Monday, August 29, 2011

ABC Wednesday: Letter G for ground control


I flew to earthquake ravaged Christchurch on Friday late afternoon. The day was still light for me to photograph the ground control tower at the Auckland domestic airport.

Thanks to the hard work to these ground controllers, we can feel confident to step into a plane. I recall not so long ago, some idiot took his son to work and let the kid handle the controls.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Scenic Sunday: Campbell Aero Classics


Today, I had the best ever holiday I had, apart from the Black Water Rafting I did about 12 years ago at Waitomoto caves.

I went flying, I don't mean flying in a commercial jumbo plane or Fokker friendship. I flew in a tiger moth. Yes, I mean tiger moth.

I went to Christchurch to visit my old friends. They took me to Loburn, to visit Ivan and Sandy Campbell. We were all excited as we drove to North Canterbury to Loburn Abbey airfield, as we knew we were going to fly in this special plane. Our oldest "pilot" today was Mrs. Chew, aged 81. Paki Paki.

Thoughts of Jean batten conjured in my head. Ivan and Sandra make their own planes and are the creators of the World's only Class leather hard shell flying helmet. Ivan gave us flights and I am so grateful for their generousity.

We all had a marvelous time, looking at the picturesque snow laden mountains, the paddocks, the horses, the sheep and the cows.

Sandra's hospitality extended to teaching us play croquet. Croquet has a special place in my heart. I was 20 months when Dad left us in Borneo to study in London. Croquet always brings me more memories as my dad played croquet in London in the 1950s. As a teen, I saw pictures fo women dressed in long dresses playing croquet, and wondered why dad played croquet. It was only when I was an adult when I asked him why he played a ladies game. He said it wasn't, it required precision. And yesterday, I found out when I played with my friends. It was not only reminisces with this Chew Family but with my Dad.

After all the thrills and spills, Sandra treated us to a beautiful lunch which we sat outside in a wonderful sunny winter afternoon.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

ABC WEdnesday:Fern


When I was a faculty wife in Singapore, I lived on the campus, and was the secretary of the gardening club. When I left, I left behind a legacy of greens and trees. Here is a fern garden I left behind.

Friday, August 19, 2011

photohunt: drink Chinese green tea


My favourite cuppa: Chinese green tea served in tiny bowl like cups. You can't fill the tea to the brim because it will be too hot to hold the handleless cups.

weekend reflection: Disney land


Many years ago, we went to Disney land on LA. The girls had great fun. We had fun too.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Thursday Theme Song/ABC Wednesday: E for Emergency

I have been teaching safety and use this song. I had to change 911 to 111 as this is our emergency numbers in New Zealand.


This is the SONG ONLY version about dialing 9-1-1 intended to teach 3 major concepts. It directs children to dial 9-1-1 if they're in trouble AND they're alone, tells them to give their name, address, and problem, and informs them of the 3 kinds of help they can expect (ambulance, fire truck, police). Grancie48's Channel



111 emergency numbers Song,

If there is trouble and you are alone,
Call for help on your telephone.

111 111
pick up the phone and dial 111
111 are the numbers
you push on the telephone.

Save a life with these numbers,
Someone else or your own.

Give your name,
Give your address too.
And then tell what is troubling you.

111 111
pick up the phone and dial 111
111 are the numbers
you push on the telephone.

Save a life with these numbers,
Someone else or your own.

Ambulance and fire trucks too,
And police can come to help you.

111 111
pick up the phone and dial 111
pick up the phone and dial 111

If there's serious trouble and it's dangerous,
And there's no one there to help you out,
Just pick up the phone and dial 911,
That's what this is all about!

911 . . . can get the firemen.
911 . . . can get police.
911 . . . can get the ambulance.
911 . . . only for emergencies!

If there's serious trouble and it's dangerous,
And there's no one there to help you out,
Just pick up the phone and dial 911,http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
That's what this is all about!

911 . . . can get the firemen.
911 . . . can get police.
911 . . . can get the ambulance.
911 . . . only for emergencies!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Photohunt: 1

When I was young, my Chinese Grand dad used to say A1 Top Size when we had done something awesome, we took it to mean number 1.

This week's photohunt challenge is 1, This story of Charlie is A1 Top Size in my book.



I first posted this story in my book blog. I think it is appropriate it to post it here so more people can read it.


My fellow blogger and bereaved mother Marydon has lots in common with me. We both lost our sons. Today, she did a post and invited me to comment.

Mary featured on ~ Charlie Grady aka Charlie Santa ~
www.designgivesback.com I invite you to check this out to watch this incredible and awesome boy.

