Monday, October 8, 2018

abc letter N: Nostalgic

When I was 20 months old, Dad went to England. He would tell us anecdotes of his time there.

This is nostalgic. One day Dad bought a big block of cheese.
Mum said," such a big block, must be very expensive."

Dad said, "Yes, I bought the cheese for our children to have tasted cheese. I don't want them to be country bumpkins and never have eaten cheese before."

He cut the cheese into small pieces and asked us to eat them with crackers.
The word country bumpkin was a very sensitive word. Dad told us in England, the Africans were very friendly to him and his Sarawak friends. But the Hong Kong students were show offs and treated Dad as a country bumpkin.
That big block of cheese would have cost him a lot.

When I eat cheese, it is a big block of cheese. The husband doesn't eat cheese and the son eats soft cheese.

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two-year-old boy who died waiting two hours
two-year-old boy who died waiting two hours
The devastated parents of a two-year-old boy who died waiting two hours in an emergency room blame the health system for their son's death.

Doctor under fire for failing to refer a patient for diagnostic testing

This is horrendous news. Even with my case, there had been delay because some one didn't follow through their work.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

dumping plastics

Throughout last year New Zealand sent 6300 tonnes of plastic to Malaysia.
Nearly 6000 tonnes have already been exported there so far this year.
New Zealand recyclers who have plastic piles mounting in their yardssay they have no choice but to ship it elsewhere.
Flies are buzzing around bales of waste at the Smart Environmental processing plant in Thames, where waste from 16 councils is waiting to be shipped overseas.

Plastic waste litters a river near Kota Kinabalu.


Friday, October 5, 2018

My Journey with Cancer

Ann Chin

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

ABC WED Letter M for Marae

This little Marae was some little girl's doll's house. When the Marae at Bastion point was burnt, The girl donated her doll's house.  The Marae is a traditional meeting place for the Maori people of New Zealand.
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Monday, September 24, 2018

my journey with cancer book

Unexpectedly two months ago I have been told of my predicament. I started to write as Part II of this book.

4 weeks ago, I had a surgery to remove 2 cancerous nodules and had a thyroidectomy. The surgery was fine, but like people who had their thyroid gland removed, they need medication for life, and constant checking to see if the cancer has returned. I wrote this book to help anyone who might be face with this. 

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My latest book, a cancer warrior

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ABC Letter L for LOVE

In Singapore, I once helped a cat and dog centre. The wet market people know the owner Kathy, they keep chicken hearts and liver free of charge. She cooks it with white rice. Sometimes old Ah Pek and Ah Mu volunteer to help her. A lot of these old people not allow to keep pets in the HDB. So they go there.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

give your seat for a pregnant woman.

Dumbfounded by the lack of care, Brydie Lee-Kennedy ended up sitting on the man's hand and bag, leading to an awkward commute.
Lee-Kennedy, who lives in London, took to Twitter to share her experience which has since gone viral.
"Well it finally happened in my 8th month of pregnancy," she wrote about the encounter on her Twitter page.
"I just sat on a man's hand and bag when he wouldn't move them off the last spare seat on the bus. We're now sharing a very quiet ride."

whooping cough

A mother has shared a heartbreaking video of her 18-month-old son suffering from whooping cough.
The video shows the little boy coughing and crying as he sits whimpering in his distraught father's arms.
US mum Jessica Leigh Boren says her son contracted whooping cough after she stopped vaccinating him, and posted the video as a warning to other parents not to make the same mistake.
"This is guilt. Guilt of putting not only my son at risk, but my community too," she says in her now-viral Facebook post. "This is why you SHOULD vaccinate and protect your children.
"This is a mother that see's 'anti-vaxx' all over social media and becomes terrified. Unsure whether to give or not give vaccines (even though she did for both of her girls).
"Terrified to 'pump her baby with poison'. Worried she's harming her child. So she stops vaccinating after 6 months. (ETA: I tried "spacing them out" so he did not get all 3 shots.)
"This is a baby boy struggling to breathe and turning blue with every cough. Coughing for over a minute each time. Multiple times an hour. For 5 days. Getting worse by the second.
"This is my happiest child, unable to laugh without having a coughing spell."
This is Whooping Cough. 😔 This is Brody. An 18 month old boy. Our 3rd child. Our first son. This is a mother that...
Posted by Jessica Leigh Boren on Wednesday, 5 September 2018
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the lungs and airways.
Commonly known as the "100 day cough", it is most serious in babies under the age of 12 months.
Boren's post has been shared more than 84,000 times and her videos have more than five million views.
The mother of three explained her message is not an attempt to "bash the anti-vaxx community" or place any blame on anyone, but purely to tell her story and warn other parents of her horrible experience.

