Huey-Han + Yee-Siang = j.u.s.t. m.a.r.r.i.e.d.

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Congratulations to Huey-Han and Yee-Siang

Congratulations to Huey-Han and Yee-Siang

My last wedding for May was Huey-Han and Yee-Siang’s. I had the pleasure of capturing the their wedding in Melaka on a fantastic day.

Congratulations and thanks guys. May the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows.

Sharing shots captured. May all beings bEE happy.

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‘Legless’ climber scales Mount Kilimanjaro to bring clean water to East Africa

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Double amputee Spencer West reaches peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, June 19, 2012, in Tanzania. (image from Free The Children/PRNewsFoto)

Double amputee Spencer West reaches peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, June 19, 2012, in Tanzania. (image from Free The Children/PRNewsFoto)

For most people, climbing Africa’s tallest mountain is an impossible achievement. But how about doing it without legs?

For Spencer West, nothing is impossible. Or as he would put it: everything is possible.

Nearly all of the 31-year-old American’s life has proven the doctors wrong. When they amputated both of his legs right below the pelvis when he was 5, they warned that he would never be a functioning member of society. But West has led not only led a life that is remarkably normal compared to his doctors’ prognosis – he has accomplished feats that, by any measure, are extraordinary.

Nothing is more extraordinary than his latest accomplishment: taking 20,000 “steps” to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya. Elevation: 19,300 feet. He climbed 80 percent of it on his hands – propelling his torso forward, one hand after another, along the trail for eight days. In a conversation with ABC News on the phone after he descended, his voice sounded strong – but he admitted his arms were a little sore and his hands a little cut up and bruised.

“It’s literally climbing the largest mountain on Africa on your hands,” he said. “I don’t know if it can get much more challenging than that.”

West hopes that people who hear about his accomplishment will be inspired to believe that nothing is impossible. Or, as he puts it, he hopes that people will “redefine their own possible.”

“To use myself as an example – that if I enter life without legs and climb the largest mountain in Africa and overcome that challenge, what more can you do in your daily lives to define what’s possible for you?” he asked. “We all have the ability to redefine what is possible — whether you’re missing your legs or not. Everyone has challenges and challenges can be overcome.”

Even before Kilimanjaro, West had already overcome so much. He was born with a genetic disorder called sacral agenesis, which left his legs permanently crossed and his spine underdeveloped. He had two operations as a baby; the second cut off his legs for good.

But he says his parents instilled him with confidence that he could do anything he wanted, and that has given him the “strong backbone” that he was born without.

“From the day I was born they treated me just like everyone else, and they wanted me to have the same dreams and aspirations as everyone else did,” he said. “I’ve just always seem myself as a regular person. I’ve never seen myself as a person without legs. I’m only reminded of that when I’m out in public.”

He graduated from college and landed a well-paying job as an operations manager for a salon and spa. He drove a specially designed car that he could control with his hands, owned a house, and had a good life. But it took a trip to Kenya with the charity Free the Children to help him realize that he wasn’t happy.

Spencer West lost his legs when he was five. The Toronto-based 31-year-old reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at 11:15 a.m. Monday. (image from www.voiceonline.com)

Spencer West lost his legs when he was five. The Toronto-based 31-year-old reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at 11:15 a.m. Monday. (image from www.voiceonline.com)

He realized he wanted to do more from his life and returned to Kenya a second time. There, he remembers being confronted by a little girl. “She said to me, ‘I didn’t know white people had conditions like yours.'” He realized that his life might be an inspiration for others.

“I wanted a job that not only paid well, but made the world a little bit of a better place,” he said today by phone. “That’s what I found in Kenya – not only how to use my story as a career, but then how to use that to give back to these incredible people that have given me so much. And that is wasn’t really so much about material possessions, but actually helping others that made me happy.”

He became a motivational speaker for the organization Me to We, founded by the same people as Free the Children, and started encouraging audiences to overcome their challenges. He decided the climb Kilimanjaro to raise $750,000 for the Kenyans who had “helped me find my passion,” he said.

The money would build three boreholes and provide clean water to hundreds of thousands for those who have been struggling from Africa’s worst drought in 60 years. In Kenya and the surrounding countries, the drought has poisoned millions of Africans’ clean drinking water and killed off livestock that was once their sole source of income. Increasingly, children are being forced to work at home instead of go to school.

