To All The Good People Of The World

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Your little good gesture

will help us start off

our worthy venture!

Let me share a beautiful story here:

57 Cent Church  

A little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it was ‘too crowded.

‘I can’t go to Sunday School,’ she sobbed to the pastor as he walked by.

Seeing her shabby, unkempt appearance, the pastor guessed the reason and, taking her by the hand, took her inside and found a place for her in the Sunday school class. The child was so happy that they found room for her, and she went to bed that night thinking of the children who have no place to worship Jesus.

Some two years later, this child lay dead in one of the poor tenement buildings. Her parents called for the kindhearted pastor who had befriended their daughter to handle the final arrangements.

As her poor little body was being moved, a worn and crumpled red purse was found which seemed to have been rummaged from some trash dump.

Inside was found 57 cents and a note, scribbled in childish handwriting, which read: ‘This is to help build the little church bigger so more children can go to Sunday School.’

For two years she had saved for this offering of love.

When the pastor tearfully read that note, he knew instantly what he would do. Carrying this note and the cracked, red pocketbook to the pulpit, he told the story of her unselfish love and devotion.

He challenged his deacons to get busy and raise enough money for the larger building.

But the story does not end there….

A newspaper learned of the story and published It. It was read by a wealthy realtor who offered them a parcel of land worth many thousands.

When told that the church could not pay so much, he offered to sell it to the little church for 57 cents.

Church members made large donations. Checks came from far and wide..

Within five years the little girl’s gift had increased to $250,000.00–a huge sum for that time (near the turn of the century). Her unselfish love had paid large dividends.

When you are in the city of Philadelphia , look up Temple Baptist Church , with a seating capacity of 3,300. And be sure to visit TempleUniversity, where thousands of students are educated. 

Have a look, too, at the Good   Samaritan Hospital and at a Sunday School building which houses hundreds of beautiful children, built so that no child in the area will ever need to be left outside during Sunday school time.

Dr. Russell ConwellDr. Russell H. Conwell

In one of the rooms of this building may be seen the picture of the sweet face of the little girl whose 57 cents, so sacrificially saved, made such remarkable history. Alongside of it is a portrait of her kind pastor, Dr. Russell H. Conwell, author of the book, ‘Acres of Diamonds’.

This is a true story, which goes to show WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH 57 CENTS.

YOU can be a part of this worthy cause in helping us to “helping people in plight” & saving lives.

Touching hearts and spreading cheer . . . Wiping off both sorrow and fear . . . Since you pass this place but once . . . you can at least extend your help just once.

Open your heart

&

Send your donation to

Asian Australian Initiative Inc.

Westpac Account No: 736 – 065 182364

Thank You

It’s your compassion we seek

For the funds that we need

For more info

CLICK >>>  https://paulchong.net/2012/12/13/asian-australian-initiative-inc/

Further Read . . . Helping People in Plight – Asian Australian Initiative Inc.

N G O

Non-Governmental Organisation

Registered No: A1007004H Incorporated in Western Australia

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Brian O’Connor – A Most Delightful & Unusual Transperth Bus Driver

Kalamunda bus station
Kalamunda bus station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Brian O’Connor

Meeting Brian is so sublime

Unlike meeting of any kind.

He’s great & kind, respectable & admirable

For all his senior passenger, he’s adorable

Transperth buses could do with more guys like him

Each day in service he fails not to sing!

Kalamunda Bus Station

It was such a beautiful sunny Spring day on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 that I couldn’t resist the temptation of being outdoor. So I decided to take the bus to meet up with a couple of buddies at Satay Mu Restaurant in Kardinya for lunch.

My hour bus ride to Perth City is usually boring & seemingly long. That day was different – different because of Brian. He was greeting almost all his senior passengers of Kalamunda, chatting & engaging with them. Conversation held . . . laughter felt. Smile gleamed . . . atmosphere brightening. Time just slipped you by when you have fun.

