Friday, 19 September 2014

I'm with Bunny

Do you love bunnies? Are you already a bunny hoomin yourself? If YES, put in your support because -  
Whole Foods are selling rabbit meat

It's sick. As a bunny slave, I can never understand why there are people who would want to eat such cute, intelligent and full-of-personality furry creatures. 

Well, no use continue condemning these people. Action speak louder than words! ake these two small, simple actions right now to show that you care:

Secondly, take 30 seconds of your time to:
  1. Take a selfie of yourself with "bunny ears". (Below is a photo example)
  2. Post your selfie onto the I'm with Bunny Facebook page. There's also an Instagram link there if you're interested.

The currently-trending Ice Bucket Challenge started somewhere too, didn't it? Who knew it would go this viral, raise such a huge awareness, and at the same time, raise a surprisingly large amount of money? Anyhow, taking a selfie is all-time trending and so much easier - it takes less than 15 seconds. (The selfie taken makes a fine profile picture too.)

So, why not participate? Show your love for bunnies today! :D

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Recommended Vets in Malaysia

In Malaysia, it's easy to find vets experienced in dogs and cats. When it comes to rabbits, however ... well, speaking as a four-year-bunny-owner: it's rather hard.

Anyhow, here are two vets I've found so far in Malaysia and would recommend:

1. Dr Chan Jing Ting - Global Pets (Mutiara Mas Branch)
25, Jalan Mutiara 1/2, 
Taman Mutiara Mas,
81300 Skudai, Johor.

Tel: 012-716 6177
  • Why?
    Dr Chan is the vet I bring my bunnies to. She's the best in my area. I once called to another clinic, even that vet recommended Dr Chan. Dr Chan is also a member of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV).

2. Dr Jenny Huong Ling - Hands N Paws Veterinary Clinic
C-17g, Jalan PJU 1/45
Aman Suria Damansara
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Tel: 03-7804 6539
  • Why?
    Dr Jenny is a member of the AEMV too. I've been searching on the Internet and she's the other vet that popped up along with Dr Chan. Dr Jenny is often praised, so I think she must be good. 

    Note: An appointment is said to be required if you want to see Dr Jenny, so better call prior your visit!

Technically, Dr Chan and Dr Jenny aren't the only vets that tend to rabbits. If you called a clinic and asked:

"Hello, 请问你们这里有看兔子的吗?" (Hello, does your vet tend to rabbits?)
“兔子?有啊。” (Rabbits? Yes.)

Unfortunately, the truth is that many vets don't know much about rabbits. A rabbit's anatomy is different from that of dogs and cats, hence they require different treatment and medication. Bringing your companion to such an irresponsible and over-confident vet could cost the life of him/her. 

Now personally, I strongly suggest that you DO NOT take your bunny to the following clinics:

1. Wondercare Vet Clinic (Klinik Haiwan Wondercare)
15 & 17, Jalan Rosmerah 2/8, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru, 81100, Johor.
  • Why not?
    When I wasn't much experienced, I brought Dutchie to this vet clinic. It was very noisy and stuffy inside. Also, in my opinion, I don't even think the so-called vet is really a vet! Then, there's her assistance who joked around and not took the situation seriously. A complete disappointment. We went home with nothing.

2. Han Veterinary Surgery
50, Jalan Molek 2/2, Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor.
  • Why not?
    The vet is only experienced in dogs and cats, I would say. He isn't of much help to rabbits. Also, his words are rather discouraging. I will never visit this vet again.

3. Koh Animal Clinic
62, Jalan Kemunting, Taman Kebun Teh, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor.
  • Why not?
    I admit that I've never seen this vet before. However, one phone call was enough to let me blacklist this clinic. The environment there sounded chaotic even through the phone and the receptionist was extremely, extremely rude and unhelpful. I don't ever want to try my luck by visiting a vet who employed such an obvious I-don't-care-about-your-animals person.

Well, that's the list. If you are also a passionate bunny owner in Malaysia, feel free to comment below the vet you would like to recommend. :)

As a reminder: DO NOT choose a vet just because he/she is nearest to your home. We had to drive for 45 minutes to arrive at the vet's. You brought your pet home, and therefore he/she is your responsibility.

