Wednesday, June 30, 2010

International Dance for Humanity (2)

More photos for your enjoyment ...
cha cha ... dancing away!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

International Dance for Humanity

I am posting just five random photos here for your viewing pleasure...
Belly dancer group
dance ...
... more dances ... full of actions!
All eyes were fixed on the beautiful ladies... and you can hear "wah..." everywhere!
If you wish to get a copy of all the photos, please send me an e-mail, williamting @
or go to MRCS (Miri Red Crescent Society) and order a copy of DVD full of photos .... very cheap for all the troupe members. For public, it will be RM20 per DVD. I believe there are almost 2000 full resolution images. I will not be posting any higher resolution photos here.

Friday, June 25, 2010

The graceful and the ugly

I was on the way to Bakum last week and on the way, I stopped by Batu Niah and ...
... I found that the food court there actually have a collection of animals and fish.
According to Daniel Yiek this is called pig nose turtle. It looks like pig from a certain angle. This turtle swim in such a graceful manner! On the other hand, they also have ...
... another creature which looks like a tortoise but it is ugly! It looks like it is from the stone age! And my blogger friend Daniel Yiek called this Alligator snapping turtle. Thanks to Daniel for the names.
By the way, Daniel is the author of It is all about Sarikei, my hometown!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

In Captivity

When we have freedom, we might not appreciate it...
I wonder how this tortoise felt in captivity. I always pity all those animals in captivity.

You Just Never Know

I read this story and thought that it is good. We need to be reminded to be kind in our thought, action and deed at all time. This story also reminds me of the days when I was young... many people would make fun of me and I just ignore them. Some kids seem to get the kick out of making fun of others. The cruelest, in my opinion, is making fun of people who have only one parent or none. Read on....

You Just Never Know
Author Unknown

Bill worked in a factory on a production line, he was a big, awkward, homely guy. He dressed oddly with ill-fitting clothes. There were several fellow workers who thought it smart to make fun of him.

One day one fellow worker noticed a small tear in his shirt and gave it a small rip. Another worker in the factory added his bit, and before long there was quite a ribbon of cloth dangling. Bill went on about his work and as he passed too near a moving belt the shirt strip was sucked into the machinery. In a split second the sleeve and Bill was in trouble. Alarms were sounded, switches pulled, and trouble was avoided.

The foreman then summoned all the workers and related this story:

In my younger days I worked in a small factory. That's when I first met Mike. He was big and witty, was always making jokes, and playing little pranks. Mike was a leader. Then there was Peter who was a follower. He always went along with Mike. And then there was a man named Murray. He was a little older than the rest of us - quiet, harmless, apart. He always ate his lunch by himself.

He wore the same patched trousers for three years straight. He never entered into the games we played at noon, wrestling, horseshoes and such. He appeared to be indifferent, always sitting quietly alone under a tree instead. Murray was a natural target for practical jokes.

He might find a live frog in his lunch box, or a dead spider in his hat. But he always took it in good humour. Then one autumn, when things were quiet in the factory, Mike took off a few days to go hunting. Peter went along, of course. And they promised all of us that if they got anything they'd bring us each a piece.

So we were all quite excited when we heard that they'd returned and that Mike had got a really big buck. We heard more than that. Peter could never keep anything to himself, and it leaked out that they had real whopper to play on Murray. Mike had cut up the buck and had made a nice package for each of us. And, for the laugh, for the joke of it, he had saved the ears, the tail, the hoofs - it would be so funny when Murray unwrapped them.

Mike distributed his packages during the lunch break. We each got a nice piece, opened it, and thanked him. The biggest package of all he saved until last. It was for Murray. Peter was all but bursting; and Mike looked very smug. Like always, Murray sat by himself; he was on the far side of the big table. Mike pushed the package over to where he could reach it; and we all sat and waited.

Murray was never one to say much. You might never know that he was around for all the talking he did. In three years he'd never said more than hundred words. So we were all quite astounded with what happened next. He took the package firmly in his grip and rose slowly to his feet. He smiled broadly at Mike - and it was then we noticed that his eyes were glistening. His Adam's apple bobbed up and down for a moment and then he got control of himself.

