Monday, October 01, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

FamilyLane 2018 October Reunion

The Prelude in Kuala Lumpur:

I am glad to know that I am a Child of God and all of Earth's human beings are my brothers and sisters from different branches in a global family tree. Hence, Families and Friends mean a lot to me as shared in the Facebook post below:

Thinking about Mom

28 Sep 2018
They are starting to come closer as the days go by

Su, Jay and Leah arrived safely in KLIA but on transit to Taiwan first! It's a long way to fly from Boston so Leah is catching up with her sleep!

Invitation to all friends who know our family who may like to meet with us again by attending our Family Fireside event at 7pm on Sat 6th October 2018. It will be held after the end of an Open House event of the Cheras branch of our Church with potluck dinner to mingle with each other. The directions with some memories of the past are shared in the video below. Family members have also been invited.

We will be at the open house at 6pm to start our fireside at 7pm where we may have some oldie talents to share or new ones perhaps?

(Post-dated developments on 6 Oct itself: Due to final discussions in the family, the event at 7pm is now called "Munch and Mingle". It will still be at 7pm to start the impromptu pot-luck session suggested by several sisters in the Church and therefore will increase mingle time without a "Fireside" styled meeting that is more for presentations! Our family plans to be there before 7pm too. )

Excited and dressed for the occasion

Me too!

30 Sep 2018
Han who left for UK for work in London for 3 weeks in the month of September, took time to visit his cousin's family in Stuttgart Germany on one weekend.  He flew back to Singapore on this last day of the month

3 Oct 2018

Father Dog has planned Malaysian styled tatami mats for all his Doggie-Lioness born children to watch this movie together knowing they're all not going to sleep much with all the excitement expected in his apartment. With fast internet access, large screen displays and amplified sound systems found in an airconditioned living room and bedrooms plus a wet kitchen that the 'Good maid' can cook anything.

He even helped to save this apartment from going to the wild and corrupt dogs as shared here due to his latest choice of a career to be a writer and socialpreneur. He hopes to be an example to his children to adopt the principle of always Thinking and be a Life Long Learner shared in this soothing video.

4 Oct 2018

Most of the family have arrived except for the oldest son Han arriving early on Friday morning The girls now living in the US with the boys in Singapore had a chance to walk along the path of Nostalgia eating 'Yong Tau Foo' from Ampang town and visiting familiar places in their childhood as follows:

With 6 children growing up at different times, some attended kindergartens like this one.

They remembered the Ampang shop where they got all their stationery from... I asked the shop owner if she remembered the children in Cantonese dialect which she replied yes especially Me!  Ha Ha these lady businesswomen are very sharp! Then we got into a conversation about how time flies and talked about how we have aged where she replied quickly to point to my still very dark hair!!!   

Further down the road, the 'kids' wanted to see if the same fruit stall we patronized was still there. We found a younger man running the place and I asked him was he the son whose parents manned the stalls in years passed. He acknowledged and when I asked if his parents still man the stall and he replied in the affirmative to comment that they were having a holiday in Taiwan!

From fresh fruits to barbequed pork, the streets of Ampang had all that the children remembered and loved!

With 6 children, we have tried a variety of schools near Ampang including those in KL. Shuan, for example, started kindergarten in 'On Pang' which had a primary school too but he went to Kuan Cheng primary, then transferred to Chung Hwa primary off Jln Ampang near the Thai embassy and did his secondary in Tsun Jin of Loke Yew road. He later moved with the family to Singapore to repeat secondary two at ACS Anglo Chinese School. Other brothers Han, Ern and Ray all were blessed to have good education in ACS.

So the walking tour of Ampang ended here at the old kindergarten of Shuan that was part of a primary/elementary school. The facade of the building of the school in the background had changed to look like a 'Fantasy Land' design from Disneyland seen in the far background partially hidden by the tall gates of the entrance of the school. Missing in the photo is the 'Big Boss' or the oldest brother Han who could leave after work only on this day.

