Bangkok: Arrival, Songkran Festival, Suan Lum night market

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The monk was departing to Bangkok with AirAsia

The monk was departing to Bangkok with AirAsia

Last week, Wee-Peng, Meng-Hong, Boon-Huat, Wei-Seong and I went to Bangkok, Thailand. We were worry about the red shirts but felt excited at the same time.

After two hours of flight we arrived in Bangkok and checked in our hotel, Baiyoke Boutique. On our way to the hotel, we saw people were cheering and splashing water on others. In addition, we saw some red shirts too but they were harmless to us.

Of course, the first thing we did was joining the crowd for Songkran festival (Thai New Year) at Khao San Road, where previously the violence between the red shirts and Thai army took place which killed tens just a week before we went.

We took a tuk-tuk (a popular Thai public transportation) to Khao San Road. I didn’t take my camera with as it might get splashed in the water-fight. There were groups of people stationed at the roadside waiting to splash water on pedestrians and cars which passed by.

The tuk-tuk’s young driver knew we wanted to have fun too. So he slowed down the vehicle wherever the people were stationed and got us splashed. Tuk-tuk cars are all doorless, thus we all got wet and it was really chilling when the tuk-tuk was moving fast. Some people even filled their pail or water gun with icy cold water and splashed on us. 

It surprised us when we arrived at Khao San Road. It was so crowded with local people and also tourists with water guns or bowls of powder and water mixture. The powder mixture used for smearing others is a sign of protection and promises to ward off evil. Many people with bowls of this mixture at Khao San Road applied it to various parts of the face, neck and torso of others. Most people there were either wet or smeared with the powder mixture, or both. So were we!

It was a waste that I could not snap any photos there; however I did on the Songkran Festival in Pattaya later.

That night, we went to Suan Lum bazaar, a night market to have dinner and shopping before we went back to rest. We were attracted to some beautiful lamps at the market which I called it puzzle lamp. They were puzzled up by PVC pieces into various beautiful shapes.

These are some photos I took:

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Sin Chew Daily and Guang Ming Daily’s Qinghai Earthquake 2010 relief fund

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A Tibetan resident of Jiegu, Yushu County, in northwest China's Qinghai province shows all she has to eat - a bowl of barley - amid the rubble of their demolished homes on April 15, 2010. (Photo courtesy: AFP)

A Tibetan resident of Jiegu, Yushu County, in northwest China's Qinghai province shows all she has to eat - a bowl of barley - amid the rubble of their demolished homes on April 15, 2010. (Photo courtesy: AFP)

……however, a massive quake struck again and hit the Yu Shu county in Qinghai on 13 April.

Just two days ago, we witnessed the inauguration ceremony of the Sichuan Qingchuan Muyu High School. When its headmaster said than 368 students and 27 teachers were buried beneath the new building, the joy brought by the completion of the new building had suddenly replaced by painful thoughts.

We could not help but recalled the tragic scene when the old buildings collapsed and many students were buried beneath the rubber. And today, we were shocked to hear that half of the school buildings in Yu Shu county collapsed and many students were buried under the ruins. Again, we saw mourning parents in despair and heard allegations of jerry-buildings.

The bus was moving on the bumping and winding mountain roads. Our group members were collecting money for impoverished students in Sichuan disaster areas and quake victims in Qinghai.

Most members, including reporters, had emptied their pockets. We had only a common wish: to build students in Qinghai a solid school building strong enough to resist earthquake.

Children are flowers of human kind. Adults should conscientiously provide them with solid school buildings. Please do not let these flowers to wither away before they blossom. (Sin Chew Daily)

Qinghai earthquake 2010 relief fund (scanned from Sin Chew Daily)

Qinghai earthquake 2010 relief fund (scanned from Sin Chew Daily)

Sin Chew Daily and Guang Ming Daily, the two Chinese press in Malaysia are raising fund for China Qinghai province earthquake happned on 13th of April 2010. Donation of cheque with the title “Yayasan Sin Chew” can be made to:

“China Qinghai earthquake relief fund”
Yayasan Sin Chew
19, Jalan Semangat,
46200 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor.

Alternatively, you can make a donation before the 30th of this month, to any of the Sin Chew Daily offices in Malaysia during office hours. It’s encouraged to request for a receipt for your donation. Contact the Sin Chew Foundation 03-7965 8675 /  03-7965 8524 for more information.

Sin Chew Daily Melaka branch office is in Melaka Raya. If you know us in person and wish to make a donation, do not hesitate to contact us and we can help to make donation to Sin Chew office on behalf of you.

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[News] Day of mourning for China’s earthquake victims

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Tibetan monks attend a mass prayer for earthquake victims in the quake-hit Gyegu town of Yushu county, Qinghai province April 20, 2010. China will hold a national day of mourning for victims of an earthquake in the country's western region, the government announced on Tuesday, as the official death toll from the disaster climbed to 2,039, state media reported. REUTERS/Stringer

Tibetan monks attend a mass prayer for earthquake victims in the quake-hit Gyegu town of Yushu county, Qinghai province April 20, 2010. China will hold a national day of mourning for victims of an earthquake in the country's western region, the government announced on Tuesday, as the official death toll from the disaster climbed to 2,039, state media reported. REUTERS/Stringer

BEIJING (Reuters) – Horns and sirens sounded and crowds bowed their heads in mourning on Wednesday in the western Chinese province where an earthquake a week ago devastated the heavily Tibetan county of Yushu.

The official death toll from the magnitude 6.9 quake that shook a remote, mountainous corner of Qinghai province last Wednesday has reached 2,183, with 84 people still missing, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Most of the dead were ethnic Tibetans in Yushu’s main town of Gyegu, about 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) above sea level on the wind-swept Tibetan highlands.

