Sunday, September 27, 2009

A tragic story is the beginning of a beautiful story

Picture of sparrow bird nest: Wanted to snap picture of the nest but I thought maybe i should wait for it to be fully built but it has never come across my mind that the nest would be vanished in just a glimpse after a heavy wind blow.

I don't know since when, but as I opened the window one day, I saw a bird nest which is not in the least beautiful hanging in the coiled wire of the tv aerial. It first appeared to be a tiny little thing but as the days went by, the sparrows worked hard on it and it materialised into something that was capable of holding little nestlings. The story should have a happy ending with the Papa Sparrow and Mama Sparrow living with their young but it was not so. A few days later, nature took its course and sent a strong wind towards the direction of the tv aerial and poof, blew the nest away, which probably housed some eggs of the nestlings-to-be by then. The nest was gone in a blink of an eye.

Humans like us might overlook the tiny details around us as we are so caught up with other things claimed to be more major. Who cares for blown-away nests and pathetic birds anyway, some of you might say. If only we would stop and observe into the lives of others, not only the lives of other people but also the lives of species different from our own, we might be able to learn a thing or two from them.

Just like the sparrows, we work hard to gain or attain a higher level in life. The sparrows build nests for protection from rain or shine and also to be made into a home for their family. Day after day, they collected dust, hay, hair and other materials they could pick up from the ground to form their future home. The strong wind was something unexpected that destroyed the fruit of labour of the sparrows, just like the obstacles we face daily and everything we strive for seems pointless when they hinder us from moving forward or starting over when things turn sour. So, where do we go from there?

The story of the sparrows does not end after the nest was blown away. Life needs to move on and it is no use to lament over the destroyed nest. I am no sparrow but it is sensible that they build a new nest later on, this time, choosing carefully the location of the nest so that history does not repeat twice. If they are lucky, they are able to build a versatile nest free from the threat of destruction and then get their happy ending with the ever enlarging nest as a result from the increasing number of nestlings as time goes by.

Are we willing to start over and have brand new chances of success in the next try?


Kedengaran bunyi titisan air hujan di luar jendela kamarnya. Hujan renyai-renyai membuat shiny ingin tidur dengan lebih lama lagi. Rasanya begitu malas untuk beredar dari katilnya. Tetapi shiny harus bertekad untuk lupakan semua itu. Dengan langkah yang perlahan,shiny membuka tirai dan lihat di luar sana dan dia ternampak sesuatu tergantung di kabel aerial televisyen. Oh sarang burung rupanya.

Sepasang burung pipit telah bersusah payah membina istana baru mereka untuk kelahiran cahaya mata mereka. Setelah bekerja keras, istana yang diidam-idamkan mereka hampir siap. Tiba-tiba pada suatu petang, angin tiup begitu kencang dan shiny berasa khuatir adakah kediaman baru burung itu masih berada dalam keadaan yang baik? Shiny menuju ke jendela kamarnya. Oh tidak.... ia telah lenyap dari pandangan. Ke manakah perginya istana yang baru dibina itu? Ternyata istana pasangan suami isteri itu telah musnah sama sekali disebabkan angin kencang yang berlaku walaupun hanya sebentar sahaja. Di mana cahaya mata mereka akan tinggal? Di mana perginya kediaman mereka?

Begitulah kisahnya trajedi yang menimpa ke atas kediaman sepasang suami isteri yang begitu rajin membina istana baru mereka hanya untuk cahaya mata baru mereka.

21-year old Linda Fah is the newly crowned Miss Schweiz (Switzerland) 2009 held at The Arena in Geneva on September 26, 2009

Miss Schweiz 2009
Linda Fah is Switzerland's new beauty queen

GENEVA, September 26, 2009 - Linda Fah, a 21-year old student from Kanton St. Gallen, was crowned Miss Schweiz (Switzerland) 2009 during a show held at The Arena in Geneva on September 26th.

Fah, who stands 178 m tall, will represent Switzerland at the Miss Universe 2010 pageant next summer.

The 1st runner-up was Tabea Schultess, while the 2nd runner-up was Tamina Schneider.

Courtesy Blick Online

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