Midnight funfair, Asia Fun Park

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at the entrance of Asia Fun Park funfair, from left: Wee-Peng, Stephen Tang, Henry Lee and Koh-Yiaw

at the entrance of Asia Fun Park funfair, from left: Wee-Peng, Stephen Tang, Henry Lee and Koh-Yiaw

A funfair can be a very special childhood memory for the most of us. Early this month, Stephen suggested to us (Henry, Wee-Peng, Koh-Yiaw, and I) to go to the funfair in town to bring back this wonderful memory. After having our suppe, we went to the funfair although it was already 2:30 am in the morning.

It was a small scale funfair located in Melaka Raya, occupied only the size of a football field. The place was nicely decorated, fully lighted with flickering and colorful lamps, and filled with beautiful and cute cartoon graffiti. At the time we went, there were not many visitors, and most were youngsters.

Stephen and Henry were the most excited ones. Both of them visited the side stalls and played games like wheel of fortune, bingo, toss the ring and catch little duckling, hoping to win toys for their nieces and nephews. They didn’t disappoint the children and won many prizes including a big doll. In fact, a funfair wouldn’t be fun without these interesting prizes.

There were also rides like bumper cars, ferries wheel, pirate ship, spinning aeroplanes, and other stimulating rides. It was fun to observe others to play and how they screamed like crazy. Old folks like us didn’t go for any ride, probably losing our bravery as we turn older.

It was really enjoying for us. I was doing photography for a wedding dinner before we went to the funfair, therefore I had my camera with me to capture photos of the place, the folks and the fun we had. Thanks to Stephen for inviting us. May all beings be happy.

Winnie the Pooh and partner Henry

Winnie the Pooh and partner Henry

little ferries wheel

little ferries wheel

funfair side stalls

funfair side stalls

bumper cars

bumper cars

come and win prizes

come and win prizes

the chipmunks: Chip and Dale

the chipmunks: Chip and Dale

ducklings with hidden number

ducklings with hidden number

motion

motion

wheel of fortune

wheel of fortune

grand prizes of dolls

grand prizes of dolls

360 degrees turn

360 degrees turn

fasten your seatbelts

fasten your seatbelts

ready to go

ready to go

toss of the night: Stephen won grand prize

toss of the night: Stephen won grand prize

consolation prizes: keychains of football clubs

consolation prizes: keychains of football clubs

catch of the night, from left: Wee-Peng and Henry

catch of the night, from left: Wee-Peng and Henry

from left: Henry and Stephen, with all their glory

from left: Henry and Stephen, with all their glory

probably a nice pillow for Stephen

probably a nice pillow for Stephen

kiddo, what are you doing here in the middle of the night?

kiddo, what are you doing here in the middle of the night?

more game more fun more prizes

more game more fun more prizes

ducklings for chipmunks

ducklings for chipmunks

you are the one

you are the one

cute dolls to grap

cute dolls to grap

group photo at the funfair, from left: Wee-Peng, Stephen Tang, Henry Lee and Koh-Yiaw

group photo at the funfair, from left: Wee-Peng, Stephen Tang, Henry Lee and Koh-Yiaw

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Paid in full with a glass of milk 一杯牛奶的温暖

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milk 牛奶

milk 牛奶

One day, a poor boy, who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”

“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”

He said… “Then, I thank you from my heart.”

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was stronger also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Many years later that same young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.

Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. As he recognized her at once, he went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to her case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won.

Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words…..

“Paid in full with one glass of milk.”
— Signed — Dr. Howard Kelly.

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: “Thank you, God , that Your love has spread through human hearts and hands.”

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一天,一个贫穷的小男孩为了攒够学费正挨家挨户地推销商品。饥寒交迫的他摸遍全身,却只有一角钱。于是他决定向下一户人家讨口饭吃。

然而,当一位美丽的年轻女子打开房门的时候,这个小男孩却有点不知所措了。他没有要饭,只乞求给他一口水喝。这位女子看到他饥饿的样子,就倒了一大杯牛奶给他。男孩慢慢地喝完牛奶,问道:“我应该付多少钱?”

年轻女子微笑着回答:“一分钱也不用付。我妈妈教导我,施以爱心,不图回报。”

男孩说:“那么,就请接受我由衷的感谢吧!”

