Friday, October 20, 2017

Blunt Umbrellas

used to have this scenario, now with NZ design umbrella, it should be wonderful not having to ditch a broken umbrella. Just hope it is not too heavy and expensive.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ABC letter O for old.

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The lion dance, an old tradition using a lion to dance to farewell the old year and usher the new.
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Green green bamboo of home.

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Next month I will be returning to my ancestral home in China. I have never been and am getting excited. The family income was bamboo. I wonder if they still have it.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Niah National Park, Borneo

Niah National Park, located within Miri DivisionSarawakMalaysia, is the site of the Niah Caves limestone cave and archeological site. Niah National Park was 31.4 km² when it was gazetted in 1974.[1] Nomination for World Heritage status of the Niah Caves was sent to UNESCO in 2010. The cave is an important prehistorical site where human remains dating to 40,000 years have been found.[7] This is the oldest recorded human settlement in east Malaysia. More recent studies published in 2006 have shown evidence of the first human activity at the Niah caves from ca. 46,000 to ca. 34,000 years ago.[8]
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The caves are also well known for the birds' nest (Swiftlet) industry. They are a popular tourist destination in Sarawak. Every section of the ceiling in the caves where there are birds roosting is privately owned and only the owner has the right to collect the nests. Collection is done half-yearly (usually in January and in June). The collector climbs up hundreds of feet on a single pole to the cave ceiling and scrapes off the nest in flickering candlelight.
Another activity is collecting guano. the droppings of these birds that fall down the cave floor. This job is not for the weak hearted. Climbing up and down is dangerous especially when you are strapped to have sacks of heavy odorous guano.
I have not been to Niah Caves. my guides tell me that the smell of the guano it very strong and will make the trip unpleasant. So I went to the Mulu caves. There are bats but the smell is not that bad.
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Photos by my friend Noel Balan. He captioned them Local’s carrying kilos of guano everyday to earn a living. What are your excuses? Complaining about tired? hot weather? trafic jamm ? wifi slow ? 
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Guano (from Quechua "wani" via Spanish) is the accumulated excrement of seabirds, seals, or cave-dwelling bats. As a manure, guano is a highly effective fertilizer due to its exceptionally high content of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium: nutrients essential for plant growth.


Quechua /ˈkɛwə/, also known as runa simi ("people's language"), is an indigenous language family, with variations spoken by the Quechua peoples, primarily living in the Andes and highlands of South America.[3] Derived from a common ancestral language, it is the most widely spoken language family of indigenous peoples of the Americas, with a total of probably some 8–10 million speakers.[4] Approximately 13% of Peruvians speak Quechua.[5][better source needed] It is perhaps most widely known for being the main language of the Inca Empire, and was disseminated by the colonizers throughout their reign.

Thanks: Noel Balan.
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Parnell Festival of Roses.

Sun 10:30 AMParnell Rose GardensAuckland

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One of my Fav places in Auckland

Thursday, October 5, 2017

sago

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 My first recollection of sago was the "Sago liap". Liap being small. They were small round hard compacted sago flour.

My maternal Grandpa Kong had a grocery shop and produce collection centre. Ibans come sell their rubber, and buy things from Grandpa. We saw the Ibans buy the sago liap and eat them at the shop.
We took the sago liap and ate them. They didn't taste good, hard texture and dry. They stuck in our teeth.Grandma chided us in what would now be unPC. 

Years later, Sis E went to teach in Mukah and learn from the Melanaus to eat with peanut, ikan busu aka ikan belis. All the ingredients were raw, and I couldn't stomach them. May be I was already allergic to peanuts.


Today, the Borneo Post published a photo on Sago symposium where my younger sister is involved. I wonder if Margaret was thinking of Grandpa's sago liap while she was researching it. There she is, 2nd from the left, Dr Margaret Chan.


Photo shows Sis E's grand daughter eating Bario Highlands worms similar to sago worms.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

House of Museums Malacca 老行业博物馆

When I was writing my books especially those with a Historical theme, I remember a Chinese Proverb my Dad and I shared.

"The past remembered is a good guide for the future."
Today, 29th September happens to be two years anniversary of my World World Two book.

I told my new Facebook friend that I will write something for him. David Tih Seong Pin is the curator and the story teller. I had been to Melaka (the new name for Malacca) many times and like how they have preserved History..


House of Museums Malacca 老行业博物馆

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

ABC Wednesday:L for LAYONG

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Tom Balan 'In Saban, it is called "LAYONG" - traditional Orang Ulu warrior's gear'
This is Tom Balan, I asked if I could share his LAYONG. Tom is a Saban and is related to my cousin's wife. That makes us distantly related via marriage.

The Sabans are a hill tribe in the mountains of Sarawak in Borneo.




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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Kate Sheppard New Zealand's most prominent women's suffragette.

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/time-reflect-anniversary-womens-suffrage-in-nz-today

It was 124 years ago today that NZ became the first self-governing country in the world to give women the vote. Remember to exercise that right this election!

"Kate Sheppard and the other suffragists fought for years to give women this right and did this country proud." Since New Zealand was the first country to introduce universal suffrage in 1893,[4] Sheppard's work has had a considerable impact on women's suffrage movements in several other countries. She also appears on the New Zealand ten-dollar note.

My friend was there and her eyewitness account was Kate led the women to lie down on the road, and the police couldn't do anything.



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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sibu Hindu Temple

Kids and childhood shenanigans.
In 1960s, we moved to the Government Quarters at Padang Road near to the Sibu Prison.
We were a bunch of boys and girls. There was a Indian Temple, and had an eerie feeling. It was little, and there were no windows except sticks at the top of the wall. We climbed up to look at the figurines. The girls supported by the boys standing on their shoulders. Outside there was a murky uncovered well. The silliness in  us spread rumours that someone had drowned there. Worse still, it was haunted and bidding us to look down and fall into the well. Childishness made us scared, yet not scared enough to climb up their tall spiky calamansi/lime fruits and their gardenia flowers. As we approach home, we threw away the flowers fearing mum might tell us off for going to the forbidden place.
I went back in 2013, my reporter took me there. The old temple was gone. In it's place was this school lookalike building.
Next to it used to be the Girl guide hut which I didn't see.
Ann Chin Kong Tong Kiong Hindu temple in situated at orchid road on the right side of girl guide building while Sikh building on the right side of race course road and prison is just nearby. Can see cow grazing in the compound of the Sikh building

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