Monthly Archives: December 2012

The plague of the pigeons … and other birds

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Our home in Kuching has become THE roosting nest in our neighbourhood.  It’s a funny thing, we don’t see other houses having this problem.  Birds keep flocking to ours … may it be pigeons, doves, sparrows and even bulbuls …

Some might think it’s a cool thing to have birds preferring to make nests at one’s home than others, but, on second thought, it’s really not hygienic when you consider there’s bird poop all over the place 😦

I believe there is a nest up there right now. I can hear baby birds chirping loudly whenever it’s mother is there.

We have tried hanging reflective items near the roof and on near the windows.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work.  I read somewhere, saying that this won’t work long term.  So it’s good if you could combine a few of the short term measures.

We hang old CDs near the roof. It is said that the pigeons do not fancy shiny objects.

More bird eggs

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I planned to have this post up before I left for KL a little over a week ago.  I’ve been busy with cleaning the house and other what-nots and only found some free time to go through the photos I’ve taken when we were in Kuching.  Slowly, I’ll be writing about some of the things we’ve encountered or done while still there.

Last year, I blogged about finding a couple of bird eggs in my mum’s garden.

Well, this year, I came across another nest hidden in one of mum’s hanging yellow orchids.

The yellow orchids

The gorgeous teeny eggs

The eggs belonged to the couple of yellow-vested bulbuls  who frequent our yard.

The proud dad

A close-up of the bird (courtesy of CK Leong) – Thanks!

I hope the eggs would have hatched by now … I read that the eggs would need about 10 to 14 days to hatch.

Zayed’s glasses are ready ….

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Zayed has finally got his glasses

Zayed has finally got his glasses

Zayed got his glasses last night.  He chose a black and orange frame.  It took about a week to have the glasses done.

Zayed trying on his brand new glasses

I’m very happy now that Zayed’s vision has improved.  All the while I’ve been quite worried particularly when he starts to constantly blink his eyes while watching TV and when he complains of dizziness every now and then.  I just found a website for little children with glasses.  I wished I had found it earlier.  Click here.

Last week, we all went to see the ophthalmologist or eye specialist at the Sarawak General Hospital (a.k.a. SGH).  We had a reference letter to see Dr. Adrian.  Well, as usual, there were tons and tons of people at the eye clinic.  People coming and leaving.  We had to wait outside because there was no place to sit inside.  We had to queue for the reading the eye chart, then the eye test to see if Zayed’s eyes are suffering from any disease and finally to find out the power for his glasses.

English: A typical Snellen chart. Originally d...

English: A typical Snellen chart. Originally developed by Dutch ophthalmologist Herman Snellen in 1862, to estimate visual acuity. When printed out at this size, the E on line one will be 88.7 mm (3.5 inches) tall and when viewed at a distance of 20 ft (= 609.6 centimeters, or 6.09600 meters), you can estimate your eyesight based on the smallest line you can read. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a Snellen chart (on the right) that tests the reader’s vision over a distance.

Dr. Azma has written a simple explanation in Malay on how the chart will help to evaluate the vision acuity.  The one that Zayed had to read were not alphabets, rather numbers.  I do not know if there is any difference whether they’re alphabets or numbers.

The 20/20 line represents normal vision.  For the British, they use 6/6 instead.

This means if a person sees 20/30, he/she actually sees the smallest letter at 20 feet could be seen by a normal eye at 30 feet.

Now, Zayed is adjusting to the glasses.  He said it’s painful when he just puts them on and after he has put them on for some time, it will hurt when he takes them off.  I guess his eyes are adjusting to the glasses.  I hope things will be better for Zayed after this.