Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ann's booklist 2017

Diary of a Bereaved Mother  吾儿再见:丧儿母亲的日记  ISBN 9780473187095
This is a real life story of losing one's only son. This experience has made the author strong and caring. This tragedy has been a great help for her to help understand other bereaved people. The author is very brave to write this book. It has not been easy and she aims to touch,...
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/aucklander/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503372&objectid=11030495

From China to Borneo and Beyond 海外华人的中国魂: 从中国,到南洋,到更远 2013 By
ISBN 9780473239008 English ISBN 9780473309626 Chinese
Hai wai hua ren de Zhong Guo hun
Link/Page CitationThis book records with humor the life of a busy and active family through World War II, the formation of Malaysia and Confrontation. It is a personal reflection of a way of life that has moved on and provides insight into a family and its relationships. It is most of all a work of love and respect for the Chan and Kong families and for Father and Mother.M M Ann Armstrong
Mail Order Bride 邮购新娘
This book is about the embodiment of the darker side of today's society.
ISBN 978047325414-8
Her third book, Mail Order Bride is the first fiction piece from Ann. She said that the book targets an audience of young adults and that it appeals readers interested in social issues and ills that young adults have to face.
http://borneobulletin.brunei-online.com/index.php/2013/10/15/sibu-born-author-ann-chin-kit-suet-promotes-books/
Cry of Oppressed Women 妇女的哭泣
women suffers from oppression. This story traces the life of Nadine who overcomes her own problems of oppression, grows up to be a social worker and helps women who have suffered from physical and mental violence, domestic violence, rape, pornography, swinging, sex slavery, human ... ISBN 9780473287153 Published 1 July 2014  All ages
Judy Lawson, Counsellor  A book I would use in my work as a reference.
World War II in Borneo, Tales of my Grandpa
ISBN: 9780473339005 (Pbk)
It is seventy years after the end of the World War II, or the Japanese occupation in Borneo. Captain Cheng aka Captain Fong and his Canadian soldiers are remembered in their role of leading the surrender of the Japanese.
I've been reading your book World War Two in Borneo: Tales of my Grandpa. I was a bit hesitant to start it, since it is combined fiction and fact and I didn't want to get the history mixed up in my mind. However, I'm finding it very compelling to read.Canadian documentary maker, Keith Lock.

One roof, two lives
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BGRESX0/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmbTraces the lives of 2 girls. The poor girl is sold to the rich girl as a slave aka mui zai to serve her for ever. Different Chinese Tradition are explained, and tragedy brings them to the South Seas. The Japanese invasion, the slave protects her mistress and is sent to a brothel as a comfort women.
Wannabe Socialite
  • ISBN-10: 1530878063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1530878062
Based in Malaya and Singapore from the 60s.
The world is full of big bad wolves for a young girl growing in a small sheltered town. From one small wrong step, trouble snowballs into bigger and bigger trouble. She sinks into the murky seedy underworld. She becomes a kept woman. She finds there is no way out, she commits suicide.

The Playgroup Club
A group  of stay at home meet and socialize and do constructive work.

 ISBN 978 0 473 37871 4

Two Asian Stories
A revised and amalgamation of One Roof, Two lives and Wannabe Socialite.
ISBN 978 0473 402693









Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Robert Burns



The Auckland statue broke with tradition. Instead of Burns in writer's garb holding a pen, Pomeroy created an image of Burns as the ploughman poet. Burns is shown in a tailcoat, knee breeches and a big Kilmarnock bonnet, leaning lazily against a plough and wistfully holding a pencil and notebook.

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) (also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard[1][2]) was a Scottish poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

"Blade" Fidget Spinner




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"Blade" Fidget Spinner is the HOT new popular spinning concentration toy! I first heard of the word fidget when I was 15. A teacher had told my girlfriend not to fidget her hair. When I was teaching, I told my students not to fidget another's hair. I told them hairs may have nits. Now, fidget blade has a new meaning.No automatic alt text available.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Dischidia ruscifolia – Million Hearts


Dischidia ruscifolia – Million Hearts 

When I was living in NTU, in Singapore,m I was the secretary of the gardening club. We stayed in the university residences. Staff came  and went on their three years contract. Some when they left would tell me to come and get their plants. The owner of this plant left and I brought it home. I split t into two, and they grew beautifully. 

One day  another friend and saw the plants. She said she gave to baby plant to the person who left. I told her she could have one.

