Friday, August 31, 2012

Please vote for Takiri

Please vote for Takiri  if you have a facebook account.

My thing is I most want to be walking and running without my crutches. I have cerebral palsy, it affects the muscles in my legs which is why I need crutches to help me get around. Horse Riding helps my muscles and balance

I do not know Takiri until today when I was told by friends about this New Zealand $10,000 AMP Scholarship when they asked me to vote either for them or their family. I went into the facebook and saw Takiri's page. 

It is just so strange that I should post a photo of the black and white swing for my Friday Shootout Meme. It is almost uncanny that this photo attracted most comments. 

Future Equestrian
Help Takiri so he can play on this swing.

Throughout September all People’s Choice Scholarship applicants are judged by their peers – the applicant with the most votes takes home a $10,000 AMP Scholarship!
Over the last three years the People’s Choice Scholarship has become the most popular part of AMP Scholarships. And this year it’s going social.
Make sure you check out all the applicants and vote for the Kiwi you think has got what it takes! Every vote counts, so make sure to tell, share, tweet, blog, txt and email everyone you know to get them involved in showing their support.

Visit the View Applicants tab and browse for your favourite profile, then click ‘vote for me’. All voting for 2012 will be through Facebook.
Voting closes at 11.59pm on September 30, and the winning People’s Choice applicant will be announced on October 3 (after being contacted by AMP).

We’re all about helping Kiwis ‘do great things’ from rocket-building to taekwon-do to opera singing. With more than $1.5 million awarded across the country over the past 14 years, our scholarships have helped aspiring Kiwis do outstanding things in their fields. Find out more.

However, as I read Takiri, I sense that life must go on. Andrew is gone with his funny legs, but I can do something for Takiri with his funny legs so they no longer be funny. Takiri wants to go on to Para Olympics. If you have a facebook account, will you help me vote for Takiri.
As I first wrote, I do not know Takiri, I do know two students and a friend who have cerebral palsy. I encouraged one of them, one day, you will be in the Para Olympics, and I will be cheering for you.
Ann said...
Hi JariLyn,

I have to post my comment here again. and I will do a post separately. It is just incredible.

But what made me go OMG!!!! I have done it again. It is your comment on my swing b & w photo, and the spirit. I suppose you know that my baby died 22 years ago. I went back to the hospital, and took photos of the playground. All empty equipment. It was only after I went home, and much later, it was poignant. Your comment is another. Thanks so much.

Go!!! Takiri. I am getting all my friends to route for you.

Eddie Low has recorded 23 albums and many singles. He has been entertaining audiences around the world for more than four decades and although he has received many musical accolades he says one of the highlights of his career was being asked to write a song for disabled people. Having grown up with the stigma of a disability himself, Eddie says he felt very strongly about the song he wrote, “I am Me”, which has been adopted by disabled people around the world as an anthem for acceptance.

Eddie Low sings 'I Can't Stop Loving You' & 'I Am Me'.

skywatch/Alphabe-Thursday letter P, Planting rice.

This "poker" rice planting equipment children had to used to help their parents can really turn kids off planting rice.
Thanks Francis Chen for this photo and lending me your son as the model. I guess in the past, kids didn't wear shoes.

This is a traditional South-East Asian nursery rhyme originated from the Philipines. It tells the of back-breaking, dirty,squishy muddy work under a sweltering sun

My music teacher taught me this song, and I in turn teach my New Zealand students. Rice is a valuable commodity and we are taught not to waste it. A common grandma's warning to kids who don't finish their bowl of rice will marry a spouse with pock marks.

When I was teaching in Kai Chung School in Binatang/Bintangnor, I went back to my parents' home in Sarikei in the weekends. Sometimes, I caught a bus, sometimes I took a boat called an express. The bus took me pass rice/padi fields like the photo. I took this during our recent reunion. 
My student/friend Francis explains how he used to plant rice.
Francis Kim Hung Tiong I use to when I was in Form 2. My dad asked me to move in front to poke holes into the soft ground so that they follow behind to plant the rice. That tools got 4 pokers, so it make 4 holes in a roll. At the end of the line, ONLY THREE HOLES REMAINS!

  • Ann Chin Thanks for first hand info, I have added it to my blog, and will use it when I teach. Don't understand this line. At the end of the line, ONLY THREE HOLES REMAINS!
    49 minutes ago · 
    Drawn by Francis Tiong

  • Francis Kim Hung Tiong That means I didn't go straight! Instead of 4 holes only 3 remains. My dad did the first row already. So he ask me to continue with the 2nd rowl only when my elder sister realized that she has no hole to plant her rice seedling.

Planting rice is never fun
Bent from morn till the set of sun,
Cannot stand and cannot sit,
Cannot rest for a little bit.

Planting rice is no fun
Bent from morn till set of sun,
Cannot stand, cannot sit,
Cannot rest a little bit.

Oh, come friends and let us homeward take our way,
Now we rest until the dawn is gray,
Sleep, welcome sleep, we need to keep us strong
Morn brings another workday long.

Oh, my back is like to break,
Oh, my bones with the damp still ache,
And my legs are numb and set
For their long soaking on the wet.

In English "Planting is no joke"  We did the actions. We loved nursing our sore bodies. It is no wonder kids don't want to plant rice.

 I modified the song for teaching and added my own humorous last stanza to make it current affairs. This post has evoked memories of my friends who once planted rice  helping their parents. Today, they are engineers and bankers.

I feel so privileged as their ex teacher, especially when I did not teach them in their class. They ave submitted work that I needed.