18-month-old Brody contracted whooping cough. Photo / Facebook / Jessica Leigh Boren
18-month-old Brody contracted whooping cough. Photo / Facebook / Jessica Leigh Boren
Back home in New Zealand, Tauranga is currently caught in the grip of a whooping cough outbreak which has already doubled last year's numbers.
And health authorities are warning parents to immunise their babies from the potentially fatal disease.
In 2017, Tauranga recorded a total of 75 cases of whooping cough. This year to date, there have been 155 cases.
Toi Te Ora Public Health Organisation chief medical officer Dr Phil Shoemack said it affected babies the most and in extreme cases, they could die.
''Babies can struggle to breathe, and it's very distressing particularly in the under 1-year-olds. Often they are admitted to hospital as it affects their ability to breath because they have smaller lung capacity.''
''It can be life-threatening ... and there have been documented instances where children under the age of 1 have died.''
New Zealand data from the immunisation schedule revealed only 85 to 90 per cent of children were vaccinated against whooping cough, which required three shots at different ages from 6 weeks to 5 months and one before they started school.
Dr Shoemack said more parents needed to immunise their babies.
Antibiotics could be administered but were used mainly to stop the person infecting others, he said.
A vaccine and booster shots were also available for adults, older people and pregnant women, which Shoemack said was advisable as immunity was not lifelong.

Jessica Leigh Boren (left) and her husband (right) with their son Brody. The 18-month-old contracted whooping cough after not being vaccinated. Photo / Facebook / Jessica Leigh Boren

Monday, September 10, 2018

ABC Wed, letter J for Joyful

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Feeling joyful with my Asian grocery store that provides a free reuse able bag for every 50 dollars worth of products you buy. Good on you Jaden. Soon New Zealand will do away plastic bags.


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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

ABC Letter I for Intravenous therapy (IV)

Intravenous therapy (IV) is a therapy that delivers liquid substances directly into a vein (intra- + ven- + -ous). The intravenous route of administration can be used for injections (with a syringe at higher pressures) or infusions (typically using only the pressure supplied by gravity). Intravenous infusions are commonly referred to as drips. The intravenous route is the fastest way to deliver medications and fluid replacement throughout the body, because the circulation carries them. Intravenous therapy may be used for fluid replacement (such as correcting dehydration), to correct electrolyte imbalances, to deliver medications, and for blood transfusions.

You may say my family is a funny lot.

Happiness is being able to help others.
Here is my little bro Dr Henry Chan doing the honourable thing. I wrote in my book from China to Borneo to China were back in the 1960s, donating blood was not the done thing.
In 1968, my grandma had kidney surgery. We paid two trishaw men. She was in Sibu, the surgery was in Kapit, the boat ride was almost a whole day. We paid for their boat ride, hotel and food. and I can't remember if it was an ang bao of $150 or $200 per person.
Grandma told us, there were 2 men, one was an old hand in blood "donation". The young one was a novice, he came to see grandma, clutching her hand, and telling her, he was doing it to save her.
10 yrs later, I went to Canada and donated blood. My two bros followed suit. My aunties scolded us and reminded that we had to pay for grandma's surgery.
The funny thing was the Sarawak blood technician asked me if I minded if they give my blood to a non Chinese. I just told him to give it to whoever needed it.

Ann, your brother here is a regular blood donor. The blood bank calls him almost every month. The machine is so high tech, it can harvest the blood component needed (platelet) only


Thursday, August 30, 2018



NATIONAL GRIEF AWARENESS DAY. When a loved one dies, the void they leave affects everyone differently. On August 30, National Grief Awareness Day recognizes the time it takes to heal from loss doesn't have a prescribed course and is a reminder closure comes in many forms.

On this day we will educate society about the myths, cliches, and the stigma surrounding grief.
Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that all who are grieving receive the support they need.

I, Ann Chin, the self appointed ambassador for bereavement and grieving. I share my message, to those grieving, It's OK to cry. To caregivers allow your love ones to cry. The Chan family remembers their mom and celebrates that she gave life to us.

The butterfly is Nature's way of reminding us that there is Hope in grief. When the caterpillar is no more... the butterfly exists in ultimate Freedom and Beauty.  The butterfly’s metamorphosis resembles our life.  It has endurance, Hope and Life.