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.
- The unbreakable family ties
- An emotional return to ancestral home in China
- Letters from China: Part 10
- Letters from China: Part 9
- Letters from China: Part 8
- Letters from China: Part 7
- Letters from China: Part 6
- Letters from China: Part 5
- Letters from China: Part 4
- Letters from China: Part 3
- Letters from China: Part 2
- Letters from China: Part 1
My family in Malaysia and Singapore
- An age with relative freedom
- When did you last go home?
- Visiting a Columbarium in Singapore
- A poignant visit to a Singapore columbarium
- Why are we all called Jade?
- Weekly Photo Challenge – Urban life in Singapore
- Postcard from Singapore: East vs West
- Postcard from Singapore: Satay
- Weekly Writing Challenge: My Mum’s Net
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.
- Tea for Teachers
- It all started with my mother in law
- One way to make your child more popular
- Easter with family
- Cards that reveal the naked truth
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.
- Must all boys love Lego?
- Son: the non-comformist
- Will you ask your child to lie about his age?
- Share your fear
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Together
- The day we battled strong wind
- Closeness: showing you care with cake
- Today with Joy
I refer myself as Chinese, Malaysian, British resident, Asian, a teacher, a mother…… in different social situations.
- Seeing the world through my names
- Am I British enough?
- Test yourself on the new British Immigration exam
- Where’re you really from?
I sense cultural differences everyday. Before I’ve become too numb to feel the subtle differences, I write them down.
- Oriental and western views on postnatal confinement
- Fiddler on the Roof: a treasure
- Christmas in China: from karaoke to saxophone
- Christmas in the eyes of a foreigner in England
- Shall we lie to kids about santa?
- My Apple experience
- What’s in a Dragon?
- Why ‘Opium Den’ is an offensive name
- 5 changes of a Chinese wife in England: on Language
- 5 changes of a Chinese wife in England: on Culture
- 5 changes of a Chinese wife in England: on Food
- Farewell 2012 — Raise your glasses
- Christmas vs Chinese New Year
- Love me love my dog?
- Love me love my dog ? Part 2
- Walking in the wood – Part 1
- Walking in the wood – Part 2
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.
- A missing cat and a murder enquiry
- Vermin in Eastleigh
- Rat, I caught you!
- Quick summary of an ordinary life
- Do sex, age and race matter?
- Postcard from Singapore: one DEAD chicken
- Madness with pets
- Neighbour from hell
- Why did the chicken cross the road?
- “Hens down! More hens down!”
- Eerily quiet today
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.
- Hearing my voice from my quotes
- Not a narcissistic outsider
- Born as an outsider
- Making mistakes
- Magnificent display at Buckingham Palace
- What is this radiant triangular object in gold?
- Two for Joy
- Sharing my favourite things
- What is the secret of expert tea tasters? My tea-tasting at Ahmad Tea
- Choice or illusion?
- Eyes: money and fear
- How much is your anxiety worth?
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.
- Does your post office open everyday?
- Visit England’s village post office in Hursley
- My tranquil neighbourhood in Chandler’s Ford
- Morning scenes in my neighbourhood in Chandler’s Ford
- A Mix of East and West Fitting for a Queen
- In praise of my neighbours in an English suburb
- How to be a complete idiot?
- Which is worst – swinger, robber or liar?
- The Polish delight
- A touch of kindness with ceanothus
- Weekly Photo Challenge – Summer at St. Catherine’s Hill in Winchester
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement in Winchester
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.
- Church of England for Dummies
- Stories from the church
- Sunday morning laughter
- What should a vicar wear on a Sunday?
- Who said, “I am the way”?
- An innocent scarecrow competition
I go to different cities to teach at some weekends. Reading, Oxford and Winchester all have their unique charm.
- “Stitches in Time” by Heather Hems in Lyndhurst, New Forest, England
- Wool, paper and nuclear
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit on a floating house
- Some trivial facts in Winchester
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.”
- Pilgrimage of a son: How Changi Cross made history
- The Incredible Journey Of Harry Stogden’s Changi Cross In Singapore
- Eric Cordingly – Diary of the Changi POW Chaplain in Singapore
- Remembrance Day in Southampton
- The Uplifting Changi Murals and Stanley Warren
- Changi stones and Prisoners of War in Singapore
- Story of a British veteran’s Pingat Jasa medal from Malaysia
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.
