As we hike uphill, we see tall buildings rearing swiftlets for the bird nest.
1 kg of raw bird nest fetches about RM5000.
My friend, Ah Seng is an entrepreneur, investing into rearing swiftlets. One needs land and a bird building costing about RM300K or above. Some convert their shops into “bird hotels.” They arrange for swift mating music, have swift droppings in the buildings to provide the smell. A certain temperature and humidity are maintained.
It’s a Chinese belief that bird nest enhances health and beauty. Swiftlet bird nests are really small. It takes about 120 nests to weigh 1 kg. Each kilo costs Rm 5000. The nests are actually made from the saliva of both the male and female swiftlets. It takes them about 2 months to build a nest.
Farmers normally harvest the nests after eggs are laid and the fledglings have flown off. The swiftlets do not fly off but will build another nests for the next season. Like turtles and salmons, the fledglings will return to make nests and lay eggs when they mature into adults.
I am so lonely!-Trilingual slides/Saya sangat kesepian!-Trilingual slaid/ 我太孤独了！ – 三语幻灯片
This trilingual slide show ‘I am so lonely!’ tells about the role of music, traditional beliefs and practices complementary to western medicine, and loneliness in mental illness.
Terjemahan Google kepada Bahasa Melayu : Pertunjukan slaid trilingual ‘Saya begitu kesepian!’ menceritakan tentang peranan muzik, kepercayaan tradisional dan amalan pelengkap kepada perubatan barat, dan kesepian dalam penyakit mental.
I met many of my former students on the social media. A lot of reflections in our chats, as we reminisced the past years. I usually have to make the first move to connect to them whenever I see their pictures appearing on my site. Many are mothers of teenaged children!
“…ah, I remember you. You were so timid those days! Now you are teaching the other nurses!Excellent!’
“… You own two renal dialysis centers? So enterprising!”
“.. you are a CEO of a cancer hospital! I remember you used to be the top few most of the time!”
“you are a full-time house wife and mother? But you used to be very good in your studies, too!”
“So, how are you? Your kids are so big already! How time flies!”
I have taught diploma nursing students as well as degree and working nurses. The former group seems to have more unresolved issues than the latter. I got them to write an essay about their family and discovered the amount of emotional baggage some of them carried!
“I hate my lecturer parents! They are so strict! I have to go back home before 10.00 pm, and I can’t stay overnight at my friends’ house!” Some of the classmates agreed. But some explained that her parents were strict because they loved her! Now she is a successful entrepreneur and has teenaged children herself!
“My father used to beat us at home. He died of cancer when we were young. If God can give me my father back, I don’t mind being beaten a thousand times every day!” This girl got the whole class crying, including me! Now she is a nurse manager. She has two young boys.
“Emotional baggage is like the dead skin of a snake. If you don’t shed it, how can you grow emotionally?” ― Khang Kijarro Nguyen
“…anger helps us repel forces that are detrimental to our survival and well-being.”- Dalai Lama