May.June 2011

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"i'm waiting for dad"

"i'm waiting for dad"

It has come to JunEE. Another busy period where time is so retrained to update the website.

First we would like to express our deepest condolence to the loss of a great father, Mr Chan in the month of Fathers Day. Dear Jamie and Janic, it’s with profound sadness to hear that your father passed away. May your memories be your comfort.

When Murphy and I attended the wake of deceased Mr Chan, we had a good chat together with Jamie and Janic’s husband, Zhi-Wei. Of course the three of them have their own family now with children. So our conversation was mainly about family relationships.

They shared their experiences of being a husband and a father, on how to bring comfort to the ones they love. We  also discussed on family issues in society such as the effect on moral development of children with single-parent family.

I really appreciate that they shared the challenges at times and satisfaction of being a father, and ways to build and maintain good relationship with their spouse. They showed the key of happinEEss: truth, honesty, understanding, and devotion.

Thanks to the three fathers for sharing their valuable experiences. June, happy Fathers Day!

May all beings be happy. Sharing some shots taken in Melaka:

man of the house

man of the house

ritual

ritual

*

*

no trespassing

no trespassing

masked

masked

vocal

vocal

flying safe

flying safe

love (Cindy and Bear)

love (Cindy and Bear)

"i'll grow up"

"i'll grow up"

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当“战地医生”‧把生命交给上帝‧萧源盛签死亡合约。

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萧源盛(左2)跪在地上为孕妇接生。

萧源盛(左2)跪在地上为孕妇接生。

(马六甲1日讯)为了完成巨大的仁心,25岁的萧源盛发下狠心。

萧源盛总是狠心的不理会病人在无麻醉动手术的情况下狂嚎,他冷静的对病人下刀。萧源盛是急症外科手术医生。

受到圣经里一句话的感召,萧源盛给自己签下死亡合约,放下家人,放下钱途,把生命交给上帝。

萧源盛完成5年的医学课程之后,去年开始另一个驻院医生的规定时,决定成为“战地医生”。经过一年的“非人生活”,他即将展开第二年的生命旅程,到索马里、阿富汗继续他“战地医生”的工作。

从海地救灾回来,趁着为下一站的救援筹备医葯物资的当儿,萧源盛回到家乡马六甲,一来探望难得一聚的家人,二来希望通过各种管道分享他的经历与感触。

“回来时阅读报章新闻非常感叹。四肢健全的年轻人为失恋而跳楼,有人为功课不理想而自杀,有人通宵打电玩或在咖啡店围看电视赌球,还有人到处泼漒水害人。我希望可以让更多人知道,他们的生命对这个社会是可以很有价值、有贡献的。”

签约那一刻没想要活

萧源盛签下的死亡合约有3个重点:

1.在战场上执行任务时,放弃被抢救。(他不佔用有限的物资)

2.如果被俘虏,会结束生命。(他见过被俘虏医生被虐待的悲惨情况)

3.死亡时接受器官移殖。(不好浪费)萧源盛说:“在签合约的那一刻,我就没有想过要活。”

萧源盛的生命没有保险。

“没有人要卖保险给我。联合国给我的保险,只涵盖班机延误、行李遗失之类的赔偿。”

要像灯光照亮各角落

影响萧源盛走上这条路的,最初的影响是母亲患病住院一星期即过世这件事。

“母亲过世对我打击很大。那年我读高一,她住在中央医院,来看她的只是实习医生,也没有人告诉我们她到底得了甚麽病。”

那时他就想,以后要对此作出改变,如果他是医生,不会随便离开我的病人。

升入大学读医后,他更发现,这个世界上还有很多人根本没有机会接受医疗。有一天,他在教会读经时读到一句话,让他下定决心:加入国际救援中心(International SOS),成为战地外科医生。

“圣经的那句说,我们要像灯光照亮每一个角落。于是,我知道我要做甚麽。”

子弹射向头
2次逃劫

萧源盛从两次子弹射向头部逃过劫数。

“有一次工作了72个小时,不停的看病和动手术和奔波。我开始想吐、头痛、头晕,但我是带领团队的人,我不能倒下,我要保持笑容。”