'I knew you wouldn't forget me,' he said gratefully, 'I knew you'd come through! You're big and you're playful, but I knew all along that you had a good heart.'

He swallowed again, and then took in the rest of us. 'I know I haven't seemed too chummy with you men; but I never meant to be rude. You see, I've got nine kids at home - and a wife that's been an invalid - bedridden now for four years. She ain't ever going to get any better. And sometimes when she's real bad off, I have to sit up all night to take care of her. And most of my wages have had to go for doctors and medicine.

The kids do all they can to help out, but at times it's been hard to keep food in their mouths. Maybe you think it's funny that I go off by myself to eat my lunch. Well, I guess I've been a little ashamed, because I don't always have anything between my sandwich. Or like today - maybe there's only a raw turnip in my lunch box. But I want you to know that this meat really means a lot to me. Maybe more than to anybody here because tonight my kids' ... as he wiped the tears from his eyes with the back of his hand ... 'tonight my kids will have a really good meal.'

He tugged at the string. We'd been watching Murray so intently we hadn't paid much notice to Mike and Peter. But we all noticed them now, because they both tried to grab the package. But they were too late. Murray had broken the wrapper and was already surveying his present. He examined each hoof, each ear, and then he held up the tail. It wiggled limply. It should have been so funny, but nobody laughed - nobody at all.

But the hardest part was when Murray looked up and said 'Thank you' while trying to smile. Silently one by one each man moved forward carrying his package and quietly placed it in front of Murray for they had suddenly realised how little their own gift had really meant to them, until now.

This was where the foreman left the story and the men. He didn't need to say any more; but it was gratifying to notice that as each man ate his lunch that day, they shared part with Bill and one fellow even took off his shirt and gave it to him.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Under the moonlight ...

This evening, the moon was clearly visible in the sky just before the sunset ...
... while shooting the sunset, I turned around and looked up... saw this and I thought it was a nice, perhaps romantic....
Shot using my Hassey.

Sunset at Lutong beach

The sky was clear and brilliant this evening. So, I brought along my slow camera and mounted it on the tripod... got quite a few nice shots but ...
I select just one ... Let me share Psalms 113:

1Praise the LORD. Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. 2 Let the name of the LORD be praised, both now and forevermore. 3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised. 4 The LORD is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. 5 Who is like the LORD our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, 6 who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? 7 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; 8 he seats them with princes, with the princes of their people. 9 He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.
1 你們要讚美耶和華!耶和華的僕人哪,你們要讚美,讚美耶和華的名!
2 耶和華的名是應當稱頌的,從今時直到永遠!
3 從日出之地到日落之處,耶和華的名是應當讚美的!
4 耶和華超乎萬民之上;他的榮耀高過諸天。
5 誰像耶和華我們的神呢?他坐在至高之處,
6 自己謙卑,觀看天上地下的事。
7 他從灰塵裡抬舉貧寒人,從糞堆中提拔窮乏人,
8 使他們與王子同坐,就是與本國的王子同坐。
9 他使不能生育的婦人安居家中,為多子的樂母。你們要讚美耶和華!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Adorable Longhouse Child

As mentioned in my earlier post, I was in a long house over the weekend shooting wedding photos for my friend, Danny....
A sweet little girl holding the roses for the bride.


My friend, Eric, planted some mushroom for his own consumption. Seeing how mushroom grows is very interesting....
The underside of the mushroom.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Wedding of Danny and Elizabeth

We went all the way to Bakum to attend the wedding of my colleague Danny and his beautiful bride Liz!
This was an eye opener for me because this was the first time I saw a wedding with so much tradition and also a touch of modernization.
More pictures to come.... please check back soon.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Dramatic Sunset at Lutong

These sunset photos were taken a month ago at Lutong beach in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Fishermen going home with their nets ...
... as if the sky open up!

