Night Safari Mystica 2013

Night Safari Mystica 2013
Once a year, the night safari turns into a wonderland with mystical creatures inviting you into the deep dark forest. It’s fun for the whole family, and for Singapore. I’m so glad I live in Singapore where we have a world class wild life reserve , zoo and night safari. Where we had successfully bred some many animals in captivity. Such as the hornbills! So thank you to all the staff that made it possible, as well as a wonderful group of zoo docents who help out ever so often. More on conversation here: http://conservation.wrs.com.sg/

Ok the fairies actually look alot nicer- (see below). Aahahha except when you use flash photography! I’ll tell you one more reason not to use the flash – because your flash might blind or scare the poor little animals! so please hold your horses.  and  be a responsible patron. :)
More on the microsite here at  http://www.mystica.com.sg/ for those who want to read in detail.
New this year is the Animal Enrichment Trail

Where you can get a rare glimpse of how the animals receive their whimsical treats and let the safari’s knowledgeable Trail Guides wow you with interesting facts about them! Nature always inspires learning.

hint: Watch the guides give catnip to the fishing cats
and toys and durians and other goodies to the Civets :)

Tadah – daylight.

 

And when night falls…

what could be scarier than all the predators ……

Well mosquitoes of course.

So always be prepared! For me, I dutifully brought my stash of MosquitNO! to ward them flies off :) In Perfect neon colors that matched the whole glow in the dark, neon bodyart theme as well.

Check out the UV bodyart I got done 😉 this was done by Katherine from Little Crystal paints.Want something similar? Party Parlour offers UV bodyart painting services for events too! The paints glow in black light for a stunning effect.

Mystica 2013: Wildlife Wonderland

 

Dates: Weekends of 13, 14, 20, 21 Dec 2013 AND 27-31 Dec 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Night Safari
Cost: Festivities are free but admission charges apply
Adult S$35 | Child S$23 | And Senior Citizen S$17.50  (yes why not bring grandma and grandpa along for a tram ride :) )
Last ticket sale at 11:15pm
Highlights
Since I love body art – this tops my list!

Glow-in-the-Park Face Painting and Black Light Photo Booth
UV face painting booth
Dates: 5 – 31 December
Time: 6pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Night Safari entrance plaza
Note: Token donation to Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund is welcome.
Mingle in the Jungle
Be captivated and greeted by a host of whimsical creatures and friends of the forest
Dates: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 December 2013
Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Night Safari entrance plaza
Dress In Your Best Contest
Attractive prizes await those who dive into the festivities and dress to impress the mystery judges. Turn up in the most outlandish costume you can think of and make sure you’re noticed by strutting your stuff at the entrance plaza. The best dressed each night will walk away a winner! Playing dress up is fun!
Dates: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 December 2013
Time: 6.30pm – 11.30pm
Venue: Night Safari entrance plaza
Animal Enrichment Trail
After meeting the creatures of fantasy, discover the real animals of the night along the walking trails. Witness the spirited side of the frisky otters, feisty fishing cats and prickly porcupines as they unravel creatively decked out enrichment goodies. The curious can ask questions and learn more about the animals from the friendly trail guides.
Dates: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 December 2013
Venue and time:
1. Fishing Cat Trail at 7.30pm ( Ireally liked this!) you’ll get to see Civet palm cats too! native to singapore ( who would have known)
2. Wallaby Trail at 8.30pm
3. East Lodge Trail at 9.00pm
4. Spotted hyena Exhibit (East Lodge Trail) at 10.00pm

Tip: The Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant serves up really delish food! nothing like a scumptious meal to start the tour or end at :) Opens 5.30pm – 11.00pm (Daily)

Taste Singapore’s all-time favourites dishes like chilli crab, chicken rice, briyani rice, chicken tandoori, ice kachang and more in a charming village setting. Experience the nostalgia of dining within the rustic allure of this wooden-furnished restaurant or opt for an alfresco setting and drink in the symphony of the cicadas, frogs and other night creatures while a herd of Ankole cattle grazes nearby.

