Thursday, March 31, 2011

Watery Wednesday: Tri kids

The kids at Pt Chevalier School had a week of fun because Mark Weedon and his boys from Trikids had been in school. They had fun cycling, racing and swimming for their triathlon. Mark and Rick set up this programme which gave the students a training session and then a triathlon event.

Mark came with his Avanti bikes, which is great. Two of my students told me that they had never ridden a bike before. This was their best day. I didn't have a bike when I was in primary school. It makes me wish I was a student again.

From their website:

Sport is about participating, achieving and learning. TriKids™ aim is to support children into sport. Our programmes based around triathlon (swimming, cycling, running) are for primary school aged children and schools. Motivating and educating children to lead healthy lifestyles, developing fundamental movement skills and confidence through challenges and enjoyment are integral to our mission.

Pathways from school to club are integral in keeping children involved in sport. We will form relationships with clubs within the Auckland region to assist children transition into youth sections of clubs. TriKids™ will work to build the school to club link and provide opportunities for children to continue their involvement in sport.

Innovative school programmes and opportunities based around TriKids™ clubs will make us leaders in the field of sport for children. Organised events and promotion of athletes and triathletes will help to foster the continued development of triathlon as a leading sport in New Zealand.

Thanks to our teacher Kath Leighton for organising and liaising this event. The children of course will be looking forward to a repeat next year.

The teachers' views: "A really well organised event. Mark and his team gave good, clear instructions, and catered well to the diverse needs and abilities of the students."

May be next year, Mark, the teachers get a chance too?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My Book Blog

This is the first draft of my manuscript.

Dear all,

I started a new site;
Here I figure my book. If you like to read, do pay it a visit and comment.

Diary of a Bereaved Mother
From the conception of my first blog I had shared with you about my late son Andrew.

In October 2010, fellow blogger Ginny inspired me to write my book about having Andrew. Since then, I had shared with Betsy and George. They have been pivotal in encouraging me.

The book is almost done, my editor suggested that I post some parts of it and I welcome your comments.

This book is not just a soppy and maudlin story of my tragic life. This is non fiction, and the genre is: Self Help/ death and dying/child’s death/survival

The book is my journey of having a baby who died in Auckland National Womens' Hospital and suggestions to help bereaved parents, their care givers and doctors.

It has been edited: It is a wonderful account, written from the heart.

Comment:I know that no words can adequately express sympathy for this tragedy. You must be a very brave woman to come through this ordeal and write about it.

My pastors wrote this introduction in my Forward: Ann’s account of losing her infant son Andrew will resonate with anyone who has had the misfortune to give birth to a child who has struggled to live. As pastors at Ann’s church and as bereaved parents ourselves we felt for Ann through these recordings of her journal.

The first post is my synopsis.

Ruby Red Tuesday/Rednesday: The Red Connection

The Mt Albert Baptist Church has a vision for the community. Under the new intern, Albert Ng, a final student from Baptist College, supported by a group of interested church members, we are planning for an Asian Outreach.

Our first function kicks off with a Movie and Dinner Night on Good Friday evening. We are screening this, made in Singapore movie, "The Red Connection" which features TV artistes like Zhu How Ren and Lina Ng. It is a touching movie which depicts the sacrificial love of a brother for the other. It screens Malaysia and Singapore in the 60s, and the Chinese there.

Albert grew up in Cambodia, lived in Hong Kong, and studied his first degree in the University of Manhattan, in Canada. He has 3 beautiful daughters, and his wife comes from Taiwan. Indeed, he is an International person.

This invite leaflet was designed by Albert's daughter Rebecca. Ka Pai and Paki Paki Rebecca.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunday Scans


is thinking about putting together a new meme, Sunday Scans, just for scanned photos, I wonder if there would be any interest if I did it.

I have many scanned photos, so Al, I am interested.

I bought this ball for my son to play with it without realising that it was a gym ball for proper exercise.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Scenic Sunday: Western Springs


This is my favourite place in Auckland.

Kia ora, talofa lava, malo e lelei, ni sa bula vinaka, kia orana, fakaalofa lahi atu, kam na mauri, taloha ni, greetings.

On Sat 12 March, we celebrated Pasifika festival.

