Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Nzou-The Elephant Matriach to a herd of buffalo in a Zimbabwe Wildlife Conservation area

 
Nzou, 46, has lived in Imire Black Rhino and Wildlife Conservation area in Zimbabwe since her parents were killed in the 1970s. Norman Travers, Imire's founder, originally put Nzou with a bull elephant within the only large herd animal which Imire had at the time - the buffalo. When the bull died, Nzou had become acclimatised to living with the buffalo and had even taken on some of the characteristics of the buffalo and lost some of her elephantine qualities.
 
Imire owner Judy Travers said "Nzou is the matriarch of the entire farm but she chooses to spend her time with the buffalo. We have tried to introduced her back to the elephant herd on the farm but she's really happy where she is."

Nzou towers over the her herd of buffalo as she is their matriarch.
I'm in charge! Nzou and her buffalo herd. She protects them, looks after them.
Nzou and her buffalo herd have their own way of communicating;
they understand her rumbles and she, in turn, understand their sounds.
Nzou is happy with her unusual herd and as long they accept her
as their leader, she is content to be their matriarch.
Nzou has been with the buffalo herd so long that she has
forgotten how to speak to other elephants.
 
Nzou has never lost her elephant's instinct for loyalty. Mathew, her handler for many years was once badly gored by one young male buffalo. Terribly hurt and losing blood, he crawled to the fence, accompanied by Nzou, guarding him against further attacks by the buffalo. Upon reaching the fence line, she stood in front of him as a massive protective shield, until help arrived from another part of Imire.
 
Nzou does not respond to the other elephants on Imire-perhaps she no longer understands what they are saying. She is happy with her unusual herd and as long they accept her as their leader, she is content to be their matriarch.
 
 
 
Story and pictures obtained from Daily Mail, UK.

Alan CY Kok

Thursday, 23 October 2014

This could be the 8th Wonder of the World-The Maytszishan of Gansu, China


Buddhist complex Maytszishan is little known. It is located in Gansu Province in North-West China. This is a striking architectural complex, carved out of the rock. Maytszishan has 7,000 Buddhist sculptures and nearly 1,000 square meters of murals and 11 more images...........

 
Maytszishan is just a few miles south of the Great Silk Road. Many of the monks chose to stay in the caves and work there.



One of the earliest written records about this are found in the biographies of two monks Tanhonga and Huanggang, who meditated there with their disciples.









Huge Buddha is almost parallel to the side of the mountain-the highest is 16 meters in height. Stairs that lead up and around the caves were originally made of wood but after being fitted with metal supports, for safety purposes.

Many thanks to Dorris Chan for sharing.

Alan CY Kok

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

These pictures have incredible stories to tell


This is one of the most amazing collection of photographs. Not because they are exceptionally beautiful (although some are), but because of the meaning each one has, and how each of them makes us think or feel. These are worth of more than a thousand words, and each tells a story about the world we live in.























Many thanks to Dorris Chan for sharing

Alan CY Kok           

A Zen story that one needs to ponder its fine points



 
A pair of monks, a master and his pupil, went on a journey to visit a neighbouring monastery. As monk usually do, they walked much and spoke very little. On the third day of their journey they came to a fast flowing river where they saw a pretty young woman sitting there in a beautiful dress.
 
 
As she saw them approaching, she ran towards them in excitement. "Please!" she begged of the master monk, who was clearly the one in charge, "Will you carry me across this river? I'm on my way to meet my love one but I don't want to ruin this dress; this is the best I have."  
 
The novice monk was shocked at her audacity; after all his master was a holy man and touching her would be deemed unclean. But before he could utter anything, and to his surprise his mentor master agreed to carry her.
 
And so he did, against the strong current, wading and pushing his way forward until he put the young lady down safely on the other side, weeping in joy and thanking him over and over again.
 
 
 
The two monks then continued their journey on foot in silence, day after day. Until on the third day, the student monk could no longer hold his tongue.
 
"Master," he asked sheepishly, "Why did you carry the woman across the river?" 
 
The master looked at him with a little smile and said "You have learned much but you still lack some wisdom, my student." He continued, "That woman weighed on my back for three minutes, and then I was done. But she had been weighing on your mind for three days!"
 
 
And like the monks, so are we. It is better to carry a load and put it down and forget about it. Things that happened in the past should be left over there. We do not have to carry our past mistakes and misery with us, but to look to tomorrow out of hope and the knowledge our fate is up ahead.......
 
Many thanks to Dorris Chan for
sharing this enlightening story.
 
Alan  CY  Kok
 
Alan Kok says:......and don't be a hypocrite.
May we not be so rigid in our thinking. 
明眼人将会看穿你 !!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Smart use of personal products improves life

 
 
 This brand of toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burn.
 
 
Quaker Oats for fast pain relief - works well for arthritis pain relief.
 
 
Vinegar heals bruises. Soak a cotton ball in vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.
 
 
This is a smart splinter remover. Just pour a drop of Elmer's glue  all over the splinter. Let dry and peel the dried glue off the skin.
                                     The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

 Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of vinegar and take 1 tablespoon of it 6 times a day. the vinegar kills the bacteria.

Cure urinary tract infection with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating the urinary tract infections almost immediately.
                                     Even it did not advertise for such use.

Honey remedy for skin blemishes. Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keep the skin sterile and speeds up the heeling. It works wonder overnight.
 
Listerine for toenail fungus. Soak your toenails in Listerine mouth wash to get rid of the unsightly toenail fungus. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails healthy looking again.
 
Easy eye-glass protection. To prevent the screws of the eye-glasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear
nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Many thanks to Dorris Chan for sharing.

Alan CY Kok