Monday, March 31, 2014

My world, Outdoorwednesday : Stars

This green flower makes me think of stars. The Inuits believe the stars are not just put in the sky to give light or guide the wandering traveler. They are living things, sent by some twist of fate to roam the heavens forever, never swerving from their paths.

Friday, March 28, 2014

FSO: Silo park.

Middle photo courtesy Silo Park.

went to an open air movie with the kids. I remember 36 years ago, I went with a friend. I didn't enjoy it because it was freezing cold. WE left after the movie commenced.

Tonight, the kids were well equipped with a mattress, sleeping bags, duvets, pillows. I was so snugged, a good experience, a tick for my bucket list.

The screen was projected on an old silo.

The silos are disused. They are not the oldest building, but they must be pretty old. Built in the 1960s, the 'six pack' has been used ever since to store 7200 ton of dry cement at a time. In future it is planned to be incorporated into a civic building at the western end of Jellicoe Street.

Silo Park, Auckland - Eventfinda
Silo Park, Corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe Street, Auckland. Guide for Silo Park events. Located in Wynyard Quarter on the corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe ...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Save the world: save the dog.

This car attracted my attention. It has grills fixed to the window of this car. In it was a dog. A great idea when the driver has to go out for a short time and leave the dog inside the car.

Friday, March 21, 2014

FSO: Spring Scavenger Hunt

Spring Scavenger Hunt is On! Come join us!

Spring is (at least when it comes to the calender) approaching us. And because of that, this weeks theme is a bit different. That's why this time it's all about finding different items, listed down below.

March 20 is the spring equinox. The first day of spring (fall in the south) deserves a special celebration- a Scavenger Hunt! Post 3 photos, one of each item found and a fourth photo only if you find all in one photo. The photos including all three items will be Spotlighted.
But don't be alarmed if spring hasn't made a full arrival in your neck of the woods. Show us what the calender spring looks like in your town!
The Spring Scavenger Hunt includes the following: 
1. A yellow flower
2. The first leaf
3. A new shoe

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

My author page

  When you cry, I cry with you. I too lost my baby.

Writer, Mum, Teacher, Parent Advocate, Public Speaker.
“Diary of a bereaved mum, Goodbye my baby”
“From China to Borneo to Beyond”
“Mail Order Mail”

Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan
Ann Chin was born in British Sarawak in Borneo.
She graduated from the University of Windsor (Canada), Auckland University and Auckland University of Technology.
She teaches ESOL to children and adults.
Her favourite charity is the Deaf children in Kenya. She helped raise funds to separate the pair of Nepalese Siamese twins in Singapore.
Ann is mum to 3 surviving children and angel Andrew, (29.9 to 22.11.1989). Ann is married to Dr. Chen Chen Onn PhD.
Her first book was written as a therapy for herself and to help other bereaved parents. Ann appeared in a National NZ TV Documentary, “It’s OK to cry.” A Write-up in the Aucklander and her book “Diary of a bereaved mother,” was exhibited at the Peacock Art Gallery, Upton Country, Dorset Park, England.
Her books are circulated in New Zealand, Australian and Malaysian libraries.

Photo: courtesy Francis Chen

Thursday, March 13, 2014

FSO: Water

An overcrowded boat similar to the above aeroplane looking boat sank, and 20 perished. People who are not from the Rejang area are weary of going in these boats.

We respect our water. I remember my early secondary school Geography education. Sarawak has 144 inches of rain. In my adopt country, sometimes we have heavy rain too. Today we are expecting Cyclone Lusi to come to our shore. We are going to have lots of water.

Having been married to a water engineer for more than 30 years, it is inevitable that part of his water knowledge is passed on to me.

The river traffic  has increased, and the banks get eroded. Once, near my maternal grand father's village house, two of those boats had a head on collision. Many drowned.

In the early 1970s, there was a terrible accident involving like the ones below. A teacher took some students in long boats to the rapids. Many students died. My cousin was swept down river and it was a miracle she survived.

These two photos were taken when I went up the mountains at Mulu. This was part of the popular tourist itinerary. The river flow was swift. There were parts where the water was so shallow, they had to use poles to move the boat. We respected the power of the river by wearing life jackets and not over crowding the boats.

Water - From rivers and lakes, to seas and oceans, show us water in and around your town

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday. letter Q for quick

Quick! some one is in trouble in the water. This is what Life Surf guards are for.

search/label/Alphabe-Thursday. Jenny Matlock

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Mt Albert Baptist Church and Thailand.

 Two of the previous team, Jennifer and Gabby during the commissioning of this year's team who just returned.

Project Thailand

At the beginning of 2012 we launched our five-year commitment to partnership with needy communities in Thailand!
For decades, many of the poor Hill Tribe farmers in Northern Thailand have grown opium for the drug trade. They make little money from this, and some have also sold their children into the sex trade in Bangkok to supplement their income or borrow money from loan sharks – 10% interest a month making repayment almost impossible.
In February this year we had a team of 10 that headed to Thailand to begin a school building and toilet project in Krey Mo Kee. This is a small remote village in the hill-tribes region in North Thailand (8 hours 4wd south west of Chiang Mai).
They began construction on a pre-school building and individual toilets in the community. Running children’s programmes in the afternoon and a medical clinic in the village as well as other surrounding villages.
It’s all go again….
At the beginning of 2014, another team will be heading back to Krey Mo Kee to finish the pre-school project, including a kitchen and water supply to the school toilets.
If you’re keen to join the next team contact Brendon Harkness.

Friday, March 7, 2014

FSO: Start of the day

This was one exceptional start of the day. I was walking to work when I saw this concrete mixer truck. The man found it amusing that I was interested in his work. I lied and said I was showing the photos to my students.

Start of the Day

What does the new day bring in your town or city? How does it start? Share with us the morning light or your drive to work, or other chores you have in the morning. Maybe it's even a trip you start early in the day. Or it can be another type of start, that doesn't necessarily begin in the morning. Show us your city at the start of the day.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday. Letter P for Pasifika

Pasifika celebration this weekend at Western Springs.

a word made for the Pacific Island people,
Like the name in Chinese,
Peaceful Ocean,
The people of Pasifika,
are peace loving people.

search/label/Alphabe-Thursday. Jenny Matlock

Alphabe-Thursday. Letter P for Plants

My Grand father would be very proud of me. I planted these two Neem trees in the campus of the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

What is amazing is , we staff residents were not allowed to plant anything, the university wanted a manicured campus. But I was a "Freedom" person, I didn't care. I planted these Neem trees in the open area.  The tree cutters left them untouched because they know Neems are useful medicinal plants.

Many years after I left Singapore, NTU hosted the Junior Olympics, and don't know for what reason, they tagged all the trees. So my two trees were tagged and were saved from being chopped.

Another amazing story is how I got the cuttings. To make the story short, I googled the world expert on Neem, and this Professor from India had just been to Singapore for a conference. He emailed the Ngee Ann Poly lecturer, who then passed 12 twigs to my neighbour who was lecturing there. From talking about it in the morning to receiving them in my hand it was 8 hours. My two twigs survived.

search/label/Alphabe-Thursday. Jenny Matlock