Sunday, February 10, 2008
Lately this video has been released to the public. It's made quite a stir. The Japanese was polled and it was revealed that 2/3 of the country supported whaling and more than half of them wouldn't mind seeing whale meat on the menu.
I'm not sure if this video shows the one that I have seen on TV, where, very clearly, it was a large and a smaller whale. It was said that they were mother and calf. This brings tears to my eyes. I feel very sad for the whales. Looking at the gushing blood and weakening flapping, I hope that releases toxin into the meat and poison the eaters!
It seems that while we say that we are to be open-minded, when others criticise national practice or religious activities, they are faced with walls as thick as the Great Wall. Like my Mom always says, when people are telling you something that you might wanna review, it means that you're probably doing something that needs changed.
I remember in either 2004 or 2005, I vowed not to have shark fin ever. So far, I have kept my words. It was because of an advertisement I saw on TV that called for protecting these animals. Since then, at every Chinese wedding dinner or social function, I say no to shark fin, whether the fins are genuine or fake.
There's so much other food that we can eat. Monkey brain, foetus (yes, some fanatical Chinese believe that they are good for skin), shark fin, whales, snakes, pangolin, tortoises, dolphins etc... Mom said that people in the past might not have access to food as we do now. And as we do have access to other food now, I hope people can leave those poor animals alone.
So did you have shark fin this Chinese New Year?
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
First time ever that I'm not celebrating Chinese New Year at home with my family. It's started to get to me.
TT said that he missed me. Mom said that too. I'm missing them too. The reunion dinna is gonna be so different this year. I'm sure Mom will get emotional tomorrow night. Even if we could do a video conference it wouldn't feel the same. The big house is gonna be so lonely and quiet without my yelling and ordering people around.
I was trying to sound cold and controlled when I was on the phone with her just now. Instead she was the one that encouraged me to keep my hopes up and continue looking for a job. And we could all be together again soon, she said. I sensed that she was aching too at the other end of the phone.
And to all my hometown friends - for all those years that I said I wouldn't be the organiser for all our gatherings - it will finally come true this year. However I'm sure someone will carry on the tradition. BHC, CPM, CSS, LHW, LGN, LSS, PKH & WEP and others - you're on your own this year suckers!