I learnt a few things about him. Coming from South Africa, he has worked & lived in Perth more years than he’s been in Africa. Of some Anglo-Saxon descent, he’s fluent & eloquent like a typical English gentleman. He plays golf in his leisure time & rightly to be living in the enchanted valley of Araluen. He loves to travel & does possess a world of knowledge as reflected in his engaging dialogue.

Araluen Golf Club.Aerial View 9 & 18 Hole
Be Mystified by the Enchanted Valley . . . Tranquility away from the Stress & Strain of City Life

He wasn’t driving that day as he was instructing & familiarising Persely in the finer points of their Eastern Bus Route. Persely is new to Perth, having arrived as a new migrant only 6 weeks ago from Britain.

Persely

You wonder what kind of a working day Brian would normally have. Here, if I may quote from the horse’s mouth:

My apologies for the late reply but this week has been a very testing one, both mentally and physically. I’ve been going to bed at 8.30 pm every night totally drained and exhausted.

The highlight of our week was getting to meet a very interesting person like yourself and a few of my regular senior passengers whom I enjoy chatting to. It’s days like this that I’ll cherish where a few giggles are shared and we as human beings are mindful and respectful of each other regardless of race , colour, creed or social standing.

I try to do my job as best as I can, even though some can be extremely challenging & dissatisfying, I wonder wether I’ve made the right choice in choosing this career path towards my retirement, but then you experience a senior citizen who is courteous and overwhelmed with gratitude after you’ve just set her down closer to home and this is easier on those 95 year old legs that have taken her on many journeys. It’s days like this that makes all the others seem trivial, even as recent as 24 hours ago.

So if that day was the first and last that we met Paul, I’m pleased and glad that we did. I shall continue to read your blog site and be inspired by your literature.”

Beautiful Perth, Western Australia
Araluen Golf Resort, Rolystone, Western Australia

IT’S NOT IMPORTANT WHAT WE DO IN LIFE

THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT WE ARE DOING IT WELL!

Keep it up

You’re doing a great job!

F10 Quickcut (Taiwanese Franchised Hairdressing Salon)

My brother Tony found this innovative hairdressing salon quite by chance about two months ago. He introduced me there today for a special haircut.

I am indeed most satisfied & still can’t imagine the low price I paid for such an excellent service and will subsequently call back again & again.

This shop is at:

Maddington Centro Shopping Centre

43 Attfield Street
Maddington WA 6109

Opening Hours: Daily 9am – 6pm

It’s called F10 Quickcut

Set in the corner right across from K-Mart.

There are others: one in Perth, Noranda and one recently opened in Victoria Park at The Park Centre. This particular one at Maddington is the pioneering one to begin in Western Australia just over a year ago. Its success has encouraged the franchisor to operate more & more salons for people’s convenience.

They are a team of hairstyling experts committed to provide no-frills professional haircut at an attractive low price of $10 . . .

irrespective of male or female, young or adult.

I found a great number of boys & girls having their cuts.

Slot Payment Machine where you get your ticket

No appointment is required. Feed your $10 bill into the machine slot to get your numbered ticket and wait for your turn. There’s a number clock on the wall indicating the current number that is being served.

 

The name “Quickcut” is kind of ambiguous, for the service is certainly not a quickie job. You’ll get the satisfaction of getting all due care & professional attention according to your needs. For example, I often get rejected when I ask my barber to trim my eye brow. But “Fade” the sweet pretty hairdresser from Taiwan gladly obliged me.

 

These professional hairdressers are all recruited from Taiwan speaking mainly Mandarin & Taiwanese Hokkien. Sponsored by the franchisor, they are here on a two-year working visa; 5 or 6 of them in this salon all living together in one house. They are young & pretty in their early 20s.

As reported re the origin of the business:

We started off with a humble little shop in Taiwan (Tainan province) in September 2006 and within 4 years, we have a whopping number of 100 shops all around Taiwan and became the biggest brand in Taiwan. In December 2009, we started our first shop in Australia (Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown in Brisbane) and planning to set foot on more shops all around Australia.

