Sunday, August 30, 2015

Daffodil Day

I went back to my alma mater yesterday, and saw these 2 persons selling daffodils for cancer awareness. I think of my friend whose two children are afflicted by cancer.

Daffodil Day

Friday 28th August 2015
Daffodil Day is the Cancer Society's annual flagship event and one of the most important fundraising and awareness campaigns in the country. As well as providing an opportunity to raise awareness of cancer in New Zealand, Daffodil Day is a major funding source for the Cancer Society.
This year we are celebrating the 25th nationwide Daffodil Day and we want to make it our most successful appeal yet. We are proud to be regarded as one of the country's most trusted charities and this year's Daffodil Day will celebrate the work the Cancer Society has done over many years.
The daffodil is one of the first flowers of spring, whose bright yellow blooms remind us of the joys the new season will bring. It represents the hope there is for the 1 in 3 New Zealanders affected by cancer.
The donations we receive go towards vital scientific research into the causes and treatment of all types of cancer, as well as providing a wide range of support services, information, health promotion and education programmes to reduce cancer risk, awareness campaigns and programmes for people affected by cancer.
ANZ is the proud principal sponsor of the event, and the hard work of its employees helps focus the nation's attention on our cause every year. 
Please support the Cancer Society 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Gypsy Baron, a throw back to 1968

With the beautiful Zulaikha, the junior choir. I was the one with the white skirt. Photo from Chang Yi and the form 6 magazine and journalist club.
In 1999, we meet, Soraya, Jasnah and myself. Photo with our teacher Mrs. Rao. We had a class reunion, first after 28 years.


 Stephen Lau, Otto invited Miss Fries in Singapore.

It was in 1968 when I sang this, and I can still remember some of the words to this .

Danube river of dreams, 

Danube river of dreams, 

Have their beauties I know.

have their beauties I know.

 I found this you-tube of a school performance, and can't help bringing me back to 1968.

Danube river of dreams by Otto, Kalman Zsupan, Count Kareska & Sandor Barinkay

The Gypsy Baron.

In 1967, when I entered Secondary school, the performance club produced a wonderful musical, "The Carousel." Some of my friends were in it.

The next year, I siged up quickly. My sister said I wanted to be in the limelight. Mother reminded us that Dad was in a play after the war to raise fund for war torn Sibu.

My two girls were in drama, we got acting in our blood. While my girls had major roles, I was in the junior choir. We had a lot of fun and even toured to Kapit. Unfortunately, for me, I felt sick while waiting in the back stage, and a bag nose bleed and had to be rush to hospital.

That was me in the school's production of the Musical of the Gypsy baron. It was in 1968, and my moment of flame was when I was chosen to present the finale bouquet to Norliza Zulaikha Ali

Facebook came about, and some students started a Methodist secondary school Alumni. We started talking about these musical production.

I mention,"We had to make our own costume, and I attached crepe paper to the edge of the skirt. This was rejected and I was given a beautiful skirt."

Camille Yahm Ann, I believe I did make that skirt. I still have the paper pattern that I used to cut out the material. My mother sent it to me from the US. I also made the costume worn by the Baron. That took all of ingenuity to put that together!

Credit of this photo, the Form 6 students who started the Journalist club, and their magazine , the Beacon, and my mentor Yi Chang who was one of the photographers.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Carousel: Nostalgia 1967

 Stephen Lau's photo of him as a policeman in the musical

The Empire State Carousel | The Farmers' Museum

When I was 12, my school, Methodist Secondary School put on a musical. It was the first time I had seen on such a grand scale. I joined the Performing Arts the next year. School then was fun.

