Wednesday, May 30, 2012
"Oh my friend, has not seen you for a long time..."
Four of the Taichi members met "Long March 2" first time after almost 2 years due to her frequent changes of home.
"Long March 2" is code name for our old friend in the old folks home. (You wonder who is Long March 1 ?"
As the home is nearer to Kajang, I brought 5 members to visit her this morning. We saw rare smile on face of Long March 2 despite raining since early morning.
Pei Yee who is back from US to visit her ailing grandmother, was with us too. (Pei Yee is Mrs Lee's eldest daughter).
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I know Peter Tan (above left) of Seremban through Legion fellowship more than 22 years ago.
Three weeks ago he underwent an angioplasty in Serdang hospital and is recovering well at home.
My wife and I, accompanied by Anna and Stephen of Seremban visited him at home this morning, and was warmly welcome by him and his wife.
Peter (78) is an active legionary and regularly making hospital and home visitations until the discovery of his heart problem 2 months ago.
His heart blockage has been cleared but not his emotional and spiritual blockage.
Being a regular church goer, he lamented the closure of Adoration room of his parish.
The Adoration Room was built through generous donation of parishioners and was well used by regular church goers... to pray, to meditate, to adore and to rest in the Lord.
The room is now shuttered by the parish priest due to some reasons which were not fully agreed by parishioners. “people sleeping inside", "young boys and girls courting inside"... ( Blogger: means When your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out?..)
He is still feeling sad despite of his successful angioplasty.
We bid goodbye to Peter and wife, to visit a lady in an old folks home in Sikamat New Village.
Maria (71) has just been moved into this open nursing home less than a month. It is home for folks that can look after themselves.
Home is divided into male and female sections. Inmates are free to do activities of their choice, such as morning exercise, cleaning chores, watching TV, drink and dine outside the home with visitors...
The place is spacious and comfortable and Maria is happy to be here.
The home is managed by a NGO.
Maria 玛利亚 （71岁）刚在不到一个月前，搬进这家开放式的老人院。这里地方广阔，相当舒适。这里只收容能够自顾的老人。
All inmates are single. This couple feeling romantic ... romancing under the tree... hoped the home authority does not chop it down because of them.. ( A big rambutan tree in the home that provides shades and cools the place)
Monday, May 28, 2012
他说就算林冠英“去割” (potong)成为回教徒，也不能够担任首相，因为他不是真正的穆斯林，他的名字只是有一个Bin Abdullah 而已。。。
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Another case of abuse and corruption in Malaysia
Cops seize phones, cash from migrants
A group of Burmese migrant workers is crying foul over a raid on their squatter houses near Kajang by police and immigration officers, which saw 31 handphones and RM11,000 in cash seized and 14 of them arrested.
According to the workers, more than 40 police and 15 immigration officers arrived in two trucks and a patrol car at their houses in Kampung Baru Balakong in the wee hours of last Saturday.
The 1am raid occurred just after pay day for the nearly 200 Burmese men and two women, employed at the nearby Bina Plastic Factory.
"I believe they were watching and they knew that it was pay day for the workers," said Father George Harrison, who represented the migrant workers.
The assistant parish priest told Malaysiakini that all the Burmese were properly documented and had valid working permits.
"But they (the police) did not see, or do not want to see (their documents)."
Harrison related claims of the migrant workers, some of whom are parishioners at the Holy Family Church in Kajang, where he is stationed.
The police, he was told, "moved in aggressively and frightened the residents", forcing them to come out of their rooms and houses.
As they stood outside, the migrant workers told Harrison the police and immigration officers ransacked their homes, seizing at least 31 handphones and a total of RM11,000 in cash.
To his knowledge, from talking to those who were victims of the raid, the priest said the police provided no documentation the handphones and money seized, as is a normal police procedure for such seizures.
Mistreatment of migrant workers
The police were also said to have broken down some of the doors to the houses and rooms and injured one man, Myo Win Tun, who was asleep when the raid took place.
Myo said the police officers dragged him by his hair and punched him on the face, causing him to suffer a swollen face.
Fourteen Burmese were also arrested and were taken to the Semenyih Immigration Detention Depot, Harrison said.
The priest added that they have lodged a report with Tenaganita on the police and immigration raid and seizures.
However, Tenaganita, an NGO fighting for the rights of migrant workers, would neither confirm nor deny the report, stressing that it had a duty of confidentiality on on-going cases.
This new complaint follows a long list of alleged mistreatment of migrant workers by Malaysian authorities and Rela members, even those with valid permits and documentation.
Many foreign workers have complained of systematic harassment and extortion by the authorities.
