Monday, December 31, 2012

Sunday Stills: The Next Challenge: Your Best Shot(S) of 2012

WheWhen I was growing up in Borneo, we had animals and feathered friends. They were not out pets as such, but working animals. In Auckland you can keep about 6 hens as pets, provided the coop is away from public places. You can't keep chicken in confined places. Last Christmas, which is summer here, we were infested with flies and the stench blew all round the neighbourhood. Visitors refused to sat long. I wrote to the council, and later, I saw them move the coop away from the fence. One day, I saw a "space astronaut at their footpath." Not long after, This news came on TV. Sunday Stills, the next challenge: pets Scientists warn of danger of backyard chickens Published: 6:12PM Wednesday December 12, 2012 Source: ONE News Backyard chickens are popular as a daily source of fresh healthy eggs, but a recent study suggests the birds could also be a source of illness. In a world-first study, Government scientists tested the faeces of 291 backyard chickens. Environment Science and Research's Brent Gilpin told ONE News: "What we found was that more than half of those samples contained campylobacter and 86% of the flocks were positive." Although some level of contamination was expected, the high levels came as a surprise. The lab now believes backyard chickens are making hundreds of people sick each year - possibly even thousands. "It's become a more popular activity and I think we fail to realise that it's a bit different to your cat or your dog in that they do have what is a quite serious illness potentially transmitted via their faecal material," Gilpin said. People are being reminded to wash their hands after collecting eggs and coming into contact with chickens.


Photo hunt, Bells:The rampage in the northeastern state of Connecticut

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Our friend from UK, Magician Bernard Bell performed in many schools in Singapore. Xing Nam school gave him this bell in appreciation for his free show. Bernard gave it to us, he said, when you see this bell, it will remind you of the real bell.

Bernard Bell was originally from England, then travelled the world to give pleasure with his magic shows for free and spreading God's good news.
We invited him to stay with us when he came to Singapore. We were impressed with his humble lifestyle. Our hospitality was nothing compared to the good work he was doing.
I made a lot of new friends who came to watch his show in my house. There was a G. whose son had watch Bernard in his school. He came home to tell G. that she had to see Bernard's show in my house because he was so good, and he wanted G. to video his act. G. became my friend.
Indeed I have a tinge of sadness when I see it. Bernard passed away not long after that in New Zealand. 15th ~ Bells This meme was chosen long ago. Yet, today, For Whom the Bell Tolls? the bells toll for all the little children and adults gunned down senselessly in a rampage in the northeastern state of Connecticut


FSO/ Chinese/Penans/Punans adapting to new life.

Christmas is a relatively new adopted tradition in my family. Dad introduced it to us after he returned from England, Christmas was a basically a religious event, plus the trimmings of an supper after church. As we adapt to a new life when Mum and dad went to live in Australia, the trimmings become more lavish.

It was twenty seven years ago when I had Christmas with my parents and brothers and their families in Australia. This year, I made an impromptu trip to Australia and celebrated Christmas with them at Joseph's house.

What is Christmas like Down under without the snow?

Joseph roasted/smoked his turkeys in an American Weber BBQ, and Charles did his yummy ham. We had a great time despite the hot Australian summer. There were prawn platter, chicken, salad, salami, beef jerky, fruit platter and the fiercely claimed by Australia and New Zealand Pavlova. And plenty of champagne and vodka to wash down the food.

My brothers are great cooks.

This is a Penan or Punan woman. The Penans are nomadic people in Sarawak,Borneo. Here she is using her nose to play a flute.

My younger brother, Dr Henry Chan, an anthropologist spent a lot of time in the jungle with them.
In 2009, I went up to the Mulu mountains and we were taken up to a resettlement. I wondered if the people felt more comfortable in the bush of in the new long houses which are foreign to them.

Chook chook chook, come to daddy.

The Next Challenge: Your Best Shot(S) of 2012

For the last challenge of 2012 its time to look back over the past year and pick a few  of your best shots or just your favorite shots.

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