World Autism Awareness Day: Paint for Autism 2017

1 April 2017 – In conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day, Early Autism Project Malaysia (EAP) celebrated with Paint for Autism, a half-day community-focused initiative that aims to empower autism awareness and acceptance in Malaysia.

The creative campaign organized under EAP’s non-profit in partnership with Yayasan Kajian dan Pembangunan Masyarakat, The Hope Project saw more than 300 participants gather at Help International School to paint 81-piece puzzle artwork by local illustrator and children’s book author Emila Yusof.

The artwork was pieced together to reveal the final artwork that illustrated the beauty that can be found in everyone’s minds. The process of having the artwork painted by different groups of people also signified the collaborative effort required of the community to support individuals with autism and their families for them to lead fulfilling lives.

“There is so much more than we can do to support individuals with autism and their families. It begins with awareness – an awareness not only of what autism is and how we can help, but the awareness of improved integration processes through schools, acting on policies that support these families and our community role that champions a heart of hope for them, and we can all do this together,” Jochebed Isaacs, Director of EAP said in a closing speech.

Among other highlights of the event included a reading session with Subang State assemblyman, YB Hannah Yeoh, who read ‘My Brother is A Bear’ by local illustrator Hsulynn Pang, presentations by kids with autism about their strengths, a dialogue session with EAP kids and an experiential maze that allowed participants to understand more about how someone with autism may feel in different situations and environments. Free initial screenings for autism were also conducted during the event.

For World Autism Awareness Month, EAP has also initiated the ‘Kindness Starts With Me’ school campaign that is focused on developing an attitude of kindness among children and educating them about autism. So far, nearly 3000 students are already part of the programme.

“It is crucial that an attitude and response of kindness towards people with autism or people who seem different in general is cultivated at a young age. Children in schools are the leaders of our next generation and teaching kindness will encourage a more accepting society but more importantly, pave the way for a more progressive nation. We hope to continue this campaign throughout the year,” said Jochebed Isaacs.

EAP Malaysia has been providing services for individuals with autism and their families for more than 10 years. Throughout this time, they’ve worked with more than 300 individuals from 30 different countries and hope to continue to work towards creating a positive impact in the lives of families with autism. The Hope Project was initiated to extend the mission to provide quality and research-based treatment for autism to those who are unable to afford it. The outwork of this vision can be found through campaigns, training services, and video resources that are available online at www.autismmalaysia.com.

 

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Pray For Gaza #prayforgaza

Made this painting with the intention to donate 60% of the sale to charity of my choice for Gaza. I think I will go for VPM. Please pray for the safety of people in Gaza and pray hard for the bombings to end.

Title: Pray For Gaza
Medium: Mixed Media on canvas panel
Size: 12″ x 12″
SOLD!

(E-mail me at emilayusof@gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing the painting.)

PFG

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Let’s donate! Other than VPM, you can also donate to Unicef Malaysia and Islamic Relief Malaysia.

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Happy Earth Day!

Here’s wishing everybody Happy Earth Day.

Earth Day is a day to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment and is celebrated in more than 175 countries and most widely celebrated international environmental event. Earth Day is about learning how to protect biodiversity. Most countries celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd each year. Some extended it for a week and make it Earth Week.

So what have you done to preserve mother nature? You can reuse, reduce and recyle for a start. Stop using plastic bag, use a recycle bag. Do this not only on Saturday but everyday. And this is not the only thing we can do. We can also keep our country clean, do not litter, do not throw away your litter from your car, dispose your litter at the disposal bin. Preserve habitat, keep the development out of the forest reserve. Our animals need a place to stay!

These are just some of it, I am sure you can think of many. Please help me list down some more. Leave your thoughts below in the comment box.

 

 

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Ejaan yang betul

SGunakan Bahasa Melayu Dengan Betulebagai seorang yang sedang menjalankan Kempen Gunakan Bahasa Melayu Dengan Betul, ingin Kak Emila membebel di sini, bahawa ejaan yang betul juga termasuk didalam kempen tersebut. Banyak ulasan yang Kak Emila terima rata-ratanya menggunakan bahasa ringkas. Kalau hendak gunakan perkataan ‘slang’ boleh tetapi ejalah dengan sepenuhnya. Pastikan juga huruf besar dipermulaan pada pangkal ayat.

Maaf jika Kak Emila cerewet tetapi Kak Emila ingin mengembalikan kegemilangan Bahasa Melayu dan juga ingin melihat penggunaan bahasa ini tidak diambil ringan. Jangan berkecil hati dengan Kak Emila kerana Kak Emila sayang kamu semua dan teguran in adalah teguran sayang.

