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HARI MALAYSIA: 16 SEPTEMBER 2009

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What is Malaysia Day ? Why isn’t it on the 31st August but instead 16 September ? 31st August 1957 is the day Malaya or better known than as the Federation of Malaya got their independence from British colonial rule.

Malaysia Day is held on September 16 every year to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation on the same date in 1963, the joining together of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore to form Malaysia.

Malaysia Day is not a public holiday.

I personally think that Malaysia Day should be given equal if not more importance, since it is the day our beloved nation came together as ONE. In order to get the whole nation to rally in the 1Malaysia concept, everyone should be make aware of the formation of MALAYSIA. It is a day every Malaysia should be proud of, and shout it out loud ” Saya anak bangsa Malaysia.”

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To all fellow Malaysian wherever you are, HAPPY MALAYSIA DAY.

green bitch/witch 😉

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Today is sunday september 13, 2009. I was looking at this site, and found out that it’s International Chocolate Day. Wow. While doing research on it, I realise that there’s also a whole lot of other confectionery days as well. Umm… don’t get me wrong, I’m all for holidays that makes you feel good. After all chocolate is known as the food of  gods. Almost everyone loves chocolate.

chocolateWhile I hit alot of brick wall looking for the origin of International Chocolate day, I did find out about the origin of chocolate. Hey….. why not? Isn’t it fun to know about the origin of chocolate ? The one thing we grab when we’re feeling happy or sad ? Ummm…… why is that ?

Cocoa (the main ingredient for chocolate) has its origin in upper Amazon and many believe we can trace back the love affair as far back as 2,500 years ago. Evidence that the Mayan use it as far back as 5th Century AD and that the Aztecs used cocoa as a means of payment as well as the ingredient for a “drink of the gods”.

In 1544, Mayan nobles visited Prince Philip of Spain, bringing jars of cocoa, mixed and ready to drink where it quickly became fashionable,  later it become traditional to add cane sugar and vanilla to make a sweeter beverage. The first chocolate house was opened in 1657 in London, by a Frenchman.  The drink was thick and bitter bearing little, if any resemblance, to the hot chocolate we might drink today.

In 1838, Conrad Van Houten invented a revolutionary new process  – the cocoa press,  it improved the quality of chocolate by reducing its cocoa butter content thereby producing a smoother consistency.  Only 20 years later, the first chocolate bar was produced. Today, you can have chocolate in so many shapes and sizes. Chocolate has become one of the most popular flavors in the world. Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes have become traditional on certain holidays: chocolate bunnies and eggs are popular on Easter, chocolate coins on Hanukkah, Santa Claus and other holiday symbols on Christmas, and hearts on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate is also used in cold and hot beverages. Read more here.

Romantic lore commonly identifies chocolate as an aphrodisiac. The reputed aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate are most often associated with the simple sensual pleasure of its consumption. Although there is no proof that chocolate is indeed an aphrodisiac, a gift of chocolate is a familiar courtship ritual.

Recent studies have suggested that cocoa or dark chocolate may possess certain beneficial effects on human health. This is mainly caused by a particular substance present in cocoa called epicatechin. A study performed at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and appearing the Journal of Internal Medicine (Sep 2009), found that survivors of heart attacks who ate chocolate at least two or three times a week reduced their risk of death by a factor of up to three times compared to survivors who did not eat chocolate. The benefits were specific to chocolate and not to other sweets.

For animal lover : WARNING!
In sufficient amounts, the theobromine found in chocolate is toxic to animals such as horses, dogs, parrots, small rodents, and cats because they are unable to metabolise the chemical effectively. If they are fed chocolate, the theobromine will remain in their bloodstream for up to 20 hours, and these animals may experience epileptic seizures, heart attacks, internal bleeding, and eventually death.

cocoa drinkAfter all that talk about chocolate makes me want to have a cuppa chocolate beverage. Go on, I know you want it….. Make yourself a cup of cocoa drink, minus the sweetener if you are on diet. Sit back, relax and be thankful for a wonderful day. Take a sip and feel the simple sensual pleasure.

