Monday, December 28, 2015

Red: woman in red

a woman in red playing with her dog. It just needs a few doodle of my coconut trees to complete the picture.

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Friday, December 25, 2015

beggar chicken

My brothers, Charles, Joseph and Henry are all good cooks.

This is Charles breaking open his "begger Chicken". The chicken is encased in a dough and roasted. Charles had to use a hammer to break the harden dough open.

This is similar to my Grand dad's salt chicken. Grand Dad would heat up a whole heap of coarse sea salt in the wok. When he deemed the salt hot enough, he would bury the chicken in it.

That holiday in Oz with D is very special to me. It was the last summer I had with my mum.

Monday, December 21, 2015


I was introduced to samphire at masterchef and I specially went to the marsh and look for them. The taste is very salty and has a tad bitter taste.It was like the taste of sea water. I did not harvest any.
Though there are two types of samphire - marsh and rock - only marsh samphire is widely available. Marsh samphire has vibrant green stalks, similar to baby asparagus, with a distinctively crisp and salty taste. It can be used raw in salad, though it tends to be very salty so it is more often boiled or steamed for a few minutes. Rock samphire has a rather unpleasant smell and flavour. Occasionally you may also find jars of pickled samphire in gourmet shops.

Friday, December 18, 2015

my christmas tree.

I put up my tree today.
It's a time to reminisce,
It's a time to reflect.
My tree has lots of baubles,
Once upon a time,
Our tree fell,
The baubles broke.
Dad said his wallet was broke.
We don't buy baubles anymore.
On top of the tree,
I put Andrew's dog.
On impulse, I bought it knowing Andrew was dying.
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Lantana purple

The name is Lantana. originally from Mexico. In Malaysia and Singapore, the common name is Bunga Tahi Ayam or in Cantonese, KAI SEE FA, both meaning Chicken Shit Flower.

I remember this with fond memories of my flatmate of two years, G. from Penang.

One summer, her parents and sister came to visit her. The sister went to pluck this pretty flower outside the garden to put as a centre piece on the dining table. We were have a big feast cooked by Grace's mum.

Then she said," CHOW! CHOW!" meaning smelly. She had to take a shower becuse she felt smelly all over. Even then, she still felt smelly.

As for the bunch of flowers, needless to say, it was thrown as far as we possibly could.

In Australia, Lantana is a obnoxious weed, and there is a lot of studies devoted to this plant.

No Blade of Grass (1970)

When a deadly virus strikes London, John Custance takes his family to hoped-for safety in Scotland.


I was twenty, straight out of high school when I watched this environmental movie. It had molded my thinking. I am a staunched thinker of keeping the world in it's natural form. Hence in my books, Mail Order Bride I wrote about saving beached whales,I wrote about saving beached whales. It is very sad to see whales coming to the beach and die.


A strange new virus has appeared, which only attacks strains of grasses such as wheat and rice, and the world is descending into famine and chaos. Architect John Custance, along with his family and friends, is making his way from London to his brother's farm in Scotland, where hopefully, there will be food and safety for all of them. Along the way, they encounter hostile soldiers, biker gangs, and all manner of people who are all too willing to take advantage of travelers for a mouthful of food.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

flax flower

flax flower

morning glory


There are morning glory plants in Borneo. I was surprised to see them in New Zealand. At the marine reserve, I was told that morning glories are not natives to New Zealand. They stifle and kill the native plants. Most of them are deep purple. This is an unusual light pink.

morning glory Calystegia silvatica is the largest species of bindweed and is a hairless perennial strong rampant climber growing to four metres

Friday, December 11, 2015


My father told me there is a folklore that it is very important to grow them the right way up, or the tapioca would be poisonous. It would be better not to eat them.
Tapioca is a dietary staple in Africa, Asia and South America, and you'll also find it in beverages and puddings in the United States. Although commercially packaged tapioca is generally safe, the plant can be highly toxic if not prepared properly.
Tapioca naturally produces cyanide, which is poisonous to humans; however, the cyanide may be removed during processing. By eating poorly prepared tapioca, you may risk cyanide poisoning according to the American Cancer Society. Symptoms include headache and dizziness; in severe cases, you may experience convulsions or coma. It is suggested that if a person is allergic to latex, it is best not to eat tapioca.

rubber tree

some 70,000 seeds being smuggled to Kew in 1875, by Henry Wickham, at the service of the British Empire, from Brazil and stole some rubber seeds aka Hevea brasiliensi.

