Touching lives – Abbott Malaysia staff take time off to paint school walls

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Abbott Malaysia - corporate social responsibility

Abbott Malaysia - corporate social responsibility

MALACCA: Some staff from Abbott Malaysia had taken time off to paint the walls at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Convent Infant Jesus(1) Melaka, here.

The group of 45 staff also spent time with underprivileged children and fixed the grills at the Fatima Home, a home run by the retired Catholic priest.

They also provided contributions at another home — the Happiness Centre, a centre for the disabled at Taman Anggerik, Malacca.

Muru Annamalai, general manager of Abbott said that this is part of their corporate social responsibility.

“We want to touch people’s life and spend time together with the children and painting the walls together with them is one of the means.

“It’s gratifying to see smiles at the children’s faces when conducting games and activities at the Fatima Home and also at Happiness Centre,” Annamalai added.

SK CIJ(1) headmistress Katherine Tan said children need not be involved academically, but they could also partake in other activities like the painting the walls, painting the pathways with special wordings and others.

“Today is our co-curriculum day and we take this opportunity to get the children involved, 20 students and 10 teachers joined the Abbott staff in this activity,” she said.


Article by Leo Arrokkiasammy from The Star
[source : http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2012/5/17/southneast/11287283&sec=southneast]

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单亲孩子的梦:家庭温暖

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We always fall in loneliness (photograph by David Olkarny)

We always fall in loneliness (photograph by David Olkarny)

槟城11岁单亲家庭优秀男童坠楼身亡后,心里就在盘算该不该写下这段鲜为人知的尘封往事,好让诸界瞭解在单亲家庭长大的孩子,内心究竟有多么的脆弱。

我是一个在单亲家庭长大的孩子。8岁那年,原本如童话般美好的家庭在瞬间碎裂;几经辗转,从北马漏夜逃离到中马,数月后再被“偷渡”到南马,监护人从父亲变成母亲,而姐弟再聚首又是数年后的事了。

在小学期间,我也是品学兼优的好学生。我努力把书唸好,为的不过是希望能得到为生活打拼、终日在外忙碌的母亲的讚赏;小小的心灵也好希望在家长日时,妈妈能到学校帮我领成绩册,从老师口中听到她的孩子有多么的乖巧。

可我永远记得,同学一一跟着父母手牵手回家了,校门口的铁闸半关了,只有我和大我1岁的姐姐紧紧牵着小手,怎么盼都盼不到妈妈的身影。同学们笑我没有父亲,当时十来岁的我不知如何辩解,只懂得掉眼泪,把这些委屈往心里藏。

12岁那年的某一天,我和姐姐吵架后,心里非常难受,一心觉得这世界上没有人爱我,连我父母都不爱我。于是,随手拿了数十颗药丸,全吞下了肚。后来口吐白沫,被送进了院灌鼻洗胃;住院期间,父母都没来看我,妈妈还怪我这孩子给她添了很多麻烦。

院方想要给予辅导,可我从辅导室仓皇害怕逃走。心想,你们这些大人说这么多,能帮我解决问题吗?你们能还我一个健全美满的家庭吗?如果不能,说这么多有甚么意义?

一直到廿多年后的今天,每当说起这段往事,我妈仍以“她那时成绩不好”来作为我自杀的动机。她完全不瞭解真正的原因无关学业成绩,而是因为我觉得这世界上没有人爱我。她到现在都还不瞭解!

如同许多孩子及青少年自杀后的新闻呈现一样,家长和校方总会跳出来说,这孩子是多么的优秀,成绩多么优良;可单亲家庭小孩努力唸书,为的就是希望能藉由优异表现来得到其他小孩轻而易举就能得到的家庭关爱。可最后他们得到了吗?没有。一直到十七八岁,我仍哭着问久未见面的父亲,“你能不能不要跟妈妈离婚?”他说不能。

这就是单亲家庭孩子心中,最大最苦最心酸最痛彻的无奈。所以,他们才会想“死了就一了百了”。

我很幸运的活到了今天。但每当看到有单亲家庭小孩寻死,各界端出来的言论当中,没有人看到问题的真正核心――无关成绩,无关生活品质,孩子要的很简单,就是家庭温暖。

若这些早逝的小孩活在我成长的那个年代,心里大概也常哼着潘美辰的《我想有个家》“……我好羡慕他,受伤后可以回家,而我只能孤单的,孤单的寻找我的家……”

(文 :丹青,刊登于星洲日报/言路)
[source: http://opinions.sinchew-i.com/node/23946]

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Happy Mother’s Day 2012

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Happy Mother's Day (Khmer mother and daughter, shot in Cambodia)

Happy Mother's Day (Khmer mother and daughter, shot in Cambodia)

Your arms were always open when I needed a hug. Your heart understood when I needed a friend. Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson. Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly.

To all mom, a Happy Mother’s day. Big thanks for all your unfailing sacrifices and the unconditional love you’ve been giving us!

五月的康乃馨,没有雍容华贵的姿态,没有浓香四溢的味道,只是平平淡淡的样子,就如日夜操劳、毫无怨言的母亲。

祝全天下妈妈,母亲节快乐!

