Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bonjour Paris & Hello Oxford - Day 4

I'm not sure if things had changed before or after the trip. In retrospect, things had never changed.

Finishing up our supply of cup noodles early in the morning as this was our last day in Paris

Unbelievable but we headed right back to Laduree for breakfast once again!

My trusted translator. It kinda made life a little easier.

I'd so go back to Paris just for their French Toast

My hunt for Miu Miu begins! I'm not leaving Paris without anything from Miu Miu :p

Got so impossibly lost trying to find the Miu Miu store. 

Our last sumptuous meal in Paris, in a cosy restaurant just opposite our apartment

And all too soon (like all things in life), it's time for goodbye as we head back to the apartment to collect our luggages.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bonjour Paris & Hello Oxford - Day 3

Had the sudden impulse to reminisce & blog about Paris. So please do bear with this dated post.

The opulence of it all …...

One of the highlights of my trip :)

It was freezing cold & we decided to head home.  It's a nice change to have chinese food take-away in the apartment instead of eating out. 
Yumz …..

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Meeting Beano & Prince

Once again a mega big thank you to all that had contributed to Beano's medical bills! 

Meet Beano

Although Beano's head was still wrapped up, I was relieved to know that there was a marked improvement from when he was first brought in.

Sherry with a big big heart

I'm in love with that little pink nose!

I heard that just before I arrived, Beano was really active & naughty! That must means he's so much better :)

Who is the lucky one that will get to keep Beano as their pet? You perhaps? Beano needs a home ...... 

Meet Prince. Prince was rescued from a puppy mill. How can anyone be so cruel? (picture from HOPE Dog Rescue)

This is Prince now & he's the smallest sweetest thing ever ......

While Beano seems to be on the bend, Prince is not so lucky. His blood count does not seem to be going up & the vet thinks it might be the dreaded 'C'. How much more suffering can this miserable small tiny thing take? 

After meeting Prince & Beano, I know they will be close to my heart & I'll have them in all my prayers. I am thankful to HOPE Dog Rescue for reaching out to these stray and abandoned dogs. I am even more thankful for fosters, like Sherry, who opened up their hearts and homes to help rehabilitate these dogs before they are able to find a home. 

I can't do much but I'm going to continue my endeavor of raising funds for these dogs whenever the need arise. I hope you all will continue to lend your support. 

Finally Say No to Puppy Mills! Do not buy your dogs from pet shops. Adopt if you can. 

Peace out ........

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fund-raising for Beano - mission accomplished!

My goal of raising $1000 for Beano's medical bills had been accomplished in a mere 2 days! Thank you all so much for opening your hearts & wallets to the cause. I'm consoled that there's hope in mankind after all. 

Fund-Raising List 
  1. Esther Low - $100
  2. Megan Yap - $20
  3. Marilyn Chan - $100
  4. Joey Tan - $100
  5. Sherry Heng - $50
  6. Kenneth Lim - $50
  7. Nelly Tan - $20
  8. Geraldine Chen - $100
  9. Serene Koh - $50
  10. Melissa Oh - $50
  11. Pat Seah - $100
  12. Loh Sien Chi - $50
  13. Jerraine Ng -$100
  14. Jesslyn Choo - $50
  15. Jason Khaw - $60
Total to-date (17/5/12): $1000

Other than those awesome people mentioned-above, I must give thanks to the many others  that came forward to offer help and money. Kind folks like Celene, Jeannie, Aurora, Sal, Serina & Annabelle. I had to reject them because I had raised just about enough for Beano's estimated medical bills. 

