Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jennie Mae Howard

Jennie Mae was the fourth child of William James Howard and Rachel Belzora Stimson. She was born on April 3, 1863, in Plano, Collin County, Texas.

At the age of 18, on July 20, 1881, Jennie married Thomas Alexander Porter. The ceremony took place in McKinney, a town of Collin County, TX. However, on the marriage certificate, Jennie's name was recorded as Mary Jane. Thomas Alexander was a son of Richard Lewis Porter and Ann Walker. He was born on February 12, 1853 (in Virginia), so he was 10 years older than his bride.

Jennie and Thomas had four surviving children.

Macon Howard Porter who was born when Jennie was 20, on March 31, 1884, in Maury County, Tennessee.

A girl was born to Thomas and Jennie on September 13, 1889, in McKinney as well. They named her Nona Vashti.

The name seems quite unusual, so I have researched what its possible origin might be. It appears Nona is a Christian saint. Little is known about her and her life. She was one of the virgins of Brabant (which was a State of the Holy Roman Empire) who were killed. Saint Nona's feast is on February 3.

Vashti is also a Biblical name. She was a queen of Persia, the first wife of King Ahasuerus. Vashti disobeyed the king when Ahasuerus wanted her to appear naked at a drinking party organized by himself. The idea was to show everybody how beautiful his wife was. Since Vashti refused, she was dismissed by her husband and replaced with another wife. Vashti is also regarded as a symbol of feminism and the first one who stood for women's rights. Well, quite a set of given names indeed.

Three years later, on March 15, 1882 (in McKinney, TX) William G. (George?) was born to the family.

When Jennie Mae was 33, she gave birth to a son. Thomas Houston Porter was born on September 3, 1896.

Census records from 1900(1) say that Jennie had two children (before 1900) who did not survive. At that time Jennie Mae (36) and Thomas Alexander (46) lived with their children Macon (16), Nona (11), Willie (8) and Thomas (4) at Justice Precinct 1 (south of S.S.&S.r.r. & east of public rd.), Collin, Texas, United States.
In 1905, on December 17, the family celebrated the marriage of the 21-year-old Macon Houston and Vergie Bell Lain, who was born in Kentucky on October 16, 1887. According to the Census data (1900)(2), Vergie lived with her family not far from the Porters (in McKinney city at Ward 2-3, Collin, Texas).

1910 - another United States Census(3). The records inform that Jennie Porter (46) and her husband Thomas A. (56) and their three children Nona (20), Willie (18) and Thomas Houston (13) lived at McKinney Ward 3, Collin, Texas then.

Nine years later, when Jennie was 56, her 29-year-old Nona Vashti got married. The spouse was Clarence Wilbur Brooks (born on April 30, 1896, in Indiana) and the marriage knot was tied on August 30, 1919, in Denver, Colorado. Nona and Clarence had four children Clarence Wilburn Jr. (b. June 14, 1920), Edith Meredith (b. May 2, 1922), and twins Carol Jean and Clarin Patricia, both born on December 19, 1933, in Palo Alto, CA.

Although I have not found any information on the marriages of the two sons of Jennie and Thomas's, William and Thomas Houston, the Census record from 1930(4) informs that Jennie (66) and Thomas (77) lived with their daughter-in-law Inez Faires (27) in McKinney, Collin, Texas, United States.

Ten years later (US Census 1940(5)) Jennie (76) and Thomas (87) lived on their own in McKinney, at Justice Precinct 1, Collin, Texas, United States.

On December 4, 1941, Jennie's grandson Clarence Wilbur Jr. married Ann Catherine Pavlina (born September 14, 1922).


In the picture from the left: Mr. Clarence Wilbur Brooks, his son Clarence Wilbur Jr., aunt Jennie, Miss Brooks (most possibly Ann, wife of Wilbur Jr.), Miss Nona Vashti Brooks.

Jennie Mae and Thomas Alexander were married for 62 years. Thomas passed away on September 1, 1943, in McKinney, where they lived.

Four years later, on January 9, 1947, Jennie Mae Porter Brooks left this world too. The couple's eternal resting place is the Rowlett Creek Cemetery in Plano, Collin County, TX.




Credits:
Photo of the gravestone: Courtesy of Mr. Howard Case

(1)"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3LV-TQV : accessed 15 August 2017), Jennie Porter in household of Thomas Porter, Justice Precinct 1 (south of S.S.&S.r.r. & east of public rd.), Collin, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 2, sheet 35B, family 642, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,620.

