DO NOT ON THE BASIS OF YOUR SEEING WHAT I HAVE DONE THAT YOU GO AND DO THE SAME WITH YOUR KITTY AND BIRDIE YOURSELF. ENJOY WHAT I WRITE AND DO NOT TRY TO IMITATE WHAT I HAVE DONE. IT IS LIKELY I LEFT OUT DETAILS, ESPECIALLY STUFF I TOOK FOR GRANTED, AND WHICH MAY BE CRITICAL.
YOU SEEN ME DOING FREE FLIGHTS. YOU ALSO SEEN MY WARNINGS TO YOU ALL NEVER TO DO FREE FLIGHTS.
WARNING WARNING !!!
More photos in Flickr folder _Jackie 02 - Entente Cordiale with Sieben
( Cantonese language refresher: Gwai is cantonese for ghost. Gwaigwai meant ghostly. Shi is mouse, shishi is mousey way. gwaigwai shishi is derogratory cantonese for moving in figurtive sneaky way).
For some months I had been thinking of getting holy water. It would not matter to me if the holy water was blessed personally by the Catholic Pope, or the handful of existing Taoist Pope or the Dalai Lama to exorcise the gwaigwai from Sieben.
I really had not thought it was me that caused it, and it was me that lifted it, and Sieben became such a sweet cat after that. No need for any holy water at all.
This morning I saw Sieben lying down by the computer room and far from the living room. I positioned my wife with my camera, and I went to the sofa to call Sieben.
You can see for yourself how Sieben responded to my cue to come, running and pounding and leaping all the way to me. Took him longer than the split second, but do forgive Sieben as he was a lot further away.
It was a few days after I started on this. I had to make sure my elbow and arm kept on Sieben's chest. Sieben still tried to get at Jackie. It would have taken much longer than a few days. Sieben tried to get around my arm. How much of it was hunting and how much of playing kind of irrelevant to me as both can be dangerous.
Of course, Jackie remained safe.
And enjoy those photos.
Those will be the last few photos you will see of Jackie and Sieben.
This chapter is coming to an end.
You knew my life consisted of chapters and chapters and the only constant in my life are changes.
You also knew I prepared for all that by only having local birds that I might then be able to release back to the wild where they came from should I be unable to find others to care for them cage free.
You all recalled I was truly captivated by the Yellow Streaked Lory after I first saw that in Chiayi and how much I yearned to have one.
Photos of that alone will not do the YSL justice. You need to see the YSL moving and the golden spears on the nape moving to see true beauty in motion.
There is a very highly regarded breeder and aviculturist Mr R G in Singapore. I have very high regard for him ever since meeting him about 6-7 years ago. I was nicely surprised to know he regarded me very well too.
He bred BP2s and Hyacinths and other birds very successfuly. He knew of my love for the YSL and his offer of YSL to me meant more than BP2 or Hyacinth. That was a moment of truth. I agonised and agonised, but recognised I was not permanent in Singapore. I knew I would lose my heart to the YSL and even more at the inevitable farewell.
With pain, I could not accept the YSL. Neither did I accept offers of other hookbills to me in Singapore.
I received an offer that I decided to accept.
I will be flying off to Dhaka, Bangladesh as advisor to a railway construction project there on Monday 5th March.
What you all will get from me there I have no idea. Just as I had no idea what life would be like when I first went to Taiwan, or the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, or the Sultanate of Oman.
Who might be my companions will be left to fate.
My wife will be looking after Jackie. Which was why I changed the diet to 30JM & 40 FP. That was to make up for the 10 grams of treats that my wife would be unlikely to give over the day as she works. I changed the diet again to 25JM & 45 JP. I found 30JM & 40 FP kept increasing the early morning first weight from 175 to 177 to 180s. 25JM & 45 FP stabilised at early morning first weight of about 173-174.
If I find I be staying on long in Bangladesh, and my wife cannot cope with Jackie, Cyrus aided by Chiu San, will come and get Jackie. I will leave it to those 2 to decide who will keep Jackie or to let Jackie go.
It is kind of sad even though I expected it even before getting of Jackie. I loved his independence and his cheekiness and his atitude.
The kitties would get their mash lovingly done by me to Sunday evening. After that, they will be feed kipples loaded with ethoxiquin and BHA/BHT and all other ickky additives.
My wife refused to contemplate the weighing and the mixing of all the stuff that went into the kitty mash. She had a point when she said pouring kipples out took seconds as against the 10 minutes I took in weighing, mixing and preparing the mash for the kitties each evening.
More photos in Flickr folder _Jackie 02 - Entente Cordiale with Sieben
Future fight with Nic
I will be getting back into the hustle and bustle of work.
In an environment where many will be smoking.
And in a country where a pack of ciggies likely to go for USD2 per pack.
I still like to stay on my quit.
I hope to stay on my quit.
But I do not know if I can.
My Silkquit meter to date.
One incredible month, four luvly days, 12 bloody hours, 35 misc minutes and 34 odd seconds.
1847 stinking cigarettes not smoked, saving $877.45.
Life saved: 6 days, 9 hours, 55 minutes.