The restaurant offers you a choice of buffet and a la carte dining. If you prefer a more private dining experience, the Chief’s Room, can accommodate up to 16 guests, while the Ulu Court can cater to a larger party of up to 100 diners. How fun.

How about getting married at the night safari ? *grins*

GETTING THERE

MRT & Bus

The nearest MRT stations to Night Safari are on the North-South (Red) line. Catch the respective connecting public buses that will take you right to Night Safari.

  • Ang Mo Kio MRT station – Bus No. 138 from Ang Mo Kio bus interchange
  • Choa Chu Kang MRT station – Bus No. 927 from Choa Chu Kang bus interchange
  • Woodlands MRT station – Bus No. 926 from Woodlands bus interchange (available on Sundays and Public Holidays only)
  • Marsiling MRT station – Bus No. 926 from across the road at Woodlands Ave 3 (available on Sundays and Public Holidays only)

 

Self-Drive/Taxi

Night Safari is about a 30-minute drive away from the city. We have sheltered and open-air car and motorcycle parking bays and a taxi stand at the entrace to the park.

via Pan Island Expressway (PIE) from the city:

  • Take the PIE towards Jurong
  • Take Exit 24 into the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE)
  • Take Exit 7 on the BKE and at the traffic light, turn right into Mandai Road
  • At the next traffic light, turn right into Mandai Lake Road

 

via Central Expressway (CTE) from the city:

  • Take the CTE towards SLE/TPE
  • Continue on Seletar Expressway (SLE)
  • Take Exit 8A, turn right into Mandai Road (towards Woodlands Rd)
  • Turn left into Mandai Lake Road

 

Direct Bus Services

There are several operators that provide bus services to and from Night Safari. Click the link below to find out more:

 

 

Ending this post with exquisite photo bombs LOL

Wildlife trade – endangering species

Illegal wildlife trade totals billions of dollars a year globally, but conservationists say the problem is most acute in Southeast Asia. Despite international and local laws designed to crack down on the trade, live animals and animal parts — often those of endangered or threatened species — are sold in open-air markets throughout the region.

The majority of the illegal wildlife trade occurs in Bangkok. While Thailand is making some effort to combat the illegal trade of endangered species, they have the laws on the books that could easily be rectified to change this dire situation in Thailand. More effort needs to be done.

If you think Singapore is without its fair share of poachers, you are wrong.

And then in Egypt:

From glue-covered sticks in Egypt hang the lives of 2 songbirds, and a question: How can we stop the slaughter of songbirds migrating across the Mediterranean?

The full story here on Natgeo at this link


 

Trading in illegal wildlife ranks among the five most lucrative illicit markets globally, after counterfeiting and the illegal trafficking in drugs, people and oil, according to Global Financial Integrity, a research and advocacy organization based in Washington.

Most recently, some bangkok men were charged with illegal wildlife trading.

During a house raid of Montri Boonprom-on’s residence near Bangkok, police found something they never would have expected: a menagerie of more than 200 wild animals – some with teeth. Among the creatures found by police, there were 14 rare albino lions and a legally protected species of leopard in a box. lions were believed to have been brought into the country using permits for sales to zoos, but instead offered to private buyers.

Hundreds of birds, meerkats, tortoises, peafowls, capuchin monkeys and other species from Thailand and abroad were found. A hornbill and a leopard, both protected by Thai Law, were also found packed in a box and were scheduled to be delivered to clients on Monday.

The two suspects deny involvement in illegal wildlife trade. One was found guilty of the same charge four years ago. Montri is no stranger to wildlife, owning an exotic pet shop in Bangkok’s legendary Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the world’s largest weekend markets. While the majority of the goods on sale at the market are legitimate, this story highlights Thailand’s close links with the illegal wildlife trade.The trouble with wildlife trade is that it is largely insufficiently regulated.

Species of animals like mantas, pangolins are slow breeders, and are very hard to breed in captivity and can never match up to the rates of which they are being slaughtered for the markets in China. Turtles as of lately, have fallen victim to China’s appetite for exotic food.

As reported on the NYtimes. Peter Paul van Dijk, a tortoise and freshwater turtle expert at Conservation International in Arlington, Virginia, said turples were among the first wildlife to feel the effect of China’s move to open up to more trade in the 1990s.