(2) "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3LJ-TB6 : accessed 16 August 2017), Virgie Lane in household of J C Lane, McKinney city Ward 2-3, Collin, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 6, sheet 5B, family 109, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,620. 

(3)"United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M2MX-YGB : accessed 15 August 2017), Jennie Porter in household of Tomas A Porter, Mckinney Ward 3, Collin, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 8, sheet 9A, family 152, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1539; FHL microfilm 1,375,552. 

(4)"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:CWMW-2N2 : accessed 15 August 2017), Jennie Porter in household of Inez Faires, McKinney, Collin, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 3, sheet 32A, line 24, family 239, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2309; FHL microfilm 2,342,043. 

(5)"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KWJD-3BJ : accessed 15 August 2017), Jennie Porter in household of Thomas A Porter, McKinney, Justice Precinct 1, Collin, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 43-4, sheet 13A, line 34, family 274, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4008.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Wywiady Klubowe: Rozmowa z Małgosią Chalecką-Harris

Po ostatnim 'krajowym' Wywiadzie znów wyruszamy poza granice Polski. 

Kto był w Nowej Zelandii? Klub Polki na Obczyźnie ma i tam swoją przedstawicielkę. Jest nią Małgosia, z którą dzisiaj mamy przyjemność rozmawiać.

Małgosiu, powiedz nam gdzie jest Twoje miejsce w Polsce?

Moim najukochańszym miejscem w Polsce, za którym tęsknie jest Podlasie, a w szczególności Fronołów nad Bugiem. To miejsce mego dzieciństwa, wakacji, weekendów, do którego byliśmy razem z bratem wywożeni w dniu zakończenia roku szkolnego, i z którego wracaliśmy na dzień przed rozpoczęciem. Przez te dwa miesiące zmieniali się tylko ci, co się nami opiekowali. Miałam tam swój gang, przeżyłam tam swoja pierwszą fascynację chłopakiem, zabrałam stamtąd wiele wspomnień.

Przyroda na Podlasiu jest piękna, jest to miejsce, gdzie czas stanął w miejscu. Kojarzy mi się z beztroską, z łażeniem po drzewach, z całkowitą wolnością. Fronołów jest w moim sercu i w moich myślach codziennie. Jak jestem w Polsce, to zawsze staram się tam pojechać.


Jak dawno temu wyjechałaś z Polski?

Z Polski wyjechałam w 2000 roku, czyli 17 lat temu.

Kraj/ kraje / przyczyna Twojej emigracji?

Skończyłam magisterkę i nie mogłam znaleźć dobrej pracy (do Ikei próbowałam się dostać za wszelką cenę, ale niestety mnie nie chcieli). Poznałam dziewczynę (nawet nie pamiętam już jej imienia), która mieszkała w Anglii, i która tak naprawdę wpłynęła na moją decyzję o wyjeździe do Londynu. I tak oto, po wylaniu wielu łez, znalazłam się w Londynie, nie znając nikogo i rozpoczynając nowy etap mojego życia. W Anglii mieszkałam parę lat i wspominam je bardzo miło. Było to jeszcze przed wejściem Polski do Unii Europejskiej, wiec ciągle trzeba było załatwiać sprawy z wizą, a ponieważ byłam na wizie studenckiej, to mogłam pracować tylko określoną ilość godzin. Miałam dużo wolnego czasu i łaziłam po Londynie, ile się dało. Uwielbiałam spędzać godziny w National Gallery.


Po mniej więcej pół roku poznałam Phillipa, który pochodzi z Nowej Zelandii i tak na początku 2003 roku wyjechaliśmy do Nowej Zelandii. Początkowo na trzy lata, które trwają już prawie czternaście.

Co nam powiesz o swoim wykształceniu?

Uwielbiam studiować i na razie mam na karku Magistra Ekonomii, później zrobiłam dyplom z grafiki komputerowej, a w tym roku zakończyłam Psychologię. Raczej nie oznacza to końca studiowania, ale na razie robię sobie przerwę, bo jednak córki są jeszcze małe i chcę z nimi móc spędzać weekendy.

Jestem również coachem Gallupa Pierwszej Piątki (Top 5 Accredited Strengths Finder Coach).

Czym zajmujesz się na co dzień?

