During our visit to Ape Gama, a replica of traditional Sri Lankan village near the Parliament of Sri Lanka, we managed to meet a lady with the service of palm reading.
Originally only our host Stubby and her sister got the reading; but I've decided to give it go.
The lady spoke only in Singhala, but we were lucky to have Stubby's brother in law to get it translated.
Different from the Chinese guys on the left, girls on the right version, it was vice versa in Sri Lanka palm reading. Here are some of the details and what I think:
1- You have 4 lucky star lines on your right palm. This means that you will be rich in the future. Indeed, very rich.
Stubby's mom commented that she should keep me around more since I will be rich. But still, its something really subjective right? I mean, future changes all the time
2- You will earn plenty of money, but you will spend them all too. Meaning, for 100 ringgit earn, you would spend 100 ringgit.
True that. Somehow my expenditure is pretty high every month; and I live off my parent's allowance only. What's gonna be when I started working? Heck, really how do I get rich if I spend all the money right?
3- You are an extremely fun person around your friend ; in contrast you are always uptight and hold high responsibility in your family.
Spot on. From my palm really? Everyone in the group knows how uptight I am around my family but I can go W-I-L-D with my friends. So I guess she guessed it right?
4- You have 3 siblings. 1 who is always bickering with you; yet 2 whom will be your aid in success in the future.
Hold it right there. My palm spells 3 siblings? Like serious shit. I mean, everyone can guess ANYTHING. But numbers are like, very large scale in difference don't ya think? Well, this reading is exceptionally true. I do have 3; and I bickered the most with my elder sis I guess? Since we are closer in year gap. 2 whom will aid me in my future... Hmm... Maybe its the younger siblings since my elder sister is now married?
5- Your wedded life will be extremely well. Your first love is close to impossible; but your second one will be the one lasting very long
My heart fell for like, 0.5 second; only to picked up right after that with the thought in my mind. Time to let T go once and for all. I mean, to trust an old Sri Lankan lady about the love of your life IS crazy, but its about time something comes whacking into my face to snap out of it. The girls who know said, its impossible so its time to let go. "When is the 2nd one coming ar???" Well girls, I'd wish I would know. But its not now for sure.
6- You will have plenty of friends. Wherever you go, you will make friends easily.
Seeing how I HAVE been making friends with people from various places, that was pretty true. I mean people would say the lady just wanna butter you up for more money and all; but well I don't mind having this trait AT ALL. Free accommodation and tour guides in every corner of the world? Hell yea. 7- You will live a long life of 75 years old.
Okay lets start counting down. I was thinking it is too long for me though LOL. 8- You will still be very lively when you are old. Extremely flirtatious even when you are old.
Like HELL-OOOOOO?!!! Why do I always get the comments on me being flirty anyways?! I'm not THAT promiscuous! Actually NOT AT ALL. I don't go to clubs; I don't go to bars; I barely know ANY pick up lines. Really, why am I always the flirty one?
9- My life will be smooth without any significant hardship.
Really? Oh dear and here I thought life could be better. Naah, it has been great. IF it would be great, that's something I would be totally fine with. 10- Health wouldn't be an issue.
Hmm, I am dealing with them NOW though. Define health issues. Cancer? Diabetes? High Blood Pressure?
Well, I can totally digg life without health problems!
11- Distance with family is great.
This was my last question, without the lady telling me. I asked how relationship would be between me and my family. Distant was the answer. I guess this is true because, I really tried making my family; or my parents to understand me; but they wouldn't. One can only try that hard right?
Bonus: No. of Child? Not available because I'm a man. I can like have millions of kids with my semen frozen in the sperm bank.
Stubby got a number of 2 while her sister got a number 4.
I would say the lady was 80% right. I would trust her though, because no. 3 and no. 4 totally freaked me out. I have never been to Sri Lanka nor have I had my palm read by someone else.
I think I did post about my sister getting married. But if I've not; here's the gist of it:
My sister is now married, someone else's wife; and someone else's in law; someone else's mother.
Yeap, an addition in our family, our next generation came catching us off guard:
Meet "Guailan"(fussy in Hokkien), my niece.
Apparently she looks like me when I was her age. So meaning she might look like me when she's a lady? Hmm, I wonder.
I would have made a damn hot chick with my face; but let's work harder into a Chris Pratt stud material in the near future.
Holding her successfully for the first time today without her being TOO "guailan" was fun. It's all about skills when it comes to handling; similar to handling small or exotic animals like rabbit or juvenile cats and dogs.