“Massive quantities began to be extracted from one neighboring country after the other in the early 1990s,” he said in an interview in Bangkok. “It went in concentric circles — Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Bangladesh, then, later, Malaysia and Indonesia.”

A burgeoning turtle farming industry began to supply the Chinese food market with large quantities of turtles in the 1990s, Mr. van Dijk said, and about half of the world’s 315 turtle species are classified as endangered under Cites. (Several more have been accorded protection at the current Cites meeting.)

But this has done little to reduce the pressure on populations in the wild, where they perform important roles in local ecosystems.

Nonfarmed turtles, Mr. van Dijk said, are highly sought after and can command several hundred U.S. dollars each, largely because of a widespread perception in China, fanned by a string of high-profile food scandals in recent years, that wild-caught animals are of higher quality and safer to eat. For many in china and vietnam, access to such is mainly for a public display of wealth. Which in it all, is truly senseless.

Here’s some pictures of the exotic pets section from my recent trip:

We spotted a toucan, tonnes of parrots, and some owlettes and baby eagles….

Most of which I can only pressume were poached or snatched from their nests. This city needs reform in its wildlife and animal trade laws.

I also read that while Bangkok has a security force dedicated to preventing the illegal wildlife trade, the law on the books however prevents these security officials from arresting these perpetrators – and prevent further illegal wildlife trade – simply because they can not open a locked door (even if the endangered are species are visible) – makes it quite disturbing, sad, and frustrating.

 

Shortly after snapping a picture of this aquarium in Chatuchak that sold corals, I was stopped by the sales assistant who thankfully didn’t force me to delete the pictures.
My boyfriend had tried to take a picture of a toucan being sold, and was very fiercely met with objection from the shop keepers.

 

 

On Beauty – through the eyes of a scientist

By Richard Feynman (1918 – 1988), regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists to grace the world

Notable Quotes:

If you expect science to give all the answers to the wonderful questions about what we are, where we’re going, what the meaning of the universe is and so on, then I think you could easily become disillusioned and then look for some mystic answer to these problems. How a scientist can take a mystic answer I don’t know because the whole spirit is to understand-well, never mind that.

You see, one thing is, I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we’re here, and what the question might mean. I might think about it a little bit and if I can’t figure it out, then I go onto something else, but I don’t have to know an answer, I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without having any purpose, which is the way it really is so far as I can tell. It doesn’t frighten me.

On our resident bird – the Mynahs

The Common Myna or Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis), sometimes spelled Mynah, is a member of the family Sturnidae (starlings and mynas) native to Asia. An omnivorous open woodland bird with a strong territorial instinct, the Myna has adapted extremely well to urban environments. However common they are, we must admit, or perhaps I must confess that I knew nothing much about them! (Apart from their diet made up of our delicious hawker food and their crazy calling).

Nature is funny, ever since the sunbird visited about a month  and a half ago and built a nest in my boyfriend’s balcony, we are now blessed with a baby mynah that my boyfriend’s brother found one day on the grounds of a carpark (lone and hapless), unable to even hop at that point. Unable to find his parents anywhere in sight, they decided to bring it back home because the carpark was one frequently by cats.  And baby birds often end as ….. you know what.

So there you go – baby bird safe in my palms :)

Baby Mynah looking all Pensive?

The Common Myna is an important motif in Indian culture and appears both in Sanskirt and Prakit literature. “Myna” is derived from the Hindi anguage mainā which itself is derived from Sanskirt madanā.  The Common Myna goes by a number of names, most are descriptive of the appearance or behaviour of the bird. In addition to saarika, the names for the Common Myna include kalahapriya, which means “one who is fond of arguments” LOL, referring to the quarrelsome nature of this bird; chitranetra, meaning “picturesque eyes”; peetanetra (one with yellow eyes) and peetapaad (one with yellow legs).

Yes the Myna is one of the most common birds in Singapore, along with the House Crow and European Sparrow, here’s the list of the ‘most common’ birds in Singapore. :) Compiled by the nature society of Singapore. Here’s the first 12 birds Article. By Lim Kim Seng .

