Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bario Highlands , buffalo

The Kelabits, inhabitants of the Bario Highlands fought against the Japanese. During the rainy season, the buffalo is the best mode of transport.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday Challenge:Road


theme is  Road (Street, Country Road, Highway, Path, Trail,...).

Monday, February 20, 2017


See the fruit? It is called Rambutan. Rambut in Malay and Iban means hairy. The fruit is called hairy fruit.


Jackfruit tree at the compound of the Malaysian Railway station in Paloh. In most places, I see the grower "saronging" or wrapping the fruit with a sack to prevent insects from attacking the fruits. But not in this case, yet the fruits are beautiful.

Another reason for "saronging" the fruit is to tell people that the tree is mine, not everyone's. It seems in the old days, especially if you grow your fruit tree on public land, everyone is allowed to harvest the fruit.

I know this because I used to grow a lot of bananas and papayas,( paw paw) on the university land, the fruits were taken. The Malay ladies who clean the common area told me to do this. After I "saronged" my fruits, people no longer helped themselves to my fruits.

Table soccer

something for kids to chill

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Forlag: Ann Kit Suet Chin Chan


Forlag: Ann Kit Suet Chin Chan

Gratis levering til Danmark

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Friday, February 17, 2017



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World War Two in Borneo : tales of my Grandpa, Ann Kit Suet Chin Chan = Di er ci she jie da zhan : wo ye ye du gu shi / Chen Jie Xue

"Fiction/non-fiction book", an account of the lives of Chinese villagers in Kwong Tung Bar under Japanese occupation during World War 2
199 pages

Chinese chives flower

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 First blooms from my garden. A delicate vegetable.

Pearls and crystals

Before we left Singapore for New Zealand, my daughter D chose to stay in Singapore. She was making a lot of jewellery and ear-rings and necklace. She made this for me.

My friends admire me for having a talented daughter. They didn't think D made this. I wear it with pride and joy and only on special occasions.

Chinese quake parents want lifelong visas to visit their children's graves

There is a Chinese saying, the worst tragedy is for a grey hair person to bury a black hair person. I started my Diary of a bereaved mum with this.

Six years ago, 23 Chinese students were killed in the CTV during the Christchurch earthquake. The heart ache lingers.


Chinese parents who lost their only child in the February 2011 earthquake are pleading with our government to grant them lifelong visas so they can visit their children's graves.
They want the right to enter New Zealand every year to tidy their children's graves as per the Chinese tomb-sweeping tradition where mourners clean gravesites and burn incense to bless the dead.
Their request has been declined because New Zealand's immigration policy does not allow for long-lasting visitor visas.
READ FULL INVESTIGATION: The parents who are afraid to cry together
Nearly half of the 185 victims of the Christchurch earthquake died in a language school on the fourth floor of the collapsed CTV building, including 23 Chinese students.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

locks of love

Once, I kept my healthy hair to my waist. I didn't know abt this donation, and the hairdresser didn't also. After I cut it, people asked me. So sayang. I had such luscious jet black hair.
I wrote in my latest book, and about a woman with cancer and donated her hair. The Playgroup Club.
Guidelines For Acceptable Donations. http://www.locksoflove.org/get-involved/
Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable.
10 inches measured tip to tip is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece.
Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid.
Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. If unsure, ask your stylist. We are not able to accept bleached hair due to a chemical reaction that occurs during the manufacturing process. **If the hair was bleached years ago and has completely grown out it is fine to donate.

Monday, February 13, 2017


Image may contain: plant, nature and outdoorMy poor perilla plants. Despite trimming off the problem leaves, the problem persists. The leaves are growing profusely, but has the dots and some eaten by pests. My China friend says got worms and the summer is too hot. I don't want to get rid of them. Ah Ya!!!!!

ABC Letter F, for Fire, Kunming lanterns.

Letter F for fire. these lanterns are not allowed in New Zealand of the danger of fire.I am going to teach my students why we celebrate the Lantern festival.

May Lu Yieng Chu, Yek Jau Lang, Ling Liung Ong & Jenny lantern take their wish up the sky and grant them everything they wished for.

The grand finale of the Kai Chung School reunion. Francis Chen, the home based organiser had the idea of releasing these giant lanterns. He had to get police clearance to release these Kunming lanterns. Many of us released them, it was tricky to get enough hot air. I was busy taking photos. we were to make a wish before the balloons floated up and up and up.

