When seven fairies meet

When seven fairies meet (poem, a haiku)

seven fairies convene…

Seven fairies meet

for seven days in a week.

What’s the agenda?


Shall we bloom today?

Open individually?

Or bloom together?


Take little babes steps

sweep all simultaneously

either way we reign!


The swiftlets’ hotel

The swiftlets’ hotel ( poem, a haiku)

The swiftlets’ hotel, courtesy of Toh HL

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.

by Toh H L, photographer and writer

使精神筹码融入社会障碍 (e-Book)

使精神筹码融入社会障碍 (e-Book)

Google translation – “点击“将心理筹码纳入社会障碍”


您可以在下面的幻灯片中查看 (You may view in slide show below):-

How humorous and courageous can one be?

How humorous and courageous can one be?

A group of elderly senior surgeons put up
a courageous and entertaining show
for fundraising… Good idea!

With exposed hairy chests
and ballet-like costumes
they skipped in a row
as they pointed their shoes.

With a tap, tap here,
and a tap, tap there!
Here tap, there tap!
Turnaround tap, tap!

And they flap their ‘wings’
and disappeared behind the stage.
Only to come back again
to take a grand bow
to a thunderous applaud!

When fund-raising is fun raising, indeed! 

Ballet dancing for fund raising (hoto by Tim Gouw on Pexels.com)

The most popular pose today…

The most popular pose today…

Today on social media, the most popular pose with a poster is

“I have been vaccinated!”

person holding syringe
“I have been vaccinated ! (Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com)

It’s like announcing to the world.

Hey, now I am safe!

Come join the herd community effort!

Get your appointment fast!

Well, it is not like you can walk into any clinic for a vaccination like our kids do with triple antigen and booster dose immunizations! 😐☹️🙄😟

We wait for our covid-19 vaccination appointments according to the government schedule! Then I saw a Facebook sitting-on-a-rock pose by a senior aunt!

I have NOT been vaccinated! 😞😟☹️

There must be some mistakes with the official scheduler as younger people have already gone for the jab!

I hope the process would buck up!💪💪💪

I am so lonely!-Trilingual slides

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.




Blogging: A Thousand Apologies!

Blogging: A Thousand Apologies!

Did I unfollow this site? How come they are not in my reader? Or are my thumb and finger too big for the tiny fonts on my mobile that I accidentally deleted it?🙏🙏🙏

“oh, this one? Yes, I did because they were too many f***words (nearly eight in one page!) in his write-ups for my liking!”🙅🙅🙅 At times he writes intelligently, though! 😐

I haven’t heard from this site for some time now. Is her dementia mother or her child with mental disorder taking up her time? 🤔🤔🤔

Many writers are in or nearly in their golden years, including me. When I don’t hear from some of them, I wonder if they are well or not?”☹️☹️☹️

Still writing and reading are good to keep one’s remaining brain cells active!

This lady below looks sweet in this pose. If you remember her in a previous daring pose!

happy asian lady using netbook on couch in living room
Writing (Photo by Michelle Leman on Pexels.com)

Reflecting: Que Sera Sera

Reflecting: Que Sera Sera

Reflections of the sky on the water- courtesy of Toh HL

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!”


After some time on the chat, one of them said, “… remember the songs you used to make us sing to improve our English? The song…

Que Sera Sera, whatever will be, will be…”



We know what we are, but know not what we may be.- William Shakespeare

Students and their emotional baggage.

Students and their emotional baggage.

group of people wearing face mask
Young students and their emotional baggage (Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com)

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.


  1. “Emotional baggage is like the dead skin of a snake. If you don’t shed it, how can you grow emotionally?” ― Khang Kijarro Nguyen
  2. “…anger helps us repel forces that are detrimental to our survival and well-being.”- Dalai Lama

Have you seen the moon?

Have you seen the moon?

architecture area bay bridge
Have you seen the moon? (Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com)

I read from others’ posts about the pink super moon. So I was looking for it since yesterday. But the sky is still cloudy! This poem is inspired by the song “Have you ever seen the rain?

Someone told me yesterday
about the pink and super moon

I know! I’ve been looking for some time

The sky is dark and so cloudy
I can’t see the super moon
You know! The big and pink super moon?

I want to know!
Have you ever seen the moon?
the big and pink super moon!

Yea, I want to know
if it’ll come out tonight
the big and pink super moon!

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