At 10 a.m. (0200 GMT), ranks of residents, troops and officials in Gyegu and in Qinghai’s provincial capital Xining bowed their heads for three minutes while sirens and horns sounded, according to Chinese state television footage.

Television showed the nine members of the ruling Communist Party’s most powerful inner circle, the Politburo Standing Committee, led by President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, standing around a conference table with their heads bowed.

In Gyegu, residents and Buddhist monks also assembled on a hill above the town where hundreds of victims’ bodies were cremated last week, said Nami, one of the thousands of ethnic Tibetan monks who joined relief work in the town.

“We went to remember them, but now we have to focus on helping the survivors and rebuilding Gyegu,” he said by telephone. “People are very sad. They will be for a long time.”

Survivors camping at a sports ground and other sites in Gyegu also gathered to mourn while sirens sounded, the China News Service reported.

Qinghai earthquake 2010 killed thousands

Qinghai earthquake 2010 killed thousands

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The earthquake has been the latest heavy blow to this huge country where tremors, floods and droughts often strike.

A quake rocked the southwestern province of Sichuan in May 2008, killing at least 80,000 people, with thousands more unaccounted for and most likely dead.

But China’s ruling Communist Party has also used the disaster to demonstrate its ability to surmount natural disasters, and to rally citizens with a call of patriotic unity — a message that has given little attention to the role of Tibetan Buddhist monks in rescue efforts.

The Tibetan highlands have seen tensions between Tibetan residents resentful of central government policies and the Han Chinese presence, including deadly unrest in 2008, but Yushu was not among the places convulsed by major protest.

Three people in Gyegu told Reuters that government officials there were pressing monks from elsewhere to return to their home monasteries, and that some from the southwest provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan, as well as from the Tibetan Autonomous Region, had been prevented from entering.

“The government has told them to go back. Some are willing to, and some are under orders,” said one of them, a monk who asked that his name not be used, fearing recriminations.

Liu Wei, a spokesman for the Yushu government rescue effort, said he had not heard of any orders directed at monks. But authorities had to ensure some control of volunteers coming to the isolated town, he said.

“Because of the high altitude and difficult transport here, people coming without any planning can affect our work,” he said.

(Reporting by Chris Buckley and Huang Yan; Editing by Emma Graham-Harrison and Sanjeev Miglani)
[source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100421/ts_nm/us_quake_china_3]

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地铁旅程

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地铁讲述了每个人心中的故事。开心的、不开心的、失望的、幸福的、、、

第一次乘坐地铁和那难以形容的心情。是怎么样的感觉其实自己也捉摸不定。
知道自己是真的很想拿着相机,然后拍出地铁”处女”作品^^ 从家附近的地铁站PARAMOUNT STATION 到KL SENTRA的路途不是很遥远,但是那种快速的感觉可真是一级棒(或许是因为我第一次乘坐的关系吧)吉隆坡的人生,也不过如此。。除了快,还是快。。。
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大街小巷:旧时容器茶壶件件都是宝‧张天民爱收藏古董

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张天民热爱收藏古董。(图:星洲日报)

铜器有价,近期不少寺庙的铜炉都被毛贼窃走,有些铜炉已有数十年歷史,现今难买,让人感到气愤又无奈。

说到铜器,也许很多年轻人不知道,几代以前的人们,日常有使用铜制容器,如茶壶、杯子和烟斗等。这些容器现在已经难寻,不过,你尚可在明光张天民的家裡找到。

烧炭式熨斗绝种了

爱收古物的他,连旧时容器也不放过。他收藏的其中一个铜制水壶是葫芦形,不知当时的工匠怎麼会把水壶製成葫芦呢?这个构思,大概是沿袭至以干葫芦盛水的古人。

除此之外,他还收藏了烧炭式的熨斗,掀开有炭烧的痕蹟,后面还刻了商号。至於瓷器枕头,是他父亲从中国带来的,两边皆有通风口。

他说,现代人觉得瓷器枕头硬邦邦,如何睡得下,但老一辈的人却很喜欢睡这些枕头,尤其天气酷热时,睡起来凉冰冰的,很是舒服。
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畸婴没眼鼻:人间有温情‧一天500人探望小楚健

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张国樑(左2)向到访者讲解小楚健的情况。(图:星洲日报)

(霹靂‧怡保)楚楚可怜的脸部畸型男婴李楚健,引起人们高度关注,许多人趁著週日休息日到怡保幸运之家探望他,今日的探望人数约达500人,突破怡保幸运之家过去以来单日探访人数。

幸运之家残障儿童福利中心主席张国樑表示,自小楚健的新闻见报后,这2天来陆续有不少市民到来探望他,更纷纷带来婴儿用品如奶粉、尿片等,而截至週日下午,到访人数约有500人,一些远自柔佛和吉隆坡的市民也拨电话来表示要寄东西给小楚健。

首都44乐龄人士献爱

吉隆坡一群為数44人的乐龄善心人士週日上午共乘一辆巴士到怡保旅游之际,在下午2时许也到怡保幸运之家探望小楚健,并纷纷捐钱,希望為小楚健献出一点力量。

领队陈美娇表示,她常有带团去做善事,这次因2天前在报章上阅读到小楚健的新闻,加上该团刚好来怡保,於是把探望小楚健纳入行程裡,而团友们是一群乐龄人士,他们都有捐钱,希望為小楚健尽一分心意。

较早前,也有一批来自檳城的民眾到此中心探访,并為此中心的收容者理髮和唱歌。
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