A trip to Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children Centre Melaka

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A trip to Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children Centre Melaka

A trip to the Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children Centre Melaka

Before the Chinese New Year of this year, Patrick and Wendy invited me to the Handicapped & Mentally Disabled Children Centre Melaka and to make donation. However, we thought the centre would receive excessive donation during the Chinese New Year period, so we decided to make a trip after Chinese New Year.

Last weekend was the day. When Patrick, Wendy and Wee-Peng came back from outstations, we decided to go to the centre and donate something. We bought sacks of rice, biscuits, chocolate powder, tooth-paste and tooth-brush, soaps, cooking oil, etc. at Tong Hup grocery store and departed to the centre in Bukit Baru, Melaka.

According to the supervisor of the centre, Thomas, there are 65 mentally disabled children and 15 caregivers at the centre currently. The centre is a demi-detached house. Can you imagine 60-80 people living in a house of that size? As we observed, the wall of the centre requires repainting, the furniture like cupboards and tables have to be replaced, and more daily supply needed to nurture the children. Most of all, our visits and company are as important and meaningful to the children.

I remember when I went to the centre last year; I met a single mother of two. She was pampering her 1-2 year old toddler in a baby bed. The toddler was sleeping and I knew that he/she was mentally disabled. The mother and I had a small chat of her condition. She was living and working far from the town and she was unable to take care of the toddler, her 3-4 year old elder son, and work at the same time. So she was sending her elder son to her parents’ home everyday, and younger son to the centre far away to get a better care. The only free time she could visit her younger son was weekend. When she told me that, I realised how hard it would be to be a single mother and also a mother of a mentally disabled child.

We are very fortunate indeed. By saying that, each of us also has the strength to make a difference and change the life of the less fortunate ones. It is very grateful if you can visit the centre, with lots of love and care to the children.

If you require any information about the centre and making donation, kindly contact the centre:
Handicapped & Mentally Disabled Children Centre Melaka
C-5315, Jalan Penghulu Abbas,
Bukit Baru, 75150 Melaka.
Tel: 06-232 2530
Fax: 06-232 2529

Thanks to Patrick and Wendy for their kindness and also invited Wee-Peng and I to the centre. We didn’t stay there for long as we believe we will be there again. It was really meaningful to share something we have — happiness, with the children. Below are some shots I took:

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星洲日报/副刊 ‧作者:大潘、吴风辉‧2010.01.30
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Baba Pongteh

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Baba Pongteh by Jason

Baba Pongteh by Jason

When we speak of Nyonya dishes we are first to think of Nyonya Pongteh. It is basically chicken (ayam in Malay) or pork (babi in Malay) or both, with potatoes and mushroom braised in soybean paste.

If you google for Pongteh recipe on the web, there are heaps of result coming out. However, I tried a few web recipes and did not get the taste expected. The real Pongteh is always made by the authentic Baba (refers to male) and Nyonya (refers to female) folks.

2 months ago, Jason’s mother invited my mother and me to their place and to learn how to cook Pongteh and also for a lunch together. Jason’s mom was guiding and supervising us. Jason was interested in learning too so he did the cooking most of the time while I was helping him to prepare the ingredients.

What I could remember is, about 300g-500g of pork was cooked in water (to remove the strong taste of pork), cooled and cut into pieces. Another 300g-500g of chicken was cut. Ratio 1:1 of shallots and garlic were peeled and chopped, then fried with oil. A few table spoons of Cow brand soybean paste were added to the wok followed by the pork and chicken. Then the Pongteh was fried until we got a strong flavour and the gravy was thick. After that, a bit of water was added and salt, sugar, soy sauce, dark soy sauce were added to taste.

I didn’t take down any notes of the Pongteh we learned to cook; rather I enjoyed eating than cooking. And regrettably I didn’t take any shot of the final product of Pongteh because I couldn’t wait to eat when it was served. It was really delicious. Besides Pongteh, there were other Nyonya dishes cooked by Jason’s mother. They tasted not so different from those I had in Nyonya restaurants, yet as yummy.

Thanks to Jason and his mother for inviting us to their place and teaching me how to cook Pongteh. I would call the Pongteh I had at Jason’s place, the Baba Pongteh, as Jason the Baba cooked it. Below are some of the shots I took while I had time:

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[News] ‘Man with the golden arm’ saves 2million babies in half a century of donating rare type of blood

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Mr Harrison, dubbed 'the man with the golden arm', is still donating every few weeks at the age of 74. He is thought to have saved 2.2million babies

Mr Harrison, dubbed 'the man with the golden arm', is still donating every few weeks at the age of 74. He is thought to have saved 2.2million babies

An Australian man who has been donating his extremely rare kind of blood for 56 years has saved the lives of more than two million babies.

James Harrison, 74, has an antibody in his plasma that stops babies dying from Rhesus disease, a form of severe anaemia.

He has enabled countless mothers to give birth to healthy babies, including his own daughter, Tracey, who had a healthy son thanks to her father’s blood.

Mr Harrison has been giving blood every few weeks since he was 18 years old and has now racked up a total of 984 donations.

When he started donating, his blood was deemed so special his life was insured for one million Australian dollars.

He was also nicknamed the ‘man with the golden arm’ or the ‘man in two million’.

His blood has since led to the development of a vaccine called Anti-D.

He said: ‘I’ve never thought about stopping. Never.’ He made a pledge to be a donor aged 14 after undergoing major chest surgery in which he needed 13 litres of blood.

‘I was in hospital for three months,’ he said. ‘The blood I received saved my life so I made a pledge to give blood when I was 18.’

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Event shooting – blood donation campaign 21st March 2010

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Blood donation campaign at Mahkota Parade, 21st March 2010

Blood donation campaign at Mahkota Parade, 21st March 2010

Recently my friend, Wee-Peng was asking me about blood donation. Since the last time he donated years ago, he wanted to make another donation.

I read newspaper about the blood donation campaign which would be held at Mahkota Parade yesterday and I told Wee-Peng about it days ago. He immediately agreed to participate.

"It isn't pain at all"
“It isn’t pain at all”

Both of us went to the blood donation campaign yesterday. The response of the campaign was good. When we reached the venue, there were public from different backgrounds were queueing up for blood donation registration. We were delighted to be part of such a meaningful event.

The atmosphere was so peaceful. It was much more laughter than pain for us. Since local anaesthetic was used, the only pain we experienced was very minor. In fact, it was only 2 seconds when the needle injected to the artery. After that, we just sat and relaxed, waiting for the pint of blood to be filled up.

The minor pain we experienced was nothing compared to the trauma victims due to accidents and burns, heart surgery, organ transplants, women with complications during childbirth, newborns and premature babies, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia who need our blood for a cure.

Blood donation is an act of kindness and makes us realise that this simple act could save lives. Every pint of blood donated can save up to 3 lives. It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Special thanks to the organisers, volunteers and donors who made this wonderful event  going. I would like to thank Wee-Peng for giving me an opportunity to participate in this event together. May everyone be happy.

While Wee-Peng was donating, I snapped some photos to share the event with you:

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