Sunday, March 29, 2009
There is something about drums that captivates me.
The Auckland Salsa group performed on the stage to a fascinated audience.
These two Myanmar young men intermingled among the festival goers with their drum and bamboo clappers. They were very friendly and asked if I was Korean. I told them my ancestors were Chinese, and he greeted me in Mandarin. Then he clapped for me.
Here's Sam with his International food. I teased him that there were so many different type of food, yet he had to go and buy it from a Singaporean store. The country where he was born, but would not give him his citizenship.
I just adored the giant flags fluttering in the late summer breeze. The police, St John ambulance, VSA, refugee groups, support groups, women's group, fire department, name them, they were all there.
This festival used to be called Refugee day. Now it is aptly changed. Forty nations were represented, and not all are refugees.
Yesterday, they had an ethnic soccer tournament. Fostering friendship through sports.
Zero waste was there to teach the festival goers the message of Recycling. It wasn't Ngarimu's volunteers. We spoke and she recognised the T-shirt I had worn during the Waitangi day celebration. The weather was blistering hot, good for the festival goers, not so good for volunteer when she was station there the whole day.
Ka Pai to her and her mates.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
When I was a student at the University of Windsor, every year, we celebrated the International day. It was vibrant with lots of dancing, food and traditional clothes. When my Somalian student made me promise that I would go, I promised her I would. I was not disappointed.
I am posting some photo. Some are taken from the back as I didn't want to be obvious that I was taking their photos without their permission. There were some ladies in very fine traditional clothes.
This International festival is held by the Auckland City Council.
If you love trying different food, listening to ethnic music and meeting people from other cultures, then the Auckland International Cultural Festival is just the event for you. This free festival is a celebration of Auckland's richness and diversity of cultures and a great opportunity for new refugees and migrants to have a sense of place and feel more connected, while displaying with pride the cultural variety they bring to our city. A feast for the senses, you can walk the world in a day, enjoying the people, music, dance, food, arts, crafts, displays and so much more from over 40 nations in just seven hours!
I was awed by this beautiful building when I first saw it in 1978.
It is a heritage building so I can't bring you in there as I am not allowed to take photos inside the building. Click the link and you will be transformed into the nights of the Arabian, including the occasional comet. In the foyer, you see ornate statutes of elephants and richly decorated in motifs and styles from romantic images of the East.
The first time I entered this building was to watch Star Wars. I didn't like Star Wars, but I was mesmerised by the theatre. I am stilled awed by it, thirty years later when I watched "My Fair Lady" last night. It seems so incredible that so much attention was place in details.
I worked for Kerridge Odeon Corporation which own many cinemas in New Zealand. This company was the opposition of the company that owned Civic theatre. Kerridge Odeon owned a similar magnificent building St James Theatre. Unfortunately it was built, and it cost too much to rebuilt it. What a waste, and I lament its loss.
The Mighty Civic Theatre stands at the corner of Queen Street and Wellesley Street, Auckland, New Zealand. It is owned by the people of Auckland.
Once the pride of the country's movie palaces, it is now part of an entertainment complex. It re-opened on the seventieth anniversary of its first performance, on December 20, 1999.
Last evening, my daughter treated me to a Mum-daughter evening. We went to watch "My Fair Lady."
It was especially enjoyable and memorable as I was first introduced to "All I want is a room somewhere" when I was a Primary School child, and Charles came home teaching me this song from the "My fair lady" movie he had watched from a school trip. During my last year in school, I was a member of the performing arts. I didn't get to perform. I was in charged of the costume of the house keeper of Professor Higgins.
It was quite a coincidence that the previous evening, I was at a workshop for teaching Phonetics.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I drive pass this road every day after school and this is the rare occasion I see this hot dog and ice cream, tea coffee vendor. This is so Kiwi (New Zealand) that they must have their cup of tea.
Mobile vendors remind me of my friendMartin when we were students in the University of Windsor in Canada. He had a job selling ice cream cones, he was given a specific area to sell his ware. Unfortunately for him, it was very far from where we lived.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This is from Glennis other blog. I had a quick read and thought it is fun. I have done some of them.
Saw this here and I thought it would be fun to see how many I had done..... No comments, just bold the things that you have done. If you do it, be sure to link back here and then comment so I can see what you've done too!
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyworld
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Dear Aunty Ann,
We (Mum, Aunty Eliza and Uncle Kalang) went to the Southport Spit today. There were a lot of fishermen fishing for tuna. Uncle Kalang was very interested in the men pulling in the big fishes. There were so many that the fishermen catching the fish as soon as they throw the line in. Kalang tried to get near the fishermen to take photos but he was worried about getting me wet as he was holding my hand.
When we saw people fishing lots of tuna, we didn't know we were witnessing a news headline. Kalang said that he saw schools of tuna swimming. Actually, there were TV film crew people there. Click on the link to read your National News paper, The New Zealand Herald. It was a pity he didn't take me nearer. Otherwise you would see me on TV.
Your loving nephew,
Thomas, aged 4 years and one day.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
These photos of eels are for http://scenicsunday.blogspot.com/
This lakes at Western Springs in Auckland are known as the Lake of the eels by the Maoris. They come to feed from the bread crumbs thrown by visitors to the park. Visitors come in droves and on a Sunday, the eels, and other feathered animals are too full to be bothered. Still, that doesn't deter the visitors.
Fellow blogger Tatania posted on her Persimmon tree the very day I saw these orange fruits selling in our Asian grocery store. When I was little, I always associated this fruit in its dried form as SHIH PIAN.
The Chinese dry them and usually are plentifull during Chinese New Year. I never liked them, and they were given to me in place of lollies. Dad told me that these little fruits are the saving stars to millions of chinese children. Many of the peasant women had to work in the fields and could not breastfeed their babies. In place of milk, the persimmon fruits were cooked in rice gruel and mashed up and fed to babies.
More than twenty years ago, in Auckland, New Zealand when Deborah was little, a neighbour had a whole lot of persimmon trees in his garden. The trees were ladened with giant orange fruits. I asked the eldery neighbour what they were, and he told me Persimmon and he gave me a big paper bag of them. They were very big and he told me to ripen them at the window sill. Perhaps I left them too ripe. They became mushy and I didn't like them.
In Singapore, they import them from Israel. My husband's family like them, and we used to buy crates for them, as they were not available in Malaysia. In his later year, Dad craved for them, and I would buy them in crates when I went to visit him in Sarawak.
These ones in the photograph are probably from USA, as Titania says they are ripening now. These ones are not very big. Two years ago, around this time, during a visit to Rotorua, we saw immature fruits.
My maternal grandma had six children. One year, she had four grand children and what a lot of birthday cakes she had to make. My Mum had nine children. During my late Dad's eighty-first birthday, the entourage was fifty. When we flew in the tiny plane, we took almost half of the seats.
If that is not enough, my mum in law had eleven kids.
Thomas' mum Helen made him a a fireman Sam Cake.
Push Play was at Pasifika to showcase the different sports we could be involved in. Sam had a lot of fun.
New Zealand is a nation of sporting heros an achievers. One of the greatest would have to be the late Sir Edmund Hillary who conquered Mt Everest.
Push Play encourages children and adults alike to be active.
Sam does 4 and half hours of karate a week and walks to school. He had just upgraded to a brown belt. I have no worries that he will be an obese kid. Though his mum does need to burn a whole lot of calories.
At Pasifika, Push Play was there to spread the message that anyone can feel that rush of greatness. Sam enjoyed playing the games they were show casing. I will find those photos and post them later.