September.October 2010

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grief (family of victim in bus crash)

grief (family of victim in bus crash)

It has come to the mid of another month, October. A month of a fresh start.

Observe constantly that all things take place by change. We prefer stasis to change thus change is often very stressful and painful. When change happens, and it does for sure, do not resist it but to go with it.

Days ago, a horrific bus crash happened along the North-South Highway between the border of Melaka and Negeri Sembilan. The death toll increased to thirteen and many are still suffered from severe injury. That night I was there at the Hospital Melaka to witness the traumatic loss and grief in family members. It was heartbreaking to see the tears of the victims’ family and friends.

Loss is an inevitable part of live. There is simply no escaping it. As the American Psychiatrist, M. Scott Peck wrote in his book:

Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult — once we truly understand and accept it — then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.

Our deepest condolences go out to all who have lost friends, loved ones, and acquaintances in the terrible accident occurring. Our hearts are with you all.

May all beings be happy. Share some shots taken in September and October:

story building

story building

fairy wheel

fairy wheel

elegance

elegance

eye

eye

night talkers

night talkers

orbits

orbits

glimpse

glimpse

posing (from left: Hanne, Danny and Fred)

posing (from left: Hanne, Danny and Fred)

mating

mating

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Humans ‘using one and a half planets’ worth of resources and will need two Earths by 2030′

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Arenal National Park in Costa Rica. A new report has warned that humans are overusing the planet's resources

Arenal National Park in Costa Rica. A new report has warned that humans are overusing the planet's resources

Human demands on natural resources have doubled in under 50 years and are now outstripping what the Earth can provide by more than half, a new report has warned.

And humanity carries on as it is in use of resources, globally it will need the capacity of two Earths by 2030, the biennial Living Planet Report said.

Wildlife in tropical countries is also under huge pressure, with populations of species falling by 60 per cent in three decades.

And the report, from the WWF, the Zoological Society of London and the Global Footprint Network, said British people are still consuming far more than the Earth can cope with.

If everyone lived such a lifestyle, humans would need 2.75 planets to survive, it warned.

The world’s people are now living lifestyles which would require one and a half planets to sustain, though there are significant differences between rich and poor nations.

The study’s authors looked at 8,000 populations of 2,500 species and studied the change in land use and water consumption across the globe.

The UK comes 31st in a list of countries based on their ‘ecological footprint’ – the amount of land and sea each person needs to provide the food, clothes and other products they consume and to absorb the carbon dioxide they emit.

The country has fallen down the league table from having the 15th biggest footprint in the last report two years ago, but WWF attributes this to an increase in other countries’ impact rather than a reduction in the UK’s use of resources.

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Argen and Cindy – love for the children

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Argen and Cindy making donation to the Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children Centre Melaka

Argen and Cindy making donation to the Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children Centre Melaka

My friends, Argen and Cindy told me that they and their friends were interested to make contribution and visit the Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children Centre Melaka in Bukit Baru. They had been requesting me to make an arrangement for the past few weeks however I was busy to do so.

Last Sunday I had a break in the afternoon of my work and it came to my mind to visit the centre. So I rang Argen and Cindy and they agreed to join and at the same time they notified their friends to ask for contribution. Such a last-minute arrangement surprisingly Argen and Cindy managed to collect an amount of RM130.55 from their friends. They just wanted to help the less fortunate ones. Moreover, Argen and Cindy put in further effort by dashing to the shops to purchase the goods such as cooking oil, rice, eggs, etc. (RM 198.55) for donation before we met.

When we arrived we were greeted by the nurse of the centre, Amy. We wanted to visit Mocheng, however she was moved to the hospital. We were told that Mochang was recovering from the bedsores but didn’t want to consume any food. She had to be transferred to the hospital for treatment or else she would suffer from denutrition. Worrying of Mocheng, Amy goes to the hospital to visit her everyday.

Then we met George. He was happy to see us especially with Cindy and vise versa. The hyperactive triplet were there too, naughty and lively as usual. Boy-boy was in the baby crib looking healthy but shy. There were also some new comers in the centre now. Everyone was happy to see us; they kept holding our hands, trying to communicate and play with us. Yet there were so many sad stories hidden behind their bright and thankful smiles.

Thanks to Argen and Cindy for inviting me to the centre. We would like to thank Cindy’s colleagues for their kindness and support, and hope that they could join us for the next visit. Too, Perry Gan couldn’t make it to this trip but he had invited us to centre again. So we are looking forward for the next visit as every visit meants so much to the patients.

Share some shots I took for this trip. May all beings be happy.

Argen unloading the goods

Argen unloading the goods

the staff and patient helping to unload

the staff and patient helping to unload

friends

friends

George the little boy

George the little boy

one the triplet holding Argen's hands

one the triplet holding Argen's hands

story behind

story behind

Boy-boy in the baby crib

Boy-boy in the baby crib

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垃圾管理碩士

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英国一名88岁的男清洁工,14岁那年輟学后,当上垃圾工人。他工作认真负责,一路从从领班升到副总。退休后,他重拾书本,当起学生,走入大学校园,开始重新学习。所学的专业正是他的老本行,垃圾管理。不过,由於他的学歷不高,读起书来很吃力。在老师和同学们的鼓励下,最终坚持下来。大学毕业后,又继续深造。凭借好学的毅力,拿到了“垃圾管理硕士学位”。成為英国年纪最大的硕士毕业生。

这位可敬的老人,让人钦佩。从他的身上,可以看到学习知识是每个年龄阶段都可以进行的。有句话说,精诚所至,金石為开。生活中,无论是学习还是工作,只要我们抱着积极乐观的上进心,那麼没有甚麼难题是可以难得倒我们的。而现在,许多人正是缺少了这种鍥而不舍,孜孜不倦的学习精神,稍微遇到一些挫折,就沮丧放弃。有的学生学习比较差,就不愿再继续学习,选择輟学,丢弃学业,过早地踏入社会。工作中如果有不如意,人际关係没搞好,就不愿付出努力去改变,直接打退堂鼓,另觅“高枝”。

你知道吗?如果出门一星期,车子是放在家裡,会不会影响轮胎气压?
这名“硕士老人”的经歷告诉我们,即便没有读过很多书,也可以通过自身的努力踏入大学校门。或许,这位英国老人的行為,能够让一些忙碌追求物质欲望的人,停下脚步,倾听一下内心的声音。沉淀下来,继续利用工作之余多读书,多学习,吸收新的营养。活到老,学到老,是可以做到的,只看你愿意还是不愿意。

Source From [http://www.sinchew.com.my/node/177939?tid=3]

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孩子,永別了!

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Postcard (photograph by Ilja Hackman)

Postcard (photograph by Ilja Hackman)

当早晨醒来时,没有你熟悉的问候声。“妈,昨夜你睡得好吗?”若我说全身酸痛,你会帮我按摩。偶尔,当我仍瞇著眼睡著时,你会调皮地把手试探我是否尚有呼吸。

与以往一样,你如常地与我告別。“妈,我去做工了!”你还和你可爱的孙子玩起来。“来,慷慷吻公公一下。”3岁的慷慷却拒绝了。你说,“好,慷慷不吻公公,公公叫家里的鱼也不要跟你好。”慷慷却说你叫鱼不跟我好,我上楼叫妈妈跟我好。你索不到孙儿的吻,转身带著笑声驾著三菱四轮车往关丹路金山园工作去了。没想到这样的告別却成了永別。

儿呀,彭光富会坚强地走下去

那天下午四时许,天空忽然无比的黑暗,天仿佛快塌下来了。接著,刮起大风,下起了好大的雨。心中忐忑不安。我像以往般,虔诚地向老天爷祷告,请保佑我儿平安归来。然,那天老天爷好像听不见我的祷告。不久,却传来了撕心裂肺的消息,你车祸身亡了。

孩子,你可否听见妈妈的呼唤。妈妈好多天没听见你归来告诉我“妈,我回来了。”睡前,你习惯性拿著报纸念新闻给我这老太婆听。你总喜欢赖在我的床上听我细诉过往的陈年往事。有时,你还与我分享一些彭氏公会的点点滴滴。妈妈喜欢习惯性有你的陪伴,妈妈再也听不到你的贴心问候。妈妈好心痛,为何到了这把年纪老天爷还要我歷尽这种的生死离別。儿呀,请安息吧!妈妈会坚强地走下去,或许等至百岁时,妈妈会再与你相会。

白发苍苍盼我儿,不闻往日归来声,
可恶巨霸毁天伦,九十旬来丧儿痛,
今生母子情缘尽,还盼来生续情缘。
忆:二零一零年八月十六日车祸身亡的彭光富。

文: 翠燕,刊登于星洲日报副刊

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The little boy and starfishes

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abondoned bunny doll at the beach

abondoned bunny doll at the beach

How many can we help? Will it make a difference? These are questions which always asked. This reminds me of a story:

Thousands of starfish were stranded on the beach and a boy was picking them up one by one, and throwing them back into the sea.

“But there are so many of them. Would it make any difference?” an adult asked him.

“It would, to this one.” the boy answered, as he threw one more starfish into the sea.

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