Monday, March 31, 2014

ABC WEdnesday: Letter L: a lame way of treating our Earth.


 a load of rubbish to the landfill. I wonder how much could be recycled before this is pile up.
 a dried up lake from a disused gold mining battery. Arsenic was used, and the lake died.

Below: this lake used to supply drinking water to Auckland. Not any more, run off water from factories killed the cleanliness. In Summer, botulism ruins it even for the birds. People are now asked not to throw bread into the water..


Yellow beaded skirt.

My sister in law Elley wore this skirt during her wedding.


Stay mellow with yellow!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Photohunt: Bird

These babies will grow more handsome when the feathers grow.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Red and Save the world: take your rubbish home.

In a remote area, you are supposed to take your own rubbish hone. Here, a man comes in a quad bike to empties the rubbish some people left behind.


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Save the world: Banana Power

This room in school did an experiment using banana peels to fertilise their garden.

It encouraged the kids to save up their peels and learn that waste can be good for the world and the environment. You can judge at the bountiful harvest of tomatoes and zuchinnis.

Banana peels are a form of "green" compost that can be used in a vegetable garden. They will break down and provide added potassium to the soil and help in plant growth by providing needed nutrients.

Bananas are rich in both phosphorus and potassium which are important macro-nutrients plants need. Rose bushes in particular benefit from added potassium; however, all potassium fertilizers are extremely expensive. Banana peels are a natural source of the phosphorus and potassium found in expensive fertilizers, but why buy when making your own banana fertilizer is as easy as tossing the skins?

Read more: How to Use Bananas as Fertilizer | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2126328_use-bananas-as-fertilizer.html#ixzz1nGAXxji1

Read more: Can I Put Banana Peels in the Vegetable Garden? | Garden Guides http://www.gardenguides.com/68674-can-put-banana-peels-vegetable-garden.html#ixzz1nGAMzHf7


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ABC Wednesday: Letter K


 Koru, the end of a fern frond, a symbol in New Zealand  The koru (Māori for "loop") is a spiral shape based on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond and symbolizing new life, growth, strength and peace.
 Flapjacks - Kalanchoe thyrsiflora, my lovely plant which looks like a heart.

a Kawasaki bike

Monday, March 24, 2014

Yellow star

Photo: Some of my friends adopt a star to remember their loved deceased ones.
For $10, members of the public can select a star to adopt from the catalogue, and receive an e-mail certificate and updates if any planets are discovered around their star. All the money raised goes toward funding scientific research on the stars. 


The Inuit say the stars are holes in heaven.

Some of my friends adopt a star to remember their loved deceased ones.
For $10, members of the public can select a star to adopt from the catalogue, and receive an e-mail certificate and updates if any planets are discovered around their star. All the money raised goes toward funding scientific research on the stars.


The Inuit say the stars are holes in heaven.


Stay mellow with yellow!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Photohunt: Focus

My mind has been focus on one thing: My next book


Thursday Challenge: Large sand dune

Photo: just to show how high 6 stories is.

6 storey high sand dune, my kids up there look like ants.
The Thursday Challenge theme is: Largehttp://www.spunwithtears.com/thursday.html

Thursday, March 20, 2014

growing spring onion directly in the potting mix bag.

I experimented growing spring onions without a pot or growing them directly into the ground.

I bought baby onion plants from King's garden centre.
and a bag of potting mix.
I cut a rectangle out of the bag lying it face down.
I transplant the baby plants into the bag of potting mix.
Water them everyday.
These two pix were taken two weeks apart.
See how much they have grown.
Soon they will be ready for the table either in my cooking or in my salad.
Nothing is better than your own organically grown food.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

SS Toroa

When I travel North West out of Auckland to my friend J & J's house at Massey, I see this giant with with a big banner," Save the SS Toroa." Each time, I whip out my camera, my driver goes too fast for me to get a good photo.

My friend J had gone to live in New York, and I miss her very much. This post is dedicated to her.

Toroa was the last of the eight Albatross-type steam passenger ferries to be built for the Waitemata. She was built at George Niccol's yard at St. Mary’s Bay, Auckland for the Devonport Steam Ferry Company Ltd. and was launched on Tuesday 28th April, 1925. Until her retirement in 1980 she served the North Shore, mainly on the Auckland to Devonport run with Makora, carrying 20,000 or more passengers a day between them at the peak of the passenger service before the opening of the Auckland Harbour Bridge in 1959.

