The Street of Harmony, Jalan Tokong

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junction of Jalan Tokong

junction of Jalan Tokong

Parellel to the famous Jonker Street, there is a street which has three coexisting places of worship: Kampung Kling Mosque, Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese Temple, and Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Hindu Temple. It is Jalan Tokong (tokong means temple in Malay) and also known as the “Street of Harmony” by the locals, showing the harmony amongst the people in Malaysia.

While having a free time this Monday, Kenn-Wai and I decided to do a casual street shooting in the old town of Melaka. We just wanted to shoot for leisure and snap whatever we like on that day, even though we shoot photos always for actual events. We met in Jonker Street and setup our gear before Kenn-Wai suggested to go to Jalan Tokong.

It was drizzling in the afternoon when we started our journey in Jalan Tokong. Most of the shops were about to close then street was getting quiet and occupied with only a few tourists and locals. We spent first half of the session at the junction of Jalan Tokong and Jalan Hang Lekiu waiting for the right subject such as senior citizens and tourists to pass this intersection.

From the junction we could see the three of the places of worship. This was one of the reasons we chose to go Jalan Tokong. Not to mention that the three places of worship, Kampung Kling Mosque, Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese Temple, and Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Hindu Temple are one of the oldest temples and mosque in our country, they are also built along the same street and near to one another.

The area is now predominantly occupied by Chinese though, the presence of the mosque and the Indian temple suggests that this area was once lived by a multi ethnic community that was able to live harmoniously together. Besides, Jalan Tokong is made more thrilling by the Chinese traditional trades. We discovered some Chinese effigy makers and shops that sell red and gold lanterns, paper money and Chinese funerary necessities along the street.

We continued along the street and  took a few shots outside the Kampung Kling Mosque, went into the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple to pay respect and photo-taking, and finally went to the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple which were close for visiting during that time. After an hour of relaxing photo-taking, Kenn Wai had an appointment and had called off the shooting session.

The outing was splendid and allowed both Kenn-Wai and I to realise how far we could go comparing our currents shots with the photos from the last few street shooting in that area. Again, Kenn-Wai taught me a lot of things humbly and benefited me even more.

Thanks to Kenn-Wai for inviting me for the shooting and sharing the experience with him. I am looking for the next outing for street shooting in the near future. May all beings be happy. Share some shots which I took:

Nan-Tong Paper Model Shop

Nan-Tong Paper Model Shop

senior citizens relaxing at the temple Cheng Hoon Teng

senior citizens relaxing at the temple Cheng Hoon Teng

Guardian Lion of Chinese Temple

Guardian Lion of Chinese Temple

a shop for stone sculptures

a shop for stone sculptures

Street of Harmony

Street of Harmony

one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia, Kampung Kling Mosque

one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia, Kampung Kling Mosque

riding bike on the street

riding bike on the street

inside one of the oldest Hindu temples in Malaysia, Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

inside one of the oldest Hindu temples in Malaysia, Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

an old shop in Jalan Tokong

an old shop in Jalan Tokong

rusty ring

rusty ring

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November.December 2010

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as strong as happy (children at Paralympic Malaysia 2010)

as strong as happy (children at Paralympic Malaysia 2010)

An early grEEtings in December to our fellow friends. It’s the month of celebration. School holiday, Awal Muharram (Islamic New Year), Christmas and 2011 New Year eve fall on this month. Besides, congratulation to our friends, Stephy Chan and Danny Lim, Cheryl and Chee-Fong, Cheng-Thiam and Li-Ling, Annabelle and Max Goh, who are getting married this month and on the first day of 2011.

It’s also a year anniversary for juesatta and the journEEy is still far away. We must keep on taking a step at a time and the joy is found not in finishing but in doing it. It reminds me of a quote from Alex Noble, “success is not a place at which one arrives but rather the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey.” Therefore we have to keep on the task in helping others less fortunate and share our happiness with others.

May all beings be happy and may you find serenity in juesatta.

These were the shots taken last month in Melaka.

milestone

milestone

adorable

adorable

dream

dream

"would you set me free?"

"would you set me free?"

dew

dew

high rise

high rise

Negaraku

Negaraku

sharing

sharing

to the top

to the top

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Helping the mother, Wang in coma

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juesatta awakening foundation logo (draft)

juesatta awakening foundation logo (draft)

Last Sunday, when I met Meng-Hong, he told me about a tragedy happened in a family whom he and his parents know for long. The news was published in the Sin Chew Daily last week. Then Meng-Hong did the favor of explaining the family’s situation and gave me a copy of the paper with the news. The previous post in Chinese published here was the news about the tragedy and I did a simple summary:

Two months ago, a 37 year old mother, Wang Yue-Fang collapsed during feeding her 5 month-old baby. She then felt in to a coma and the family was worry about her. Since then the scene of the happy family bacame to sorrow.

Before the tragedy happened, Wang was a responsible and hardworking housewife who took good care of her three children and household. She was in good health without any serious illness and the family lived a happy life until the sudden tragedy happened which turned everything the other way round.

