A 74-Year Old Trishaw Peddler’s Inspiring Story

PC/Sunday, 29 September 2013

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Trishaw Rider's Inspiring Story

Peddling a Hard Living

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Virtuous Mr. Bai Fang Li Bai Fangli (Chinese: 白方礼; pinyin: Bái Fānglǐ) was a Chinese pedicab driver who donated 350,000 yuan to enable more than 300 poor students continue with their studies. In 2005, he died at the age of 93. In 1987 he retired from his pedicab driving job and returned to his village where he saw many children working in the field because they couldn’t afford education. At that time he was 74 years old and he decided to go back to his job of driving a pedicab in Tianjin. Till 2001 he worked really hard, sometimes 24 hours at a stretch so that he could make the money to pay the installment for the school fee. At the age of 90 he paid his last installment to the school and retired from his job.

Bai, who was returning to his home village to retire, upon seeing the plight of such poor children, returned to Tianjin and went back to work as a trishaw peddler, taking a modest accommodation next to the railway station. He waited for clients 24 hours a day, ate simple food and wore discarded second-hand clothes he found. He gave all of his hard-earned earnings to support children who could not afford education.

In 2001, he drove his trishaw to Tianjin YaoHua Middle School, to deliver his last installment of money. Nearly 90 years old, he told the students that he couldn’t work any more. All of the students and teachers were moved to tears.

In total, Bai had donated a total of 350,000 yuan to help more than 300 poor students continue with their studies. In 2005, Bai passed away at the age of 93, leaving behind an inspiring legacy.

If a trishaw peddler who wore used clothes and had no education can support 300 children to go to school, imagine what you and I can do with the resources we have to bring about positive change in our world!

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1.^“Bai Fangli: Selfless donation to poor students”. China.org. Retrieved September 7, 2013.

^“The Virtuous Mr. Bai Fang Li”. Paulo Coelho’s Blog. Retrieved September 7, 2013.

Daddy, How Was I Born?

Sex education in the good old days often took the format of talking about the “Birds & the Bees”. In school we learnt about it without any greater interest, as the subject was treated technically & diagrammatically.

Modern dads are likely to teach sex education in keeping with cyberspace time . . . and this is so funny to resist my sharing.

A little boy goes to his father and asks “Daddy, how was I born?”

The father answers, “Well, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway! Your Mum and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo. Then I set up a date via e-mail with your Mum and we met at a cyber-cafe. We sneaked into a secluded room, and googled each other. There your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive. As soon as I was ready to upload, we discoverted that neither one of us has used a firewall, and since it was too late to hit the Delete button, nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that said:

Scroll down . . . You’ll love this . . .

‘You got Male!

Ten of the World’s Richest without College Degree

By P Chong                                 9 November 2011

 It’s said that some are born rich, others achieve riches and

still others have riches thrust upon them.

It’s found however, that if you’re gifted with a special talent

then riches will be yours to have.

Ten of the world’s richest persons are without college degree. They range from sportsmen, actors, singers, technologists and others. The common denominator is talent or special skill.

Now the question is whether education is at all essential for the road to riches. Not necessary so. There are evidences of professors or highly educated persons ending in poverty. In short, education is supposed to equip you for the life ahead of you. Really education is an unending process, that is why from the womb to the tomb, you’re always learning. Knowledge is dynamic & expandable.

Here are some questions to consider:

    • Need you go to school from the cradle to the grave?

    • What benefits do you hope to get out of education?

    • Will you really be able to apply your acquired knowledge to your life’s practical activities?

    • Can skill, talent, attitude & other positives be acquired through education?

    • In a word, will education ensure riches?

The following Ten are some of the world’s richest persons:

Here’s to show you the ‘Irony of Life’ :

Most ‘First Class’ students get technical seats, some become Doctors and some Engineers.

* The ‘Second Class’ pass, and then get MBA, become Administrators and control the ‘First Class’.

* The ‘Third Class’ pass, enter politics and Become Ministers and control both.

* Last, but not the least, The ‘Failures’ join the underworld and control all the above.

And those who do not attend any school, become Swamis and Gurus and Everyone goes to them.  


Having A Fair Go . . . For The Senior Gold

By P Chong                                                                       Sat. 28 August 2010

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A senior citizen after putting in 40 years of life work is naturally expected to be treated with all due respect, honour, dignity & decency, and to live whatever is left of the rest of his natural life with ease & comfort. Ironically & contrary to such expectations, a criminal enjoys more benefits for which all men slave to provide in their working lives. To make matters worse, even an illegal immigrant or refugee gets better treatment than the senior citizen in terms of perks & benefits.

For crying out loud, is this laughable or laudable? Justice is supposedly to be fair & just – but its scale is tipping rightly or wrongly in favour of the undeserved. Such a scenario you would say can only happen in an undeveloped or under-developed world. But the truth is justice though preached is not seen to be done in the globalised economically developed world.

The world we live in is topsy turvy. Apparently, the value system has been manipulated by the “politically correct” politicians – devils & crooks in disguise.

Let’s switch it around & put the seniors in jail and the criminals in a nursing home. This way the seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks for starters and other perks & benefits that follow:

  • They’d receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc. and they’d receive money instead of paying it out.

  • They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.
  • Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them. A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell.
  • They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.
  • They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool and education.
  • Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ’s and legal aid would be free, on request.
  • Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.
  • Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls.
  • There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.

Now, for the “criminals” in the nursing home:

  • The “criminals” would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised.
  • Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week.
  • Live in a tiny room and pay £900.00 per month and have no hope of ever getting out.

    A Worthy Law Project?

Whether you are young or old, you’d be the judge and jury!

Surely, such a suggested scenario would be called “A Fair Go”!

Experience & Wisdom Irreplaceable

Experience & Wisdom Irreplaceable


There is a story I used to relate to motivate my agency force concerning the return of a young fresh university graduate to his home village where lived a wise old man. He was much revered and respected for his vast reservoir of knowledge. Rather perturbed and visibly jealous of the wise old man’s position, the educated young man paid a visit to the old man and thought he could mentally challenge him.

“Old man, my old man, I understand you are the wisest man around this village and beyond. Let’s see if you know the answer to this puzzle. I have a bird in my hand. Tell me if it’s dead or alive.”

Without as much as a wink, the wise old man simply answer thus: “It’s up to you!.”

“What do you mean? Please explain.”

“Well, it’s simple. Its fate rests in your hand. If I said it’s alive, all you need do is to tighten your grip and squeeze it dead. On the other hand, if I said it’s dead, you just release your hand and off it will fly away. So it’s up to you.”

The term “elder” is invented clearly because of this – to accord the respect and honour due. No amount of academic attainment can take the place of experience

and wisdom acquired through life’s journey. All life is but one great experience and there’s none to compare. Age does bestow that much of dignity which a young person can in no way acquire though academic study. From the tribal society to the sophisticated modern society, the elders will always have their place and status.

In a family situation, the father heads the members providing advice and guidance to the young. The Chinese society is one that’s essentially based on the family system (“jia”) and the nation is referred to as “guo jia” , which literally means national family. The order is distinctive, and the system avoids any confusion or chaos. Where order fails to exist then chaos inevitably takes over.

Our God is a God of order. From the tiniest of His creations to the universe at large order exists. Peaceful living calls for law and order, and offence calls for correction with trial and punishment. This is the basic of all wisdom – no question or shade of doubt in the administration and proper function of the society.

Paul Chong