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“I want to encourage everyone
to pick up a book
and read today!
 It’s my favorite pastime.
What books are you reading today?”
~ Gerry Robert quote

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Exactly two months after meeting Gerry Robert at his seminar “Publish a book and grow rich” in Kuala Lumpur, I have finally printed my books. They were collected today from the printer and ready for distributions early next week to those who have placed an order and had made payment.

Thank you everyone for your interest and overwhelming support!

For those who have yet to place an order, it is still not too late. You can still do so through this blog, send me an e-mail or through Facebook.

My book is also available as an e-book beside the printed version.

Happy reading and have a nice weekend! 🙂

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In the year 2000 an 18 tonnes boulder of jade called “Polar Pride” was discovered in the far North of Canada. Its massive size and gem-quality led it to be described as “the find of the millennium.”

Ian Green first saw “Polar Pride” in early 2003. That night, Lama Zopa had a vision that it would become a Buddha that would “illuminate the world.”

The next morning he told Ian, “You must make this enormous gemstone into a jade Buddha as a holy object to offer to the world.”

Rinpoche advised that the Jade Buddha should be based on the Buddha statue in the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodh Gaya, India.

Thailand’s foremost carvers from the Chiang Rai region were chosen to carve the Jade Buddha. The project was blessed by venerable Thai monks.

Thai and Australian sculptors prepared several small and full size prototypes which were reviewed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Eventually the fourth full-size prototype was approved by Rinpoche.

The carving process commenced with diamond saws cutting the rough shape.

This was followed by hand carving under the direction of a master carver.

Next came the polishing of the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace.

In late 2008 the face, hair and bowl of the Buddha was painted by a renowned Nepalese artist.

The Jade Buddha was consecrated in Sydney December 2009.

The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace is being taken on a tour of the world in the wish that it will inspire everyone who sees it to reflect upon peace; peace in their relationships; peace at home; peace at work and peace in their mind.

The world tour began in Vietnam in March 2009. The Jade Buddha then travelled to Australia…..26 cities in USA….. 3 states in Canada…..5 countries in Europe…..and it had been viewed by millions in Asia.

The “Hai Tao Life Foundation” which is a Buddhism Education Center brought the Jade Buddha to Kuala Lumpur for ten days, from 15th to 24th March. My family and I have the great fortune to view  the Jade Buddha at Wisma Hrih Lotus on Jalan Genting Klang together during this weekend with thousands of other lucky Malaysians.  This is a once in-a-lifetime opportunity because when the tour is eventually over, the Jade Buddha will come to its final home at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Bendigo, Australia. It is the largest stupa in the western world.

The next stop in Malaysia is Penang. So, if you are staying in Penang or nearby, drop by to visit this rare beauty. This masterpiece is 2.5 meters high and sits on an alabaster throne of close to 2 meter high. The Jade Buddha weighs around 4.5 tonnes and has been valued at USD5million.

No wonder Buddhists around the world called it “a wonder of the world.”

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Why We Shout In Anger?

Saw this story in Facebook today and want to share it out. So, next time before you shout at your loved ones, remember this story.

A Hindu saint who was visiting River Ganges to take bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples, smiled and asked, “Why do people in anger shout at each other?”

His disciples thought for a while, and one of them said, “Because whenever we lose our calm, we shout.”

“But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner,” asked the saint.

The disciple gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples. Finally the saint explained.

“When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance. What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either non-existent or very small.”

The saint continued, “When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally, they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.”

He looked at his disciples and said, “So, when you argue, do not let your hearts get distant, do not say words that distance each other more, or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.”

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Praise for Ipohgal and

The Stories of the Scissors Sharpener’s Daughter

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This book can be read as a humble yet assertive girl’s memoir.

It is a collection of stories told in a refreshingly simple way.  And there is disarming honesty here :

“…my parents and I dropped on our beds and snored like pigs.”

Not to mention ghastly events told in a no-holds-barred manner:

“Once singled out, these unlucky people would be taken away for interrogation and their faces would never be seen again.”

As the preface says, the book dwells mainly on how life was for the poor and underprivileged during the 1960s/70s. There was much superstition, but also the smell of blood, sweat, and tears of what the author calls “the voiceless and the faceless” in a city called Ipoh, as they struggled to survive, to find meaning in a society where working people were often lost in a sea of ancient customs and changing societal norms.

As a former Ipoh citizen, I can hear the sounds, see the actions, and feel the emotions of the characters recalled by this particular scissor sharpener’s daughter.  Through her words, the faceless and the voiceless are finally seen and heard.

