Gisella Perl was forced to work as a doctor in Auschwitz concentration camp during the holocaust.
She was ordered to report ever pregnant women do the physician Dr. Josef Mengele, who would then use the women for cruel experiments (e.g. vivisections) before killing them.
She saved hundreds of women by performing abortions on them before their pregnancy was discovered, without having access to basic medical supplies. She became known as the “Angel of Auschwitz”.
After being rescued from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp she tried to commit suicide, but survived, recovered and kept working as a gynecologist, delivering more than 3000 babies.
I want to nail this to the forehead of every anti-abortionist who uses the word “Holocaust” when talking about legal abortions.
This woman is the stuff of which heroes were made—her, and the women who went to her.
Woke up from a complex dream today- we were detached from our physical bodies and were doing other stuff in another reality. Very Divergent style. Haha also I need to rewatch Matrix- watched it when I was a kid and probably didn’t really know what it’s about hahaha.
Went to have lunch with wenx @ katong shopping centre- had fun catching up! Found this very delicious and fresh banana cake that I’m going to recommend to everybody.
Went to nua at her house! Say hello to her cute birds :)
And this African Grey parrot here can apparently say “alamak”!! HAHA!! Ahhh these birds are so awesome up close haha (the bird park excitement has yet to wane)
Ahhh struck by lots of wanderlust again. I think I found one more answer to why I want to travel. Mainly I want to experience one specific thing.
Often you can find this in architecture and nature (people too, of course). Not saying Singapore has none, but it’s different, no?
That’s why people take photos… make videos… write. Are we all not chasing beauty, to want to capture it in some way?
Spent the rest of the day reading and trying to play bar chords. Hahaha.Sundays like these are absolutely lovely . If only we had more of these slow days to indulge in.
I am also on a eat-clean/lose weight diet. Stop eating soooo much junk and go for things like cherry tomatoes too. Still yummy but better I guess. Though I crave all my MSG and potato chips. All. The. Time.
Tilt and balance.
Back when I first started drawing them in 2011, the Keeper had antlers and the spellmaker had horns. I’d phased them out by 2012 because I kept thinking about how uncomfortable it would be for them to sleep lying down. Their current antler/horn-less states are more mundane, but I sleep better knowing they also sleep better.
Moments I observe in my surroundings:
- Was walking out of the MRT station, ready to head home. There was this really tall guy walking in front of me, and soon a girl bounded up to him and they broke into wide grins and embraced each other. Then he reached for her waist and they strolled into the nearby Cheers casually. I doubt they even knew where they were going- they were so wrapped up in each other, so happy to see each other. A blissful moment :)
- Saw an elderly couple being very sweet to each other, thought of them as ‘cute’. Then I remembered that this was a stereotype (in my Sociology Ageing class)… but then what am I to think then? Sometimes you may point out flaws but then with no ready answers tipping the pyramid might be unwise. I don’t know. So many questions.
- A little boy was rambling to a father on the bus. He was very adorable, and the father was very patient. I wonder how it is like to have such a bundle of joy and responsibility.
- I see a mama pushing a two baby stroller- a 2-3 year old boy at the bottom seat, and a months old baby on top, facing the mother. I wonder how it must feel to push that stroller- to have such a sunshiney face look back at you with every step
- I see two little Malay sisters at the bus stop, before they are followed by their very elegant mother. I think about how children are really “little human” versions of ourselves.
- Today two teen boys ran into the train carriage, almost not making it. They were still panting and laughing about it until one of the boys was like, “wrong side!” and both of them bounded out of the train just in time. Hahaha. I remember such light-hearted moments with my own friends. We never seem to stop laughing around each other.
- I spot a familiar auntie who is always dressed in a hip sporty outfit in the morning- wonder what she does- does she dance, does she exercise with friends? So many stories.
- And this lady with pugs- do dog-owners get looks all the time? How do they feel about their pet getting more attention than they do as a person?
so I was just thinking about “self importance” and how pride is the ultimate downfall of man. And also if it afflicts me hmm.