 

 

Ok so back to the baby mynah – it was much to my surprise when I realized there were so many Mynah species as documented here. I’m trying to figure out if he’s a Javan mynah or a white vented Mynah. He’s grown quite alot in the past 2 weeks. Here are more pictures of the bird his brother named’ Bubbles: ) Call Mynahs a noisy bunch but Mynah birds can be trained to speak. Pretty awesome no? I’ve seen videos on youtube about talking mynahs (and even crows)

Here are some pictures of our little birdee :) haha

Perhaps I should have created a series of the “Xi Nu Ai Le” faces of this baby bird. I’m still not quite certain of its gender so let’s just call it a him first. It’s a really adorable and noisy little thing tho. While reading up on the diet to feed this little fellow, I was pleasantly surprised to discover Mynah birds have turquoise colored eggs, much like the box of Tiffany & Co. :), they lay between 4-6 eggs per clutch, so no wonder we find them in around abundance here. Typically only 2 chicks will fledge successfully from the nest. I’ve read that sometimes baby birds ‘kick’ each other out of the nest, so mortality rates are pretty high, some get eaten by cats, some preyed on by larger birds, and some simply fall out of their nests :(

I’ve managed to find a photo of mynah eggs on the internet to show you guys. The eggs are so pretty don’t you agree?

A mynah’s diet is made up of fruit, grain, insect, and discarded waste from human habitation. Baby birds have to be fed as often as once every 2-3 hours (newly hatchlings have to be fed even more often. roughly once every 30mins) so you get the gist. It is alot of work to bring up a babybird. (Even worst from us humans who are clueless).

Some handfed birds don’t take to well and often pass on so thank goodness bubbles was readily and happy to be fed.

Before meeting bubbles, I had often regarded mynahs as somewhat pesky birds, but this whole episode made me appreciate birds and their ways of bringing up chicks a whole lot more. I guess being upclose and in touch with nature makes you appreciate it all the more, to be able to observe the growth of a baby bird, how to took to the food you tried to feed him, and then documenting how from a little bird who couldn’t hop and was always asking for food, to one that’s now strong enough to hop, to flap his wings around and stand on the palm of your hands with his little feet gripping your fingers. That’s priceless.

Perhaps this is what parenting would feel like hahahahha

Hello eggs :)

LOL – grumpy faced?

Surprise surprise?

Bubbles knows how to pose :) and strut his feathers.

And lastly, a look for joy. (From being a happy well fed bird perhaps)

I’ll like to end with a quote from the urbanforest blog “Although Javan mynas are so common that they can be freely shot at or poisoned, they are still lives. If they are considered a nuisance, what are we then?”

Also, the www.besgroup.org/‎ offers a wealth of information when it comes to birding and rehab of babybirds should you find any fallen out of their nest.

Nature: Cherish or Perish

xx.

The Beauty of Our Oceans

Images by Carlos Suarez / Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen / Felix Aguado / Juan Cuetos / Pity Rovirosa / Tim Calver / National Geographic + Andy S and James for Nat Geo

School of yellowmouth barracudas (Sphyraena viridensis) on Neptune-grass (Posidonia oceanica). Punta Rasa, Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain. Expedition Oceana Ranger 2010: Discovering seamounts.

 

 

Alejandro Selkirk Island expedition

 

Common starfish (Asterias rubens) among ascidians (Ciona intestinalis). Gothenburg archipelag West, Kattegat, Sweden. Oceana Baltic Sea Expedition II onboard the Hanse Explorer.

