Monday, February 20, 2017

Kundasang

[Anecdotes from our Chinese New Year holiday in Malaysia]

So we come to my favourite photo from our entire holiday.

This was taken at the backseat of my parents’ car during our little day trip to Kundasang.

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I have many fond memories of family trips up to Kundasang, sitting in the backseat of car just like this. Except this time, it was sans the company of my two brothers, and in their place were my own two children with my hubs.

There were a few changes to the landscape since the last time I visited, and some new upgrades and additions to the facilities. Apart from that, the air and the atmosphere smelt and felt exactly the same.

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The featured itinerary for this trip was a visit to the Desa Cattle and dairy farm.

Some people call it the little ‘New Zealand’ of Sabah.

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We got up close to some calves and goats to feed them some grass and milk.
(the grass cost RM1.00 per bunch and milk cost RM1.50 per bottle)

Both the children and the animals simply couldn’t get enough of it.

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And the sweet end to this excursion was the grandparents’ promise of gelato ice cream.

Chocolate. Naturally.

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Parting shot with our official trip sponsors.

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If you’re interested to find out more about visiting the Desa cattle and dairy farm in Kundasang, I recommend the following sites:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Museum

[Anecdotes from our Chinese New Year holiday in Malaysia]

One of my favourite childhood ‘playgrounds’ was the local state museum of Sabah.

When I was a child, entry was free for everyone. So every now and then we’d beg our mum…. “please, pleeeeease, can we go to the museum today?”. By some adult mysterious reasoning we could never guess or fathom, every now and then she would say okay.

I can remember the exact flow of almost every single display area almost by heart. From anthropology and natural history, to the ceramics display, all the way down to the local indigenous section. I enjoyed listening to my mum talk about the different artefacts on display. Then afterwards our favourite final stop was the heritage village with actual models of traditional longhouses where my brothers and I would revel in climbing up and down the ladders and running across the bamboo floors of all the different indigenous houses.

I was determined that my kids would share the same joy.

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But as it often goes… reality does not always align with expectations.

“Mummy, it’s so hot!”

“This is boooooring!”

“My legs are tired!”

“I’m hungry!”

“Can we go home now?”

But being the little troopers they are, they duly followed me through all the different sections and displays and listen to me rattle on about the different artefacts and items of interest.

And it was not all that bad really. They were definitely interested in studying the lifelike animals on display in the natural history section, and venturing inside a life-sized model of a burial cave (“very spooky, mummy!”) and being weirded out by the display of human skulls in the headhunter’s gallery.

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It was a very surreal feeling walking through all the familiar galleries and sections around the museum. The layout had remained almost completely unchanged since I last visited this place probably more than 20 years ago. My favourite section was always the ceramics gallery. I enjoyed studying the intricate patterns and designs of the ceramic pieces from all the different historical dynasties. Unfortunately I couldn’t do much of that this time round. This was one of the children’s least favourite section, although we did pause at a ceramic pillow on display which Nathan could not believe people actually used to sleep on.

Finally after navigating our way quickly through the remaining sections inside the museum building and adjoining block, we headed outside to the heritage village to look at the display of longhouses. We opted to cross over to the village via this suspension bridge. It was easily one of the safest suspension bridges I had walked across in my life. But to my urban Aussie kids, this was considered almost real jungle level adventure.

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It had rained quite heavily the night before, so the ground was fairly muddy in some spots… which my kids did NOT care for at all and they expressed their displeasure very loudly. But when we finally were in sight of the heritage village, I think even they had to admit that those longhouses looked pretty cool.

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They were eager to explore every single longhouse in the heritage village (despite the bother of having to step over the muddy spots) and Grace even tested out what it felt like to sleep on one of those pillow blocks like the ceramic one we saw inside the museum earlier (except this one was made from wood).

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Joy shared.

 

If you’re interested to find out more about visiting the Sabah state museum, I recommend the following sites:

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Barbershop

[Anecdotes from our Chinese New Year holiday in Malaysia]

First item on the agenda of our Malaysia holiday: a trip to an old school barbershop to get trimmed up for the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities.

I have very vivid childhood memories of visiting an old school Chinese barbershop like this. Sitting up on those black leather chairs that go up and down--on one of those small wooden planks propped up between the armrests. Breathing in the distinct barbershop smell of wet hair, shaving cream, talcum powder and aftershave.

