Category: Noticing

Birdcall Mnemonics, Itchy Hand, Quiet-Quiet

We’ve come to realise detecting birds in the environment by their calls arguably gives one greater success than through sight. Birds sing, and when they sing nearby, it is a simple matter to hear and notice them. The challenge is distinguishing the songs, one has to eliminate possibilities in...

The Weight of a Chicken

I took an evening hike with two dear colleagues. These walks serve several purposes, of which one of my favourites is hearing stories of my colleagues’ lived experiences. I was lucky the trio of us had already exchanged warm words before, so not much more social knitting needed to...

Reluctant Addition

A grandmother and granddaughter pair waited outside the gate to the preschool. It was early and not open yet, although pedestrians marched by a few paces away on their way to the train station. Grandma bowed low, leaning in to the girl’s face, a posture commonly adopted by adults...

Seen Sunbathing

The two of us settled into our seats at a HDB mamak-style Indian eatery, and were working through our respective hearty plates of kothu prata, a novel format (to me) of finely chopped prata I learnt recently from an Indian colleague (delight). It was noon, lunchtime, and the sun...