Friday, June 18, 2010


When average performers have had enough for the day and call it quits, champions are usually just getting started. Discipline is the watchword of great performers. Discipline makes the difference between the good and the great. The great ones will tell you discipline is more of a decision than it is an active skill. It's the ability to stay the course and complete promises you've made. The fulfillment of these promises builds confidence and self-esteem, which eventually leads champions to believe almost anything is possible. It's a habit and a self-fulfilling prophecy built into one. Discipline is a logic-based decision that performers adhere to, regardless of whether they feel like it or not.
Discipline pushes performers past pain and punishment. As my late business partner and mentor Bill Gove always said, "It's easier to get yourself into good thinking than it is to think yourself into good action." This is the mindset of the champion. The great ones, like Bill Gove, don't let feelings interfere with their performance. Instead, they harness the power of their emotional motivators to propel them past the competition. Average people see discipline as a painful chore to be avoided at all costs. The world class sees it as the ultimate power tool for performance.
Action Step for Today:
On a scale of 1 to 7, 7 being most disciplined, how disciplined are you in the different areas of your life?
Categories include:
• Business/ Career
• Family/ Friends
• Money/ Finances
• Recreation/ Fun
• Health/ Diet/ Exercise
• Faith/ Spiritual
• Personal/ Development

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Home made organic noodle...anyone?

My friend is an 'organic food" freak! He has been making his "organic" noodle for quite sometimes. From preparation to completion, it took him about 15 minutes only...
From here to "ready to cook", it took about 3 minutes only. First, organic flour and eggs were mixed and pressed into cakes. Then rolled into appropriate thickness like the above ...
... using this machine which double up to "slice" ...
The noodles were separated into "roll" and just pushed into ...
... the wok with the boiling soup base.
As soon as it was boiled, it was ready to be served. Delicious!
For details on the noodle making process, please refer to my other blog by clicking here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

In Remembrance ...

It is with great sadness that I have to put another of this entry here today.

Brenda Leong, my church member, pass away suddenly in Bintulu while on the way back to Miri after her first course of treatment in Kuching. She was diagnosed with lung cancer about a month ago and had just undergone treatment. Actually, I was told that her sickness had not reached a terminal case.
May her soul rest in peace!

Tomorrow, 17-June-2010:

1. Encoffin Service : At Mortuary GH Miri (8am)
2. Funeral Service: At GMC (9am)
3. Burial at Methodist Graveyard Riam.

Super pro/sifu

During the last Miss Tourism Intercontinental photo taking, I have the opportunity to meet many photographers, some from a far away place like Sibu and some nearer home. I was just processing the photos and was browsing though the group photos, I just realise that I captured two very important persons standing very close to each other...
... here they are, sifu from Miri Mr. Ting (the one with "special" lens hood) and the confident looking Mr Hii from Sibu. Mr. Hii should have won some 80+ medals! This time round, he was using his Nikon D3. Between them is my friend Francis Jong, SIL of Mr Ting.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

See what she made...

Some 30+ years ago, I was studying in England and if I compare myself with my children now, I think they are a lot more sophiscated. For example, birthday, we hardly celebrated for each other simply because we didn't really remember their birthdays. Nowadays, we have facebook, etc, which broadcasted upcoming events, etc. So, there is no excuses for forgetting!
Now, my daughters all have their own individual "extra" skills which they picked up while studying in UK. I know for sure that ...
... Stephanie (back left) is an expert in making sushi. So, she made this table full + lots of them hidden somewhere, with her sisters to celebrate their friend's birthday (everyonel shared cost). During my time, I was already very happy if I had food on my own plate as I was on an extreme budget of RM600 per month to cover everything from food to accommodation to tuition fees!
Look at this delicious sushi... I want I want ...
Ok, we didn't send them money to enjoy luxuries in life. They had been working very hard to earn extra pocket money to spend. In UK, they are now legally allowed to work 20 hours a week. During my time, we were not allowed to work. If found, we will be deported!

