Cindy + Argen = 7th year

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7th year, Cindy and Argen

7th year, Cindy and Argen

True love is an awesome thing to witness.

Few months back, Cindy and Argen had got themselves a night stay in A’Farmosa Resort of Malacca. They also celebrated their 7th anniversary they both got together.

Cindy and Argen always wanted to have a couples photo album, recording their sweet memories. They invited Kenn-Wai and I to photograph and produce a special album for them during their stay in the resort.

We arrived in the afternoon and spent an hour in the villa and the next hour at the golf course just before sunset. The whole session was very pleasant filled with of frivolity and laughter.

Thank you so much, Cindy and Argen. Please do not forget your first dates, cherish each other and the happiness will always be with you! Happy seventh anniversary to the both of you!

May all beings be happy. Sharing the lovely moments,

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一颗露珠

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让我们假想,如果你我是生活在粮荒肆虐的衣索比亚;如果你我生活在地震频发的太平洋环带;如果你我生活在子弹乱飞的战火之都,你是否会随着灾难的漩涡沉沦,深埋于黑暗的山谷之间?你是否会从此放弃对晴天的期待?

在医院的门诊室里,电视正播放着国家地理频道,名为《地球危机》的专题节目,画面中喷发的火山熔岩、扑面而来的海啸、茉莉花革命浪潮……让渺小的人类在灾难前显得惊慌、无助、恐惧、茫然,甚至绝望。

“这叫以后的人类要怎样活啊?”一位大腹便便的准妈妈感叹道,前来做产检的她或许已开始担心即将诞生的孩子,如何在水深火热的乱世中,学得精明的生存之道。

“既然2012快到了,从今天起我们就尽情欢乐吧!”坐在身旁的准爸爸打趣地说。

“那我们按月缴交一堆账单,房贷、车贷、保险……这都为了什么?”语毕,两人面面相觑,苦笑着。

我要留住草尖的那颗露珠

“天无绝人之路,一根小草,一点露!”忽然,一把淡泊而笃定的声音打破了静寂,为冰冷的候诊室添了些暖意,而静坐在一旁的我也瞬间愣住了,因为这也是爷爷和奶奶生前常说的一句话啊!

猛地回头,发现说话的正是一位老先生,年迈的他因糖尿病引发肾病变,每周需到医院洗肾3次。逐渐衰老的他虽知此病能完全痊愈的几率很低,但仍然积极接受治疗,让洗肾的痛楚延长有限的生命长度,因为他相信生命的宽度是由内心缔造的,坚强的他能微笑面对活着的每一天。

正如爷爷生前常说,就算人儿为小草灌溉,晨曦的露珠也会沾上草尖,滋润这株小生命。无论是生老病死或严峻的灾难,都在考验着生命力的强韧,惶惶之音迷漫在家园的上空,我们带着逃亡的勇气冲向防空洞,心里虽明白劫数难逃,但血肉之躯依然带着绝望跑下去,唯有这样,才有一线生机。

随着时间将日子往前推,爷爷奶奶遗留给我的人生道理,就像米袋里掉落的米粒,背着米袋快步往前冲的我却丝毫未察觉。庆幸这天,老先生似乎看见了一颗颗被我弄丢在岁月里的白米粒,于是走过来,挥手对我说:“孩子,你的米袋破洞咯,米正一粒一粒地往下掉呢!”

是的,亡羊补牢,未为晚也!

在米袋变得轻飘飘之前,我得赶紧找一根绳子扎好破洞的米袋,然后循着时间的河流回到岁月深处去找那一颗颗遗落的白米粒,留住能喂饱心灵的养分,留住草尖的那棵露珠。

[文:谢敏洁(安邦),刊登于星洲日报副刊]
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Help for Horn of Africa food crisis

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juesatta awakening foundation (draft logo)

juesatta awakening foundation (draft logo)

The Horn of Africa is facing what has been called the worst drought in 60 years, wiped out livestock and  with an left left millions in need of food and water in the country which is already suffering from civil unrest. Tens of thousands have fled their homes, walked for weeks in search of food. Many young children have died along the way.

Please donate whatever you can afford and save lives. And you will give protection and offer hope to people who are in an extremely desperate situation. Here, at juesatta, we’ve made a USD $150.00 to aid the the emergency relief operation and will continue to seek supports. If you wish to donate, kindly contact us or make your donation to unicef.

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A greater humanitarian response is needed as crisis deepens in the Horn of Africa

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Horn of Africa: “The children’s famine” (image from www.euronews.net)

Horn of Africa: “The children’s famine” (image from www.euronews.net)

NEW YORK, USA, 1 August 2011 – As the crisis in the Horn of Africa deepens, the United Nations has warned that all of southern Somalia could slip into famine in the next two months. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost already, and many more are at stake, yet the international community remains slow in its humanitarian response.

In all, more than 11 million people desperately need help in the nations of eastern Africa stricken by drought, conflict and rising food prices. If the world doesn’t act quickly enough, some 566,000 children fighting severe malnutrition could lose their struggle to survive.

