Friday, August 29, 2014

Youth: Brothers and sisters.

My older daughter pushing her younger brother when they were young.

Deborah was very tender to her late brother Andrew. She took care of Sam.

Sam contributed to this book with his ideas of the youth .

~ Youth ~

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Youth'

Friday, August 22, 2014

Oxalis, wild and free.

Oxalis pes-caprae, the street kids are like Oxalis, wild and free.
Photo: In season again. Oxalis pes-caprae

Photo: Oxallis for Soo Leng Fung
"YELLOW" (Anything with the colour yellow in it,...)
Next Week: SKY (Birds, Winged insects, Kites, Frisbees, Balloons, Cloud,...)
roseThursday Challenge is a place for photographic fun and learning.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Japanese Garden, Auckland

Brown to apologise to Fukuoka mayor and those who supported keeping the sister city's gift
Mayor Len Brown is to apologise to the Mayor of Fukuoka and the local Japanese community for the demolition of a Japanese garden at Auckland Zoo - a gift from sister city Fukuoka 25 years ago.

Mayor to apologise over zoo's Japanese garden  Now the garden will be reinstated out of the zoo, but at Western Springs park, my favourite park. The plus side, it is free to enter Western Springs so more people will be able to enjoy it. The minus side, it was so controversy and a cost of $1million dollars.


In my book, Isabella used to visit the park because it was free and the scenery so peaceful.


 Fences screaming,
Go away,
Get off my property.

Fences screaming,
mind your business,
I mind mine.

Fences screaming.
There is something sinister.
I wonder what?

Is it a hydro house?
Is it a home imprisonment?
Is there something unlawful?

I lament the time when I was growing up,
we just cross to our neighbour's house.
Gone is such a bygone era.

I am glad, I still live in a house like this.
I am glad, I never lived in a fence in house.
I would feel claustrophobic.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Writing and me 

I have been writing for many years  and during my public speaking and press interview, I am often asked why I write.

Writing is an  incredible vehicle for exploring our passions and finding our voices. It is also a powerful tools for healing in the face of trauma;  It is a cathartic one. It gives a form of psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions.

I remember 2 days after I was told that my baby Andrew was going to die, I spent the whole evening and night writing, and writing and writing. I wrote a whole 12 Foolscap pages of notes, my history of my pregnancy, my fear of the future, and what would happen when Andrew died. I did not sleep, and the nurses left me alone.

At that time, I wrote this notes to share with my family living abroad,  writing a record for my two surviving  daughters aged 4 and 2. As days went on, Andrew had not died, I sat at the corner of his cubicle by his corner in NICU. I felt the only thing I could do to keep me sane was to write.

I wrote to tell my painful truths to help myself heal in my bereavement and to keep the memories of Andrew alive.

It was only when Andrew was turning 21 did I decide to turn these notes to a book to help other grieving mothers and fathers. Since the book had been published, numerous grieving mothers have come to tell me that I have helped them. They have found in my writing empathy. They were not alone in their crushed helplessness and bewildered after the death of their child.

Writing the book brought me to a TV  documentary. I was asked about my grieving and how I coped. The theme of the documentary was it is OK to cry, which has since my opening line when I "meet" another grieving mum. I encourage them to cry, and to write their experience.

My book was exhibited in England and is used as a reference book in a university hospital in Canada.

Writing has become a passion to me. I have since published 3 other books, and I blog daily.  Indeed it is cathartic.

alphabe-Thursday Letter L for Library

Photo: It is a privilege to have the library of my Alma Mata circulate all my four books. This is the library of Auckland University when we visited in 2000.

I am very privileged that my alma mata's library is circulating all my 4 books.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Auckland University Library

So glad that Auckland Univeristy, my alma mata is circulating all my 4 books


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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.

Available at GENERAL LIBRARY  (959.5 C539 )

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Mail order bride / Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan.

Ann Kit Suet Chin 1954-

Auckland : Ann Kit Suet Chin, 2013.

Available at GENERAL LIBRARY New Zealand & Pacific Level G (823.92 C54Gm )

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Cry of oppressed women / Ann Kit Suet Chin Chan.

Ann Kit Suet Chin 1954-

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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 )