It took West and his two best friends one year to train to climb Africa’s tallest peak.

The day he saw the peak, he says, will be one of the most memorable of his life.

“The moment the summit was within sight was incredible,” he wrote on his blog during the ascent. “After seven grueling days of relentless climbing, after 20,000 feet of our blood, sweat and tears (and, let’s face it, vomit) we had actually made it. We were at the top. The summit sign seemed almost like a mirage.”

But it was not a mirage, and West redefined what was possible for him – and, he hopes, for anyone who comes across his story.

“Small things like learning to swim, or learning to drive standard for the first time, or maybe even it’s taking an hour and reading to their kids,” he said. “Small little steps to redefine what’s possible in their own lives as well, as I’ve done with mine.”

by Nick Schifrin
[source : http://abcnews.go.com/International/man-climbs-mt-kilimanjaro-hands/story?id=16622673&page=2#.T-vKnxfZTsY]

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“白害”破坏大马环保生態‧年弃20亿保丽龙饭盒

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Styrofoam cups (image from Ace Gallery)

Styrofoam cups (image from Ace Gallery)

(吉隆坡17日讯)保丽龙(Styrofoam)已成为地球上破坏环境的祸首之一;在公民和环保意识有待加强的马来西亚,每年被丟弃的保丽龙饭盒多达20亿个,全部成为了“歷久不衰”的垃圾。

根据数据显示,国人每年丟弃的保丽龙饭盒垃圾重达3万公吨,若以每个饭盒15克的重量计算,即表示我们每年製造20亿个饭盒垃圾。

曹智雄:难分解应少用

房屋及地方政府部长拿督斯里曹智雄对星洲日报说,政府在观察国人使用保丽龙餐具的情况,虽然还未计划全面禁止,不过会鼓励人们尽量减少使用保丽龙。

保丽龙的学名叫作发泡聚苯乙烯,这些经得起数百年的风吹雨打而不腐化的白色污染物,对海洋生態的破坏是无法预计的。

保丽龙非生物可分解,不能变成堆肥,如果放入水中很长时间,会分解成小颗粒,能存在好几千年。清理海滩要花上好几百万美元。

在讲求方便的速食时代,保丽龙免洗餐具在我国被大量使用。虽然很多国家如中国和美国已禁用保丽龙餐具,但在大马,每年约有3万公吨的保丽龙餐具被推出市面,使用后被丟弃,回收量接近零。

这些垃圾只是饭盒而已,还不包括包装电器或大物件用的保丽龙保装盒。

现阶段仅檳岛禁用

目前只有槟岛市政局实行禁用保丽龙政策,其他地方政府则没有这方面的管制。

曹智雄说,槟岛市政局也还属於初步推行的阶段,所以该部会先观察这项措施的成效,目前未有计划在全国推行禁用保丽龙措施。

2010年7月,槟岛市政局首开先河,实行禁保丽龙政策,其第一阶段的对象仅是市政局食肆。迈入2011年,开始扩大禁用的对象,诸如霸级市场、夜市场、私人小贩中心等。

直至今年4月,行动进一步升级,来到全面禁用的阶段,並估计在11月起,保丽龙会在槟岛绝跡。

报导 : 戴丽佳
[source : http://www.sinchew.com.my/node/251105?tid=1]

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10 things you can do to save the ocean

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Pod of dolphins (image by Tony Rath)

Pod of dolphins (image by Tony Rath)

1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption
Reduce the effects of climate change on the ocean by leaving the car at home when you can and being conscious of your energy use at home and work. A few things you can do to get started today: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, take the stairs, and bundle up or use a fan to avoid oversetting your thermostat.

2. Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices 
Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices. When shopping or dining out, help reduce the demand for overexploited species by choosing seafood that is both healthful and sustainable.

3. Use Fewer Plastic Products 
Plastics that end up as ocean debris contribute to habitat destruction and entangle and kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year. To limit your impact, carry a reusable water bottle, store food in nondisposable containers, bring your own cloth tote or other reusable bag when shopping, and recycle whenever possible.

4. Help Take Care of the Beach
Whether you enjoy diving, surfing, or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself. Explore and appreciate the ocean without interfering with wildlife or removing rocks and coral. Go even further by encouraging others to respect the marine environment or by participating in local beach cleanups.

