Table of Contents

This page is a complete index to all 180 posts published in janetsnotebook.com since 5 April 2012, and the post are divided into 4 main categories:

  • Who am I?
  • Wife in the south of England and my community
  • Education, history, language and culture
  • My love affiairs with WordPress

Who am I?

Is there an easy answer? I’ve been searching for my own identity throughout my life. I love exploring my thought process to find out who I am — if there is a perfect answer at all.

In this section, you’ll find out about my root and my new life in England.

My Chinese Family

I grew up as the youngest child in a family of 10, in a very traditional Chinese family in the south tip of Malaysia. My family is split between Malaysia and Singapore, after Singapore separated from Malaysia in 1965.

Letters from China series

This popular series sheds lights on the life of the Chinese migrants from China in the last century, and their family ties with China.  Through these precious letters, you will learn about the actual poverty in one family in south China, how my mother restored faith and family values, and her strength in tackling adversities.

My family in Malaysia and Singapore

My British Family

I married to a western man, who loves Doctor Who, and we have a 12 year old boy, who also loves Doctor Who. Ben is now taller than me. My parents-in-law live in a very typical, small English village and my Chinese face makes me stand out in the village.

My Son and His Illness

My son Ben was diagnosed with a rare disease called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) when he was 13 months old. The disease affected his multiple organs and abnormal blood cells spread through his lymph system. He received a year’s chemotherapy treatment with several operations. He’s now a healthy boy.

My Identity

I refer myself as Chinese, Malaysian, British resident, Asian, a teacher, a mother…… in different social situations.

Cultural Differences

I sense cultural differences everyday. Before I’ve become too numb to feel the subtle differences, I write them down.

Wife in the South of England and My Community

Living in the suburbs in the south of England for the past 13 years, I’m surrounded by dog walkers, bird watchers, train enthusiasts and ramblers, and Jehovah’s Witnesses would knock on the door once in a while.

Living with Pets

We used to keep a few hens, but they all were killed, some in mysterious circumstances. We used to have a milk snake which went to a proper school with me one day. Now we have a 50cm long blue-tongued skink living in the lounge with us. I didn’t choose him as a pet.

My Joy and my Struggles

I had some extraordinary moments in my life. I visited Buckingham Palace on its summer preview day. Last year, I held two glittering Olympic torches. There were also some unhappy moments, but I’m coping fine.

My Local Community

I live near the historical city, Winchester, in the south of England. I have wonderful neighbours. My neighbourhood seems to be famous for strange reasons: bank robberies, swingers, and dodgy politicians. Colin Firth went to a college nearby just 10 minutes’ away.

My Neighbourhood

My Local Church

I go to a local Anglican Church, and help running a Fair Trade stall. From my house, I can hear the church bell ringing.

Travel:

I go to different cities to teach at some weekends. Reading, Oxford and Winchester all have their unique charm.

Education, History, Language and Culture

I’m a bi-lingual translator and a language tutor. I work with people of all ages. I love to teach and inspire. I enjoy learning about languages, history and culture around me.

History Through My Eyes

Finding and interpreting historical events.

Second World War 1942 – 1945: The Japanese Occupation

Here are a few stories on the World War Two in Asia and its impact on civilians, prisoners of war, and their children. More remarkably, they are about suffering and strength of the people. “We’ll remember them.”

Batang Kali Series

Batang Kali is a little village in the Malayan state of Selangor. In the 11th and 12th of December 1948, during the Malayan Emergency period ruled by the British Empire, 24 men were shot dead by the British troops. But why? The families of the 24 men killed are seeking the truth.

Chin Peng Series

The Communist leader in Malaya died on the 16th of September, 2013. This series will help you understand some key events surrounding the lush jungles in Malaya.

General views

Languages and Literature

I’m intrigued by languages and how language defines us, shapes our lives and enriches our understanding around the world. In this section, I share the delight of a few Chinese characters, introduce great Chinese writers and thinkers, and compare some interesting Chinese-English translation examples.

Chinese, Culture and Society

You’ll learn about some Chinese characters and a few sweet Chinese folklore stories. You’ll learn how the Chinese honour their tradition and worship their ancestors.

Remarkable Chinese Writers and Scientist

Mo Yan 莫言 is the first Nobel Prize Winner in Literature from China. I ‘interviewed’ him with an introduction to his major work. I also introduced writers Han Suyin and Li Shutong. You’ll read about Fang Zhouzi, a scientist in China who fights against pseudoscience and fraud in China.

English and Translation

Is translation the solution to the understanding of different cultures? Some Chinese and English are lost in translation forever.

Educational Resources

I share useful educational resources. I particularly love all the wonderful talks from TED: Ideas worth spreading. I support Fair Trade and its effort to fight poverty through trade.

My Love Affairs with WordPress

I’ve been blogging on WordPress since 2008, but I’ve only blogged in English since April 2012. In the past 15 month, I changed my blog title, I upgraded my site, I wrote about various topics, and I’ve made wonderful friends.

My Musings on WordPress

Friendship Built on WordPress

I made some wonderful friends through blogging on WordPress. It’s not shallow friendship. It is based on trust and love, on the rock named WordPress. Some gifts are exchanged. Some words of encouragement are sent by emails. With some, we even meet in real life, and our families also get to know each other. From a virtual to a real world, I thank WordPress for building this solid bridge for us.

Uniquely Tilly

My son and I stayed for 5 days with Tilly Bud, The Laughing Housewife, in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Here is a collection of my sweet memories. I also turned our stories into an ebook as a cherished token.

My WordPress Site DIY

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This Site Table of Contents is created following the step-by-step tutorial given by Lorelle VanFossen on Lorelle on WordPress. You can learn how to organise your posts too from this smashing blog post: Blog Exercises: Organise Your Content

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