Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Mid Autumn Festival 2015

'Wordless Wednesday: Postcard' is recording all the postcards that I had bought from time to time for exchange purpose.

I like the drawing of Yue Er because it is so cute. In this Mid-Autumn Festival, she had released some cute postcards for sale. Beside send to friends, I also keep 1 set for my own collection :) 

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Do you know that this coming Saturday (26th September) is Mesothelioma Awareness Day?

Recently I had been approached by Heather Von St. James, a 10 year Mesothelioma cancer survivor who hopes I can work together with her to raise awareness of Mesothelioma.  After receiving her email, I started done some internet searching to know more about Mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma (间皮瘤) is a rare form of cancer that develops from cells of the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body. It is most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos (石棉) - Wikipedia

Talking about asbestos, few months ago, I had watched a Taiwan TV shows about cancer caused by asbestos. Through there, I had some general knowledge about asbestos. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that resistant to chemicals and heat so many construction products are containing asbestos. Naked-eye cannot see through asbestos, therefore, when asbestos flying around on air and will be breathed into the lung. The day after day to inhale in asbestos, it will cause cancer.   

Many products around us are containing asbestos such as plastics, paint, weatherproof jackets, floor tile and many more. To know more examples of products have contained/still contained asbestos, you can refer article of “Asbestos Products”.

To know how asbestos-caused cancer, you can refer video as below:-

Some countries knew the dangerous of asbestos therefore they banned for asbestos. Asbestos is banned in at least 60 countries around the world although some of these bans are partial or allow exceptions; more are complete bans on the importation and manufacture of asbestos.

I was so surprised to know that United States remains one of the few developed countries to not completely ban asbestos which still legally use in commonly used products. According to sources from Mesothelioma that Malaysia partially ban for asbestos. The countries expected to ban asbestos completely by 2020 are Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand.    

Talking about Mesothelioma, Heather is a courageous mother, wife and survivor of Mesothelioma. In November 2005, Heather been told by doctor that she had malignant pleural Mesothelioma and have about 15 months to live. That time, she was very sad because she may not have opportunity to raise her 3 month old daughter and her husband might become widower.

You might be curious that how Heather contact with asbestos which made she have Mesothelioma. When she was small, she likes to wear her dad’s work jacket, white and crusty from drywall dust. The cancer was in the lining of her left lung. After having surgery and proper treatment, Heather had been live more than 10 years since she been diagnosis for this cancer. To read more inspiring stories from Heather, you can read her blog “Beating the Odds, My Decade of Survivorship”.

Prevention is better than cure, I had asked Heather’s opinion regarding prevention. Her answer as below:-

In terms of prevention, there are lots of things we can do, for me personally, I work to spread awareness. I try to talk to people from all around the world, in an attempt to curb any misinformation and encourage others to speak out and share information. To me, awareness and positive flow of information is the best thing I can do to try to help those that still struggle with mesothelioma.  I also encourage people in the U.S to contact their senators to talk about a need for a ban on asbestos.

To me, prevention is knowledge! Sharing my story and the stores of others is powerful! Often I hear that people have never heard of mesothelioma and my goal is for everyone to know and share the dangers of asbestos and what they can do to further the conversation.

At last, I was so happy to be invited to spread awareness of Mesothelioma. I did learn a lot when write for this post.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Malaysia - Festival Series - Mid-Autumn Festival

'Wordless Wednesday: Postcard' is recording all the postcards that I had bought from time to time for exchange purpose.

Mid-Autumn Festival is falling on 27 September 2015 (Sunday). Recently I had bought this series of the postcard from Silver.  All these postcards are hand drawing by she. I was very curious about the meaning of piglet mooncake so I had searched online to find more information.

I remembered reading somewhere online (which I couldn’t find it now) that in the older days, in order not to waste food, people used the leftover dough from making mooncakes make into little piggies mooncake without filings inside. As to why they used roasted piglet shape, it could be because pigs represent ‘abundance’ in Chinese culture, and roasted piglets are a norm during festive seasons – My Itchy Fingers    

Thursday, 17 September 2015

His & Hers KL: Visualizing Taiping Postcard

In Instagram of His and Hers KL, I had seen a pack of 16 postcards of different sceneries and building in Taping. Sketches are done by students of UCSI University with the theme of “Visualizing Taiping”. The postcard set is RM 30 which included 16 pieces of postcards.

29th August 2015

I had received the postcards from His and Hers KL. The postcards were wrapped well with bubble paper and red ribbon.

Besides postcards, I had received some free stickers for me to decorate the postcard.

This series of the postcard has two small themes which are Flavors of Taiping and A Day in Kuala Sepetang.

Taiping is a town located in northern Perak, Malaysia. It is the second largest town in Perak after Ipoh, the state of capital- Wikipedia

Kuala Sepetang is a coastal town located in Perak, Malaysia. The town was formerly known as Port Weld after a former Governor, Frederick Weld. It is a thriving fishing village, and the main jumping off point to the river mouth community of Kuala Sangga, which is a Chinese fishing community at the river mouth which specializes in fish breeding in cages- Wikipedia

All the sketches postcards are so beautiful. If I was not mistaken, this series of postcard might be the assignment of Interior Architecture students.