From those stolen seeds, they grew to supply the rubber gardens in Malaysia and Borneo.
The original rubber trees were very good, but took too long to reach a productive age. Then the good old scientist developed a smaller tree but produced more and called it high yielding tree.

My plant is a miniature tree. It's a tribute to both sets of my ancestry. It was rubber that brought them to Borneo.In 1907, my Great Grand father was scouted to lead a developing company to grow this important cash crop.

During the World War Two, trading ceased. People stitched up rubber sheets and wore them. The more enterprising ones even made shoes.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Pop corns popping pop pop pop

Last evening, I watched one of those instructional you-tube videos with amazement. 

It instructs you to remove the husks off the cob, Put the sweet corn into two paper bags, (Opposite directions) Micro wave 3 minutes, and you will get pop corn.  Has anyone tried it?

I am rather skeptical, as pop corn we get from the supermarkets are dried. And I have cooked raw corn on the cob with the husk and and it cooks to a soft texture. Well, I didn't put it in a bag.

I really would like to know if it works.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Hydrodol: the ultimate hangover relief for festive season revellers

Don't drink and make yourself a fool at those Christmas dos and end of year office function. Have a pack of hydrodol in your pocket and handbag.

Paint The Town Red and Wake Up Feeling Great with Hydrodol

By Fleur Revell
30 November 2015
Love the party season but hate the hangovers? It’s time to dust off your dancing shoes and paint the town red, then wake up feeling great thanks to Hydrodol!

The ultimate hangover relief  for festive season revellers, Hydrodol lets you step out into the sunshine and make the most of the morning after – sunglasses optional! Designed to be taken during a night out, Hydrodol replaces what your body loses when you drink, helping you to wake up feeling fresh after a big night.

Also renowned as an effective fatigue fighter, Hydrodol helps minimise dehydration, giving you the energy you need to party all night yet still bounce back refreshed and energetic the next day.

Boasting a new enhanced formula and natural ingredients, Hydrodol works to prevent hangovers before they start, so the dreaded dry horrors don’t come knocking the next morning! The comprehensive formula replaces nutrients your body loses when you’re drinking such as vitamins, minerals, sugars and amino acids. Hydrodol also contains the herb Kudzu-Pueraria-Lobta, which is used in Chinese medicines for hangover symptoms.

A Hydrodol capsule only contains ingredients that are found naturally in your body – no mysterious additions or chemicals here! Simply take 4 capsules while drinking, alternatively take 4 capsules the morning after to speed up recovery.

Hydrodol is available from pharmacies and health food stores across New Zealand and also online at

For more information, visit

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Natural Pest Repellent

Avoid using potentially hazardous insecticides to repel aphids and ants from the garden by using orange and banana peels to keep the pests away. Cut up banana peels to bury 1 to 2 inches deep in the soil around plants that are prone to aphid infestations to repel and remove aphids from the area. Organic Authority recommends placing pieces of orange peel around affected plants or creating a tear in the orange peel and attaching it directly to the stem of the affected plant. Orange peels contain d-Limonene, a natural chemical that destroys the waxy coating on ants and aphids, causing them to suffocate and die. Orange peels are highly fragrant, giving off a repellent scent to keep ants and aphids away from the garden. You can also make orange oil by simmering orange peels and collecting the condensation to use as a natural repellent.

Banana peels are particularly effective for use as a natural fertilizer. They rot quickly if you bury them, offering rich stores for vital nutrients to the soil, including potassium, calcium, sulfur, phosphorus, magnesium and sodium. You can dry and grind peels to use as mulch, or apply them directly to planting areas.

recycling soft plastic.

At the Zero waste, we had been doing this for a long time, and in my previous school, we also have been doing this.

