Friday, July 3, 2015

Give a Little: Jackie Mead

Twenty five years ago, we were told our baby son was very sick. He would die, and if he survived, he would be very severely handicapped. He survived 55 days, it was just long enough for us to give him our love and not to resent having to care for such a special needs child.

Today, Susan Meads, is a bereaved mum like me, told me about this cause. Her Jackie had a lot of special needs. They have to think ahead of Jackie's need when she, and her husband is gone. Something, which was a relief for us that we didn't have to worry.

Do go on this link.

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Help Jackie secure her future with a start to a home.we would like this cause to buy her a home

Jacke was born with a rare liver disorder 03/03-04 while waiting for transplant she suffered a massive brain heamrage which left her blind in 1 eye and the mental age if a 6 yr old for the rest of her life she was transplanted in 2005 with a hep B liver ALL DUE TO MEDICAL ERROR .We just want a future for her when we are no longer here that she will never be homeless her beautiful sisters will care for her in the event that we are not here so please help Jackie have a life this money would go towards buying jackie a home the donations will go into her trust fund which we established 2 yrs ago for her when i had a pancreas cancer scare

Thursday, July 2, 2015

FSO: snacks

A Malaysian influenced snack, Sri muka/ pulut salat/Sri salat.
 A traditional dumpling , glutinous rice wraped in bamboo leaf.

This curly fry has a secret recipe.

This white steam bun has many types of filling.

Special Malaysian Chinese snacks  at my God sister's food truck.

save our world/save our ears

In the Chinese culture, it is a luxurious sensation for the men to have their hair cut, facial hair shaved and their ears dug to remove the wax. My aunt and uncle had a hairdressing and barber shop, and it was fascinating watching the barbers dig their client's ear. They have a whole set of tools to do it.

The Chinese dig their ears and there is no question about it. My sister used to line us up, we lied down on her thigh, and she dug our ears with a little digger which had a tiny spoon at the ear. When I grew older, and my sister left home, it was my turn.

At the Windsor University, I actually read about this ear digging thing, and some one actually did a study. Chinese ears have dry flaky wax, White people have gluey wax.

The doctors tell us not to dig our ears, or use the cotton buds to poke our ears. If it is necessary, you go to them, and they have a special syringe to flush the wax out with water directed into the ear. But that didn't work for my Dad.

My Dad had so much wax, my sister in law and I performed an enormous job on digging his ears, and I told him, no wonder he was getting deaf.

This January, I was at a relative's house. One of the girls came back with wax candle. We performed the procedure on the Dad. I helped and we giggled at the same time. You lit the candle and stuck it into the ear. When the candle stopped burning, there were residual flakes. I don't know if they were wax, there certainly was a lot from our guinea pig.

Ear candling, also called ear coning or thermal-auricular therapy, is an alternative medicine practice claimed to improve general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal. According to medical researchers, it is both dangerous and ineffective.[2] Claims that the practice removes earwax are highly controversial.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ABC Wednesday: Letter Y for Yandall Sisters.

This is my very good friend Adele Paris, or that is the name I knew her to be. She comes to my church and offered to proof read my latest book. It was only much much later that I asked about her that she told me she was one of the Yandall Sisters.
You could say the cat has got my tongue.
Yandall Sister?
You never told?
In a sense, I am glad Adele never told, or one would think I was charmy with her because she was a Yandall Sister.

The Yandall Sisters are a popular New Zealand/Samoan all-female singing group of the 1970s, who have made a major contribution to music in New Zealand.[1] The members of the group were Caroline, Mary and Adele Yandall, and later younger sister Pauline Yandall.
In 1974, their hit song "Sweet Inspiration" stayed on the NZ Top 20 singles chart for eight weeks, and has become a classic favourite in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The track was a cover of the song by an American group of the same name.
In 1977, the Yandall Sisters were named New Zealand Entertainer of the Year. Popular entertainers in their own right, they have provided backing vocals for hundreds of musicians and entertainers, in New Zealand and Australia. These include notable showbands and Maori artists including the late Prince Tui Teka as well as Howard Morrison and John Rowles.[2]
Mary Yandall died aged 62 on 30 January 2012 at Auckland Hospital after a short illness.[3]

