Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Morris Minor.

I have two funny anecdotes about the Morris Minor. So when I was driving back from the Water World on the Gold Coast to my brother's place, I spotted this car. I asked Josh, my 10 year old nephew to take a photo and he started experimenting with my camera.

My first story was when I was in primary school, we moved to a house next to this family. They had a Morris Minor and the wife didn't drive. Mum asked her why? She said when she was learning to drive, coached by her husband, she came to a junction. "Stop!" screamed the husband. Instead of the brakes, she slammed on the accelerator. We just need to imagine what transpired after. She never drove again.

We grew up, and Mum and Dad taught us to drive. Dad always reminded himself and Mum about that woman who never drove. Mum said she always lose weight. When I instructed my daughter to drive, I reminded myself that same story. That is why she preferred me to instruct her rather than my husband though he is by far a better driver than me.

In 1975, I went to Canada and made friends from Singapore. They told us how difficult it was to get a driver's license. The tester kept failing them and the testing vehicle? The Morris minor. According to them,the Morris Minor is the hardest car to drive, if you can drive a Morris Minor, you can drive anything. When I visited Singapore shortly after, I saw long lines of Morris Minor cars with an L.

A skeptic said may be the driving schools didn't want to retire his fleet of old cars spread this rumor. What do you think?

Of course now, if you have a Morris Minor, you are cool!!!!

Once, in 1976, my Singaporean friend Jeff and I tried to hike to Toronto. Nobody would give us a ride. we were a male and female team, and friends told us, that was a mistake.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Alphabe Thursday Letter P for parade

I gave my New Zealand fashion show tickets to my friends. They enjoyed the parade very much. They presented themselves very smartly. I told them, they could go on the catwalk.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

banana shortage


 Banana shortage may be short-lived , the boys in the family are feeling the shortage.


Relief is in sight for New Zealand's banana-short shops.
Relief is in sight for New Zealand's banana-short shops.
New Zealand is facing a possible banana shortage but probably not for long.
The country's two major supermarket chains, Foodstuffs and Progressive, say a ship from Ecuador carrying bananas broke down a couple of week sago and is expected to affect the banana supply.
"Stock levels should be back to normal the week after next," said Progressive, which owns Countdown and Fresh Choice.
"Our supply from the Philippines remains unaffected."
A spokeswoman for Foodstuffs, which owns the supermarkets New World and Pak'nSave, said: "We are working with our suppliers to ensure supply is managed until full supply resumes in a couple of weeks."
The last time New Zealand had a banana shortage was March last year when bad weather affected growing conditions in the Philippines.
According to 2013, the Philippines supplies about 70 per cent of New Zealand's bananas and Ecuador supplies the rest, save a few domestically grown, non-commercial crops in Northland.
It was also the nation's favourite fruit that year, with New Zealanders spending $143 million on bananas, $37m more than apples.
Leigh Catley, a spokesperson for Horticulture New Zealand, said domestic fruit growers would no doubt be hoping that consumers would turn their eyes to locally grown applies and citrus if they couldn't buy bananas.
In Wellington, Ajay Jina, managing director of Jina's World of Fresh Produce, said he did not expect to have a problem with banana shortages.
"We have a different supply chain so we're pretty much unaffected."
Moreover, they were not the most popular fruit in his store.
"It depends on the time of the year. In the summer time, bananas fall way down the list, certainly when all the summer fruit's around, and even this time of the year when we have New Zealand easy-peel mandarins and awesome New Zealand apples.
"In supermarkets, it's a bit different, because people tend to see a banana as a grocery item as opposed to a fruit...But in our shop because we only sell fruit and vegetables, they have such great variety to choose from."
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Sharee was the worship director at Mt Albert Baptist Church for four years.

Coram Deo was at MABC on Sunday 30th August at 9am & 11am services . Their debut worship album ‘Daybreak’ was available for sale. Part of the proceeds went to the Harknesses.

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Brendon is a civil engineer where his speciality is water. He is passionate about helping the marginalised improve their quality of life through sustainable community projects – a dream which began back in university in 1996.
Brendon has been involved in rural and urban water supply and sanitation schemes in NZ and Samoa. He loves helping provide technical input and build technical and governance capacity of communities - and he has presented conference papers on these community focused projects.
During 2012-14 he also led two teams of adults from Mt Albert Baptist, to build a preschool building and water supply in Krey Mo Kee, a remote village in the hills of North Thailand.
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

coram deo


Members: James Ensor, Katie Brasell, Jonny Harrison, Jono King, James Englehardt Hurlock, Tim Adams and Otis Dickens
Genre: Praise and Worship
Hometown: Auckland, NZ

Coram Deo played at Mt Albert Baptist Church, MABC, this Sunday in worship. Their debut worship album ‘Daybreak’ was available for sale after the services - $20 each or $30 for two.

They contributed to our previous worship director,supporting and  honouring the Harkness family in their step of faith in moving to the UK by donating $5 from each CD sale on the day to them.

I had a brief talk with Jono and Sarah. Thanks, team.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Women's refuge centre

I am a public speaker and a topic that my audience like is the role of women. I tell of the paternalist society where Chinese women are subjected to men and treated as second class citizen. I wrote this boom.

Yesterday, I went back to my Alma mater, Auckland University. I saw this cake stand raising money for Mangere women's refuge. I have visited a refuge centre before. While I wrote different scenarios of abused women, I count my blessings that I have studied in three universities and I can write and give these abus women a voice.

A counselor has read my book and felt the scenarios were so life like that she would use the book in her work.