Friday, September 23, 2016

NZ universities ranked among world's best, again

NZ universities ranked among world's best, again

My university, so proud. six Chin and Chans kids attended NZ universities, 3 PhDs and Uni professors, and two lawyers. We inherited good genes. Our great grand father was a Siew Cai in the early 1900.

My great grand father Chan Kwong Kuok, he co founded a school in the early 1900s. The school still exists in Sibu.

New Zealand's eight universities have once again ranked among the best in the world. Photo /

Sunday, August 7, 2016


These pineapple plants are in my uncle's house. Looking at them, I notice that the sharp "swords" have been cut off.
Naturally pineapples are not like this. I have told this story many times, and upon my death bed I will still tell it.
Back in 1969, my father's Fiat 1100 were no longer the much loved car. It was breaking down a lot, and the mechanic told mum that...
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016

My Students

As I finish this book, I pause and ponder. Am I blowing our trumpet? Have I painted too honourable about Father and too virtuous about Mother?
I leave you with these words from Orlando Chua Siao Hui, a lawyer in Sarawak. I taught Orlando in 1974-75. When I left for Canada, I had not seen him since.
In 2012 he wrote on my Facebook:
“I will never forget you Miss Chan. I was 13 and representing Binatang in a sports meet in Sarikei. You came with a pile of blankets and pillows for us students.”
I have no recollection about this, and I believe it was Mother and Father who told me to do it. Mother knew these kids had to sleep on top of school desks without any bedding.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Phyllanthus niruri or Dukung anak.

I have been looking for this wild herb for a long time. When we were young, my mother would send my siblings and I to collect by pulling these herb, roots and all. She boiled this for us to drink. I found this growing a in pot sharing another plant in Singapore.
We called this MA ZAI CHO. Phyllanthus niruri or Dukung anak.