当时坐车赶去下一个地点,一个士兵对他叫喊,他不知反应。兵士把他头按下撞在车板上,当他抬起头来,看见眼前的车窗上有一个子弹孔,才知道子弹差一点就穿过他的头。

抹乾眼泪当快乐医生

因为工作辛苦,还要勉励身边所有的人,包括命在垂危的伤者,萧源盛总是保持阳光和笑容。

但萧源盛毕竟是凡人,会累需要休息,会悲伤需要抚慰。

“我的小小营帐中,周围贴着家人的照片。我会跟家人诉说我的遭遇、我的心情、我的问题,也把这些写进我的日记。”

他说,他常常一边讲一边写一边哭。

“传呼机会随时响起来,我便要立即抹乾淨眼泪,穿上医生袍,告诉自己,我是个快乐的医生,挂上笑容出去继续为生命战斗。”

跪着开刀致背痛

战争,夺走生命。萧源盛放下生命,也上战场,为受伤和垂危的生命战斗。

“我不知道我可以做到甚麽时候,我没有去想,直到我倒下那一刻为止吧。”

有一名72岁的战地女医生,从拿到医生执照做到今天,她是萧源盛学习的榜样。

由于长时间跪着开刀,萧源盛开始出现背痛。

“椎间盘突出。这次回来刚好可以给父亲推拿。”他的父亲萧德昌是马六甲着名的骨折推拿中医。

只要受邀乐意分享

战地医生的工作是平常人难以想像的难苦惨痛,萧源盛当然有许多故事。(其中一些写在培风中学《风讯》的访问中,请看以下网址:http://issuu.com/sinigel/docs/winson_s/1)儘管工作艰苦,但当他看到现在年轻人过着的生活,萧源盛觉得还是很值得推介给大众,大家有钱出钱,有力出力。

“只要有邀请,我都乐意接受,无论是访问、讲座、活动。”

有心人可以通过以下电邮与也联络:winson_seow@hotmail.com

萧源盛在海地服务时的简陋生活环境。

萧源盛在海地服务时的简陋生活环境。

萧源盛(右)与出生入死的团员们。

萧源盛(右)与出生入死的团员们。

[source: http://www.sinchew.com.my/node/206793?tid=1]

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大马‧以天为被地为床

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(马来西亚)用5欧元游一个欧洲国家,你认为可能吗?李振城说他就做到。

很多人所认识的李振城,是一个开朗的阳光青年,也是马六甲老街两间民宿的老闆。

令人意外的是,这个表面随和、整洁的大男孩,在半年多以前却是个不折不扣的流浪汉,在欧洲各地跟街头露宿者和鸽子同眠,甚至两三个星期冲一次凉。

以每个国家只花5欧元的预算,李振城走过欧洲30个国家。

被驱赶被打抢几乎冻死

以地狱的方式流浪的同时,李振城却体会到什么是天堂。

“吵架、打架、被骚扰、被驱赶、被打抢、差点被冻死,是旅游中的家常便饭;在苦难之中遇到善心人,我发现天使就在身边。”

在盲目放任的流浪之中,李振城却感受到“地球与我同在”的自由与亲密。从此他更爱地球。

“有时没有目的地搭火车走到尽头,到达一个不知名的无人地方,却赫然发现地球就在脚下,天地无限辽阔。”

从一开始的极度沮丧、完全放弃,李振城找到小小的自己与宽阔的天地。

年轻人没真正经历过苦

“人生应该趁年轻至少疯狂一次。但不鼓励像我这样的方式,其实真的太危险。”

他发现现在的年轻人很响往旅行,其实却是非常“草莓似”的脆弱。他担心这些备受保护的年轻人日后出来社会如何面对种种的问题和挑战,如何成为社会国家的栋樑。

他相信,这也许是现今很多年轻人,动不动就因为功课、爱情等离家出走或自杀的原因,因为他们没有真正经历过什么是苦,什么是一无所有。

“当你可以放弃一切的时候,你反而更有生存能力。”李振城的故事太丰富,以下只是其中精彩的一小部份。

失恋后开始流浪两年

2008年6月,李振城去伦敦找相恋10年的女友,却发现女友移情别恋。在极度沮丧之中,李振城用间歇打工的钱,开始漫无目的在欧洲流浪两年,直到生了一场大病,再走不下去才决定回家。