A website advises me to talk to plants as equals. I think that’s about right. Need to start treating everything else in the world as equals. They do not belong to me, nor do I. Treat all with humility and respect. Sounds legit no? And if nobody treats you the same, it would not affect you cause dude, you’re long gone from the ego trips. Sounds like a good idea to me, though it also sounds a tad guileless/ignorant. No win-win anywhere maybe.
Anyways I was reading Swimming At Night yesterday, as I mentioned in another blogpost, and it was very… interesting to read about a freewheeling character who is vivacious, but is often the ‘responsibility of others’. In other words she is fun to be with but also a helluva wreck. Anyways they go travelling and all, what an adventure they have. Just a rough plan, and taking life as it goes.
Here’s a quote from the book: “People travel for 2 reasons- to get away from something, or to search for something.”
I’m not sure why I am bitten by the travel bug. Is it because I see too many travel pictures on Instagram, or I just want to be somewhere else to experience something new? I’m not very sure.
Was reading Sarah’s blogposts, (back to the self importance topic) and I felt that I was brought down to earth again. (Hi Sarah, btw) My blog is very ‘self-centred’- I don’t really care about what my audience wants to read… don’t really give too much thought about it though I try to make it more easy to digest. I sometimes think the only up my blog has compared to others is that.. it’s still alive. That’s about it. hahaha.
I like reading about other perspectives! I often wish people blogged more, it’s tiring to live in my head all the time. I want to read your thoughts, and your perspectives on the world :)
Big thank yous to friends who have been staying in touch with me- sometimes I (wrongly) assume that I’m doing all the legwork and I feel tired (and maybe upset? but not for long). So it’s always nice to know that you (sometimes) think about me too! :)
*hugs* May love run well and never end.
I have not been blogging regularly as before.
Here are some updates I guess!
Feels wise- sometimes life feels very surreal, detached. Sometimes I don’t get what I’m here for. Sometimes I’m not sure what I’m searching for , or if this search is truly futile as many literature try to explain to the rest of the human race.
But then I figured that since I am here I might as well fill my days with people and love. And that if there’s anything I love, I want to love life the most. I want to embrace every disappointment, every moment of hurt, every moment of joy, every nerve wrecking moment and every piece of cracked disillusionment. Because only the ‘bad’ make the ‘good’ (in my mind there’s a yin/yang idea forming here but I don’t think I have thought about it enough to properly articulate it.)
Went to the bird park with Adeline! Been wanting to go for a while and decided to go this weekend :> Booked some Groupon tix and there we go. I like making plans on the fly.
Was a mind-numbing journey to Boon Lay- I think I have only been to Jurong Point twice in my life. What a change from my usual scene. We observed (not sure if true) that the pace here is slower. But what is true is that the mall is hella huge. A normal Ichiban Boshi/Sushi Tei outlet in the east would never have such HUGE space.
I really enjoyed my time in the bird park. Obviously they receive less funding than the more publicised Zoo, but I think they do try. Very, very intriguing birds and colours. Gosh nature is truly the best architect.
Like, who makes real creatures in RAINBOW colour? And humans seem so plain now.
BTW, the macaws are so gorgeous. What a smart choice to put them as mascots of the Kodak moment- very vivid colours. Very surreal to see them alive. Also, they’re endangered. There’s a sign at the enclosure saying how there’s a security system in place. Truly they are beautiful. Kind of would like to keep their feathers haha. Or can you imagine writing in a quill of a pretty bird feather?!?!!
We usually only see plain looking birds on the streets, maybe the occasional yellow bird, but going to Jurong Bird Park really reminded me about how nature and wildlife is so goddamn gorgeous and amazing.
^ You can’t really see, but POLKA DOTS paired with VERTICAL LINES and a hipster hair cut dayummm.
I can see why people/fashion designers take inspiration from nature-.
