Friday, October 24, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Friday Finds mushroom

Welcome to Friday Finds….. 
Let’s celebrate what we have found, discovered….. uncovered…this past week.
If you are new to this space….
Welcome….. so glad you are here….
Please say hello….share your finds below.
What is Friday Finds ?…. You ask….
Friday Finds is a place to gather and share your finds with fellow creatives….
So many find possibilities…..unique treasures…… special moments….. life lessons……little things…..big things too…… nature’s beauty….. heart shaped stones, a special cup…..a pretty flower….wise words….
To play along… post your find on flickr or your blog… share the story behind your find…link up to Friday Finds  (grab the button or share the link)…..then pop over here to link up.
Simply put….. you are invited to post a fabulous find of any kind…..
My wish for Friday Finds…..that we stop …. pause…..simply…. cherish life’s simple pleasures……
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Thursday Challenge: The Alberton

This romantic timber mansion began as a farmhouse in 1863 and was later expanded to 18 rooms, with fairy-tale decorative verandahs and towers. It was owned by the Kerr Taylors, a leading family in Mount Albert, until it was left to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in 1972. Allan Kerr Taylor was a landowner, investor and provincial and local body politician. His wife Sophia was an outspoken advocate of the vote for women, as well as a singer, gardener and mother of 10.
Alberton was famous in the 19th century for its balls, hunts, garden parties and music. It contains a wealth of original family furniture and other possessions, and several rooms retain their 19th century wallpapers.

It is used as a wedding venue. You may tour the gardens for free, or if you wish to enter the house, the entrance fee is $7.50.

I did not enter the house, as I am more interested in the grounds. It is a beautiful place.

"HOME" (House, Apartment, Trailer Home,...)
Next Week: MONEY (Bills, Coins, Gold, Silver, Things that are valuable,...)
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Monday, October 20, 2014

"HAPPY" (Smiles, Faces, Laughter, Humorous Things,...)

My foster son, Johnson, he had such a happy face.. He had spent 2 months away from his parents in Taiwan. I took him out the day before he returned home.  

The Chinese have this concept of fostering not out of need but by affection.

"HAPPY" (Smiles, Faces, Laughter, Humorous Things,...)

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 Tuesday - Edibles pasley

I used to grow the curly leaf type, but the husband didn't like the smell.

Chewing a sprig after meals refreshes your mouth.

Parsley contains two types of unusual components that provide unique health benefits. The first type is volatile oil components—including myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene. The second type is flavonoids—including apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin.
Promote Optimal Health

Parsley's volatile oils—particularly myristicin—have been shown to inhibit tumor formation in animal studies, and particularly, tumor formation in the lungs. Myristicin has also been shown to activate the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase, which helps attach the molecule glutathione to oxidized molecules that would otherwise do damage in the body. The activity of parsley's volatile oils qualifies it as a "chemoprotective" food, and in particular, a food that can help neutralize particular types of carcinogens (like the benzopyrenes that are part of cigarette smoke and charcoal grill smoke).
A Rich Source of Anti-Oxidant Nutrients

The flavonoids in parsley—especially luteolin—have been shown to function as antioxidants that combine with highly reactive oxygen-containing molecules (called oxygen radicals) and help prevent oxygen-based damage to cells. In addition, extracts from parsley have been used in animal studies to help increase the antioxidant capacity of the blood.

In addition to its volatile oils and flavonoids, parsley is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A (notably through its concentration of the pro-vitamin A carotenoid, beta-carotene).


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Old Tradition

Last Oct 12th, I launched my 3 books at RH hotel, my guest of honour was Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh. The Quang Ning Association arranged for two lions to welcome the VIPs as they arrived. 

It was such a great honour.  According to this old Chinese tradition and culture, only very important events have the lions attending your function.

Lion dance (simplified Chinese: 舞狮; traditional Chinese: 舞獅; pinyin: wǔshī) is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume. The lion dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year and other Chinese traditional, cultural and religious festivals. It may also be performed at many other important occasions such as business opening events, special celebrations or wedding ceremonies, or may be used to honour special guests by the Chinese communities. WIKI


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

A very old friend, Christine Sue

 Mr. Norman Ng, Christine's dad. one of the 244 refugee children
 With Charles and Christine Sue
When I met up with Helen Wong, writer and historian, one of the first person I asked if she knew Christine Ng, daughter of Norman Ng.  Christine and I used to work at Kerridge Odeon for 2 years before my oldest daughter was born.

Helen said Christine was traveling in Europe.

It was great to see her at the 75th anniversary of the Chinese Refugees in New Zealand. I went to greet her and gave her a big surprise. It has been 30 years since we last saw each other.  She married Charles who many of my engineering friends knew.


Stay mellow with yellow!