Jika hendak mengulas dalam Bahasa Inggeris pun boleh tapi pastikan penggunaan huruf besar dipermulaan pada pangkal ayat ya.

Mari kita mulakan dengan mengeja dengan betul dan juga menggunakan huruf besar dipermulaan pada pangkal ayat.  Mari adik-adik sekelian!

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Clear your own table

Whenever I go to IKEA, it is a must to have something to eat at the food court. And when I eat, I will ALWAYS clear my table.

Why?

Because I read the sign and respond to it.

And it is also because I want other people who are waiting to sit, can sit right away. I hate to see people waiting. I am also hoping that one day I will get a clear table and sit right away. But so far, my hope is just a hope. I know there are employees to clear tables but what is written on the signboard is very clear. They can keep the price low when less staff are needed to take care of the place.

I salute the effort done by schools to teach children how to clear their table after eating. Both schools that my son goes to, have this system. After eating, they will right away put their garbage in a proper place.

I hope parents can learn from children, I know I do.

But I only do this where appropriate. Not all food courts or restaurants have this system because the bill includes service charge.

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Gunakan Bahasa Melayu Dengan Betul

Kali ini saya berbahasa Melayu kerana apa yang saya ingin sampaikan adalah mengenai Bahasa Melayu, bahasa rasmi negara kita. Saya bukanlah guru Bahasa Melayu yang bertauliah, namun asas penggunaan Bahasa Melayu telah saya pelajari sejak dibangku sekolah lagi.

Seringkali saya membaca blog atau taraf terkini Facebook yang menggunakan bahasa pesanan ringkas (atau SMS) seperti “Aq x suk dy dowh” atau yang seumpamanya. Contoh ayat yang saya berikan membawa maksud “Aku tak suka dialah.” ‘Dowh’ adalah perkataan yang diambil dari bahasa pasar Bahasa Inggeris, ‘Doh’, iaitu satu ungkapan keluhan untuk menguatkan penggunaan ayat. Jika di dalam Bahasa Melayu, mungkin kita boleh guna ‘lah’.

Jika diteliti, sebenarnya tidak membazir masa pun untuk menulis ayat penuh bagi ‘aku’. Hanya tiga huruf. Ini termasuklah ayat-ayat lain juga seperti ‘tidak’ atau ‘tak’ yang diringkaskan menjadi ‘x’. Bagi saya jika hanya menulis pesanan ringkas menggunakan telefon bimbit sesama kawan sendiri, ianya tidak ketara. Tetapi jika anda menulisnya dengan tujuan supaya semua orang membacanya, anda perlu fikirkan sekali lagi. Ianya amat tidak sesuai dan juga secara tidak langsung menunjukkan keperibadian anda sebagai seorang yang kelam kabut, cincai, pemalas dan mungkin juga dicap sebagai tidak tahu mengeja.

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Disini saya senaraikan beberapa perkara yang perlu diambil berat yang saya kira perlu ditekankan kepada semua termasuk kanak-kanak seawal usia 6 tahun:

1. Eja dengan betul. Contoh ejaan betul: Orang. Ejaan salah: Owang, owunk. Ini juga harus diterapkan untuk semua perkataan lain, bukan hanya perkataan ‘orang’. Orang adalah satu contoh yang saya gunakan disini.

2. Gunakan singkatan rasmi untuk perbualan bertulis dan elakkan penambahan huruf lain dihujung perkataan. Contoh singkatan bagi ‘sahaja’ ialah saja.  Contoh singkatan yang salah adalah ‘jeww’.

3. Gunakan huruf besar di permulaan ayat dan juga nama khas. Gunakan juga tanda baca seperti koma, titik dan sebagainya di tempat yang betul. Contoh yang betul: Banyak tawaran perjalanan ke Eropah, Amerika dan Afrika, namun saya lebih tertarik untuk berkunjung ke China. Contoh yang salah: banyak tawaran perjalanan ke eropah, amerika dan afrika, namun saya lebih tertarik untuk berkunjung ke china 

Marilah kita menggunakan Bahasa Melayu dengan betul. Dengan ini saya secara tidak rasmi ingin berkongsi lencana blog Kempen Gunakan Bahasa Melayu Dengan Betul dengan anda semua.

Gunakan Bahasa Melayu dengan betul

Kod:

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Gunakan Bahasa Melayu dengan Betul

Kod:

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Untuk mengecilkan saiz, anda hanya perlu tukar saiznya dibahagian ‘width’.l

Anda boleh memilih lencana yang anda minati dan tampal di ruangan tepi blog anda. Dengan penggunaan logo ini di blog anda, anda secara tidak rasmi juga perlu menggunakan Bahasa Melayu dengan betul. Jika bahasa perantara blog anda ialah Bahasa Inggeris, anda juga boleh menggunakan lencana ini.