 When I left, I had a plant sale and raise two thousand dollars for the deaf in Kenya,

 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ageratum Flower

The powder puff blooms of Ageratum make outstanding cut flowers. And butterflies love them. Ageratums add easy color in borders, beds, or containers from ...This one lookss like
Looks like one of the taller growing Ageratums


I forgot where I saw these.

http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.co.nz/

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Physalis alkekengi (bladder cherry, Chinese lantern,



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Physalis alkekengi (bladder cherry, Chinese lantern,[2] Japanese-lantern,[3] strawberry groundcherry,[4] or winter cherry;[2]) is a relative of P. peruviana (Cape gooseberry). It is easily identifiable by the large, bright orange to red papery covering over its fruit, which resembles paper lanterns.
In Japan, its seeds are used as part of the Bon Festival as offerings to guide the souls of the deceased. Also, an annual market is dedicated to the flower called hōzuki-ichi, which occurs in Asakusa around Sensō-ji every year on July 9 and 10. This photo from wiki.


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aeroplane

Last year, I was in a situation thinking should I be a busybody aka KayPoh. I flew from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, It was a long trip and I had flown from winter to the tropics. I was feeling a bit bothered.

There was a young mother with a young baby. She had bags, and I could tell she was having problem to get her check in luggage from the carousel. I asked her if she could identify her bags, I will help her take it down. Her luggage came before mine, and I wasn't delayed. She told me she came back to rush to the hospital because a relative was very sick.

I am glad I gave her a bit of good cheer.

 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Chinese dumplings

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 My oldest daughter went to uni in Harbin. She learned to eat coriander. We made dumplings with coriander, chives and minced meat. We eat with shredded ginger, more coriander and black vinegar.

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These are very privileged photos, they are not opened to the public. My friend Ngarimu took us to these gun emplacements and underground bunkers. The British took the land from the Maori people at Bastion Point. The land belongs to his people. His grand dad was the chief and he is a future chief. These structures take us a lot of land and are linked to one another. The Maoris had to "fight" the government to take this land back.

Coastal fortifications were constructed in New Zealand in two main waves. The first wave occurred around 1885 and was a response to fears of an attack by Russia. The second wave occurred during World War II and was due to fears of invasion by the Japanese.

The fortifications were built from British designs adapted to New Zealand conditions. These installations typically included gun emplacements, pill boxes, fire control or observation posts, camouflage strategies, underground bunkers, sometimes with interconnected tunnels, containing magazines, supply and plotting rooms and protected engine rooms supplying power to the gun turrets and searchlights. There were also kitchens, barracks, and officer and NCO quarters.

The Russians never came, and they were left to ruin. These was returned to the Maoris. A famous artist painted the walls, but were not maintained. Young Maori people on weekends hold parties.


 

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Sunday, July 9, 2017






I have posted this photo, but I really love it. One day, I was walking along Mt Eden Road. I have not walked this road for twenty years. Down in the valley, in between two buildings was this gem. It is so well hidden that unless you look down the valley, you won't see it. It was so beautiful, just what I would dream about.

I went back today to see if the garden was still here, and it was.

There was a man working down there, so I was discrete when taking the pix. I suppose if I told him I was a keen gardener, he would kindly show me his crops.
I wonder if an original building had been torn down, and the place left to become a bush. The man took it upon himself to make this garden. He puts me to shame with his manicured garden, and when I look at my unruly and abandoned one.

Friday, July 7, 2017

macular-degeneration

http://www.visionaware.org/info/your-eye-condition/age-related-macular-degeneration-amd/12

I am privileged to have a couple of adult students , the husband over 80, and the wife almost eighty. They go walking before they make use of the gold card to ride the free bus. They also go to swim and the sauna to keeep warm.

She uses a pencil, and doesn't use reading glasses. She did tell me she has macular degeneration.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

seven-week-old baby was found dead

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4667636/Baby-7-weeks-dies-left-van-8-hours.html?ito=social-facebook

My baby Andrew died at 55 days, almost 7 and half weeks. I don't know how to feel about this mother. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Chinese lantern



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Physalis alkekengi (bladder cherry, Chinese lantern,[2] Japanese-lantern,[3] strawberry groundcherry,[4] or winter cherry;[2]) is a relative of P. peruviana (Cape gooseberry). It is easily identifiable by the large, bright orange to red papery covering over its fruit, which resembles paper lanterns.
In Japan, its seeds are used as part of the Bon Festival as offerings to guide the souls of the deceased. Also, an annual market is dedicated to the flower called hōzuki-ichi, which occurs in Asakusa around Sensō-ji every year on July 9 and 10.


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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Aztec culture

Salvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. The sixteenth-century Codex Mendoza provides evidence that it was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times and economic historians say it may have been as important as maize as a food crop.

Aztec culture (/ˈæztɛk/[1]) was a Mesoamerican culture that flourished in Central Mexico in the post-classic period from 1300-1521, during the time in which a triple alliance of the Mexica, Texcoca and Tepaneca tribes established the Aztec empire. The Aztec people were certain ethnic groups of central Mexico, particularly those groups who spoke the Nahuatl language and who dominated large parts of Mesoamerica from the 14th to 16th centuries.

“chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”

Sometimes I add a teaspoon of Chia Seeds to my white coffee in the morning.

https://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/ 

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My Kai Ma/ God mother



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This is Mrs Chew Tien Kui, aka Connie Ang. She is my God Mother in a Chinese social sense, not a religious sense. I went to visit her in Christchurch. I asked her if she would be my Kai Ma, and she said yes.
Many people asked, if she is my mum. I chose her to be my mum. Not many people knew that she did a special thing for me.
In 1974, I was going to teach in Kai Chung School in Binatang, now known as Bintangnor. I caught an expressed boat from Sarikei where my parents were living. The principal Mr Tang met me at the wharf and brought me to the Chews. I had assumed he had found accommodation for me. We made polite conversation. I think it was Mr Tang's intention for me to stay with the Chews, but he didn't know what to say.
Mrs Chew asked if I like to stay with them for the night, and Mr Tang quickly said a relieved "Yes".
That's how I got to know them, I frequented them. When I was going to Canada, I stayed with them.
I didn't see them for a long time. Then I found she had lost a son Ah Kok, whom I taught. We two have some thing in common. We are both bereaved mothers.



'Please let our girl come home'

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11884466

This issue was top news of our National TV. We sad, but I can't understand what it happening, Just very sad.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Chia seeds

Salvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. The sixteenth-century Codex Mendoza provides evidence that it was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times and economic historians say it may have been as important as maize as a food crop.

“chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”

Sometimes I add a teaspoon of Chia Seeds to my white coffee in the morning.

https://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/ 

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Doctors-refuse-let-Charlie-Gard-s-parents-home

 I don't understand the hospital why they decline to let the parents take Charlie home to die.

 I myself experienced a similar scenario. We were told Andrew would die the evening he was born. We stayed at NICU because I couldn't handle it. Andrew did not die, towards the last ten days, he was having apnea, and the first time, we all thought he had died. Through out his 55 days, the hospital had asked if we wanted to bring him home for a short stay. They would provide oxygen. I did not do it. The hospital was very respectful of our feelings.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4650642/Doctors-refuse-let-Charlie-Gard-s-parents-home.html

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learning.
Gannet birds fly from Australia to nest at these rocks in Muriwai. From August to March each year you can watch the comings and goings of a busy gannet colony. It's hugely entertaining.

Each pair lays one egg and the parents take turns on the nest. The chicks hatch naked, but within a week they're covered with fluffy down. As they mature, they grow juvenile feathers and begin to exercise their wings in preparation for the one-shot jump off the cliff.

Once airborne, the young gannets leave the colony and cross the Tasman Sea to Australia. A few years later, surviving birds return to secure a nest site at the colony.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hamilton city councillor Siggi Henry said fat people were a health risk because they could fall on you.


When I was in school, I had a close friend who was slightly overweight. She was teased for being fat, and it really affected her personality. She argued back which made it worse. She said she was teased even at work. Shortly after I saw her before I went abroad, she killed herself.



http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11884200


A Hamilton City councillor has come under fire for saying fat people are a hazard because they could fall on you.
Councillor Siggi Henry made the comment during a council debate about sugary drinks this week.
"It does affect a lot of things. I mean, you have a fat person falling on you, I think that would affect you, too," she reportedly said.
When asked about the comments after the meeting Henry said she knew "it wasn't right" as soon as she said it.


bookniture-furniture-hidden-in-a-book


I watched this on TV and thought what a great idea. Imagine folding your stool and displaying it like a book. When you have visitors, you open up your book like origami and you have a stool.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1985945130/bookniture-furniture-hidden-in-a-book



BOOK x FURNITURE = BOOKNITURE

BOOKNITURE is an extremely compact furniture. You can store it or carry it around just like a book. In just a flip, it unfolds from a book to a piece of multifunctional furniture. 
  • Easy Storage
  • Quick Setup
  • Multifunctional
  • Highly portable

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tong Kuai aka Guai aka Dang Gui aka Angelica acutiloba.



A friend said she was hitting menopause and I reckom she was too young. I remember my mum's secret.

Here's my parents Mr and Mrs John Chan Hiu Fei. My niece Jane says, "My stylo Milo "Grandma. Thanks to the little lump of Tong Kuai aka Guai aka Dang Gui aka  Angelica acutiloba. Mum used to be the Vice President of the Women's Institute of the 6th division chapter. She held cooking demos and was a cooking judge, so she knew what she was talking about.


