Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Young Writers Inspired by Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa

Hurray! Three bright young ladies have joined Flying Fish Friends as Young Writers!

Meet Koo Ning, Samantha and Phoebe! They are all cheerful homeschoolers and happy learners.

Koo Ning has many friends who are already Young Writers. Beside taking part in dance performances, she wants to be a writer too.

Samantha and Phoebe are sisters. They have a natural flair for writing. I am particularly pleased by the fact that they were inspired by Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa to start blogging.

[Photo above: Samantha (in pink) and Phoebe (green-striped shirt) at Pulau Ubin]

Here are their new blogs:

Koo Ning's Swimming Bird

Samantha's Shimagoma

Phoebe's Pandagoma

May I invite you into the wonderful world of Koo Ning, Samantha and Phoebe!


Uncle Joe : )

Friday, September 12, 2008

How to pot Sundew and Venus Fly-Trap from culture

(1) Open bottle only when ready to pot plant. (Potting mixture should be peat mixed with perlite)

(2) Wet potting mixture thoroughly with overnight boiled water or preferably rain water.

(3) Lift plant gently out with tweezer and wash off agar by swishing it gently in a small tub of water.

(4) Plant it in the potting mixture and put under indirect sunlight. Do not water plant directly. Instead, put plant pot in shallow tray and ensure tray has sufficient water at all times.

(5) It will take a week or two for plant to slowly acclimatize to external environment. This process can be done using a clear plastic bag and rubber band to cover the top of the pot or seal the top with an airtight cover. Over a period of two weeks, make small holes on plastic cover, increasing the number of holes everyday, or sliding off the cover for 5 minutes on the first day and extending 10 minutes, 15 minutes, half an hour and beyond every subsequent day. After two weeks the plant should be fully acclimatized to the external environment, after which you can expose it to direct sunlight but not for the first month at least.