Tuesday November 27th, 2012

Taken with my iPad
What a day!  It was two hours into my morning class — at the start of a ten-minute break — when this Black-browed Barbet smashed into the window of our third floor classroom.  Sitting on the opposite end of the room and near the front, I didn't hear it or see it happen.  What was noticeable were the many classmates huddled over the back window.

This little guy was on one of the lower ledges outside.  His face couldn't be seen, only his tiny, green trembling body.  As I was contemplating how to get myself through the window, one of my other classmates nudged everyone aside and was out there in a flash.

She grabbed the bird and I reached out to take it while she climbed back in the room.  It was frozen in my open hand as the two of us took the bird to the infirmary.  We were immediately turned away by the nurse — she said she was not qualified for this — although she was somewhat helpful in finding us a box.

I immediately got on the phone with a friend who rescues animals here in Taiwan.  He recommended the Wild Bird Society of Taipei (WBST).  I gave them a call but WBST said they didn't have enough manpower to come and get the bird so I found myself going back to my classroom to grab my stuff and heading down the many stairs of MCU to flag a taxi.

The bird was no longer confused but seemed more in a state of panic during the ride over.  I was helped immediately upon arrival and was told that nothing was broken.  One leg was injured but it's nothing serious.  The bird was given some vitamin D (pictured here) and put in a cage where it will stay under observation for a week.  After that, it will be released.

Be well, little bird.  And please, PLEASE watch out for those windows!

Thursday November 22nd, 2012

Image from my iPad

It's pouring rain and 21°.  The 7:15am alarm was most unwelcoming.  It wasn't a 'hit snooze' kind of of day, but a 'turn off the alarm' kind of day.  Class has started and I remain at home with a hot cup of homemade mocha.  I have a Chinese test at 1:10pm so this can only be a temporary time-out.  Hopefully the rain lets up in the next couple of hours.  For now, I am imagining homemade French toast with bananas, passion fruit and a little maple syrup.  Mmmmm! 

Tuesday November 20th, 2012

All I have is this image here.  It's of the newest growth on my balcony and now the tallest.

A few years ago, my friend gave me a TINY aloe that has now turned into five fair-sized plants.  For the first time, three of them are flowering.  Who knew?!


I do have to admit — this image was taken over a week ago and is already half dead.  I didn't think that would be the best opening line for this post.  This same plant hasn't finished flowering yet.  Another grows rapidly beside this one.

My plants are currently my procrastination from the piles of homework that seem to await me. 

Eight weeks to go.

So tired.

The zoo is a funny place ...

I enjoyed wandering the grounds and watching the animals immensely.

Unfortunately, there seemed to be a lot of animals staring back with sad eyes. That being said, others were swinging around without a care in the world.

During feeding time, the monkey pictured here was hiding. The man feeding the monkeys seemed to be staring to my left for some time and only then did I notice mom and her babe.  The moment the man disappeared, the pair headed down to grab a bite.

The animals were fantastic and I found myself wanting to climb into each and every enclosure for a play.

Well, perhaps not all of them. Eek.

Playing tourist ...

Feeding time

Hanging around
The Taipei Zoo is a great way to spend a cool, cloudy afternoon — and it's cheap, too!