Tong Gui  Angelica acutiloba
Gee Zai , Goji aka Wolfberry (above), garlic (below)


Chinese red dates (dried)

Ginger

and a young virgin chicken. LOL

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When I arrived back to New Zealand, in 2006, my daughter treated me as a mum-daughter thing to watch a musical,"Menopause". I laughed as I was pre-menopausal and was dreading the big day.

One of the things they were singing about was TONG GUAI, and she didn't understand what it was. I explained to her. The audience were mainly women with a few brave men.

TONG GUAI is known as a women's herb. It is used as a helpful regulator of one's menses and also keeps a women young looking and also, eases a women in her transition to menopause.

This is no laughing matter, though my girls friends and I laugh about it. My mum told me, from the age of forty, I should brew this concoction with chicken every month after my menses .

What's the verdict? I breezed through my menopause without any debilitating hot flushes, weight gain, mood swings or any of the nasties associated with it. It arrived and it went even before I realised it. I wonder if the TONG GUAI was responsible for that.

And as the proof is in the eating. I went to a students' reunion, some thought I was one of the students, and another even made the remark that the teacher was younger than the students. LOL.

***These are the raw ingredients, the TONG GUAI is chalky colour, and the Chinese Medical hall proprietor will roast it, and shave it to thin slivers.

It is also called Angelica acutiloba dang-gui in Chinese/Mandarin. A highly regarded herb used for female hormonal balance, blood purification, migraines & much more.

In New Zealand, they sell it in clumps. I try to grate it into powder as it is very hard to shave it. You can buy them in a fluid form or tablet in a health food store.

The bigger red things are dried red dates, the little ones are Gow TZE, they are very good for you. The other two is ginger and garlic. Some times I also add some shitaki mushroom. In the old days, the best chicken is a virgin rooster or a hen before it lays eggs.  We joked about this. How do you know? ***










Sunday, June 25, 2017

Kiwis Eating Less Red Meat - Research



 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiwis Eating Less Red Meat - Research

By Fleur Revell
26 June 2017
More than half of Kiwis say they are eating less meat, and a quarter expect to be mostly meat-free by 2025, as they focus on their health and budget according to the results of a new survey.

It seems the days of a nightly meal of meat and two veg may soon be behind us too, with one in five of those surveyed (21%) saying they choose to have a meat-free dinner for more than half of the week.

The Bean Supreme survey which investigated the eating habits of more than 1,000 New Zealanders found that one in four (24%) of those surveyed expect to be mostly meat-free within the next seven years.

Health played a key role in their selection of a vegetarian meal choice with four in 10 (42%) respondents giving this reason, this was followed by cost (28%) and concerns for animal welfare or the environment 14 percent. Only two percent of those surveyed said they did not eat meat due to religious considerations.

Around 14% of Kiwi women and 13% of Kiwi men do not eat red meat, with health a primary driver for males (44% vs 41% of females) and cost more relevant to women (for 30% of women vs 25% of men).

The survey also found that Kiwis were more likely to reduce their meat consumption and instead, opt for vegetarian meals as they aged. According to the results, one in five (21%) 18-24 years olds (compared to half of those aged 65 or older) selected ‘health concerns’ as the main reason for choosing a meat-free meal.

Millennials aged 18-24 were the most common age group to believe they would follow a diet that was mainly meat-free over the coming decade.

When it came to special dietary requirements it was Aucklanders who said they were most likely to follow vegan or vegetarian nutritional plans with those in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty regions less keen on embracing this trend.

Wellingtonians and Otago/Southland residents were most open to adopting a flexitarian/semi-vegetarian approach to dining - with nine in ten (88%) removing meat from their diets at least once a week.

The survey also revealed that vegetarians and vegans were most frequently found to be aged 25-54, female and live in Auckland or Canterbury.

While more than eight in ten (81%) Kiwis include red meat in their diet, a seventh (14%) excluded red meat with 1% of the population identifying as vegan, 2% as vegetarian and almost one in 10 (9%) saying they ate poultry or fish but not red meat.

Liz O’Meara from Bean Supreme says it was interesting to see that a similar proportion of men and women chose not to eat meat but men were more likely to choose vegetarian meals for health reasons and women more likely to chose vegetarian options for their lower cost.

“Kiwis’ developing interest in a ‘flexitarian’ diet has led to the introduction of more products which fit this lifestyle option.

“According to new industry data, NZ sales of products made from plant based ingredients such as vegetarian burgers, sausages, tofu and falafel increased by over 20% in the last year alone,” she says.

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Celebrating Diversity




Tonight , Mt Albert Baptist Church celebrated our Mosaic Global Cafe Night. Our survey showed there are 24 ethnic groups worshiping here. We have Malaysian Peter and Angie Seow who led in the worship with their beautiful music and song.