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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ABC Wed: Letter X for Xylitol,

 Xylitol, natural sugar substitute. Xylitol /ˈzaɪlɪtɒl/ is a sugar alcohol used as a 

sweetener. The name derives from Greek: ξύλον, xyl[on], "wood" + suffix -itol, 

used to denote sugar alcohols.
I was visiting this Commonsense Organics store in Johnsonville in Wellington. I was wowed by the display and the layout of the store. Xylitol caught my eye as I needed a new X word.

I asked the friendly shop assistant and she was most helpful and friendly.  She told me it was like stevia which you may remember I planted that sugar substitute plant.

Ciko Mwangi told me she came from Kenya, and I told her I helped in a Charity, Deaf in Kenya.  She gave me a little booklet, a Dairy free Guide.

Johnsonville Commonsense Organics, Johnsonville .

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Library Bar, Wellington

 What's a bath tub doing in a bar?

A reader's paradise,
An author's delight.

Enjoyed my evening after my dinner here with a cup of cappuccino and dessert.

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    New Zealand, the beehive.

    The is the Icon of New Zealand, The Beehive , the parliament of New Zealand. All five of my books are circulated in the National Library of New Zealand.

    Alexander Turnbull Library - National Library of New Zealand
    Alexander Turnbull Library - National Library of New Zealand
    Wellington, New Zealand

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    Wellington, 6011 New Zealand

    FSO: Clouds and landscape.



     I had a holiday in Windy Wellington. Part of the time I was very misty. Here I was up in the Mountains with my God Mother, Mrs. Chew Tien Kui aka Connie Ang. My God sister Lynn Wongs runs the It was heavenly to have hot piping home made Malaysian food after being out in the cold.

    Clouds and Landscapes [Friday My Town Shoot Out]

    From dramatic skies to lonely clouds above the landscape, this time, share with us your favorite photos that feature both in any combination.

    FSO: Feeling warm.

    when the northern hemisphere is having summer, we in the south is having winter. But today, when I went to the mountains, it was warm. Bundled up in warm clothes, we felt very ward despite the strong wind at the top of the mountian.

    Photohunt: Hop

    This is a tourist bus in Auckland New Zealand. For $35 a day, you can hop on and hop off at any of Auckland's most popular spots. It is a great way to see the city and also make some new friends. 

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015


    This is a model of an elephant given by my Sri Lanka friend V in NTU in Singapore. I brought it over to NZ with me. Once, they had a green grass snake in their balcony. They just left it alone.

    The first elephant model I had, my Dad bought it in India in 1958, he was sailing in a P & O liner from London to Singapore. When the ship stopped in India, he bought a black teak elephant. Dad was a collector, he bought a souvenir every where he went.

    In 2000s, we went for a holiday in Bangkok. The Tuk Tuk taxi driver took us to this duty shop. He said," Please you just go in for 10 mintues, and I will get a petrol voucher. You don't have to buy anything." It turned out, I saw a brownish teak elephant, I remembered my dad's elephant. So I bought one. CCO took it to his office.

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    ABC Wednesday , Letter W for war time food.

    This year is the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War 2. I like to show you the food my people had to eat during the Japanese Occupation.

    We are not exactly excited about pumpkin because we don't eat pumpkin. Many friends don't understand why.

    You see, Mum and Dad grew up as kids and teenagers during the Second World War when the Japanese plundered Borneo. Import of rice and other food ceased, and the poor people depended on root vegetables and pumpkins to survive. Dad said they ate so much of the boiled thing without any salt or oil. They were so scared of them. Hence, they never served it to us.

    When I was in primary school, Dad would drive us pass a small river where there were barges laden with pumpkins. Dad told me that the pumpkins were for pigs. This "Pumpkins were for pigs" were so ingrained in me that though I am past half a century, I would still not touch pumpkin.

    This is why I don't eat pumpkins no matter how delicious it is. 

    I do not like tapioca very much. Manihot esculenta, with common names cassava (/kəˈsɑːvə/), 

    It must be properly prepared before consumption. Improper preparation of cassava can leave enough residual cyanide to cause acute cyanide intoxication and goiters, and may even cause ataxia or partial paralysis.[8]  wiki

    Taro or yam is a difficult plant to process and make your hands very itchy.

    Kumara/sweet potatoes, both leaves and tuber can be eaten.