Later on, the group divided into two where one would go to the city center for shopping while some who had gymnastic training in their youth went to visit their old gym and instructors, the Yongs who have become our close family lifelong friends:

5 Oct 2018
Photoshoot by my son-in-law Jay Liu

6 Oct 2018
The gymnasts of the family who didn't get to see the Yongs followed up the next day to visit the gym named Scope.

Finally, all the gymnasts of our family got to visit Scope again to meet with the Yongs!

In their gym are many old pics of past events and this one of 2003 brings back memory when Su and Shuan qualified for the Malaysian finals held in East Malaysia.

The Yong's came with their children to our home for a social get together and enjoy competing on computer games which amused the dog looking at their faces of reactions while they were playing!

At the "Munch and Mingle" session after the open house of Cheras Church branch, visiting with several older member friends who were originally from the KL branch in the early 80s when we started our family.

7 Oct 2018
The fun, celebrations and love shared recorded on my video:

Blooper in the live video recording :

I was too filled with emotion to be able to continue to read out what each of my children had written about their memories of me in the 60 cards presented to me! The real Mom and not I the Mr.Mom did a better job on her 50th birthday as recorded in the video below:

The energy level is high when Familylane members get together with the youngest Leah in the middle of it all recording memories to be remembered as she gets older just like what her uncles and aunty have carried forth with them!

We were happy to have Uncle Tony from Utah who is a frequent visitor to KL since in the 80s when our family just started with just the two oldest girls only, Fei and Su. He has been my longtime friend who became part of our family as our Uncle Tony. I am so glad he could be in town to join us in our family reunion, 

I know his wife too and met several of his children at various times either in the US or in KL when they visited who would enjoy climbing hills with me as recorded in this 'Peaks of my life' journal.

We have similar backgrounds that we both joined the Church in Australia in our student days where he was much earlier of course as my senior. We both became CPAs in our initial career path that turned to become entrepreneurs later. We raised 6 children too where he has four girls while I have two. Our network is strong both in the family as well as our friends and associates worldwide.

"Family and Friends are Forever" has been my belief ever since young and while I have seen enmity or feuds in family and friend relationships everywhere, I'm glad my own circle of family and friends have been my joy or treasures till today where I will try to connect with them wherever they are in the world. "Dad the KL City Kid" turned 60 but still a kid in his Heart but with a Mind and Spirit like fine wine that has aged with collective wisdom from the earth and beyond! The latter is a reality to me not just because of the teachings of my faith alone but I actually have chronicled true experiences that have occurred multiple times in my life like this one where the inspiration to write a book was located. I used the metaphor of the Story of 7 to hide the implication of miracles in my life that keeps happening which I try to keep up with in my Spiritlane journal which is somewhat more sacred I felt.

The boys in Singapore had to go back first as work starts on Monday. This was a much shorter journey to travel home as compared to the reunion in 2016

The family get-togethers continued in Singapore. We see Justin and Ying Er on the bottom left of the photo above. 7 years ago they are seen in this video to be playing the violin together, with Han on the right of the photo playing the piano, who composed the music, and Superman Ern playing the flute. The two violinists fell in love to be married in June 2016 thus making the above gathering as a reunion of the Thongs, Chongs and Lius. (TCL) Hmm... reminds me of my ITC group of companies I started soon after marrying my wife, being an Initiative of Thong and Chong!

The girls from the US with their spouses could stay longer in Asia to use the time to travel a bit to neighboring sites where only my granddaughter and parents could spend another 2 days in KL at the start of the 3rd week after returning from their visits to nearby resorts to catch their flight home from KLIA. 

Leah is such a Cutie!

She was sleeping when she first arrived in the airport, as seen above, and is also sleeping at the start of her long journey home to Boston from KLIA! be continued and edited as necessary

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

In Memory of Chong Ma Lean

Ma Lean is my 3rd youngest sister from the 2nd marriage of my father to Chak Wai Lin. My father passed away on 20 Nov 2009 of heart failure at age 88 while Ma Lean's mother passed away on 18 Aug 2012 at age 67 due to a relapse of cancer.

