Sunday, December 23, 2007

Seasons Come Seasons Go

Seasons come seasons go. Life must go on. Time to go, we will go. But have you ever wonder why nature gives us the seasons? Why the monsoons?

Fish Need Food
Need I explain these: Big fish feed on small fish. Small fish feed on plankton. Plankton feed on wood. Woods come from trees. Monsoon brings down trees & debris into the sea. Plankton multiplies. Fish multiplies. Fishermen enjoy bountiful harvest. That was the reason why there were good catch after the 2004’s Tsunami – big prawns and big fish.

That is the main reason why we need monsoon to sustain nature. We need the monsoon so that human do not intervene. Human do not visit. Nature left alone so that it could rejuvenate back to anew – and for human to enjoy again. That is the law of nature.

If you have joined my trip, you will notice that I always avoid monsoon. I don’t go to Taman Negara Kuala Tahan or Koh Samui, Thailand during the months of November to January. Instead during this same period, I make trips to Taratao National Park.

But, human are now trying to play God. Human are defying nature. If that is so, more disaster will be waiting in store – plane crashes, boat overturns campers die from fallen trees and whatever.

In Bolehland, the monsoons are treated as festival regardless of the consequences that can inflict on nature. Don’t get me wrong. I am not against tourism. But my love for the sustainable nature of my country should be maintained for nature.

Three Events during the Monsoon get me worried.
First - You would have heard about the rescue operation of the 4X4 expedition near Gua Musang last week.
Second – Early December, the highest paid prize money for the world famous Monsoon Cup.
Third - From 15th Dec to 31st Dec 2007 there will be the Taman Negara Fest.

Back in the old days, Taman Negara Fest was held around the low season in July. But with greed and business interests above all else, the fest is held right in the middle of the monsoon! It was in the news – flooding in Johore, Pahang, Trengganu and Kelantan since 15th December. There could be issues of safety when many visitors arriving onto the park during the raining season. There are concerns of swift, rushing Sg Tembeling which every visitor need to cross to get into Taman Negara Kuala Tahan.

During the monsoon, wild animals roam freely. I remember some 10 years ago when footprints of Malayan tiger were seen off the trail to Bukit Teresek. The off-trail was closed after the sighting of the footprints.

If you go to Taratao National Park of Thailand, the park will be closed during the monsoon. Nature is given a chance to rejuvenate and refresh itself after the harm done by the tourists. This is what we called SUSTAINABLE TOURISM.

I am not going to be the spoiler for the festival. What I am trying to say is let nature rejuvenate itself. You as an eco-tourist should be responsible. You can help by avoiding these places during the monsoon – for your safety as well as for the welfare of nature.

Are we on the right step towards sustaining nature or more of sustaining profit? So where are you going this Xmas and New Year holidays?

Wishing You A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 2008.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

In The Year 2525

The song "In The Year 2525" was released in 1969 by Zager & Evans. It will be 40 years in 2009.

Although the years mentioned in the song were thousand years later, now not even 40 years, we are seeing the prophecy coming true from the song. Test tube baby is one example - it was a fiction in 1969, right?

Please read through the lyrics and ponder over them. Let me know if we are doing the right thing to our Mother earth.

by Zager & Evans

In the year 2525
if man is still alive
if woman can survive
They may find.....

In the year 3535
Ain't gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies
Everything you think, do, or say
Is in the pill you took today

In the year 4545
You ain't gonna need your teeth, won't need your eyes
You won't find a thing to chew
Nobody's gonna look at you

In the year 5555
Your arms hangin' limp at your sides
Your legs got nothin' to do
Some machine's doin' that for you

In the year 6565
You won't need no husband, won't need no wife
You'll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long glass tube

In the year 7510
If God's a-coming, He oughta make it by then
Maybe He'll look around Himself and say
"Guess it's time for the judgement day"

In the year 8510
God is gonna shake His mighty head
He'll either say "I'm pleased where man has been"
Or tear it down, and start again

In the year 9595
I'm kinda wonderin' if man is gonna be alive
He's taken everything this old earth can give
And he ain't put back nothing

Now it's been ten thousand years
Man has cried a billion tears
For what, he never knew
Now man's reign is through

But through eternal night
The twinkling of starlight
So very far away
Maybe it's only yesterday

In the year 2525
If man is still alive
If woman can survive
They may find.......

Are we taking everything this old earth can give?
More non-fiction news :-
Pollution breeds sexless fish in Washington, US.
Abnormal male fish carrying undeveloped eggs.
Scientists suspect linked to chemical in the water that are wreaking havoc on fish hormones.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Aliens Are Coming

I received a video on the aggressive appetite of a piranha. Found in South American rivers. Not sure where this video was taken. Could the video originated from Malaysia? I hope not. But anything is possible in Bolehland. The lake looks like a typical mining pool in Malaysia. The person handling the piranha looks like Malaysian.

The introduction of alien species have been going on for many years in Bolehland. The authorities are lukewarm to the issues. Drop by any pet shop in town and you will understand what I meant. Exotic, rare, unheard of animals, endangered and even protected animals are being sold openly. Where is the enforcement? Well, in a country called Bolehland, if you have money you can buy anything under the sky.

Even in Japan, the Bluegill Fish is giving problem to the local species. Now the Emperor of Japan has regret for importing the fish from US some 50 years ago.

Above, letter to the editor reported (the Star 11 Nov 07) that the Northern Pike, a predatory fish have been caught in our local waters. We have seen how US realises that alien species like our Malaysian Snakehead fish are preying and decimating the local American fish. Likewise our Malaysian species are also in such danger.

But sadly our authorities have not taken any serious action to stop nor prevent the importation of "dangerous pet". In the meantime, more "dangerous" and preying pets will be introduced into Bolehland. Our future generations will bear the consequences.

Are you accessory to these pet trades - as a buyer, an importer or a pet shop owner?

Say NO.

Or one day your grand children won't be able to reach our lakes.

Thats the consequences.