To many, it's blind faith & 100% trust in me that it's not a scam. Thank you. Don't worry it's not misplaced. I'll be visiting Beano on Saturday & passing on the donations to the hospital. I'll get a receipt from them and then post it here. Hopefully I can get some pics of brave Beano too! Let's keep our fingers crossed and say a prayer that Beano would be so much better by the time I see him on Saturday.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

(Re-blogged) HOPE Dog Rescue: Losing Faith In Humanity

I am starting a fund-raising for Beano's medical bills. My aim is to raise $1000 for him. Please email to me at estherthegorgeous@hotmail.com. I'll update your name and amount donated onto my blog. But of course, please feel free to donate directly to fiona@hopedogrescue.org instead. Any amount helps! 
Fund-Raising List
  1. Esther Low - $100
  2. Megan Yap - $20
  3. Marilyn Chan - $100
  4. Joey Tan - $100
  5. Sherry Heng - $50
  6. Kenneth Lim - $50
  7. Nelly Tan - $20
  8. Geraldine Chen - $100
  9. Serene Koh - $50
  10. Melissa Oh - $50
  11. Pat Seah - $100
  12. Lo Sien Chi - $50
  13. Jerraine -$100
Total to-date (17/5/12): $890

For the original post, please go to: http://hopedogrescue.blogspot.com/

Meet sweet little Beano.
Who would ever think of hurting a dog with an adorable face like this?
Beano had chemical burns on half of his head. Some cruel person had poured acid on him and the
liquid had burnt his head, his left ear and parts of his neck, as it flowed down. Imagine the 
excruciating pain he had been living with for almost three weeks before we saved him.

It was 8.30pm when I arrived at the construction site. When I saw him, there were still stains of this
dark coloured liquid on his fur, covering his neck and head. It was pitch dark but I could smell the 
maggots from a few feet away as I approached him. Having worked with strays, this was unfortunately,
a smell I was very familiar with, and obviously not something I liked. The dog was emaciated, bones 
protruding from his skeletal frame. Being small and weak, he was not part of the pack of stray dogs 
that hung around that area. And as such, he did not get to share their food and was constantly attacked
and bullied by them.
Just arrived at the hospital
Despite the fact that his pain was unbearable and that it was obviously inflicted by humans, he wagged
his tail as this human got closer to him. He still trusted this inhumane breed.

His first human touch - by the vet tech who felt sorry for him
It was easy to catch him because he was starved and all I needed to do was put some canned food 
into my carrier and he went right for it. I loaded him into my van and rushed to the Mt Pleasant 
Hospital. It was emergency hours and would have cost more to take the dog in but I felt he had 
suffered long enough and it couldn’t wait till morning.
Beano, feeling sorry for himself
At the hospital, with proper lighting, I finally had a proper look at him. He must have lived one of the 
saddest existence. Suddenly I didn’t feel so strong . . . . .his eyes were trusting but it showed the hard 
and sad life he lived. He was a mere puppy, he couldn’t have been more than a year old! 

The chemical had burnt part of his head, ear and neck. Imagine living with this pain for weeks.
Maggots had eaten through parts of his flesh
All he wanted was someone to hold him and tell him that he would be alright as the lady held his head and her tears rolled down her cheek.
As he stepped out of the carrier on his own, his pain and suffering hit me hard. Pus was oozing out
of his wound, maggots were crawling all over his wound and his tiny face. There were holes when 
there should have been flesh. I saw bubbles on his head and I knew maggots had burrowed through 
and eaten away his flesh. His left ear was distorted with parts of it missing, either from the chemical 
burn or from the flesh eating maggots. A lady who had walked past us on the way out after visiting her 
dog, stopped to stare at him. Immediately her tears flowed as she knelt down to ask me what 
happened. I explained and she asked why? Why are people so cruel? Despite the smell of rotting
flesh and the maggots on his head, she hugged him. He lay his head on her knee. All he wanted was 
love; someone to understand what he had gone through in his short life. 
The vet on night shift came and looked at him and commented he was terribly thin. She looked at his 
huge wound and said she needed to sedate him to flush out the maggots and the chemical. It would 
have been too painful to clean without sedation. I requested that she flush his eyes too, in case the 
chemicals had also splashed on his eyes. Fellow volunteer, Lisa, rushed down to visit little Beano 
before he was sedated to have his wound cleaned. She cried when she set eyes on him. She too, 
knelt beside him, and kissed his little nose. Barely a year old, and life had not been kind to him. 
Watch Beano here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPilXCEqJdI&feature=youtu.be
Beano is expected to be at the vet for at least a week to ten days, where his wound would be 
cleaned daily and maggots flushed out. We won’t be returning him to the streets as obviously, he 
would not survive. He is small in built, not like a typical local breed. He could easily live in a HDB 
apartment and be approved.