While the seniors sang on stage, the music teacher taught the juniors, and I can still remember some of the words of "If I love you." Actors then were Maimunah, Zulaiha, Stephen Lau, Toman Mamuna and my friend Soraya, and my Geography teacher Mr. Mason.
  • Billy Bigelow has been dead for fifteen years, and now outside the pearly gates, he long waived his right to go back to Earth for a day. But he has heard that there is a problem with his family, namely his wife Julie Bigelow née Jordan and the child he never met, that problem with which he would now like to head back to Earth to assist in rectifying. Before he is allowed back to Earth, he has to get the OK from the gatekeeper, to who he tells his story... Immediately attracted to each other, he and Julie met when he worked as a carousel barker. Both stated to the other that they did not believe in love or marriage, but they did get married. Because the shrewish carousel owner, Mrs. Mullin, was attracted to Billy herself, and since she believed he was only of use as a barker if he was single to attract the young women to the carousel, she fired him. With no other job skills and unwilling to take just any job, Billy did not provide for Julie but rather lived off Julie's Aunt Nettie. But Billy figured he could be the breadwinner through his association with a criminal lowlife named Jigger Craigin, which led to his death. In going back to Earth, Billy not only hopes to help his child, but "tell" Julie of his true feeling for her.
    - Written by Huggo
  • Billy Bigelow asks for permission to be sent down "from above" for one day to try and make amends for mistakes he made in life. Billy worked at the carnival as a carousel barker, which is where he met Julie. The carousel owner, Mrs. Mullin, fired him because of jealousy, and he and Julie got married. Billy got into bad habits when he couldn't find a job and they were forced to live with Julie's cousin Nettie after Julie was fired from her factory job for staying out late with Billy. When Julie told him she was pregnant, he felt compelled to somehow find a way to support his family, but the only option seemed to be falling back into crime with his old pal Jigger.
    - Written by Ed Sutton (revised by Albert Sanchez Moreno )

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Japanese Rose and writing

In August 2008, I did a similar post and it attracted 828 hits.

I liked the Japanese Rose, it is nothing like a rose that you are familiar with. In USA, it is called a moss rose. It is a succulent or a bush.

Portulaca grandiflora hybrids grown in Singapore Malaysia.

The common varieties in Malaysia are many-petaled (doubled) hybrids which comes in different colours: white, red, pink, orange and a white-pink combination.

There is also a single layer petal, and the leaves are broader.

Japanese Rose makes a nice ground cover, borders and beds in the sun. It also makes a good hanging basket plants.

My paternal Grandfather grew many kinds of flowers in the garden of his big bungalow.

The Japanese Rose has reddish stems. It grows like a grass carpet with green single thick pine needle like leaves. He grew them as borders for the opulent look, the one inch rosette-like flowers are beautiful and can be cut for a little vase. Grandfather’s footpath to the house is very long, and on both sides of the footpath are lined with the beautiful flowers.

The Japanese Rose blooms only in the morning under strong sun. In the afternoon, the rosette closes up into buds but they still look very beautiful.

In NTU, there was a ruling that residents could grow only in pots and not directly in the ground except at the gardening club allotment. I grow my Japanese Rose in pots. I have a whole border of red, pink orange and white Japanese Rose leading to my house. If you drive out from the North Spine car park, there is a nice border and patch of beautiful Japanese. Slow down and appreciate and smell the flowers.

Japanese roses make me smile. I started blogging much longer than FB. I wrote about my Japanese Rose. 

Some time last year, someone googled and found my blog. He asked me to write about his product. I told him, I am a writer, and get paid when I write. I told him, when I write for my interest and on my own volition, I don't charge. But if someone asks me to write, I charge. 

He didn't come back, which is a shame because I told him I would introduce to many  forums.

New Zealand Fashion week: Wella presents.

Julian DangerHair by Raymond Robinson and Servilles team using Wella Professionals and Wella SPMake-up by MACPhotographer: David K ShieldsDesigner InspirationThe hairstyling concept behind the Julian Danger runway look was about creating a pretty and confident look with elements of luxury. The team use an adorable fluffy hair accessory teamed up with a semi-structured chignon and lots of texture.

Designer Shuai Zhang was inspired by the look of the look of the 60s, and chose a soft wave with an  ultra-smooth finish and a deep side-swept parting in front

Yesterday, two of New Zealand’s most promising designers introduced their Autumn/Winter 2016 looks at the Wella Presents show to a packed out audience at New Zealand Fashion Week. 
The two Kiwi designers collections hit the runway under a collaboration of striking hair trends constructed by celebrity hair dressers Brad Lepper and Raymond Robinson and their Wella teams.  

Amy-Rose Goulding of Julian Danger and Shuai Zhang of ITZME teamed up with Wella tocreate a spectacular runway show with some of the worlds top fashion media, international buyers and industry guests in attendance.The two Kiwi designers collections hit the runway under a collaboration of striking hair trends constructed by celebrity hair dressers Brad Lepper and Raymond Robinson and their Wella teams.

