Thursday, January 31, 2013

FSO: Camera

The meme for this week is introducing your camera. I drew a picture  of my camera in my other blog post.

This is not a photo of my camera but it is a photo of that era early 1970s. A Black and White of a school hockey team.

Facebook brought me back to some of these girls. I posted a photo in my blog of Jasnah and me with some teachers. Jasnah was googling and found herself and she messaged me.  Hii Mee Kee was a FB friend of another friend, and she lives in in UK. Someone led me to Rohani who is now a minister in the Government. Finally I found Ivy Ngui.

I am doing this post because Ivy read my news feed of my Face book.  Kai Chung School had an appeal for books and she replied. She sent boxes of books.

As for this group of hockey players, we didn't win, but we were available.It's not easy being in a team knowing we will never beat the reigning Champions, the 3 Rivers School in Mukah. We actually pitied our coach, Jason Chua.

FSO: Introduce Us to Your Camera

sorry it's been so long ago since I used this camera in 1970. I was 16,  It has a brown case and long thin strap. I have to draw from imagination.

It wasn't my camera, it was my dad's. He went to England in 1956 and bought it. It was special,  it looks like a modern camera but you need to press the button, and the lens comes out like a concertina. I haven't seen it   any where else. Dad let us kids use it when we joined our school photography club. You have to adjust the aperture.

When I was in the club, I was the only kid with a camera, and these other kids monopolised them because they didn't have one. We took photos and developed them in the school's dark room. I didn't stay long because these kids kept monopolising the camera.

The negatives have 12 shots, and come out in 2 inch square. Photography was an expensive game. you took your finished roll of film, and then you wait 5 days and it was black and white.

Sadly, in the Tropics, there were termites. Most of the photos were gone.

Today, I use a digital.

February 1: Introduce Us to Your Camera After all, it is like a member of the family! Tell us about your first camera, how you became involved in photography, etc.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hello Ann and Deborah,
We set up the Forever in my heart exhibition today.  It runs from tomorrow, 31 January, until Monday, 4 February.  Gratefully I had 8 people helping me. We are all a bit exhausted, but satisfied with the job done.
Here is a short video of what the gallery looks like.  
Thank you so much for your book and Deborah's drawings.  I have framed one of your poems, Empty Arms, and placed it next to your book.
May this pay tribute to your son, Andrew, and all the babies who are lost to us, but still remain in our hearts.
Just Giving:
Mobile: 07904955395

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Alphabe-Thursday: Letter K for kindergarten

It is very formal in Singapore. When Sam graduated, he wore a full graduation regalia and a mortar board. They had a concert and a party.

He went to Jurong Christian Church Kindergarten and went by bus.

 Myers Kindergarten in the city

Myers Park is a narrow park in central Auckland, New Zealand, running parallel to the upper part of Queen Street. It is characterised by steep, grassed slopes and canopied with a mixture of large exotic and native trees, including an alley of large palm trees. Benches and artwork (including a heritage marble copy of Michelangelo's sitting Moses statue) line the paths connecting to Queen Street, K Road, Grey's Avenue and Aotea Square. Running downhill from the northern slope of the Karangahape ridge, the park was formed in 1914 out of an overgrown gully facing towards the Waitemata Harbour.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Outdoor/wordless Wednesday.

 Muraiwai beach to see the gannet colony.

  1. There aren’t many rules for this blog – mostly the usual ones: Every Wednesday, post a photo that speaks for itself (and you are the one to make that judgment!).
  2. Post only photos that you have authority to use.
  3. Include a link to this blog in your post -
  4. Leave the link to your Wordless Wednesday post below on Mr. Linky.
  5. Visit other blogs that are posted, being sure to leave a comment.
  6. Enjoy!

Save the world/our world from Hungary to New Zealand.

To save the world, in New Zealand, families and schools grow the Swan plant for butterflies.

Update: I connected Bela and Ellen, I am curious how he came to my Facebook.

For Bela and Ellen, may the fluttering of our Monarch butterfly sent you nice vibes as you renew your friendship

When I wrote my book, my main intention was to help help the bereaved and their friends. Little did I think that I would connect long lost pen pals of friends half way round the world.

Bela is from Hungary, and through some amazing series of events, she was looking for Ellen who goes to my church, and whose daughter Jennifer had gone to Camp America, and I did an interview of her.

How cool is this? I feel vindicated when I hear some one saying me that I dwell too much on Andrew and to go on with life.

Dear Ellen and Jennifer,

This is amazing. I am thrilled for you. I knew my post is to help people, and I helped connect you .



