21 Mar '11, 7am

The Annotated Budak: For the birds

The Annotated Budak: For the birds

The weather, in the way the rainclouds sneak over the grey-green canopy, or mere weariness from the burden of dogged tasks, often compels us to spend a good hour or more in the main hide of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve that lies just after the bridge across the big bamboo river. The benches within are just broad enough to support the flanks of an overgrown fowl and offer a tempting surface for forty winks on humid afternoons pierced by the insistent songs of cicadas. But the shrill song of the mangal is cut off whenever stomping feet and sure-footed voices invade the shelter, breaking the siesta with demands to see all the wonders of the swamp in a mere minute or two and wondering aloud at the paucity of life on a former prawn pond that lies just beyond a shorn hedge of shrubs drenched in salt. The tawny flat creeps to a rhythm that resists the fleeting attention spans of ...

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The Annotated Budak: Through the looking glass

The Annotated Budak: Through the looking glass

budak.blogs.com 21 Mar '11, 7am

In making this harbour, the steamer enters between the large island and a cluster of little islets, standing high out of t...