Soft plastics can now be recycled as part of a national programme to help save 4.3 million plastic bags from ending up at the landfill.
The Soft Plastics Recycling Programme was officially launched in Auckland this morning by Environment Minister Nick Smith and is a joint venture between the government, retail and packaging sectors.
Special bins have been installed at 70 New World, Pak 'n Save, Countdown and The Warehouse stores in Auckland, with plans to expand across other regions.
It’s the first programme to enable the recycling of soft plastics such as shopping bags, bread bags, frozen food bags and food wrap.
"The success of this venture depends on households developing a culture of collecting soft plastics and depositing them in the new drop-off facilities," says Dr Smith.
The programme will eventually spread to Hamilton, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago, Bay of Plenty and Manawatu during its three-year lifespan.
It aims to give 70 percent of Kiwis access to a recycle bin within a 20 kilometre drive.
Dr Smith says the recycling programme builds on the kerbside recycling of glass, hard plastics and paper, which has become standard among households.
Packaging Forum project manager Lyn Mayes says it is important people know the bins are for all kinds of soft plastics, not just shopping bags.
"Plastic shopping bags are a discretionary item which you can take or leave, but soft plastic packaging is required to protect and preserve many products," she says.
“We are asking people to collect their packaging at home and drop it into the Love NZ Soft Plastics Recycling bins at their local participating stores when they next go shopping, so we can recycle it."
The plastic will be processed, baled and sent to Australia, where it will be made into new products.
RED Group, which runs the operational side of the programme, believes it could take time for people to get into the habit of using the bins.
Director Liz Kasell says it will take at least 12 weeks for people to get used to putting things in the bins.
"We can expect to see an average of six to eight bin liners full of plastic bags and packaging per week per store once things get rolling, equivalent to around 10,000 units of packaging," she says.
The programme is expected to stop around 3 million items of soft packaging from going to landfill across Auckland every month.
The project has received $1.3 million in funding, including $700,000 from the Government Waste Minimisation Fund, with the rest from retailers and several brands.
Soft plastics you can recycle:
  • Bread bags;
  • Frozen food bags;
  • Toilet paper packaging;
  • Confectionery and biscuit wrap;
  • Chip bags;
  • Pasta and rice bags;
  • Courier envelopes;
  • Shopping bags and sanitary hygiene wrap;
  • Anything made of plastic which can be scrunched into a ball.
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Monday, November 23, 2015

no bake chocolate slice

 one egg,lightly beaten 1/2 tube of butter, 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of sugar.
In a pot, melt butter, add eggs, and the rest of the ingredients. Turn off heat. Add one wine biscuit, crushed,
Pour to a lined container, and press down.
Optional: chocolate icing.

Red Car

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Ann's book CV November 2015


Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan.

Ann Kit Suet Chin is a New Zealand Chinese writer. She was born in Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia. She attended Methodist Primary and Secondary School in Sibu. She graduated from Windsor University in Canada, Auckland University and Auckland University of Technology.

Ann is the fourth child of the late John Chan Hiu Fei and Mary Kong Wah Kiew. She is married to Chin Chen Onn, PhD. She has three surviving children, Deborah, Gabrielle and Sam. Her third child, Andrew died when he was a baby and is the inspiration of her first book.

作者 陈洁雪



Diary of a Bereaved Mother
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,...

featured in the Aucklander.

I appeared in Television 1 Down Under program. It's ok to cry On baby bereavement.
I spoke in the Baptist Women's Annual Convention, North Island Chapter.  
My book was exhibited  at the Peacock 
Art Gallery, Upton Country, Dorset, Park England.

I  presented a workshop on Asian Infant Bereavement at the Sands National conference for Sands families and medical personnels for 200 attendees in September 2013

Used as a reference book for NICU staff at the University Hospital, Toronto. 

Dr Simon Rowley is a consultant at Starship Children's Hospital who's been given a copy of the book.
"It is a good reminder to all health professionals that when our patients leave us, the story does not end for the parents. The detail is amazing, and every little thought and action seems to have been recorded as it happened, and then has been reflected upon.
"For parents undergoing similar experiences this book could be a great comfort. For health professionals, I would see it as essential reading."



By Chin-Chan, Ann Kit Suet
ISBN 9780473239008  English
ISBN 9780473309626  Chinese


This is a hundred-year-old journal of two families, the Chans and the Kongs. It traces the first movement in 1907 from Kwang Zhou, China to the jungles of Borneo. It is a six-generational record with the second wave of movement to England, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Australia, USA ...

This 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

Lodge International School
She explained the people in Sarawak, especially among the Chinese community, could relate to the book as it traces their roots and identities.
“From China to Borneo and Beyond kindled a lot of interests in the state. I am very happy to hear a publisher is going to print a Chinese version of it.”
From China To Borneo and Beyond was her second autobiography book, which is a hundred year old journal of two Families, the Chans and the Kongs. The book contains records of historical events and current affairs endured by her family from 1907 to 2006 such as the Opium war, virgin tropical jungle, the Japanese World War, colonial days, revelation and fighting with the communists. 



This book is about the embodiment of the darker side of today's society.
ISBN  978047325414-8

1 July 2013

a fiction novel – Mail Order Bride. The story, set in Auckland, New Zealand, touches on social issues such as teenage pregnancies, drugs, paedophile and the like. The book took two months to finish.

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.



Cry of Oppressed Women 

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 ...
1 July 2014
Interest Age
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.