Heatwave …

“We’re having a heatwave
A tropical heatwave
The temperature’s rising,
It isn’t surprising,
She certainly can can-can…”  ~  Irving Berlin

Yes, even the birds are feeling the heat. Right below the bird feeder laid Mrs Blue Jay, catching the very mild breeze, spreading her feathers and trying to cool down.


Sometimes I do wonder how Mother Nature designs her birds, their size, their beaks, their colors and their feathers’ patterns.


She is just so pretty! I’m 90% sure it’s a female (male ones usually have more blue under their chins) and she’s probably squawking a request for Ma Nature to give us some rain because we need it … badly.

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Is this an Omen?

Frankly, I don’t know.
On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, we took a local bus to old San Juan and walked the tourist walk which was very enjoyable.

Yes, we saw the old streets and walked amongst the pigeons,

passed some very meaningful historic statues like LaRogativa,

I even took note of some nice street drain covers,

and the beautiful multi-coloured houses of La Perla. Did they all survive Hurricane Irma? I don’t know but I hope so.


and then the strangest thing happened.

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Pandan ~ Can baby roots be forced to grow?

I have received a very interesting email from a reader (Mr/Ms H. M.L.) with questions as per captioned and whether I add Epsom salt &/or coffee to my soil.

In reply:  I have never tried forcing “baby roots” to grow but you have actually triggered my curiosity with that question. I think it’s time for a new experiment. No, I have not added Epsom salt and yes, I do add used ground coffee to my soil.

However, IF you have 2 very matured plants and are willing to try getting “babies” out of them, you have 2 options.*

Land-babies sprouting from a chopped off “old” stalk which has had its trunk and aerial roots buried about 1 ft in rich composted manure and then mulched to retain moisture,
or Aqua-babies, which are growing from a stalk being rooted in water. These small plants were just green spots when the stalk was submerged and to me that  indicated potential growth.


These will grow in (yes, under) water until they are tall enough to be exposed above soil when I bury all the water cultivated (white-hair like) roots in soil.

We have just had the Summer Solstice and I think the Pandan plants are feeling the Moon’s magnetic charge. See some of the parent plants with their “babies”.

So, Mr/Ms H. M.L., I can’t answer your main question about forced growth of baby roots yet but … that will be my experiment for 2018.
Thank you for igniting that flame of curiosity.  😉

*Forewarning: If your plants die because of poor handling, bad soil, infertility, etc … don’t blame me. Try at your own risk.

Singapore is NOT part of Malaysia!!

Singapore was literally “kicked out” of Malaysia in 1965.

The island is a sovereign city-state known globally as the Republic of Singapore and we celebrated our 51st year of independence in 2016.  BUT *sigh* sadly the US State Department still thinks Singapore is part of Malaysia.

We are NOT part of Malaysia!

No one seems to be googling/checking for errors even though everyone with a PR/media job to perform has a (if not more) computer on their work desk + tablets + super cellphones. They are not layman-bloggers like myself, they get paid(!) to do their jobs … and their editor(s), overseer(s), bosses seem to be equally complacent.
I give up! 

Update:  It’s now gone global. Yes, it’s in the South China Morning Post and if anyone thinks this is one of China’s teeny-weeny newspaper, I’m sorry to disappoint you but this is a global news site & newspaper read by businessmen, politicians, etc.

Uh-oh… the BBC screwed up

BBC ~ the famous British Broadcasting Corporation ~ should know maps, global maps, right?

Singapore was once under the British rule, yes, we were part of the British Colony for 144 years. Wouldn’t a British news corporation then know where to get a proper map ~ be it from their archives or even Google Maps? Someone in the mapping department of the BBC must have been in post-pubcrawl stupor or working many hours overtime, but the editor … away on vacation?

To put the map of Sentosa, which is a resort island off the southern coast of Singapore, connected by a short road and cable car, as the island of Singapore is hard to believe and “digest”.

BBC’s wrong map!

and it took Coconuts.Co (a Singapore news site) to correct the BBC!

Coconuts.co did a superb correction.

How on earth (pun intended) can BBC air such a glaring error globally?
Go figure!

 

 

Singapore – No, it is not a part of China!

I have been asked many times “Which part of China is Singapore?”
Even a Social Security employee (many years ago) took the liberty of adding the word “China” to my application form without asking me. Fortunately I  corrected her in 2 seconds, telling her that Singapore is an independent republic, 3 hours flying-time away from the southern most point of China.
Does that surprise you, my fellow readers?

Well, now that an important summit of the US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is being held there, with over 3,000 journalists covering this piece of news being physically in Singapore and a spike in Google Search for Singapore’s location … I think I will now be relieved of the “China probe” when asked where I am originally from. (Yippee!!)

If you want to know where Singapore is, click Google Map and add to its Search statistic.

Yes, I have been resting my fingers from blogging but I simply am unable to resist posting this.  I am after all a true blood Singaporean and proud of it.

 

Extreme Makeover

It’s almost the end of winter ~ Florida winter that is.  Another “nor’easter” is brewing and will probably come down south, yes, our way.

Will my warm weather plants’ seedlings survive? Will it get frosty, needing the tropical fruit “trees” to be covered again? Unpredictable as … who knows(?) *sigh*

But all is not lost. There is an indication that Spring is forthcoming. The grapevines are calling out.

Spring is forthcoming and I’m ready to grow!

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He Woke Me Up …

“Rat taa taa taat!”
Me:  *yawn* Wat wassat?!
I looked at my alarm clock ~ not due yet ~ OK, false alarm (pun intended).
Head went back down to my comfortable pillow, eyelids slowly came down.
Then again “Rat taa taa taat!”
Now I’m wide awake!!

By the back door, what I saw made me quickly run back in to grab my camera and then slowly, very stealthily, creep back out again to try my luck to get a few shots.

Pileated Woodpecker

There was Mr P Woodpecker (different from the the Ladder-Backed Woodpeckers, who love our front yard oak tree). He was pecking away at (of all things) my bathouse! The bathouse, being hollow, of course made an extra loud “Rat taa taa taat!” compared to a tree trunk, no wonder it woke me up.

He’s a big one ~ about 20″ tall, while standing vertical on the bathouse, that is.

That’s 1 handsome bird!

Look at those eyes!

Want to see his head rattle and hear his wake-up call?
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