Taman Sri Nibong RA Log

June 23, 2017

Words of Wisdom from a Great, Humble, Man

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Giving Books a Second Chance

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Did you know that our Book Adoption Centre (BAC) in Taman Sri Nibong has already passed its one year mark?

Book-sorting with the help of volunteers in April last year
We started this project in March 2016 because we wanted to save books that were sent for recycling to the Tzu Chi Recycling & Education Centre (Tzu Chi REC).

Tzu Chi Recycling & Education Centre in Taman Sri Nibong, Penang
where our BAC is located.
The BAC is a community project based on the idea that good books should have second lives. We’re saving them from being recycled as scrap paper and giving book-lovers an opportunity to read and contribute to charity.
Check out these milestones from our one-year journey:
  • BAC has generated RM12,000+ for Tzu Chi’s dialysis centres in Penang.
  • One generous contributor donated RM1,000 when he adopted books.
  • We were interviewed by Sin Chew newspaper – the full page article was published on 10 March this year, giving us the publicity that we need to help our books find new homes and new owners!
  • Our Facebook group has grown to almost 700 members within a year.
  • We’ve saved thousands of books from being recycled as scrap paper and given the gift of reading to hundreds of new owners!
  • Charity organisations and schools in Penang and outside of Penang have benefited when kind-hearted individuals adopted books for them. They include Jit Sin High School, House of Hope & SK Kwang Hwa.
  • A school teacher from Cameron Highlands also came to adopt books for her school library.
  • Many book lovers now a place they can come to get good reads for themselves and their children (yes, we have many good quality children’s books too)
  • Promoted BAC at Occupy Beach Street on 26 June. We couldn’t bring many books but we did get people interested in visiting BAC.
  • A Muslim lady who visited our BAC was so happy to find and adopt a Quran
  • BAC has attracted visitors from as far as Sungai Petani and Alor Setar.
  • We’ve made it possible for lower-income students to get access to PMR and SPM workbooks and reference books (we have lots of reference books too)
You may be wondering: why didn’t we call it a library instead? A library is a place where you can borrow books and later, return them. We didn’t want to be a library – we wanted books to go out to the world where they would enchant their readers and give readers a chance to donate. That’s why we called it a Book Adoption Centre. We wanted book lovers to “adopt” these books for a small donation. And if others such as rural schools or orphanages are in need of books, you can also sponsor them a bundle of books!

Brother Alan of Tzu Chi being interviewed by the reporter
from Sin Chew about the origins of BAC.
The donations from BAC go towards the Tzu Chi dialysis centres in Penang where lower-income Penangites regardless of their backgrounds can get free dialysis treatments. So this means when you adopt books from our BAC, you are helping to fund dialysis treatments for kidney patients. You are helping to fund free dialysis treatments for Malaysians who cannot afford the costly private treatments.

Books with yellow stickers are books that have been sorted.
Yellow refers to academic or reference or general knowledge books.
Our proceeds go back to Tzu Chi for two reasons.
First, our source of books come from Tzu Chi REC. Now that we have our BAC, Tzu Chi volunteers know that if they see books in the pile of recyclables contributed by the public, they will kindly put aside these books for us. On hearing that we have a BAC, two other Tzu Chi RECs (Taman Lumba Kuda and Butterworth) have been keeping their books for us too.

Sorting books that come from other Tzu Chi RECs
in Taman Lumba Kuda and Butterworth.
Second, our BAC resides inside the Taman Sri Nibong Tzu Chi REC. The Tzu Chi team has kindly provided us three cubicles to arrange, store and display the books that our volunteers have sorted. The Tzu Chi team has also helped us fix up ceiling fans and shelving for books.

Promoting BAC at Occupy Beach Street in June last year.
Two volunteers, EY Siew and Eddie Lam, together with Brother Alan from Tzu Chi, are also helping to reach out to more book lovers in other states by posting books to them. EY will promote these Chinese books on Facebook groups and to date, there has been such an overwhelming response towards the book adoption as the readers know they are also doing charity when they adopt books.