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Wesak Day procession 2012 in Melaka

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2012 Wesak Day procession in Melaka

2012 Wesak Day procession in Melaka

Wesak is the thrice blessed day to commemorate the birth, enlightenment (nirvana) and death (parinirvana) of the Buddha. On every Wesak Day in Melaka float parade is held; and a larger scale one is held on every decade of the celebration.

This year 2012, Wesak Day was celebrated on last Saturday, 5th of May and it also marked the 50th year Wesak procession in Melaka, one of the grand celebration. Procession which is normally held on the eve on Wesak Day however was carried out on Wesak’s night this year.

Thousands of devotees thronged Melaka town and some from outstation just came by and joined the celebration. More than sixty Buddhist Temples and organisations took part this year’s procession which covered 7.7 km, from the former site of Eye on Malaysia passing through Jalan Merdeka and Bukit Cina, to Kubu Stadium in Jalan Kubu.

Kenn-Wai, Fred Yap and I didn’t miss such a grand celebration. We gathered at the main entrance of Dataran Pahlawan shopping mall which was also the judging stop and enjoyed the colouful and brightly lit floats, performance by dragon and lion dance troupes, rhythm from several school bands, Chinese and Sri Lankan dances.

There were tens of photographers gathered there to capture their best shots in order to take part in the Wesak photography competition. So we had to get a little room to see and photograph the procession.

The last float was from Seck Kia Eenh Buddhist Temple as usual. And it passed through the judging stop just before midnight and it was only half the journey to Kubu Stadium. We wondered what time the procession concluded. It would be very late we guessed.

We enjoyed ourselves on that night. Although the Wesak procession is held here in Melaka every year, we would have to wait for another ten years to see such a grand one again.

Thanks to all the organizers, volunteers, community members, students and supporters for the hard work in helping to make this procession such a success.

Sharing some shots taken. May all beings bEE happy.

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Mother duck fights off seagull to defend her chicks

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Murder most fowl: The seagull successfully securing a first course

Murder most fowl: The seagull successfully securing a first course

A murderous seagull that gobbled up a duckling got more than it bargained for when it returned for another helping.

It swooped on the ducklings as they swam with their parents in Herbert Park, Dublin, last week.

But the mother duck, who initially had eleven ducklings in tow, finally forced the gull away by aggressively flapping her wings.

Photographer Paul Hughes said: ‘I was taking pictures in the park and saw this gull watching the young family.

‘This is the time of year ducks raise their young, so predatory birds like gulls are always on the look out for an easy meal.

‘The gull was waiting for one of the ducklings to stray from the group and when it finally spotted one it swooped in for the kill.

‘The gull was able to grab hold of a duckling in its beak.

‘But when it came back for a second helping mum was ready and fought the gull away until it had to turn tail and fly off.

‘The chick ducked under the water. There was a lot of quacking and squawking going on.

‘It was a stressful moment for the mother, but in the end she saved her family.’

Foiled: The seagull scoops the chick out of the water, but drops it when the mother swoops in

Foiled: The seagull scoops the chick out of the water, but drops it when the mother swoops in

In a flap: The angry mother proved she was no sitting duck and chased the attacker away

In a flap: The angry mother proved she was no sitting duck and chased the attacker away

Brave: The fearless mother is not deterred by the seagull's size advantage

Brave: The fearless mother is not deterred by the seagull's size advantage

Taking flight: The seagull is in no mood to hang around

Taking flight: The seagull is in no mood to hang around

Happy family: The ducklings with their protective mother

Happy family: The ducklings with their protective mother

[source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2136932/Mother-duck-fights-seagull-defend-chicks.html]
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Sum-Ying + Thai-Boon = j.u.s.t. m.a.r.r.i.e.d.

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Congratulation to Sum-Ying and Thai-Boon!

Congratulation to Sum-Ying and Thai-Boon!

I was busy recently and didn’t keep up the pace with wedding shooting update. Happy Labor Day to all.

Right, Thai-Boon and I were classmate during secondary school. We didn’t keep in touch after we went for tertiary study. Until last year I started using FaceBook, we contacted again.

We then met up in March, together with his lovely partner Sum Ying, and I was invited to shoot on their big day. It was a great honour to witness and photograph a good friend wedding.

On their wedding day, Brendon and I worked together to capture the wonderful and genuine moments of the sweet bride, groom and their family and friends. When the Thai-Boon and brothers went to pick the bride, they had to go through a few door games ‘designed’ by the sisters. It turned out to be hilarious later especially during the game with Wasabi, where one had to eat the Wasabi spread on a part of another person’s body.

After the wedding ceremony, we went to Heeren Street for a short outdoor shooting session with the couple before everyone headed back to rest and ready for the evening reception held at Restaurant Lu Yeh Yen. Everything was gorgeous and fantastic on that day and I got to meet many old friends during the reception.

A beautiful wedding full of laughters. Happy wedding to you Thai-Boon and Sum-Ying, and thanks for inviting Brendon and I to be part of your wedding.

May all beings bEE happy. Let the pictures tell the story.


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