Thursday, January 22, 2015

Growing old gracefully.

These three ladies are epitome of growing old gracefully. They are retired, and they volunteer in many capacities.

A cousin who is much younger than me just retired from the civil service. She had to attend a convention, and they taught the pre-retirees what to do with their time, including dabbling with stocks and shares. I am reminded of a British colleague who said, “The moment you stop learning, you die.” Less blunt is our Chinese saying ,“Xue de lau, Wio de lau.  
As we age, it is important to exercise our brain. A friend told me, she wrote because it staves off memory-loss illness like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Of late, I pick up a career, free-lance writing. It gives me much joy and satisfaction. As a freedom writer who follows no rules, because I am the rule maker. Most of my writing is for fun, sometimes I get paid. Isn’t that motivation enough? In fact, I am now “married “ to the computer.
Others might enjoy crossword puzzles. Or if you are, like my husband , mathematically minded, and do suduku.
Enjoy new hobbies, sing, dance, gardening, playing golf if you can afford it, go for long walks, it is free.  Do tai chi which is supposed to be very good. Travel abroad with spouse, family and friends.
Have your medical check-up and keeps things tidy and have a will.
Have a bucket list. Do something incredible. At 50, I ran the quarter marathon. It was a great physical discipline. Now it boosts my ego when I tell my students I ran the marathon and showed them my medal.

Environmentally consciousness

Ngarimu on his red scooter as he went around the grounds to see if we were working well.

Zero-waste Strategy Management: Here's the Volunteers at work. Dressed in our official crew kowhai/yellow or kikorangi/blue T-shirt and cow boy hat, we trudged our kikorangi/blue and kakariki/green bins to our different stations. By chance, I got involved in Ngarimu's Zero waste program. Ngarimu also sourced cutlery and plates made of potatoes which is 10-0% biodegradable.

When I shopped at Target in Australia, the sales clerk asked if I wanted a bag. I asked if I had to pay for it, and he said no. I felt the unusual texture of the bag and remembered a discussion with friends that in Australia, they use biodegradable bags. Good on you Target.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thursday Challenge: Trees

"TREES" (All kinds,...)
Next Week: LIGHTS (Candles, Street Lights, Fire, Ornamental Lights,...)
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Alphabe-Thursday letter J for jewellery

The wedding was held here, the Civic centre or the Dewan Suasil.  The Malay band was waiting.

I invited myself to a Malay/Muslim wedding. And saw this lady wearing these beautiful jewellery.

 There is a sweet story behind this. I rang up my muslim friend, J who went to school with me. We had not seen each other for many many years. When I rang her, she said she was going to her niece wedding. I asked if I could go because I have never been to one. She invited me.
She told me the wedding was at this posh place, the Civic centre and she would wait for me. I arrived, and there were many Muslim people there, but no sign of my friend J. I asked the official welcoming couple, and they didn't recognised the name of J. There were 2 weddings at the same time. After a long wait, I used my mobile and called my friend. I got the security guard to talk to her to make sure I was at the right place. The security guard told me to wait.
The official welcoming couple looked at me and waved at me. She said," Don't worry, you just come to the wedding party." Can you imagine the hospitality of the Sarawak people. What if I was pretending and was actually crashing their party.
I said, I would wait for a while. My friend J came with her 2 sisters. I was at the right venue. You should have seen the fashion at the party. But I am showing you the jewellery this lady who shared the table with me wore.

Thanks J, and your relative Rahaya.
My friend told me some time later that Rahaya passed away. She left a legacy of a kind Muslim woman who came to my life.

http://jennymatlock.blogspot.co.nz/ letter J for jewellery.