Products used for the Julian Danger 2015 Wella Presents... Fashion Week show Wella System Professional LuxeOil Reconstructive Elixir – work through the hair to keep it sleek and shiny and allow it to float rather than hang (RRP $48.00) Wella Professionals Shape Control Styling Mousse – Mousse makes hair malleable, an important factor with an up style. Raymond said he ALWAYS uses a good mousse in every hair style he does (RRP $27.00) Wella Professionals Stay Styled Finishing Spray – This keeps the style intact and helps to prevent flyaways (RRP $27.00)

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Monday, August 24, 2015

My alma mater, Auckland university

Feeling good, all my five books are circulated by my alma mater , Auckland University.
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From China to Borneo and beyond

Ann Kit Suet Chin 1954-

Auckland, N.Z. : Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan 2013

Available at GENERAL LIBRARY Main Collection (959.5 C539 )
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Mail order bride

Ann Kit Suet Chin 1954-

Auckland : Ann Kit Suet Chin. 2013.

Available at GENERAL LIBRARY New Zealand & Pacific Level G (823.92 C54Gm )
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Cry of oppressed women

Ann Kit Suet Chin 1954-

Auckland : Ann Kit Suet Chin. 2014.

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Diary of a bereaved mother

Ann Kit Suet Chin 1954-

Auckland, N.Z. : A.K.S. Chin 2011 2nd ed..

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Hai wai hua ren de Zhong Guo hun = From China to Borneo and beyond

Ann Kit Suet Chin 1954- Kong Sing Ting translator.

Auckland : Ann Chin 2015 Chinese edition..

On Loan.


Last Thursday, I shared with my Home Group about the danger of some groups claiming that the Holy Spirit will do anything if we have faith.

Today, in my Grieving Mothers group, a member posted, "insisting "prayer works" to women with dead children to be at worst cruel and at best in very poor taste:"

I totally agree. When my baby Andrew was in NICU, after being diagnosed to be terminal, some one came and said if I believe, my baby will be healed. It was very disturbing. Despite telling them that the doctors had diagnosed. They kept badgering me.

The nurse saw me, and later anyone who were not friends were banned from coming to see me and Andrew.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


When I cook this dish, I think of my Korean Friend who kindly supported our Charity for the Deaf in Kenya with this dish.

The first time she brought the dish, the person pricing it too cheaply, and they were snapped up very quickly. I felt embarrassed and I apologised to her. She said it was alright, just glad it was so popular.

Here In New Zealand, I buy the made in china Korean Vermicelli.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Barringtonia edulis

This plant represents my Pasifika students.  It comes from from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and other Pacific islands.  It is the Barringtonia edulis or cut nut in Hawaii or /vutu-kana-,

The nuts can be eaten raw or cooked,is a good source of energy.

I took these photos from an ornamerental tree at Singapore east coast park


Not sure if this is the right plant, described in WIKI, my Chinese Sister-in-law planted this as a herb to boil to clean the blood, with pork bones or rock sugar.

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Common Name:Red Sessile Joyweed, Red Carpet Weed, Bayam Keremak Merah, Hoong Tee Wu (Chinese): 红田乌, 红田乌草

Alternanthera sessilis
Alternanthera sessilis is an aquatic plant known by several common names, including sessile joyweed and dwarf copperleaf. It is used as an aquarium plant. The plant occurs throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the Old World. Wikipedia

Magnolia and spring flowers

Spring flowers are blooming,
Does this mean spring has sprung?

Spring means hope.
Praying for two projects to eventuate.

God meant for us to be patient.
Like the trees wait for the right time to bloom.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


I have this wonderful friend Wayne Parr, fellow New Zealander living in Australia. His knowledge of plants is so wide that he is a walking encyclopedia. I find plants which I can't ID, and most times, he is able to ID or give me a clue.

Wayne Parr Getting ready for the Civic Service
 — withFrank Lundberg  at Noosa - Tewantin ANZAC Day March.

  • e this wonderful friend Wayne Parr, fellow New Zealander living in Australia. His knowledge of plants is so wide that he is a walking encyclopeadia. I find plants which I can't ID, and most times, he is able to ID or give me a clue.

Thanks Wayne.

Growing Milkweed, a plant with prospective anti-cancer properties: A review of the medicinal potential of members of the Euphorbiaceae family also commonly known as Petty Spurge and not so commonly Euphorbia peplus.

Over 70% of current pharmaceuticals are natural products or have been developed from a natural product lead. E.peplus is one of a number of plants in the Euphorbiaceae family that has attracted attention as a home remedy for skin cancer because of its milky sap. However, a survey by Peplin Biotech of over 200 species of the Euphorbiaceae family has shown that only E.peplus has the desired attributes of anti-cancer efficacy in vitro and in vivo. In addition, E.peplus is not a noxious weed, it grows rapidly, produces harvestable seed and it is potentially suitable for large-scale agricultural production. Thought to originate from Europe, E.peplus is now widespread throughout the world and can be found in most gardens.