In brief...

I'm a Nature-lover, aspiring conservationist, and wannabe traveller in search of outdoor adventure.
My interests vary from conservation to education to heritage to Nature (biodiversity & wildlife) to outdoor activities to life in general.
They occupy most of my waking moment.
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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Maintaining connections.

Being away from home, there are always bouts of homesickness. Times when I really miss being in a culturally and environmentally familiar location, surrounded by familiar and close people.

Most people would know I am online a lot, and I read a lot of online articles (and share excessively on social media). Lots of them are shared by friends and by organisations I follow on social media.

One of my friends shared this on Facebook.
I don't watch many videos, but the few that I do watch are during bouts of homesickness (The Noose!) and certain Nature/environment-related ones that people share.

Watching PCK was different from watching The Noose though. The Noose reminded me of home, of the things happening back there and the idiosyncrasies of Singaporeans. PCK reminded me of that, and of how things used to be just 10, 20 years ago. I spent quite a bit of my childhood watching PCK and Under One Roof, and I think those were very different times from now.

Couple of weeks ago, another friend shared this video.
While I was not around during that period, the video (the whole series, really) reminded me of my primary school days. Of Moral Education when we watched films (that were of the same quality as the above!) about what we should/should not do. Those were the times of slow PCs and frequent computer issues. Now, the webpage just has to be slow in loading and I'll be frustrated already :/

Anyway, after watching PCK, I read a really long but beautifully written article on childhood and the environment and our connection with Nature, all centred around Winnie-the-Pooh by Liam Heneghan, on Aeon Magazine. (Aeon has wonderful articles). I love Winnie-the-Pooh stories. I have a collection of Winnie-the-Pooh books back home, even the A.A. Milne version, not just the Disney ones. I grew up reading Winnie-the-Pooh, as well as Sherlock Holmes, and Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton books.

Much of my reading in my early years was pretty British. I grew up reading about rabbits and hedgehogs, great tits and robins, the Hundred-Acre-Woods and the Faraway Tree – all as un-tropical as can be. So in some sense, coming here to the UK for my tertiary education was kind of a throwback to my childhood, seeing the landscape and creatures that I've read about. (And it is also partially why I preferred going to the UK over the US.)

Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree. Image taken from:

I don't really know what I'm getting at in this rambly post. I guess it's just about being reminded of my childhood days, when things seemed much simpler. Maintaining that connection to places of my childhood (in the PCK episode where his school was being demolished); not just how things are changing so quickly in Singapore, but also worldwide with climate change, as reminded in the Aeon article. And how it's important, more than ever, that kids should grow up with a close connection to the land and to Nature. Whether through books, like in my case if it can be considered that, or documentaries, or best, through the physical interaction itself.

I need to go walk in Ashdown Forest one day while I'm here.

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