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Finding life’s passion. A talk by Dr Jane Goodall in Malaysia.

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Finding Life’s Passion. Jane Goodall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Finding life’s passion. An inspiring talk by my hero Dr Jane Goodall this morning in Kuala Lumpur.

Dr Jane Goodall has been my inspiration since I was young. When I was 20 years old, I went to Tanzania to volunteer as a research assistant because of her. I thought if she could do it, so can I!. I did but I didn’t last too long on the field. It takes determination and will power.

Dr Jane Goodall believes that we can make a positive change to our world regardless of who we are. She is known for her research on Chimpanzees in Tanzania.

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is now Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. But with her unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures, and she managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. The public was fascinated and remains so to this day.

Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share.

I am in awe of her dedication and passion. What an incredible woman.

This talk was organised by Roots and shoots Malaysia.

If you are curious and want to know more:

  1. Jane Goodall Institute.

Our Mission The Jane Goodall Institute promotes understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat and builds on the legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall, our founder, to inspire individual action by young people of all ages to help animals, other people and to protect the world we all share.

2. Roots and Shoots

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to make the world a better place.

The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and resources for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. 

UPDATE:  The killing has stopped! [Stop KILLING! Start vaccinating. Educate yourself and choose the safest option against the spread of Rabies]

Stop KILLING! Start vaccinating Educate yourself and choose the safest option. #SKSV
Stop KILLING! Start vaccinating
Educate yourself and choose the safest option.
#SKSV
Update: 11th October 2025. The Penang. Chief minister announced Friday that the culling will stop from today while they await vaccinations and international support to arrive to assist with the situation. Almost 2000 dogs were killed in a month and only 2 cases of rabies were confirmed.

Today is world animal day. Not only wild animals are endangered. Our own island strays are endangered. This post is to raise some awareness.

A few cases of rabies were found in Penang and an issue was sent out to cull ALL stray dogs. According to expert advice, this is not the correct way to deal with the spread of the disease. Vaccinating the dogs have been proven to be more effective to prevent the spread of the disease.

Stop KILLING! Start vaccinating. Educate yourself and choose the safest option.

For more info visit www.PenangRabiesEffort.org

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs099/en/

Sketch of the day no 750 in my monologue art journal: Inflatable Shark.

Inflatable shark Lilo
Inflatable shark Lilo

Sketch of the day in my monologue art journal: Inflatable Shark. This is going to be hours of fun by the pool 🙂

Sketch of the day no 584 in my moleskine art journal: Istanbul street cat.

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Istanbul street cat

Sketch of the day in my moleskine artjournal: Istanbul street cat.
The city where there is a cat beneath every chair.  Istanbul looks after the street cats and dogs. They r tagged, vaccinated and neutered. The people feed them and sometimes they have make shift homes. This is the most animal loving place I’ve ever been to.

Sketch of the day no 560: Happy Easter Bunny Greeting Card

Happy Easter Bunny
Happy Easter Bunny

Easter is just around the corner, so I thought I’d make an Easter Greeting Card for my readers.

Wishing you a Happy Easter!

May the weather improve and the sun come out to play xoxo

A big #Christmas wish from all the animals xoxo

All christmas animals
All Christmas animals

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

(REPOST from last Christmas)

I’m going to leave you with my animal farm Christmas series. I’m going to have to pause for now. No more sketches of the day until maybe next year! I need a break to focus on a new project which I only have 3 weeks to complete.

#sketch of the day no 413 in my moleskine sketchbook: Sugar the Tofino bear says Don’t worry be happy

Sugar the bear
Sugar the brown bear

Today’s sketch is for Wayne over at Tofino Photography who sent me some photos of Sugar the bear. I’ve had the photos for a while but today I felt like sketching her.

Sugar the bear says ‘Don’t worry be happy

Click here to look at photos of Sugar over at Tofino Photography

Happy Sunday xoxo

Home is where your heart is. Presenting Lily the rescued dog from Sai Kung, HK

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Meet Lily the rescue dog and Constance her owner. Lily was rescued but my friend Constance in Hong Kong and now she lives here in Penang, Malaysia. They moved here about a month ago.

Welcome to Penang. ‘HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS’

We are lucky to have you in our lives xoxo

 

About CONSTANCE  and the great things she does:

Constance started her journey being a social worker in New York working with the homeless population living with mental-illness and HIV/AIDS. She also received a full scholarship from the New York City government to pursue her MSW. After moving to Hong Kong in 2010, she joined City University of Hong Kong and was in charge of running its university-wide service-learning program, in partnership with over 20 community organizations. We are so lucky to have her here in our community.

IAM 5.0
IAM 5.0

Constance will be giving a talk on HOMELESSNESS this SUNDAY at IAM 5.0. Click here for more info

Ideas Agent Meetup (IAM) provides a meeting ground for creative and innovative individuals to pitch their ideas and creative projects. …a bi-monthly gathering where TED-style presenter will provide big ideas researched, experienced or invented to inspire everyone to look into the subject from a new angle. Through this we aimed to provide a platform for people to socialise and share resources for ideas development, pitching and implementation.

 

 

Introducing Buddy the Whippet

Buddy the Whippet
Buddy the Whippet

I love animals, I am sure I’m not the only one here!

I’m in Singapore visiting Buddy my favourite Whippet pal. He is such a cutie with a very gentle curious demeanour. He is slightly twitchy and weary of people but he warms up slowly. I haven’t seen him in a while so I expect the cold treatment at the beginning but after day 2 I can see that little smile creeping into the edge of his mouth!

Buddy has been featured in my art. He is one of the Bulan animal farm characters. I generally don’t do random animals. They are mostly my friends pets I have met and become acquainted with.

I love you Buddy xx

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"Don't worry. be happy", Buddy the Whippet
“Don’t worry. be happy”, Buddy the Whippet

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