Sis and mom ought to be more trustful in me when it comes to handling.
I won't be around much for the next year, but I will still get her new toys to remind her of the vet uncle.
8 weeks ,4 same people, 3 states, 3 species, 2 different cars.
Yesterday marked the end of my DVM3 extra mural farm practical.
The final arc of the 8 weeks series took place in the alluring beaches of Cherating, east coast Kuantan.
We didn't know what we wanted in the beginning but because Hottie wanted to try out something new; so sea turtle it was.
We had no allowance or place to stay; so we had to get a homestay around.
Established in 1998, the sanctuary boasted 60000 visitors in 2013; that's about 400 visitors a day. It's an extremely good performance, because 60000 people are being educated about the life, risks and importance of sea turtles in our shores.
Wildlife practicals, being out in the wild as they are required us to be under the sun for long hours. I'm pretty sure I got darker over the week with the amount of tanning job during our day shifts.
We had 2 shifts; the day and the night shift.
Although the sanctuary operates from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm; we only took the morning shift till 12.00pm and begin our night shift from 9.00pm to 12.00am instead.
The morning shift usually comprise of removing the unhatched turtle eggs from the hatchery to accommodate new eggs.
The blue nets were barricades for the nests to prevent error in records of the hatchling numbers. Baby turtles usually climb to the surface of the sands at night, so doing so will reduce the number of labors and errors imposed
Like chicken eggs, not all turtle eggs can hatch. Over the 45 days of incubation(as to 21 days in chicken);
some eggs hatch;
some eggs don't hatch because of absence in insemination;
some eggs don't because of viral; bacterial or parasitical infection;
some eggs don't because of predator attack like crabs which prevents full growth;
some eggs don't because of the genetics;
some eggs hatch so much later than the normal ones, till the point when we were removing the old eggs they were only hatching.
Holes dug are required to bask in the sun to disinfect them over 2 weeks before new eggs can be incubated in the hatchery.
The rest of the day is pretty much leisure because there wasn't a vet there to begin with. Records were made only at night and what we do left is to feed the sea turtles kept in captivity in the ponds of the sanctuary to educate the visitors.
Towards the evening, about 7.30 we were allowed to set some of the hatched sea turtles to the sea. The time picked towards nightfall aims to reduce the tendency of predator preying on the sea turtles; since most animals can't really see at night.
Our night patrols were pretty much the main highlights of the practical:
a- Preventing poachers
b- Rescuing sea turtle eggs laid by the sea turtle.
The idea of hatching eggs in a confined hatchery under supervision of the government prevents poachers from stealing naturally laid eggs to sell them for price of RM2.50 in the black market.
It is absurd because the nutrient of a sea turtle egg ain't exactly that much higher than that of a chicken's. The idea is because sea turtle is wild and eating their eggs serve to be a good experience. If the sea turtles were bred and captivated for the purpose I'm okay; but the conservation law listing them as an endangered species so, know what the limits are.
Strolling under the moonlight and stars along the beach; entertained by the chorus of waves, wind and sand was truly relaxing. This was really more of a holiday over a practical; minus the mosquito attacks.
It was a great experience working in the sanctuary, other times were really just food and more food; but I will definitely come back for another week or two just to getaway from KL. Satisfying food is real hard to find; but the journey to get them is really worth the experience.
Cherating has really limited food; but Kemaman of 20 minutes up north has really good offers
The famous Hai Peng Kopitiam was okay. The buns were amazing but I had better Kopi Os. Found in the center of Kemaman town, Chukai.
Satars in Kemaman along the road side towards Teluk Mak Nik were great. Sweet juicy fish paste grilled with charcoal. But you need to get the piping hot ones to serve the dish its justice.
Kemaman stuffed crab for RM8.50. It was quite good because its still a new dish to me, while the flesh inside was really; stuffed. Found right in the heart of Chukai Town.
A day before we end our practical, we spent the afternoon up to Dungun, Ice Queen's hometown for a short road trip. It was pretty much a food trip really, but since we are around, might as well
Had an authentic Keropok Lekor as suggested by Ice Queen. Great texture, more fish than flour definitely. But to me, best eaten by its own without the chilli there. Stalls along the coast of Kampung Bunga Raya pretty much taste the same
Air Jagung is apparently a must to try there. Great taste; definitely natural and ain't artificial. Sweet corn with ice along with great view of the sea and breeze; what other afternoon tea can beat this? Ask TWG go jump sea.
