Monday, March 31, 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Family Chain

This is a beautiful chain,
A friend from Mexico gave it to me.
You can see the seven round blobs with beautiful flowers.
This is a complete chain.

Imagine if someone yanks it,
And the chain breaks and one of the flowers drop.
It can't be fixed.
It no longer becomes a complete chain.

This is like when we become bereaved.
Our family chain will always be broken.
In my case, the hurt was great.
Because it was the last link of my chain.

I dedicate this to the surviving families,
of that fateful MAS plane.
Cry, it is OK to cry.
For your loved ones had been snatched from you.
When Pulau Kidjang boat sank, my parents were part of the accompanying group with the CM to the morgue. My mum said, the CM cried,. Skeptical 17 year old me asked if it was crocodile tears. My mum said, unless you have a heart of stone, when u were at the morgue, you too will cry.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

transforming a pair of country bumpkin feet

wonder if it works, gel sock,
promoted as to make your feet soft.
Turn dry feet into sandal-ready stunners. Simply slide on these Spa Socks with Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Vitamin E and Lavender Oil and let them work their magic! Feet will feel softer and more supple.
feels tempted to change my country bumpkin feet to a baby's feet.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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From China to Borneo and beyond / Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan.

Ann Kit Suet Chin 1954-

Auckland, N.Z. : Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan 2013.

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Mail order bride / Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan.

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Diary of a bereaved mother / Ann Kit Suet Chin.

Ann Kit Suet Chin 1954-

Auckland, N.Z. : A.K.S. Chin 2011. 2nd ed..

Available at GENERAL LIBRARY New Zealand & Pacific Level G (155.937 C539 )

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mum and straw flowers.

My friend C grew these straw flowers, and gave me a bunch two years ago. I kept them because they reminded me of that year when Mum and Dad and the 4 younger siblings went to West Malaysia and Thailand.

Mum came home with wooden decorations with these straw flowers. Mum went to the heavenly gardens, and every time I see the flowers, I think of her.

Monday, March 17, 2014

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ABC Wednesday Letter J for John

 An Australian Dunny
 A boy's urinal in a women's toilet, which is a good idea for mums not to have to worry about peadophiles lurking in the men's toilet.

 In some countries they call the toilet John. I looked it up, and The term is thought to derive from Sir John Harrington. It is also sometimes called Jake.

Our grandparents on both sides didn't have Water closets, but dry toilets at the edge of the rubber garden. When we went to visit them for a weekend, Mother would hold on until she came home. We teased her that she grew up in that environment.

 This is a Japanese toilet in Australia, Mum would have love using it.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Geese and gosling

A Sunday outing this afternoon at my favourite Western Springs park got me all excited. Do count, how many goslings there are. I counted 17 or 18. Ka Pai aka good job, Goosey Lucy and Daddy Gander.

When Margaret was young, she followed our pair of geese in the neighbourhood. The more she attempted to get the geese home, the further they went. As a result, Father and Mother took us to Anna Studio to have a photo taken just in case Margaret went too far away.

My Author Page

  When you cry, I cry with you. I too lost my baby.

Writer, Mum, Teacher, Parent Advocate, Public Speaker.
“Diary of a bereaved mum, Goodbye my baby”
“From China to Borneo to Beyond”
“Mail Order Mail”

Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan
Ann Chin was born in British Sarawak in Borneo.
She graduated from the University of Windsor (Canada), Auckland University and Auckland University of Technology.
She teaches ESOL to children and adults.
Her favourite charity is the Deaf children in Kenya. She helped raise funds to separate the pair of Nepalese Siamese twins in Singapore.
Ann is mum to 3 surviving children and angel Andrew, (29.9 to 22.11.1989). Ann is married to Dr. Chen Chen Onn PhD.
Her first book was written as a therapy for herself and to help other bereaved parents. Ann appeared in a National NZ TV Documentary, “It’s OK to cry.” A Write-up in the Aucklander and her book “Diary of a bereaved mother,” was exhibited at the Peacock Art Gallery, Upton Country, Dorset Park, England.
Her books are circulated in New Zealand, Australian and Malaysian libraries.