Na co dzień pracuję na Uniwersytecie i zajmuję się organizowaniem różnych projektów, które pozytywnie wpływają na środowisko studenckie. Moja praca jest bardzo różnorodna i dostarcza mi wiele satysfakcji. Podoba mi się to, że każdy dzień jest inny. Nie da się nudzić. Mam szczęście, że mam możliwość zaczynania pracy o siódmej rano i dzięki temu mogę skończyć przed trzecią i mieć czas na popołudnie z dziewczynami. Dla tych, co z przerażeniem czytają, że zaczynam pracę tak wcześnie, to powiem, że wolę spokojnie zacząć dzień, jem śniadanie w pracy, zawsze mam gorącą herbatę, jeśli śniadania miałabym jeść w domu, to byłoby pełno hałasu i pośpiechu. Plus wolne popołudnia są dodatkowym bonusem.



Czy masz jakieś hobby / co lubisz robić w czasie wolnym?

Ha, ha a co to jest wolny czas? Teraz kupiliśmy dom, więc ciągle jest co robić. Poza tym uwielbiam gotować, czytać książki (choć mam na nie mało czasu) szczególnie Murakamiego, uczyć się nowych rzeczy, fotografować, oglądać Masterchef, chodzić do kawiarni, oraz całkowicie tracić czas na Pintreście.

Z czego jesteś dumna?

Jestem dumna z siebie, że udaje mi się łączyć pracę na cały etat, ze studiami, z urządzaniem domu. Z tego, że mam super rodzinę. Z osiągnięć moich córek. Z osiągnięć mego męża. Że udało nam się kupić dom. Że jakoś udało mi się poukładać moje życie w Nowej Zelandii.

Zdjęcie: Karolina Stus Photography

Kiedy zaczęłaś pisać bloga / o czym piszesz na blogu?

Niestety nie piszę bloga, nie mam na niego czasu. Może kiedyś…

Czym jest dla Ciebie Klub Polki?

Klub Polki jest jak rodzina, rozśmiesza mnie, zmusza do myślenia, wyciska łzy, denerwuje, uzależnia. Jest taką dynamiczną mieszanką różnych poglądów, radości, smutków. Uwielbiam to.


Co jeszcze chciałabyś nam powiedzieć o sobie?

Mieszkam obecnie w Wellington, kupiliśmy dom w samym centrum życia filmowego Wety. Pomimo tego, że mieszkam w takim miejscu nigdy niestety nie udało mi sie zobaczyć na żywo żadnej gwiazdy filmowej, a przez Wellington wiele ich się przewinęło.

Kocham to miasto, choć ta miłość nie była od razu. Zajęło mi trochę czasu, żeby odnaleźć się tutaj, ale mam teraz swoje ulubione miejsca. Wellington jest bardzo łatwy do kochania w piękne, słoneczne dni, ale też trudny – bo jak jest źle to jest naprawdę źle. Wieje, pada i jest zimno. Może to być zarówno latem, jak i zimą, zresztą piękna pogoda też.

Podoba mi się, że jest wszędzie blisko, zajmuje mi około pół godziny, żeby przejechać z jednego krańca na drugi. Żyje się tu spokojnie, trochę innym trybem, nie tak zagonionym, jak w Europie.

MAŁGOSIA CHALECKA - HARRIS

Gratulujemy osiągnięć Małgosiu oraz tego, że tak wspaniale się odnalazłaś w miejscu, w którym obecnie mieszkasz!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Kin / Ben Davis Family Mystery

That photograph is part of Aunt Lula's Album. Unfortunately, I have not managed to find any information on the family portrayed in the picture. Aunt Lula wrote 'Mr. Kin Davis + family' and 'Mr. Ben Davis + family' at the back of the photo. Ben (Benjamin?), Kin (?). 

The couple might have been born in the 1850s or earlier. Possibly, they were related to the Howard family who came to Texas from Virginia in the 1850s.

The surname Davis appears in our family tree but I cannot find any connection to the Kin/Ben Davis. I wish Aunt Lula could tell me about them. Anyhow, I hope to find out anything on the family during my ancestry research. They might have lived in Texas as well.


If you know anything about the Davis family (of Georgia or Virginia?), you are welcome to contact me on that matter.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Found in Family Tree: President Zachary Taylor

According to my findings, Zachary Taylor appears in our family tree as the third cousin six times removed.


Governor William Brewster is Z. Taylor's direct ancestor (and ours as well).

Here is Zachary Taylor's direct family line:

Gov. Elder William Brewsterhis daughter - Fear Allerton (born Brewster)her daughter - Sarah Lee (born Allerton)her daughter - Elizabeth Taylor (born Lee)her son - Richard Lee Taylor﹢Sarah Dabney Taylor (born Strother) → Zachary Talor.