Malaysia's treatment of migrant communities has drawn international censure, especially with what happened to detainees in immigration centres, with the country being chastised in at least one United Nations finding.
(This news is not reported in main stream newspapers)
Friday, May 25, 2012
Better place, battered spirit, a purgatory with lesser fire.
Visited my old friend today yet at another new nursing home.
She has been moved again, but this time to a better place... and by far the best home for her.
The place is clean, less crowded, and with a nice small tree and shade.
But it does not help her battered spirit. She is frail and her whisper hardly audible.
Heard from the helper, sometimes, she refused to eat and drink for the whole day, and demanded to go home.....
She does not seem to enjoy her favourate food we brought.
I told her to be in peace with herself... this is a good place for her to stay until God's calling her home.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
After a month's holiday back home, Mei left for Scotland with Amanda on Wednesday morning on a 2:00 am flight with a stopover at Dubai.
It would take them almost 20 hours to reach home at Aberdeen.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
The last 2 days (18 & 19) of our tour centered in Solo.
I fell in love with Solo more than 45 years ago because of the Indonesian song 『Begawan Solo 』 in Mandarin（梭罗河之恋） sung by Malaysian famous singer Pan Xiu Qiong in the sixties. It was a river flowing with romance and love. (another version of Begawan Solo 1962)
Begawan Solo (River Solo) is the longest river in Java.
Finally, I was standing by the river of Solo ... but without the romance and nostalgic feelings. Today, Solo River, like thousands of rivers in Indonesia and throughout the world, has been gravely polluted and silted.
I was disappointed but feeling grateful (good Karma) to stand by its bank after almost half a century later.
We went off the beaten track, up to a national park to see a waterfall and Sukuh Hindu temple ruin nearby.
The Sukuh temple was one of the last temples built in Java. It has a distinctive thematic reliefs from other temples where life before birth and sexual education are its main theme (kama Sutra).
Solo is a greener and much more beautiful city than Jogjakarta and Semarang. The roads are lined with trees and shrubs.
We left Solo for home today at about 2:30 pm. and reached KLIA 2 hours 20 minutes later. （more pics in Facebook ）
Friday, May 18, 2012
Thursday 17/5/2012 was a public holiday in Indonesia in conjunction with the Ascension of the Lord, a Catholic day of obligation and solemnity.
My wife and I were not able to attend Ascension Mass because of our early departure from Semarang to Solo.
However, at about 8:45am, while our tour members were visiting the building of thousand windows, a historical landmark of Semarang, we quickly run across the road and entered the church for a short prayer.
It was a day of visitation to holy places of worship.
First, the Catholic church (me and my wife only)
Then we visited the oldest church of the Jave province (a protestant church built in 1753 by the Dutch) in the old quarters of Semarang. It was called the Dutch church and The Dome because of its dome roof.
The we visited Sam Poh Kng, a temple dedicated to Cheng Ho, the China Muslim admiral who visited Semarang in 1403.
The we visited a Buddhist temple dedicated to Guan Yin, a goddess in Chinese belief.
We encountered the worst traffic jam to Solo. It was a tiring journey.
We reached Solo after dark.
Our tour has brought us to places of worship for various religions. I have benefited a lot. I have learnt to be humble, to accept and respect other religions and be in harmony with their believers.
It is a good Karma. (see pictures in Facebook)
星期四， 17/5/2012. 是天主教欢庆耶稣升天占礼，也是印尼的公共假期。
我和太太不能参加耶稣升天弥撒（天主教徒当天必须参加此弥撒），因为我们的旅行团，需要一早就离开三宝垄，到另一个城市 – 梭罗。
The second day in Karimunjawa island was filled with excitement.
At 5:00 am, we went to a beautiful private beach resort of Niwarna Lodge, to catch the sunrise.
It was such a wonderful experience. With wind breezing, waves beating the shore, it was so relax and peaceful ….
After breakfast, we took a glass-bottomed boat to the deeper sea to see corals. The view was fantastic.
Me and Mrs Ling did snorkel diving above the corals and feeding fishes.
It was Karma of desire that no good photo was taken to mark my “great dive” in the deep sea. The desire of showing off oneself is not good!
The resort operator took pictures with an underwater camera , what he took was school of fishes eating food from my hand, and that was what exactly what the photo showed… fishes and my hand.
Later we went to a shark farm in another island. We swam among the sharks … albeit small ones. They were more afraid of us than we of them.
We left the island at about 10:30 am for Jepara to be transferred back to Samerang. Enroute, we visited two historical mosques at Kudus and Demark.
