Saturday, October 3, 2015

Photohunt: Crimson

An Australian native..Doryanthes../common names are Spear Lily/Gymea lily...
saw this beautiful red flower that looks like fire crackers. Reminds me of when my Dad came back from England, his friends brought firecrackers of the biggest kind. It was a time of rejoicing.
It is a kind of rejoicing for me this week. I got a new book out and I signed a book deal.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Dr Henry Chan, The Worldwide Fund For Nature (WWF) Malaysia head of conservation for Sarawak

When Henry was little, the family said he looked like Great Grand Father Mr. Chan Kwong Kuok. Ah Kung said he would do great things.

KUCHING: For Dr Henry Chan, Kuching is the seat of power.
The Worldwide Fund For Nature (WWF) Malaysia head of conservation for Sarawak zooms in on how the capital city has become home to many top decision-makers, from both government and private sectors.

Kang (centre) flanked by Chan (second left), Hon and staff members of WWF-Malaysia Sarawak office hold the flyers promoting the ‘Kuching For Me’ contest.

Great-Grand Father Chan Kwong Kwok 
 At 18, Great-Grand Father Chan Kwong Kwok was a Xiu Cai (an equivalent of a bachelor’s degree). He was the only Xiu Cai in the village. Unfortunately, because the family was poor, he could not pursue his further studies to the ultimate the Zhuangyuan(状元),Great-Grand Father was headhunted and offered the position of the “governor”, the head of this big company Kong Nan Seng Agricultural Co, in August, 1907. He led the second batch of Cantones, a group of bachelors, to Sibu. He was to lead a few more journeys, the 3rd where my grandfather came. This group including women and children.
Great Father co -founded a school for the children of immigrants. This school still exist.

The durian tree

My friend Ahmad Faizi‎ of the Malaysia Gardeners posted this photo and it is just right as a pictorial description of a story in my new book, "WW2".

There are many stories about Durian, our revered King of fruits.

How do I describe the fruit. It's like a good thick custard. A good fruit is not just sweet. It should have a touch of bitterness. The best way to eat durian is to squat on the floor.

Most Europeans and China citizens do not eat durian, they can't stand the smell of it. The aroma indeed is so strong, that it is not an understatement that it smells like s***. There is a saying, if you like durian, you will come back again.

I had written the Japanese set up their Camp at Lalang Road aka Tai Kuon Road, One night there was a terrible storm. The little durians fell and pelted the Japanese. The Japanese thought it was the grenades. The storm got worst, the bigger durian fell. The Japanese thought they were canons. It frightened the hell out of them.

Thanks Ahmad for your photo. I teach high school and university students "How to write."  I told them to be observant. Your photo came at the right time.

Hai Wai Hua Ren De Zhong Guo Hun = From China To Borneo And Beyond

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This is a Chinese translation of From China To Borneo And Beyond. 2 families leave China because of the Opium war, for the Borneo Jungles. It traces 6 generations of the Chan and Kong family. The family lived through salvation and Opium war in China, Japanese World War, colonial ...
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