Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dangers of hitch hiking

In the book, Jamie often picked up hitch hikers.

These days, people are advised not to hitch hike or pick up hitch hikers. It could be either party gets hurt, robbed and even killed.
I shook my head when I saw a young girl with a sign. I felt like stopping the car and give her some money to catch a bus.
Today, I met my old flatmate and we recalled our times in Canada. One of the stupid things I did was agreeing with my Singapore guy friend to hitch a ride to Toronto. We spent a whole day in freezing winter, and not one person stopped for us. Other friends scolded us, no body would give a ride to a couple.

Trouble with the police.

Recently, the police reported that idiots shot at traffic cameras by the motorway. I wrote about street kids standing on the bridge and dropping rocks upon coming traffic.  My book was based on many scenarios. Kids with BB guns.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Six teenagers arrested after brutal attack

In the books, there were uncontrollable street kids and gangs.

Six teenagers arrested after brutal attack

Six young teenagers have been arrested following an attack and robbery of a woman leaving the Papakura train station on December 15
Six young teenagers have been arrested following an attack and robbery of a woman leaving the Papakura train station on December 15
Six teenagers, some aged as young as 13, have been arrested after they attacked and robbed a young woman in Papakura.
Tian Wang, 23, was attacked near the Papakura Train Station on December 15 after she got off a train at 11pm.
She had been on her way home from work at a restaurant in Newmarket when she was attacked by the group of teens who had been on same train.
When she failed to arrive home, her worried father drove to the station looking for her. He found her lying in the station carpark, beaten so badly he could barely recognise her.
They stole her cellphone and stripped her shoes from her.
National MP Dr Jian Yang who has been visiting Wang, said the attack was incredibly vicious.
"They attacked mainly her face. I looked at photos from the day and she's very bruised and swollen," he said.
A police spokeswoman said six teenagers aged from 13 to 16 had now been arrested in relation to the attack and robbery.
"They've all been charged with aggravated robbery and have been remanded in youth custody facilities," she said.
Yang said the six young teenagers most likely attacked the woman because she was alone, there was nobody around and she was an easy target.
As he understood it, Wang had a bag on her back, and the attackers came up behind her and pulled on it.
She fell backwards and they surrounded her, attacking her face and stole her belongings, he said.
"It's quite a traumatic attack from a number or people so you can imagine the physcological effects," he said.
"After a major attack like this the girl would still feel concerned and scared, that's why she still needs people around her."
Yang said the main concern is the extent of her eye injuries, which will need surgery. She suffered broken bones and now one eye was sitting lower than the other side he said.
When he visited her in hospital, she covered her face and didn't want to be seen, he said.
The six youths will appear in the Papakura Youth Court on January 8.
 - Stuff

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Coast has feast for foragers

Christine went with her Maori friends to pick seafood.

Coast has feast for foragers

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  • Paua, New Zealand's large, edible sea snail, are often found in shallow waters on rocky shores. photo / Kristin Edge
    Paua, New Zealand's large, edible sea snail, are often found in shallow waters on rocky shores. photo / Kristin Edge
    Fancy foraging for fish like your forefathers? Look no further than the fruitful Kiwi foreshore this summer.
    Scientists from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) have prepared some handy hints for seafood lovers.
    But budding hunter-gatherers are being advised to keep to the recreational limits and to watch their catch size.
    Paua, New Zealand's large, edible sea snail, are often found in shallow waters on rocky shores. Different regions have different catch restrictions.
    Cockles and pipi are both free and plentiful, says Niwa.
    Pipi are found often packed together in dense patches in fast-flowing water in estuaries.
    They can be eaten raw from the shell, put on an open fire or barbecue until their shells open, or made into fritters. The daily limit is 150 a person - and take only bigger ones.
    Cockles are a shallow-burrowing shellfish. They can be eaten raw, but must be taken from unpolluted sites.
    The daily bag limit is 150 cockles per person per day, apart from in Auckland and the Coromandel where the limit is 50 per person per day.
    Finally kahawai, the second most caught recreational fish behind snapper, can be found in most coastal waters, harbours and estuaries. The recreational limit is 20 fish.

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

    Gangs steal cars.

    In my own experience, a gang of street kids stole my car. I fictionalised it in the book.

