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Monitor Lizards and Turtles

Small Monitor Lizard
Small Monitor Lizard

While on holidays in Bintan two weeks back we spotted some Monitor Lizards during our nature walk around the hotel premise.  I went on a guided nature tour with R as part of our weekend getaway package we had at Angsana Bintan Resort & Spa at Bintan Island, Indonesia.  It has been a while since we last went for a walk around and it felt nice being out in nature.

Another shot of the same small Monitor Lizard
Another shot of the same small Monitor Lizard

I had to zoom in all the way to get a clear shot of this reptile.  I didn’t dare go too close as I was afraid that it would scamper away and disappear into the pond if it detected our presence.

A larger Monitor Lizard we spotted at the end of our walk
A larger Monitor Lizard we spotted at the end of our walk

I wanted to get a better shot of this reptile but it hurried off before I could get closer.

The resorts attempt at conservation- breeding sea turtles
The resorts attempt at conservation- breeding sea turtles

As part of our walk we were taken to the Turtle hatchery they had at the resort and saw two different endangered species which they were trying to preserve. – The Green Turtle and the Hawksbill Turtle.

Green Turtles

Green Turtles

Hawksbill Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle

It was feeding time at the conservation lab and these hatchlings  were enjoying their lunch.

It was really great to see that the hotel was so into preserving these endangered species and doing it’s part in their conservation.

What animals/insects have you seen
around lately?

 

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Homemade Drinks

Strawberry Soya Milk
Strawberry Soya Milk

The weather has been really hot lately. The haze has made a return and the PSI has been hovering within the moderate to unhealthy range. The forest fires in Indonesia  have caused the pollution and it doesn’t seem to be clearing anytime soon.

To combat the heat I have been making different drinks at home for the kids. They love drinking soya milk and I’ve recently started making our own at home.

Black Soya Milk
Black Soya Milk

I soak the organic soya beans over night before blending them to a fine pulp. After blending  water is added to the mixture and boiled in a pot before it is strained.

Freshly made soya bean milk chilling in the fridge
Freshly made soya bean milk chilling in the fridge

It takes roughly an hour for the whole process but it’s well worth the effort as you get soya bean milk which is preservative and chemical free.  You can also adjust the level of sweetness and even have the drink sugar free.

You don’t really need to have a soyabean  milk maker . All that is needed is a blender and a muslin bag and you have all the equipment that you need to make soyabean milk.

Have you made any homemade drinks lately?

 

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