5. Don’t Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life
Certain products contribute to the harming of fragile coral reefs and marine populations. Avoid purchasing items such as coral jewelry, tortoiseshell hair accessories (made from hawksbill turtles), and shark products.

6. Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner
Read pet food labels and consider seafood sustainability when choosing a diet for your pet. Never flush cat litter, which can contain pathogens harmful to marine life. Avoid stocking your aquarium with wild-caught saltwater fish, and never release any aquarium fish into the ocean or other bodies of water, a practice that can introduce non-native species harmful to the existing ecosystem.

7. Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean
Many institutes and organizations are fighting to protect ocean habitats and marine wildlife. Find a national organization and consider giving financial support or volunteering for hands-on work or advocacy. If you live near the coast, join up with a local branch or group and get involved in projects close to home.

8. Influence Change in Your Community
Research the ocean policies of public officials before you vote or contact your local representatives to let them know you support marine conservation projects. Consider patronizing restaurants and grocery stores that offer only sustainable seafood, and speak up about your concerns if you spot a threatened species on the menu or at the seafood counter.

9. Travel the Ocean Responsibly

Practice responsible boating, kayaking, and other recreational activities on the water. Never throw anything overboard, and be aware of marine life in the waters around you. If you’re set on taking a cruise for your next vacation, do some research to find the most eco-friendly option.

10. Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life
All life on Earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. The more you learn about the issues facing this vital system, the more you’ll want to help ensure its health—then share that knowledge to educate and inspire others.

[source: http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/take-action/10-things-you-can-do-to-save-the-ocean/]
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Shin-Yee + Jun-Liang = j.u.s.t. m.a.r.r.i.e.d.

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Congratulation to Shin-Yee and Jun-Liang!

Congratulation to Shin-Yee and Jun-Liang!

It was an afternoon filled with happy moments of the sweet couple Shin-Yee and Jun-Liang, and all invited guests. The wedding luncheon was held at SKT Banquet Restaurant in Muar and it was simply beautiful, simple and full of laughters.

I really enjoyed when the bride and groom performed the Chinese song ‘I will marry you today’ (今天你要嫁给我) by David Tao and Jolin Tsai. It was so sweet. Later some of the relatives and friends were performing on stage too and just simply having fun.

Congratulations Shin-Yee and Jun-Liang! Thank you for sharing your wedding day. May your marriage bring you both the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding.

May all beings bEE happy. Sharing some shots of the reception,

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40岁以上妇女获免费服务‧姐妹快来检验乳房

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诊所提供子宫膜片检验,图为护士长祖莱达。(图:星洲日报)

诊所提供子宫膜片检验,图为护士长祖莱达。(图:星洲日报)

(马六甲28日讯)乳癌是妇女的头號杀手,国家人口及家庭发展局为40岁以上妇女提供免费乳房X光摄影检验(Mammogram),希望有助提昇妇女对乳癌的认识,预防胜於治疗!

预约者已排期至7月

该局设立的马六甲万达卡巴诊所,为妇女免费进行以上检验。截至今年1至5月,就已经为1千500名妇女进行上述检查,而预约检查者也已经排期至今年7月。乳房X光摄影检验(Mammogram)是在马六甲博特拉医院进行。

有关诊所同时可为妇女提供其他健康检查,费用依情况而定。

蔡进和:病重者可优先检查

国家人口及家庭发展局甲州局长蔡进和受访时,欢迎符合资格的妇女到诊所登记,若病情严重,可以安排先插队,否则,將被排期至7月过后。

他说,这是该局诊所所提供的服务之一。凡40岁至70岁之间的妇女,可以到诊所登记,免费乳房X光摄影检验。40岁以下者如果医生证明有乳癌症状,也可以提出申请。

他表示,该局是与博特拉医院合作,该医院的乳房X光检验服务每日只能接受15人,所以目前排期已经到了今年7月。

除了提供免费乳房X光检验,该诊所也提供其他的健康检验以及家庭计划服务,包括子宫膜片检查、注射避孕棒、子宫环、提供家庭计划资讯、出售避孕套、避孕丸等。

提供2体检配套

所提供的健康检验也有2种配套,第一配套是基本体检,包括检验体重指数、胆固醇、血糖及血压,收费10令吉。第二配套是除了以上4种检验,也加入子宫膜片检查及乳房检查,收费25令吉。