Thank you all for brainstorming and helping me out . This post is an unexpected one from the Kai Chung Reunion.

Planting rice is never fun
Bent from morn till the set of sun, Cannot stand and cannot sit, Cannot rest a little bit.

Oh, my back, wants to break, 
Oh, my bones are so painful,
And my legs are numb and set
Because of the soaking in the wet.

Planting rice is never fun
Bent from morn till set of sun,
Cannot stand and cannot sit,
Cannot rest a little bit.

Papa, I am not going to plant anymore,
I am going to work very hard,
I am going to be an engineer,
Or a banker in the nice office.

Oh, my back, wants to break, 
Oh, my bones are so painful,
And my legs are numb and set
Because of the soaking in the wet.

Children today don't want to eat rice,
They want to go for fast food,
French fries and Hamburgers,
Or  pizzas and spaghetti.

Oh, my back, wants to break, 
Oh, my bones are so painful,
And my legs are numb and set
Because of the soaking in the wet.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Alphabe-Thursday letter O

Kai Chung School treated the alumni students with something from this town, green oranges. Binatang is renown for this thin peel green skin orange. I remember visiting my colleague Mrs. Wong, the office clerk. I liked to pluck the orange from the trees and yum, they were so juicy and sweet.

FSO: My Town in Black and White

link to Mr Linky at the Friday shoot out link below.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Father and Son, Thursday Theme Song

This is a very traditional photo of the Chans, a photograph of 3 generations. My Grandpa Chan Kee Seng is photographed with his second born male, my Dad, John Chan Hiu Fei. Dad was substituting for my oldest Uncle in China who was banished to Manchuria. Charles is the first born male/grand son.

When I hear, "I have to go away", my Grandpa left China to Sarawak. Dad went to England, and Charles went to New Zealand and Australia.

A happy Father's day to everyone. "Father And Son"

It's not time to make a change,
Just relax, take it easy.
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to know.
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy.

I was once like you are now, and I know that it's not easy,
To be calm when you've found something going on.
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you've got.
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not.

How can I try to explain, when I do he turns away again.
It's always been the same, same old story.
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen.
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.

It's not time to make a change,
Just sit down, take it slowly.
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to go through.
Find a girl, settle down,
if you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy.

All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside,
It's hard, but it's harder to ignore it.
If they were right, I'd agree, but it's them you know not me.
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Wake shop

It was dusk, I was at The Singapore East Coast park when I chanced upon this which wasn't there when I was living in Singapore 6 years ago. It is water skiing or wakeboarding, but players held on to a cable.

That evening, the skiers were not very competant because they kept falling off when they were supposed to go round and round a lagoon which looks like man made. I may be wrong.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

sunday stills: Cats

This cat used to visit our school for many years. Just this past week, I noticed that he hasn't been visiting for a while.

Challenge: natural and safe body care products, coconut oil.

This Week's Challenge:

This week's challenge comes from Alicia. As you might know, Alicia is in the business of natural and safe body care products ... so she's concerned with the things we put on our skin (lotions, creams, lipsticks and make-up as well as deodorants, toothpaste, shampoos, conditioners, shaving cream and hair styling products). I love challenges which raise our awareness ... and this one ought to do it. Here' you go

Two of my sisters Eliza and Grace are very health conscious. They make their own cold pressed virgin coconut oil. They say the end product is very good. They gave me some of their hard work oil. During the weekends, when I am at home, I smear a little oil instead of putting on lipsticks. It soothes my lips.

Eliza even grow her own coconuts. 

It is very tedious making the oil. My friend Tan, a scientist tells me it is good, and she gave me a bottle she bought from the health food store. 

Unfortunately, it is winter when I came back, they have all solidified.I have to melt a little but dunking the bottle in some warm water.

Friday, August 24, 2012


wishful thinking  hehehehe  

Shopping, I didn't even dare go inside the shop. So I discretely snapped a few photos from the outside. At The Sands in Singapore.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Vacation Spot: Durin, Sarawak.

 My maternal Grandpa dammed a creek,
 and created a fish pond.
Lots of fun when it came to harvesting. Ooooh! the fish
were meter long.
In the old days, we swam in Rejang river,
 and rowed a canoe.

Durians, the king of fruits are supposed to be seasonal.
But Uncle Seng Shui managed to make his fruit 
stagger their harvesting.
So he has durians and income all year round.

Papayas, or paw paws. 
They are very good for you. 
During my travels,
 I ate a lot of these for my breakfast.

 Coconut juice are excellent to quench your thirst
on a hot tropical day,
Then you can scoop the soft meat.
Leave them to mature,
you make the white milk to make cakes and
cook curry with,
 Passion fruits.
 dragon fruit.
 pepper as a cash crop.
In another post, I showed his sugar cane.
 Uncle Seng Shui replaced the old wooden  house
with this concrete house,
and he enjoys kara oke.
The water comes from the water board.
Uncle had a mechanical pump,
 the only one in the area.
So we didn't have to carry water from the river.
Grandma had a sundry shop. It sold everything.
My siblings remembered we raided the shop,
and grandma encouraged us.
As a traditional Chinese family, 
we respect our ancestors. 
Some of the the family practise Ancestor worship. 
A wok like container to hold paper money 
to burn to my ancestors.

A bit of country,
A bit of nostalgia,
That's my kind of vacation.
But not too long,
I need my internet.

Friday My Town Shoot Out for 8/24: Vacation Spots

Where do you love to vacation?
Do you go on vacation to rest and relax...

or do you DO vacation and keep busy with activities?

link to Mr Linky at the Friday shoot out link below.

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