F10 Quickcut is a new concept of hairdressing, focusing on haircut alone and doing it well. Providing professional, hygienic, entertaining and economical style cut for everyone without the need of making any appointment.”

“Style Cut for $10”

NOW! HOW IS THAT FOR COMPETITION WITH OUR LOCAL HAIRDRESSERS IN TERMS OF PRICE & VALUE!

White Orchids

As an orchid lover, I have grown a fair bit of them when in Malaysia. Over here in Western Australia, I came to discover over the abundance of the tropical Vanda Miss Joaqim the world of Cymbidium & Cattleya (my fondest among others) is quite different.

Orchids are easily distinguished from other plants, as they share some very evident apomorphies. Among these are: bilateral symmetry (zygomorphism), many resupinate flowers, a nearly always highly modified petal (labellum), fused stamens and carpels, and extremely small seeds. (Wikipedia)

English: The orchid, Singapore's national flow...
English: The orchid, Singapore’s national flower, photographed at the in the , . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Singapore, no other orchid is more worthy than Vanda Miss Joaqim to be hailed as its national flower, being the first registered plant hybrid from Singapore itself. This is apart from the abundance & beauty of Vanda Miss Joaqim. It is relative easy to grow & propagate such orchid & I found that the best fertiliser for it is a mixture of old urine & water.

Vanda Miss Joaqim

Tropical orchids & others have a great variety of colours, but white is rare. Conjure in your mind, as if by magic, the beauty of white – pure & graceful, elegant, classy & delicate, and a colour to match all colours. White orchids are popular in orchid bouquets & arrangements, weddings & all exceptional functions.

White orchids in nature are pollinated by insects that are active at night, such as moths. Some of the white orchids are fragrant at night, adding to their allure.

While out shopping today at the once-a-month Saturday variety market in Kalamunda, Western Australia, I came upon a very rare white cymbidium. It hasn’t any tint of other colours – truly pure white. I just couldn’t believe it and could not resist the temptation of owning it.

According to the grower, it was grown from seeds – very original and even yet to be named. Any buyer can have the honour & the privilege of naming it. Now, what greater appeal more can there be?

Well then, here’s a picture of this precious white cymbidium orchid, which my wife Lilian got the pleasure of naming it as DREAM SNOWFLAKE “LIANN”:

Picture taken at night – Pure White Cymbidium (Dream Snowflake “Liann”)

Slideshow – More white orchids

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Prayer Appeal for Joseph Teoh

A young man in the prime of life struck down by paralysis resulting from a board surfing accident on 10 December 2011. He still lie today  in Shenton Park Campus RPH (WARD 11 RM E) for extended medical care & support . . .

“Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” – Jeremiah 17:14

PLEASE CHECK UPDATE AT END OF ARTICLE & BE SURE TO READ RIGHT THROUGH

Donations Welcome: 

Send your donation to

Asian Australian Initiative Inc.

Westpac Account No: 736 – 065 182364

Thank You

Joe singing socially

A great man of God, a blessed worship leader and a gifted song writer. . . Don Moen sings: “I Am The God That Healeth Thee”, together with message from Evangelist Benny Hinn.

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 Joe & Mabel in happier times & at the hospital

Joseph (Joe), tall & 59 years young, works at the Post Office Distribution Centre, Perth International Airport, today lies at Shenton Park Rehabitation Centre where he was sent from, Royal Perth Hospital for life support & on-going medical care. He was struck down in knee-deep water while board surfing with his friend Mark at Mullaloo Beach, Perth, Western Australia on 10 December 2011.

Aussies generally love the sand, sun & surf.

It’s unbelievable that water can be both a friend & enemy without any forewarning. This surfing accident which happened in December 2011 is not the result of great tsunami waves but relatively calm water at 4 feet level. Joe in fact was making his way back to shore. But when Joe was still not back, his friend quickly turned around & found him floating face down.

