Monday, December 18, 2006

The Weekend Cat

Over the weekend I brought home a stray cat that we have seen roaming downstairs our home for the past few days. Lil miss whiny had liked the colour of teh cat so I decided to find it on sat ,morning and proceeded to bringing it home.

We brought the cat to a vet for a checkup on the same day got her dewormed and even got supplies for her long stay with us.

Then last nite whne I was throwing the trash, she slipped out the house, I let down my guard thinking that she was unfamilar with the place and thus did not know where to run to. Yet being the intelligent feline she is, she bolted for the stairs and disappeared from my sight.

After 2 hours search I finally found her hiding with this other stray male cat and when she saw me approaching she ran for it. It even ended up in an attempt to catch her when lil miss whiney distracted her while I try to come from behind to grab her.

I forgot that she was a cat and not a rabbit, as I grabbed her she whiped around to bite and claw me. Surprised at the attack I let go of her and she fell on some metal supports got up and ran like hell. The injuries to my hand were superficial.

We finally gave up after the 3rd hour and a sad lil miss whiney and a defeated me had only home to go back to. We still want the cat in our lives, just that I hope she will forget this ordeal and turn back into her friendly self that when we 1st met her and give us a second chance to home her. I will give her a few days and see if her behaviour will go back to normal.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Hell is where Aussie is Part I

Well at least the place we were sent to for training. The only thing good about the trip there is that this time round, they decided to use air new zealand which had personal entertainment for everyone. Btw the in flight entertainment was very wonky on the way back and it kept hanging, not just for me, but almost everyone's unit.

Lets get back to the crazy down under place ppl call Australia. On the 1st day arriving at the airport at 5.30pm aussie time, you would think that it was good to come in at a time where its cool and the hot sun is on the way down. But unbeknown to us, we will be held for the next 4-5 hours in their quarantine area so that they can conduct a thorough check of our kit bags to ensure we do not bring in any soil or seeds of anykind.

The search was ridiclous I say, short of a strip search, they made us empty the contents of our luggage and our kitbags on tables for them to inspect. The funny thing is that we had to submit our kitbags to our camp a whole week earlier, so why was the search not conducted to our bags then and instead wasted our time doing this at the airport. Imagine 800 or so men with their kitbags, now imagine they only had 6 inspectors.

Now the search took almost 5 hours, its 9ish or 10ish, I had lost track of the time at this point, the last meal anyone of us had was at 4plus on the airplane. Stomachs were growling and ppl were tired as we boarded our bus that is departing for the camp site. 2 hours later we were still in the us but the driver is figuring out where our camp site is, we were lost and hungry no less.

Around midnite, and after 3 U turns, we had finally arrived at our god forsaken camp. The 1st look of teh camp site brought all hopes of any semblence of creature comforts to an end. we were expected to squeeze 2 full grown men with thir kit bags and thei civilian bag into a 2 man tent. Though they say its a 2 man tent, I would say its more like a 2 halfling tent. You cannot stand up straight in it, the 2 safari beds just fitting from head to toe of each bed. You had to some how put the hug kitbag of urs in there with the beds.

The next horror began to unfold, the toilets, which I really mean are just huge pits with a shed covering them, are insane, you can smell this weird foul smell emiting form them when you approach them 50meters away. Then they had constructed some sort of PVC pipe urinal and expected you to aim into the 15cm diameter pipe.

The showers where water proof bags that had a shower head stick out of teh bottom and you are expected to use a pail to fetch teh hot water(what little of it) from outside an dbring it to teh shower room, untie teh ropw hold the bags up there and lower them so you can fill them and then try your hardest to pull them up in place so you can have a decent shower.

Welcome to hell was all I could hear in my head, but thats not why I said Aussie is hell. People complain that its as hot as hell in teh day and cold as hell in the night. Yep its the only place where both hot and cold can be used to describe how hell would be if it was on earth.

That ends part on eof my trip to Aussie, more updates when I get unlazy.

Monday, December 11, 2006


I am back from hell, dun know how to put it but will be updating the next few post to talk about my hellish trip to Aussie. Also I will be be bloging about the short zoukout trip I had on sat nite.