Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day 2017

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Earth Day 2017’s Campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy
Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection.
Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs.


Awareness of climate means not chopping down trees when they are still very small.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Flying woes 2.




Once I had frustration when dealing with Air Canada employees. I recall the rudest person I had ever encountered. It was the first time I had flown from Singapore to Windsor transit in London and Toronto.
Due to the weather, my SIA plane from Australia to Singapore to London was delayed. I was scheduled to have 4 hours transit in London. Upon arrival to London, the ground staff rushed me to the next plane. I barely got on the plane.

I slept the whole way across the Atlantic Ocean. In Toronto, I couldn't find my luggage. Twice, I went to the check in clerk. They gave me a boarding pass. My luggage still have not come out.

The third time, I went to this fat woman who tore my boarding pass. I must have cried, and spoke another clerk.

They said,"You go to the next flight, we sent you your luggage when they arrive from London. This is the last flight to Windsor.

" Why didn't anyone tell me that my luggage was still in London and go straight to Windsor?"

Luckily my friends were still waiting for me. The airline never talked about reimbursement for my taxi to go and pick up my luggage.

Decades later, my daughter flew back to Auckland without her luggage, a few days later, they delivered her lost luggage to the house. I told her about my maiden trip.I was only twenty at that time.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ABC Letter O


https://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.co.nz/






Recently, the police reported that idiots shot at traffic cameras by the motorway. I wrote about street kids standing on the overhead bridge and dropping rocks upon coming traffic.  My book Mail Order Bride was based on many scenarios. Kids with BB guns.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

a pilot's wife

April 11, 2017 AngeliaJGriffin (Thoughts from a Pilot Wife About Flight 3411)

“I’m not saying it’s pretty, but the only one who actually broke a law was the passenger.

The pilot's wife wrote because she knew about the laws, of aviation. She can stuff her knowledge and stop being condescending. Instead of pouring oil on troubled waters, she writes it is all the passenger's fault. If it is, why are millions of people wrong, and why did the CEO eventually apologizing.

The Chinese have a saying, if you don't open your mouth, no body will know you are stupid.

Finally, it doesn't matter that Dr Dao is a Vietnamese or a Chinese. For all I can conjecture, he could be an ethnic Chinese, just like me, an ethnic Chinese born outside China.

I Know You’re Mad at United but… (Thoughts from a Pilot Wife About Flight 3411)


I Know You’re Mad at United but… (Thoughts from a Pilot Wife About Flight 3411)