I purchased these series of postcards from Erica Choy who is also one of the students sketches on the postcard. Therefore, I had asked her to write something on the postcard for my own collection. She had chosen her sketching postcard to write some words for me.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Visualizing Taiping

'Wordless Wednesday: Postcard' is recording all the postcards that I had bought from time to time for exchange purpose.

This is a series of sketching postcard by students of USCI University. The theme of the postcard is “Visualizing Taiping”.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Comedy Series: Mind Your Language

Silver, a mom blogger had shared in her blog about her son like to copy a Singh in a comedy series of “Mind Your Language”.  After saw her sharing, I had searched this comedy series in YouTube and watch it. This series is funny. Silver mom had told me that “Mind Your Language” was watched by aunt or uncle who aged 40 years old above. For my age I think the comedy and English Educational series will be “Oh My English!

Mind Your Language is a British comedy television series which premiered on ITV in late-1977. Produced by London Weekend Television and directed by Stuart Allen, the show is set in an adult education college in London and focuses on the English as a Foreign Language class taught by Mr. Jeremy Brown, portrayed by Barry Evans, who had to deal with a motley crew of foreign students – Wikipedia

At first when watched it, I quite blur because did not familiar with the students. The students in this television series come from Italy, China, Japan, India, France and many more.

Sometimes students will use their own language which made me quite confuse plus the subtitles did not has a translation of the other language. I also learned something in this series too such as “Por Favor” (Spanish) means  “Please” which always said by Juan, a Spanish Guy.

In Session 1 Episode 4, when heard their convocation, I start blur because they said “Plates of Meat” means “Feet”. After explaining by Mr. Brown (English Teacher), I knew it actually is Cockney Rhyming Slang. For me, Rhyming Slang quite hard to understand.

Cockney Rhyming Slang is a form of English slang which originated in the East End of London. Rhyming slang works by replacing the words to be obscured with the first word of a phrase that rhymes with that word. For instance “face” would be replaced by “boat” because face rhymes with “boat race”.

I shared with you the 4 episodes of “Mind Your Language”. Hope you will enjoy it!

*All images are from Google Search*

Friday, 11 September 2015

Snail Mail from Naomi Loves

Naomi is a blogger who shared creativity of snail mail. Besides that, she draws very well on the envelope or mail art which you can see from her blog.

From time to time, she likes to send the mail to her reader with nice drawing on the envelope. Therefore, I also fill in “Fancy Some Snail Mail?” form as I would like to receive mail from Naomi.

August 2015

I had received a pretty mail which from Naomi. On the envelope have some pretty flower stamps with drawing of a blue bird send me a mail.

Inside the mail has a handwriting letter with a small package.

At the other side of tag has a quote. The package has a nice seal too.

Inside package has a small booklet which done by Naomi. The booklet is all about “19 ways to make snail mail even more fun”.

In the booklet also sharing about some websites to find pen pals and swap which as below:-

Pen pals

Did not know what to write to pen pals, you can refer to the post of "5 Tips for Writing a First Letter to a New Penpal".

Swap & Letters
2. Postcrossing (Postcards)
4. Postcard Club (Swap mail art)
8. Dear Holly Project (Request advice)

To know “19 ways to make snail mail even more fun”, you can take a look for the video.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Salty Salty Egg: Johor Famous Foods Postcard Set

Talking about Johor, what famous food would you introduce? I never have been Johor before so I did not know what famous food in Johor. Through the postcard, I know what the Johor famous foods are.

This series of postcards show the famous foods of Johor region which included Kluang Rail Coffee, Muar Otak-otak, Pontian Wanton Mee, Tangkak Beef Noodles and Johor Bahru Kway Teow Kia.

I had bought these postcards through Salty Salty Egg. ‘Johor Famous Foods’ postcard set cost RM 15 per set which included 5 pieces of postcards. If purchase 3 sets and above can enjoy free shipping.

Through the postcard, I did learn a lot about Johor foods which introduced by artist of this series of postcard.

Kluang is a town and district located near the middle of the state of Johor in the southern portion of peninsular Malaysia. Johor has 8 districts and this district is the only district that does not have a sea front, as it is surrounded by all other districts namely Johor Bahru, Pontian, Batu Pahat, Segamat, Mersing and Kota Tinggi except Muar district.
Food Recommend: Nanyang Breakfast in Kluang Rail Coffee  
Travel Guide: Findbulous Travel

Muar is the second biggest town and district of the state of Johor in southern Malaysia. It is also known by its other name, Bandar Maharani which means Empress Town.
Food Recommend: Otak-otak in Hang Kee

Pontian is a district in southwest Johor. It is noted for its variety of seafood which is sold at a treasonable price. Read in Wikipedia, I just knew that Luo Yi Se (Malaysia Singer) and Baki Zainal (8tv Host) come from Pontian.
Food Recommend: Wanton Mee in 8383 Kopitiam

Tangkak is a district capital of Ledang, in the State of Johor. The town is nicknamed “Fabric Town” in honor of its many cloth shops. It is also well known as Gunung Ledang (Mount Ophir), which is the highest mountain in Johor, just 17km from the town centre of Tangkak.
Food Recommend: Beef Noodle in Restaurant Kluang Fei

Johor Bahru is the state capital of Johor. It is just across the causeway from Singapore.
Food Recommend: Kway Teow Kia in Restaurant Woon Kiang

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