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天使要谢恩 - 觉

觉,谢谢你让我在这里涂涂写写。
觉,谢谢你让我在这里抒发情绪。
觉,谢谢你让我在这里自我磨炼。
觉,谢谢你让我在这里提升自己。
觉,谢谢你让我在这里废话连篇。

觉,非常谢谢你让我成为你们的一份子。

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Be an organ donor in Malaysia

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You can download and print the Donor Pledger Form here. Fill in all the required information and chose the tissue or organ that you wish to donate. Write in the name of your next of kin and sign the form. Completed forms can be sent to National Transplant Resource Centre at:

Pusat Sumber Transplant Nasional
Hospital Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Pahang
50586 Kuala Lumpur
Fax: 03-2615 6269

You can also call us using the toll free number 1-800-88-9080 to acquire the registration form. A donor card will be sent to you and you are required to fill in and sign the card. This card must be kept together with your Identification Card (I/C) at all time.

Tell your family about your decision to be a registered pledger so that your wish of donating your organ will be fulfilled. This will also make it easier for your family to allow your organ to be donated when and if the time comes.

Children under the age of 18 must acquire parents or guardian’s consent before registering as a pledger.

Registering, as a pledger does not require any payment or medical/health check-ups.

[source: http://www.agiftoflife.gov.my/eng/organdonor.html]
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Zen – Is there really a paradise and a hell?

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Hakuin Ekaku (from http://www.shermanleeinstitute.org/)

Hakuin Ekaku (from www.shermanleeinstitute.org)

A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin, and asked: “Is there really a paradise and a hell?”

“Who are you?” inquired Hakuin.

“I am a samurai,” the warrior replied.

“You, a soldier!” exclaimed Hakuin. “What kind of ruler would have you as his guard? Your face looks like that of a beggar.”

Nobushige became so angry that he began to draw his sword, but Hakuin continued: “So you have a sword! Your weapon is probably much too dull to cut off my head.”

As Nobushige drew his sword Hakuin remarked: “Here open the gates of hell!”

At these words, the samurai, perceiving the master’s discipline, sheathed his sword and bowed.

“Here open the gates of paradise,” said Hakuin.

[source: http://www.davidpbrown.co.uk/nota-bene/paradise-and-hell.html]
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Meeting Jamie Chan again with his students and artworks

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Ascetic gautama - clay art by Jamie

Ascetic Gautama - clay art by Jamie

Last week I went to visit Jamie Chan. Remember the post of Jamie Chan the animal lover last year on juesatta? Jamie is an art teacher.

When I visited Jamie during the evening, he was at his art class teaching a few children. There were five students. Due to the Chinese New Year period, children were having holiday so not many attended the class on that day. 

When I arrived, Jamie was writing Chinese calligraphy, then we started our chat with warm greetings. On my request, Jamie showed his artworks to me. I had a chance to shoot some photos of these amazing art pieces: twin-headed turtle, alien in an egg, lizard fossil, lizard, fantastic drawings, dinosaur teapot, and my favorite the ascetic Gautama. 

Later on, out of no where Jamie brought out his collection of his old drawings in his early years in primary school and secondary school. Jamie’s paintings were mostly freestyle, his brushes flowed freely with his feeling and mood. It was really interesting to see how Jamie improved throughout the years, and how his style evolved could be anticipated from his early years’ paintings.

Furthermore, Jamie loved clay art and did many in recent years. Most of them were made and colored then displayed in nicely decorated fish tanks in his class. These wonderful display in class, however would provide an artistic atmosphere and would inspire the students’ interest. These clay artworks were all my favorite especially the ascetic Gautame which seemed like a real unearthed artifact to me.  

Jamie and his partner, Joan are both art teacher of the class. Although the mother wasn’t there when I went, the daughter, Si Si was there learning from his daddy. A very artistic family indeed. And I know Jamie from his sister, Janic who is also a great artist and has recently resumed her art class too. I hope I have a chance to shoot Janic’s artworks in future. 

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[News] Secret millionaire Grace Groner donates her fortune

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Secret millionaire Grace Groner (photo from http://www.bittenandbound.com)

Secret millionaire Grace Groner (photo from http://www.bittenandbound.com)

Grace Groner was orphaned when she was 12 and lived simply until passing away at age 100 in January. Grace left the world a better place, at least her little corner of it.

Groner, a secret millionaire, left her entire estate worth $7-million-dollars to her alma mater, Lake Forest College in Illinois.

In 1935, Groner purchased $180 stock in Abbott Laboratories – where she worked as a secretary for 43 years –  and, thanks to her frugal lifestyle and thoughtful investing, Grace amassed a $7-million-dollar fortune in the last 75 years.

Grace lived in Lake Forest in a modest one bedroom cottage with plain furnishings, mismatched dishes and a decades-old television set. She bought her clothes at rummage sales and walked instead of driving.

Grace had already donated $180,000 to a scholarship program at the liberal arts school.

“Oh my God,” was the reaction of Lake Forest College president Stephen Schutt upon learning the amount of Groner’s generous donation. Schutt reportedly knew that Grace intended to leave money to the college however, until her death, he had no idea how large the gift would be.

Grace’s money will help Lake Forest’s 1,300 students take internships and study abroad – experiences that many of them would never have had without her help.

Her little home was also donated to the college and will be used to house recipients of scholarships from the foundation. The house has been named “Grace’s Cottage,” in honor of a woman filled with grace.

[source: http://celebriscoop.com/2010/03/05/grace-groner-secret-millionaire-donates-fortune-to-lake-forest-college/]
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