说完,霍华德-凯利就离开 了这户人家。此时的他不仅自己浑身是劲儿,而且更加相信上帝和整个人类。本来,他都打算放弃了。

数年之后,那位女子得了一种罕见的重病,当地医生对此束手无策。最后,她被转到大城市医治,由专家会诊治疗。大名鼎鼎的霍华德-凯利医生也参加了医疗方案的制定。当他听到病人来自的那个城镇的名字时,一个奇怪的念头霎时间闪过他的脑际。他马上起身直奔她的病房。

身穿手术服的凯利医生来到病房,一眼就认出了恩人。回到会诊室后,他决心一定要竭尽所能来治好她的病。从那天起,他就特别关照这个对自己有恩的病人。

经过艰苦的努力,手术成功了。凯利医生要求把医药费通知单送到他那里,他看了一下,便在通知单的旁边签了字。当医药费通知单送到她的病房时,她不敢看。因 为她确信,治病的费用将会花费她整个余生来偿还。最后,她还是鼓起勇气,翻开了医药费通知单,旁边的那行小字引起了她的注意,她不禁轻声读了出来:

“医药费已付:一杯牛奶。”
(签名)霍华德-凯利医生

喜悦的泪水溢出了她的眼睛,她默默地祈祷着:“谢谢你,上帝,你的爱已通过人类的心灵和双手传播了。”

[source: http://hi.baidu.com/itnb/blog/item/d54574c6fe5838129c163d0f.html]
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Essence of Jonker night

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fortune teller at Jonker Street for anyone

fortune teller at Jonker Street for anyone

Jonker Walk night market, one of the must-go tourist attraction during the night of Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Melaka. During these nights, the street will be close for motor vehicles from 6:00 pm to midnight and traders will set up their stalls along the street and sell products associated with or reflect the cultural colors such as antique, arts and crafts, souvenirs, local and ethnic traditional food, and much more.

After getting my new gear last month, I’d decided to test the camera at Jonker Street and aimed to capture the life and essence of the street. That Sunday night I was set to Jonker Street alone after having a wonderful dinner with family nearby. On that drizzling Sunday, it was less crowded than usual.

I spent one hour on the street walking and shooting from one end to the other, enjoying a slow walk, assimilating myself into the crowd and behaving like a tourist. It was fun though, everything was like a new discovery. Having visited the street so many times, I still think that the street is full of surprises each time I go.

Sharing the shots I captured. May all beings be happy.

Malacca Teo Chew Association

Malacca Teo Chew Association

goat milk and Chinese pastries

goat milk and Chinese pastries

Kok Kok candy stall

Kok Kok candy stall

uncle using a hammer and a wedge to break Kok Kok candy into small pieces

uncle using a hammer and a wedge to break Kok Kok candy into small pieces

sale

sale

beautiful lighting

beautiful lighting

hot and spicy

hot and spicy

handmade mochi

handmade mochi

handicrafts that glow in dark

handicrafts that glow in dark

making selection of the classics

making selection of the classics

oldies

oldies

Chinese traditional cream, to relieve itching

Chinese traditional cream, to relieve itching

wooden handicafts

wooden handicafts

dolls

dolls

Chinese fans

Chinese fans

making Tanghulu, Chinese traditional snack

making Tanghulu, Chinese traditional snack

Jonker Walk, spot for locals and tourists

Jonker Walk, spot for locals and tourists

talking to the monk

talking to the monk

fruits flavor tea

fruits flavor tea

trio

trio

street of vibrance

street of vibrance

shopping for ladies

shopping for ladies

"i see you"

"i see you"

teach

teach

Malacca Hokkien Association

Malacca Hokkien Association

little advertisement

little advertisement

"one more song"

"one more song"

T

T

"1...2...say cheese"

"1...2...say cheese"

no-sign

no-sign

leaving the street, thanks to Hock-Hwee for the lift

leaving the street, thanks to Hock-Hwee for the lift

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Gordon Ramsay eats shark fin soup for the first time!

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Renowned chef Gordon Ramsay (image from british-chinese.blogspot.com)

Renowned chef Gordon Ramsay (image from british-chinese.blogspot.com)

In January 2011, while in Costa Rica, renowned chef Gordon Ramsay was doused in petrol and held at gunpoint as he tried to uncover the dark world of illegal shark fin trading for a new TV show. Ramsay stated:

They told me they’d shoot me. At one, I managed to shake off the people keeping us away, ran up some stairs to a rooftop and looked down to see thousands of fins, drying on rooftops for as far as the eye could see. When I got back downstairs, they tipped a barrel of petrol over me. Back at the wharf, there were people pointing rifles at us to stop us filming. A van pulled up and these seedy characters made us stand against a wall. The police came and advised us to leave the country…..