EY Siew is in charge of the Mandarin books section as he reads Chinese.
On a weekly basis, EY, Eddie and Alan will take turns to pack and courier the adopted books to adopters from KL, Melaka, Johor, Pahang and more. Book adopters will bank their donation into Tzu Chi bank accounts while bearing the cost of the courier services.

Besides English books, we also have lots of Chinese books
as well as Malay books.

Sin Chew helped us promote BAC in this full page write-up published
on 10 March 2017.
Besides these volunteers, we’d also like to thank the entire Tzu Chi REC team as well as the regulars who have helped us this whole year. We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s teamwork and help!

We need volunteers to help us arrange books on weekends.
Help us if you’re free.
More exciting plans are in store as we have plans to make BAC more conducive for children and adults with proper reading facilities.
How You Can Help

Join us as a volunteer and help us grow BAC and the love of reading!
Tell your friends about our dedicated Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/TSN…)
where we keep everyone updated on books that come in! Tell friends to bring their old books to BAC. Don’t throw them away! Tell teachers about BAC so that they can help lower-income students get reference books. Adopt books for a school, library, orphanage or for poor families with children. Help sort and arrange books on weekends. Even 1 hour of your time would do! Share this document on your FB page.
TSN BAC @ Tzu-Chi Recycle & Education Center, Lebuh Bukit Kecil 1, Taman Sri Nibong, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang. >>>> Map: https://goo.gl/maps/UH7M5mMwMEQ2
Opening hours: As BAC is located within Tzu Chi REC, it is open when Tzu Chi REC is open which is Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 5pm.

June 16, 2017

TSNRA AGM 2017

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Please support us. Do attend our AGM 2017 as we need your quorum.

Come and register as a new member if you haven’t join our Residents’ Association

as a Life Member, Resident Member or Associate Member.

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Saturday 17 June 2017

3.30 pm at TSNRA Clubhouse

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We hope to see you there.

May 23, 2017

Free Hearing Aids

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Please share with those in need.

These are good quality sets.

 

STARKEY HEARING FOUNDATION

 

May 16, 2017

Happy Teacher’s Day

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I am what I am today because of my teachers in Assunta Convent Petaling Jaya where I attended both primary and secondary schools before going to University of Malaya to major in the English Language & Literature. Those were the mid – 50s & 60s. Tunku Abdul Rahman proudly shouted ‘MERDEKA’ seven times when I was in lower primary and I was there with my father witnessing that historic moment in our nation’s history at the Selangor Club Padang (now renamed Dataran Merdeka). At assembly, our Headmistress shared with us the significance of this jubilant landmark that would change our nation. Then we sang the National Anthem and our school song, written, and sung here by our ex-headmistress Sr Enda Ryan (she’s a Dato now and a PR of Malaysia), teachers and students :

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Sing! Let all voices, unite in joyful harmony
Salute our school flag, the symbol of our unity
Brown and white the colours, which each of us must now uphold
Our good behaviour in school-and out- reaps joy untold

God bless our school, let your truth and love found here-in
Affect our lives day by day and keep the future free from sin
God bless our homes and our parents who take Your place
And may we prove gratitude, by using well our school days
Bless each of our teachers too,
for the loving care they shown to us
Bless each one of us and pupils of the past,
this is our prayer

School days are numbered and one day we must take our place
As loyal members of our beloved Malaysian race
Here in Assunta we live as one large family
In preparation for what our future lives must be

Where ever we go, over land or sky or sea
Our thoughts will turn to PJ and our Alma Mater Assunta
Ideals learnt here will guide us wherever we be
As we look back there will be that guiding star to light our way
Ever and evermore, to Assunta school we pledge loyalty
“Ad Veritatem Per Caritatem” – Assunta

Truth and charity will be our rule
We’ll be ever faithful to our school!

Listen here :

Assunta School Song

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What an uplifting song which we girls sang with all our hearts, spurring us onto greater heights ‘as loyal members of our beloved Malaysian race’. Here in Assunta, our Headmistress and teachers inspired us to be patriotic and colour blind. God loves all the little children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight’. So we too must treat every girl, whatever race or religion, as a precious member of our Assunta family and love each one as God loves us.