My oldest sister Moon Lean, seen in red by my father, is 79 years of age who will turn 80 this Sept 6.

My second sister Mei Lean in a sleeveless blouse, seen beside my father, is 64 years of age who will turn 65 this Aug 7. She lives in the UK.

Ma Lean turned 40 earlier on Feb 14 this year. She had been living in Klang with friends after losing both her parents. The above photo was taken on her birthday celebration.

I had tried to put her with friends from Church in PJ but she didn't stay long and returned to Klang

I had also offered her a choice to stay in JB with a car that was nearer to me as my family is based in Singapore. She did drive over to our home in Singapore where we talked about plans that she could prepare to work in Singapore but when I went overseas at that time, she drove back to Klang again and never returned.

I visited her on occasions to meet with some of her friends

Most helpful of all her friends was a Catholic named Raj Kumar who let her stay with his mom and sister in Klang with plans where she could work in a small business with his sister. The above is a photo when I was first introduced to him in the A&W drive-through outlet in PJ in the August month of 2015.

I invited Raj to bring Ma Lean to the KL branch of our LDS Church one Sunday but that was the only time she came.
I celebrated one of her birthdays with her when I was in town.

According to Raj after her 40th birthday in February, she started to have symptoms of headaches and merely requested for Panadol. She had also started to lose weight and became very fair. When the headache became intolerable, she was admitted to the General Hospital in Klang in the first week of June. 

When diagnosed that she had a tumor growing in her brain she was transferred to the Sungai Buloh hospital.

They confirmed it was malignant and the doctors decided it was too dangerous to operate and did not proceed. She passed away at 7.17pm on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Cause of death stated in her death certificate is as follows, "Space occupying Lesion with Malignant Cerebral Edema."

The last photo of her with her favorite doll in the casket at the Gui Yuan Crematorium in Petaling Jaya.

She was cremated on Friday, June 15.

Her name has been added to a perpetual 'In Memory' Easter post for those who have died and will live again because of Him found here. She joins her parents in the spirit world and others who passed on earlier whom I am aware of where their names have been added in my special Easter post shared in the link given above.

Her ashes will be placed next to our Father's lot at a location reference ash urn No 2-13L-1-12. Our father's location reference is seen below:

The above photos are original from our father's in memory post of the Kwong Tong Cemetery located at Lot 507 Seksyen 69, Jalan Dewan Bahasa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur.

To be continued or edited where necessary...

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

The Real Mother of all Elections in Malaysia, the GE14 today on 9 May 2018

Why I had to add the word "Real" is many thought the GE13 last held on 5th May 2013 was the "Mother" meaning the huge and biggest election that would be decisive as to bring about Real Change or in Malay "Ubah" in the country's style of leadership or political rule in Malaysia.

Yet the GE14 can be said to be the "Real Mother of all Elections" in Malaysia. To understand why, one can read my journal of Politics in Malaysia to gain a narrative or understanding of the Malaysian political scene over time. My journal of the GE13 is referred so that a comparison can be made to understand what differences were there within 5 years of each other.

I personally did my duty in the morning according to our Constitution of our country to vote freely in my usual Taman Cheras district. With technology today, I used the SPRM Apps downloaded on my iPhone to know where to go:

By just entering your Identification card number, I can see the location is the same place as in GE13, the Sekolah Menengah Sri Sepurna private school or the former Taylor's College campus.

I went to the white canopy registration area to get my slip below after producing my Identity card.

Miracle signs come to my Consciousness to know that I will have something to write about in my Story of 7 miracle journal post!

I couldn't help smiling seeing my lucky double 7 number to remind me to record this Big Day's experience in my Story of 7 journal post. Click here to jump to the date of 9 May 2018.

I got my double lucky number 7 for my slip of paper to go to room 4 to do my duty to my democratic country of Malaysia to cast my vote as I have always done according to the Constitution of my country. I am a proud to be a Malaysian to have raised 6 children here by my wife and I who are youngest of 7 children and relented to agree not to have our number 7 child as she asked for a break haha!