Let’s watch this short video of Gordon Ramsay’s investigation on shark finning shared by my friend, Fred. Ramsay witnessed shark finning process and sharks having fins cut off whilst alive and being thrown back into the sea.

Shark’s fin itself is virtually tasteless and not only are the claims of its ability to boost sexual potency unverifiable, it may cause sterility in men if consumed in large quantities, due to the mercury content.

Read also the previously posted article Jaws wide open, eyes wide shut by Perry Gan.

As long as demand of shark fin exists, supply would be made to satisfy demand. So please take our pledge, promising not to eat shark fin anymore.

May all beings be happy.

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The bear who dared: polar animal descends 300ft cliff in a bid to scavenge eggs

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Watch the birdie: A hungry polar bear inching down a 300ft cliff face in a desperate search for food on in Novaya Zemlya, Russia

Watch the birdie: A hungry polar bear inching down a 300ft cliff face in a desperate search for food on in Novaya Zemlya, Russia

  • Previously undocumented scene stunned tourists as they watched bear scramble and slip down Russian precipice
  • It is believed hungry bears are being attracted to more dangerous terrain because usual icy hunting spots are melting

For birds nesting on a precarious cliff, the last visitor they might expect to see would be a hulking polar bear clambering down to join them.

Yet this bulky beast somehow managed to descend a craggy precipice in Russia’s remote Arctic archipelago of Novaya Zemlya.

The young male risked life and limb scavenging for eggs along the 300ft-high rock face thronged with hundreds of squawking Brunnich’s Guillemots.

Stunned tourists onboard a chartered ice-breaker boat were left in awe as the watched the previously undocumented spectacle.

American photographer Dylan Coker, who captured the incredible scene, said: ‘The height that the bear was at and the sheerness of the cliff face were absolutely amazing,’ said the 40-year-old.

‘Everyone was terrified it was going to fall.

‘Every so often there would be a gasp from someone on the boat when the bear slipped.

‘It was slipping quite a bit and one point it was stretched right out to reach for eggs in a nest.’

What are you doing here?! The bear approches nesting Brunnich's Guillemots, whose eggs he hoped to scavange

What are you doing here?! The bear approches nesting Brunnich's Guillemots, whose eggs he hoped to scavange

Gone again: The birds raced down the cliff every time the polar bear ventured further down. A quizzical seagull watches from above the bulky beast

Gone again: The birds raced down the cliff every time the polar bear ventured further down. A quizzical seagull watches from above the bulky beast

Remote: The polar bear before making his daring descent on one of the rocky Ostrova Oranskie islands

Remote: The polar bear before making his daring descent on one of the rocky Ostrova Oranskie islands

Describing the moment the passengers relealised they were seeing a bear on the cliff on one of the Ostrova Oranskie islands, Californian Mr Coker, who now lives in Australia, said: ‘It was a really beautiful place; very foggy, cool, and serene with a sky full of squawking birds.

‘We rounded a corner and suddenly we could see this white blob at the top of some cliffs.

‘The cliffs were at least as high as a five-storey building. At first we thought it might be a large bird or a snow patch but as we got nearer we realised it was a polar bear.

‘Everyone on the boat was quiet, we just sat there in awe.’

Despite its bravado, the bear returned to the top of the cliff without enjoying a full meal after losing its footing several times.

Previously the group of group had encountered polar bears hunting on ice floes in Bukhta Maka, after journeying for two days without seeing land.

In awe: Tourists on a small boat capture the previously undocumented scene with their cameras

In awe: Tourists on a small boat capture the previously undocumented scene with their cameras

Precarious: The bear eventually returned to the top after losing its footing a few too many times

Precarious: The bear eventually returned to the top after losing its footing a few too many times

But it is believed that a scarcity of ice has led to bears seeking out food in more dangerous locations.

Mr Coker said: ‘There’s a real problem with the ice disappearing due to climate change.

Polar bear habitat: Russia's Arctic archipelago of Novaya Zemlya

Polar bear habitat: Russia's Arctic archipelago of Novaya Zemlya

‘Traditionally the bears sit by an air hole in the ice waiting for a seal to poke its head out so they can grab it.

‘But because there’s less and less ice, the bears are looking for alternative sources of food and have discovered the birds’ eggs.’

