Meet Magic Eyes. Isn't she one helluva pretty cat?
Magic Eyes isn't really her name. I just call her that because... man, oh man... just look at those eyes!
Magic Eyes has made herself very comfy in a coffeeshop in Clementi and is extremely popular with the stallholders there. She is their most loyal 'customer'.
It is no wonder then that she was very friendly when she saw me. She walked right on over, sniffed my camera, rubbed her head against my knee and plonked herself down in front of me so heavily that she knocked her head against the leg of a chair.
Then she decided to 'save face' by pretending that it was her original intention to use the chair's leg to scratch her round head.
A stallholder saw Magic Eyes posing for me and yelled out in Hokkien, "This cat, ah.... very pampered. She doesn't eat fish, you know. She only eats pork!"
That certainly does explain her bulk. This really is one well-fed, contented cat.
The Flyer then told me that this cat is a very lucky cat.
The previous coffeeshop owner did not like her at all and wanted to pour boiling water on her.
This outraged the other stallholders who stood up against the ex-owner and protected Magic Eyes.
Since then, Magic Eyes has been like a child to them. They love her to bits and feed her whatever catches her fancy (which seems to be pork).
So really... Magic Eyes is one lucky cat. Not many community cats out there are so cared for.
I hope she'll be loved forever and ever and ever...
... Even after stallholders come and go.
I'll try and pop in on her every now and then. Her ease with humans makes her an absolute darling to photograph.
Below is my favourite shot of Magic Eyes caught with her tongue out.
And I confess... every time I see a cat, I have to... HAVE TO photograph it. I simply cannot help myself.
So when I saw this cat sitting up against a wall, I fumbled for my camera right away.
In the sheer darkness that enveloped us, I squinted and tried my best to focus on the shadowy silhouette that was the cat's. It was awfully difficult.
I was extremely pleased, when I played back the images later, to see that I had indeed managed to photograph the cat.
And what a pose it was! Talk about relaxing after a hard day's work...