Among the most urgent needs in the crisis response are therapeutic food for malnourished children, safe water for tankering in drought-stricken areas, bed nets to prevent malaria, and family kits for people on the move – like the thousands of refugees who are crossing into Kenya from Somalia. Safe havens and learning spaces for children are priorities, as well.

Funding gap

“We have a huge need right now for airlift operations to get in the ready-to-use therapeutic food,” says UNICEF’s Director of Public Sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization, Afshan Khan. “So if there are in-kind donations in terms of airlift and air operations, that will be extremely helpful.”

Despite repeated warnings from many UN agencies that the situation in the Horn of Africa was critical, the response from donors – both public and private – has been limited. To date, UNICEF faces a funding gap of more than $200 million for its emergency operations in the region, including over $120 million for Somalia alone.

“Only when people started crossing the borders,” says Ms. Khan, “was the world able to see the severity of the situation that children really faced – the haunting images of children that were malnourished, dying not only from lack of food but lack of water.”

Child deaths are also occurring, she adds, “due to measles and [other] epidemics that could be easily fixed if we had sufficient resources to vaccinate children, to ensure they got appropriate nutrition … and the provision of clean water and sanitation.”

‘A moral obligation’

Droughts have become cyclical in eastern Africa, and 2011 has been the driest in 60 years. Add to that the recent sharp rise in food prices, a long-running conflict in Somalia and a lack of infrastructure, institutions and planning to prevent future crises, and you have the ‘perfect storm’ that is the current emergency.

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“There is a lot of work to be done in the short term to help address the immediate crisis,” says Ms. Khan, “but also in the medium and longer term, to build resilience and coping mechanisms of communities who by now have been hit with a cycle of drought and floods over a number of years.”

All eyes are now on the international community to take more concerted action on behalf of children at risk in the Horn of Africa.

“Children don’t choose where they are born, to whom they are born, what type of government rules them, what type of context within which they will grow up, thrive and survive,” notes Ms. Khan. “There is a moral obligation to respond in this crisis. We are all human beings.”

By Priyanka Pruthi
[source: http://www.unicef.org/emerg/index_59445.html]

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Chimp lovingly feeds tiger cub with baby bottle

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Chimp lovingly feeds tiger cub with baby bottle (1/2)

Chimp lovingly feeds tiger cub with baby bottle (1/2)

Chimp lovingly feeds tiger cub with baby bottle (2/2)

Chimp lovingly feeds tiger cub with baby bottle (2/2)

There’s a good tiger cub, take a little more milk …

This sweet scene played out at the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo in Thailand, where a chimpanzee helped bottle-feed a 28-day-old tiger cub.

As the young golden tiger got its fill, the chimp patiently held the bottle of milk, often nesting a hand under the cub’s chin. Interspecies love – always adorable!

[source: http://www.peoplepets.com/people/pets/article/0,,20513802,00.html]
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June.July 2011

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mini

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Poet, Dylan Thomas said, “He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.” I missEEd the boredom. After weeks of work, finally I got a rest today and do some write up, to make order out of chaos. Chinese says, rest is to go further..

Duanwu Festival, also known as Dragon Boat Festival falls on the 6th of June this year. It is a celebration of the life of Qu Yuan, Chinese poet from the southern Chu during the Warring States Period. Upon learning that the State of Chu had been defeated by Qin, he committed ritual suicide by drowning in the river as a form of protest against the corruption of the era in great despair and distress.

The townspeople, hearing of Qu Yuan’s fate, rushed to their boats to try to save him. Since he was much loved, they tried to prevent the fish from eating his body by throwing rice dumplings (Zongzi) into the water. They beat drums to keep evil spirits away. In commemoration of Qu Yuan, people still eat Zongzi and hold dragon boat races annually on the day of his sacrifice.

This year I managed to watch the race of dragon boats at the water front of Case del Rio Hotel Melaka. Together with the racing event, a Chinese calligraphy competition was held at the site. When I went for shooting the dragon boats, I met some old friends, little Tang and father Tang, and other Chinese calligraphy teachers, which was first after many many months. It was great to get to see them and know that they were well doing.

And last month I celebrated the 2nd birthday of my buddy 500D camera but also grieved the end of its shutter life after a month. The tigers shot in Melaka Zoo below was the last click from the camera. Now it’s in the service center waiting for its repair. There won’t be any shooting until its return, while I’m considering of getting a new buddy to join the family, to take photography a step further.

May all bEEings happy. Sharing the snapshots taken in Melaka within these two months,

"someone call for the taxi?" (taxi stand of Melaka Sentral)

"someone call for the taxi?" (taxi stand of Melaka Sentral)

save tigers (tigers in the Zoo of Melaka)

save tigers (tigers in the Zoo of Melaka)

O

O

"emmm..."

"emmm..."

dragon boats racing on Melaka River

dragon boats racing on Melaka River

monks

monks

DO NOT CROSS

DO NOT CROSS

fatherly bond

fatherly bond

three chances

three chances

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