It was a long day. Getting up at 4:30 to see sunrise, and checking into hotel at almost 9:00 pm … with sunset view included! (see pictures in Facebook)
这也是Karma （业）吧，没有拍到清楚的潜水照片。船夫还拿着水下摄影机拍照。他只对着我的前面，成群的鱼儿在抢吃的 。。。也只有拍到我的手喂鱼的照片。。。气死也！这是karma 吧。你看到那只围满了鱼的手，那是我的！！
Thursday, May 17, 2012
I believed we are the first Malaysian Chinese group to land on this island.
Karimunjawa is an island about 2 hours by speed boat from Java Island.
In Java, irrespective of religion, they believe things happen because of Karma, something like cause and effect, action and deed, in Buddhism.
Perhaps it is Karma that brought us to this island, more so with a group of 3 men and 11 ladies, all not younger than 55 years old, and not all for out-door adventure.
It is not Karma that punishes me to send me to a remote island with a Bible, or to an island with a group of old sexy ladies, it is my desire of going places, see new things than me and my wife (and the group) ventured to this island with about 500 inhabitants with tourism in the infancy.
But the experience is great ! See picture story in Facebook.
(More exciting activities awaiting us!)
在印尼的爪哇，不分信仰，人民都信服于Karma （业 - 因果）。所以我们这组人会到这个只有五百人居住地小岛，该是『业』的安排吧！尤其是三个男人，十一位妇人，最年幼的，也超过五十五岁了。
Monday, May 14, 2012
14/5/2012 10:30 am
At last, we were at the foot of the magnificent Borobudur, the world's biggest single temple which was built one thousand two hundred years ago. (Completed in 825AD)
I stood in awe in front of the monument of Buddhist's cosmology. It is a world heritage and treasure to mankind.
I witnessed and was touched by the religious harmony in Indonesia. Many visitors are local Muslims, parents came with their parents, school children came in groups led by their teachers, youngsters .... They are proud of their country's heritage and history and show their acceptance and appreciation of other faiths.
However, I was ashamed with certain of my fellow 'Christian' who were not willing to have picture taken with the Borobudur (other faith)... (not to be displayed or kept at home).
Jogjakarta traffic is chaotic, with motorcycles swerving left and right, cutting in and out; cars overtaking any time, any place, single line, double lines, yellow lines or no line , green light, yellow light ......
It is a day of temple visit ... temple and temple and temple, all beautiful and magnificent.
We left Jogja for Semarang after lunch at about 2:30 pm. A 100 km journey took us almost 4 hours ..... heavy traffic on narrow roads(single lane), plus menacing motor cycles.
We reached Semarang in darkness at about 6:30 am. We are leaving early next morning for Karimunjawa Island. (see pictures at Facebook)
I wanted to visit the Borubudur in Jogjakarta since 5 years ago.
Today, May 13 (Sunday), my wife and I together with a few friends and others, landed at Jogjakarta airport at about 8:30 am local time (Malaysia 9:30 am).
Upon arrival, we started our tour immediately by going to visit one of the tallest and most beautiful Hindu temple in the world, Prambanan.
It was built around 850 A.D and was suffered badly during the worst earthquake in Java in 2011. Restoration has been going on but the highest Siva temple (470 meters) is closed to visitors for continued restoration works.
It is such a beautiful and priceless heritage.
We will visit the world renowned heritage, the Borobudor tomorrow. (This post is not able to post on 13/5 due to Hotel's WIFI breakdown)
(see pics in Facebook)
我们明天将会参观举世闻名的全世界最大的佛教遗迹 – 普罗浮屠。（这帖子因为13/5 酒店WIFI出现问题，而不能贴上）
( 观看照片Facebook )
Friday, May 11, 2012
Today is the last day of our northern trip.
After breakfast, we visited Shangrila's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa at Batu Ferringi before leaving Penang for Ipoh.
Arriving at Peter Cho's house in Ipoh at noon. As always, Peter has Ipoh famous pomelo kept cold in the fridge ready for us. With temperature at 35 degree C, believe me, the pomelo is better than the forbidden fruit in the Eden!
We have Ipoh famous nga choi chicken for lunch and later toufu fa as dessert.
Salted chicken is another famous delicacy of Ipoh. We sent Amanda, the gui lou, to place an order of 4 chicken across the road by signalling to the staff of the shop. The super efficient staff sent over within minutes .... She enjoyed the process and the chicken as well ... it is fun!!
Thanks to Peter and Ann for their hospitality (as always).. and bid them goodbye at about 3:00 pm for home.
The eating and sight-seeing road trip ended successfully at Kajang with Amanda taking up the challenge of eating durian ... and she loved it !
This is Amanda's first trip to Asia. She comes with an open mind and adventurous spirit, she experienced the local culture and traditions, dare to try and enjoy all types of local food. She likes it ! (She knows the meaning of gui lou and accepted it good heartedly)
She will be going with my daughters to East Coast for an island holidays.
