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Plantation life: 1982 pics, round 1

These are scans of transparency slides that pater’s been sending over. Yes, my dad still keeps hundred of transparencies.

1982 - Me eating guava
I miss all the fruit trees in our garden. So much.

1982 - Me chair 1 1982 - Me, Mum, Shan 1982 - Beaver Leon 1 1982-Beaver Leon at it again 1982 - Me at Labuk River jetty 1982 - Leon, me, Shan by oil palm tractor

1982-kids 1982 - Pamol airfield, MAS plane 1982 - Shan on oil palm tractor 1982 - Shan, Leon as a monk, me 1982 - Us kids at the beach 1982 - Me at beach 1982 - Leon, me, chair

Plantation life: 1980-1981 pics

Pater’s been sending over scans of his transparency slides. Yes, my dad still keeps hundred of transparencies. I was fascinated with them as a kid.

1980 - Shan & me at computer
1980 – Computer, VCR, TV. We were state of the art, man.

1981 - Ismail, Shan, Mum, me, sorta Leon, dog at estate football match
1981 – I am kicking it. Apparently Li’l Bro is incubating in Mum in this pic.

1981 - Mum & me, Pamol
1981 – Mum pregnant with Li’l Bro. This may likely be the most delicate you’ll ever see me.

1981 - Me, dog, Shan at Pamol

1981 - Shan, Paps, me, Pamol

1981 - Me, Paps, Shan
1981 – Original gangsta.

1981 - Me, Mum, Shan

1981 - Me on swing 11981 - Me on swing 2

E-mail exchange between Li’l Bro and I regarding a pic not shown here:

Him: Lynn’s naked with a pistol!

Me: I do all my best work naked with a pistol.

Him: Ewwww.

Conversation snippet: Newlywed bed

“We could put rose petals on the newlyweds’ bed.”

“Or a chicken.”

“A chicken?”

“It symbolizes fertility!”

“Do we just put a dead chicken on the bed?”

“That’s too much like The Godfather. . . .”

“No, live chickens.”

“. . . Where would we get live chickens?”

“. . .”

“We could just get raw chicken pieces and put those on the bed.”

“That would really kill the mood.”

Banff/Jasper trip 9: Bankhead

Corene had been going through severe dog-withdrawal the whole week, so by this point she was basically pouncing on any dog available to give them scratches and belly-rubs.

Also by this point, we were looking for Bankhead, which led to a few lovely sights but also required quite a bit of hunting.

At Banff, heading for Bankhead

Lake Minnewanka

Looking for Bankhead

Look, 'tis a mountain
Look, ‘tis a mountain

Looking for Bankhead
On the hunt for a ghost town

Looking for Bankhead Looking for Bankhead

But we eventually found the area. Here are just a few shots:

At Bankhead

At Bankhead

At Bankhead

At Bankhead

At Bankhead

At Bankhead

At Bankhead

At Bankhead

And as a palette-cleanser, have a baby squirrel:

Baby squirrel having a snack

Baby squirrel having a snack
Nomminy nom nom

Banff/Jasper trip 7: Medicine Lake, bears, caribou, sheep, many creatures

Part 2 of the day in which we saw all the animals.

On our way down from Maligne Lake, we decided to stop at Medicine Lake.

Medicine Lake
Medicine Lake

Medicine Lake

It was just around this time when a busload of people stopped by to ask us if we were taking shots of the bear.

“Bear?” I asked.

See if you can spot it in the far right here, before I’d been aware of it:

Medicine Lake
Bear at Medicine Lake
And then the bear turns up.

Oh wait, you thought it was just one bear? Nah, it was a whole bear family. Bear families turned out to be all the rage that day.

Bear & cubs Medicine Lake
Bear & cubs at Medicine Lake Bear & cubs at Medicine Lake

Bear & cubs at Medicine Lake

Oh hey, guess what was at that same lake?

Caribou at Medicine Lake
So close
Caribou at Medicine Lake

This, my friends, was the moment when I finally felt justified in that trip. The whole time we kept seeing signs alerting us of caribou crossings, but naught a single one. It was like a hoax. And then he showed up, and all was right with the world.

Caribou at Medicine Lake
Caribou at Medicine Lake

Aaaaaaand pretty soon it was a day filled with really cool sights and other wild animals. I should point out I didn’t manage to take pics of the majority that we saw, which should tell you how many they were.

Sheep!
Sheep!

Again with the bears


Again, Corene with her animal soundtrack

At Jasper

A whole tribe of sheep
Guy sittin’ and takin’ pics. Because he can.

At Jasper

Grazing caribou

Grazing caribou

I’d like to think Corene deliberately picked the soundtrack in anticipation of every animal we spotted. Like before, and like so:


Banff/Jasper trip 6: Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake, and bears

Maligne Canyon Maligne Canyon Maligne Canyon Corene, Maligne Canyon Maligne Canyon

And then we saw our first bear. Up in a tree. In the rain. It was wet.

Bear in a tree Bear in a tree

We carried on to Maligne Lake.

Maligne Lake

And then a whole slew of bears from thereon out.

Mama bear and cubs

Corene eyeing mama bear & cubs
Spot the mama bear and cubs.

Mama bear and cubs

Mama bear and cubs


So many cubs.

Corene somehow always knows to play the most appropriate soundtrack for each wild animal we spot.

This is merely part 1 of the day in which we saw allllllllll the wild animals. Part 2 coming up. You’ll see further proof of Corene’s animal soundtrack sense.

Banff/Jasper trip 5: Jasper Park Lodge

Jasper, on the whole, is a Stephen King novel of a town stuck in the 1970s.

Jasper Park Lodge

Jasper Park Lodge

Jasper Park Lodge

Jasper Park Lodge

Jasper Park Lodge
I would like to title this as “The Day They Never Came Back.”

Oh hey, have some hastily-taken pics of elks:

Elks

Elks
Hiding his geek collar out of shame

And as a bonus for sticking with me this long, here’s Miss Corene in a hat:

Corene
It doesn’t count as a cowboy hat if it has a flower on it.