 

Great amount of jellyfishes (Pelagia noctiluca). Cabrera National Park, Balearic Islands, Spain. Catamaran Oceana Ranger Mediterranean Expedition

 

Hanga Roa Bay in Easter Island

 

Can you imagine a world where – before things were even discovered, they were lost left never to be discovered. :(

Purple seastar (Ophidiaster ophidianus) on rock covered by (Oculina patagonica) and (Padina pavonica)

Kelp (Saccorhiza polyschides) forest and (Cystoseira sp). Mediterranean rainbow wrasse (Coris julis) around

 

 

Canary Islands Oceana Ranger Expedition

 

 

Olive Backed Sunbirds

The Olive-backed Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis, also known as the Yellow-bellied Sunbird, is a species of sunbird found from Southern Asia to Australia. Recently a pair of Olive backed sunbirds made a little nest in my boyfriend’s balcony on what used to be an air plant. How uncanny – because our air plant hanger was a yellow ceramic bird.
Before I moved out of my bedok reservoir home, sunbirds used to visit my apartment on level 15, and often were found perched on my mom’s pretty orchid plants.

Here’s what sunbirds look like:

Photo credit: Singaporean Photographer from Flickr

 

If you looked hard enough you would probably notice quite a few around.

And behold:

See the sunbird nest pictured here? it  was built pretty quickly – in just about 6 days or so. Most of which were the hard work of the female sunbird. Male sunbirds are often see ‘supervising’ or hurrying the females along of which 90 percent of the effort comes from perhaps.

The nest is build commonly out of spider webs and even cotton wool, thread and plant material.

Because many sunbird nest fail sometimes due to how fragile or badly built they are such that they do not withstand the weather and wind and so on, my boyfriend reinforced it with some string and a little base :)

The birds disappeared for abit before mommy sunbird returned to popped 2 little eggs one day (made me wonder how something so tiny could manage 2 eggs of that size) . The sunbird eggs looked whitish grey and speckled , probably due to lightning or how dim it was in the nest – (when in actual fact they were greenish blue). Eventually after nesting over her eggs for over a week , only 1 out of the 2 hatched. (The other eggs mysteriously disappeared, could the mother have removed it? or was it eaten by something else, I wonder.) Nature works in funny ways….

When the chick first hatched, it was totally devoid of feathers. It resembled a naked brown thing with bulging black eyes that do not open till about 5 days later.

Here’s a photo of Apples our precious sunbird  (At this stage she was about 10days old I think). Unfortunately, Apples had passed on shortly after and had not managed to fledge from her nest. Daddy sunbird fed her a spider which was way too huge and we found her one day, fallen out of the nest with a huge green spider lodged at her throat, lifeless. I thought many times If I should actually share these pictures because I still feel the lost and it pains me.

I had resisted for the longest time – and even told my boyfriend that we shouldn’t name the little bird so as not to jinx things. As he kept track of her progress daily, from a hairless little nude bird to a pretty thing with black and yellow feathers, we eventually gave her the name Apples (since sunbirds loved sweet fruits and nectar), turns out it was a mistake because we quickly got very attached to this lovely little thing only to have to lose her.

How not to love something like that?

The sunbirds are a group of very small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Their flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering, but usually perch to feed most of the time.

Originally from mangrove habitat, the Olive-backed sunbird has adapted well to humans, and is now common even in fairly densely populated areas, even forming their nests in human dwellings.

The birds mate between the months of April and August. Both the male and the female assist in building the nest which is flask-shaped, with an overhanging porch at the entrance, and a trail of hanging material at the bottom end.

After building the nest, the birds abandon the nest for about a week before the female returns to lay one or two greenish-blue eggs. The eggs take a further week to hatch. The female may leave the nest for short periods during the day during incubation. After the chicks have hatched, both male and female assist in the care of the young, which leave the nest about two or three weeks later.

Olive Backed Sunbirds are common throughout Singapore and are often mistaken for Hummingbirds. Singapore does not have any hummingbirds. However others such as the crimson sunbirds, or the copper throated sunbird are less common here.

Sunbirds are old world passerines. The foot of a passerine has three toes directed forward and one toe directed backward, called anisodactyl arrangement. This arrangement enables the passerine birds to perch upon vertical surfaces, such as trees and cliffs. The toes have no webbing or joining, but in some cotingas the second and third toes are united at their basal third. The hind toe joins the leg at the same level as the front toes. In other orders of birds the toe arrangement is different.

The leg arrangement of passerine birds contains a special adaption for perching. A tendon in the rear of the leg running from the underside of the toes to the muscle behind the Tibiotarsus will automatically be pulled and tighten when the leg bends, causing the foot to curl and become stiff when the bird lands on a branch. This enables passerines to sleep while perching without falling off. This is especially useful for passerine birds that develop nocturnal lifestyles.