    Adele Yandall (Vocals)
    Caroline Yandall (Vocals)
    Mary Yandall (Vocals)
    Pauline Yandall (Vocals)
The Yandall Sisters, Adele, Caroline, Mary and Pauline were raised in New Zealand  by Samoan parents and began at a young age singing in Sunday School, then at weddings and birthday parties. Their first recording was captured as a b-side to a Buddy Wilson single, called "When It's Night Time In Hawaii". This was released in 1966 on Armar, long before they were known. They also featured on a Bill Sevesi EP called "Samoan Rendevous" in 1968, also on the Armar label.
They arrived on the Auckland scene in 1970, were spotted by a Talent Agency, and demand for their singing talents encouraged them to turn professional the following year. They put together a slick cabaret act in the soft soul style of the Supremes.
In 1972 they released their first full single on the Zodiac label, "Come On And See Me" / "Watch Out Boy". Shortly after this they went to Australia, for club, restaurant and television appearances, returning to New Zealand in December 1973, minus Caroline.
Meanwhile, in Wellington, HMV/EMI producer, Alan Galbraith was looking for a female group to provide backing vocals to the growing number of soloists on their books. In mid 1974 he employed the services of the Yandall Sisters to provide this backing and also offered them a recording contract of their own. Over the next two years they sang behind every solo artist who recorded for the company.
During those two years, the Yandall Sisters released four singles of their own for EMI. They were "Third Finger Left Hand" / "Put A Little Love Away", "The Love I Feel" / "Rainy August Night", "Sweet Inspiration" / "Side Show" and "Dreamboat" / "Desperado". An album called "Up Front" was also released in 1975.
"Sweet Inspiration" became their biggest hit in 1975, staying on the National Charts for 14 weeks, peaking at number 8.
Another single followed in 1976 called "Broken Hearted Melody" / "Touch Me In The Morning-The Way We Were". In 1976 a "Very Best Of The Yandall Sisters" album was released. This was basically the "Up Front" album re-issued, minus one track and the inclusion of the 1976 single.
Other companies were also aware of their talent and special harmonies, and over the following years they would provide backings for hundreds of artists while also performing on stage with home grown stars like John Rowles and Howard Morrison.

L to R: Pauline, Adele and Mary
In 1981 another album came out called "Yandall Harmony" and then in 1983 a new album, also called "Up Front", but a completely different album to the original. Also that year was a single on the Ode label called "Light A Candle" / "Cosmic Rock". In 1988 they did a song with Satellite Spies called "Gonna Have To Change".
In 1990, Mary Yandall recorded a solo album called "Sunset On Sunset", from which two singles were released.
The Yandall Sisters still continue to perform for their many fans.
In 2002, a Very Best Of CD was released. It contains all of their EMI singles and the rest of the tracks from the original "Up Front" album, as well as four tracks from the "Yandall Harmony" album.

Yandall Sisters - Sweet Inspiration


ABC Wednesday: Letter Y for yacon.

My yacon plant looks very pretty in summer. The leaves are special.

The yacón (Smallanthus sonchifolius, syn.: Polymnia edulisP. sonchifolia) is a species of perennial daisy traditionally grown in the northern and central Andes from Colombia to northern Argentina for its crisp, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots. Their texture and flavour are very similar to jicama, mainly differing in that yacón has some slightly sweet, resinous, and floral (similar to violet) undertones to its flavour, probably due to the presence of inulin, which produces the sweet taste of the roots of elecampane, as well. Another name for yacón is Peruvian ground apple, possibly from the French name of potato, pomme de terre (ground apple). The tuber is composed mostly of water andfructooligosaccharide.

After connecting with Commonsense Organisation, we have become friends. She suggested that perhap I might like to do Yacon for letter Y. The suggestion came at the right time. The yacon plants are ready to be harvested.

Ingrid Petersen
Commonsense Organics Johnsonville
96 Johnsonville Rd

Tel:    (04)  478 1907
Fax:    (04) 477 6817

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Reflections: a childhood incident.

Ann Chin's photo.

Every time I go past this building, I think of Sibu. I wonder if that person who designed that SUDC building studied architecture in Auckland. Those of you in Sibu, what do u think?
The public library was there. I was late in returning, and I stopped going there because I was afraid that the librarian would scold me and ban me from borrowing.
My Dad took me there and explained, and she was ok and joked that she can't have me stop reading. I wonder how it would be if i had stopped borrowing books. Would I still have a love for reading and writing?
Today, the library circulates my books.

If the librarian is still around, I shall like to give her a bunch of Lavender Verbena bonariensis from my garden and thank her for not stopping me from reading.

Lavender ~

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Lavender'

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Color Red [Friday My Town Shoot Out]

The Color Red [Friday My Town Shoot Out]

Get involved in promoting volunteering in New Zealand during National Volunteer Week.

VNZ puts together resources to help you promote events and activities starting the 3rd Sunday of June annually.

National Volunteer Week is from 21-27 June 2015. I have been involved in teaching ESOL, English speakers of other Languages for about nine years. I take a day off to volunteer teaching them.There have been others who have volunteered for a long time.