蔡进和指出,该局建议已婚妇女,不宜每年怀孕生子,最理想是每2年一胎,这样才能让身体有机会復原。此外,也对哺乳的妇女有益。

他表示,该局提供的注射避孕棒服务,收费是市场最便宜,只须320令吉,有效期3年,私人诊所及医院的收费从500令吉至700令吉不等,而取出避孕棒也收100令吉。此外,当局也出售避孕套,一打4令吉。

他强调,欲接受注射避孕棒的妇女,必须在经期的5天內到诊所,以让当局確保有关妇女没有怀孕。不过,如果欲进行子宫膜片检查的妇女,则必须在经期后10天到诊所检验。

国家人口及家庭发展局位於甲州诊疗所位於万达卡巴(友谊点心店旁的小路),1982年成立,服务时间是星期一至五,早上8时至下午5时,询问电话:06-2839413。

拥有婚姻家庭心理辅导
收费廉宜以多语沟通

除了诊所提供的体检及家庭计划服务,甲州国家人口及家庭发展局也提供婚姻及家庭等心理辅导服务,每次收费5令吉。不过,如果有福利局、学校辅导等单位的推荐信,则是免费辅导。

蔡进和说,该局的辅导员都具有马来西亚辅导局的资格,可以国语、英语、淡米尔及华语提供服务,惟目前在马六甲只有2名马来辅导员。

该局办事处位於马六甲爱极乐的服装城(Kota Fesyen),需要心理辅导者可致电预约或直接登门,联络电话:06-2325151。

提供各式课程諮询服务

除了以上的体检服务、家庭计划服务外,当局也提供各式各样的课程及諮询服务,让新婚家庭或双薪家庭追求更好的家庭生活。该局提供任何涉及青少年或学生的课程,皆不收费,也欢迎学校与当局接洽,举办青少年课程。

国家人口及家庭发展局所提供的家庭计划配套,包括避孕棒、避孕丸、子宫环等。(图:星洲日报)

国家人口及家庭发展局所提供的家庭计划配套,包括避孕棒、避孕丸、子宫环等。(图:星洲日报)

位於万达卡巴的诊所,星期一至五早上8时至下午5时开放,为市民提供体检及其他健康服务。(图:星洲日报)

位於万达卡巴的诊所,星期一至五早上8时至下午5时开放,为市民提供体检及其他健康服务。(图:星洲日报)

蔡进和:除了诊所提供的体检及家庭计划服务,甲州国家人口及家庭发展局也提供婚姻及家庭等心理辅导服务。(图:星洲日报)

蔡进和:除了诊所提供的体检及家庭计划服务,甲州国家人口及家庭发展局也提供婚姻及家庭等心理辅导服务。(图:星洲日报)

位於万达卡巴的诊疗所,成立於1982年。(图:星洲日报)

位於万达卡巴的诊疗所,成立於1982年。(图:星洲日报)

国家人口及家庭发展局所提供的课程及諮询服务如下:

双薪家庭育儿课程(Parenting@Work
內容:瞭解性格、多重身份责任、创意育儿、辅导课程、家庭伦理、压力管理。
对象:双薪家庭的父母参与。

精明婚姻(SmartStart)
內容:自我瞭解、发掘婚姻未来方向、如何面对新婚夫妇衝突及意见分歧课程、表达真实感受、建立和谐性生活、家庭资源管理、家庭纪律。
对象:新婚夫妇

精明消费课程(Smart Belanja)
內容:家庭財务管理、教导及灌输正確消费概念。
对象:青年

健康和谐生活课程(Healthy Living Skills Module)
內容:性別认识、家庭关係、技能发展、零暴力模式宣导课程、成长环境、行动计划。
对象:16岁以上青年

少年自我控制课程(I’m In Control Module-Teenagers)
內容:认识男女生殖器官、避免婚前性行为、安全性行为。
对象:仅限13至17岁少年

家长自我控制课程(I’m In Control Module-Parents)
內容:提昇父母对青少年的心理、生理、身体及社交能力发展的认知。
对象:父母

爱心配套有:婚姻关係辅导(对象:家长)、如何当爸爸辅导课程(对象:爸爸)、家长与幼儿的教育、家长与少年的教育、少年成长。

[source : http://mykampung.sinchew.com.my/node/194308?tid=8#]
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