Here are a few more pictures of Apples.

Apples – pictured here – asking for food

Her profile view :) you can see her yellow feathers here.

Asking for food once again

Perhaps sometime soon I will share some videos of Apples and her dad.

It is interesting to note that sunbirds sometimes recycle or reuse nest (build by other sunbirds). I’ve learnt so much since Apples came into our lives and I’m sadden by her leaving us prematurely.

Meanwhile let me share with you a thing or two about sunbird poop. Sunbird babies poop out what we call a fecal sac.

Fecal sacs are like little bird diapers.

Some species of birds will dispel a fecal sac to the waiting parent. A fecal sac is a mucous membrane that is generally white or clear with a dark end. It encases the feces making it easier for the parent to dispose of it and functions to keep the nest clean too. In this instance, the Olive-backed Sunbird chick turns its rear to face the nest opening as a signal to its parent that it is ready to defecate. The parent will receive the fecal sac from the chick’s vent (aka the chick’s bottom) and dispose of it. Amazing no?

More about sunbirds and all kinds of birds in Singapore – on the Bird Ecology Study Group (BES) http://www.besgroup.org/

Another cute story about birds building their homes in our homes would be  the one on the yellow vented bulbul – as shared by Lena Chow http://www.besgroup.org/2006/11/10/where-do-yellow-vented-bulbuls-build-their-nests-2/

Sun birds are amongst some of the species that had adapted well to urbanization, however what’s up for debate is the fact that not all species can adapt so well in such a short time. With all the developments going on, and lost of costal areas and forested areas, birds such as the white bellied sea eagle, are being threatened.

Read http://singaporebirds.net/checklists/extinct.html for a checklist of birds that are now extinct in our shores, as well as those facing threats http://singaporebirds.net/checklists/rdb_list.html

This post is dedicated to a certain guy name Kenny, who happens to be my very first tuition teacher. When I was a kid, Kenny ‘korkor’ would bring my brother and me to the most amazing places, he would bring us to the beach and there he would allow us to catch baby crabs, and then the larger flower crabs. When you have a teacher like that, you will love not only learning, but you will love nature and all the wonderful things that come with it. It is no wonder now that Kenny has 2 children of his own (and he’s possibly one of the best fathers around that any child could ask for)

 

CELEBRATE WORLD OCEANS DAY 2013 WITH LA MER

THIS 8th of JUNE, CELEBRATE WORLD OCEANS DAY 2013 WITH LA MER

La Mer will celebrate World Oceans Day 2013 by supporting ocean conservation around the world through two prominent organizations, National Geographic Society and Oceana.

In addition, La Mer’s highly sought-after, 100ml jar of Crème de la Mer with a new limited edition modern design that commemorates the importance of World Oceans Day will be available May through June 2013 at TANGS and TAKASHIMAYA.

According to La Mer General Manager Sandra Main – The ocean is an integral part of La Mer’s brand heritage, and the brand is always looking to expand our support of programs that improve the health of our oceans.”

I’m really glad brands like La Mer walk the talk! Not many are as vocal as La Mer and that certainly instills confidences in consumers.

PARTNERSHIP WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

This year La Mer has expanded its partnership with National Geographic Society by working with renowned resident ocean explorer and “living legend,” Dr. Sylvia Earle, to delve into the history of underwater habitat protection, address actionable changes for future preservation and support National Geographic Society ocean missions globally.

The partnership will culminate in a short film that gives an unprecedented opportunity to see the ocean through the eyes of Dr. Earle. Throughout her career Dr. Earle has led more than 100 marine expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater to become one of the most influential ocean experts of our time.

Named “Her Deepness” by the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and first “Hero for the Planet” by Time Magazine, Dr. Earle led the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970, received appointments from three U.S. presidents and, most recently in July 2012, set a record for solo diving in 1000 meters depth.