Credit card scam

This morning, I read in See Hua daily news about a scam where some people were cheated of RM6000-RM8000 in Miri. Here is what I understood could have happen:

A caller would call up the victim informing him/her that the victim's credit card had been misused. The victim would be instructed to call back a certain telephone very similar to a certain hotline number from a certain bank. What I was not clear from the report was the process that follows after the victim had called. But I believe the victim must be asked to go to the nearest bank and then was asked to call back and then the victim was given instruction on what to press on the machine. Only when the process was over, the victim realized that what he/she had done was money transfer!

Remember, credit card companies don't ask caller to call back! Also, never give your credit card number and the three digit number at the back of your card away! The combination can be used for making purchases.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Wedding photos from my Hasselblad

The photos on my previous post for Herbert and Ubong's wedding were taken using my Nikon. I also brought along my digital Hasselblad to try out for a real field experience. The good thing about this camera is that I could take full body shot and later, I cropped it like the picture here.
This is the first time I used this camera for taking wedding photos indoor/outdoor and group photos. I have to say that I am very happy with the result and the colour was very natural. I found that Hasselblad is definitely not easy to use but once I got used to it and understand the camera, I found that it is quite a joy to use especially when I see the result.
Having used film camera for taking photos definitely have helped me to understand this camera more.
Anyone like to hire my service? Just send me an e-mail: My fees is probably the cheapest around!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Wedding of Herbert & Ubong

Thanks to Herbert and Ubong for trusting their wedding day photo shoot to me. I must say that I have a great time shooting their photos.
Taking the wedding vow at KEC Krokop ...

We went for a photo shoot at the hotel they were staying in...
I like their carefree style ...
The cool and windy day was perfect for shooting... even though it was abot 2:00PM in the afternoon.
... the evening reception. They were led into the hall by this handsome "warrior" ...

... as according to tradition... he has to dance! And they did a good show!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Nigerian Scam mail is changing tactic!

We used to receive e-mails from Nigerian or some guys who claimed to have huge sum of money to be transferred out of their countries. Or in some cases, they promised some gift/money to be sent to you because you have won it in a lucky dip.
Recently, one woman from Sabah actually sent out RM1.2 million to such a scam. All these con men continue to exist because of human greed and sometimes, unconditional trusting behaviour or sometimes just being naive and didn't use their brain!
The latest scam is in the form of job offer in Shell Nigeria.
One thing common about all these scams is that you must send money first before they will 'deliver" anything. Remember, they always deliver nothing! So be warned... there is no free lunch! Just ask yourself, why should people give you big money or monetary benefits when they don't even know you!
Another thing to watch out for is the poor English and the number of spelling mistakes. If you think you are poor in English and will not be able to detect, just cut and paste the text into MS Words and you will immediately see the number of errors, assuming that you didn't switch off spelling and grammar checking.

Watch out for these people in regard to job offer from Shell Nigeria:
Mr. Cletus Mbieri. His email is (Claim as HR Manager)
Barrister Soloman Nnaji. His email is (Claim as Immigration Lawyer)
James Uche. His Email is (Claim as Nicon Insurance agent)

They will ask you to pay for insurance first and requested you to send the following info:
To process for the Insurance policy A, you will have to forward the following information’s to us.

Full name:.....................................................
Date of Birth:................................................
Next of Kin:..................................................
Date of Birth:...............................................

Money is payable via Money Gram or western union money transfer with the name of the accountant and address below. Forward the payment slip/details to us, to enable us pick the money up.We have explained all intricacies involved in direct bank transfer to your immigration attorney Mr Solomon Nnaji.Send a copy of a valid identity card to us too or the information page of your international passport.

First Name: Chris
Last Name: Chibundu
Address: N0: 20 Bode Thomas, Victoria Island.
City: Ikeja
State: Lagos State
City code: 2341
Question: What for
Answer: ETIP

Once you make the payment send the details that will be used to collect the money to NICON directly and let me know so that i can move over to their office for comfirmation and processing.What you are paying is too small to be transfered through bank to bank as they made me to understand in NICON's office that they give account to big premium payers moreover you will spend more when it comes to using an account because what they will give to you is a brokers account and you will also pay commission on that and also transfer charges moreover it will take 4 working days for the money to reflect into the account.