HAVE A HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY.

Enjoy your chocolate but don’t over indulge. Everything in moderation and you’ll always have a SMILE on your face.

green witch/bitch 😉

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What is this “SEAL THE DEAL!” Campaign ?
The UN-led Seal the Deal Campaign aims to galvanize political will and public
support for reaching a comprehensive global climate agreement in
Copenhagen in December.

Climate change affects us all. Nine out of every ten disasters recorded are now
climate related. Rising temperatures and more frequent floods, droughts and
storms affect millions of people’s lives. This is set against a backdrop of
financial and food insecurity.

On December 7, governments will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark to
respond to one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. The main question
will be how protect the planet and create a green economy that will lead to
long-term prosperity.

Reaching a deal by the time the meeting ends on December 18 will depend not
only on complex political negotiations, but also on public pressure from
around the globe.

The United Nations has launched “Seal the Deal” campaign that encourages
users to sign an online, global petition which will be presented by civil society
to governments of the world.

The petition will serve as a reminder that our leaders must negotiate a fair,
balanced and effective agreement in Copenhagen, and that they must seal a
deal to power green growth, protect our planet and build a more sustainable,
prosperous global economy that will benefit all nations and people.

THERE IS NO TIME TO WASTE:
STAMP YOUR VOTE AND SEAL THE DEAL!

Please go to http://www.sealthedeal2009.org/ to sign a petition for a
fair climate agreement at the Copenhagen conference.

GO GREEN ON 22 SEPTEMBER 2009

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For those of you who want to learn more about the Global Climate Week
go here.

Since I am pretty far away from Copenhagen, I’ve given my support by signing
the petition and asking my friends to do the same. Will defrinately be wearing
GREEN on the 22nd September.

What are you waiting for, just put your stamp on the “Seal the Deal” Campaign
and feel  great about yourself for doing something good for EARTH!

Green bitch/witch 8)

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teresaTRIBUTE TO MOTHER TERESA
(AUGUST 26, 1910 – SEPTEMBER 5, 1997)

Mother Teresa (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997), born Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu , was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun with Indian citizenship who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (Calcutta), India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.

By the 1970s she was internationally famed as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless, due in part to a documentary, and book, Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980 for her humanitarian work. Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity continued to expand, and at the time of her death it was operating 610 missions in 123 countries, including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children’s and family counselling programs, orphanages, and schools.

She has been praised by many individuals, governments and organizations; however, she has also faced a diverse range of criticism. These include objections by various individuals and groups, including Christopher HitchensMichael ParentiAroup ChatterjeeVishva Hindu Parishad, against the proselytizing focus of her work including a strong stance against abortion, a belief in the spiritual goodness of poverty and alleged baptisms of the dying. Medical journals also criticised the standard of medical care in her hospices and concerns were raised about the opaque nature in which donated money was spent.

Following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

Source : Wikipedia

Here is another woman who is a fantastic role mother to all female. She is a mother to all and has a heart of gold. Wish there was more people in the world who is like her. Than our world would be a better place to live in. Rest in Peace Mother Teresa.  Read more here.

green bitch/witch 8)

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TRIBUTE TO SYBIL KATHIGASU (1899-1948)

On September 3, 1899 a girl was born with the name Sybil Medan Daly( Medan because she was born in Medan). She grow up and was a trained nurse and midwife, married to Dr. Abdon Clement Kathigasu in 1919. She was better known as Sybil Kathigasu. They operated a clinic at No. 141 Brewster Road (now Jalan Sultan Idris Shah) in Ipoh from 1926 until the Japanese invaded Malaya.

papanmapThe spot mark yellow is Sybil’s Clinic in Papan.

The family escaped to the nearby town of Papan days before Japanese forces occupied Ipoh.  They lived at No. 74, Main Street Papan.