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One barbershop. Two very different reactions to the experience.

Grace thoroughly enjoyed the entire ceremony. She took it very seriously and sat very importantly up on the seat, following the cues of the lady barber to angle her head this way and that.

Nathan’s was a nightmare experience. He told me afterwards that he was terrified that the lady barber would accidently snip his skin with the scissors and draw blood.

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Afterwards, the lady barber kindly rewarded them both with a couple of lollies. So that was a sweet end to the experience. Lollies always make everything alright in the end.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A real Malaysian Chinese New Year

[Anecdotes from our Chinese New Year holiday in Malaysia]

This year’s trip back to Malaysia had been planned years ahead. Chinese New Year this year happens to fall in January just at the tail end of the summer school holidays in Australia. We had booked our plane tickets way ahead so we could look forward to enjoying the big festivities back in Malaysia for the first time in several years.

We made sure that the kids got a first hand taste of Chinese New Year in Malaysia.

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Colourful lion dances
Firecrackers
Night markets
Chinese New Year cookies
Yeos packet drinks
Lou sang dinners
Dressing up in new clothes
Playing with lots of cousins
Visiting friends and relatives houses.
Loads and loads of ang pow

A real classic festive Chinese New Year every Chinese kid must experience at least once in their lifetime.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Airports and airplanes

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After that dejecting end to last year’s affairs, I picked myself up and look forward to kicking off the new year with a long awaited holiday in Malaysia.

Nathan was bursting with excitement over the adventure of flying on an airplane. Grace was just excited that she could pack ‘real stuff’ in her very own backpack to carry. We borrowed this book which we read umpteen times in anticipation of the trip.

I have to confess I am not a big fan myself of airports and airplanes myself. Not that I suffer from any kind of phobia or travel sickness. I just find the long waits and upright seating uncomfortable. But the delight and enthusiasm of my two little animated travellers is highly contagious. I couldn’t help having the buzz of their excitement rub off me a bit.

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I must say travelling with the kids now is so much easier than before, now that I no longer have lug around a monster-sized bag of nappies, wipes and assortment of baby paraphernalia. No more worrying over fighting for a bassinet seat or making special meal requests for baby food. The kids can now carry their own little backpacks to bring along their crayons, notebooks and snacks. And thankfully they’ve always been terrific travellers, always smiley and charming to the flight attendants, no crying or whinging during take-offs and landings, no complaining of being bored or impatient during waiting times. So I can’t complain.

More anecdotes and photos from our holiday to come!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Bringing some favourite books to life

Looking past the not so fantastic moments from last year, one definitely VERY fantastic thing that happened was kicking-off our reading of chapter books together.

So far we’ve finished reading Enid Blyton’s ‘The Wishing Chair’ and ‘The Wishing Chair Again’, and a little bit of ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’… Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘The BFG’… and we are about halfway through C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’.

I managed to score some extra time off over the school holidays. So I decided to indulge in a bit of bookish fun by bringing some the books we read to life.

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We set up our own ‘Willy Wonka Factory’ making our own Wonka bars, everlasting gobstoppers, non-melting ice creams and other confectionery creations. I made some gingerbread ‘bars’ for the kids to decorate and create their own versions of wonka bars, edible play dough for them to mould and shape into various sweet treats, and handfuls of mini M&Ms, Nerds candy and chocolate chips for them to embellish their creations with.

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After that, we sat down to illustrate and write out our own secret recipe books for all the various confectionery creations we came up with. We put the booklets together ourselves in the same way we did with our previous book writing activities.

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Following ‘The BFG’ we concocted our own dream jars by mixing together some small glow sticks, glitter with a sugar syrup mixture (you can also use glycerin which allows the glitter to float slowly around in the jar rather than sinking too quickly to the bottom of the jar).


P.S. Can’t wait to read the other books on this list with the kids. Plus four terrific and very touching children’s books worth reading with your little ones.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

One last hard knock before moving on to 2017

It seems every year we always need to take one really hard knock before we can move on to the next year. This year’s share of hard knocks was probably more than others.

It was kind of a year of just buckling down and weathering through the storm…

We were down to a single income family this year (me being the primary breadwinner).

I dropped my phone, cracking the screen and had to pay out my existing phone contract to get a new one.

With the current bleak economic situation looming over everything, we got stuck between a rock and hard place with a number of our investments.

