you learn something new every day

Recently read this very lovely photo essay of a very special family:

THE BISHAN OTTERS

In it, I encountered the term spraint, which of course simply means ‘otter dung‘. And checking out this new word made me wonder if every type of animal droppings has its own name?

you learn something new every day

Learnt a new Latin term recently – vade mecum!

you learn something new every day

A couple of weeks back, I read this article about the finals of this year’s RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship, which was won by a boy from Rosyth School. Several of the words that the competing pupils were asked to spell were mentioned in the text, and I knew most of them. Except porraceous and eglantine. :O

a dark and stormy night

It’s 1.33 am, pouring heavily outside, and I yearn greatly for piping hot dim sum to chase the cold away…..

there is no truth, only perspective

Recent events reminded me of this quote:

We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Anais Nin, The Seduction of the Minotaur

you learn something new every day

Solresol is a constructed language based on musical notes. And I must say, it sounds awfully confusing!!! :P

young/old

Being the main person in charge of my company’s Facebook account, I am able to see what a lot of our doctor members share. Noticed a paediatrician post this earlier today:

Me: “How old are you?”
Little boy: “I am not old.”
:)

How cute is that!!! :D

the solitary diner

As a single girl, I eat at restaurants alone quite regularly. But actually, solitude is a luxury in our crowded city……

serendipity

His search for a sewage pipe, which began in 2000, became one family’s tale of obsession and discovery. He found a subterranean world tracing back before the birth of Jesus: a Messapian tomb, a Roman granary, a Franciscan chapel and even etchings from the Knights Templar. His trattoria instead became a museum, where relics still turn up today.

I really enjoyed this article, about an Italian man who started digging to fix a pipe, and ended up unearthing an amazing array of historical artifacts!

the wisdom of children’s literature

A month ago, Kang Hao sent Ming Zhen and I the following image, evidently from 9GAG:

mewtwo

He later commented that he actually hated everything about Pokemon other than Mewtwo. Its words of wisdom actually made me recall two quotes from Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series……

To Harry Potter in The Chamber of Secrets: ‘It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’

And to Cornelius Fudge, Minister of Magic, in The Goblet of Fire: ‘You place too much importance, and you always have done, on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!’

you learn something new every day

There is actually a water allergy and it is known as aquagenic urticaria!

you learn something new every day

The science of mountains is called orology.

you learn something new every day

Sylvester the Cat‘s trademark exclamation is ‘Sufferin’ succotash!’, and today I finally found out what succotash actually was!

time flies

And the first quarter of 2015 is over!!!

do not stand at my grave and weep

Still can’t believe LKY is gone. It just feels so surreal…… And perhaps it’s the perfect time to revisit this poem……

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I did not die.


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