- Batang Kali: The voyage without a suitcase
- Batang Kali: Story of a dispersed family
- Batang Kali: “Heaven knows the truth.”
- Batang Kali: Inspiration from a historian
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.
- “And The Rain My Drink” new edition by Han Suyin
- Chin Peng, Leon Comber and Han Suyin
- Chin Peng’s favourite poems
- Chin Peng’s farewell letter: Dare and Duties
- How much was Chin Peng worth?
- Migration to the New Village
- Death of a communist leader
- A rather messy war in Britain during Halloween
- “No Woman, No Cry”: A mother’s torturous road to justice
- Pondering Freedom of Speech during Ramadan
- Copyright violation: are you a victim?
- Do you remember the victims’ names in Asiana plane crash?
- Can spinach make you strong like Popeye? Blogging about mistakes
- Do sex, age and race matter?
- Those were the days…speaking on the phone
- Inspired. Entertained. Treated. Sponsoring
- Trivia news and perspectives
- What’s in the news?
- When marriage meets politics
- Visiting Brookwood Military Cemetery
- “Their name liveth for evermore” – Brookwood Military Cemetery
- Memorial: grief and celebration
- Queen Mother: A visit to Hampshire nearly escaped history
- Queen Mother’s letter: ‘a positive jungle’
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.
- Friend: the word to honour 2012
- Fascinating Chinese Character of the Year 2012
- The only Chinese word you ever need to learn
- The enchanting Moon Fairy
- Who are the Butterfly Lovers?
- What is a Tomb Sweeping Day?
- Why do the Chinese eat Red eggs, not chocolate eggs?
- Chinese version of Eats Shoots and Leaves
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside a gift
- I think it’s time I (and you) learnt some Polish
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.
- Weekly Writing Challenge: An ‘interview’ with MO Yan, potential Nobel Literature winner 2012
- Congratulations to MO Yan （莫言）！
- Mo Yan: a storyteller’s moving reminiscence of life
- What’s a Brother Coming?
- MO Yan（莫言) wants you to read this novel, “Life and Death are Wearing Me Out”
- Weekly Writing Challenge: Metaphors for Homesickness
- Where was HAN Suyin in Malaya in the 1950s?
- The most refined Chinese Farewell song
- Who is FANG Zhouzi? Meet The John Maddox Prize winner
English and Translation
Is translation the solution to the understanding of different cultures? Some Chinese and English are lost in translation forever.
- Tweetable in Oxford Dictionaries
- Weekly Writing Challenge – Stylish Imitation: When ham is not a ham
- 4 English film titles in Chinese to amuse you
- 7 interesting English film titles in Chinese
- This is a Chinese poem you can’t possibly perform
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.
- Honouring Nelson Mandela: Make Everyday a Mandela Day
- Blogging: the quiet voice for an introvert
- The Power of Introverts: video went viral
- What is ‘censoriousness’ according to Rowan Atkinson?
- Dumb ways to die
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
- Recommending 3 inspiring Chinese culture blogs
- 12 Reasons Why You Need Lorelle’s Blog Exercises for Your Blog
- At 30 – a milestone to set my site goals
- My blog as a cafe with a like-minded audience
- What I have learnt from your comments
- I swim and I blog: where’re my nutrients from?
- Blogging in English: Who am I?
- How is swimming like blogging?
- I think I love ‘Twenty Twelve’
- Blogger Power
- I’m not Freshly Pressed
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.
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.
- When Janet met Tilly: an ebook
- Where’s Stockport’s new landmark?
- Stockport Air Raid Shelters
- What would you do for a friend’s friend?
- Milk in first with Earl Grey?
- Perfect tea
- Oxo cube: good or evil?
- Laughter and love
- The north south divide
- English in the north: dropping consonants
- Granny Liu
- Food, glorious food!
- How many ways can you view Tilly?
My WordPress Site DIY
- Turning your blog posts into beautiful Word Clouds
- 5 easy steps to create stunning Word Clouds
- The process of creating Site Table of Contents
- My Site Table of Contents – I did it!
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.