Hubs and I had to weather through a lot of ‘tough’ discussions throughout the year.

Then someone rear-ended me in my car and we had to navigate through the whole insurance game.

Towards the end of the year we were beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Right after Christmas I finally thought we were over the worst of it and could breathe easy. We were home free!

And then tragedy struck.

While we were out of the shops on boxing day, I let down my guard for less than a minute and ended up being a the victim of a merciless snatch thief.

My entire bag, with my phone, wallet, credit cards, cash… everything.

Just like that. My entire day (and my entire life at that moment) was utterly ruined.

The worst thing was the violation.

The feeling of vulnerability.

Helplessness.

Feeling naked and exposed.

Defeated.

The world felt so evil.

Bad guys won.

Good guys lost.

hplyrikz: “Clear your mind here ” Words:

After a long, mortifying day of endless phonecalls. Canceling cards. Lodging reports. Driving around to see if there was any trace of the bag or remaining contents being tossed aside…

I lay in my bed. Unable to sleep.

A million thoughts and scenes and what-ifs replaying in my head again and again.

Could there be anything worse?

And then I remembered…

How I almost lost something infinitely more precious than this ‘stuff’.

Not once.

But five times this year.

Five times I let my guard down.

And almost lost this baby.

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Five unforgivable crimes.

I never thought I would confess them here.

The incidents still sit on a very raw edge in my memory. All I can tell you is that they involve a couple of near drowning incidents, one involving a car seat, and two at the shops. You can probably infer the rough details from those bare facts. Perhaps one day I can recall and tell the stories freely without pain. But for now they serve to imprint in my heart the weight and value of one little life.

As I told my chicks:

If I lost you, I would cry every single day, forever.

But as for ‘stuff’.

I think I should be able to let them go.

It feels terrible to lose.

But as hubs said, all I need is one little ‘win’ to help me get past this loss.

I hope I will see more wins beyond the horizon.

For now, as long as I have these…

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I am still winning.

 

There are of course other little wins scored along the way…

Like winning at the ukulele.

Finding work-life balance; and

Being able to spend more one-on-one time with this munchkin.

Sharing my booky-love with the kids.

New special family rituals.

Summer beach plays.

Discovering some local hidden gems.

And being good at my job.

 

Anyway after swimming through that whole potluck of the good, bad and ugly, I’m just so done with 2016.

Bring on 2017!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

And Here Comes Six!

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So dear Mister Six has entered the scene.

You might wonder, what has the space between five and six been like?

Well, to sum up, it’s been all about…

LEGO.
Transformers.
Star Wars.
Elephant and Piggie books.
Books about LEGO.
Reading Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton books together.
Learning sight words.
Toe holes in socks.
Knee holes on pants.
Second (sometimes third) helpings at dinner.
Writing and drawing pictures about LEGO.
Sweaty hugs after school.
First visits from the tooth fairy.
Holdings hands to cross the road (most of the time, still).
Silly jokes at little sister’s expense.
Hugs and sorry to little sister afterwards.
I want to play by myself.
I want to play with sister.
I want to play by myself again.
You listen to me because I am bigger.
Okay, I’ll read you a story, little sister.
Yes, I’ll help you mummy.
No problem, I’ll take care of it, mummy.
Can I do it later, mummy?
More LEGO.
I love babies.
I like to play with babies.
I like to play with big boys.
I played that piece on the piano all my myself!
This song is too hard.
I don’t like piano.
I want to play the cello.
I want to play the trombone.
I just want to play LEGO.
Give me lots of hugs and kisses goodnight, mummy.
What’s for breakfast tomorrow, mummy?

Mister Six requested a Lego Ninjago birthday party.

Ninjago??? I thought you said you wanted a Star Wars party? And before that you said you wanted a Transformers party?

Please, mummy… I promise I will not change my mind again.

Well…

And Iit’s not going to be a big party. Just a little one. With only my best friends.

The rest is history.

Here are some photo highlights from the ‘little’ bash we had.