PARTNERSHIP WITH OCEANA

La Mer is proud to re-unite with Oceana, the world’s largest international ocean advocacy organization, for the eighth consecutive year. In support of their Habitat Protection Campaign, as well as other global initiatives for ocean conservation, La Mer has donated a total of over $1 million to date to Oceana in support of World Oceans Day.

WORLD OCEANS DAY

Created in 1992 and made official by the United Nations in 2009, World Oceans Day takes place annually on June 8. It serves as a time to recognize the importance of the sea as a vital ecosystem and to take action to preserve its delicate habitats and wildlife.

LA MER, “THE SEA”
La Mer’s founder, Dr. Max Huber, recognized the value of the living ocean when he pioneered the use of sea kelp in the cream that renewed and restored the look of his skin. Today, in a tribute to his legacy, La Mer continues to help preserve the natural habitat of this special sea plant by using only sea kelp that has been sustainably hand harvested.
Crème de la Mer World Oceans Day 2013 The Moisturizing Cream (100ml)
SGD $680

Available exclusive from:
May – June 2013 only
TANGS Orchard, Tel: 6733 7269,
SEVIIN at TANGS, Tel: 6735 6762 Takashimaya, Tel: 6737 4107

Here’s a chronological look at Crème de la Mer Special World Oceans Day Edition through the years

And 2013

The value of Crème de la Mer reflects the highest quality ingredients, the unique craftsmanship and the transformational benefits enjoyed by its many devotees. The outstanding properties of Crème de la Mer are the result of not only the individual ingredients but also the artisanal way in which they are sourced, specifically combined, meticulously formulated and then hand filled.

They use a form of sea kelp which is sustainably hand harvested helping to maintain its native ecosystem. The kelp is also only harvested at specific times of the year when it is in its most nutrient rich state, once shipped overnight on dry ice to The Max Huber Research Labs, the sea kelp is combined with other key ingredients. These ingredients then go through a lengthy 3-4 month biofermentation process. In addition, a unique extract, The Lime Tea, derived from hand peeled limes and processed for 4 to 6 weeks, is incorporated into each Crème. La Mer’s scientists rigorously evaluate the activity of each batch of Miracle Broth, and if the high standards are not attained, the batch is discarded and they start again. Because of the intricate and artisanal process that goes into making each jar which is still hand filled to this day, only small quantities of Crème de la Mer can be produced at a time… this is why this Crème has such a  cult global following.

La Mer has produced a spectacular Gel Crème with the same concentration of miracle ingredients the famous Crème de la Mer contains. It is actually available in 5 textures! And this is my favourite, along with the classic version.

This ultralight weight formula is perfect for younger skin, skin that tends to get shiny, or if you happen to live in warmer climates such as yours truly in Singapore. This is a prefect moisturizer before you put anything else on your skin at night or in the morning.

The La Mer team – with style miester Jasmine (From Blackmarket) and myself. :)

Thank you Shenme and team, was great to catch up! And to receive my first creme de La Mer! <3

Dr Sylvia Earle – On Paradise Lost

Dr Sylvia Earle – on Paradise Lost.

Oh how I love her. And god, has she got humor. :)

Why you should listen to her:

Sylvia Earle, called “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and “Hero for the Planet” by Time, is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration.

Earle’s work has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. Earle has led more than 50 expeditions worldwide involving more than 6,000 hours underwater. As captain of the first all-female team to live underwater, she and her fellow scientists received a ticker-tape parade and White House reception upon their return to the surface. In 1979, Sylvia Earle walked untethered on the sea floor at a lower depth than any other woman before or since. In the 1980s she started the companies Deep Ocean Engineering and Deep Ocean Technologies with engineer Graham Hawkes to design and build undersea vehicles that allow scientists to work at previously inaccessible depths. In the early 1990s, Dr. Earle served as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. At present she is explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society.

Sylvia Earle is a dedicated advocate for the world’s oceans and the creatures that live in them. Her voice speaks with wonder and amazement at the glory of the oceans and with urgency to awaken the public from its ignorance about the role the oceans plays in all of our lives and the importance of maintaining their health.

“We’ve got to somehow stabilize our connection to nature so that in 50 years from now, 500 years, 5,000 years from now there will still be a wild system and respect for what it takes to sustain us.”