Pasifika Festival day is the finale of the new expanded programme, ending a week of concerts, debates, exhibitions and workshops with a unique international celebration of the Pacific Island communities in New Zealand.

The 19th Pasifika Festival features traditional and contemporary entertainment, festive flavours, a huge variety of stalls and more!

Pasifika is the most significant cultural festival in the South Pacific, and the world’s largest Pacific festival of its kind.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sunday bridge: Mangere

The bank is quite steep, and children swim in this river. I guess the steps are for them to get into the water.

Friday, March 25, 2011

macro flower saturday: pink flowers

Macro Flower Saturday

Grown in a bush outside the winter gardens of Auckland Domain. Sorry I don't know the name. Do you know?
I found out:

Cistus purpureus description: This semi-hardy low growing shrub is suited to sunny dry borders. Deep purple blossoms are borne through out the summer, complimenting attractive dark green foliage and spreading habit. 1.m wide x 80cm.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Watery Wednesday: Pier

Can you see the pier in the distance? I was up in the Waitakari ranges when I looked out to see and spotted the pier.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Macro flowers Saturday: A Tribute to H.

Today, we joined our friend M and her family as we celebrated her daughter H's life. It was a moving service. I didn't know H, but I knew M. This is the second tragedy for M. H was a young woman plucked from us too soon.

H was a good student, a great teacher. Her colleagues and her students came to the service and they sang. I saw tears in her students' eyes.

Everyone there at Mt Albert Baptist Church, had a heavy heart. I introduced myself to M's son O and daughter in law C. I told them I empathized with them. Today they buried a sister, 18 months ago, they buried a daughter.

Today, I heard from the Bishop of Christchurch who talked about the earthquakes of Christchurch and Japan. He said, earthquakes are not acts of God. The beauty of this world is acts of God.

This post is for your M & B. Sorry you have to join me and O & C in the bereaved parents club.

Macro Flower Saturday

As a teenager, Helen told her friends she wanted "Release Me" by Pearl Jam played at her funeral. This was her exit Music.

I see the world, feel the chill
Which way to go, windowsill
I see the world's on a rocking horse of time
I see the birds in the rain

Oh, dear dad, can you see me now
I am myself, like you somehow
I'll ride the wave where it takes me
I'll hold the pain...Release me...

Oh, dear dad, can you see me now
I am myself, like you somehow
I'll wait up in the dark for you to speak to me
I'll open up...Release me...
Release me (3x)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

watery wednesday: Water sprays

During the run, 70,000 sweaty bodies raise the temperature by 2 degrees. Kind residents along the road sprayed welcoming water to cool us down during our Round the bays Run.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ruby red/rednesday: A skyjack
This skyjack provides a platform high up at the finishing line of the Round the bay run. I am not sure who were up there, because when I finished, I was just glad to have finished, and didn't look around. May be next year, if I do the run again, I will look and tell you. LOL

I took this photo an hour later when I was waiting to catch the bus to take us to the city.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Weekend bridges: Round the Bay Run
As I was walking to the Round the Bays Run, I heard the train coming, got my camera out and almost missed the train as it zoomed into the tunnel bridge.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Macro Flowers Saturday: Hibiscus

Macro Flower Saturday

I continue my series of my School, Pt Chevalier's Crops for Christchurch, with these lovely hibiscus. These are no ordinary hibiscus. A student and his parents thought of this great idea of decorating our market with these blooms. Do visit my other two sites to read more of this.

Malaysia has chosen the Hibiscus as her National flower. I don't know why. Malaysia is a controversial word to many people. It can be very passionate in this family. There are two parts of Malaysia. It started with east and west malaysia. Then they changed the West to be called Penisular Malaysia.

The water engineer is the only one born in West Malaysia. I was born in Sarawak, and the kids else where.

Monday, March 7, 2011

watery wednesday: Elephants in Singapore

A moat separated us from the performing elephants in the Singapore Zoo. Every now and then, the elephants used their nose and sprayed water at the unexpected spectators.

ruby red/rednesday:Indian head gear

When I posted the Big Fat Indian wedding, many of you were curious. Indeed I was curious too, to see the grandeur. Guests to an Indian wedding wore this head gear.