Many of our teachers were dedicated, caring and so strict. We would be punished and even hit with a ruler for not doing our homework properly. None of us would dare to complain to our parents as they would always side the teachers. This would lead to another round of punishment at home because we deserved it. So we were forced to be disciplined and conscientious.

We were encouraged to read as much as possible. Every class had its own mini-library cabinet with its own class librarians, so we could read borrow books easily. I already loved to read even before kindergarten. Today I go everywhere with a book and read whenever and wherever I go – in the food courts, hypermarts, while waiting in a car for someone, in the hospital waiting room  etc. Old habits die hard.

Our spirit of caring and serving was inculcated at an early age. Whenever a teacher was absent, we were not left with a relief teacher. We went down to the Domestic Science room to help another sister prepare sandwiches and hot tea for girls who were too poor to afford to buy food during recess. Or Sr Enda would ask us all to go to the school porch where she would play the piano and teach us new songs and folk dances.

We studied in an environment where there were motivational posters on notice boards along the corridors and Sr Enda’s ‘Thought for the Week’ was written at the top of the blackboard in every classroom. Today, old girls like me are already grandmothers. Sr Enda is 89 years old and still keeping the Assunta Spirit alive by emailing all of us (yes she emails and has her own Facebook) her ‘Thought for the Week’ without fail. I have not heard of another HM whose care and dedication went to this extent way into our senior years. Have you? Here’s an example of her latest posting :

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Enda Ryan FMM endafmm@gmail.com [assunta] <assunta@yahoogroups.com>

May 14 (2 days ago)

to Assunta
 Hello LADIES,
” Life is like a tennis game——
You cannot win without serving “.
 
Love and GOD BLESS
Enda fmm

Sr. Enda Ryan FMM
ASSUNTA CONVENT
7 Lorong 4/52B, 46050 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel: +603.7782.4600 | Fax: +603.7784.1210
Email: endafmm@gmail.com
JOIN Assunta e-Alumni | Assunta Alumni @ Facebook
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I already wanted to be a teacher when I was in Standard One. Today, I have retired and am still teaching, sharing my love of the English Language with those who want to learn. I also conduct the Free Guitar class at TSNRA, another example of serving others learnt from my Assunta days.
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Students today are so different. They live in a cyber world mostly indoors and definitely excel in knowledge. But wisdom is something else – it comes from God and from experiences in life. We had no PCs when we were young and only had our first black and white 16-inch TV in Form 3. So we invented our own games with whatever we could find around us (rubber bands, frangipani flowers, angsana seeds  etc) and cycled everywhere.
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Most of all, we enjoyed ourselves learning and are now ever grateful for our dear old golden schooldays because of our teachers who shaped and moulded us to be better than who we were, and to be a blessing to others always.
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To all teachers out there, HAPPY TEACHER’S DAY
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Molly S.C. Ooi, TSNRA Media

May 13, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day

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Great Mums in History

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12 Sweet Stories about Mums from Readers Digest

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 Mother’s Day Poems & Inspirations

May 8, 2017

Education & Excellence : Challenge of Integrity in the Modern World : TAR Public Lecture

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Pesta Gawai & Kaamatan 2017

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Come and experience the vibrant colours and dances

of the indigenous groups of East Malaysia.

Very often the dance movement depicts nature,

life in the jungle, movement of thebirds and other daily activities.

The uniqueness of the dances from Sabah and Sarawak can

also be seen in the beautiful costumes of both the dancers

and the musicians. The costumes are very ornate,

often with an elaborate headgear and other accessories

like beads, chains and coins that indicate the tribe

of origin and status within the tribe.

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The musical instruments are also

different from that of west Malaysia.

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Here you can also savour the varieties of East Malaysian food

which we don’t usually get here.

