A Mix of Emotions

I intended today's post to be on the Pinang Peranakan Mansion which I visited recently. But that will have to wait because I need to share my grief. 

2 rescued kittens from my condominum were adopted by Aunty Ruby of Ruby's Resort. This sweet lady immediately called me to adopt them knowing that I had problems getting them foster homes or permanent happy homes. The kittens were named Flora and Robin.
Flora and Robin in the cage when our guards and management trapped them. The building management's intention was to trap them and dump them (to dunno where). We transfered them to our kind vet who kept them for 4 days before my kind neighbour Vernon Chan drove them to Ruby's Resort in Cherating.
Flora on 6th July 2012 - looking stronger and healthier under Aunty Ruby's care.
Flora on Sunday 10th March 2013. She was a perfect fluffy furball when we last met over my long weekend getaway at Ruby's Resort 4 days back. Happy and roaming the grounds with the other cats and dogs that Aunty Ruby has rescued and adopted. 

Today I received the nasty news that Flora has passed away as a result of a snake bite. I am upset...and crying even as I pen this post. But I console myself (and Aunty Ruby) that even though her life was short, she has had an awesome 10 months of love and care from Aunty Ruby and her team of workers at the resort.

Its not easy with losing a pet or even a rescued and rehomed animal. The attachment is there. I pondered and wondered why. And then I remember one rescuer sharing that death is inevitable. But we move on knowing that the best was given to the stray from the moment it was rescued. And to it I also realise that life is a mixture of sweet, sour, salty and bitter. So with one bitter and sour incident, we should not sulk or sob too long...because there is another joyful and sweet thing happening out there.

Which brings me to the 2nd instalment of something sweet and happy that took place in Penang this year. About 40 bloggers and the public visited the Ramakrishna Ashrama to distribute food, beverages and gadgets, sponsored by various commercial entities. It’s a philanthropic exercise not only by businesses in executing their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and an effort by both bloggers and the public to give something to the society especially for the less fortunate ones.
The kids and the folks who brought some cheer to them during the visit.
Yummy lunch by Subway. There's Constance serving and mingling with the kids.
More happy faces with their lunch.
The visit to Ramakrishna Ashrama was made possible by Crowdpot Sdn Bhd (Event Organizer), Ninetology Malaysia, SUBWAY® (Suntech, iAvenue, & Leith Street branches), Chatime Malaysia, Langkawi Saga Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd. and Alextan Artworks.

The Ramakrishna Ashrama (Orphanage) homes both boys and girls with ages ranging from 6 to 20 years old. The orphanage admits needy orphaned children who are poor and need the help from the society to assist them with basic needs and education. The children in the home are given proper education and are well cared. 

Now you can also assist The Ramakrishna Ashrama:
(1) Sponsoring a Child Program: The estimated cost to support a child at Ramakrishna Ashrama RM1,500 per annum. The breakdown cost is as follows.
• Education: RM500
• Food: RM600
• Maintenance: RM300
• Miscellaneous: RM100
Donation to The Ramakrishna can be done only via CIMB Cares (

For more information:
The Ramakrishna Ashrama
No 37 Jalan Scotland 
10450 Pulau Pinang
T: +604 227 0869
F: +604 227 8921

And that's a box of chocolates like Forrest Gump would say. I am heart broken over Flora...but I smile when I realise that she has had the best 10 months of her life. And I smile too that humanity has not forgotten the less fortunate ones. Good job Penang kakis!

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