Wednesday, November 30, 2011

save the world, Run or walk, prolong your life

I read about Move it, move it , a slogan for anti Alzheimer's disease. The more physically active a person is, the more likely his brain will stay healthy as he ages. They say regular aerobic exercise can help prevent or delay this horrible disease.

The hay day of my running was 7 years ago when I ran the quarter marathon. I hung up my running shoes as soon as I finished the race. My husband keeps telling me that I mustn't rest on my past laurels, and been encouraging me to run again.

With the weather warming up, I decided I will walk again, and bought two pairs of shoes. One is a tone-walker and one has unique gel technology. They should set the path for me to walk again.

Activation toning pods create natural and multi-directional instablility while you walk, run or jog during your regular fitness regime.

Key Benefits

The arc shaped sole naturally activates your body’s core support and leg muscles. This in effect forces your muscles to exert more effort with every step you take.

The simple rolling motion with each stride in the TONEWALKER creates an u setting compared to walking on a completely flat surface. The rolling foot motion you go through stimulates your leg and glute muscles into action.

Due to the distinct profile of your TONEWALKERs, you are required to increase focus on your centre of balance to maintain walking stability. This in turn triggers more concentration on walking posture and form.

Shatter - a women's netball and athletic shoe featuring unique Gel technology to minimise heel strike impact pressure while maximising energy return.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Outdoor Wednesday: University of Windsor

We rented big American cars. One of them was Oldsmobile. We packed so many of us in it like sardines. Now I recall why I don't like journeies, my fun begins only when we arrive at the destination.

This photo is for you Ning and Wong, somehow, we went that trip without you.

The international students in Windsor university worked very hard. We had to, our parents paid for our expensive fees and accommodation. We were not allowed to work. So most of us did summer school.

Once in a while, we rented a car and went to unwind and have fun. For thise who could drive, these big American cars were a joy. I drove at home, but I am not very adventurous, I don't drive other people's car. Today, I avoid driving my husband's car.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A summer Christmas in Auckland New Zealand.

Christmas at Rocket Park, organised by Mt Albert Baptist Church.

We raised money for Plunket. I was glad to see my favourite Plunket nurse, Jane.
I was busy giving out Goodie bags, so I spoke to Jane briefly.

We sold coffee to build a well in Thailand.

Summer means sand and beach. This bouncy castle depicts one at the beach. Free bouncing is a hit with little children.

Face painting, I had to get Gloria to stand where the sun was good for the photo. She was very patient until her friends went away.

Here is Albert, the team leader of the ESOL students and Chinese Fellowship volunteers. He is standing with Eric and Mary Regondi, our newest ESOL students from Argentina. Behind them is our personalised Christmas tree. I want to thank Tom Lovatt and Kuda from Zimbawi who took a lot of time to make the tree behind my personalised tree. Sorry you couldn't see a green band with Pasifika theme and red bow. This was to tell the 30 or so volunteers where we would assemble. We had a picnic. Asian picnics are done in style and a big way. We had sushi, fried noodles, friend rice, dumplings. Pity I did not think of taking photos.

The lovely Jessica Lovatt, Tom's sister.

Hello from Argentina.

Meet my newset friends. Eric and Mary are pastors of Renacer Church in Co'rdoba Argentina. They are in New Zealand for 5 weeks visiting their daughter. They came to our ESOL class on Wednesday at Mt Albert Baptise Church. I invited them to our Christmas in Rocket park.

They joined the ESOL students and Chinese fellowship by our special tree, and ate of Chinese and Japanese food. I asked Eric if he enjoyed the evening. He said yes, and it was very special and eating the Chinese food was delightful.

I sang to Mary, a little bit of " Don't cry for me Argentina."

Saturday, November 26, 2011

sunday stills: Bokeh

Sunday Stills-Bokeh (November 27th)
Posted in Sunday Stills, Sunday Stills Challenge of the Week on November 20, 2011 by Linda

This weeks Sunday Stills challenge comes from Trapper Creek Daughter. She’s taken some amazing photographs and has a very well written tutorial on moon shots. Here’s the next challenge;
I recently joined a Flickr group dedicated to bokeh and while I was going through the archives looking for some candidates to submit, I got the idea for the challenge.
From Wiki: “Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.” Bokeh is not just for DSLRs with fast lenses. While bokeh is easiest to create with a DSLR due to their larger sensors, it is not impossible to do with a point & shoot.
Bokeh is created in one of two ways. A short focal length between the camera and the subject and wide aperture (small number, i.e. f/2.8 if your lens will open that wide) while keeping the background as far away as possible. A long focal length between the camera and subject, and the widest corresponding focal length while still keeping the distance between the subject and background as large as possible. A longer focal length will increase the depth of field – a larger focus plain – so the background would have to be farther away than with short focal lengths, otherwise it will all be in focus!Bokeh generally falls into two main categories: Hollywood style and cream cheese. Here are some examples of each:
Hollywood style;

Sorry Ed,
I have done a Bokeh challenge before, but I am still as clueless as before. So I interprete it as focus on your subject, and your surrounding is very blurred.

Friday, November 25, 2011

New ZEaland Election 2011.

I voted today, and not every woman had a vote in our history.

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.

Sheppard played a considerable part in getting the women's suffrage bill was successfully passed, granting women full voting rights. Sheppard herself was widely acknowledged as the leader of the women's suffrage movement.

An elderly friend in her 80s told me that when she was growing up, the girls wanted to be like Kate.
"On 19 September 1893 the governor, Lord Glasgow, signed a new Electoral Act into law. As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

In most other democracies – notably Britain and the United States – women did not win the right to the vote until after the First World War. New Zealand's world leadership in women's suffrage became a central part of our image as a trail-blazing 'social laboratory'."

I felt very funny at how flimsy the ballot boxes are, They are just card board boxes. In 1974, Sarawak had a election. As a teacher in Kai Chung school, together with Miss Chieng, i was invited to count the votes.

It was serious busniess, the ballot boxes were made of heavy metal and had a strong padlock. I felt very important that night. An experience I will tell my grand children about. I suppose I can consider that as one of my bucket list.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

FSO: Lawn Tools


Here is my friendly mower. He was mowing my lawn when I came home from work. I asked if I could take his photo, and he obliged. Then he asked me why I wanted his photo. I wanted to be cheeky and say I wanted to make him the most famous mower in the world. But I just smiled, I have to be careful with what I say.

In fields where it is not even, and swampy in my town of birth, Sibu, in Borneo, many grass cutters use a string trimmer.

November 25 - Lawn Tools.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

outdoor wednesday: Christmas in the Park.


Christmas in Rocket Park is another Mt Albert Baptist community event where we raise funds for a local charity. In 2011 it will once again be Mt Albert Plunket.

It is summer here in New Zealand. This Sunday, the Mt Albert Baptist church is organising her 3rd Christmas in Rocket Park. See you there.

Monday, November 21, 2011

My World Tuesday: University of Windsor, international day
When I was at the University of Windsor, I joined the Malaysian Indonesiian and Singapore Association, aka as MISSA. I was the assistant liaison officer, and secretary.

Once a year, we joined other nations in celebration of International Night. That year, I was part of the Candle dance. Can't remember who the others were, but it was a beautiful dance. We were young then in 1975-77.

I heard the steel drums from the Carribean for the first time.