Finding a rabbit vet but not living in Malaysia?
Recommended Vets in Singapore by the House Rabbit Society Singapore
Veterinary Listing (US/Canada/Australia/Hong Kong/Italy) by the House Rabbit Society

Monday, 15 September 2014

The Chance

The Chance by Karen Kingsbury

Years ago, the day before Ellie moved from Georgia to California, she and her best friend Nolan sat beneath an oak tree where they wrote letters to each other and sealed them in a box, planning to return eleven years later and read them. 

But now, as that date arrives, Ellie is a single mother living in a tired apartment, trying to make ends meet and bereft of the faith she grew up with. Sometimes she watches television to see her old friend Nolan, now an NBS star, whose terrible personal tragedies fuelled his faith and athletic drive in equal measure. But Nolan also suffers from a transcendent loneliness that nothing has ever eased.

Okay, where do I start... Just finished this book ten minutes ago.

The Chance is a predictable book. There was going to be a kiss at the end (between Ellie and Nolan, no surprise) and it's all happily ever after.

Still - HA! - I liked it. Here are the parts I like:

1. The first few chapters.
Oh god. These. Were. Captivating! First page into the book and it was as if I was whirled into its world. I could almost feel the night's breeze as Ellie cycled to Nolan's. The whole setting was perfect.

2. The part filled with forgiving and tears.
In short, Ellie hated her father and mother after a series of events. I'm not going to blurt the whys and details here. Anyway, the part came where Ellie knocked on her father's door and there was forgiving, uncontrollable emotions and tears. Then, there were the regrets and sadness of time lost due to anger and other negative thingies.

3. The end where everything were sunlight and rainbows
Nolan and Ellie opened the box containing their letters, it was like 3 am in the morning then. Romantic, eh? (I'm seem to sound a little dispassionate...) Well, anyhow it was all romantic and really dream-like. If you're someone into the romance genre, this would certainly satisfy you. Next was the anticipated kiss. After that was happiness. Yay.

However, there are some parts I don't really like:

1. The middle part (the eleven years)
There wasn't much detail here. And there were parts where I feel the story was slow and dragging. 

2. Er - too much praying?
The Chance is a rather religious book. God was mentioned many times in the book and all the characters pray a lot. I completely respect other people's religion, have nothing against Christianity and I think that praying is a good thing too but er... Do Ellie and Nolan have to pray right after they kiss? It's kind of ... spoiling the mood. Just personal opinion though!

3. Too much coincidence
I'm know, I know ... I'm kind of self-conflicting. But there's too many coincidences, to the point I think it's unrealistic.

4. A character called Ryan Kelly
Nah, it's not like I hate the character ... It's just weird, like Mr Kelly here is added just because he was needed. He serves as an important person in the book (without him, the ending would not happen) but it's doesn't feel right. The plot's a bit forced.

5. No paparazzi?!
COME ON?! Famous basketball player Nolan Cook doesn't have paparazzi tailing him when he's camping under a tree in the park (waiting for Ellie)? And seriously, when he took days off to visit Caroline (Ellie's mother), didn't ANYONE stalk him? I refuse to believe this - but on the other hand, there won't be any romance if there were paparazzi taking photos nearby.

Overall, The Chance is a nice, typical heart-warming book. A good read if you're looking for a form of escape after a boring, compulsory activity (such as studying :P).

Saturday, 13 September 2014

New Hay Hanger beside The Prince's Litter Box

The old hay hanger's holes was getting ridiculously bigger and bigger. I had to stuff a whole bunch of hay so that it'll be tight. Well, won't have that problem anymore. I made a new one:

Ta da - right beside Jippie The Prince's litter box!
Juppie-wup has another 'main' hay hanger though, not shown in pic.

Poke three holes in a paper towel roll (two for stuffing hay, another to put a hook), get an S hook. Voila!

Jippie The Prince testing it out.
"I'm quite satisfied with this new one, hoomin."