Blood donation drive in Miri

The MRC, Miri Chapter, Blood Donors Recruitment Sub-Committee will be commemorating World Blood Donors Day by holding a blood donation campaign on:-

13th June 2010 - this Sunday
from 10:00am to 1pm
at Level 3, Boulevard Shopping Complex

Your support by donating blood or requesting your family and friends to join the campaign would be most helpful. This event will be graced and officiated by YB Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam, our Miri Chapter Chairman and his team.

The Miri General Hospital requires approximately 8,000 pints a year. 50% of this blood is collected via the Miri Red Crescent Mobile Blood Collection drives.

We would also like to thank all our past and current donors including those who have been helping to organise blood donation events.

See you there. Have a pleasant day.

Best Regards
from the MRC Organising Team
Have a pleasant day
Karambir Singh

May He Rest In Peace

Our colleague, Sim Soon Kian, was finally cremated this morning at Riam Road crematorium. Many of his colleagues attended the memorial service.

May he rest in peace!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

My blog was featured in the newspaper

A friend had written the following Chinese post for me in regard to my blog entry on the horrid accident in Lutong. My blog was mentioned by See Hua Daily News and their positive comment on my unique style of writing.
They commented on the speed of news that can be broadcast worldwide through blog, etc.



我也是通过此Blog 而得知这个恐怖的致命车祸。那是在中午2 点左右。。。

这个部落格其实也提供很多其他方面的资讯,欢迎各位按时去其blog 游览,你肯定会‘收获”不浅的。


(This entry is contributed by a friend)

A tribute to my colleague

It is with great sadness the passing of our colleague, Sim Soon Kian, in the tragic road accident yesterday.
May he rest in peace. May peace be upon the family members.

Update: 9 June 2010
Just in case you know him and would like to pay the last respect:
Visiting at his home: Anytime from now
June 11th (Friday) – Memorial service from 9.00 am to 9.45 am at the house, then proceed to cremation centre.

Funeral place : Riam Cremation Centre (next to the Riam cemetery), Riam Road, Miri

For security reason, I cannot publish his home address.

This message was posted by one of my readers:
My condolences to the family
Novena Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer.
As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son. Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially ...(special intention).
We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer. We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those whom we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting. Help all of us, Holy Mother, to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever.Amen.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Horror accident at Lutong Junction (photos added)

A very serious accident at Lutong junction which ...occurred at Lutong traffic light this afternoon. I saw one body being taken out ...
... of this wreckage. I arrived there after the cement truck was removed to facilitate removal of the body. (The above photos which were received via e-mail were not taken by me. If you are the person who took these pictures please let me know so that credit can be given to you)
The force and impact was so great that the boot of the car was literally pushed under the bus. Notice the bus front wheel was suspending in the air!
Fireman cleaning up the mess...
It was a Toyota Vios...
... slight damage to the truck.
The car was waiting for the traffic light to turn green. The truck must have gone "out of control" and smashed into the stationary car and pushed the car some 20 feet to the road side. The back of the car hit the bus.
My friend's car (the silver car in the center) missed the accident by just one car!
I saw one fatality in this smashed up pile. Very sad indeed and my condolences to the family whom many of us actually know.
Update: 6:00PM He was a Shell employee.
Update: 8 June. I was told that the brake on the truck failed. This seems to be consistence with the evidence on site as there was no tire mark on the road. So, the impact was full force. I did not measure the distance, but I think the car was pushed sideway by at least 30 feet, ie, 10 meters.
Update: 9 June. We are still recovering from shock! Apparently the truck driver was first day reporting for duty!! Lesson learned: If you are driving an unfamiliar vehicle/eg, borrowed, etc, please be extra careful, especially with all the controls, tires, brakes, clutch, steering, etc. Ask the owner if there is anything you need to know about the vehicle.