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If you’re interested in the nuts and bolts of some of the key elements in the party, here are some notes and links you might find useful…

  • Decorations: Balloons + Ninjago Eyes Printable
  • Goodie/party bags: DIY Paper Bags + Ninjago Eyes Printable
  • Table settings: Coloured Plates/Cups + Ninjago Eyes Printable
  • Ninjago Cheese: Baybel Cheese + Sultanas

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The birthday cake was the result of combining these two ingredients with this Pinterest idea…

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Party activities comprised of:

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I printed out some clues for the team of little Ninjas to track down each golden weapon hidden around our backyard. I kept the clues fairly simple as I figured that it was already a bit of a challenge for five and six year olds to read the words by themselves in order to decipher where each weapon was hidden. But by the end of the hunt, they were all “Easy peasy-Lemon squeezy!”. All right then. I’ll be sure to add a trickier twist next time round!

Victory shot of the Golden Spinjitzu Weapon Treasure Hunters

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The biggest thing I learnt from this whole experience was that birthday bashes do not necessarily have to be big. In fact it was Nathan who nudged me in this direction. Initially when I first started planning and thinking through the party, I kept prompting Nathan to tell me names of who to invite. He kept circling back to the same few names of close friends. I was tempted to start reading out names from his class list or scrolling through my phone list of friends with children. But I held myself back and decided to listen and follow Nathan’s cue instead. He reiterated that he would be happy with just a little party. As it turns out, planning a small scale party was so much fun.

The thing is, with the typical party of even say around ten children on the guest list, you will then have to consider including parents and siblings in the headcount. Which will then translate into planning food not only for the children but adults as well. During the party itself, you not only have to manage children’s activities but also mingle around and ensure the adult guests are taken care of as well. The logistics for planning a party of this scale can sometimes get out of hand, unless you decide to splurge and outsource the whole thing to an external party.

Since we ended up doing Nathan’s birthday party at much smaller scale, I was able to do a drop-off/pick-up later kind of party. So the sole focus celebration could be all about just the kids (a.k.a. Ninjagos). We were able to personalise the activities and ensure everyone was included and had a role in every activity. We could customise goodie bags for each individual guest to make it really special and meaningful for everyone.

I think this small scale style of partying might become our new favourite way of celebrating birthdays!

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Monthly play roundup: November & December

And so finally we come to the last installment of my monthly play roundup series for the year. I’ve decided to combine November and December into one post as the second half of December usually runs into the holiday season with things starting to wind down. But I’ll do a separate post on some of the end-of-year celebrations and holiday highlights. But for now, here’s a roundup of the activities we’ve been busy with over these last couple of months…

‘I Need a Hug’
A recent favourite book we picked up from the library last month that we’ve read together umpteen times is ‘I Need a Hug’ by Aaron Blabey. The story is about a sad (and cute) little porcupine who really needs a hug. But then who would be willing to hug a porcupine. We made good use of our leftover playdough with some toothpicks and googly eyes to make our own little porcupines. The children adored their little porcupines and hugged them (gently) all day. We also gathered a few other animal toys to play out the story together.

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‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’

Another favourite book last month was ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr. It was a perfect story to go along with the children’s regular tea party pretend play. We made a tiger mask and took turns being the tiger who greedily ate and drank up everything at the tea table.

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Talking about Shadows

With no shortage of sunny days these past few months, we’ve had plenty of opportunity to notice our shadows. The children had been showing great interest in observing their shadows whenever we headed outside. I picked up two books from the library ‘The Black Rabbit’ by Philippa Leathers and ‘Foggy Foggy Forrest’ by Nick Sharrat. We set up a simple shadow puppet theatre using a bedsheet and a table lamp and had lots of fun playing shadow guessing games and doing some storytelling with various toys and props to create shadows.

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Decorating Christmas Gingerbread Biscuits

With Christmas around the corner, we’ve been baking up lots of goodies and treats in the kitchen. And of course no Christmas is complete without decorating the classic gingerbread biscuits.

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Ninjago Birthday Party

We also had an early celebration for Nathan’s birthday in Ninjago style (by specific request of the birthday boy). I’ll share more about this in a separate post, but here’s a little sneak peak of some of the goodies from the party

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Christmas Presents

I rounded off the year with sewing up a storm of a whole bunch of homemade Christmas gifts for all my kids, including a reversible tote for each of them (which I completely forgot to take a photo of any before giving them all away). But I am especially proud of these travel chalkboard mats I made for a couple of the kids going away on holidays to keep them busy while they’re on the plane.

