Saturday, March 18, 2017

Thursday challenge: Bike

"MOTION (week 2 of 2)" (Airplane, Car, Bike, Motion Blur,...)
Next Week: OLD (Vintage, Antique, Grey-haired, Cloths, Cars,...)
roseThursday Challenge is a place for photographic fun and learning. A theme is announced on this site each week.

ABC letter J for jungle.

Orang Utans in the jungle.

 The guide tells us what not to do.

 A yellow sign to advice  people what no to do. My brother Dr Henry Chan,  takes his son Jonathan, to appreciate nature at a young age. 6 years ago, Jonathan took me to the same place.

My youngest brother Dr. Henry Chan Chok Khuang and his lovely wife Elley Lina. I am very proud of Henry as he works for humanity and we share a lot of ideals.He is always traveling and attending conference on the environment. We tease him to be the protector of the orang-utans in the jungle.

He is leader for the Heart of Borneo (HoB). The Heart of Borneo Leader for WWF in Malaysia and Indonesia since March. He is based in Kuching but he travels a lot.

Session 3: Societal Response to Environmental Governance in Malaysia
Chairperson:Dr. Henry Chan Chok Khuang
Fellow, Asian Public Intellectuals

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International women's day.

International Women's Day (IWD) is March 8 and the 2017 campaign theme is Be Bold For Change.

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I celebrate with the women who come to my English Class.

I am very proud of Kate Sheppard. Her image appears on our ten dollar note. She is mainly responsible for New Zealand to be the first country to give women the vote in modern times.

Katherine Wilson Sheppard (10 March 1847 – 13 July 1934) was the most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement, and is the country's most famous suffragette. Because New Zealand was the first country to introduce universal suffrage, Sheppard's work had a considerable impact on women's suffrage movements in other countries. During one of the protest movement, she led a whole group of ladies to lie down on the road and the police couldn't do anything.


A good stay in the hospital.

Yesterday, I was watching our local Medical TV show. A woman had come in with a little baby and was found to be seriously sick. When she went to procedures of scans, the duty doctor offered to take care of the baby.

My first reaction was how unrealistic. Then I remember when my first born was 8 months old, I was admitted for a minor surgery. Because I had no relatives in New Zealand and she was totally on my breast milk, the hospital admitted her as well to Greenlane Hospital. Because it was a surgical ward, there were old men and women. They thought it was Deborah who was the patient. They came to the entrance of our room to see her.

That was a very good stay in the hospital.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wolfram Eberhard and the willow tree

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My Dad was bilingual. He told me a story involving a non bilingual person who named his house something like the Willow Villa. Dad said the Chinese educated people laughed until their teeth dropped.
In the Chinese beliefs,a house of willow means a brothel. I finally found out the following.

Dictionary of Chinese Symbols: Hidden Symbols in Chinese Life and Thought (Routledge Dictionaries) Revised ed. Edition

by Wolfram Eberhard
Wolfgang Eberhard's Dictionary of Chinese Symbols:

The willow, much valued as firewood, is a symbol of spring. As spring is the season
of erotic awakenings, the phrase ‘willow feelings and flower wishes’ means sexual
desire; ‘looking for flowers and buying willows’ means visiting a prostitute, ‘flowers and
willows by the wayside’ are prostitutes, and ‘sleeping among flowers and reposing
beneath willows’ is a term for visiting a brothel.
The waist of a beautiful woman is compared to the willow, her eyebrows to
the curve of willow leaves. A young girl is a ‘tender willow and fresh flower’ while
a woman who can no longer claim virginal freshness is described as ‘faded willow and
withered flower’. A woman’s pubic hair is ‘in the depths of willow shade’.

floating debris

A picture taken on Jan 13 of a log jam at Sungai Paran, a tributary of Balui River where communication is almost impossible. — Photo by Chimon Upon

It would take millions of ringgit to try to remove the floating debris of over 30km long on the  river surface,”
In 2010, this occured in the same Rejang River, and I wrote, "Look what they have done to my river."

something to seriously think and act.

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