Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The lost kingdom of Erehwon

I was attending a training workshop in the Netherlands a few years ago and I came upon these displays in the lecture hall. One of the frames show the symbol of the kingdom of "Erehwon, an eagle clutching a rattle snake and 2 brown skinned natives with weapons at the ready. Interestingly, doing a little google research will tell you that the Kingdom of Erehwon is actually in a book by Samuel Butler. It was a satire on Victorian society [wikipedia]. It is also sometimes used to refer to a generic and undisclosed location since it is actually "Nowhere" spelled backwards.

What's even more interesting is that in another frame, the national anthem of the "kingdom of nowhere" is shown. Looks familiar? I actually don't know if I'll laugh or be offended by all of this. Hmm...


Sunday, October 15, 2006

Shrimp attack!

Shrimp attack!
Originally uploaded by Jepster.
I love seafood and shrimps in particular. But this is one shrimp that I wouldn't eat even if I get paid to do it.

This shrimp came from the bathroom floor of one of the apartments at our company's residential compound. She was taking a bath and noticed the tiny shrimp ogling at her. She said she was a little freaked out by this and she scooped him up (I assume it's a male shrimp) using a clear plastic cup and brought it to the office the next day to show to everyone.

Another person reported that he saw a shrimp (whether it's the same shrimp or not is uncertain) in his toilet bowl and when he tried flushing it, it just came back a few hours later.

Some people might find him cute and everything but personally I am a bit creeped out by all of this. I would always think about critters lurking about whenever I'm at the toilet bowl doing my thing. I shudder to think what other life forms are hiding in the toilet bowl. What's next? Crabs with sharp pincers?

Well, come to think about it, the shrimp gets the worst deal! And I thought my life is full of crap. Poor shrimp. Talk about a crappy existence.