia.

September 06, 2010


River Fire Brisbane 2010 from Vanessa & Damien's balcony

have you been celebrating life? :)

my first attempt at capturing fireworks. kalau compare dgn pro mmg menangis la, but i think i did ok for someone who knows so little about manipulating long exposure component in the dslr. i coupled that lack of practicality with my common sense on how light travels, and apparently that works too. haha.

August 31, 2010

roasted zoology 16

Since I'm still in my whale-obsessed mode..... :)

Humpback whales Megaptera novaeangliae are mammals from the baleen whale suborder, and are well known for breaching and their complex songs. They are, as we know humongous and as for that, I'd like to talk about their feeding behaviour.

An average-sized can eat up to 2500kg of food every day duing their feeding season! This season lasts for 120 days, and takes place in the Antarctic (cold water) so yea, talk about intense food festival.

Because they are baleen whales, they filter feed tiny crustaceans, planktons & small fishes through the baleen. I've also read somewhere that their favourite is the Antarctic krills that are available only seasonally as well.

Interesting, huh? :)

August 29, 2010

of Shaneel's fiery lantern and breaching humpback whales!

the urge to go whale watching has long bugged me.
and it helps when shaneel & pascaloo both wanted to join the soonest i voiced out my plan to them about it a month ago. time has been such a bitch since, but we (along with vanessa & damien) managed to cheat it and leave for the weekend all the way to hervey bay, the whale-watching capital of the world :)

we decided to camp the night before since we had to be at the deck by 730am. we headed to beerburrum all the way from brisbane, a journey that took 4hours in pascaloo's tiny Getz. that is equivalent to me, dams & vanessa having to squeeze our bums at the back, fully making fun of each other's distorted self along the way. but it was fun nonetheless.

we arrived a bit late, hence getting to set up the tents in the dark. dinner was simply divine when everyone was so close to morphing into a pack of hungry grizzly bears in the middle of a camping park! i swear, the rockmelon slices i had that night tasted like the best rockmelon ever... slurpppppp yummy!

on to tea & ghost stories time in the tent- which might i say, involved some peculiarly interesting true stories & tea spilling all over Shaneel's air-pumped mattress. we called it a day at 10pm, and i had a really good sleep in my lil tent.

sunday started early. in fact, extremely early. i woke up at 430am, had a walk to the best spot for sunrise, and was back to the camp site on time to pack everything and leave. the drive to hervey bay took us about 40minutes, and left us plenty of time for a quick coffee & croissant. we got on Shayla Cruise and please, the rest is history!

i wont bother explaining much of the many magical encounters we had with the many curious, playful pod of whales on that full day cruise. but of course, let the pictures & videos do the talking :)

spot damien in his excited mode...


three whales in the first pod.
synchronous swimming, check!

whale breaching, check!

tail slapping, check!

whale blow, check!

me camwhoring, check! hehe..

we were meant to wave & shout to attract their attention, and to keep them lingering at our boat longer. you can guess who screamed the loudest, lol.

spot the barnacles & tubercles on their skin.

close up at the barnacles.

this female whale was so playful. she rolled around the boat, waved her fins, and yes, basically acting cool :P which we obviously don't mind..

this was recorded by pascale, and im pretty its her in the video.

more tail slapping.

this was taken at about 3pm, as we headed back to the marina. you can tell that makcik kat dlm tu was already quite sick of seeing any more whales. haha.

oh, and we found this weird couple on our way back. the female was on top, fully hugging the male underneath her if you can see... and they were in that position for quite a while, circling the boat.

the cruise departed at 8am, and returned close to 5pm the same day. it costs me only AUD110 for a full day cruise, and they provide food (goooooood food) & drinks on board. it was family-owned, small scale cruise company, and i dont know if i havent mentioned this already, but ALWAYS go for the small scale tours/cruises. they use small environmental-friendly boats, and are usually genuinely in the business out of passion, and not for the profit they can yield from it.. plus the services they provide have never once failed me! :)

we drove back to brisbane the same day. i know, who doesnt hate monday!

but with a scenery this breathtaking, and such good friends to enjoy it with, i say why not? :)

(click here to see the full album)

till we meet again, playful whales!