Sunday, 21 March 2010


YK has called back twice in 5 days, all very brief and hurried calls. Here's a typical conversation:

Me : Hello. Everything ok there?
YK: Yah. Is everyone alive? (referring to all his pets of course)
Me: Yes. All alive and kicking.
YK: Sure? Even my Naoko? (his favourite fish)
Me: Yes. The Laboutei, your corals and doggie, they're all fine.
YK: Ok, gotta go.
Me: What about you? What have you been doing?
YK: Tell you when I return. Call charges very expensive. Byeee.


I didn't think it was necessary to tell him about the chiller incident yesterday. The chiller, which delivers cool water to his tank to keep the corals alive, stopped working in the afternoon. Thank goodness it was nothing major, just a loose plug. Luckily I was quite vigilant.

I spent the weekend cleaning up the house. It seems alot cleaner (and quieter) without YK around. I've chucked his favourite shaggy rug into the storeroom to minimise dust.

SK is quite happy that I have more time to bring him to the aquariums. While his brother is crazy about marine fish, he prefers ro rear crystal red shrimps (CRS).

As you know, I'm against keeping animals in captivity but I can't stop them from pursuing their hobbies.

According to them, these creatures are better off under their care than living in over-crowded tanks in the shop. Well, they have a point there too. But it's good to know that they both love their animals and are very disciplined when it comes to taking care of their own tanks. Of course when they're away, their hobbies become mine.


petunialee said...

Shrimps!? My father-in-law breeds them... some Japanese mini shrimp that needs cold water... is that what your son has?

Blur Ting said...

Petunia - I think so. They are tiny but cute and colourful. And they need really good water quality to survive.

JY said...

LOL... I like the phone call..he's not worried about the "humans" at home... ha ha...

Blur Ting said...

JY - Precisely!

Amel said...

It's really good that they take good care of their pets. :-D And what a funny conversation! :-D When I went to Bali with my High School, I called home and talked to Mom (I think) and told her that an accident had happened on the bus we were on, etc. etc. but I couldn't talk too long 'coz there was a long line of other students trying to call their parents (back then there were no mobiles yet in Indo, so we had to go to a phone kiosk).

Blur Ting said...

Amel - Oh dear, you must have gotten mom worried about the accident!

Apparently YK uses the teacher's phone to call, so I would imagine there must be many students waiting to call their bf/gf and parents too.

petunialee said...

Ting - I think I can get my father-in-law to give him some. He has lots and has been bugging us to sell 'em for him on the internet.

That'll help us get rid of some!!

Blur Ting said...

Petunia - Wow, thanks!

Amel said... YK used the teacher's phone? No wonder he couldn't talk long, either.

auntielucia said...

I take my hat off to you and your boys. We don't keep any animals as we get freaked out by dirt and suspected "germs". And for some reason, plants don't grow very well in my home either. Minature plants which are supposed to be hardy give up the ghost within weeks!