Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Meme: Save Yvonne's Sight








I was tagged by Aunty Maria of Tok Mummy to Save Yvonne's Sight. I have been ridiculously busy for the past two weeks; this will be a short post-the only reason I'm doing this is because I think everyone deserve's their vision and hearing! So people, feel free to pass this along, ok?




Yvonne Foong (go read her blog for the full story) has the very rare condition called Neurofibromatosis Type II (NF II), which should not be confused with NF I. NF II is an autosomal dominant condition that causes benign tumours to grow in her brain, spine and peripheral nerves, and is distinguish from NF I by the presence of bilateral acoustic neuromas (among others). Yvonne was diagnosed at the age of 16.



"Yvonne, who runs a blog www.yvonnefoong.com is the author of I’m Not Sick, Just A Bit Unwell, (picture), has been raising money on her own to pay for her operations, is losing her eyesight. The operation is due in December and once again she needs to raise funds for it. The cost of the surgery is USD44,000 (RM154,770) and the cost of her hospital stay for two weeks is USD915 or RM3219."

"She has already raised RM10,000 of this but obviously still has a long way to go. She's hoping to raise the rest by republishing her book I'm Not Sick, Just A Little Bit Unwell in English and Chinese.The books are now available in Malaysian bookshops and from her website store. She is also selling T-shirts at bazaars and via her web site store. You can read about her surgery and donate to her fund here."



You can also help by sending on this meme. If you do, please follow these meme rules:

1. Create a blog entry titled "Meme: Save Yvonne's Sight"

2. List three things you love to see. Add in the picture of Yvonne's book cover. The URL is http://www.yvonnefoong.com/images/banner/my-story.jpg

3. End with the line, "Yvonne Foong is in danger of losing her eyesight thanks to neurofibromatosis (NF).


Please find out how you can help her by visiting her blog at http://www.yvonnefoong.com."

4. Tag 5 blog friends. Be sure to copy the rules, OK?


5. If you have a Facebook account, please check out Ellen's new invention, a "feme" pronounced FEEM, a meme designed for Facebook here. And if you want to blog about NF, that would be great too!





The 3 things I would love to see are:

1) My family...

2) The smile on a baby, especially my dear Chee Keong...

3) A cure for movement disorders (a research interest of mine)...



The 5 People I Tag are:

1) The Razzler

2) Akmal

3) Kak Pi

4) Ae Mi

5) NightWing



Ok, done!

Friday, 4 September 2009

From Across the Island and Atop the Double-Decker Bus...



Ok, so I guess once again my blog was lying dormant for quite a while...I guess I was just too busy being lazy and watching Everybody Loves Raymond and all the other sitcoms!

It's nice doing that once in a while, you know?



I'm having a nice holiday at the moment, and am dreading the end of it. Am looking foward to my super-duper exciting classes that are beginning in slightly more than a week and to moving back to university next week and to all those glorious work I have to do and to all that staying-up late and those never-ending assignments (you can tell I'm just psyching myself up, can't you?).

Oh well, that's why I'm in Canada, aren't I? LOL!


Anyway, it's been a good holiday!




The group posing on Centre Island with Toronto Mainland as the backdrop...The tallest point is the CN-Tower...



My aunt took me to Centre Island, the largest of the Toronto Islands, for a weekend retreat during one of the weekends. In terms of how far it is from mainland Toronto, it is about 15-20 minutes by ferry, and was very picturesque, and was very much a combination of Pulau Jerejak (entertainment and sports), Pulau Mabul (beach housing and pier) and Penang Island (docks and airport).





From left: Marabeth, Ken, Me and Ee Lynn, aboard the ferry to Centre Island...



We spent the day walking and cycling round the island, and it was altogether a beautiful day, although I got quite a tan! Not my intention, I tell you...It took me a whole Fall and Winter to get rid of it!




Posing in front of Centre Island's Fire Station, while waiting for the QuadruCycle to catch up...





How do we move this thing? What? We ALL have to paddle?



There was even a rather hilarious moment when my cousin and I thought we were being chased by a flock of approximately 30 geese, and proceeded to run helter-skelter (eh, they can pinch, ok?), before we realised they were heading for the water! Oh, what a sight!




Same flock of geese, now dispersed, waddling calmly...




See the geese' feet up paddling? Cute!




Look ma, ladder! Lol...I love things that hang from trees!





After that, I went on a 3-day tour of Toronto city, atop a double-decker bus. Got an even worse tan!



Look, ma! Handsome man, 2 o' clock!




The tour of Toronto was awesome, actually. It was a hop-on-and-off tour, again, courtesy of my aunt.



Home of CP-24, a news channel, based in Toronto...



I seem to remember a similar advert in KL? Near a roundabout near University Hospital?





A pink cement truck!



Among the sights caught in Toronto, perhaps the most heart-warming was this pink-cement-truck. The city's cement trucks have been painted pink, in support of breast-cancer awareness! I mean I've seen tote-bags, and pens, and the whole paraphernalia, and even cooking pans and furniture, but a cement-truck?!?!?




Me and Marabeth, with Downtown Toronto as backdrop...



I went on it for all 3-days, and got to see quite a bit, everything from Chinatown, to Greektown, to Italytown, to Gay Village (yes, you heard me right; gay marriages are legal here) to the movie industry area, the Distillery area, and loads more. It was indeed eye-opening!


For example, I know where to go when I need to write my assignment on homosexuality and bisexuality in the winter.




The adverts are tailored to the needs of the community. Beer advert in the Church-Wellesley area, also known as Gay Village...




In between, I caught up with a friend from university who was in the city, the only friend I managed to see...




Me and Andrew...





And then I attended the Busker Fest 2009, a 4-day event in support of Epilepsy Toronto. There were fire-eaters, contortionists, puppeteers, vaudeville performers etc. My favourite was Dado from Germany. He was funny, and generous. He actually paid a kid who volunteered from the crowd, which I thought was swell, since he's a street performer.





Elvis Impersonator dancing with a child, at the BuskerFest...




The puppet troupe I volunteer with, well, they performed too! Not the team I volunteer with, but the Toronto division. I wanted to catch them, just to see how the Toronto-troupe do their acts, but the timing wasn't right...

All I know is we reach about 27 000 child yearly in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) alone!







Rainforest Cafe! It even comes with thunderstorms at regular intervals...



And I'm sure you know by now how much this little piggy loves to eat, right? Well, this short holiday alone, my aunts and uncles have taken me to eat just about everything. I've had everything from Malaysian, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Afghan, Indian, Italian, French, to 'Western', so my palate has been satisfied.


And what we couldn't get, we cooked.




Pineappple Pie!




Tried my hand at baking pineapple-pie (fatter version of jam-tart), pulut-inti, ang-ku (less colouring, so they're peachy-ku's), and also re-did my chocoloate-chip cookies, but added almonds and peanut butter chips!

I have a pair of river terrapins at home in Malaysia, named Ding and Dong...I miss them! I wanted a set of three (so I could call them Ding Dong Bell!!!), so when I made the ang-ku's, I made one with a head, legs and a tail, and called 'her' Bell...




Lol...




Introducing, Bell, the Peachy-ku (pre-steamed)...




Sigh...School starts soon...

Boohoo...



At least I had a good holiday (Thanks, Ah Ee's, Uncles and Cousins!)! I'm looking forward to seeing the rats anyhow...Lol...;)



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PS: Next post! What Daphne's done to her hair! Muahaha...