If there’s one thing I have learned over the years, it’s that there are always two sides to every story.
On April 9th, a very unfortunate incident played out on United Flight 3411, the video of which has since gone viral causing a mass social media uprising with an ‘off-with-their-heads’ mentality. I mean, across the board. Fire ’em all and let the gods sort it out later.
Look, I get it. When I first saw the video I was appalled too. To say that it was inflammatory would be putting it mildly. But it was also a situation that was escalated far beyond the boundaries of necessity.
If a federal law enforcement officer asks me to exit a plane, no matter how royally pissed off I am, I’m going to do it and then seek other means of legal reimbursement. True story.
Knowing what I know about airport security, I’m certainly not going to run back into a secured, federally restricted area at an airport flailing my arms and screaming like a banshee…because, you know, that just happens to be breaking a major federal Homeland Security law.
But that’s just me. Obviously.
The moment I made that particular ill-advised choice, I would become an immediate and imminent threat to the aircraft’s security. That’s kind of a big deal. I mean, come on, I once actually had to remove my infant son’s socks because they mimicked little baby sneakers. These guys mean business.
I didn’t like it. I thought it was just plain stupid, honestly. But instead of pitching a massive fit, refusing to comply, and bolting through the TSA checkpoint like an out-of-control toddler, I did the big girl thing–sucked it up, removed the offensive socks, and went on with my happy life, sans being tackled and dragged through the airport in handcuffs by a bunch of big men with guns.
Because if you choose to take advantage of the services the airport provides, you play by their rules.
I know you’re all out there screaming that the ‘rules’ are unfair, but I am a pilot wife. I remember 9/11. Do you? I want my husband, the father of my children, to come home. I want you to get homeThat law exists to protect my husband. And your wife. And your grandmother. And your child. And you. I, for one, am glad for the law.
I’m not here to dispute the facts of 3411 with you. I am not interested in getting into an argument of opinion with anyone. We’re all entitled to our own. I’m not arguing that what happened wasn’t completely terrible–it was, on multiple levels. But I am suggesting that the general public take another look at the situation, ask a few more questions, gather a few more facts, and then create a less hostile and more intellectually wrought opinion about what happened.
Because the media is giving you just enough information to keep you enraged–enough to keep their ratings up.
Things to consider:
1) “You can’t just kick a paying customer off the plane!” Psssst! It’s in the fine print. They can, indeed, do just that. And it’s not an airline specific rule, it’s a commercial aviation rule. Every ticket you purchase comes with a plethora of fine print–you know, the stuff we just click ‘next’ on without actually reading what we are agreeing to. Yeah, that. Well, it’s in there, and you checked the ‘I agree’ box when you purchased your ticket. You can read about it and oh-so-much-more here. Kind of makes you want to read all those tiny words on your next phone update before you click ‘I agree’, huh? You should. United did not break any law, and he agreed to the policy and possibility of involuntary bump when he bought his ticket. And so do you.
2) “Kicking a paying customer off an airplane!? I’m taking my business to Southwest!” Ummmm, okay. But just be sure you understand that every major airline, Southwest included, has a similar policy for involuntary bumping in a ‘must ride’ scenario. Don’t believe me? It’s called the contract of carriage. If you’re really bored, you can read Southwest’s here. Or Delta’s here. Believe me, it’s in there.  This could have been any airline. In fact, it happens all the time. Most people just don’t wrestle the feds in the aisle.
3: “So what’s this ‘must ride’ nonsense anyway? They shouldn’t bump a paying customer for a free employee ride!” I’m afraid you’re going to have to take this up with the federal government, not United. And it’s actually pretty important to you as an airline traveler anyway. They were not ‘freeloading home’. That’s called non-rev and they have to wait in line behind your checkbook and often don’t make it home to their families if flights are booked (believe me, I know). No, this was a must fly, a positive space situation. In layman terms, it means that a crew must be flown to an airport to man a flight in order to avoid cancellation of said flight due to crew unavailability. This is a federal DOT regulation, not an airline one. The airlines are required to do so to avoid disruption of air traffic. In other words, if there are no willing volunteers and they need seats to get a crew somewhere to avoid disruption of aviation flow, they can, will, must by federal regulation bump people for the better good of the 1000’s. Why? Because one cancelled flight has a serious domino affect in the delicate, complicated world of connections and aviation law.
4: “It’s the airline’s fault for not planning better!” You obviously have no clue about the complexities of aviation travel and should do some research. There are about a million and one things that can cause a crew shortage including but not limited to weather, maintenance, weather, connecting fight delays, weather, FAA timeout regs, and did I mention weather? I wish I could control Mother Nature because I would be one filthy rich person. But I can’t. And neither can United. So they inconvenience one, or four, to keep hundreds on track. Do the math. And of course, if we were on the other end of this thing, we’d be tirading and blowing up the internet because United didn’t bump a passenger to make sure our flight didn’t get cancelled and left hundreds stranded. Damned if you do; damned if you don’t. We’re a fickle crowd, we social media folks.
5: They shouldn’t have picked the minority Chinese doctor! It’s racist.” That’s just silly. Though federal regulation demands they involuntarily bump to prevent interruption of flights when necessary, each airline does have the leniency to determine how they choose the bumped passengers. They did not play spin the bottle or walk down the aisle looking for the Asian guy. Use your heads, people! There is a computerized algorithm that takes into account price of ticket, how long ago it was purchased, whether or not they can get the passenger to their destination in a timely manner, etc. It wasn’t an ‘Asian thing.’ Stop, people. Just stop.
6: “United should go under for assaulting that passenger! Fire the entire crew!” Read the facts. United neeeever touched the passenger. In fact, by all witness accounts, the United flight crew remained calm and pleasant throughout the entire event, never laying hands on the passenger. They followed protocol as required by law. Once law enforcement became involved (also as required by federal protocol), United stepped out of the decision-making process. They had nothing to do with the rest. The passenger was forcibly removed by federal aviation security (the disturbing clip that everyone is talking about) after running back into the secured area after being escorted out once. Once he did that, like it or not, they (law enforcement) were under full discretion of the law to apply necessary force to remove the threat. I’m not saying it’s pretty, but the only one who actually broke a law was the passenger. There’s a reason for these laws–it’s called 9/11. We can’t have it both ways. But by all means, let’s berate and punish an entire flight crew–in fact thousands of pilots, FA’s, gate attendents, ground crew, etc.–because it makes us all feel a little better.
7: “You piece of **it!” I get that the passengers were upset, angry, maybe even confused. I get that you are too. After all, media is tossing you out chunks of bloody meat like you’re a pack of starving wolves. But I’m seriously disgusted that the poor must ride crew that had to take those seats after the unfortunate mess that unraveled were verbally abused and threatened. Can you imagine the very uncomfortable position they were in? Then they were demeaned, belittled, threatened. Along with many others all over the internet and airports today. They were and are men and women doing their jobs to feed their families. Just. Like. You.  They didn’t have a choice. They didn’t ask for this. They didn’t assault anyone. They are not a corporation; they are individuals who need a job. They are my friends and maybe even my husband. There’s a very fine line between what you despise and becoming what you despise. Many of the comments and actions I have seen perpetrated against United employees cross it. Don’t become what you hate.
Like I said, I know you’re mad at United, but there’s much more to the story than hits the media fan.
I truly hope that this gives you something to chew on and gives you a smidgen more insight into the complexities of aviation. I’m not making excuses. I think there were bad decisions made on both sides. However, I am saying there are always two sides to every story. Make sure you consider them both.
Tailwinds.
***A correction to the previous article. Mr. Dao was indeed Vietmanese and not Chinese.  That quote was verbatim from a comment off the internet. I apology profusely for the confusion.
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Netherlands, not New Zealand


Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sighted New Zealand in 1642 and called it Staten Landt, supposing it was connected to a landmass of the same name at the southern tip of South America. In 1645, Dutch cartographers renamed the land Nova Zeelandia after the Dutch province of Zeeland.

Last week, the two N names were connected in Sibu, my home town. Naturally I did some queries as this involved New Zealand, my naturalised home. 


KUCHING: The three container loads of chicken wings that were buried in Sibu were brought in from the Netherlands and not New Zealand as earlier reported.

"The import of chicken products from The Netherlands was suspended on Dec 8, 2016 due to the outbreak of the highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) or Bird Flu," said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2219476, and BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-39514102

Chicken wings buried in Sibu from Netherlands, not New Zealand

Dear Ann,
 
Thank you for bringing this to issue to our attention. We have made enquiries and confirmed that the chicken wings are from the Netherlands. You may be interested in this article.  It is worth noting that New Zealand does not export poultry to Malaysia. Thank you again for contacting us.
 
Best Regards
Ministry for Primary Industries
From: ann chin [mailto:annkschin@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, 6 April 2017 11:45 a.m.
To: Info <Info@mpi.govt.nz>
Subject: A reliable source said the buried chicken wings were shipped in four containers from New Zealand.
 
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Chicken wings phobia hits Sibu

People shying away from eating chicken wings as they fear those sold were dug up at Bukit Aup SIBU: Chicken wing...

