Testing a Video Clip

Thanks to Mona’s visits, I woke up this morning to find out that we have had quite a number of visitors plus few comments. I didn’t expect that much visitors yet, since I haven’t announced it in other mailing lists, awaiting Pak Budi’s arrival back in Singapore from the Big Apple.

Since I have little time to kill this morning, let’s have some fun with a video clip with the children there. (please click on [more] to continue)…

This clip was from Pak Budi and it was originally uploaded to our private mailing list as a test file by our man in Singapore – Soleiman Pello a.k.a Yongky. (Thanks Yongky). Well, I haven’t had a chance to talk to pak Budi to verify the ownership of this clip. However, I have converted it into a wmv version to reduce the size hence the download time. In case if this video wasn’t taken by pak Budi, I’m sure he has gotten the permission from the owner. Please forgive me for uploading it without asking the owner’s permission. After all this is a test of the video link feature and I can take it down any time.

If you could watch this clip and you happen to be there at that time or you know the name of the game, would you please let us know what game is it? I don’t recognize it as a game we played when I was a little kid in Kupang. Is this a Singaporean play? Once thing for sure, the children and even the families around the Orphanage area were very happy with the Seedling Fission Team’s visit. Both pak Buddy and ibu Peggy as well as the team did a great job!

 

Our First Blog Entry

After few long distance discussions and email exchanges, finally Captain Budi and I decided to add this blog as a mean to update the information on Roslin Orphanage in Matani, a small town near Penfui El Tari Airport in my old hometown, Kupang, Timor, Indonesia.

I became interested in Roslin Orphanage when a member of Bolelebo mailing list, Mrs. Nanik Trickey from Washington State mentioned about Captain Budi’s involvement in Mobile Library for the students from the villages around Kupang. We have been talking about the possibility of collecting the books from the United States then sent them to Kupang with the list members…

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I then started to search on the Internet and found all the information about Roslin Orphanage and Captain Budi and his wife, Mrs. Peggy’svolunteer works in Kupang. (It was funny that I just found out today the original posting of Nanik on Singapore Rotarians Forum about this mobile library project while searching to add the link on mobile library project to this blog). Based on all the information I got and additional discussions through a private mailing list Bolelebo, particularly after knowing Captain Budi’s family involvement with Singapore Airline and Rotary Club activities in helping the children in Kupang, I then decided to give a helping hand by setting up this weblog. We hope that this weblog will help to diseminate any information that needs to be diseminate quickly and widely, and provided a centralized links to all related activities around the globe in conjunction with the work at Roslin Orphanage.

It’s fortunate that during this preparation, Captain Budi has flown to NY twice and we have more discussions over the phone on various topics, before we (Captain Budi and I) finally decided to get this blog up and running on this Easter Sunday. Since Captain Budi was unable to use his computer in New York today then I have to fill this entry to make it officially starts before the end of the day. However, from now on both Captain Budi and I will collect all the information to update you all through this blog. If you have any comment or suggestion to help the mission of Roslin Orphanage and all the projects involved, please feel free to let us know by filling out the comment below.

OUR FUTURE FARM

During our recent trip we did our best to start making the fence of our future farm. It is situated some 40 km from the orphanage location and it was full with thorny trees. Some 40 KM from Fatuleu mountain. After the clearing we started with making some “live” fence . We are planting “Gamal” trees by sticking the trees to the soil around the farm. If things grow well, we are not only having a good fence but the leaves can be used to feed the cows too during the dry season. We were using 2 pickup cars and we were doing it day and night regardless the weather condition. It can be soaking wet too some times. We were quite frequently having our meals on the farm ( take away food ) and if we were running out of time , we were barbequeing fresh corn for our dinner. With our togetherness, barbequed corns were able to give us joy and energy to continue working in a good mood and staying in a happy environment. I am hoping that in 10 years time ( when I am retired), the farm will be able to finance the orphanage from its production. It can be done if we are putting our best effort for it. We will be planting some teak wood for the outer part, some bananas and cashew nuts for most of the farm area. Teak wood can be harvested in 15 to 20 years but cashew nut it can starts generating some harvest in 5 years time. Banana can be a daily production if we are able to manage it properly ( about 1 year after we start planting the bananas).Basically we want to change the unproductive thorny bush into a productive farm.

 

OUR LIBRARY

Our library building has been built 2 months ago. There are rooms being made for it ( room A and room B). We are hoping that we will be able to fill up the library with reasonably complete books for every one but especially for the primary schools students up to the high school students. Some books has been bought from a publisher in Jogjakarta City . We are planning to open this library on April at the latest ( during my annual leave and when I am there for 3 weeks). Some friends will be coming with me to the orphanage. Most of the books will be ion Indonesian language but we wil also provide some simple books with lots of pictures in english as well. we want to help the children with their English , at least we help them with vocabulary building program. It was sad for knowing that the abiliy of some English teacher are so badly existing . For instant one teacher was telling the students to write one , two , three as wan , tu and tri. They may pronouced it correctly but the way they wrote it was wrong all together. That is why from now on we are starting to teach the little orphans a little earlier.For teaching English we are having a special teacher with some 40 years of experience that is my father in law Cornelis. Great progresses has been made and I am sure that we can be closer to our targets every day. Another experienced volunteer came to the orphanage was Mr Leo Nesnoni . He is going to help us on activities which will enhance the children’s education . It is a privilege to have two seniors helping and sharing their experiences to us.

