Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Red: Help Nepal rebuild.

This is a beautiful photo of Prinka who is raising funds for her earthquake torn Nepal.

This is also a sweet story of many coincidental events of me and the photographer Victor and His wife Chay.

I have seen them in church but never spoke. One morning that very cold weather, the Church ESOL teachers were meeting at Triniti of Silver. I saw this man with his little dog. His family joined him, and I thought they looked familiar. I went over and asked if they went to Mt Albert Baptist Church.

Last month, I was a meeting for our Church magazine. It was decided that I write an article on Prinka. The editor told me that Victor would take the photos. (It didn't click)
I told Prinka that the editor would take her to Victor for the photo shoot.

Last Saturday, the fund raising for Thailand took place. On Sunday, the organiser said my dinner had been bid for a lot of money. During the service, the congregation was asked to look around for a homegroup leader. The woman asked if I was a leader, and I said yes. She then asked if I was Ann.

She told me they had bought my dinner. I was introduced to Victor. I see Prinka, and she pointed out Victor, the photographer. He was the Victor that I had just spoken with. I told Prinka, I had to go over with her to say a proper Hi.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

My Aunty Teresa and Artichoke

I had my first artichoke when I was 21. I was visiting San Francisco from my studies in Canada. My born in Borneo Aunt bought one, cooked it, and showed me how to eat it peeling the layers one by one dipping it in a dressing. I must say, I wasn't impressed, Not much to eat. But I thank my aunty for this experience.


Flora: Nandina

Nandina domestica (/nænˈdiːnə dəˈmɛstɨkə/ nan-DEE-nuh)[1][2][3] commonly known as nandina, heavenly bamboo or sacred bamboo, is a species of flowering plant in the family Berberidaceae, native to eastern Asia from the Himalayas to Japan. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Nandina.Despite the common name, it is not a bamboo but an erect evergreen shrub up to 2 m (7 ft) tall by 1.5 m (5 ft) wide, with numerous, usually unbranched stems growing from ground level.


Friday, May 22, 2015


I got this email today. I normally don't endorse products. I am interested in Stevia, the sugar substitute.


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Traffic Jam

Have you ever been in a traffic jam and you are in a hurry to catch the plane?

Well, that just happened to me once, and I missed the plane and had to stay back another night to catch the next day's flight. Luckily I have family to drive me around and to let me stay in their house.

Yesterday, the husband was going to a business meeting. The taxi came late, and there was a traffic jam. he almost missed the plane being the last person to board.

Princess Flower: (Tibouchina urvilleana)

Princess Flower:
A native of Brazil, princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is a glorious addition to tropical and sub-tropical gardens. Its large purple flowers and soft hairy leaves add interest and a burst of color to any landscape. It can also can be used as an indoor container plant in cooler regions, if full light and warmth is provided. Though it is usually a shrub here, it sometimes becomes large enough to form a small ornamental tree. It is also known as glory bush, purple glory bush.

This big bushy,shrub flower blooms in summer here in Auckland. The shape of the flowers and the leaves reminds me of the Singapore rhododendron.



Red Kangaroo essence

Enhance performance, improve the caliber of sexual existence.
anti-aging, improve prostate signs and symptoms and urinary system problems.
improves fatigue, waist and knees, impotence and premature ejaculation.
the red kangaroo essence can be an effective natural diet right for males and ladies.

Monday, May 18, 2015


when my baby Andrew died, a very good friend gave me a pot of Chrysanthemums. G said she didn't want to give me a bunch of flowers since I had requested," No flowers." Later, when the flowers were gone, she told me that I could grow it in the garden. It thrived and flowered well. It gave me a mixed feeling of my thoughtful friend G, and it also gave me feelings of how much I missed Andrew.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

red poppies

I took my adult ESOL students of Mt Albert Baptist church for a Kiwi lesson. We were to Pt Chevalier RSA, (Returned Services Association) and have lunch and relaxation. We dined with some retired soldiers.There we saw knitted poppies for remembrance. We remembered the soldiers who died the the wars.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Red: Message from Nepal.

Code RED.

From Prinka who has been working hard in New Zealand for her home country, Nepal after the earthquake aftermath. 

This is her message:

For people out there:
"Hands that help are better than lips that pray. " so please keep helping and supporting Nepal in whatever way you can.

For my country: 
We will rise again. Long live Nepal. 
## Jai Nepal. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015


My friend Annies' begonia. The flowers are very big.


Friday, May 8, 2015


Begonia is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family Begoniaceae. The genus contains about 1,400 different plant species


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Callisia fragrans, Spironema fragrans

Callisia fragrans, Spironema fragrans
Family: Commelinaceae aka 

Callisia fragrans is a low growing plant that has waxy leaves that have a slight purplish color underneath, reminding maize with alternating placement on its stem. Green leaves that will turn purplish at the edges when placed in strong light. It has small, white fragrant flowers arranged in clusters of three. This is a good groundcover for mild, moderately dry climates, as well as a nice container or hanging basket plant. With a good care Callissia fragrans can reach more than 3 feet high as an indoor plant. In this case you need to make a support to it that the plant wouldn’t broken under its own weight. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Volunteers Services Abroad and my daughter Gabrielle

This is from my second daughter, as most of you live overseas, I am posting this for you to be aware of VSA, Volunteers Services Abroad. It is similar to the Peace corp that we were exposed to from USA.
What shall I say about my daughter Gabrielle? Even when she was in primary school, she was very aware of social issues. She volunteered in the Singapore Zoo.The first time she went, they gave her the worst job. Yet she persisted in going.

How should I feel when my daughter gives up a very cushy lawyer's job to become a volunteer in a remote pacific island? I trained her to have social consciousnesses. She had been to and helped me with my charity work. Now I just have to give my blessing and pray nothing bad will happen.

As a mum, am I happy for her to go.  That's her calling, and I am proud of her.

I'm heading to the Solomons in July for 12-18 months with Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA).
To raise funds and awareness of VSA's work, I'm putting on a mid-week autumnal feast and would love for you to get some friends together to come along to a night of delicious food and drink, music and quality company.
The lush menu will be brought to you by my extremely talented friends: Meg Abbott-Walker (vino), Petra Galler (dinner) and Takumi Robert-Woodward (dessert).
$85 a ticket includes a 3 course meal and wine and is limited to 60 seats.
Please email me at gabrielle.chin@gmail.com to RSVP and let me know any dietary requirements (dinner is veggo-friendly).
If you can't make it along on the night I would appreciate any contribution! My fundraising page is at: http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/GabrielleChin/

A Fundraising Feast
Wednesday, June 3 at 7:30pm
Alleluya Bar & Cafe in Auckland, New Zealand


Nepal earthquake 2015: Helping hands

 Pasang and Prinka

Prinka is actively involved with the "Helping hands" for the aftermath of the Nepalese Earthquake.

They are trying to help remote affected places through "Helping Hands". The youths from Prinka's home, Pokhara. Prinka's sister and medical teams are involved. Her home village is affected with cracks in the houses but they have no where to go.

Prinka was in Mt Albert Baptist Church to man the donation buckets. Pasang came after working in the barista machine.

The funds will be used to buy medicine, tents and food. Tonight (Sunday evening) there will be a candle night at Aotea Square.

Flower: Brom

This pot plant was given to me after one of my presentation.