Link : Wonderful Delicacies in Sabah & Sarawak

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Read more about the people of Malaysia below :

The People of Malaysia

April 17, 2017

An Introduction to the Federal Constitution : Penang Institute Workshop

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Invitation

*My Constitution Workshop :

An Introduction to the Malaysian Federal Constitution

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Dear Friends,

Penang Institute in KL, in collaboration with the Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee will conduct a half day workshop on the Federal Constitution. You are cordially invited to attend this workshop as scheduled below:-

Date     : 6 May 2017 (Saturday)
Time    : 10.00am – 1.00 (Registration start at 12.30am)
Venue  : Uppercase, APW, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

DESCRIPTION       

How long has it been since you read the Malaysian Federal Constitution? As a citizen, do you know what this document means, and its role in our country?  Have you studied it with a view to understanding how it impacts your daily life?

Many of us know of the Constitution but fail to appreciate its significance as the highest source of law in the land.
This workshop aims to improve awareness and promote constitutionalism among Malaysians. In a two-module session, participants will be given an introduction to the principles enshrined in the Constitution, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

FREE ADMISSION! Due to limited seats, registration is encouraged.

Kindly register your interest at this link.
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Steven Sim

Member of Board of Directors,
Penang Institute

March 23, 2017

Silent Awareness Walk : Sunday 26 March 2017

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Date : 26th March 2017 ( Sunday)

Meeting point : Sunrise Gurney (in front of Wendy’s)

Walk from Kelawei Road and around to Gurney Drive

Time: 5.30 pm to meet at point and walking at 6 pm SHARP

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WE HAVE BEGUN. Silent Awareness Walk in Penang.

The start of a campaign to Respect Animals in our country.

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Calling all Penangnites to join us soon for the Silent Awareness Walk to reduce animal abandoning and abuse in Penang. This is not a protest –  it is a Peaceful Reminder to everybody out there.

How long do we still want to stay silent? Enough is enough to all the abandonments and cruelties inflicted on strays. Strays are man-made! It’s time to raise the level of awarenese in Penang. It’s wrong to let your pets breed. It’s wrong to abandon them at the markets, streets and shelters. It’s time to stop the cruelties and abused. Do we still want to stay silent while coming across so many cases of abuse and abandonment everyday in our state?

The onus is own us, those who really care for the strays to change their fate. There is only so much the overcrowded and overburdened shelters, the overstretched feeders and overworked independent rescuers can do. The resources are finite but not the supply of unwanted animals. So let us lend our voices to all the abandoned animals. Cut the births of unwanted kittens and puppies. Speak up and help facilitate spaying and neutering. Talk to the neighbours, managements, friends, families, acquaintances and even strangers! Educate them on the benefits of spaying and neutering their pets and street animals. Assist them if you can. If we want to see changes to the way our society treats the animals, the onus is really on us to make a difference! Change will not come if we wait for others to do it.

The least we can do is to speak out for those who cannot. Be the voice for the thousands of abused and abandoned animals in Penang by participating in this silent awareness walk. We firmly believe that we cannot be silent anymore with so many rampant cases of animal abuse and abandonment in the state. There needs to be a change of mindset to let these abusers and animal haters know that their acts are spiteful and those who abandoned animals are a disgrace. It is time for the silent animal lovers to not be silent anymore.

If you think that your little voice and small act do not matter, then you are right. You will forever don’t matter. Cumulative small acts and voices, your decisions and choices, can make a difference.

For the Silent Awareness Walk, everybody will need to wear a White top to symbolize Peace and to Respect all animals that have passed away through abuse or abandonment. Just show up in white tops and bring your own water.No animals are allowed. If you do not have a white top, you can wear a t-shirt from PGSR (all proceeds from purchasing a t-shirt (RM 25 ) from us goes to all our rescue dogs. Get one before the date if you do not have a white top. Sizes -Xs/S/M/XL/XXL

We need more of you to show up to show that animal lovers care and it’s time to make a real change to our society. Be silent no more! Kindly share and campaign for the voiceless.

THE PERMIT HAS BEEN OBTAINED

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Penang Stray Rescue shelter – PGSR shelter

https://www.facebook.com/penangstrayrescue/

 

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Please sign this petition to the Penang State Government for a 

STRAY FREE PENANG

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