The family took refuge outside Ipoh because Ipoh was bombed. They turned into Papan as they heard planes flying above. They met a friend and moved immediately into No.74.

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TheClinic, No 74, Main Street Papan.

She secretly listened to BBC broadcast. The family quietly supplied medicines, medical services and information to the resistance forces until they were arrested in 1943.

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Despite being iterrogated and tortured by the Japanese military police, Sybil persisted in her efforts and was thrown in Batu Gajah jail.

Sybil did not persist in her effort once she was jailed. She refused to cooperate with the Kempeitai. she refused to admit that she helped the anti-Japanese willingly. She claimed she was forced into it. She took on all the responsibility for helping them in order that her husband and adopted son William Pillay may be let off lightly.

After Malaya was liberated in August 1945, Kathigasu was flown to Britain for medical treatment. There, she began writing her memoirs.

Sybil received the George Medal for Gallantry several months before her death . She was the first Malayan woman to be awarded  the medal for bravery.

Dawn(Sybil’s daughter) was the brave little soldier who received a citation for her bravery. It is mentioned in Ho Tak Ming’s DOCTORS EXTRAORDINAIRE.

Sybil Kathigasu died on 12 June 1948 in Britain and her body was buried in Lanark, Scotland. Her body was later returned to Ipoh and buried at the Roman Cathalic cemetery beside St Michael’s Church.

A road in the City of  Ipoh was named after Sybil Kathigasu after independence to commemorate her bravery.

The road named after Sybil is in Fair Park, Ipoh. Road name: Jalan Sybil Kathigasu.

Today, the shop house at 74, Main Road, Papan, serves as a memorial to Sybil Kathigasu is a private project of Law Siak Hong, currently the President of Perak Heritage Society.

To know more about the life of Sybil Kathigasu, read No Dram of Mercy by Neville Spearman.

(The original edition of NO DRAM OF MERCY, published by Neville Spearman, is long out of print. The second edition, by Oxford Uni Press, Singapore, 1983, is also out of print.The only version still available is published in 2005 by Prometheus Enterprise, KL. Also published by Prometheus, a Chinese tanslation of the book is a work of literature well worth a read.There is another book, as you know: Faces of Courage, which incorporates the whole text of No Dram Of Mercy.

There’s also a Singapore TV drama series titled The Price of Peace about her life.

Recently, Malaysia’s Actor Studio had a play SYBIL, world premiere in KL on 12 June 2008

Here is a woman of great courage and a great role model to all female of all ages. She is the real deal to GIRL POWER!!

To read more please go here. For those of you who wishes to visit the Papan Clinic you can contact

Law Siak Hong 017-5061875.
To see more photos of Sybil’s clinic here.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY SYBIL
You are a true heroine of our time.

green bitch;)

Source : Wikipedia

A special thanks to Law Siak Hong for the additional information.

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I’m taking a short breather from work and thought to share something about the place I call HOME. Before I relocate to Ipoh, Perak, I had never visited the State or the town. The weird things is I’ve managed to build my nest here in this town that tin built. Eventhrough I stayed here for close to 16 years, I never know much about the history of this town and it’s surrounding towns, until I met Perak Heritage Society President Mr Law Siak Hong. Anyone who wants to know anything about Perak, Ipoh , it’s surrounding towns as well as Kinta Valley will find that Mr Law has a wealth of information at his fingertips.

What is interesting is that you will get drawn into the history of the place more if you can imagine or see the way of life during the time. Reliving a place through it’s history.  Last saturday, Star had an article ” Weekend journey takes bloggers through Perak’s history” by Alicia Mun. You can read the article here.

Below are videos of Papan-Gopeng. Enjoy.

Home is where you set root right ? Home is where the heart is or home is where you intend to be part of it’s HISTORY. If we take away the story of a place than you will be left with nothing. A clean piece of paper. Whatever the answers or questions, here is my HOME. I will accept it’s past as well as embrace it future. But at the moment I will accept it’s PRESENT.

Today-Is-A-Gift-Postersgreen witch 8)

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