Sunday, January 27, 2008

Wake-Up Call

View out of my window with dawn sky changing hue

"Alright, alright. I'm awake now."

I stumbled out of bed and made my way to the toilet.

Chirp. Chirp. Chirp... and lots of other indescribable babble coming from our unofficial wake-up call service still heard behind the toilet door.

"Hey! It's Sunday!" I told myself while I perched on the toilet slowly gaining composure.

Our morning wake-up call provider - the prolific Mynah

Yes, we have this prolific talking Mynah that perches on our bedroom window sill or casement most mornings to wake both Wifey and I up.

It will come around 8:00AM and babbles loudly lecturing how lazy this couple is... telling us get up to start our day already.

Most days, I will wake-up to an interesting tapestry of beautiful dawn skies to start my day... stare to admire it for a while and then get ready for work.

Most weekends, I would stare at the day's spectacle of changing colored skies... feel good inside and then go back to sleep again... until the wake-up call.

It is not all that bad though, as some days, we will get to hear the many beautiful morning songs from the many different kinds of birds. This part is my most favorite as I get to lay in my bed listening to nature's lullaby while watching the skies change colors. Totally therapeutic.

Anyway, if we are able to ignore the wake-up call or maybe totally unperturbed by it, the next wake-up call after the snooze mode will be from a whole gang of 5 to 6 Mynahs chatting over the day's load of rubbish.

Literally, the city's rubbish truck will make its way every morning to collect trash from the central rubbish chute in our block.

I guess these are the same Mynahs that I have seen on several occasions while going to work. One particular bird will fly onto the moving rubbish truck that is making it way to our block.

One Mynah on top left & one perched looking at the buffet spread

Perched at the end of the truck, it gets a free ride until the truck stops and starts to back-up to connect its end to the central chute. This will be the gang's split-second time to forage for food off the truck buffet-style.

This morning, I just had to take some photos of our service call provider... the alarm-clock Mynah, since it is exceptionally chatty today.

"Make it go away..." Wifey told me, still laying down on the bed and making the shooing gesture with her hand "it will poop on our window."

Well, I would rather take its pictures...

Silently, I creped-up to the window and snapped some pictures behind the day curtains. I guess it sensed something was moving behind the curtains dark inside, as it stared in my direction for a few seconds before flying off with a continuous chirp.

I think we should be grateful, for not many residents here get a free wake-up call from a bird. When it does poop, our downstairs neighbor's window will get the brunt of it... so I am not all too concern about the after-effect of this service.

Only hope is that our upstairs neighbor does not employ the same service call... it will be a messy affair as far as window sills are concern.


  1. What an absolutely lovely post. just gotta love them. I really enjoy the spring and summers where we can sit on the back patio and observe the world slowly coming to life.

    It's wonderful, isn't it?!

    Thank you for sharing.

  2. What a wonderful way to wake up in the morning!

  3. Hello Both,

    Thank you for stopping by.

    Deejay | It is even a wonderful place to be... at the patio watching the world come alive.

    I love waking-up to beautiful mornings, but rather sleep-in when it's a thunderous down-pour.

    Barbara | It really is. I can stay and listen to this Mynah for as long as it sits there.

    I also like to mimic its sound and observe its puzzled gesture to my terrible fake bird calls.

    I love most of my mornings.

    Thanks again for your messages. Have a good week ahead.

  4. Great way to wake up If you ask me. I absolutely hate the sound of my alarm waking me up these days. I'd rather hear the sound of birds unless it is the crow. Now they are truly obnoxious to listen to in the a.m. or any time. Great post Imran.

  5. we have birds in the morning here, too, but I don't hear them -- takes a lot more than that to wake me up. :)
    By the way, your comment on my last post was comforting -- you're the 1st person I've found that seems to understand my feelings about my old house. It's so hard to let something go that you've had off and on for 37 years. Thanks for your words.

  6. Oh what a beautiful morning! Thanks for sharing your mynah morning story.

  7. Hello All,

    Glad you stopped by.

    Wandi | I love my mornings. I guess it is my way of calming myself down before I head to face the fast-paced life that starts with work everyday except weekends.

    Crows are unattractive birds and noisy too. Always associated with bad omen and evil. I think I will not be too thrilled to wake up to their presence too.

    Andrew | Good for you. I am a light sleeper. I am aware that I'd rather be awake than asleep, thus being a light sleeper... albeit the light headaches with poor sleep.

    Your poem evoked the strong feeling I had when I was leaving my village that was slated for re-development for the very last time.

    All those wonderful and fond memories flashing before my eyes, and knowing that most of it will fade to oblivion even if I try to hang on to it for as long as I could.

    It was a wonderful place for me as I believe it was for you.

    The only difference is, I had to describe it in so many words, while you just need a few lines and affect many readers. I envy your talent.

    Mompoet | The most fantastic wake-up morning song I had experience other than when I was living in my village was in Cairns, Australia.

    We woke-up to a deafening but beautiful songs from the many colorful and varied birds. Fantastic experience... as if we woke-up in a bird park.

    Thanks again everyone. Have a great weekend!

  8. This makes me wish I could ever sleep past 4 A.M. Me, I wake the BIRDS up.

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    It's the February 1st post in particular. Didn't have an email for ya so you can grab your badge while you are there.


  10. Yes...a wake-up call with a difference. These birds are said to be very intelligent and some can have an extensive vocabulary.
    As for your rubbish collection service...lucky you. Our bins are only emptied once a fortnight...eeww.
    I love the dawn picture. The colours are amazing.


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