11:55 Nature's Niche #1:
The Botanic Gardens Shop (Nature's Niche) is my all time favourite
place!! Unlike most Singaporeans, I really hate to shop, except here.
The shop is run by Ng Bee Choo and Morten Strange, both also avid
23/07/04 11:56 Nature's Niche #2:
There is a vast offering of fabulous books, from gardening and orchid
11:58 Nature's Niche #3:
More "serious" books and academic works...
23/07/04 11:59 Nature's Niche #4:
Books about mammals in our region and elsewhere...
12:00 Nature's Niche #5:
My favourite section...on marine life.
12:01 Nature's Niche #6: And of course, the absolutely best selection
of bird books on the island. These two are Morten's books on birds
in Singapore and the region, I worship his work.
23/07/04 12:02 Nature's Niche #7: Oops, a familiar book...the Chek
Jawa Guidebook topped Nature Niche's top 10 best sellers :-) Do get
a copy if you haven't already. All profits from the sale of the book
goes towards the Chek Jawa volunteer system and other efforts on Chek
Posted on 23/07/04 15:12
U forgot to add S$18.00 per copy. Autographs while ink lasts!!!
Ria Posted on 23/07/04 15:59
Thanks Kok Leong for the reminder. ONLY $18, and autographs
at any time. Will sign with blood if ink is out :-)
12:03 Nature's Niche #8: Top quality binoculars and all kinds of other
interesting nature accessories are also on sale. As well as postcards,
gifts, jewelery, souvenirs. There is also a really fun selection of
nature-related kids books and toys.
12:09 Nature's Niche #9: (last): But what really caught my eye was
this amazingly realistic snake. For more visit the Nature
Posted on 23/07/04 17:41
Yikes snakes! One of my most dreaded kind of animals. It might
be that I know very little about snakes and that I had some
scary incidents coming face to face with some of them during
my past nature walks. They kind of give you a fright, even though
they are more frightened than us.
I once saw a very fat python in a neighbourhood school. Schools
in Singapore have an eco-garden as part of their science curriculum.
It is common find to a little pond, a garden of vegetables,
and also chickens or rabbits roaming around the eco-garden.
This is just the perfect setting to have uninvited guests to
dinner. Apparently, this python found its way to the school
eco-garden through the underground drains and had it sumptious
dinner. By the morning it was too full to make its way home
and decided to camp at a tree in the school compound.
Imagine the commotion during the morning assembly, when a teacher
spotted the huge python. The assembly was over much faster than
you can say ¡°Call the Police!. Well that is typical of whom
Singaporeans will call to catch a snake. To cut the story short,
the Civil Defence came by and took away the python. The moral
of the story ¨C Don¡¯t¡¯ be be a ¡°snake¡± in school! (:> Yman)
Ria Posted on 23/07/04 22:03
Wow, what a snake story. Thanks for sharing yman. Actually I
think snakes are very cool. I love to take pictures of them,
but more especially to hold them. Of course, I only hold the
ones that are not dangerous (and big wild pythons are not on
that list). They feel very very nice :-) But I guess to each