    Backpackers 'feel hopeless' after car theft

  • Lara Schreyer, 18, Lena Kalbitzer, 19, Sophia Metz, 18 and Lea Uebelhoer, 18. Photo / Michael Craig
    Lara Schreyer, 18, Lena Kalbitzer, 19, Sophia Metz, 18 and Lea Uebelhoer, 18. Photo / Michael Craig
    A group of young German backpackers lost precious possessions when their car was stolen while they were at a beach north of Auckland.
    Two lost their passports, credit cards, international driver licences and camping equipment while they were enjoying the Goat Island marine reserve near Leigh.
    One also lost a bracelet from her grandmother, her graduation jumper that had been signed by her high-school friends, and her camera containing the pictures she has taken in New Zealand.
    A car belonging to the German tourists was stolen from the Goat Island Reserve. Photo / Supplied
    A car belonging to the German tourists was stolen from the Goat Island Reserve. Photo / Supplied
    The crime has shattered the four women's first impressions of New Zealand and has left them feeling disoriented.
    "We heard so many good things about New Zealand," says Sophia Metz, 18, of Munich.
    "We heard the people are so nice and gentle. That's what we got to know when we came here first, but now we don't want to leave the country with that bad memory. All the good memories are overshadowed now by the theft."
    She and her friends, Lea Uebelhoer, 18, Lara Schreyer, 18, and Lena Kalbitzer, 19, have been in New Zealand for just over a month and plan to stay at least six months.
    They are picking strawberries at a berry farm in Riverhead, where they are also staying.
    "We went to the beach in the car of Lena and Lara," Ms Metz says.
    "We stayed at the beach for five hours [until 5pm yesterday]. We came back to the car and it wasn't there any more."
    It was parked in a legal parking space, she says, and they checked with a Department of Conservation officer who told them it therefore would not have been towed.
    The women are appealing for people to contact them if they see the green car, a 1998 Mitsubishi Libero stationwagon, registration BNR572.
    The car cost $3200 and was not insured against theft. They have reported the theft to the police.
    Ms Schreyer says: "We would like to raise awareness for all the other backpackers not to leave their personal belongings and important stuff in the car."
    Ms Metz says they did not hear back from the police.
    "It makes us feel hopeless. Usually that's the people who would be able to help out."
    However, a police spokeswoman said: "We did offer them victim support at the time. They said they didn't feel they needed it."
    She says the car's details and other information about the incident were broadcast among police in the Auckland region at the time the incident was reported.
    "That's as much as we can do when a car has been stolen when there is not any other identifying information at the scene."
    Sightings of the car can be reported to

    Monday, November 30, 2015

    Hong Kong's pink dolphins at risk of disappearing

    Hong Kong's pink dolphins at risk of disappearing

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    As Hong Kong seeks to expand its international airport and with a major new bridge project under way, campaigners warn that the dwindling number of pink dolphins in the already busy surrounding waters may disappear altogether.


    Environmentalist and activist  Jamie and his friends tried to save beached pod of whales in the book.

    Asian wife shouted at in supermarket

    This sounds so much like Norman and Emma turned Isabella.

    Marlborough man charged with offensive language

    A man has admitted using offensive language after screaming obscenities at his wife in a Blenheim supermarket.
    Andrew Graham Wilson, 45, a vineyard worker of Blenheim, appeared at the Blenheim District Court on Monday.
    A police summary of facts said Wilson and his wife Hsiu Chen Tsao were shopping for groceries at Countdown, in Blenheim, on October 30.
    Wilson realised he had lost his wallet while in the supermarket.
    He began shouting obscenities at Tsao because he thought he had given it to her. He told her to get back in the car and shortly followed her.
    An onlooker reported the incident to the police.
    Wilson continued yelling abuse at Tsao in the car and stopped only when he was phoned by police, who informed him his wallet had been handed in to the Blenheim Police Station.
    His lawyer Rob Harrison said Tsao "had no qualms" about the incident.
    Judge Graham Ellis surmised that she was "used to being treated like that".
    "She understands sometimes he uses inappropriate language. She's very supportive of him," Harrison said.
    Judge Ellis did not award an emotional harm payment to Tsao because it might incite more anger in the relationship, he said.
    Wilson was convicted and fined $250.
     - The Marlborough Express

    Friday, November 20, 2015

    ann book CV: November 2015


    Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan.