Dear Sirs,
 
I am a New Zealand citizen from Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia. There is much speculation that a lot of chicken wings were disposed of, and there is speculation that they came from NZ.
 
Naturally I am concerned and would like this speculation to be squashed.
 
Thanks,
 



 

Monday, April 3, 2017

MaMas




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This is a photo of me, ( little boy look)
This is a photo of my mama, her mama and her grand mama.

This is a photo with great memories.
My Dad was leaving our small town to study in the big city of London.


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Saturday, April 1, 2017

don't feed ducks in Summer.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/central-leader/89477343/dead-ducks-discovered-in-sandringham-waterway

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Dead ducks discovered in Sandringham waterway

Sandringham resident John McCaffery says ducks are dying near Kerr-Taylor Park due to botulism.
JAMES PASLEY/FAIRFAX NZ
Sandringham resident John McCaffery says ducks are dying near Kerr-Taylor Park due to botulism.
Residents want answers after discovering a flock of dead ducks floating in their local reserve's waterway.
Sandringham resident John McCaffery said he discovered about 20 duck corpses following heavy rain two and a half weeks ago.
McCaffery said he believed the ducks died due to botulism, a fatal disease that can originate from spores found in soil and water.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

airport hospitality ambassadors,





Yesterday, China's Premier Li Ke Qiang visited to Auckland. I was teaching volunteering to my students. I told them it was be excellent if they can volunteer in our airport.


When I am retired, I shall like to be a "bluecoat" in our Auckland International Airport.

Our airport hospitality ambassadors, otherwise known as 'bluecoats' for their distinctive coloured jackets, are on hand to offer passengers help when at the airport. They can help you find your way and direct you to what you need.
You can find the airport information helpdesks at a number of locations:

International terminal: in the public areas in check-in, departures and arrivals areas. In the passenger only area, the helpdesks can be found on the second floor and in the customs hall
Domestic terminal: in the main arrivals area, near baggage claim carousels 1 and 2.

Our volunteer programme began in 1995 and we’ve never looked back! If you are interested in becoming one of our airport ambassadors please contact our vhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifolunteer services manager Bella Onekawa on bella.onekawa@aucklandairport.co.nz.


http://www.aucklandairport.co.nz/AirportInformation/International-terminal/Terminal-services-and-facilities/Information-points.aspx





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ABC Wed, letter L

Three weeks ago, we had Tasman Tempest.
The cyclone was loud and fierce.
It roared like a lion.
There was too much rain.

It caused water to churn up the silt.
We had to limit our usage by 20 litres.
It means limiting washing our laundry.
Can't wait to see the last of this limitation.

Hot on the heels of Tasman Tempest,
We have the tail end of Cyclone Debbie.
2 months of rain fell in two day.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Starship Foundation



A beautiful Sarah came to fundraise for our national Hospital. I told her I will do a blog for her, and she didn't want her beautiful face photographed.



https://www.starship.org.nz/foundation

The Starship Foundation is a social-profit organisation that raises funds so Starship Children's Health can better care for its young patients.
The Starship Foundation's vision is to create meaningful and magical opportunities that enrich the health of every young New Zealander.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ABC wed letter K





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Letter K for king.
The King sits on the throne.
My friend Sue and I pretending to be the King and Queen.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

ABC Letter J for Jetty



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May I leave a message for susieeemac@gmail.com. Yahoo says my comment has been blocked. 

These houses have their own jetties. Lifestyle of the rich. not mine.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

ABC Letter J for jungle

Orang Utans in the jungle.

 The guide tells us what not to do.

 A yellow sign to advice  people what no to do. My brother Dr Henry Chan,  takes his son Jonathan, to appreciate nature at a young age. 6 years ago, Jonathan took me to the same place.


