Menjelang 1 Mei

A rousing poem in Bahasa Malaysia from student of agriculture Chairil Aswad, on twitter as @schwarzenmann.  First published in E-Sastera Sajak Facebook group, 30 April 2015. Translation into Inggeris mine.  Views expressed are not etc etc. Celebrating May 1 [two_first] (For Lia) The city is no longer the place for me to record my poems… More Menjelang 1 Mei

Bonsai four years on

I started messing around with bonsais four years ago.  At the time, I guessed it would take me four or five years to have something decent to show.  Four years later, I see that I was wildly optimistic.  Still, the progress has been encouraging in places.  Like children, you need to take pictures every so… More Bonsai four years on

Crocodocious

Sometimes you don’t realize what you have in your own backyard.  I realized I have crocodiles.  Jong’s Crocodile Farm is only a short drive out of town but in 12 years I had never been.  Time for a field trip!  The Crocodile Farm is a bit like a petting zoo in concept, less grand than… More Crocodocious

Lebah Kelulut

A hive for kelulut, Malaysia’s wild honey bee.  They are in the genus Trigona, where the bees are small and stingless. Not quite as efficient an operation as the box hives of Apis honeybees, but it sure beats climbing up the trees.  It seems as though some efforts have been made to commercialize kelulut operations, and there are a fair… More Lebah Kelulut