Archive for November 2015

My Old Family Photographs   2 comments


My Old Family Photographs
This is the time of year that I feel nostalgic about my past and my family. I wanted for a while to write my past family history but did not get around to it as I was procrastinating and too lazy to pound at the keyboard as usual. Anyway today is the last day of November of 2015 and 31 more days we shall see the light of another new Year of 2016. A Happy New Year 2016 ? Doubtful, with the present unstable world and local political situation that are occurring. Politics aside, we have the climatic problems so we live for the present and worry later for the unforeseeable future. The story of my family started with my father Lim Khuat Seng and later adopted another alias of Lim Wooi Boon when the Japanese invaded Malaya during the Second World War. As he was sort of “black-marked” as a student of Chung Ling High School, he had to change his name and stopped schooling. Some students of the school and other bodies were captured by the Japanese and interrogated. Some were executed and the luckier ones were imprisoned. Back to my parents’ marriage which took place in Sungai Bakap, Province Wellesley on mainland Penang State. Then, Sungai Bakap or now better as Jawi was a small village. My mother, Tea Siew Yam, is the second elder sister in the family of Teh Ban Bee, my maternal grandfather. I better refresh my memory with my mother as I cannot inter-relate the part that my father was born in Sungai Petani, Kedah or George Town, Penang. To be continued after more interviews.

SP Lim


Nostalgia is a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. The word nostalgia is a learned formation of a Greek compound, consisting of νόστος (nóstos), meaning “homecoming”, a Homeric word, and ἄλγος (álgos), meaning “pain, ache”, and was coined by a 17th-century medical student to describe the anxieties displayed by Swiss mercenaries fighting away from home. Described as a medical condition—a form of melancholy—in the Early Modern period, it became an important trope in Romanticism.[1]

Nostalgia can refer to a general interest in the past, its personalities, and events, especially the “good old days” from one’s earlier life.

The scientific literature on nostalgia usually refers to nostalgia regarding the personal life and has mainly studied the effects of nostalgia induced during the studies. Smell and touch are strong evokers of nostalgia due to the processing of these stimuli first passing through the amygdala, the emotional seat of the brain. These recollections of one’s past are usually important events, people one cares about, and places where one has spent time. Music and weather can also be strong triggers of nostalgia. Nostalgic preferences, the belief that the past was better than is the present, has been linked to biases in memory.

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Orchids   Leave a comment


Orchids
Orchidaceae is a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colourful and often fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants. Orchidaceae has about 27,800 currently accepted species, distributed in about 880 genera. The determination of which family is larger is still under debate, because verified data on the members of such enormous families are continually in flux. Regardless, the number of orchid species nearly equals the number of bony fishes and is more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species. The family also encompasses about 6–11% of all seed plants. The largest genera are Bulbophyllum (2,000 species), Epidendrum (1,500 species), Dendrobium (1,400 species) and Pleurothallis (1,000 species).

The family also includes Vanilla (the genus of the vanilla plant), Orchis (type genus), and many commonly cultivated plants such as Phalaenopsis and Cattleya. Moreover, since the introduction of tropical species into cultivation in the 19th century, horticulturists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars.

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More portraits from Vietnam   Leave a comment


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I was editing the above photograph this morning until my son said he was not well. Firstly he went to the dentist and was told to go the Emergency Ward of Penang Adventist Hospital to be admitted because of the bad swelling. After spending a whole afternoon there and seeing him being warded and treated with IV drip of antibiotic, I came back home to rest. He has to be warded for 3 days because of the medical treatment.
As a widower, I shall see him only tomorrow.

SP Lim
PS So one edited photo for today as I am not in any state to edit any more photographs.
Good night, folks.

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Portraits from Vietnam   2 comments


Portraits from Vietnam
Flash-back to my earlier Vietnam Trip which I had taken some portraits unposted till tonight. Difficult to capture owing to the lighting – from the bright exterior outside the window to the very dark interior. Special thanks to the patient Vietnamese model.

SP Lim
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My Mother’s Gift   Leave a comment


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This is my mother’s gift of the hamper to one of the Buddhist Bhante (monks) of the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhists Temple, Pulau Tikus, Penang during the Union Kathina in 2015.

