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Rays of Light Pierce Food Court Windows

On a typical Friday morning, my wife and I would stop by the Seria open market for our weekly grocery shopping before she starts her day at the office. Breakfast usually follows at one of two of our regular haunt: Nam Wah or Soi Heng restaurant — it’s all fairly predictable. On this day, however, we decided to patronize the Seria food court for a change. Waiting for my noodles to be served, I looked around and saw this beautiful moment — quickly captured with the only camera I had with me, my trusty Samsung Galaxy S3 that just recently had its screen replaced. The phone gets to live another day until the day I make up my mind to have it replaced — possibly with a Note 5.

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Upclose and Personal with Inhabitants of the Seria Shoreline

There’s a time to feast on delicious cooked crabs and there’s a time to just … watch them. The last time I set foot on the beach I had an amazing time watching and photographing crabs local to the Seria shoreline. Hard to believe it’s been 6 years since I took these closeups — a test of patience with a dose of luck and opportunity. The price I paid for being extremely patient was bait for sandfly to feast on. This time, however, I covered myself a lot more than I did before — sunhat, long sleeved top and jeans along with socks and shoes — which somewhat helped except I had left my neck completely uncovered. As a result, I came home with three bite marks (as opposed to more than half a dozen before) that are now swollen and itchy. Still, a small price to pay to be up close and personal with these very interesting creatures, watching them dig holes. Because

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This crab scoops tiny balls of wet sand to create a hole deep enough for it to hide in.

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Walking back to the car with the front of my top and jeans completely wet (I laid on wet sand in order to get a good vantage point) I came across another catch — horseshoe crabs. Before today, I had only seen dead ones that people kept as display items in their house but these were alive and kicking on the very shoreline where the hundreds or thousands of tiny crabs hang out. I was ecstatic that a few hours on the beach had been so productive!

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A fruitful morning for this family of four to have picked up four horseshoe crabs.
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Unusual Clouds Formation Seen Over Seria

Unusual cloud formation seen above Seria town this morning (7.02AM according to image EXIF) as my wife and I started to leave the tamu (open market) to get breakfast. Shortly after getting a parking space at Metro, drizzles began to dot the windscreen. It didn’t take long before flash storm started pouring down hard on Seria town.

“A shelf cloud is a low, horizontal, wedge-shaped arcus cloud. A shelf cloud is attached to the base of the parent cloud, which is usually a thunderstorm, but could form on any type of convective clouds. Rising cloud motion often can be seen in the leading (outer) part of the shelf cloud, while the underside often appears turbulent and wind-torn. Cool, sinking air from a storm cloud’s downdraft spreads out across the land surface, with the leading edge called a gust front. This outflow cuts under warm air being drawn into the storm’s updraft. As the lower cooler air lifts the warm moist air, its water condenses, creating a cloud which often rolls with the different winds above and below (wind shear).”