    Ann Kit Suet Chin is a New Zealand Chinese writer. She was born in Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia. She attended Methodist Primary and Secondary School in Sibu. She graduated from Windsor University in Canada, Auckland University and Auckland University of Technology.

    Ann is the fourth child of the late John Chan Hiu Fei and Mary Kong Wah Kiew. She is married to Chin Chen Onn, PhD. She has three surviving children, Deborah, Gabrielle and Sam. Her third child, Andrew died when he was a baby and is the inspiration of her first book.

    作者 陈洁雪



    Diary of a Bereaved Mother
    ISBN 9780473187095 

    This is a real life story of losing one's only son. This experience has made the author strong and caring. This tragedy has been a great help for her to help understand other bereaved people. The author is very brave to write this book. It has not been easy and she aims to touch,...

    featured in the Aucklander.

    I appeared in Television 1 Down Under program. It's ok to cry On baby bereavement.
    I spoke in the Baptist Women's Annual Convention, North Island Chapter.  
    My book was exhibited  at the Peacock 
    Art Gallery, Upton Country, Dorset, Park England.

    I  presented a workshop on Asian Infant Bereavement at the Sands National conference for Sands families and medical personnels for 200 attendees in September 2013

    Used as a reference book for NICU staff at the University Hospital, Toronto. 

    Dr Simon Rowley is a consultant at Starship Children's Hospital who's been given a copy of the book.
    "It is a good reminder to all health professionals that when our patients leave us, the story does not end for the parents. The detail is amazing, and every little thought and action seems to have been recorded as it happened, and then has been reflected upon.
    "For parents undergoing similar experiences this book could be a great comfort. For health professionals, I would see it as essential reading."



    By Chin-Chan, Ann Kit Suet
    ISBN 9780473239008  English
    ISBN 9780473309626  Chinese


    This is a hundred-year-old journal of two families, the Chans and the Kongs. It traces the first movement in 1907 from Kwang Zhou, China to the jungles of Borneo. It is a six-generational record with the second wave of movement to England, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Australia, USA ...

    This book records with humor the life of a busy and active family through World War II, the formation of Malaysia and Confrontation. It is a personal reflection of a way of life that has moved on and provides insight into a family and its relationships. It is most of all a work of love and respect for the Chan and Kong families and for Father and Mother.

    M M Ann Armstrong

    Lodge International School
    She explained the people in Sarawak, especially among the Chinese community, could relate to the book as it traces their roots and identities.
    “From China to Borneo and Beyond kindled a lot of interests in the state. I am very happy to hear a publisher is going to print a Chinese version of it.”
    From China To Borneo and Beyond was her second autobiography book, which is a hundred year old journal of two Families, the Chans and the Kongs. The book contains records of historical events and current affairs endured by her family from 1907 to 2006 such as the Opium war, virgin tropical jungle, the Japanese World War, colonial days, revelation and fighting with the communists. 



    This book is about the embodiment of the darker side of today's society.
    ISBN  978047325414-8

    1 July 2013

    a fiction novel – Mail Order Bride. The story, set in Auckland, New Zealand, touches on social issues such as teenage pregnancies, drugs, paedophile and the like. The book took two months to finish.

    Her third book, Mail Order Bride is the first fiction piece from Ann. She said that the book targets an audience of young adults and that it appeals readers interested in social issues and ills that young adults have to face.



    Cry of Oppressed Women 

    Women suffers from oppression. This story traces the life of Nadine who overcomes her own problems of oppression, grows up to be a social worker and helps women who have suffered from physical and mental violence, domestic violence, rape, pornography, swinging, sex slavery, human ...
    1 July 2014
    Interest Age
    All ages

    Judy Lawson, Counsellor
    A book I would use in my work as a reference. 

    World War II in Borneo, Tales of my Grandpa
    ISBN:9780473339005 (Pbk)

    It is seventy years after the end of the World War II, or the Japanese occupation in Borneo. Captain Cheng aka Captain Fong and his Canadian soldiers are remembered in their role of leading the surrender of the Japanese.