Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I'm back!

From Tokyo and am busy clearing a week's supply of work. Sigh.

Hope to update soon.

Meanwhile, a quick pictorial tour of Tokyo.

5th Station of Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji - Breathtaking!

Another shot of Mount Fuji from a different angle

More of Mount Fuji

More of Mount Fuji

WIll you pay 300 Yen (approx. SGD3.80) for a can of Mt Fuji Air?

Awakudani "Hell Valley"

Asakusa Kannon Temple - the outer gate

Another pic of Asakusa Kannon Temple. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple.

Kirin Beer Factory

Ginza - For Shopping

Burberry in Ginza - Is it cheaper cos some of the tour members requested to visit?

Ueno Flea Market

Nakamise Shopping Street

Japan is a place full of vending machines

And Gaming Arcades

Beautiful flowers everywhere

Bullet Train. 10 mins on bullet train or 45 mins on the road?

It's teribble to be lost in Japan. I was told a taxi journey of 2 hrs costs close to SGD800!

A typical toilet seat - with all the buttons

No kidding, there are people who go out in their kimono

Disneyland - Lots of fun!

Disneyland - Donald Duck

Disneyland - Chipmunks

Disneyland - Stitch

Disneyland - So many Stitches!

Disneyland - It's a Small World

Disneyland - Pinocchio's Daring Journey

Disneyland - Toontown

Disneyland - Peter Pan's Flight

Disneyland - Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall

Disneyland - The Parade

Disneyland - Say Cheese!

Disneyland - Crystal Palace

Disneyland - Nice trees!

Disneyland - A centre to babysit your pet dog or cat while you have fun

100 Yen Shop - Every item @ 100 Yen

The Fortune Cats!

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Reunited! Oren, 19 May 2007

We found Oren!

We found Oren!

We found Oren!

I still can't believe this.

A fellow caregiver at 200+ found a new ginger male wandering at her area since 16 May and heard from her friend (who is also a caregiver) I lost a ginger male (I am at 800+). She contacted me last night about this cat. I got hold of Uncle Y and we both flew down to verify and my god, it was HIM!!! I kept asking Uncle Y, "Uncle, you sure? You sure its him?" cos I cannot believe we could find Oren. I thought we've lost him for good. Isn't this so amazing? It was as if heaven knew we lost Miki and decided to return Oren to us.

Our guess is that someone dined at the prata shop next to my blk, saw Oren (he likes to loiter at the prata shop), liked him and brought him home to 200+ or 300+ area (where this person resides). Then perhaps, either Oren escaped or they decided he is not adoptable or lost interest in him and left him at the void deck.

M's dad was saying this person could have return Oren to where he picked him up if he decided not to keep him anymore and not just abandon him anywhere.

Oren is home. : )

p.s. Thank you GL and Paula.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Miki will be dearly missed.

Heartfelt thanks to all of you who have showered me kind words and thoughts regarding Miki. We are less sorrowful now but the heartache remains and will take time to fade. Since Miki's death, OJ and Mi bonded less. Miki was the link to the trio.

I called the police station this afternoon hoping to find out if they had performed a postmortem on Miki but I was not successful in contacting the officer. I will try again.

Meanwhile, I received a call from the TC officer on Wed about 3 complaints.

Case 1: Too many community cats.
Case 2: Feeding upstairs + urination/defecation along corridor.
Case 3: Feeding upstairs + defecation.

These 3 areas are not managed areas. I'm not sure why the TC officer called me (perhaps I was the nearest) but I will try my best to help. However, I am not certain if I can take on 3 cases so I may have to sadly let go if I can't. We'll see.

G and I went to see the complainant last night on Case 3. This is the area of the 8 unsterilised cats. Complainant was reasonable in our opinions. Mrs T resides on the 3rd floor and mentioned of someone feeding on the 2nd floor. She is also concerned about the growing population. The person who feeds on the 2nd floor works in one of the stalls at the coffeeshop down the block. He is the kind malay uncle I mentioned before.

We've asked for Mrs T's understanding and patience to allow us about 3 weeks' time to get the cats (about 10 of them) sterilised. We also said we will speak to the feeder to request that he feeds downstairs and to clean up after feeding. We have promised to visit her a month later to receive her feedback. Before we left, I left Mrs T my contact no. and have told her I will be out of town the next week.

These are some of the cats at the area:

We named this cat Uncle Chocs. He is a sterilised male.

G will, with Uncle Y's assistance start trapping on Thu while I am away.

I was supposed to write about Garfield but Miki's incident came too abrupt. I guess I can only tell Garfield's story when I return from Tokyo next Fri.

Meanwhile, I wish G luck in trapping the 3 cats we have planned for.