My contribution to the country of being a Malaysian is shared in an Independence or "Merdeka" journal post and my stand against corruption in the country is also recorded in many places since young found here and here. When I turned 58 years of age, born in the Chinese year of the Dog in 1958, I made this video at the height of my participation in an anti-corruption street protest by peaceful Malaysians in the year 2016 where I couldn't help but cry as I was filming the masses of people marching into our KLCC Twin Towers.

Since my first participation in my first street protest of Bersih 2.0 in 2011 to today's election results in 2018, 7 years had gone by to remove what we believe has been a major ruling political party turned corrupt in the government. The number of 7 years to reach the achievement of this day is another reason why the GE14 experience should be in my Story of 7 post mentioned above.

I joined the queue to cast my vote and wait to see the overall results by midnight!

There is a lot of anticipation for everyone casting their vote on this day!

Indelible ink was used to prevent cheating of voting twice implemented after the Bersih 2 protest demands of 8 points noted in my journal post or in the Bersih 2.0 webpage.

Dr Mahathir makes his speech before midnight of Elections day:

Dr Mahathir made this live video on Social Media from Petaling Jaya Sheraton at 11pm on the same day of the elections:

It's confirmed that the new coalition of Pakatan Harapan won the election to form the new government. Details can be viewed online.

7 year journey

It is coincidental that I started to help in influencing the political scene of this country just as an ordinary citizen 7 years ago. Click here or the photo below to read my early beginnings of acting on My Consciousness of what I knew was happening in Malaysia that could ruin us for good! 

My Cup is Full! There is however much more work to do to continue to build this country of ours and it's colorful diverse people! I can now proceed to work on publishing my first Book entitled, "My Consciousness: Abacus to the Cloud. I've been called a Chronicler as I can easily write my journals of life experiences. This Book is not about my Life or my biography but about how anyone can understand the workings of their Consciousness, such as who is the "I Am" and use the awareness to live a happy productive life during their sojourn on earth, no matter what the challenges may be, as what I decided to do when I was a child. I learned it in all my life and still continuing to learn and share in the world of Social Media which represents the Cloud technology(From USA) from where my ancestors started with the Abacus(From China) and here we live in Beautiful Malaysia with the best of the West and the East to build our own future!  Malaysia Boleh!

Listen to the music I used to create the video below for a youth group learning Self Reliance!

I broke the temporary silence in my Facebook timeline with reasons explained in the Facebook post itself below:

The News goes out to the World
Click here or the photo below to read the first news out to the world in Social Media!

From Malaysia:

From Singapore
Click here or the photo below to read 

Special Thanks to the eligible voters who made the effort to travel near and far, especially those who came home from overseas to cast their precious vote to help Malaysia move forward!

Thursday 10 May 2018
Press Conference

10 May 2018
7th Prime Minister sworn in.

Click here or the photo below to read

Taking the oath at the King's Palace

With the appointment of Dr Mahathir as the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia confirmed and the organization of a new government with new leadership, every Malaysian in the country and around the world must surely feel the same way as I do personally, in simple language of Bahasa Malaysia, "Malaysia Boleh" or Malaysia Can with the spirit of positive emotions that as a developing nation, the country can "Succeed", "Win" and "Change" for the better. The music mentioned above with Malay lyrics can be heard by clicking the video shared above or by clicking here.

Everyone's excited and so am I but life will return to it's normal humdrum pace I am sure, meaning we will all take things for granted and carrying on living the routine life that we are all used to, looking after our personal daily needs. This may be so for many but there are the few who will continue with a vision of the role they want to play in their life, to maybe fulfill the purpose they believe they are meant to achieve in the country they are born in. I call it the Optimal Consciousness of Man and Dr Mahathir could be one such man who has shown his greatness in the past and could even return back to the same path again but with a different Consciousness. He came back with even more humility, confessing his mistakes of the past, feeling the need that something needs to CHANGE and he would act upon it even at his very mature age before he meets his Maker.

To be continued...