Monthly Archives: June 2011

What Are The Torii Gates Made Of?

Hiroshima 1945 aftermath

The earthquake and tsunami were the worst disaster to hit Japan since the Second World War. The pictures of the devastation following the earthquake and tsunami bear a chilling resemblance to shots taken after the country’s worst human catastrophe – the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is estimated that some 70,000 Japanese died instantly when the first ...

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Alice Pyne – An Inspiration To Us All

Alice with cards from well-wishers

I was online browsing around when I came across news about a 15-year-old girl by the name of Alice Pyne. Her story really touches my heartstrings and I just have to share her story with you. Alice has been fighting Hodgkin’s lymphoma – cancer of the white blood cells – for four years. Despite undergoing extensive chemotherapy, radiotherapy treatments and ...

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Dedicated To My Ex-Colleagues In Brunei


Three and a half years have elapsed since I left Teck Guan Group in Brunei to return to Miri. I spent ten years at Teck Guan so it is with great nostalgia every time I recall my life in Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei. And I treasure the farewell card and the farewell gift that my ex-colleagues gave me at ...

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A Tribute To My Teachers

Photo taken at St Augustine Primary School about 40 years ago

“Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.” — Nikos Kazantzakis It has been said that a teacher is the flame that lights the path of a child. Teachers shoulder a very important responsibility of shaping ...

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