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ガンバレ、日本。

Damage caused by the Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami

A little late in posting this, but I’m sure by now everyone would be aware of the devastating earthquakes and tsunami that have hit Japan. At this point, although I feel terribly sad for the country and its people who have to fight the aftermath of the disaster, I am also extremely grateful that my friends in Japan are safe and alright.

There are many organizations fundraising for Japan right now, so remember to check the authenticity of the source, and how your contributions will be made use of, if you intend to donate!

Like most blogs have stated, people worldwide can help Japan to overcome this crisis by donating through various channels online such as:
Save the Children
Red Cross (International)
Google Crisis Response

But these organisations have been mentioned a gazillion times over in the last few days, so I will talk about another area of rescue that also needs help.

It is natural that animal rescue might end up taking a backseat in times of disaster because efforts are concentrated mostly on people. But let us not completely forget the animals that have lost their homes, been separated from family, or have been injured during the quake. My pets have always been considered part of my family, and so I cannot imagine how terrible it would be to lose them in a disaster.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that animal rescue is more important than the other disaster relief efforts! But perhaps if like me, you feel strongly about this cause, you might also want to consider contributing to animal rescue in Japan in addition to your donation to perhaps, The Red Cross through reliable sources like:

Nippon SPCA
Animal Rescue Kansai
Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS in this post)

Reunion between a man and his dog after the quake.

The Kinship Circle also has a very clear and comprehensive report of the many organizations involved in Animal Rescue here.

I was interested in donating to JEARS in particular because they were specially set up to provide support in animal rescue for this particular disaster. Being extra-doubly cautious, I did quite a fair bit of background checks on the groups that made up this coalition.

The three groups involved, HEART Tohoku, Japan Cat Network and Animal Friends Niigata, all have a no-kill policy and are well-established in Japan. To put most skeptics at ease, each group have posted either clear updates with photos on their rescue activites, or announced their collaboration efforts under JEARS on their respective websites. Furthermore, the Coalition has been very transparent so far about their activities, so you know exactly what your financial or non-financial donations are going into.

Hopefully this tiny background read up I did might help to put some hearts at ease about donating to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support!! Again, regardless of how much you want to donate, please make sure it goes to a reliable organization.

Let’s all hope that with all the help people are offering, Japan will be able to overcome this.

ガンバレ、日本。

Hello 2011!

Yulong Mountain in Li Jiang, Yunnan

It’s a brand new year! I spent a whole week up in the mountains of Yunnan, China including a very uneventful New Year’s Eve in Shangri-La. However, I will admit that being internet-less in the middle of all things (somewhat) basic, peaceful and natural does bring a different perspective into my thoughts. I will probably do a trip post soon, after I get my photos out of my camera!

A few days late, to post resolutions, but this year I have 3:
1) Stay fit
This includes eating healthy, shedding the weight I’ve put on in the years of studying in England, and keeping in shape! Since I’ve been back in Singapore, cheerleading has definitely pushed me to shape up, but I feel that I can do better and I will admit that I am vain enough to want to work for it. No more half-hearted diets for me this year!

2) Clean up!
I have way too much clutter in my life and it is partly because I just can’t give anything I own up! Sentimental value and all that jazz.. it’s really not a helpful to be a pack-rat when I’ve come back from 5 years of having my own space to sharing a room with my sister again. The state of my wardrobe is appalling and no matter how much I clear it out, it just seems to be so full! And let’s not get started on my shoes and cosmetics. An absolute nightmare! So I will have to declutter and reorganise my life by Chinese New Year, and somehow keep it that way! I know lots of girls have this clutter problem too, so I will probably blog to document this process.

3) Off Screen Memories
I realise that since going digital, I don’t have any physical photo albums anymore! It sucks that I used to have all these photos from my Poly days (no matter how badly taken) that I no longer have  because I lost them as digital data during computer crashes and harddrive failures. I recently unearthed a few photos of my childhood and I’ve decided that I would like to keep my memories recorded off the screen as well. (:

I’ll be working to keep these resolutions! What are your resolutions this year?

 

Under the weather…

I’d give anything for an Absolutely Cakes cupcake right about now… ):

I’ve been feeling a little under the weather recently, which was mostly bearable till today. I feel like I just swallowed a glass of razors and it is so not fun!

The worst part of being ill is not being able to eat the things you want! And all I want right now are some yummy cakes and sweets!

Here’s hoping that this photo of a cupcake I once ate will placate my craving… and that I’ll be well enough to sit though my final driving theory test tomorrow.

x

Hello world!

I’ve always envied those who have the balls to speak and publish about their lives, interests and their thoughts regardless of what others think! Especially since most of my life, opinions, and thoughts are known only by a select few. I wish I had a better excuse for being selectively reserved, but at the end of the day, I was constantly afraid of being judged. However, I’ve decided that I want to change that, and thus, this blog exists. (:

My name is Feli, and I think I’m finally able to start sharing parts of my life with everyone else. (: