中国甘肃省泥崩埋村.灾区动人故事

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8月11日,甘肃舟曲泥石流灾区,一位女孩为救灾人员送水。 (中新社发 廖攀 摄)

8月11日,甘肃舟曲泥石流灾区,一位女孩为救灾人员送水。 (中新社发 廖攀 摄)

8岁女孩背泉水为路人解渴

8岁的小姑娘王永霞几乎是舟曲灾区最小的志愿者了。瘦小的她与背上背的10多公斤的硕大水壶显得不相称。

王永霞和她的3个姐妹———15岁的严喜芸,12岁的王婷婷,13岁的王霞,週二在县城边的一条道路边给过往的灾民和救援者们倒水喝。

严喜芸告诉记者,3天她们已经背了20多趟,每趟往返一次要40分钟。每天早晨7时多,小姑娘们出发背水。倒完了接著背。一直到下午7时左右收工回家。

“我们没统计给大家倒了多少杯,顾不上呢,”8岁的王永霞边说边倒上一杯,双手並齐,递给一个个匆匆而过的路人。

三轮车夫救74人

泥石流爆发时,江盘乡南桥村的三轮车司机王明昌,用自己的三轮车改装成皮筏,成功救出74个人。

因在外与朋友聚会而躲过一劫的王明昌回到住处时,两层小楼已被夷为平地,周围一片哀嚎声。情急之下,他想起自己的三轮车,於是把三个轮子拆下,再用木板扎成了一个简陋的皮筏子救人。

当时,舟曲青峰宾馆已被泥石流衝下白龙江,不少住客在窗边上探头呼救。王明昌撑著小艇,面对汹涌的江水,一次一两个人,数次往返后,足足救了74个人。

三名学生遇难紧抱

大难临头不一定各自飞,舟曲灾区出现震撼一幕。泥石流发生时,正在读高中的王栋柱、王栋梁两兄弟还没有睡觉,赶紧跑上山避祸。两人其后惦记仍有同学被埋,折回房子,发现已遭泥石掩埋。他们和乡亲挖开层层泥浆,挖出了7名死者,其中在一间房间內发现 3名遇难学生紧紧抱在一起。

父挖救爱儿 十指剩三甲

2天来,王新路不停地用手刨挖著泥沙,要把被泥石掩埋的儿子龙龙挖出来,10片指甲被磨得只剩下3片。“他就是我的一切。”王新路说。

孝子照顾病父放弃逃生

吕灵今年32岁,对60岁的父亲尤其孝顺。老人家罹患糖尿病、高血压,行动不便。泥石流来袭时,他们住的房子没有倒,吕灵和母亲都有充足的时间逃生。但母子俩没有这么做,因为父亲腿脚不便,吕灵决定留下来陪伴和照顾父亲。

所幸,一家三口在週二(8月10日)早上被救出了。

[source: 星洲日报 http://www.sinchew.com.my/node/171504?tid=1]
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生活随拍.简单生活

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简单的幸福 - cinda

简单的幸福 - cinda

其实个人很喜欢这种随拍。

带着自己的相机走在街头,看到任何东西都可以“咔嚓”下来。例如角落的杯子,玻璃的水珠,飘落的树叶……. 又或许是不起眼的东西,原来可以很有味道。

也忘了是什么时候,在茨场街的某个角落看到这对夫妇。很自然的拿起相机‘咔嚓’下来了。吸引我的地方并不是人海中的人潮,也不是什么真假名牌。而是坐着轮椅的他们,然后是笑容、再来是身躯。

生活可以很简单, 简单的快乐也可以很幸福。

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Meeting Mocheng at the Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children Centre Melaka

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Her name is Mocheng, a diabetes patient who just moved to the Centre from Ipoh’s. She is 59 year-old, yet looking wan and sallow beyond her age. She is immobilized but a thin and pale person lying on the sickbed of the centre. Mocheng is a bed ridden who requires full-time care and support. She has two bedsores: one on the right side of her back which has the diameter of a small bowl, and the other one on the right buttock which is smaller yet with meat and bone exposed.

Yesterday was a rainy day but it could not obstruct our plan of going to the Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children Centre Melaka as we described earlier. After gathered for breakfast, Kok-Liang, Tracy, Cinda and I went to the centre with some friends who joined us for the first time: Perry Gan and Angel were those two in all sincerity to help and Cinda’s father, Gan papa and her brother, Albert Gan who were very supportive and compassionate towards the patients of the centre.

Thomas the supervisor, Amy the nurse and the other staffs were there to greet on our arrival. After handing some second hand goods, we spent an hour chatting with the staff and the patients, trying to understand the centre’s operations and patients better. Again, we met Boy-Boy, the toddler with Down syndrome and just had his heart surgery done. Amy told us that his mother had not been to the centre to visit the child for quite some time. And George the autistic child was still the same old quiet boy except with 3 new friends, the triplets who recently accepted to the centre. They were equally quiet as George, however being hyperactive and craving for food. That gave Perry a bit of headache; he was engaged to play police-and-thief with the trio of keeping them away from stealing food of a disabled elderly.

Everyone at the centre was good and healthy. Just before we left the centre, we were introduced to Mocheng, a new patient of the centre. Nevertheless, it was a new and heartbreaking acquaintance. When Mocheng was first transferred to this centre, the sight of her lying of the bed sent a wave of sympathy to Amy, who then offered her care, kindness and support to Mocheng. Amy would have to reposition bedbound Mocheng every few hours to avoid further bedsore damages and help changing the dressing of the two wounds every 2-3 days. The hydrocolloid dressing used for Mocheng is rather expensive but effective to mold to the pressure sore and helps promote healing and skin growth. After knowing this, Perry went straight to purchase some dressings and donated to the centre in order to help Mocheng.

It was a meanigful visiting to the centre, making us feel lucky and contented with our live. Having said that, we also hope to do our best to help the less fortunate group especially Mocheng. Today, Wee-Peng and I visited to the centre again and handed a medical air mattress which we borrowed from someone, hoping that this bed can assist with the treatment of Mocheng’s bedsores. Soon we will be going to the centre again for donating daily necessities and also looking a good way to help Mocheng.

Thanks to the staffs at the centre for your kindness and caring of the patients. Thanks to the patients for making our day that much more special. Thanks to fellow friends and family for your company and support. May all beings be well and happy.

Unfortunately I didn’t snap any photo to share here, due to the rain keeping me from bringing my gears.

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Teochew porridge, Luo Han Kuo, durian

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From right: Wee-Peng, Murphy and Ann at the durian stall

From right: Wee-Peng, Murphy and Ann at the durian stall

It was the Sunday of the week before, when Victor Chan’s partner, Sook-Kwan came to Melaka to pay Victor’s family a visit. After picking her up from the bus station, we went for a breakfast in Malim Jaya. Even though I had only met Soon-Kwan during Victor’s funeral, we became good friends since then. Time and tears really helped comfort us the loss of a good friend, we but cherished his memory, the memory which became a treasure to all of us who know Victor.

After a wonderful breakfast with Sook-Kwan and sending her to Victor’s house, Murphy and his partner, Ann, Wee-Peng and I met up for brunch. Wee-Peng suggested to go for something he did not have for some time, which then came to his mind, Teochew porridge. The four of us just love Teochew porridge and our favorite eating place for it would be the Teochew porridge restaurant in Kampung Jawa however it is close on every Sunday. We had to go for the second option which was the other Teochew porridge restaurant in Bukit Cina.

Teochew porridge is a full meal made up of many cooked side-dishes such as pickled lettuce, salted duck egg, salt fish, braised tofu and many more, served with a Teochew style rice porridge. We loved it not because the dishes are strong in flavours, also as the dishes served in small amount, we could pick many different delectable dishes to go with the porridge. Though I was full after meal with Sook-Kwan, I could not resist having some of it.

After brunch, Murphy gave us the suggestion of going to Bunga Raya for Luo Han Kuo dessert. It isn’t far from Bukit Cina, 3 minutes drive from Teochew porridge restaurant. It is a pushcart at the street adjacent to Bunga Raya Road, selling Luo Han Kuo for decades and well-known among the locals. I had it so much and loving it, since I was brought up in Bunga Raya.

Luo Han Kuo (or Luo Han Guo for pronunciation in Chinese) refers to Siraitia grosvenori, a sweet fruit used as sugar substitute and medicinal herb for treating cough and sore throat. The fruit is usually used by the Chinese in making dessert served with ice, seeing that it is so refreshing for us who live in this extreme weather of Malaysia. And Murphy’s craving could explain its taste as he had 3 bowls of the Luo Han Kuo dessert in few minutes.

While wandering where to go next by sitting at the old street of Bunga Raya, Murphy again proposed to go for durian to help in our digestion, although we knew it was irrelevant. Our stomach was filled with watery porridge and dessert. However, speaking of durian none of us would say no. We then traveled to Klebang to look for durian stalls.

During the durian season every year, there are many fruit stalls offer durian in Melaka. And the long stretch of road along the Klebang beach is one of these places to look for durian. There is no telling of which sells better durian, but the word of mouth. We gambled our luck on this durian stall at the roadside, which then turned out to be dissatisfaction of the durian’s quality at the price the stall offered.

We are surely looking for an alternative place for durian soon. May all beings be happy. Share some shots I took:

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[News] 40 billionaires pledge to give away half of wealth

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Bill Gates, left, and Warren Buffett, seen in this 2007 photo during the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, are trying to persuade other American billionaires to give at least half their wealth to charity.

Bill Gates, left, and Warren Buffett, seen in this 2007 photo during the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, are trying to persuade other American billionaires to give at least half their wealth to charity.

Gates, Buffett lead campaign to persuade America’s wealthiest to donate their fortunes

A little over a year after Bill Gates and Warren Buffett began hatching a plan over dinner to persuade America’s wealthiest people to give most of their fortunes to charity, more than three-dozen individuals and families have agreed to take part, campaign organizers announced Wednesday.

In addition to Buffett and Gates — America’s two wealthiest individuals, with a combined net worth of $90 billion, according to Forbes — 38 other billionaires have signed The Giving Pledge. They include New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, entertainment executive Barry Diller, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens, media mogul Ted Turner, David Rockefeller, film director George Lucas and investor Ronald Perelman.

“We’re off to a terrific start,” Buffett, co-founder and chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, said in a conference call also attended by Bloomberg and San Francisco hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer and his wife Kat Taylor, founder of OneCalifornia Bank.

Buffett said he and Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, and Gates’ wife Melinda made calls to fellow billionaires on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans — in many cases, people they had never met — to try to persuade them to join the giving pledge.

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