Like the name have suggested; Squid Crackers from this shop is apparently pretty good. Dungun souvenirs probably can't beat this shop. Found on the right side of the road once you have entered Dungun town from Kemaman.
The girls surprised me with a birthday cake on our last night; I totally didn't see that coming because I was busy thrashing them in UNO game. We had pengat durian, good cookies and a good cake to end our last night. It's definitely heartwarming to having people remembering our birthdays, and celebrating them for us because they really love us.
It has been a great practical.
Turtles, be strong and come back to lay more eggs for our future generation so they would know you have existed, and you are really beautiful.
Sisters, we will be forever sisters and this trip definitely have made us so much more closer.
Compulsory practicals have now come to an end this year. Time for real holidays!
PS: T's profile somehow still sticks out in my social media profile. But I'm pretty sure I got over T by now. I hope.
This is a late post; something I thought I wouldn't be posting but I am.
A day after the small ruminant practical ended Ice Queen invited me to join her voyage to Tanjung Sepat with the IVSA exchange students from Belgium.
The journey took us about 2 hours on Kesas Highway from Sri Petaling to the heart of the town.
Amateurs around that zone of Selangor should totally get their GPS rolling to prevent themselves from getting lost; thankfully Ice Queen's iPhone was suave enough to bring us right where we should be; the Lover's Bridge.
Originally paved in supple wood planks across the sands into the cerulean water; now its as if hulk and hulkissa made out and tore down the whole damn segment of the bridge.
It's a good thing the water remained its color; but the sight of thrash including tables and plastic chairs was just, disheartening.
Some day, I would come by again to have a good walk, maybe some talk with the future lover of mine when the bridge is mended.
Lunch in the restaurant was BAD. Just pack your own lunch when you head to Tanjung Sepat because almost all restaurants here are a rip-off. Snack your way till dinner or throw a picnic. It would be so much better.
The visit to the Mushroom Factory was educational; and a surprising fact is the lady owner is a University Malaya graduate who have published papers and journals about the mushroom they cultivate here!
It's definitely something to be applauded because not many producers out there provide concrete published journals by scientific bodies to support the facts behind their products. Being a consumer from a science background, this would convince me more of that brilliance of their products over other seemingly scamming products in the market.
Nothing much apart from mushrooms, we ahead a little further down to visit Kuan Wellness Ecopark.
Its an agricultural product based company; something vet students like us would relate the best to. The park boasts of a robust selection of organic plant-based product; well mannered swiftlet nesting ground providing quality bird nests; a simple collection of vintage cars and some wildlife animals in their petting zoo.
The cars on display probably would attract some people, but I don't really dig vintages because they're all so small.
Their petting zoo is of about, garden size. It's nothing new to us because we have been dealing with so many different animals before in real zoos and our university's vicinity.However, its a great place for kids and couples to come over and feed the animals while petting them as laymen has minimal exposures to these animals anyway.
I'm pretty impressed with the recognition the swiftlet farm has attained. Recognition from the Department of Veterinary Services, HACPP and a few more organization definitely reassures consumers of the choice and quality of products made here.
The day ended with us going to Jenjarom to visit Fo Guang Shan Zen Temple.
I love visiting temples with closed shrine halls because they provide serenity and peace. The ambient soothes my mind and allows me to seek refuge in the teaching of Buddha more vividly.
Ice Queen said she was relieved I came along this trip because of the insights I provide to the exchange students. They were curious of the Buddha's images in miniature sizes places around the shrine hall, and what do they mean.
Initially thinking they were the deceased ones, I explained on how offerings to the Shrine hall works from my understanding. These Buddha images are actually merits.
Families who wish to attain merits in their lives can do so by donating funds to the monastery in supporting the sustaining of the Buddha's teaching. In supporting the existence of the triple gems; Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha; Buddhism believes in collecting merits and hence bringing better karma in the future. Families may also offer these images to their relatives or deceased ones in the wish to collect merits, so that the deceased ones may be reborn into a better life with a better karma in the future.
At least that is how I understand the offering system works. The exchange students were impressed because it is intriguing have someone who'd actually understands what everything in the shrine hall meant. Well, not everything; but most of the thing.
I'm glad I assumed the President of Buddhist Fellowship back in my Form 6 days. I've learned so much more about the triple gems, most importantly Dhamma itself. I'm what I am today because of them.
The day ended with FGS as our final spot while we headed back home. It wasn't the BEST road trip; but it was certainly insightful. Thanks again to Ice Queen in pink for inviting!