Friday, April 18, 2014

FSO: Museum in Sarawak and Auckland

When you have walked in the humid and hot Kuching town, the air conditioned building of the Sarawak Museum is a heavenly place to be in even if you are not into culture and artifacts. But once, inside, you won't regret going in.

The Sarawak State Museum is the oldest museum in Borneo. It was established in 1888 and opened in 1891 in a purpose-built building in Kuching, Sarawak. Sponsored by Charles Brooke, the second White Rajah of Sarawak, the establishment of the museum was strongly encouraged by Alfred Russel Wallace. It was modeled on a town hall in Normandy.

It is eye opening to see models of the habitats of different people and animals. I was always awed by the giant whale bones. When you climbed into a replica of a long house, you are feel with reverence for the darken smoked skulls hanging up the roofs. You see, One of the inhabitants of Borneo were head hunters.

Auckland Museum

Thursday, April 10, 2014

YMCA garden

A year ago, we went to replant the garden at Mt Albert YMCA. A year later, only the ferns and one bromeliard survive.

The water engineer. (Below) loves his water.
 This was Before, barely surviving Hen and Chicks fern. I gave them a bad hair cut.
 Beautiful bromeliards, makes me think of Grand Pa's pineapple garden when I was young in Borneo.
 Posing with the YMCA manager Jill.
 Robyn working very hard.
 Finished garden.  Come back in two weeks.
Today and tomorrow is our Love where you Live Community Service weekend. Together with The YMCA manager Jill Gibson and our church member Robyn (who also works at YMCA) the water engineer spent this morning transforming a drought stricken garden into a beautiful instant garden at YMCA.

It was good to have a man to do the digging. And I brought my camera to capture some of the hard working people.

Love Where You Live, a Community Service Weekend, is on this Saturday and Sunday - 13-14th April. We're inviting everyone in the area to love where they live by making this an even better place to live. As such, a number of community agencies are coming together this weekend around some key projects. Can you join us and get the word out to all your friends and networks too?

Official projects will include: Gardening, litter collection, painting, building, random acts of kindness, Salvation Army & food bank drop offs and much

All the details of the projects and how to get involved can be found at

FSO: Weather Changes

April is a transition time for us. We have been getting foggy weather, and it poured this afternnon.


Weather Changes [Friday My Town Shoot Out]

I don't know about you but the weather here has been very inconsistent, with sun and rain interchanging day in and day out. That's why we thought that this weeks theme should be about weather in our towns. Of course this doesn't have to be about the current weather. Be creative. For what weather is your town or city known for? What big weather events do you know of? Or simply, what's the April weather in your parts of the world. Show us and link up for everyone to see!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday. Letter U for umbrella

Special umbrellas shading the statues of Buddha in Auckland New Zealand, during the Songkran festival of the Thai people.  It is also known
as the water splashing festival.

Jenny Matlock

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Drums at the Thai Songkran festival.

colourfully decorated drums at the Thai Songkran festival.
Photo: colourfully decorated drums at the Thai Songkran festival.

Drums at the Thai Songkran festival.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

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Friday, April 4, 2014

FSO:Out and About your town.

 Every Sunday, when I go to church, I drive pass my local public library where they circulate my books, I wonder who is reading my books.
 At my Asian grocery store, I see this machine. is it also called a forklift?
 Electronic payment is everywhere. sometimes, you can't find a dollar in my wallet.

Autumn/ Fall has arrived, and we have foggy mornings.

The weather still entices people to the beach.
April 4: Out and About - Take us on a walk through your town. What are the sights you see when you are out doing your daily or weekly chores, or when you are out for some leisure? (by Barb)