In the next day or so, we would need to decide if we want to leave his wound to slowly heal on its 
own, which may take up to two or three weeks, or to have him undergo a surgery to stitch up the 
wound. Either way, he would be left with physical scars of human abuse, but we hope, with our love
and care, he won’t have scars of his emotional abuse.

I sense that he might have been kept as a pet and then abandoned as he walks very well on harness, 
from the night we rescued him, he knows “sit” and he loves treats.
Why do I open my heart to dogs in need? Especially when sometimes there is no more money, no 
more fosters and no more space to help. Every dog that crosses my path, I think of them as “my dogs” 
and I open my heart a little bigger, I stretch the money a little tighter, and I plead for just a little more 
room, a little more hope, to save one more dog. The gratitude and love that reflects in their 
eyes, is the best assurance that I did right, in the best way I know how and it reminds me to go on 
trying, to go on saving.
I feel good saving lives but I would feel even gooder if you would give sweet Beano a real life. He 
deserves to know love.
Beano is warded at Mt Pleasant Veterinary Centre (232 Whitley Road).  To foster, adopt or help 
with his vet bills, please email fiona@hopedogrescue.org

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day to me!

Lucky to have the company of 3 gorgeous young ladies for Mother's Day today

Eudrina, Meg & Vivian <3

We watched Dark Shadows (love love Johnny Depp!) & enjoyed ice-cream in Haagen-Dazs. My mum was with us too :)

And I received so many pressies from Meg! Home-made chocolate & cupcakes. I'm so loved & blessed.

Thank you lovelies, I had a wonderful day!

Happy Mother's Day! xoxo

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Hanging Tree (The Hunger Games Trilogy)

Macabre but so haunting
"Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me."

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where they strung up a man they say murdered three.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where the dead man called out for his love to flee.
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where I told you to run, so we'd both be free.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

- Suzanne Collins, Mocking Jay - The Hunger Games

Picture credits: BeckisaurusRexx

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Happy birthday Erykca

Happy birthday my dear lil' sis! Missing you & can't wait for you to come home ...... Love you xoxo

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

May 12 is Platypus Day on Disney Channel from 9am-4pm!

This month, Disney Channel celebrates TV’s most popular semi-aquatic mammal on the planet! On May 12, make way for Perry the Platypus on Platypus Day with a line up of Phineas and Ferb episodes from 9am till 4pm, and the premiere of a Perry-rific episode “Perry-The Actor-pus/ Remains of a Platypus”

“Perry- The Actor-pus/ Remains of a Platypus”
12noon, with an encore at 3.30pm

In “Perry- The Actor-pus”, the executives of Totally Tools oversee a contest to find the company’s ‘spokesanimal’ and Perry is crowned the winner! However, the victory puts Perry’s secret identity in jeopardy, forcing Major Monogram to appoint Agent S as a temporary replacement. But when Dr. Doofenshmirtz sees his new nemesis is Sergei the Snail, he mistakenly underestimates his new opponent. Meanwhile, Candace has been welcomed into Mandy’s “Stop the Busting” retreat, which aims to teach Candace to control the urge to bust her brothers through positive reinforcement.

In “Remains of the Platypus”, craziness has ensued in Danville and no one has any idea what’s going on. The wackiness unfolds when Phineas and Ferb create Cheese-topia. Doofenshmirtz makes Perry his butler with his Butler-inator and Carl is trapped by Doof’s while in a squirrel costume.

Did you know?
That the average sleep time of a platypus is believed to be as long as 14 hours a day?
That the platypus can be distinguished from other Australian mammals by its lack of visible ears?
That the platypus closes its eyes, nose and ears when it dives underwater? It feeds not by sight or smell but by detecting electrical currents.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Sandwiched again!

I think I need a new car .......

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