Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Little Linguist

My nephew Danial speaks English very confidently. He may not get the grammar right every single time (neither do I for that matter, but who cares?), but he never let that stop him from saying anything. Sure, he mostly speaks what my sister calls the Disney language, ie; words and phrases picked up from cartoon shows, but isn’t that how kids learn English these days?



In fact, that’s also how I learned English. We didn’t have the Disney Channel then, but we did have the Mickey Mouse Club, along with other kiddy shows like The Electric Company and Sesame Street, and cartoons shows like Woody Woodpecker, Mighty Mouse, Tom & Jerry and many others. Boy, did I learn English from them all!!



Danial’s vocabulary is rather impressive too. I don’t think I could speak like that when I was his age. He once described to me in detail, a science experiment that he saw on the Discovery Channel, using words like trajectory and some others that I can’t even remember, let alone understand.



Of course, he has a habit of making up words too, so if he had just created some while talking to me, the joke was on me indeed.



The other day, Danial went to a friend’s birthday party and was chatting away with a Mat Salleh lady he met there. The lady was asking him all sorts of questions, including that about his parents’ occupation.



Danial knew that his father is an anesthesiologist, but he only knew how to say it in the Malay language, which is Pakar Bius.



So, imagine the look of horror on the lady’s face when Danial confidently told her that his dad is a Bius-er.




Monday, December 08, 2008

In Memoriam - Dr. N. Yogeswary

When I first heard the news about the landslide in Bukit Antarabangsa which killed, among others, a veterinarian by the name of Dr. Yogeswary, I had hoped that it's not the Dr. Yoges I know.

But it was her, and I am consumed with grief. 

The last time I saw her was last Thursday, when I stopped by her clinic to make an appointment for my cat Pippin. Dr. Yoges was her usual self that day, but I couldn't make the appointment in December as the appointment book was full for the first 2 weeks. The 2nd half of December was not available either as Dr. Yoges and her partner Dr. Chris would be on leave alternately leaving only 1 vet in charge, which is not an ideal situation when performing a scheduled procedure as there would be no one to attend to the walk-ins. January is free, she said, but couldn't set an appointment then because she still hasn't gotten herself a 2009 diary/planner to record it. We laughed about it and I promised to make that appointment with her later.

In hindsight, it's uncanny how she did not plan that far ahead this time. I hate to be someone who would associate a certain behaviour of a deceased person as their own presentiment, but sometimes, you just can't help noticing the oddity of the situation. It's like she knew she is not going to be there in January.

My heart goes out to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.


Dr. N. Yogeswary

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Random Ramblings Not Worth Reading # 11

WOW!

It’s been a while since I last updated, isn’t it? Strangely, I haven’t had the slightest inclination to pen my thoughts in these past few weeks. Maybe my blogging time is up. Maybe it’s time to tutup kedai, I don’t know. So many bloggers I know have closed shop. Perhaps, it’s time I do the same.

Or maybe,….

... maybe I’m just scared of Piah…..... heheh..!

(To those not in the know, Piah is a blogger whose sole existence is to kutuk other bloggers in her blog)

But then again, I’m not popular enough to be one of her subjects, so I guess I’m quite safe. Popularity has its price, you know. Thank God I’m not one of 'em popular bloggers!


On another note,...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!!

We are 1 year old TO-DAY!!!!!

(the cats, not the blog, hehe.
Edited: Sunday 7/8/08
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MOPSTER

"What the hell is this thing on my head?"



BLANKET

"Oh well, if you must, just take the picture already!"




PIPPIN
"Ow... Do I look good in this? I'm so shy...."