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Thank you so much for following me on this series. It was often challenging to keep up with the heaps of activities we do every week and distil them down into a few highlights for this monthly roundup. But I hope you have found it interesting to get a glimpse into some of the things that have been keeping me busy throughout the year. Happy holidays and see you in the new year!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Monthly play roundup: October

So loving the warmer weather we’ve been enjoying this past month! It took some time to warm up but we’re definitely enjoying more and more of a springy-summery vibe in the weather. We’ve been heading outdoors a lot more over the past few weeks with lots more free play to shake off the winter chill in our bones. But we still manage to squeeze in plenty of semi-structured activities in between. Here’s a peek at some of them…

~ I Can Spell My Name ~
With a couple of the kids transitioning to kindy next year, I’ve started incorporating more literacy and numeracy activities into our programme. This is the ‘I Can Spell My Name’ activity tray magnetic letters and printed laminated cards of the children’s names. They’ve caught on pretty quickly. I usually leave the tray out in a common area so they can visit it whenever they like throughout the day to have a go at spelling their name.

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~ Jonathan & Martha ~

We revisited one of my favourite children’s books, which I featured in this post some time back. We made some worm puppets using coloured straws. The children practiced their scissor skills by snipping the straws into smaller pieces to use as beads. Then they exercised their fine motor skills by threading the straw beads onto a piece of string to form a long wriggly worm. I helped them to attach two more straws, one at the head and one on the tail, for them to hold to make their puppet wriggle and move.

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~ Egg Carton Worms ~

I’m always hoarding bits and pieces to recycle for art and craft activity. We turned some egg cartons into worms with some paint and googly eyes. We then played out the story of ‘Jonathan & Martha’ together using the straw worm puppets and egg carton worms for the children to practice their story sequencing and verbal skills.

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~ Dog’s Colourful Day ~

Another book we enjoyed reading was ‘Dog’s Colourful Day’. The children used dot markers to decorate printouts of ‘Dog’ with some colourful spots. They then went on to make their own open ended spotty pictures. I then extended the activity into a pre-writing exercise by drawing some outlines of letters and shapes for the children to trace along with the dot markers.

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~ Rectangle and Squares ~

Doing one of our open-ended/journaling sessions, a couple of the children showed interest in drawing trucks and vehicles based on rectangle shapes. I decided to extend on this by setting out some coloured paper squares and rectangles and encouraging the children to create their own pictures with the shapes. Similar to this geometric collage picture activity I did previously.

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~ Room on the Broom ~

And finally, we ended the month of October with a Halloween theme activity based around the story ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson. We made our own mini brooms with some sticks, brown paper bags and string. The children practiced their scissor skills by cutting and snipping ends of paper bags into long strips to form the ‘bristles’ of the broom. They wrapped the bristles around the end of a stick and I helped to secure it on with some string. We played out the story with a doll dressed up as a witch and our plush animals and puppets.

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If you enjoyed this post, you can check out last month’s roundup of activities and more of my other play and learning ideas. Stay tuned for next month’s roundup!

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Real Hobbies: The Art of Hunting for Your Own Food

I hope you enjoyed reading my previous post in my ‘real hobbies’ series. If you did, I’m sure you have been looking forward to this next post in the series. You’ll probably find this one very intriguing as it is totally different from the last one.

So today’s ‘Real Hobbies’ post features: The Art of Hunting for Your Own Food

Joel&SharolynWe first met Joel and Sharolyn earlier this year through our church small group. They were warm and generous people who immediately opened their home up for friends to drop by and hang out.

On one occasion, they invited a group of us over to sample Joel’s fresh homemade sashimi. The salmon sashimi was so melt-in-your mouth tender that we just couldn’t get enough of it.

We started talking about food in general, including the where and how to get the best and freshest ingredients. Joel’s solution was mind-blowingly simple but bizarre--head out into the wild and catch your own ingredients!

That’s when I found out all about Joel’s unusual hobby…

HUNTING!!!

So here are a few interesting and surprising things about hunting and catching wildlife for consumption.


On spearing fish

Joel is not really into line fishing but his preferred method for catching fish is to spear them straight in the water. Anywhere he can find water, he’ll head in to see if he can catch anything. The most common type of fish he usually catches is sea sweep. Joel was initially a little concerned about talking about this as spear fishing is often seen as somewhat controversial compared to line fishing as it supposedly considered more damaging than line fishing. However spearfishers are actually able to be more selective of what they wish to catch which can be considered more environmentally responsible by some parties.