 Dear Ann!
I’m Béla Baji from Hungary. I was corresponding with a New Zealand girl when I was young. Her name was Ellen Koelet, and lived in Auckland. Our correspondence lasted for more, than ten years, and I learned much of your beautiful, and peaceful country. This correspondence was a great help for me, in learning English too. But the greatest experience was, when we discovered, that both of us are commited Christians.
As I’m getting closer to the age of sixty, the recollections of my young age are getting stronger. So I have had the thought for monthes of typing her name in the Google. Some days ago I did. You can emagine, my dismay and sorrow, when I found her on your homepage under the title: „Diary of a Bereaved Mother…”
I realised, that the story itself must have happened at least fifteen years ago, as she is just 2-3years younger than me.
I’m interested in a lot of things: Has she got other children? How, and where does she live now? How is her family, and church now? I would like to hear of your beatiful country again. What changes has happened there? What about the global warming, and environmental chrisis of the Globe? And so on.
I’m 58, live in the centre of the Great plain of the Carpatian Basin in Central Europe. I’m married, and have two sons Gedeon 24, Olivér 22. I met my wife in the Hungarian Methodist Churh, her name is Joli.
I’m an expert on plants, organic gardening, and especially on permaculture. I have growing an permaculture experimental site for twety six years near the town, I live in. The idea of permaculture came from Australia, and well known in New Zealand too, I think. We heve an informal permaculture association in Hungary. I’m often invited to give advices, design, presentations. 
I ask you, to forward this letter to Ellen, if you can, or give me her e-mail address, if she has, if not, her postal address.
My postal address is: Béla Baji, H-2766 Tápiószele, Pesti u 2. Hungary
My e-mail:
Best wishes: Béla Baj

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Stills:The Next Challenge: Fabrics

I am planning to use these fabrics for my Chinese New Year talk to the St John ambulance members.

The Next Challenge: Fabrics

Sounds a bit silly but it will be a fun challenge, not only are we looking for fabrics but use some macro skills and show the texture of some fabrics as well…:-)

Sunday Stills/scenic : Letter F

The Next Challenge: The Letter F

Time for a letter challenge and this week its the letter”F”.  I figured we have not done one of these challenges in awhile and should be fun and if its too cold to go outside you can do a scavenger hunt in the house….. Have fun..

photo hunt: Jan 26 : An Architecture or building you like or which is special

Many of the churches in Auckland have this style. The bell chimes at 9 am, and wakes me up so I won't be late for my 11am service in Mt Albert Baptist Church. You must be laughing, being late at 11 am. I must have partied hard on Saturday. Actually I work on the computer till the wee hours of the morning.

Jan 26 :  An Architecture or building you like or which is special

Saturday, January 26, 2013

FSO: Money

This coin ingot was Chinese money. Now, it is for decoration of in the movies.

These days , we are so dependent of the cashless society. Sometimes, you can't find a cent in my wallet.

On some Sundays at Mt Albert Baptist Church, I manned the EFTPOS terminal, New Zealand's electronic transfer machine. Handling other people's money is stress ful to me. On Sunday, it was extremely stressful. I had a lot of business. My church was selling shares to help build a well in Thailand. We were selling token water. I was amazed that people paid above value to the share values.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Alphabe-Thursday: Letter J for Japanese cake, Mochi

Japanese Style Sticky cake or Mochi. These sticky cake is made from the sticky rice, aka glutinous which is used by Asians for their cakes. The rice is pounded to flour.

This one is made of green tea with a stuffing I think is red bean paste.

This cake is famous to the West through by the wide publicity that people choke to death from the sticky cake.

Our world/save our world:Looking out for others.

This is a thank you post to the publican in this hotel. Last week, I parked in front of this pub and dining place to my green grocer and butcher just a couple of stores down. My 16 year old son wanted to remain in the car.

When I went back to my car, a tramp/hobo was harassing my son. I was worried. The publican told to to go away.

My son said he wasn't afraid, the tramp was asking me to buy him a drinking. After I settled, I went to thank the Publican. There were 2 other patrons, they say," Don't worry, we look out for the cars all the time."

There, To the Crown Hotelier, Thank you. Bouquets.

Ban plastic bags?

Ban plastic bags?

  1. There aren’t many rules for this blog – mostly the usual ones: Every Wednesday, post a photo that speaks for itself (and you are the one to make that judgment!).
  2. Post only photos that you have authority to use.
  3. Include a link to this blog in your post -
  4. Leave the link to your Wordless Wednesday post below on Mr. Linky.
  5. Visit other blogs that are posted, being sure to leave a comment.
  6. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Stills/scenic sunday/bridge in Auckland

a new walk bridge in Auckland.

Sunday Stills the Next Challenge: Big Sky

So for  this challenge use the rule of thirds  and set your horizon in the bottom third of the pic and get some great sky shots. Day or night, cloudy or sunny. Cool blue or white from total cloud cover or spotty clouds. Even use sunrises and sunsets, the possibilities are endless…. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

FSO: and weekend reflection: Frozen in time.

Traditionally, the barber's pole were red and blue. When it is turned on, the lines will twirl. I have no idea why this one is black and white.  A hint of reflection on the window.

Barbers also used to be surgeons and perform operations. The barber pole is actually the symbol for the barber/surgeon, blood and bandages.
The modern barber pole originated in the days when bloodletting was one of the principal duties of the barber. The two spiral ribbons painted around the pole represent the two long bandages, one twisted around the arm before bleeding, and the other used to bind is afterward. Originally, when not in use, the pole with a bandage wound around it, so that both might be together when needed, was hung at the door as a sign. But later, for convenience, instead of hanging out the original pole, another one was painted in imitation of it and given a permanent place on the outside of the shop. This was the beginning of the modern barber pole.

January 18: Frozen in TimeThis is your chance to be creative with the theme!