See pictorial story in Facebook
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Today is a very hot day, my car's instrument recorded outside temperature @35 degree Celsius.
We have breakfast at a hawker center.
We visited Chong Fatt Tze, the famous "Blue Masion" and Khoo Kongsi.
We have another round of cendol and ABC in the hot hot afternoon.
In the evening, we have sea food dinner with our god-daughter Agnes and family.
It is a hot and eating, eating and eating day. See picture story at Facebook.
I have been drinking Ho Yan Hor (HYH) herbal tea for more than 45 years, since my secondary school days. It keeps my body elements "balanced", and flu and cold away from me.
My children loved it too especially Mei Mei. Throughout her architectural course, locally or in Scotland, Ho Yan Hor herbal tea has been a constant companion during her many sleepless nights in completing her projects one after another.
She even introduced it to her course mates and friends, Asian and European. Amanda is one of them.
I thought it would be a good opportunity for us and Amanda to visit Hovid Bhd, the maker of Ho Yan Hor herbal tea, to see for ourselves how it is made.
Miss Ng Chern Yuan from Corporate Communications of the company replied to my mail promptly and graciously arranged our visit to the factory on May 9 (Wednesday）.
At 11:00 am, we were welcomed warmly by Miss Ng and accompanied us for a guided tour of the making of herbal tea by her colleague Miss Doreen.
We saw the stringent process of making the herbal tea, and impressed by the modern and advance fully automatic packaging system.
The HYH herbal tea is made at the same original factory started by its founder. From a humble herbal tea maker, the company has today developed and grown into a public listed modern pharmaceutical company active in the development and manufacturing of the Pharmaceutical Specialties led by founder's son Mr. David Ho, the current CEO.
We are grateful to Miss Ng for the warm welcome extended to us. It is my dream to visit my favourite HYH herbal tea factory for decades, and it is accomplished today~!
Miss Ng has extend us invitation to visit the company's bigger and modern pharmaceutical manufacturing plant at Chemor, Perak at a later date.
As for Amanda, it is an eye opener for her to have a peep into "mysterious" eastern herbal medication and healthcare products. She is impressed and enjoyed the visit too.
After the visit, we have lunch and coffee at Ipoh old town. The world famous Ipoh Old Town White Coffee is originated from Nam Heong cafe in Ipoh old town.
White coffee reminded us another famous product of Ipoh - thherbal chicken. Since Amanda has never tasted a salted herbal chicken, we bought 2 birds to try.
We left for Penang after lunch.... and white coffee ... and herbal chicken. Please see picture story in Facebook.
何人可凉茶制造公司 Hovid Bhd 的公司通讯部门吴晨圆小姐，非常快捷的回答了我的电邮，欢迎我们在五月九日，早上十一时正，到公司参观。
我们一早就从加影出发，十一点就抵达了Hovid Bhd 的工厂，受到吴小姐热情的欢迎。她陪同我们，在公司一位同事领导下，一同到工厂参观凉茶的制作过程。
Former inspector-general of police Hanif Omar has been appointed the head of the independent panel by the Najib government to probe the brutality during the Bersih 3.0 rally.
A great shame to the world "independent" and the integrity and sanity of Malaysians.
The day after Bersih 428 rally, Hanif Omar, the one whose salary is paid with "sin" gambling money, declared that communist elements had infiltrated the Bersih rally.
Can a former Inspector of Police already with opinion formed be independent in the matter of Police brutality?
It is akin to appoint Dracula to audit blood bank ! cried a headline.
( I am posting in Penang, the capital of Change, getting ANGRY hearing the news)
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Today is a very very hot day --- 35 degree Celcius.
Amanda was into a climatic shock.
When she left Scotland on 6/5/2012, snow fell on Aberdeen. After 20 hours of journey, she found herself in a tropical land with temperature ranging from 28 (low) degree to 36 (high) degree Celsius.
Jet lag (8 hours) plus heat, she needed Ho Yan Hor Herbal Tea!
This morning, we brought Amanda to KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Center) where Petronas twin towers were situated.
Then we have lunch at the China Town - Petaling Street.
The heat was simply unbearable, even to the locals.
So we retreated to our home sweet home after lunch... and to a cup of cooooooling Ho Yan Hor herbal tea.
(More pics in Facebook)
艾曼达 Amanda 受到极大的天气冲击。
今早我们陪同她到吉隆坡城中城 (KLCC) 参观，这是双子星塔的所在地。
过后，我们到茨厂街（唐人街）用午餐 - 牛腩麵，炒粿条，烧肉等。。。