Thanks to Francis, I have unlit lanterns so I can take it back with me to New Zealand to share it with my present students.
This year, I am taking them to my ESOL class to show my students.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Government quarter

I have a query from a reader of my blogs who comes from Kuala Lumpur and taught in SMK D.P.H.A. Gapor in Stampin, Kuching from 1980 to 1982.
In June 1982, I visited my university mate in Kanowit. She was teaching in SMK Sedaya. He writes with affection for his sojourn in Sarawak.
I told him our lives are connected. In 1959, when my Dad came back from England, he taught in Sedaya, and we lived in a house like this.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Sempervivum, succulent

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volunteering vigilante

I read my friend's 7 dot , 8 dot post with a chuckle.
During the communist disturbance, the government imposed a volunteering vigilante, I am sure your Uncle CC Chang was a 7 dot, together with my Dad, they had to guard the police station and Queensway. One day, there was a double up, and the soldier in charge thought he was doing my Dad a favour by telling him guard the police station, you will be safe and winked he could sleep. While the others walked Queensway. Without thinking, my Dad agreed.
But later, he said, he almost wet his pants. The communists could easily bomb the police station. Those guarding Queensway walked in a row. Soldiers in front, and soldiers at the back. The 7 dot 8 dot officers tried to stay away from the soldiers. They reasoned, that the communist snipers would shoot the soldiers only. My grand dad who was sleepless the whole night lamented, why my son has 7 dots, 8 dots, only to be killed by the Communists.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Lee Min Dan: growing up in the 60s in Borneo



 I got an email requesting me to do another blog on Lee Min Dan.

Hi Ann,
I chanced upon your blogs when I was watching a video on youtube about Lee Min Dan ' A Chinese boy growing up in Sarawak , 1969 '.
I read the comments and found out that he was your classmate and sadly had passed on several years ago.
I was teaching in Sarawak in the early 80s. Still love Sarawak and have fond memories. I took a boat upriver from Sibu to Kanowit to visit my friend, a teacher. The river was so clear and unpolluted then. It's now a disaster due to pollution from logging.
Could you write a blog article on Lee Min Dan and why Michael Rogge went to your school to do the filming ? I love the youtube video. Interesting growing up years of a bygone era where life was so simple and people were so sincere in small towns.
By the way, are you Cantonese ? Very few Cantonese in Sarawak. I'm West Malaysian Cantonese from Kuala Lumpur. I'm 61 this year and a retired teacher. I would love to visit Sarawak again after 35 years. I would love to visit Kapit becos the previous time I intended to visit that place was in 1982. The boats won't go there at that time becos the water level of the river was low due to the dry season.
Hope to hear from you and please write on Lee Min Dan.
Yours sincerely,

Dad, the volunteer vigilante


This looks like a recording of early 1970s when they were fighting the communists in Sibu. My Dad almost 50 was recruited as a volunteer vigilante with other senior government officers. The funniest anecdote was they never taught him to fire a rifle properly. They just gave him a gun. When the gun recoiled, it hit his shoulder. My mother had to apply sloan liniment on him. Jokingly scolding, old Ah Pek aka old man still be AH PING KO aka young soldier.

Going back to the World War II, my dad was chosen by the Japanese soldiers to be a Japanese Civilian worker.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Brachychiton acerifolius....Illawarra flame tree friday flowers


Brachychiton acerifolius....Illawarra flame tree This tree is completely red. I found some up north and they are still red.
A spectacular Australian tree that sheds its deep green lobed leaves in summer to produce a mass of vivd scarlet flowers. Requires a light, free-draining soil in a sheltered sunny spot in the garden. Able to tolerate frosts as the tree matures. Evergreen except when flowering.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

abc letter D

When I was a baby, mum gave me gripe water. The Chinese call it Fat Baby water.

When I became a young mum, my daughter cried non stop, I was desperate, and sent my husband to the pharmacy to buy the Fat Baby water. I held my daughter, the dad gave her a spoon. It was like magic, she drank it, and it was like a switch turning the crying off.

Some one told me that gripe water has alcohol. These ones say it is alcohol free. It is dill seed oil. I also saw other brands. The yellow packaging is Infacol wind drops.

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