SP Lim

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A Day Bus Trip to Petaling Jaya   Leave a comment


A Day Bus Trip to Petaling Jaya
I bought an Aeroline Express Bus ticket headed to One Utama (1-U) at Damansara, near Petaling Jaya, Selangor at RM60.00 at Queensbay Mall for the Tuesday, November 24,2015. Tickets for Sunday 22.11.2015 and Monday 23.11.2015 were sold out, as it was a busy week-end for Penang with the Marathon and start of the school holidays. Stated on the ticket was the 9.00 am schedule but when the bus left the station at Queensbay Mall, it was 9.30 am. Weather was good but cloudy most of the all. A smooth ride and quite well served by the male steward with a small bottled water drink and vegetarian bee-hoon in a plastic box. A hot coffee with dairy creamer followed after Ipoh. A short stop was made at a petrol station at Simpang Pulai near Ipoh. After the stop it was non-stop to Petaling Jaya. Finally we reached One Utama Bus Terminal for Aeroline at 1.40 pm. After a stop rest, it is back to Penang by car.

SP Lim
PS Photographs are of poorer quality as taken through the dusty glass window of the moving bus.

Happy Birthday Dana of a Penang Centenarian Lady – Part 2   Leave a comment


Happy Birthday Dana of a Penang Centenarian Lady – Part 2

It is the 100th. Year Birthday of Madam Tan Swee Hong – the mother of Venerable Buddhavamsa at the Burmese Dhammikarama Buddhist Temple, Burmah Lane, Penang on Saturday, November 21, 2015. I had the privilege of being asked by the Temple to photo-shoot this grand event which I has never experience before.

From Wikipedia:-
LONGEVITY
The word “longevity” is sometimes used as a synonym for “life expectancy” in demography – however, the term “longevity” is sometimes meant to refer only to especially long-lived members of a population, whereas “life expectancy” is always defined statistically as the average number of years remaining at a given age. For example, a population’s life expectancy at birth is the same as the average age at death for all people born in the same year (in the case of cohorts). Longevity is best thought of as a term for general audiences meaning ‘typical length of life’ and specific statistical definitions should be clarified when necessary.

Reflections on longevity have usually gone beyond acknowledging the brevity of human life and have included thinking about methods to extend life. Longevity has been a topic not only for the scientific community but also for writers of travel, science fiction, and utopian novels.

There are many difficulties in authenticating the longest human life span ever by modern verification standards, owing to inaccurate or incomplete birth statistics. Fiction, legend, and folklore have proposed or claimed life spans in the past or future vastly longer than those verified by modern standards, and longevity narratives and unverified longevity claims frequently speak of their existence in the present.

A life annuity is a form of longevity insurance.

Life expectancy, as of 2010

Main article:
List of countries by life expectancy
Various factors contribute to an individual’s longevity. Significant factors in life expectancy include gender, genetics, access to health care, hygiene, diet and nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, and crime rates. Below is a list of life expectancies in different types of countries:[3]

Developed countries: 77–90 years (e.g. Canada: 81.29 years, 2010 est.)
Developing countries: 32–80 years (e.g. Mozambique: 41.37 years, 2010 est.)
Population longevities are increasing as life expectancies around the world grow:[1][4]

Spain: 79.06 years in 2002, 81.07 years in 2010
Australia: 80 years in 2002, 81.72 years in 2010
Italy: 79.25 years in 2002, 80.33 years in 2010
France: 79.05 years in 2002, 81.09 years in 2010
Germany: 77.78 years in 2002, 79.41 years in 2010
UK: 80 years in 2002, 81.73 years in 2010
USA: 77.4 years in 2002, 78.24 years in 2010
Monaco: 79.12 years in 2002, 79.73 years in 2011
None for my country, Malaysia.

A centenarian is a person who lives to or beyond the age of 100 years. Because life expectancies everywhere are less than 100, the term is invariably associated

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Major factors to live longer

Evidence-based studies indicate that longevity is based on two major factors, genetics and lifestyle choices.

Genetics
Twin studies have estimated that approximately 20-30% the variation in human lifespan can be related to genetics, with the rest due to individual behaviors and environmental factors which can be modified. Although over 200 gene variants have been associated with longevity according to a US-Belgian-UK research database of human genetic variants, these explain only a small fraction of the heritability. A 2012 study found that even modest amounts of leisure time physical exercise can extend life expectancy by as much as 4.5 years.