(added on when I found comments could not handle below as being too long
COLORFUL LANGUAGE SO SKIP THIS IF YOU ARE A MINOR
I seek support to kick Old Nic at http://www.as3-web.org
That was the old Alt Support Stop Smoking group where I first went to when I kicked Old Nic at Hongkong. But since that group went defunct, it reincarnate back on the web as http://www.as3-web.org
I found it was in 98 and not 96 as I thought.
I wrote there as Saikaku then. My language was a lot more colorful then.
This is the thread I am at
And below a small extract of what I wrote.
Those kicking old Nic can see the depth of suffering
FlatironMike & friends,
Morbid and puerile curiosity made me decide to search for Saikaku in that old Alt SSS.
Lo and behold! I found the old me!
And that was in 98 and not 96 as I thought.
I went cold turkey in Hongkong from 4 packs a day. Ciggies cheaper in Hongkong.
I was probably smoking about that when I was in the Sultanate of Oman with a pack going for about USD2. I bought 4-5 cartons each time.
With ciggie so much more expensive in SIngapore, I cut to 50++ sticks.
But back to Saikaku
And what I find and extracted
nwnw View profile Sep 8 1998, 3:00 pm
chao...@webtv.net (Segafan) wrote:
>Boy, I'm really glad I found this group. I'm sure there will be many
>times that I will need some encouragement. I quit smoking at 3:30 PM
>Monday Sept 7th. My wife has quit too.
(snip snip snip hell of a lot of good stuff pouring from the heart and
fingertips of Nick)
>Can someone please tell me that it is going to get better?? I am used to
>smoking at least 2 packs a day, and if someone else who was doing that
>also could tell me it's going to get better, it would help. My mind is
>so obsessive over this. Do you ever stop thinking about it?? HOW???
Allright! Hang on tight. You think your at least 2 packs a day is
bad and stupid? Well, I have the dubious honor of being twice as
idiotic and stupid as you have been doing.
I averaged about 4-5 packs a day. For the calculations here I used
that lower figure.
My friend, I kicked Old Nic cold turkey, because I was too stupid to
find if there were any new aids since nic gum. The gory details of my
first few days have been known to the folks here.
I fucking felt that they lied collectively that it gets better later
on. I returned that favour by lying back to them that I believe them
that it gets better. Those days of that first week were so agonising
that I was glad my wife left town on a business trip to Australia. I
was alone with as3 people only to witness and comfort me through those
tortured moments where time crawled.
Then in the weeks that followed, I found out that they are right. It
does get better later on. And better. And better.
The gnawing desire for that ciggie subsided. It became more and more
as an itch. Do not get me wrong, there are times that Old Nic throws
a low one at you. Give that bastard some fucking respect, but no need
to fear that bugger.
I repeat. It gets better. Even when you think I am lying to you, you
will find out it does get better.
>I REEEEAAALLLY want to quit, so please don't get me wrong. I wouldn't
>have made it this long if I didn't want to. I just feel like I am going
>to fail and that if I AM going to fail, I should give up now and not
>torture myself any longer.
You got it in you! You will make it this time. Stay easy and relaxed
for the fight. We, the folks and loonies of as3 will be more than
your friends. We are your allies for your fight. We have been
through it all and we known how it was to have failed.
Buckle in for the ride of your life, and for your life.
I have kicked Old Nic for Three wonderful weeks, six luvly days, 15
bloody hours, 27 misc minutes and 48 odd seconds. 2211 stinking
ciggies not smoked, saving HK$3,317.25. Life saved: 1 week, 16 hours,
More of Saikaku rants here
(warning! very colorful language!)
As Saikaku, I think I failed at 3rd month.
Because I was so stupid.
My height of stupidity recorded here.
When I wrote to inform I was with that guy again.
I hope as Shanlung I will at least reach the next 3rd, or 3rd month
And move pass that
LiBai mash making.
About 300 grams of beef mince, with 200 grams of chicken mince and 150 grams of dried anchovies(for the calcium). That was all done up to the kitty mash formula I wrote about in
Pakistan//Tinkerbell Kitty Mash//Dommie at the beach Ramadhan 2010 //Villa walkabout 2
Instead of the almond and brazil nuts, about 100 grams of human grade groundnuts(peanuts) were used.
Making of Tinkerbell Mash
Morning with Harry & the decision// Sultan of Oman Palace// Tinkerbell Mash Batch 7
suri - Read "Conditioning clicker day 3 - and some tips on suris"
milli - read "Found the perfect treat and Yingshiong first "step up""
if you forgotten about clicker training
Tinkerbell Legacy - VH parrot and Clicker Training Rant 06
Some thoughts on clicker - The initial experience with Tinkerbell
Clicker training and bonding with Tinkerbell
To Shanlung-Charlie and clicker training
Charlie and clicker training - beyond touch target //LiBai on finger and in slow motion videos —
Tinkerbell Legacy - - Rant 03 (a flighted parrot mentality) & Understanding the mind of your grey
Above is probably the most important of all I have written, and the foundation to all that I have done.
FREE FLIGHT IS LIFE AND DEATH PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF UNLESS YOU DO KNOW.
NEVER EVER FREE FLY WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE AS THIS CAN LEAD TO LOSS AND DEATH OF YOUR BIRD.
(edited on 4th November 2011 to include below)
To Shanlung - How to do Free Flight Outside
If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.
Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust
I am a life member of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Do join us to do
whatever we can for the wildlife that shared our planet.
or to any wildlife conservation body of your choice