Sylvia Earle

She shares with us on why we must protect our oceans in the video below from 2009.

I know for most of us, while the Ocean seems like a huge distance away, thinking about how we can help to conserve it might seem a distant thought.  But here’s how you can, by making a choice to not eat blue fin tuna, sharks fin, and more. To be more aware in your purchases – ie: Putting your money where your mouth is. Since that’s one of the most effective ways you can impact the owners of brands.

With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live. Most of the oxygen in the atmosphere is generated by the sea. The poet Auden said, “Thousands have lived without love; none without water.”.

Not sure where to start? First, hold up the mirror and ask what your capabilities are. A lawyer? Use your skills to weigh in on legal issues. A teacher? Educate your students about why the ocean matters. A parent? Take your child to the ocean and look at the future of the ocean with their eyes. A child?Ask an adult to take you to the ocean, and together, imagine the future if you fail to take care of the living ocean that makes our lives possible. Letters from kids to corporations and even officials including Presidents of companies and countries have a magnified impact on those who receive them. They will not know that you care unless you tell them. Tell your friends too, share this video, share you knowledge, if you seem them doing something wrong, urge them onto the right path? Know someone who is planning a wedding, encourage them to take sharks fin off their menus. Know a hotel who has made a pledge not to serve it despite of loss of profits – send them a note of appreciation! Egg them on..

QOTD

I wish you would use all means at your disposal — films, expeditions, the web, new submarines — and campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas — hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet. How much? Some say 10 percent, some say 30 percent. You decide: how much of your heart do you want to protect? Whatever it is, a fraction of one percent is not enough. My wish is a big wish, but if we can make it happen, it can truly change the world, and help ensure the survival of what actually — as it turns out — is my favorite species; that would be us. For the children of today, for tomorrow’s child: as never again, now is the time. – Dr Sylvia Earle

And a segment of her transcript which really hit it back home.

The poet Auden said, “Thousands have lived without love; none without water.” Ninety-seven percent of Earth’s water is ocean. No blue, no green. If you think the ocean isn’t important, imagine Earth without it. Mars comes to mind. No ocean, no life support system. I gave a talk not so long ago at the World Bank and I showed this amazing image of Earth and I said, “There it is! The World Bank!” That’s where all the assets are! And we’ve been trawling them down much faster than the natural systems can replenish them.

Tim Worth says the economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the environment. With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live. Most of the oxygen in the atmosphere is generated by the sea. Over time, most of the planet’s organic carbon has been absorbed and stored there, mostly by microbes. The ocean drives climate and weather, stabilizes temperature, shapes Earth’s chemistry. Water from the sea forms clouds that return to the land and the seas as rain, sleet and snow, and provides home for about 97 percent of life in the world, maybe in the universe. No water, no life; no blue, no green.

Using Google Earth you can witness trawlers — in China, the North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico — shaking the foundation of our life support system, leaving plumes of death in their path. The next time you dine on sushi — or sashimi, or swordfish steak, or shrimp cocktail, whatever wildlife you happen to enjoy from the ocean — think of the real cost. For every pound that goes to market, more than 10 pounds, even 100 pounds, may be thrown away as bycatch. This is the consequence of not knowing that there are limits to what we can take out of the sea.

For the full transcript, please visit http://www.ted.com/talks/sylvia_earle_s_ted_prize_wish_to_protect_our_oceans.html

sunbirds :)

A pair of olive backed sunbirds have built a lovely little nest in my boyfriend’s balcony.

And how privilege are we to have their presence :)

Here’s the mama bird sitting snugly in her nest.

Here’s a pair of precious sunbird eggs :)

This was some time ago while she was still building her nest. It seems like the female sunbird is alot more hard working than the male -_-.
They couldn’t have chosen a more perfect spot for a nest.

The ceramic bird held a bunch of airplants which I previously gifted to my boyfriend (but it suffered an ill fate somehow and died) . I’m not too sure why but I’m thrilled it is now gonna be a home to some fledglings. Can’t wait for the eggs to hatch :)