Environmental factors
A study of the regions of the world known as blue zones, where people commonly live active lives past 100 years of age, speculated that longevity is related to a healthy social and family life, not smoking, eating a plant-based diet, frequent consumption of legumes and nuts, and engaging in regular physical activity. In a cohort study, the combination of a plant based diet, normal BMI, consuming alcohol once per week to cleanse the system, and not smoking accounted for differences up to 15 years in life expectancy. Korean court records going back to 1392 indicate that the average lifespan of eunuchs was 70.0 ± 1.76 years, which was 14.4–19.1 years longer than the lifespan of non-castrated men of similar socio-economic status. The Alameda County Study hypothesized three additional lifestyle characteristics that promote longevity: limiting alcohol consumption, sleeping 7 to 8 hours per night, and not snacking (eating between meals), although the study found the association between these characteristics and mortality is “weak at best”. There are however many other possible factors potentially affecting longevity, including the impact of high peer competition, which is typically experienced in large cities.
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Happy Birthday Dana of a Penang Centenarian Lady – Part 1   Leave a comment


Happy Birthday Dana of a Penang Centenarian Lady – Part 1

It is the 100th. Year Birthday of Madam Tan Swee Hong – the mother of Venerable Buddhavamsa at the Burmese Dhammikarama Buddhist Temple, Burmah Lane, Penang on Saturday, November 21, 2015. I had the privilege of being asked by the Temple to photo-shoot this grand event which I has never experience before.

From Wikipedia:-
LONGEVITY
The word “longevity” is sometimes used as a synonym for “life expectancy” in demography – however, the term “longevity” is sometimes meant to refer only to especially long-lived members of a population, whereas “life expectancy” is always defined statistically as the average number of years remaining at a given age. For example, a population’s life expectancy at birth is the same as the average age at death for all people born in the same year (in the case of cohorts). Longevity is best thought of as a term for general audiences meaning ‘typical length of life’ and specific statistical definitions should be clarified when necessary.

Reflections on longevity have usually gone beyond acknowledging the brevity of human life and have included thinking about methods to extend life. Longevity has been a topic not only for the scientific community but also for writers of travel, science fiction, and utopian novels.

There are many difficulties in authenticating the longest human life span ever by modern verification standards, owing to inaccurate or incomplete birth statistics. Fiction, legend, and folklore have proposed or claimed life spans in the past or future vastly longer than those verified by modern standards, and longevity narratives and unverified longevity claims frequently speak of their existence in the present.

A life annuity is a form of longevity insurance.

Life expectancy, as of 2010

Main article:
List of countries by life expectancy
Various factors contribute to an individual’s longevity. Significant factors in life expectancy include gender, genetics, access to health care, hygiene, diet and nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, and crime rates. Below is a list of life expectancies in different types of countries:[3]

Developed countries: 77–90 years (e.g. Canada: 81.29 years, 2010 est.)
Developing countries: 32–80 years (e.g. Mozambique: 41.37 years, 2010 est.)
Population longevities are increasing as life expectancies around the world grow:[1][4]

Spain: 79.06 years in 2002, 81.07 years in 2010
Australia: 80 years in 2002, 81.72 years in 2010
Italy: 79.25 years in 2002, 80.33 years in 2010
France: 79.05 years in 2002, 81.09 years in 2010
Germany: 77.78 years in 2002, 79.41 years in 2010
UK: 80 years in 2002, 81.73 years in 2010
USA: 77.4 years in 2002, 78.24 years in 2010
Monaco: 79.12 years in 2002, 79.73 years in 2011
None for my country, Malaysia so I take that of developing countries average of 32 to 80 years.

A centenarian is a person who lives to or beyond the age of 100 years. Because life expectancies everywhere are less than 100, the term is invariably associated

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An interesting fact emerged to my surprise on how to live longer from Wikipedia –

Fact – “Korean court records going back to 1392 indicate that the average lifespan of eunuchs was 70.0 ± 1.76 years, which was 14.4–19.1 years longer than the lifespan of non-castrated men of similar socio-economic status.”
Questions : Do man need to castrate himself to live longer?
Lack of male hormones assist eunuchs to live longer?
Sex can kill? Hahahaha … food for thought

Simple Prayers for my late wife   Leave a comment


1-ASA 100YearsLadyDana 008A simple prayers’ ceremony for my late wife – Ang Saw Ai on the 10th Day of the Chinese 10th Moon (corresponding to Saturday, November 21, 2015) – five years had swiftly passed. My simple offering of her favourite food and drink of the Hainanese Chicken Rice and local black coffee without sugar.

“When you are born, you cry, and the world rejoices.
When you die, you rejoice, and the world cries.”

SP Lim

PS I am back again after an “unusual suspension” of 48 hours of no internet. Thus no posting.

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Lotus Candles for Offering   Leave a comment


Lotus Candles for Offering

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