Ianya terpulang kepada anda sendiri. Bersamalah kita menggunakan Bahasa Melayu dengan betul.

Bahan bacaan penting yang berkaitan:
SMS: Apabila mereka mengeja sesuka hati oleh Nisah Haron
Lagi bahasa esemes oleh Nisah Haron
Short form oleh Mazuriah

Nota tambahan: Jika anda ingin menambah kepada senarai diatas, sila nyatakan di ruangan ulasan dibawah. Jika anda mempunyai cadangan lencana tambahan (dari segi gambar dan ayat), sila nyatakan juga. Pastikan anda menggunakan Bahasa Melayu dengan betul.

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See green, see life – finished work

We, the human beings, not leaving behind the animals, need trees to live.  Trees produce oxygen and we could all not exist without trees. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. What many people don’t realize is that the forest also acts as a giant filter that cleans the air we breath. Deforestation is becoming more and more ‘popular’ and the filter is getting more thinner and thinner. I am afraid that if we do not take action from now, there will be no more forests and trees. And when this happens, we will all be struggling for oxygen and we might even have to buy oxygen to survive. Imagine Oxygen Banks everywhere. And imagine that the interest will be higher and higher everyday due to high demands. Imagine…imagine….

Oh well, I got carried away after watching ‘In Time’ movie few weeks back. But, the situation is possible, you know. PLEASE, love trees and plant trees. Join the effort to help curb destruction of natural resources. One way is to join PEKA. PEKA MALAYSIA is an NGO known as Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia, which was form to stop the destruction of natural resources, to defend the rights of environment and be the voice of nature, and further more to educate to create awareness about nature, sound health and the preservation and sustenance of the environment.

Here’s a poster I did for PEKA for their upcoming event that will be done in regular basis. Will let you know more about the event soon. This poster has yet to be approved by committee members but I post it here just to share with you.

 

see green, see life

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Cleanliness is the key to healthy living

It really breaks my heart when I see rubbish being dumped in public places. I pity nature. What has it done to deserve all the garbage? Look at these picture I took when visiting places that are being promoted to tourists as places to visit:

kuala selangor, on the way to de palma hotel.
This picture was taken at Kota Tanjung Keramat, Kuala Selangor.

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This one was taken at Lata Jarum, Raub, Pahang.

It’s pity that it also effects our tourism industry.

Is it very hard to take those garbage with you and then throw them away in a proper place? There were few times when I visited our coastal beaches, I had to clean the area to be able to put my things down on the sand. There were diapers, drink cans, junk food plastics, fast food boxes and many more. People look at me like I was a street cleaner, but I don’t really care. If I go for a picnic, I always take care of my garbage. I keep them in a rubbish bag and throw them away in a bin nearby. If the bin is full or if I could not find any, I take them home and dump it in my garbage bin. I know that the garbage will be picked up safely three times a week by the waste management company assigned by the local authority.

This kind of situation makes me want to compare our state of cleanliness with other countries. I take Cape Town for example. When I visited the town last July, I was so amazed by the cleanliness of the city and pointed it out to the driver who took my husband and I to the hotel on our first day of arrival. He told us that besides keeping the town clean to boost their economic industry, most of the locals make ends meet from waste picking.

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Me enjoying a walk on a clean street while trying to get close to the birds.

From a local English newspaper that I read at the hotel, I found out that some 88,000 South Africans now live this way. The article was written by Wiseman Khuzwayo and he reported that waste picking offered individuals a means to make a living regardless of  age, level of education or skills set.  The article also said that the waste industry is estimated to be worth R10 billion. The reason waste-pickers are there is clear. A lot of recyclable and reusable waste is entering the waste stream due to South Africa’s current waste disposal strategies. The waste is valuable and if reclaimed, can earn collectors up to R120 per day.

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Not a speck of dust. See how clean it is?

Many waste pickers in South Africa have evolved into entrepreneurs by finding creative ways to reuse waste, such as building dog kennels out of discarded wood or potting and reselling discarded plants. Waste pickers even has their own association, SA Waste Pickers Association.

Now, that is what I call a creative and effective way to keep our country clean and on the side, giving chance to unemployed people to earn descent money. I wish to see this effort being set-up here in Malaysia and hopefully to keep beggars out of the streets.

a very clean square
a very clean square.

Although Cape Town is not in the Top Most Cleanest Cities, I hope it will be soon. For your information, here are some of the Top Most Cleanest Cities:

1. Calgary, Canada
2. Honolulu, US
3. Helsinki, Finland
4. Ottawa, Canada

And let’s make our way to the list, if not Top 5, at least Top 100.

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