There’s a lot interesting debate around this topic so it was definitely eye opening to learn about the arguments for ad against the different methods of fishing.

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On hunting for pest control
Rabbits, foxes and even kangaroos are considered a pest in many farms in Australia. These animals are considered as pests as they may hunt or prey on farm animals, compete with livestock on grazing pastures, destroy crops and potentially spread disease. So farmers will gladly welcome recreational hunters on their property to help rid them of rabbits. Gun owners can  set up private arrangements with a local farmer to shoot rabbits and other animal pests on their land. Of course you will have to hold a valid license and have all the necessary paperwork for owning and using a gun. Apart from that, you can have free reign to shoot and take home any unwanted rodents and feral animals you come across.

Some birds such as corellas and galah cockatoos are also considered to be pests as they may threaten local native plant and animal species, and destroy farm crops. A number of local councils and communities even work with recreational hunting groups to organise controlled shootings of pest birds when their numbers become overabundant.

Again just like with fishing, there are numerous controversial arguments over the various methods of pest control using guns versus other methods (such as baiting or poisoning, trapping, fencing or using guard animals), however like with any situation one method may not necessarily be effective or sufficient.

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On hunting trips
The best time for hunting animals is at night as most wild animals are nocturnal. So naturally a hunting trip is a pretty involved undertaking, going into ‘the wild’ into remote areas, roughing it out and camping in places with minimal amenities.

Apart from moving stealthily through an area to spot the telltale pair of shining eyes caught in headlights is to use tools like a special fox whistle to call and attract foxes. It almost always works, except perhaps on the most experienced, older foxes who have probably lived through too many such deadly whistle calls.

On owning a gun in Australia
I asked Joel why it was common for hunters to keep more than one gun in their collection. He explained that you need to use different sized guns to ensure different kinds of animals are shot in the most humane way. So for a small animal like a rabbit, it’s best to use the really tiny bullets so you don’t end up blowing them to smithereens, and for large animals it’s best to use large bullets for a swift and instantaneous kill.

There are very strict laws governing the purchase, ownership and use of guns in Australia. Apart from registering and obtaining a firearms license, you also have to undergo safety training courses and provide documentation on the secure storage and safekeeping for your guns and ammunition, which include having a key and combination locked safe which are securely bolted down.

 I considered snapping a photo of Joel’s gun collection, but then we decided to think twice to consider the safety considerations and sensitivities on publishing a personal photograph of firearms and weapons on public space.

On the economics of hunting for food
Catching his own dinner was honestly the primary reason why Joel decided to venture into hunting and spearfishing. It definitely makes sense from an economical point of view. Once you factor in the initial investment of obtaining a gun, the cost of each catch ranges from around just 10 cents per bullet for a small animal like rabbits, to two dollars a bullet for larger animals. Definitely beats any price you can get at the shops!

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On cooking and eating the catch
During the busiest hunting times of the year, it’s possible for their family to subsist almost solely on whatever Joel brings home from a hunt. Fish is plentiful especially in summer and rabbits are a fairly common catch throughout the year. Sometimes their freezer will be packed full to the brim with cuts of wild game and fish.

The most unpleasant bit of a hunt is probably the skinning and feathering part of the catch. But for a seasoned hunter, it’s just a routine business, accomplished with fairly minimal fuss with a sharp knife and the right tools. Though that being said, skinning large animals like kangaroos is definitely a big job--sometimes too big a job to be worth the overabundance of meat they provide. Furthermore, strict hunting laws only permit consumption of kangaroo game on the farm land they were hunted on. So if you’re planning to shoot a kangaroo for dinner, it’s a good idea to think through your plan for consuming the meat on the spot.

Joel and Sharolyn’s favourite way to cook their hunting catch is sous-vide. Especially with rabbit. It’s clean, simple and almost always guarantees perfectly tender results every time. Actually they love their sous-vide cooker  so much, they pretty much use it to cook everything and anything--even eggs! (I can personally vouch that their sous-vide soft boiled eggs are simply melt-in-your-mouth divine).

I candidly remarked to Sharolyn once that she was lucky to have a real ‘cave man’ who was going out to hunt and catch real live animals and fish and literally ‘bringing home the bacon’. It’s definitely a bonus to have a hobby that can literally feed your family with.


Thanks so much, Joel and Sharolyn!

If you enjoyed this post, check out my previous post in this real hobbies series