Toroa means albatross in Maori.
Legend has it that the Tora and the Kakapo had a competition who would be the leader of the land birds. The Kakapo, a land parrot won, and the poor Tora was banished to be a sea bird.


The Toroa is the only survivor in Auckland, New Zealand of the fleet of Waitemata Harbour double-ended steam ferries that used to run between Auckland City and the North Shore. She is a tangible piece of the history and development of Auckland and she is absolutely irreplaceable. Her restoration to authentic, seaworthy condition is well underway.

The Toroa Preservation Society is registered in New Zealand as an incorporated society under the Incorporated Societies Act of 1908. The Society is registered as a Charity under the Charities Act of 2005.

The primary object of the Society is “to be beneficial to the community by the restoration, preservation, maintenance and operation of the veteran steam ferry Toroa to provide a historic link to the operation of steam ferries on the Waitemata Harbour for more than one hundred years”.

Further objects are to provide during the process of restoration opportunities for training in vessel conservation principles, the restoration of timber vessels and in traditional marine engineering; When operational the Toroa will provide a range of experiences to increase the knowledge of the importance of the ferries in the development of the Auckland region, the history of marine steam propulsion, and provide training in marine engineering and ship operation.

The Toroa is owned by the New Zealand Maritime Trust, a registered charitable trust. The Toroa Preservation Society holds a perpetually renewable lease for the purposes of restoration, preservation, maintenance and operation of the vessel.

Toroa is hauled out at Selwood Road, Henderson, Waitakere City to restore her to authentic and seaworthy condition. This major restoration, beginning with the hull and the engine, is well underway and will in due course return her to the Harbour as an authentic double-ended steam ferry, preserving the history of the ferries, and presenting the story and the phenomenon of steam propulsion to new generations of Aucklanders and visitors.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

classic Polvoron

This Polvoron was given to my husband by his Filipino colleague. Taste quite nice, melting in my mouth.
Polvoron is a semi-sweet concoction made of toasted flour, powdered milk, sugar, and butter. This is considered as a dessert or snack in the Philippines wherein roasted rice puffs referred to locally as “pinipig” is added.There are several polvoron recipes available today. There are the cookies and cream polvoron, peanut polvoron, chocolate polvoron, and many more.


Stay mellow with yellow!

My author page

  When you cry, I cry with you. I too lost my baby.

Writer, Mum, Teacher, Parent Advocate, Public Speaker.
“Diary of a bereaved mum, Goodbye my baby”
“From China to Borneo to Beyond”
“Mail Order Mail”
http://annkitsuetchin.blogspot.co.nz    annkschin@yahoo.com

Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan
Ann Chin was born in British Sarawak in Borneo.
She graduated from the University of Windsor (Canada), Auckland University and Auckland University of Technology.
She teaches ESOL to children and adults.
Her favourite charity is the Deaf children in Kenya. She helped raise funds to separate the pair of Nepalese Siamese twins in Singapore.
Ann is mum to 3 surviving children and angel Andrew, (29.9 to 22.11.1989). Ann is married to Dr. Chen Chen Onn PhD.
Her first book was written as a therapy for herself and to help other bereaved parents. Ann appeared in a National NZ TV Documentary, “It’s OK to cry.” A Write-up in the Aucklander and her book “Diary of a bereaved mother,” was exhibited at the Peacock Art Gallery, Upton Country, Dorset Park, England.
Her books are circulated in New Zealand, Australian and Malaysian libraries.

Photo: courtesy Francis Chen

Friday, March 14, 2014

Photohunt: Deluxe

The PhotoHunt for this weekend is deluxe, My niece Katie's wedding was deluxe.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Thursday Challenge: Heat in a desert

We were at Bethalls sand dune/desert. It was hot.
This year is Thursday Challenge 10-year anniversary. Thanks for your participation!

The Thursday Challenge theme is: HEAT (Flames, Fire Place, Stove, Sun,...). Posting begins approximately Thursday 1am UTC (Wed 8pm EST, Wed 5pm PST, Thu 11am AEST) at http://www.spunwithtears.com/thursday.html

ABC Wednesday : Letter I for Influenza Immunisation

As we head towards winter in the Southern Hemisphere, the aged and those who work with children are offered  Influenza Immunisation
 A good Idea to give a lollipop to sweeten the pain.