Ah . <3
Other noteworthy moments:
We were looking around the parrot exhibits and suddenly there was a ‘hello’ ! We looked around and there it was, again! A cockatoo had spoken to us, to our delight. HAHA!! Easily made my day. Amazing how animals can be. So much more ‘human’ than we ever really think.
Also, Sassy, the cockatoo who performs in one of the avian shows, is utterly impressive. He/she sings in 3 languages, tickling the crowd (what a crowd too)- rasa sayang EH! very very entertaining and endearing. Never expected this!!
A silly picture to end the bird part segment:
(Note: I also saw more swans <3 )
Sadder parts- like any zoo/aquarium/aviary, we have to contemplate the idea of how we are keeping these animals against? their wills. The question about freedom and research etc. I’m split on this because… if zoos did not exist I would never get to see these beautiful animals up close. Of course, zoos can do their best to make sure conditions are great. I guess humans are selfish in this sense. We keep other creatures for our own viewing pleasure. Well I guess.. I just feel very glad and honoured to see these animals. More feels to want to go on a Borneo trip!
Seeing the magnificent bald eagle locked up is … pretty .. demoralising. After all, you see it on US emblems, and it is associated with power and all. Ade and I discussed how some animals had more swag/power - “birds of prey” also< whats with this very misleading title “birds of prey”- referring to vultures and eagles etc.
The vultures were amazing. Not as huge as I thought they would be, but … really misrepresented/vilified in the world by Disney. Like hyenas. What has Lion King done really.
The Tibetan ones were absolutely magnificent and sophisticated.
I want to learn more about them. We also saw penguins- the keeper is a kind of performer too (cue all sociology arguments about authenticity). The enthralled cries of little children was very uplifting.
There are days where I wish I could name botany just by sight, know animal species by heart (especially fish), and their characteristics and their stories. The little scientist or kpo kid in me I guess.
Alright. I should stop I guess.
Thanks Ade for the enjoyable afternoon <3
Also met up with Eli @ Tian Kee for a catch up :D The place was much smaller than expected, no aircon, but it also felt very friendly and homely. Less pretense all around. Though it was really funny to see youths crawling around the entire area with DSLRs snapping away very seriously in this quiet HDB neighbourhood.
The place was rather cramped AND crowded but the boss was very nice. Will come back again- love all these small pockets of (not so town) places (kinda) near my place that I can visit without having to dress up.
Went to Sports Hub for the first time, chased Nila (or whats his name oh dear haha all the different combinations of Lyon, Lion, Sang Nila Utama….) around but didn’t get a picture! Rock climbing looks cool haha.
Met up with Cass & Abby for dinner too, it was really yummy :D Discussed plans for Sally, our trio band, and I intend to make things happen. Put some things to roll on my own solo-perf side, and overall I think it’ll be a fun journey :) To keep it real, here I am saying I want to do this because I enjoy singing. If there’s money, I’ll take it. If there’s fame, I’ll take it. But that’s not the point. If you do good, happy things will naturally happen. Sometimes I think it is important for me to chase my dreams and do what I preach so that I can ‘lead the way’ and hope others can take a chance and plunge into chasing their own dreams too. Because I find it very excruciating to see people suffer in their own vicious thought cycles again and again. Very ‘elitist’ and ‘self-important’ in this sense but yeah I’ll keep putting up the good fight. Am fighting my own challenges and sometimes I feel very alone, but what’s there to complain about when you can light up ways I guess?
(but yes I need an ally and partner in crime, a pillar, a rock.)
- 20th blood donation today
- met a cute guy today
- eating healthier because of my colleagues
- have a helium balloon thanks to Lingz :D
- am a proud owner of HONY & Little Humans
- Started to use this app Monefy to take note of my expenses. So far a large chunk goes to… EATING OUT :O I am shocked.
- Have started writing in the 2015 planner Olivia gifted me, kanchiong much? Haha better book me early if you need something.
- Thinking about furthering my studies in Japanese & French, and maybe something new.