Resuscitation was quickly administered while waiting for the ambulance. Joe was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital. The initial prognosis was not favourable & it came to as much as having to decide whether to pull off the life supporting device. He was in a coma initially. He has no sensation from the neck down.

Trusting in the Lord, and being good Christians, Mabel his wife & the rest of the family members strongly believe that God will heal Joe completely. God will make a way. God will make him whole.

Slowly, there has been some improvements. With insertion of trachea device, Joe could now eat, speak & even sing.

Video of Joe singing “Feelings”

Yes, Joe loves to sing. He has his first singing training as a choir boy when he was at the Seminary in Ipoh, Malaysia. In fact every Teoh family member is a good singer. Joe is a popular karaoke singer at social parties & charitable performances.

Things have been difficult for his wife Mabel. Virtually all hours she has been at his bedside. It’s hard for her coping with the situation. Let’s all of us think kindly & pray for a miracle for Joe, together with any possible assistance, which will be greatly appreciated.

Don Moen sings: “God Will Make A Way

We claim complete & wholesome healing in the wonderful & powerful Name of Jesus. AMEN.

LATEST UPDATE  (Month of September 2012)

Praise God! Joe has improved tremendously with the ability to raise his right hand, sit for longer stretch in his wheel chair, use his laptop computer, talk quite like normal & even sing!

He’s now at the Quadriplegic Centre, 10 Selby Street, Shenton Park WA 6008 – Ashburton Room 4

We claim complete healing in the name of Jesus! AMEN.

The World’s Largest Rare Diamond – Argyle Pink Jubilee

By P Chong                                                                                                       Saturday, 25 February 2012

 Wikipedia –       Argyle Pink Jubilee

              Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. The bigger they are

the more treasured & pricy they become. Diamonds immediately

invoke in your mind such famous names as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor

right up to the Queen. What if they are rare and large

and of the unusual pink colour?

In its 244-year history Christie’s, the high-profile auction house, has only auctioned 18 polished pink diamonds larger than 10 carats. Large diamonds typically end in museums or or in the hands of the rich & famous.

Recently in February 2012, a lot of excitement has been generated by the finding of a rough pink diamond weighing 12.76 carats (2.55 g). It is the largest rough pink diamond unearthed at the Rio TintoArgyle diamond mine in Western Australia. It is called The Argyle Pink Jubilee.

The rough diamond – estimated to be worth millions – light pink in colour started its cut in Perth on 21 February 2012.The cutter is Richard How Kim Kam. The stone will be graded by a team of international experts. It will then be be sold by invitation-only tender.

It is similar in colour to The Williamson Pink, which is the diamond that Her Majesty The Queen received as a wedding gift and was subsequently set into a brooch for her Coronation. More than 90 per cent of the world’s pink diamonds come from this mine.

Expert diamond polisher Richard How Kim Kam has now started work in Perth on preparing the stone. Mr Kam, who will take about 10 days to cut and polish the diamond as a single stone, said “I’m going to take it very carefully. I know the world will be watching.”

When the diamond has been cut and polished it will be graded by a team of experts and showcased to the world before being sold later this year.

Argyle Pink Diamonds manager Josephine Johnson said “This rare diamond is generating incredible excitement. A diamond of this calibre is unprecedented – it has taken 26 years of Argyle production to unearth this stone and we may never see one like this again. The individual who gets to wear this remarkable pink diamond will be incredibly lucky indeed.”

 References

^Rare 12-Carat Argyle Pink Diamond Unearthed In Australia. Forbes. 21 February 2012

^Australia’s largest rough pink diamond unearthed. BBC News. 22 February 2012.

^ abRio finds ‘unprecedented’ 12.76 carat pink diamond in the Kimberley. The Australian. 22 February 2012.

^“Australia’s largest rough pink diamond unearthed”. BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 February 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2012.

^ ab“Rio’s biggest pink diamond gets the cut”. The West Australian (West Australian Newspapers Limited). 21 February 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2012.