Photo: courtesy Francis Chen

Friday, March 14, 2014

a kind act.

Saw this lovely act,
family of departed loved one,
donated this bench,
to their memory,
gives tired beach goers,
a lovely place to sit,
and enjoy the sea view.



Rearing chicken and ducks.

I always enjoy chatting with Yi Chang. She makes me think from the recess of my brain, things that had happened that were forgotten.I told her, I was the one responsible for feeding the chickens and the ducks in the family. When we had an unexpected guest,some one would boil the water, me and mum and other younger siblings would chase and round up the chicken or duck. I was a butcher at a young age. With sis Margaret assisting. Once we dressed the chicken, it is the role of older sisters to cook it. In no time, before the other chickens notice someone is missing, it is served on the table.
I recall, one Chinese New year, Sis Rose invited two girls from RTC. They came from another town, Rose invited them without asking Mum and dad. Dad was cross, we didn't have DAI BA aka a lot, so Mum said, Just TONg another chicken and duck. Wonder where those 2 girls are. Chang Yi, may be yr neighbours.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Close knit family

The Chans and the Kongs are a very close knit family.  A whole contingent of the Kongs,uncles,  aunties, cousins came and we had great fun.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

ABC Wednesday, Letter I for Influenza Immunisation

As we head towards winter in the Southern Hemisphere, the aged and those who work with children are offered  Influenza Immunisation
 A good Idea to give a lollipop to sweeten the pain.

In the olden days when I was a teenager, Mum had twins, Henry and Helen. There were no car seats. When Mum took the twins for their vaccination at the SUDC clinic, Margaret and I went along to hold them in the car.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide on 8 March each year. Mother was the vice president of the Sarikei Women's institute.

Women have come a long way in many Western Countries. But for the rest of the world, a woman's role is still in the kitchen.

I heard this saying last week," Everyday is children's day, Everyday is men's day, but everyday is a working day for the women." You may disagree.

Helen Clark, the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand in three successive terms from 1999 to 2008. Forbes magazine ranked her 20th most powerful woman in the world in 2006.
Helen came to our school as our MP. She was very nice and shook all our hands. She was very obliging when some of the teachers and staff wanted to have a photo taken with her.
Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization.

 A day first declared in 1911 and designed to draw attention to the claims of women around the world for economic independence and political equality.

Women in New Zealand< had achieved the right to vote in 1893, many in Europe were still fighting for their political rights in 1911. And in New Zealand, women could not stand for election to Parliament until But all this is history.

The women's liberation movement has been and gone, and women appear to have cracked the glass ceilings in politics and business.

The New Zealand Census of Women's Participation highlights our successes: we have had two women governors-general, two women prime ministers and 43 per cent of our NZSX top 100 companies include women as directors.

And yet, all is not yet equal in the world of politics and business.

Women make up around 13 per cent of national leaders, they constitute 19.5 per cent of elected politicians globally, and within New Zealand, women made up only 9.3 per cent of all directors in 2010.

On Friday, March 2, 2012, we prayed specially for Malaysia, for the injustice in the country. I read Irene Fernandez Story. The organiser told me if I could, it would be great if I wore a Malaysia dress. I had been out of Malaysia since 1975, and become a new Zealand citizen. But my roots are Malaysian, so I wore this Nyonya Kebaya. It is the first time I wore this top, because it was Malaysian.

This year, the World Day of Prayer evening is at Owairaka/ Hosanna Harvest Church.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Photo: Anyone read Chinese?This lakes at Western Springs in Auckland are known as the Lake of the eels by the Maoris. They come to feed from the bread crumbs thrown by visitors to the park. Visitors come in droves and on a Sunday, the eels, and other feathered animals are too full to be bothered. Still, that doesn't deter the visitors. Some people come and catch the fish and eels.

In Australia, in the creek behind my brother Joseph's house, there are lots of eels.