During the expedition the tourists also witnessed bears swimming hundreds of miles out to sea.

Mr Coker added: ‘They’re used to resting on and hunting from ice floes but now the bears swim around until they are exhausted, then they drown.’

This was the first time a civilian boat has been granted permission to sail in these waters, which also forms part of a large military zone.

Mountainous and shrouded in mystery, the Novaya Zemlya archipelago stretches 1000 km in an elongated crescent between the Barents and Kara seas.

Today it remains one of Russia’s most restricted and isolated regions.

Aurora Expeditions secured the first permit on condition that two government representatives act as chaperones.

Mr Coker, who recently won an Archbishops Award for his photography, added: ‘We were really lucky to have witnessed it.

‘We could have easily been there on a different day and who knows how often this kind of thing occurs.

‘I will never forget the day I watched a polar bear hunt for eggs on a cliff-edge.

‘I couldn’t have imagined a better or more unique adventure.’

[source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2031711/The-bear-dared-Awesome-polar-animal-scales-300ft-cliff-bid-picnic-VERY-surprised-birds.html]
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Let’s go Cambodia – sunset by the Mekong River

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sunset of Mekong River

sunset of Mekong River

I will continue and complete my Cambodia’s story, with this beautiful Mekong River cruise, by skipping the story to Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields.

The second evening when we were in Phnom Penh after shopping at Russian Market, we experienced the rich life and the magnificent sunset of Mekong River. We arrived at the central riverfront area of Phnom Penh and took some photos at the Royal Palace. Then we continued to the jetty nearby and boarded our boat. It was an old fashioned double decker boat and of course we went for the upper deck for better view.

Chams

Chams

We begin to feel the cool breeze of the river and relaxing everything around us. The boat cruised along the central riverfront area and provided picturesque views of the riverfront area including Royal Palace, Wats, significant landmarks, and also Phnom Penh skyline.

Then, the river cruise experience became rural when the boat crossed to the other side of the bank. Here, we met the Cham and visited Cham tribal village.

The Cham are a minority Muslim tribe in Cambodia and they speak Malay language. Most of them are fishermen and they spent their entire life on the boats. Everything just happens on the small boats as we saw on our tour, kids jumping into the river for bath, women cooking on boats, and men out for fishing.

They are living very poor life as they hardly have access to information, good education and training like we get back home. We gave them some goods and monetary donation and continued our tour further down the river, with dramatic river scenery, fishing villages and extensive fishing activities.

Soon the sun started to fall below the horizon, it turned fiery yet romantic. The evening sun illuminated from the rear of Royal Palace and gave us striking silhouette images. Everyone on board kept taking shots before the sun disappeared behind the clouds. 

Cham little girl

Cham little girl

The cruise took exactly 1 hour and we returned to the jetty near the central riverfront area for dinner. We enjoyed the cruise and discovered the beauty of Mekong River, the true Mother River of Southeast Asia.

On the next day, we left Phnom Penh and flew back to Malaysia. We loved the place and enjoyed so much on this trip even though it was only a short trip. It’s one of the best places for travelling, finding culture, nature and mystical wonders.

Special thanks to Kenn-Wai for lending his 17-50mm Tamron lens. May all beings be happy. Sharing more shots of the mystical river and the Cham tribe. This set of photos will be the last series of photos from my old camera.

royal gate

royal gate

Khmer kids

Khmer kids

Royal Palace of Cambodia

Royal Palace of Cambodia

lotus seeds (edible)

lotus seeds (edible)

our pilot of tour

our pilot of tour

walking to the river cruise

walking to the river cruise

opaque brown water of Mekong River contrasts with the green hue of river bank

opaque brown water of Mekong River contrasts with the green hue of river bank

central riverfront area of Phnom Penh, view from the Mekong River's cruise

central riverfront area of Phnom Penh, view from the Mekong River's cruise

Cham fishing boat on Mekong River

Cham fishing boat on Mekong River

tribe on Mekong River, boats are their homes

tribe on Mekong River, boats are their homes

naked Cham boy just love the river

naked Cham boy just love the river

Cham lady living on boat

Cham lady living on boat

Cham children

Cham children

"candy?"

"candy?"

asking for

asking for

Cham

Cham

kayaking on Mekong River

kayaking on Mekong River

sunset of Mekong River

sunset of Mekong River

fishermen's life

fishermen's life

Khmer ladies

Khmer ladies

tuk-tuk

tuk-tuk

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