If They Could Talk

If dogs could talk, what would they say?

Would you wish for your dog or cat or pet to be able to converse in human language?

What would they actually say? What would your dog say about you and about your way of life? Or perhaps it would be all baby talk?

To be honest, I believe the big appeal of pets and animal companionship is the fact that they don’t talk.

So really, if I had a wish that could come true, I wouldn’t wish dogs or cats or any animals could talk. That would ruin it.

Just wish for them to live longer, perhaps.

Well Fought, Brother (Tribute to Chadwick Boseman)

I remember where I was when I heard the news that Chadwick Boseman has passed away from a long battle with cancer. I was in a tropical jungle up on the hills, taking a brief break, when a friend broke the news that the man who was best known for playing the Black Panther was gone.

And this is my tribute to him, the man that inspired a generation, a man that was perhaps taken before his time.

However brief his life was, the legacy he left behind will resonate for generations to come. Rest in power, Chadwick Boseman.

Chadwick Boseman was a King at the 2018 Oscars
Chadwick Boseman
November 29, 1976 – August 28, 2020

I Am Froot

Do you like Frooty Froot?

Of course you do – everyone likes Froot!

A character that has undergone more change than any other superhero in the franchise (both in physical appearance and personality), our lumbery friend has always captured the hearts of fans with his helpfulness and humour.

I admit I’m not usually one for jumping on the pop culture superhero comic bandwagon (or copyright infringement, for that matter), but I couldn’t help entertaining this random thought that came into my head a few days ago.

Talk about a delayed reaction.

I wasn’t even watching any Marvel movie or ogling Peter Quill or anything!

Anyway, I know it’s a bit late to the party, but here is my random contribution to the superhero pop culture. Enjoy the Froots of my labour!

Don’t get too Frooty now!

And there’s some other message in there…maybe about the importance of eating fruit or something. Whatever.

Aly’s Stomping Pirouette

This was just a random comment from a friend about my sister-in-law Aly’s amusing signature spinning stomping dance move.

Somehow this friend had a dream that a spider crawled onto her face while she slept, and when she was rudely awakened she stomping pirouetted the crap out of it. Or…something to that effect.

I have no idea what kind of drugs these people are on.

I, for one, stick purely to Vicodin.

Use Vicodin, approved by 0.0% of doctors for people who do not require Vicodin.

Taste of the Master

Any of you guys out there like plants and growing stuff?

Well, I do.

And as I was happily dousing my usual green amigos one day, it occurred to me…

Now nobody I know goes around intentionally sneezing or spitting on their plants, but it occurred to me that since water and the nutrients contained therein are the most precious gift to plants, how would they feel about our stray fluids?

Okay, maybe stray fluids is not the best choice of phrase.

But you get what I mean…right?

It’s probably as close as we get to petting our green amigos, right?

Wait, do any of you caress your plants?

No judgment.

Now that I think about it, that title is probably going to associate me with some strange things out there on the internet. I admit I’m curious, but not curious enough to punch that into a Google search.

Maybe DuckDuckGo.


Malaysia Says No To Domestic Abuse

Do you know someone who is the victim of abuse? Or are you personally the target of verbal, physical or emotional abuse by another person?

Malaysia was shocked by news that Sugu, the husband in the online cooking sensation Sugu Pavithra couple, was arrested and charged with domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse is no stranger to us – it has been happening since there were humans, and it is nefariously difficult to detect and resolve, often because all parties involve choose to remain silent.

But why do we remain silent?

Stand up for yourself or for someone you know who is a victim of abuse! Silence and inaction is not the solution to this problem. It’s not just going to go away.

Domestic violence is a pattern and a developed behaviour. It is not going to get better or go away on its own. Someone has to do something.

Seek help or look out for your friends and family who you believe are suffering abuse.

Malaysia and the world says no to domestic abuse and violence.

It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, male or female, able or disabled – there is no reason you or anyone else should be subject to constant violence or harm.

We stand with Ms. Pavithra and all the other anonymous victims of violence who have suffered in silence.

That’s not how we treat our fellow Malaysians, or fellow human beings.

Say no to domestic abuse by addressing the issue. Don’t avoid it, and don’t fear it.

#QueenPavithra #End #DomesticAbuse

Korean Phrase Time: Shoot!

It’s Korean phrase time with Samtoki!

So today’s phrase is pronounced:

  1. 내 – Nay
  2. 가 – Ga
  3. 쏠 – Sol
  4. 게 – Gay

If you’ve been brushing up on your 한국어, then you’ll recall that 내가 means “I” in Korean.

And from the verb 쏘다 (ssoda), which means “to shoot” (pew pew), this Korean phrase 내가 쏠게 means “I will pay” or “my shout”. You can say this at the end of a date if you want to impress your companion and settle the bill, or just want to treat your friends.

It’s a bit more of a slang phrase then the typical formal speech, so try it out to extra impress your Korean friends!

Spiciness – Nature’s Tool or Just Masochism?

Spiciness is a most curious trait in our world. Certain plants and herbs have the ability to mildly harm or stimulate our senses, not enough to maim or kill us, but enough to make us uncomfortable…and wonder if we should be eating it in the first place.

Chillis and spices are a strange and wonderful bunch that are used in almost every culture, but what could their purpose be?

At the end of the day, are chillis a form of drug – something to stimulate and enhance the senses? Or are they therapeutic?

Do they play a role in selective propagation? Only the animals like birds that are unaffected by spiciness will happily eat the spicy fruit and seed and carry them far away?

Or…are we just being masochists?

Nature certainly works and strange and mysterious ways.

There is an interesting Thai saying that goes:

“A crow holds the chilli in its mouth.”

I’m not entirely sure of its meaning, and how it would translate into English. What do you think it means?

Annoyed With Nature?

As much as nature provides us with the sustenance and provisions we need to survive, well…nature itself, there are times where nature crosses this invisible line and gets on our nerves a little.

Have you ever been annoyed with nature?

Perhaps being annoyed with nature is a first world problem, but I’m fairly certain there are little things that you’ve grown accustomed to in your every day life that are not entirely man’s fault.

Which aspect or part of nature annoys the crap out of you?

Dust bugs me a little.

And it’s hard to see the benefit of things like dust.

Or mosquitoes. God, I hate mosquitoes.