My youngest brother Dr. Henry Chan Chok Khuang and his lovely wife Elley Lina. I am very proud of Henry as he works for humanity and we share a lot of ideals.He is always traveling and attending conference on the environment. We tease him to be the protector of the orang-utans in the jungle.

He is leader for the Heart of Borneo (HoB). The Heart of Borneo Leader for WWF in Malaysia and Indonesia since March. He is based in Kuching but he travels a lot.


https://www.facebook.com/BorneoRainforests 
https://www.facebook.com/wwfhob
http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/where_we_work/borneo_forests/





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Session 3: Societal Response to Environmental Governance in Malaysia
Chairperson:Dr. Henry Chan Chok Khuang
Fellow, Asian Public Intellectuals



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

reduce usage of water.



 We have been having too much rain, and our council urges the citizens to reduce the water usage.

I am married to a water engineer and professor. He explained when there is too much rain, the rain brings down a lot of silt, and the water treatment plants can't cope.

http://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/articles/news/2017/03/aucklanders-urged-to-reduce-water-use-by-20-litres-per-day/ 














Wednesday, March 8, 2017

ABC Letter I for Letter I, I am woman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu4xpDuf84A

I was in Canada, at the university of Windsor when I was exposed to women's right. Helen Reddy's song I am woman became our anthem. We denounced the beauty contests.




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ABC Letter I for International Women's day.

International Women's Day (IWD) is March 8 and the 2017 campaign theme is Be Bold For Change.


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I celebrate with the women who come to my English Class.

I am very proud of Kate Sheppard. Her image appears on our ten dollar note. She is mainly responsible for New Zealand to be the first country to give women the vote in modern times.

Katherine Wilson Sheppard (10 March 1847 – 13 July 1934) was the most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement, and is the country's most famous suffragette. Because New Zealand was the first country to introduce universal suffrage, Sheppard's work had a considerable impact on women's suffrage movements in other countries. During one of the protest movement, she led a whole group of ladies to lie down on the road and the police couldn't do anything.



 





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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ABC Wed letter H for Highlands

The Kelabits, inhabitants of the Bario Highlands fought against the Japanese. During the rainy season, the buffalo is the best mode of transport.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ABC Wed, letter G for gannets





http://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/muriwai-gannet-colony/

From August to March each year you can watch the comings and goings of a busy gannet colony. It's hugely entertaining. These gannets pair for life, and every year, they fly from Australia to New Zealand, lay eggs , hatch the babies and fly back to Australia.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

locks of love

Once, I kept my healthy hair to my waist. I didn't know abt this donation, and the hairdresser didn't also. After I cut it, people asked me. So sayang. I had such luscious jet black hair.
I wrote in my latest book, and about a woman with cancer and donated her hair. The Playgroup Club.
Guidelines For Acceptable Donations. http://www.locksoflove.org/get-involved/
Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable.
10 inches measured tip to tip is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece.
Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid.
Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. If unsure, ask your stylist. We are not able to accept bleached hair due to a chemical reaction that occurs during the manufacturing process. **If the hair was bleached years ago and has completely grown out it is fine to donate.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Thursday Challenge: Roads

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Kunming Lanterns








May Lu Yieng Chu, Yek Jau Lang, Ling Liung Ong & Jenny lantern take their wish up the sky and grant them everything they wished for.

The grand finale of the Kai Chung School reunion. Francis Chen, the home based organiser had the idea of releasing these giant lanterns. He had to get police clearance to release these Kun Ming lanterns. Many of us released them, it was tricky to get enough hot air. I was busy taking photos. we were to make a wish before the balloons floated up and up and up.

My wish was to have more of these reunions, despite the time and effort the organisers took to plan this, the expenses of those who returned from all countries of the world.  I also had a prayer of thanks, that my students who were 14 and 15 when I taught them are now my LAU PENG YOU aka old friends.


Thanks to Francis, I have an unlit lantern so I can take it back with me to New Zealand to share it with my present students. It is going to stay put in my room.