大病不死回到马六甲,半年来开了两间极受欢迎的民宿,李振城把当年自己旅途中曾经最急切的需要――住、吃、玩,变成为他开民宿的贴心点。

“我现在常常会收留找不到住宿的背包客睡在客厅。我希望人人有床位,人人都可以睡。”

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Let’s go Cambodia – our way to Phnom Penh

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bus journey from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

bus journey from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

After we left Angkor temples, we took a 7-hour bus to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. I was leaning on the seat, looking at the scenes from the bus windows that I had never seen in real life. The extremely poor villages and living. The journey was eye-opening.

We traveled on a gravel road by bus. There were shacks built on wooden stilts off the ground beside the road we traveled, for clearing the floods of the next monsoon. These shacks mostly built facing the road, with the backyards used for agriculture.

We took a look daily life of the villagers on our way: most of the villagers farm the land or fish to obtain their food, and they live with minimal or without electricity, safe drinking water or any other support. So the place was totally dark at night, with only lights of vehicles on the road visible. What amazed us was the sardine like quality of transportation, vehicles such as motorbike, car or truck was overloaded with passengers or goods.

On the half of our journey, about 4-5pm in the afternoon, we stopped at a village for some fresh air. I don’t even know the name of the place, yet without wasting the few minutes I’d got, I quickly took some shots of the people living there. They seemed to us like strangers.

Most of us would never experience life like the Khmer villagers. Such living conditions gave us the impression of a poor and an unhappy life, many of the villagers however seemed contented and happy with their life: kids running wildly, women relaxing in hammocks, men having drinks and chit chat together. This situation reminded me of an old Chinese story:

When Chuang-Tzu (an influential Chinese philosopher who lived around the 4th century BCE) was talking with a friend about some fish in a pond.

He said, “Look at those minnows darting here and there. How free and pleasurable is the life of a fish.

His friend pointed out to him, “You are not a fish – how do you know that their life is free and pleasurable?” – in other words, you aren’t a fish, and you are making an assumption about what kind of life a fish leads.

Chuang-Tzu retorted, “You’re not me. How do you know that I don’t know what makes a fish happy?” – in other words, you are also making an assumption about what I know or don’t know.

Our mind creates our world, thus contentment is the key to happiness. We have to consider ourselves always to be very fortunate to have what we have now in our life and learn to appreciate them.

The 7-hour journey in fact broadened our mind. We then continued to Phnom Penh.

May all beings be happy. Sharing some shots I took when we stopped for a short break:

road signs

road signs

villagers

villagers

Khmer father and child

Khmer father and child

food stall

food stall

my friend, Zam (left) and a Khmer boy

my friend, Zam (left) and a Khmer boy

on hammock

on hammock

lollipop, melt in mouth

lollipop, melt in mouth

my friend, Amy (left) and the villagers

my friend, Amy (left) and the villagers

adorable Khmer kid

adorable Khmer kid

sharing the candy

sharing the candy

smile?

smile?

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Greenpeace celebrates Thai GE-free Rice Strategy on Farmers’ Day

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Handout picture taken on June 2, 2011 shows a Greenpeace activist posing for a photo on a 3D artwork representing an organic farm, at the Museum of Siam in Bangkok. Thailand´s rice masterplan recently outlined a policy aimed at keeping Thai rice free of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).  (image from Athit Perawongmetha/AFP/Getty Images)

Handout picture taken on June 2, 2011 shows a Greenpeace activist posing for a photo on a 3D artwork representing an organic farm, at the Museum of Siam in Bangkok. Thailand´s rice masterplan recently outlined a policy aimed at keeping Thai rice free of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). (image from Athit Perawongmetha/AFP/Getty Images)

Greenpeace today celebrated Thailand’s Rice Masterplan for keeping Thai rice free of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). The GE-free rice policy, a key strategy in the Thai Rice Masterplan, protects Thailand’s thousands-year old rice heritage from the inherent risks posed by genetically-engineered (GE) crops.

