Living with Dyslexia in Malaysia

Convent JB- FIVE -O party 15 Dec 2007

Dear all Today,

our nation has turned lima puluh, so have many of us, our LIMA PULUH party is coming up so spread the news to all your buddies. Kami pun BOLIH ! It is a nice feeling to reach the BIG FIVE ! & then to have all come together to yak about it. Please see the attached 2 files which show (a) your friends who have registered (b) a complete list of our 1974 friends – so you could get in touch with them . Banyak terima kasih to our friends who not only responded to our mails but also helped “cast the net” far & wide to get hold of their buddies. For those who have not replied, here’s a Recap of this event: CHIJ FIVE O PARTY Venue: SOFITEL PALM RESORT, SENAI, JOHOR (1) DInner (halal) : Sat 15 Dec 2007 @ RM70 per pax (2)Resort stay @ RM220 per room per nite plus 2 bfast, so either (a) stay for Fri 14 Dec , & Sat 15 Dec, or (b) stay Sat 15 Dec The rest who are still sitting on the fence…..or your kakis who have still not made up their minds….tell them to think no further. REGISTER NOW !! The committee has worked very very hard, & we want to see more people sign up, must beat the last one !! Lets get out of the number 5, and aim for 60 and more !! We have only forty something now, so come on !! As the committee members is likely to be each busy with Oct &Nov workloads, we’d like to get the confirmations over to the resort quick so we need not let these admin things bother us. Hence we’d be so happy if you could please (a) register now ( b) confirm your registration to me ( i.e those who had earlier replied me) , and make the payment by 30 Sept 07, as we need to make payment to resort by 15 Oct to chope our rooms & dinner venue. Payment details are below. If you are not sure about staying, please at least register & pay for the dinner first cos we need the confirmed headcounts to buy the souvenirs & dinner decor items. U can internet book the rooms directly yourself later subject to availability during Dec hols season. Bye & take care ya

YeeYin & committee people

Details of how to make payment:

(A) Bank into the FIVE O bank account directly, either internet banking or
cheque drop at any Maybank branch in Msia, & send an SMS or email to Lina
to say the amount you’ve put in & payment is for what items. Bank details:
Bank : Maybank (Malayan Banking Berhad)
Branch : Jalan Segget Johor Bahru
A/c Name : LOH Lina & LIM LEE FUNG
A/c No 101392271951.
or

(B) Mail your cheque to Lina, and say the amount is for what items
Lina’s addresss:
email : Pegasus80200@yahoo.com
resd : 9 Jalan Peduka,80200 Johor Bahru, Johor,
Malaysia

or
(C) Pass the RM to me in Spore. It’s easy to meet up at any MRT. I’m at
Tg Pagar, and can meet on your way to work or after work

September 25, 2007 Posted by | Convent | 1 Comment

Dyslexia Association Centres

Head Office: JKR 3488, Jalan Ampang hilir 4, 55000 Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Tel 03-4251 5618

Subang Branch: 2, Jalan USJ 6/2B, 47610, UEP Subang. Tel: 03-5631 3919

Titiwangsa Branch: 6, Persiaran Kuantan, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-4025 5109

September 16, 2007 Posted by | Persatuan Dyslexia | 12 Comments

Volunteer Librarian

I have been a librarian at the Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (SJBA) for more than 5 years.  My 2 children attends the Sunday Dhamma classes there.

The library is headed by Siew Leng, who is a placid and very nice lady. 

The library is always in need of volunteers to man the library.  There are 3 sessions from 10am – 2.30pm.  Session 1 has enough librarians. Only sessions 2 (11.30-1pm) and 3 (1- 2.30pm) are in need of more librarians.

 Those interested to volunteer can call up SJBA at 56348181 and asked for Lily/Siew Leng.

September 9, 2007 Posted by | Subang Jaya Buddhist Association | 3 Comments

Vipassana Meditation

I have always wanted to take up meditation – being stressed out by my 2 kids.  Somehow or other never made time for this.  Decided to take the plunge and attend the meditation course offered by the Subang Jaya Buddhist Association starting 13 July2007 for 6 Fridays 8.30 -10.30pm, conducted by the resident monk Bhante. This course ended with a 4 days 3 nights’ Meditation Retreat on 23 – 26 August. There were 30 of us meditators (yogis).

Being a disciplinarian, diligently attended the 6 Friday lessons and practised the walking and sitting meditation. Also did the metta (loving kindness) meditation. Was told that one had to attend the Retreat to really complete this course.

Was only able to attend 3 days and 2 nights as I had my Thursday night classes to attend.

Nevertheless, it was a very good experience, away from all the worries and stressful environment.  It was easy for the first day when I registered on Friday morning. Luckily I was forewarned about the Retreat – living the life of  a monk.  One has to wake up early at 4am. Start mediating till 6.30 am when breakfast is served. 

 At 7.30 – 11.30am meditation again.

Lunch 11.00 – 12pm (No solid food after 12pm till breakfast. Only allowed sweet liquid drinks). Having gastric problems, I brought my own 3-in-one cereal packs.

1pm – 8.30 pm Meditation

8.30 -9.30 Dhamma talk

10pm Lights out. Sleep 

2nd day was tough as One gets physically tired from walking and sitting meditation. My back ache was giving me problems on Saturday afternoon after lunch. Had to go to the bedroom to rest for a couple of times.

All yogis are supposed to practice the NOBLE silence. No talking but one can communicate via writing. We were given pens and paper to write on.

One is to practice mindfulness and be aware of one’s surroundings and realise that everything is impermanent. One trains the mind to concentrate and not wander by being mindful of one’s breathing (rising and falling of one’s abdomen) during the sitting meditation. 

 As for the walking mediation, one is mindful of the steps (movements), left, right and then 3 objects – lifting, pushing, dropping. One proceeds to  5 objects – lifting, pushing, dropping, touching and pressing.

The ideal practice would be one hour walking meditation and one hour sitting meditation. One has to bring forth mindfulness into one’s daily living.  Eating – chewing your food- be mindful of the eating movements etc….

I am afraid I am able to do 30 – 45 minutes walking and sitting meditation daily  only as one gets easily distracted in the home environment.  But at the retreat, due to the different environment and the encouragement from the other yogis, one is able to meditate for hours and find real peace of mind. Even though it is tough going – physically and mentally.

One leaves the Retreat with a calmer and more peaceful mind.  Have been told by my mother when I went home to JB recently that I looked ‘calmer’ not so ‘tired and haggard’ like before. That’s good news.

 I realise myself that I am calmer after having gone for this meditation course and retreat – even though one still is fiery on and off (when having to deal with one’s own children). Overall the ‘fire’ is not so hot when one gets angry. One tends to tone down faster than before.

To me, that’s a great achievement. My husband used to say that where the kids are conerned, I am so hot-tempered!   Hope that that will be a thing of the past?????……

Have to practise more meditation and need to go for more retreats………… short ones-lah. Do not think my back can handle the longer retreats.

September 9, 2007 Posted by | Subang Jaya Buddhist Association | 3 Comments