Wang was admitted to the hospital immediately for emergency treatment after she had collapsed and was nearly died during the treatment. However she survived and remained unconscious in intensive care unit for 5-6 days and eventually lying in coma.

two months ago, Wang Yue-Fang collapsed and lying in coma; husband, Xue Shun-An doing mucus suction for Wang everyday (photo from Sin Chew Daily)

two months ago, Wang Yue-Fang collapsed and lying in coma; husband, Xue Shun-An doing mucus suction for Wang everyday (photo from Sin Chew Daily)

According to the doctor, Fang suffered from cerebral anoxia, and the condition wasn’t optimistic as the chance of recovery was low. The bill for the treatment before Fang discharged from the hospital hit RM130,000. This turned to be a big problem for Xue who worked as chicken rice seller in a night market. He could not afford to pay the full sum so the only thing he could do was to borrow money from relatives and friends in order to pay the bill.

Now the Wang’s familystaying in Taman Muzaffar Shah is facing a hard time. Dealing with family crisis is one of the hardest things, yet her  husband Xue Shun-An (38 year-old) never gave in to the cruel fate. He continued to seek for help and take care of the ill wife and three children.

On the other hand, Xue has to take care of the wife everyday, doing mucus suction at least 10 times a day, and tube-feeding of liquid food for Wang who couldn’t devour any food. The medicine and medical equipment for daily usage are costly. Taking care of Wang however, affects Xue’s working hours and making the living of their family even tougher.

Although the welfare officer, Wang Shi-Niang visited the family and assisted them to apply for monthly welfare support of RM300, it’s still insufficient and more aids are needed. The MCA Bukit Katil Division Chairman, Yang Huan-Yuan said that they had opened a joint name account of three names to receive donation and funding from public, and one of the names is Wang’s husbang, Xue Shun-An. The MCA Melaka State Legal Bureau Chairman, Wang Miao-Xia said MCA will continue monitor the account to ensure its transparency and proper use for Wang’s medical and living expenses.

Donation of public can be made to the joint name account for helping Wang:

Bank: Public Bank
Account name: Seet Soon Ann
Account number: 3164127807

Any enquire about the donation, feel free to contact the following person as stated in the Sin Chew Daily newspaper:

1.) MCA Bukit Katil Division Chairman, Yang Huan-Yuan (012-6821511)
2.) MCA Bandar Baru Ayer Keroh Branch Chairman, Wang Chun-Cheng (019-6563878)
3.) MCA Crisis Relief Squad Bukit Katil Division Chairman, Lai Zhi-Qiang (012-6362239)

For people who know me and wish to help Wang, you are welcome to pass the money to me and I will be sending the money to them latest by next Sunday (12/12/2010).

I apologise for any mistake in the translation. Thank you for your attention and kindness. May all beings be happy.

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妻昏倒变植物人‧小贩愁医药费全家陷困

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王月芳从昏迷中醒来后变成植物人,丈夫薛顺安(左)在旁细心照顾,每天为她定时抽痰。(图:星洲日报)

王月芳从昏迷中醒来后变成植物人,丈夫薛顺安(左)在旁细心照顾,每天为她定时抽痰。(图:星洲日报)

(马六甲24日讯)5个月前辛苦生下一名白白胖胖的男婴,不料2个月前的一个下午,37岁的少妇王月芳在给嗷嗷待哺的儿子喂奶时突然昏倒,结果成为植物人,导致原本快乐的家庭,顿时失去欢笑,全家都为月芳担心,更为將来照顾月芳的费用而烦恼。

月芳与丈夫薛顺安(夜市鸡贩,38岁)育有3名儿子,长子薛家豪(12岁)、次子薛家诚(9岁),以及幼子薛家伟(5个月大),他们住在慕查化沙花园,原本生活得非常开心。

出事前,月芳是一名勤奋的家庭主妇,照顾孩子,把家庭打理得井井有条,也没有病痛。无奈天意弄人,一次昏倒让她成了植物人,令人同情。

感觉劳累一倒不醒

丈夫薛顺安表示,今年9月17日下午5时,月芳在家里给2个多月大的儿子喂奶,突然,她告诉长子很累,想要休息。话刚说完,整个人就昏倒,手上抱著的儿子也摔在地上,所幸没有大碍。

他说,长子见状,马上上前叫醒妈妈,可是无论怎么呼唤,月芳就是叫不醒,於是,长子焦急地拨电话给他。

叫不醒妈妈儿子求救

“儿子告诉我妈妈昏倒了,我以为只是一般工作太累而昏倒,要他去推一推妈妈,儿子告诉我,试过了很多办法,就是叫不醒妈妈,这时我才惊觉事態严重。”

他表示,当时他在麻坡的实廊夜市摆摊,无法第一时间赶回来,於是要儿子向住在附近的舅公江万利求助,在后者的协助下將月芳送到爱极乐班台医院抢救。月芳被送抵医院时一度停止呼吸,心肺也停止操作,经过抢救后才恢復呼吸。

他说,月芳过后被送入加护病房接受观察,当时还是昏迷不醒,一直到五六天后醒过来时,却变成植物人。

杨焕源(左2)等人登门拜访及慰问薛顺安及其植物人太太王月芳。(图:星洲日报)

杨焕源(左2)等人登门拜访及慰问薛顺安及其植物人太太王月芳。(图:星洲日报)

脑缺氧变植物人

他指出,医生指太太脑缺氧,才会变成植物人,而且也不看好会甦醒过来。

照料太太无法摆摊

2个多月后,月芳获准出院,可是医药费却高达13万令吉,庞大的医药费令全家人难以应付,虽然扣除了5万令吉的医药卡,还是得缴付8万多令吉,最后只有四处向亲友借资,筹足医药费才顺利出院。

他指出,月芳是在两天前才出院,虽然已经可以自行呼吸,可是无法进食,而且要定时替她抽痰,一天大约要抽痰十多次,每抽一次就要使用新管子,每支管子数令吉,长期下去也是一个负担。

他说,家人也要定时通过管子给月芳输入液体食物。“月芳出事后,我无法如常去夜市摆摊,家里只有59岁的母亲江招娣及3名孩子,月芳又要人照顾,加上要购买月芳的辅助品,令我备感吃力。”

薛氏的摆摊地点都在外坡,例如麻坡、东甲及利民达。太太出院后,因为要照顾太太,无法出坡摆摊。

福利局官员王诗娘(右)向杨焕源等人讲解申请福利金的手续。左是月芳家婆江招娣。(图:星洲日报)

福利局官员王诗娘(右)向杨焕源等人讲解申请福利金的手续。左是月芳家婆江招娣。(图:星洲日报)

!!目前筹获1万善款

为了协助薛氏,马华武吉卡迪区会已经为植物人王月芳开设一个银行联名户头,同时为她筹获1万令吉的款项。

武吉卡迪区团团长杨焕源表示,上述在大眾银行开设的联名户头,需要3个人签名才能领钱,其中一人就是王月芳的丈夫薛顺安。该户头是:3164127807(Seet Soon Ann),希望各界善心人士踊跃捐款,帮助薛氏一家人。

他说,该区会在上星期的马青尊师重道晚宴上,成功为王月芳筹获5千令吉,而爱极乐高原宫也捐出5千令吉,目前已有1万令吉。

王春成(右5)移交5千令吉支票给薛顺安。(图:星洲日报)

王春成(右5)移交5千令吉支票给薛顺安。(图:星洲日报)

盼善者捐款渡难关

 

杨焕源今天登门拜访薛顺安一家,以及移交5千令吉支票予对后,向记者发表谈话。在场者包括马华甲州法律局主任黄妙霞、武吉卡迪区会社会发展及乐龄人士局主任陈延东、区会志工团主任赖志强、副主任李钦安、爱极乐新镇支会主席王春成、署理主席江万源、副主席周泗、財政黄金来、区会福利官李春源。

杨焕源说,该区会將继续给予薛氏一家援助,也希望各界人士支持,捐款帮助他们,户头帐目將会公佈,以示透明度。有意捐款或任何询问可联给杨焕源012-6821511、王春成019-6563878、赖志强012-6362239。

此外,黄妙霞表示,以上联名户头,马华会严格监督,確保每一分一毫都用在王月芳的医药或生活费。

福利局官员王诗娘今天也前往薛家处理申请福利援助金手续,一旦获批准,王月芳每月可获得300令吉福利金。

薛顺安一家在去年母亲江招娣生日会上的全家福。次排左2青衣者为王月芳。(图:星洲日报)

薛顺安一家在去年母亲江招娣生日会上的全家福。次排左2青衣者为王月芳。(图:星洲日报)

星洲日报/古城‧2010.11.24
[source: http://mykampung.sinchew.com.my/node/122677?tid=8#]

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Passing on the kindness

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adieu (photography by Enzo Penna)

adieu (photography by Enzo Penna)

My friends and I had just finished lunch at a hotel when it started to pour heavily. When it became lighter, I decided to brave the drizzle to get my car, which was parked at my office three streets away.

My friends argued that I shouldn’t go, mainly because I was seven months pregnant then. I assured them that I’d be very careful. One of them wanted to come with me but I insisted that she stayed with another friend who needed help with her baby.

I walked out of the hotel and started making my way to the car. At the traffic junction, a van stopped and the passenger alighted with an umbrella. Before I knew what was happening, he walked right beside me and told me he’d escort me to my destination. I was very embarrassed and declined, but he was very persistent.

During our walk, he kept telling me to walk slower, as the ground was wet. When we got to the car-park, I thanked him and we parted ways. I did not get his name and may not even recognise him now. Did he purposely stop for me? I’ll never know.

So how did I pay it forward? I was at home when I noticed two Indian construction workers walking in the heavy rain. They were probably on their way to the construction site near my estate, which was a long walk in. I went out and passed them an umbrella. They were taken aback by my gesture, and I told them they should take the umbrella and keep it. They were very grateful and like me, probably wondered why a stranger was offering such kindness.

[Article: Vicky Chong (Singapore), published in Reader’s Digest]
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