A few days ago I noticed a dove nesting in my garden. My thought was it must be the common zebra doves. My garden has many zebra doves running all over the place. Anyway I just took a snap short of it out of habit. However, when I loaded onto my computer I was surprised to see that it is a spotted dove which has not been seen in my area at all. This is the first time I've seen a spotted dove and I've been trying to photograph it but without success. The male would fly away as soon as I approached and the female would be sitting in the nest protected by the leaves and branches of the plant. However, I managed to get a few shorts of the female sitting in the nest.
I've been keeping watch for a few days already to see if there's any chicks. Unfortunately, it has been raining at night for the past 2 nights and I'm not sure if the egg(s) will hatch. This is nature.
Read the article on "The Best Countries to retire in 2013" written by Jacquelyn Smith/Forbes. Malaysia is the 3rd best countries to retire in after Ecuador and Panama. The following extract from the article shows the reasons for Malaysia's selection.
"In the world's No. 3 retirement haven, Malaysia, English is widely spoken as the unofficial first language, making it easier for North American retirees to transition.
Asia’s top retirement destination is also exotic and far away—but it is incredibly affordable. “Talk about a place where you can step up in your lifestyle without blowing your budget,” Stevens says. “Our contributing editor there says that he and his wife rent a sea-view apartment in Penang that comes with a pool and gym for $1,000 a month. They keep a small sailboat, eat out five nights a week, have a maid that comes once a week – and do it all for $1,700 a month.”
Another perk: Malaysia is a ‘medical tourism’ destination, so you can count on excellent care that’ll run you less than half of what you’d pay in the U.S., she says. “Plus, unlike elsewhere in Asia, in Malaysia you can buy property, land, houses, and condominiums freehold."
I may add Malaysia is very safe. So far we do not have hurricane, typhoon, earthquake and extreme winter. Penang, where I am staying, is clean with average pace and cost of living. Penang is also a food paradise. Malaysia is so near to Singapore and Thailand one can just pop over for a one day trip - how about that.
The Asian communities prefer to have more sons than daughters. In China because of the the one child policy preference for son is greater in the rural areas. In Malaysia, the 3 main communities of Malay, Chinese and Indian, are no different. However, this preference for sons are more pronounced among the older generations. There are still many older parents who wanted grandsons.
Earlier my daughter was wondering aloud how would her son grow up to be, disciplined, obedient or otherwise. But I know there are men who want their sons to grow up to be like them. To be a man.
What does it take to be a man? It is interesting to read the answers in the net. Overall a man is expected to be dependable. Most ladies feel this is important in a family - to provide and to protect. A man must not run away from his responsibilities - other than to provide food and protection to his family he is also expected to get involve in family chores. So it is not easy to be a married man (or woman either as both husband and wife are now usually working to make ends meet).
Have respect for others. Yes if you want respect from people you must respect others first. To be confident but not proud and vain.
To be weak or strong. I feel physical appearance is not so important as it is within, inner strength, that shows out. Accept and respect yourself and others because no one is perfect.
The list goes on. I do believe that our childhood, our past and experiences do affect us as we grow and with guidance we can grow to be a man. So guide your child along as he grows to be a man.
I'm a senior citizen from Penang, Malaysia. I like travelling but hate the waiting, like waiting for long period of time to board the plane. Other then travelling I like photography, and I'm a self-taught photographer.