We are sharing the story of a little boy who is probably a lot like your son, grandson or nephew; he loves cars, trucks & trains. Charlie loves riding his bicycle, also. He is different than most 8 yr. olds in two ways: he has brain tumors & he leads a toy drive to help kids in chemotherapy to have happier holidays. "Charlie Santa" was founded when he was just five & in his first round of chemotherapy. This is one of the reasons he was chosen to be an ambassador for kids with Neurofibromatosis Type 1, & a recipient of a Miracle Makeover.

I have another friend Linda, who is wearing the same shoes as Charlies' mum. Shoes that are too small and pinching her feet causing great pain in their heart.

Designgives back is not screened in New Zealand, but what a great job they are doing,

In my book, I wrote a poem about shoes.

I modify it here,

The hole in the heart is bigger than life,
The hole never mends.
My child has cancer.
Life is never the same again.
Only a fellow mum who has a child with cancer,
will understand another mum's pain
For she wears the same pair of shoes,
For she feels the pinching at the toes.

weekend reflection: Coconut trees in the pool


In a luxurious service apartment in Papua New Guinea, guests can cool off at the pool.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

ABC Wednesday/Thursday theme song: D for ducks



Elmo had four ducks (quack quack quack quack)
four birds of a feather (quack quack quack quack)
to waddle with (quack quack quack quack)
and quack together. (quack quack quack quack)
But then one day… one swam away
Oh gosh oh gee… Elmo just had three.

Elmo had three ducks (quack quack quack)
three birds of a feather (quack quack quack)
to waddle with (quack quack quack)
and quack together (quack quack quack)
But then one day… one went achoo!
And off he flew… so Elmo just had two.

Elmo had two ducks (quack quack)
two birds of a feather (quack quack)
to waddle with (quack quack)
and quack together. (quack quack)
But then one day… one had to run
to get some sun… then Elmo just had one.

Elmo had one duck (quack)
one bird of a feather (quack)
to waddle with (quack)
and quack together. (quack)
But then one day… it spun and spun
and got so dizzy… Elmo now had none.

Elmo had no ducks… not even a feather
to waddle with… and quack together.
But then one day… Elmo heard a QUACK!
Oh gosh oh gee… Elmo’s ducks came back!

hootin--anni has a new meme.
IT'S ALL ABOUT MY NEW MEME THAT I HOPE SOME WILL FEEL LIKE JOINING IN ON THE CHALLENGE AND THE FUN [at least I hope the weekly challenge will be fun!]. It's loosely based on song lyrics [recorded songs since the beginning of time to today] and associating them with photos of yours...as I've done in the http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifpast...If you click on the link above, it'll take you to the Meme's Homepage for rules and buttons. There will be a Mr. Linky Widget for each individual week also. Do consider joining me sometime. Hope to see it flourish in time.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

yellow mellow monday/ruby red/rednesday: Giant slide




Australia is known as the big continent to New Zealanders. Everything is big. Here, my daughter overcomed her fear and went up and down the slide which was very high.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Photohunt: Painting


Yes, I know this week's challenge is on painting, but I want to focus on the painter who paints the paintings. I asked her if I could photograph her paintings. She said she didn't know if the management would allow me to do it. I was just in awe that Barbara Stockill sells her paintings and the proceeds go to the Animal Hospital. She is there on Sundays and Tuesdays as an artist, and a volunteer on Thursdays.

You will have to imagine her paintings from the photos I have taken on this sanctuary, they would be kangaroos, wallabies, koalas,and beautiful birds of Australia.

I spent a wonderful time of nostalgia and interests at this wild life sanctuary at the Gold Coast of Australia.

25 years years ago, I went with Mum and Dad and D to see the famous Kangaroos and Koalas. Mum and Dad have passed away, and going back there makes it a special place.

They have a new place, the Green trail adventure challenge which Sam completed. http://ann-mythoughtsandphotos.blogspot.com/2010/01/scenic-sunday-currumbin-sanctuary.html


From the website:

With hundreds of native Australian animals on display in natural bushland and rainforest settings, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary provides a rare opportunity to get closer to our amazing native wildlife.

A place where you can enjoy exciting, interactive displays, presentations and dining experiences. Nestled within 27 hectares of lush eucalypt and rainforest, each day brings visitors face to face with extraordinary wildlife in shows and encounters. Everyhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif day at Currumbin is a new adventure. Cuddle a koala, get up close to a crocodile, get amongst a mob of kangaroos or check out reptiles, birds and marsupials in amazing wildlife shows and displays.

Our latest attraction, The Green Challenge high ropes adventure course, is the newest nature-based adventure experience for the Gold Coast. With Sixty-five challenges including giant flying foxes and a tarzan swing, the Green Challenge takes visitors higher and further into the spectacular natural setting.