Channel Newsasia makes a meal of a vulnerable species of fish

First published on greenkampong.com

Our very own Channel Newsasia ignores the fact that the Giant Garoupa or Queensland Grouper was put on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 2006, and instead celebrates the story of a restaurateur who bought one this week and is selling it to customers at $20 per 200g.

via Channel NewsAsia:

The owner of a restaurant in Singapore has reeled in a man-sized Queensland garoupa off the coast of Sabah. And he expects to feed 600 customers with it.

The garoupa weighs 150 kilogrammes and is two metres long. It is so big that it had to be brought in on Monday morning using a forklift.

via IUCN:

Being such a large predator, it is rare even in areas unexploited by fishing (Randall and Heemstra 1991) and it has nearly been extirpated in areas where it has been heavily fished (Lieske and Myers 1994) for the live reef food-fish trade; this is a trade in live fish for food which is centred in SE Asia and expecially China and Chinese communities.

Our son is iPhone native

Kai toddling at the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden

I’ve always been led to think that babies start saying their first word out of the blue, and start walking unaided all of a sudden.

Kai can walk now, albeit with his arms in the air holding on to invisible parachute straps. But that has taken about a fortnight of taking one, then two unaided steps, and there hasn’t really been a defining moment announcing his bipedness.

The other amazing thing is how quickly he’s taken to using the other things always attached to us besides him – my Blackberry and Naomi’s iPhone.

Naomi and I started out thinking: “We’re not going to let our son be distracted by flashy light thingies, PSPs and other such like”, but it was always going to be a lost cause when you have to feed, change and generally have to attend to a squirmy one year old toddler.

Other parents who don’t already know this – these are the two life-saving apps for your Blackberry and iPhone: Baby GO! for the ‘Berry, and Talking Carl for the iPhone.

Then Sunday night, we went out to Ion Orchard, and as expected, Kai got antsy after half an hour in the restaurant, so I took him out to toddle around the 4th floor. Near the concierge’s counter was a pillar with two touch-screen directories. One of them was just right for his height (presumably for the wheelchair bound), so he went at it, pressing and pushing until he accidentally pressed the search button at the bottom right, activating an onscreen keyboard.

Our 14 month-old knows his keyboard and starts pressing the letters anyhowly. But here’s the clincher: He’s been mimicking how Naomi, her mum and myself make and take calls with our phones over the past three months or so, and it still make us chuckle when he puts his hand to his ear every time he hears someone’s phone ringing. So this time, after pressing a series of letters on the touch-screen keyboard, he puts his hand to his ear and says his version of “hello?”

On screen directory at Kai's height

Kai wuz here

Who will win the World Cup?

I’m not a soccer fan, but I know I’ll get sucked into watching at least a few key matches. Such is the game the whole world plays.

So I thought it’d be interesting, at least for me, to see who people think will win the Cup.

Who will win the World Cup?

  • Brazil (18%, 30 Votes)
  • Spain (18%, 30 Votes)
  • Argentina (9%, 15 Votes)
  • Germany (7%, 12 Votes)
  • Netherlands (7%, 12 Votes)
  • Italy (7%, 11 Votes)
  • England (6%, 10 Votes)
  • North Korea (5%, 9 Votes)
  • France (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Japan (3%, 5 Votes)
  • Cote d'Ivoire (3%, 5 Votes)
  • South Korea (2%, 4 Votes)
  • Portugal (2%, 4 Votes)
  • Australia (2%, 4 Votes)
  • South Africa (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Nigeria (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Algeria (1%, 1 Votes)
  • USA (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Cameroon (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Slovenia (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Greece (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Serbia (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Mexico (1%, 1 Votes)
  • New Zealand (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Switzerland (0%, 0 Votes)
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  • Ghana (0%, 0 Votes)
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Total Voters: 167