For the occasion, Greenpeace unveiled a gigantic eco-friendly 3D artwork of an organic farm, an illustration of healthy, ecological farming, at Museum of Siam, Bangkok.   The event comes ahead of the National Rice and Farmers Day on June 5th to celebrate the pride of Thai rice tradition and wisdom of Thai farmers who can produce safe food without the need of GE.

“The Thai government’s strategy to keep rice production GE-free is an acknowledgement embedded in government policy that genetically-engineered (GE) crops are unnecessary and a risk to a sustainable future for farming.  This is a victory for rice farmers and consumers because it affirms the commitment of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to keep rice farming sustainable and rice crops free of environmental and health risks associated with GE crops,” said Natwipha Ewasakul, Sustainable Agriculture Campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

“Greenpeace supports this strategy and we are happy to assist the government keep rice GE-free from now on.  We also welcome government commitment to keep this GE-free policy beyond 2011,” she added.

The current Thai Rice Masterplan conceived by the MoAC covers the enforcement period of 2007-2011.  The plan committed to strengthening the nation’s rice production while promoting farmers’ livelihoods and consumer confidence.  Keeping Thai rice GMO-free means that Thailand maintains its global leadership in rice production.

Greenpeace maintains that GMOs  threaten the future and biodiversity of rice in Thailand, and will make farming, and farmers, dependent on agricultural inputs exclusively owned by giant multinational corporations who control GMO technologies.

The huge 3D artwork presented by Greenpeace today during the festivities stands for the millions people around the world who aspire for a sustainable and secure future of food.  It was first launched in December 2010 front of the European Commission in Brussels, to accompany a signature petition by 1 million people clamouring for GE-free farming.  The petition, organized together with Avaaz [1] is an unprecedented EU-wide citizens’ initiative aimed at the European Commission calling for safe food and stopping genetically modified crops in the EU. The artwork is an ecological farm symbolizing the future of agriculture with no GMO crops, surrounded by the 1 million names.

“The policy asserts how the need for agriculture that is good for the planet and people is important to our country and our economy.  But it’s not just Thailand who stands to benefit from such a bold move.  Consumers around the world know that they can trust Thai rice. These 1 million people know that GMO crops are bad for food and farming and this demand is shared by people in Thailand,” said Natwipha.

Greenpeace and the Thai Farmer’s Network also organized a Thai rice exhibition which traces the history and tradition of Thai rice, Thai rice varieties and the profound relationship between Thai people and their staple diet. The exhibition also highlights the threats and dangers of GMOs.

The 3D art work and the Thai farmer network’s exhibit will be open to the public from 2 to 5 June 2011. Meanwhile, Greenpeace’s exhibition on Thai Rice and GE-free farming will be open from 2 to 30 June at Museum of Siam, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm (daily, except Mondays).

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.

[source: http://www.greenpeace.org/seasia/Press-Centre/Press-Releases/Thai-GE-free-Rice/]
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Prewedding – Tong Poh-Ling and Goh Seng-Chin

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Prewedding - Tong Poh-Ling and Goh Seng-Chin

Prewedding - Tong Poh-Ling and Goh Seng-Chin

Congratulation to Tong Poh-Ling (Pohling) and Goh Seng-Chin (Goh) who just got married early this month!

Last month before the two tied the knot, photographers like Kenn-Wai, Fred, Angel Wee, Hanne, Andrew Gan, Angela Gan and I decided to give Pohling and Goh a special gift. We would like to present them a prewedding album in which photos shot and compiled by us.

Each of the guys has their unique style in shooting. Thus I was excited that I could join the session together because it was a good opportunity to learn them. We met out for a discussion as always before the shooting, planned a two-day sessions and selected a few venues in Melaka for making the photo album. Each would need to contribute a few shots and teamwork makes the dream work.

That morning, Pohling looked absolutely fabulous and Goh was just charming. We were all geared up. Although I spent half a day with the beautiful couples and fun-loving photographers, we enjoyed the session together so much. As for the outcome, I was fascinated by the way all of them worked and how they produced their images. There were so much things that I learned from the guys.

Thank you guys for the wonderful time and happy married life to Pohling and Goh. I hope you hold each other close in best or bad times and have trust and faith all the way.

May all beings be happy. Sharing some of my shots of Pohling and Goh’s prewedding:

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