Archive for September, 2013

Yesterday I was back at D7, Kuala Lumpur to sell my book at the History of the Dutch in Malacca talk by Dennis de Witt. We enjoy the talk very much. Thanks Dennis, now I know why the Standhuys was red. And got to meet many new faces! 🙂IMG_8351_694x521

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Today, 22nd September 2013, marks the 56th anniversary of Zhou Xuan’s death at the age of 39.
I would like to share her songs as a tribute to her .

188 Hugh Low Street, Ipoh

The Wandering Songstress….

Have you heard of the name Zhou Xuan before? She was one of the greatest female singers China had ever produced. Even to this day, her name remains a legend, crafted forever into the hearts of those who loves her nightingale voice. This is because no one else could ever sing like her again.

Despite being blessed with an immortal voice, Zhou Xuan had a bad start in life. Born on 1st August 1918 (and some said 1920) in Jiangsu Province, China, to impoverished parents, she was sold into a brothel to be raised as a courtesan with the sole intention to entertain men. But as fate would have it, a couple from Shanghai took pity on the little girl and bought her over to be raised as their adoptive daughter. Her name was changed from Su Pu 蘇璞 to Zhou Xiaohong. She was also given musical training when her adoptive parents found that…

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They are teenagers now…..!

Teenager just like morning breeze ……

Time flies very fast, as usual, Scout activity every Saturday…. here is our boy and girl scout, Nick and Alex Liew.


“Too many people grow up.

That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget.

They don’t remember what it’s like to be 12 years old.

They patronize, they treat children as inferiors.

Well, I won’t do that.”

Walt Disney

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In loving memory of and a tribute to our beloved sis Mey Mey.

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“A final goodbye to you, dearest Liew Mey Mey. Rest in peace.

Your sweet smile and happy laughter will always be remembered.

Death is not the end of life’s journey, but the beginning of a new one.”


“Drawings by my youngest ‘gugu’,when she is still able to hold crayons, now she juz left us to a better place… 姑姑..,我们会一直陪着您~”

~ Bowie Liew, September 13

From my niece’s latest posting on her aunt’s (my late sister-in-law) death in Singapore.

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Mey Mey dream of coming back to KL to visit her parents and siblings but too sick to make the trip. This is how she imagine her trip home would be….(picture drawn on Sept 4 in Tan Tock Seng Hospital)

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An unfinished art – On Sept 4, Mey Mey wanted to draw a family potrait but being so stricken with cancer, she could not finish it. Here, she only managed to draw herself….

In every tragedy, there is a lesson to be learned. Last week, I lost a sister-in-law who is like a sister to me although we do not share the same blood and flesh.

Each year, during Chinese New Year, we would be looking forward to see her and her children coming back from another country for reunion but alas, year after year, it would be something like, “I cannot come back, I have to work during Chinese New Year!” and so we did not get to meet up. Never mind, another year then, we used to tell each other. After all, we are still so young and busting with health. We took it for granted that we will always be around.

Soon, the festival was over and everybody went back to their lives, busy earning a living and taking care of their families. Everything was forgotten.

Then one day, out of the blue, a bomb landed on our ears. She got cancer with only a few days of life left. Come and see her for the last time, her husband told us urgently.

And when we went to see her, she could hardly recognize us anymore. It was with a very heavy heart that we let her go in peace. We won’t get to see her again the next Chinese New Year and every Chinese New Year for that matter. We have simply let the chance slipped away……

Grab every opportunity to be with your loved ones – be they your family, relatives or friends. Life is so fragile – it is like a flame that could easily extinguish by a gush of wind or a thread that could easily snap into two.

If you harbor hatred towards someone and use it as an excuse to avoid him or her, it is very stupid of you. Your hatred will not burn that person; it will only burn you. Why let hatred burdened you down?

The Buddha said, “The greatest donation is forgiveness.” Yes, be generous with forgiveness. You will be so much lighter and happier without hatred.

‘I am so happy to have spend quality time with that person’ would be so much easier on our mind than ‘if only I have spend sometime with her.’ At least you have beautiful memories to comfort you rather than guilt to torture you for the rest of your days.

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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?”

188 Hugh Low Street, Ipoh

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

Book preview – “The Scissor Sharpener’s Daughter”


Orders for my paperback book, “The Scissor Sharpener’s Daughter” are coming in daily from readers all over the world via e-mail .


BookPrice (paperback): RM 32.90 per copy

(excluding postage or delivery charges)

new releaseE-book (in PDF form):   RM 22.90 per copy

( pdf version with personal password) downloadable.


For local readers :

Payment for the book can be made to my account at Public Bank Berhad.

Account # 4-9697450-17

Bank Swift Code: Public Bank Berhad (PBBEMYKL)

For overseas readers:

Payment for the book can also be made to my PayPal account

(option for Overseas).

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My Facebook friend, Ben Toh, a former ACS boy, has an art gallery at d7 Sentul East and this morning, he organized a painting session for kids and their parents. He also invited me to sell my book there. Since both my children loves to draw and paint, I decided to bring them along as a weekend family outing. I got to sell my book to a few parents who loves to read. My husband cum cameraman, Marcus, had a field day snapping away at the beautiful venue. It was a fun-filled outing before the rain came down on us. What a blessing!






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