September in Accra, 2014

MEMORIES OF SEPTEMBER in Accra included a visit to the museum and art centre, three birthdays, several clinic/lab trips, a farewell, lots of reunions and a long-lost friend found; and countless hours on WA chats; a broken water pump and alarm (no thanks to the rain and constant electricity cuts/surge).

Medication madness from our clinic visits… Little Em was down with fever early in the month and skipped school three days while Big M battled with severe eczema this month, a second dermatologist was consulted, and several visits followed. (Sept 2014)

Medication madness from our clinic visits… Little Em was down with fever early in the month and skipped school three days while Big M battled with severe eczema this month, a second dermatologist was consulted, and several visits followed. (Sept 2014)

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As soon as she recovered, Little Em hosted her first playdate. (6 Sept 2014)

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Little Em with her favourite My Little Pony’s Rarity (6 Sept 2014)

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The spouses’ group bade a tearful goodbye to member Koko (who was cross-posted to Chile) on an afternoon that saw all of us sporting Nigerian headgear gele. (9 Sept 2014)

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On Malaysia Day, we were in the news. (16 Sept 2014)

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Food blessings… a friend gave me these huge bitter gourds which her husband grew in their garden (17 Sept); fresh oyster mushrooms from a local friend who also grew them on her farm (18 Sept 2014)

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Made a trip to the National Museum with two ladies (entrance was GHC20 each for foreigners; GHC5 for locals); Gloria the guide took us through the history of Ghana. (25 Sept 2014)

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Prior to that we checked out the Arts Centre, Accra for local souvenirs and handicrafts. (Sept 2014)

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Little Em celebrated her birthday in school with Frozen cupcakes (Sept 2014)

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Back home, September birthday gals included AhYee who turned 50 (15 Sept 2014), photo of her birthday cupcakes with luxury items were from last year; while Kim Kim had a fiesta with the kids on her birthday (26 Sept 2014).

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Back home, September was a winning  month for Mel and Ian who participated in two contests and won prizes. Well done!… reminds me of my contest-craze days too.

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Mel and Ian with their certificates and voucher prize.

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Back home, a school turned 100 in September 2014.

September was a walk down memory lane as my alma mater celebrated its 100th birthday in the SMKPP Centennial Gala Dinner on 20 September 2014. The reunion of old friends back home led me to find a long-lost Standard One friend, our last contact being 33 years ago.

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WAN Great Scientist

FRANKLY, AN ARTICLE entitled “How one resourceful team of scientists coordinated their attack on a chicken bug” wouldn’t grab my attention.

The Star Features, 24 September 2014

The Star Features, 24 September 2014

But a face like this would!

The Star Features, 24 September 2014

The Star Features, 24 September 2014

That’s WAN happy professor and understandably so, with a decade of research and hard work finally paid off and sowing results. This is no chicken feat and poultry farmers owe him (and the team) big time!

We are proud of this WAN great scientist, and that goes for the whole WAN siblings, all very terror WAN.

Besides a great scientist, this prof is also an avid photographer, seen here taking pictures of the WAN clan and their other halves… 25 Jan 2012 

Besides a great scientist, this prof is also an avid photographer, seen here taking pictures of the WAN clan and their other halves… 25 Jan 2012

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(L) Cousins got together in this CNY 2012 pix; (R) The ladies – including the wife and another terror WAN.

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(L) Even these little ones felt at home at the chicken coop but Little A didn’t think so (R)… 25 Jan 2012.

Bravo Bonnie!

I WAS STILL up in the wee hours of Friday morning when a news article online caught my attention.

http://news.malaysia.msn.com/community/the-jewel-of-the-arctic-by-local-photographer-bonnie-yap

This is the Bonnie who became the first female photographer in The Star and survived the male-dominated Photo Room back in the early 90s; the same Bonnie with whom I earned my first front page byline along with her first front page photo byline on 27th June 1992; the same Bonnie who covered numerous assignments with me, including entertainment events involving local and Hong Kong celebrities.

This is the Bonnie who kindly became the photographer for the weddings of my brother, two sisters and eventually mine as well.

I was happy to read that she is finally having her first ever solo photo exhibition come 1 – 31 March at Traders Hotel, KL. Twenty four years of hard work that finally paid – a well-deserved recognition. Congrats Bonnie Yap!

Our first front page byline together (The Star, 27 Jun 1992)

Our first front page byline together (The Star, 27 Jun 1992).

(L-R) Bonnie and I out on assignment; Bonnie with the late Anita Mui; Bonnie at my wedding.

(L-R) Bonnie and I out on assignment; Bonnie with the late Anita Mui; Bonnie at my wedding.

Fond memories of our Star days between 1992-94.

Fond memories of our Star days between 1992-94.

Related post: Bonnie and I (link)

Universiti Sarawak Malaysia, 1992

IN 1992, THE nation got its eighth university. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) was incorporated in December 1992 and had its first intake in 1993. Unimas is located in Kota Samarahan, Kuching.

The Star article, 29 October 1992, page 2… I was there the day Universiti Sarawak Malaysia got its name, announced by the Education Minister on 28 October 1992.

The Star article, 29 October 1992, page 2… I was there the day Universiti Sarawak Malaysia got its name, announced by the Education Minister on 28 October 1992.

Today there are 20 public universities with at least one in each of the 13 states and Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. The country’s premier university is Universiti Malaya, founded in 1905.

UM celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005. Recently (25 May 2013) we took the girls to the spot their parents stood last century!

UM celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005. Recently (25 May 2013) we took the girls to the spot their parents stood last century!