A laudable first book by a most promising author.

Review of Ipohgal’s
Stories of the Scissor Sharpener’s Daughter
by
Larry Ng
MA (English), Iowa State University of Science and Technology Ames, IA, USA.
Former Ipoh ACS boy, Retired Teacher.

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What do you do when you could not sleep in the middle of the night? And you are at a place not your own home?

Between the years 2000 and 2007, there were many nights when sleep was a luxury for me. Even a short nap is a rare treat.

Whenever my parents get warded, I will spend the night at the hospital with them because I knew they will need me there by their sides.

And I have to be on my feet most of the time – to change their soiled diapers, feed them food and medications, sponge their feverish bodies, massage their aching limbs or just hold their hands to comfort them. Even whispering a prayer or two into their ears to ease their sufferings…..

By 10 o’ clock each night, the lights in the hospital ward would be off and there is nothing much I could do in the dark. When sleep could not come and this happened so very often, all I could do was to write and for this, I always have a pen and note-book with me in my bag.

On and off in those seven years,  I have managed to write more than two  hundred short stories under the dimmed lights along the quiet corridor of the hospital ward, when everyone was sound asleep and occasionally, a whimper or cry from some patients could be heard.

These writings  were mostly about the times growing up in 188 Hugh Low Street and things my parents told me when they were young and healthy. I wanted to remember them through words.

Today, I have compiled some of these short stories into a book called “The Stories of the Scissors Sharpener’s Daughter.”  To read what I have written on those lonely and quiet nights, please place your order for my book now. I am sure it will bring you a laughter or even a tear.

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Praise for Ipohgal and

The Stories of the Scissors Sharpener’s Daughter

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Ipohgal has written a book which a reader would find difficult to put down once he or she starts reading. She writes with unassuming candour, giving her reader an insight into what life was like for a family like hers. She includes a wealth of information about traditional beliefs and attitudes prevalent in many Chinese families at that time, and even now. Her keen powers of observation and attention to detail has enabled her to present us with this interesting true-to-life account of a simple girl, growing up in difficult times, yet happy in her family life. From her childhood, to her school-going years, to the inevitable loss of her parents, this book covers a whole range of experience that is  amusing, frightening, informative and touching….a book not to be missed.

Review of Ipohgal’s
Stories of the Scissor Sharpener’s Daughter
by
Mrs. Wong Yew Choong
Bachelor of Science (University of Malaya), Grad Cert. of Education (University of London)
Retired teacher from Methodist Girls’ Secondary School, Ipoh,

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First of all, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to two gentlemen,  James Seah and Ian Anderson, for their kindness and support in helping me to promote my book in their respective blogs!

Blog To Express : http://www.blogtoexpress.blogspot.com/2013/02/188-hugh-low-street-book.html

Ipohworld’s World : http://www.ipohworld.org/blog/?p=5465

I have a millionaire mind !

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Hi everyone, sorry for being away from this blog for some time. I was rather busy putting in the finishing touch to my book, “The Stories of the Scissors Sharpener’s Daughter.” Remember, I’ve promise to get the book out for you all by the end of the month?

But for the past two days, I took some time out to attend “The Millionaire Mindset Intensive” seminar held in Kuala Lumpur this weekend. It was a three full-day course conducted by Robert Riopel from Canada. He was such a dynamic yet hilarious trainer. He took us on a journey of learning and self-discovery which is so rewarding and priceless. With Robert, you would not feel bore even for a minute. It was a weekend so well spent. Tomorrow’s finale is going to be electrifying.

I love to learn and to upgrade myself all the time. I love to surround myself with positive people, positive energy and positive thinking. Robert’s seminar was all that and more. We learn, we play, we dance, we sing, we cheer from morning till night and it was such great fun. The packed hall simply reverberates with positive vibes generated by thousands of people who had gathered there for one purpose – to energize themselves.

During breaks, it was time to mingle with strangers and take photos. Participants came from all over the world. I went around introducing myself and my book to as many of them as possible and you know what?

I was like, “Hi, I’m Frances, I’m a writer and this is my first book,” and they were like, “Oh, wow, that’s cool, that’s great, that’s awesome!” Most of them were surprise that I could write a book and find it very interesting. So can you guess what happened next?  I’m so happy I want to jump and sing! 🙂

Hope they will enjoy reading “The Stories of the Scissors Sharpener’s Daughter!” when the books reach their hands.

Have an awesome weekend, folks!

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