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HEALTH IS OUR PRIME CONCERN

Indeed health is our prime concern , especially during every rainy season where flu is prone to spread out at this region. Everyday after breakfast and a glass of milk my father in law is doing his routine task of giving the orphans vitamin. We are hoping that a complete diet with this extra vitamin daily will be able to guarantee a good growth for our orphans. Anyway this particular vitamin being given was a gift from aunty Jeanne Pattikawa from Los Angeles. She gave it to me when I was there during my night stop. Thank you the aunty Jeanne ( your gift is really reaching them and helping them to grow healthy). Some other vitamins are given too like vitamin C etc.
The orphanage is blessed with a good harvest of corn now. The corn are so sweet as if we barbeque them right after being harvested from it’s tree. I wish I have the picture to show you All (I was just being told by my father in law). I wish that I can be there and helping them to harvest the corn. Even though I am currently in New York I can imagine seeing the little ones eating our own corn freshly. I am glad that we plant them timely and the blessing of being given enough rain is enabling us to have a good harvest. Praise The Lord .

 

OUR QUALITY TIME REMEMBERED LAST NIGHT

It was a great gathering indeed last night at our place in Singapore. Last year 16 of Singaporean university students were making a trip to our orphanage and doing their school projects both inside the orphanage and out side. At the orphanage we did some eductional matters with both the orphans and the school children of the villagers. Out side the orphanage we did some sosial activities such as making a cement floor for tyhe villagers , trying to do some land clearing at our future farm ( to show them how hard to clear up a farm land with sharp thorny trees in it ) , a tour to a spring water and a water fall ( ecotourims trips) . It was a great experience for every one and a time that I personally can treasure it for life. The fellowship that we were having was great and the bonding is solid until this time. Terence and Pauline came with their home made cake , while Mr Chiam the chef came all the way from Melbourne. Mr Alex Chee came with his angel spirit which making the gathering so alive and happier. The children were swimming and having the freshly BBQ’ed food in between their breaks.
We wish that we can do it again some time soon. We were having a simple BBQ night by the swimming pool last night. No music or anything fancy but our conversation were really making us so happy.
I shared the happy moment with my wife and she was envious when I told her what has been happening last night. Peggy is in Timor doing all the hard work for us , managing the orphanage as usual. ,We made a big change with our plan on how to build the rooms extention for the orphanage children. We are palnning to build a 24×6 Meters room each for the boys and the girl beside the class room . The class room will be made smaller on its width , instead of 10×10 , we will be building it as a 6×10 meters.
I will be going to the orphange after arriving from my LA flight which is on April 8th. I will be there till the 30th. Any of you who are willing to come please let me know. At the moment I will be having our condominium’s manager Edward Lim with us for 1 week in Timor during my stay . Some more friends are still needing their confirmation for their leave and to be able to come with me next month.
The little orphans are progressing well with their English language training and thier schooling matters. Time and care are what we have for them and it is up to them to excell well or not in school or any educational matters. with our constant guidance and care we are sure that we can do it.

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR TRIP

Dear All

Please pray for our trip to the orphanage in Timor from April 7th to April 30th.
Tomorrow I will be going back to Singapore from Los Angeles doing my flying duty. I will be arriving on Apr 7th morning.The moment I am returning in Singapore I will be going to Timor via Jakarta on that afternoon. From Jakarta Peggy ( my dear wife) and I will be bringing our 2nd mobile library by road to Surabaya ( some 26 hours of driving) then we will send the car by a ferry to Timor ( Kupang) which will take about 3 or 4 days trip.

From Surabaya we will be going to Bali for 2 days to meet up our friend Arnold Muti and to learn from him about a potential fruit trees which we might be able to be farmed at our farm in Timor. Only from Bali we will then go to Timor for 3 weeks , that is when my annual leave finishes. At the orphanage we are currently having a big project of building 2 rooms for the growing orphans. Each room will be 6×24 meters while the class room is 6 x10 meters. The class room will be a multy purpose place for us to conduct a class and mamy other activities such as vocational matters and to play as well. For start a table tennis will be a great thing to have. But to utilise it we must wait till the building is done .

During this trip a singaporean couple couple will be joining us from the 14th onwards. They said that they can not wait to make their hands dirty with the work for the orphanage ( Amy and her husband). A great joy last night from my siblings which they said that my older sister, my older brother and my sister in law will also be coming to help. My niece, her husband and their children might be coming along as well. With extra help on handling the little orphans I can consentrate more on the building and other matters. Thank God for sending me the needed help when we needing them. Any of you who want to come are welcome ( there will be no 5 stars hotel for you because we do not have it but we can give you “ALL STARS” hotel , a place where you can see all the stars at night). So family and friends if you want to go some where and you do not have a place to go to , you are having our advance welcome now.

Have a blessed day to All.