Zachary Taylor was the third son of Richard Lee and Sarah Dabney's. He was born on November 24, 1784, in Orange County, Virginia.

Since you can read his biography in every encyclopedia, I am not going to repeat it here. However, I need to mention that Zachary Taylor was a war hero (War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the second Seminole War, Mexican-American War) and a national hero at his own time. He was 12th President of the USA (elected 1848).

Major General Zachary Taylor was a military commander who led his troops to victory, had glorious military achievements and a brilliant military career.


Zachary Taylor married  Margaret Mackall Smith on June 21, 1810, in Louisville County, Kentucky. The couple had six children.

Sadly, Mr. Taylor died of serious digestion system disorder after eating a lot of fresh cherries, accompanied by drinking cold milk. Quite an irony you could say, considering the dangers of the wars he had survived and had gone through.

President Taylor died on July 9, 1850, after five days of suffering from acute gastroenteritis.

God bless his soul.


These days it seems quite obvious that such a diet composition, meaning having fruit and milk at the same time is likely to cause stomach and bowels 'revolution'. At least I was taught it by my mom. On the other hand, maybe our contemporary knowledge is a result of such lethal experiences of our ancestors. Who knows.

Remember - never drink milk when you eat fruits, including tomatoes. It is better to avoid any other cold drinks then. I have known someone who did have a tomato and milk and regretted it very badly. No, it was not me. Just someone I used to work with. Luckily, that person did not die, though.

Credits:

Picture: By Zachary_Taylor_half_plate_daguerreotype_c1843-45.png: unknown, possibly Maguire of New Orleans derivative work: Beao [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday, August 4, 2017

Mom's WW2 Stories: Grandma Arrested

When Nazis attacked Poland in 1939, they took the Poles and the entire world by surprise. It all started in the very early morning on September 1.

Mom, her family and other people in the neighborhood of the war port heard a Polish soldier cry:" Germans on the hillocks!". It was too late to evacuate or do anything. Nazis were too close and approached very quickly. Soon, my grandfather, his Polish Military Police Unit men and many Polish soldiers who were in the area, were arrested. The Nazis took over the port and the city as well. Grandpa was transported to a Stalag in Germany.

Not long after that, Gestapo men came to our family's apartment to arrest grandma. Mom and her sister were little then. They were in their beds as they had got ill. Grandma was told to say goodbye to her children and was taken away. The little girls did not know where to. They were horrified. The children neither knew what would happen to them nor whether their mother would ever be back.

They did not know either that she was taken to a local Gestapo station for questioning. An important part of the story was that my grandmother was born during the time when Poland was partitioned. I wrote about the third partition of Poland in my previous post. In case if you have missed that information, I will repeat it here:

Poland was partitioned for the third time in 1795. Three empires Prussia, Austria, and Russia divided Poland into three parts and took control over it. It meant Poland no longer existed as a country and the Polish people automatically became citizens of the suppressant empires. They not only were forbidden to speak Polish but also, when WW1 began, had to serve in the Prussian, Austrian or Russian army, depending on where they lived. In that way, Poles fought against their own people as well. My great-grandpa was one of them. Poland regained its independence after the war, when the peace treaty was signed in 1918.

Anyway, grandma was born in the part of Poland which, at that time, was controlled by Prussia. Therefore, her father fought in the Prussian army during WW1, he also perished on a WW1 front.

All the above was enough for the Nazis to say grandma was not Polish, and she had committed a crime when she married a Polish military man. They wanted her to sign a Volksdeutsche list. Maybe she was even told, her husband would be released from the Stalag to make her sign the paper, as it happened in similar such cases.

But grandma was Polish, her parents were Polish. If she had agreed to sign, it would have been a betrayal of herself, her husband, her family. So she refused to sign anything.

Of course, it had its consequences. You could not just say 'no' to the Nazis... Grandma was severely beaten by Gestapo men. They beat her all night long, with their guns as well.

Finally, she was let go home. She came back home where her little girls had kept crying all the time when she was away. The kids also cried when they saw their mom - she was covered with her own blood, her face was bruised, and she had no teeth. All had been broken when she was tortured at the Gestapo station.

Since mom and her sister were ill, grandma had their family doctor check on her daughters. After the examination, the doctor stated that the hearts of both girls had significantly enlarged due to the horror they had gone through. According to the medical man, mom's heart was as big as a heart of an adult. The good news was that the condition was to pass.

Most importantly, grandma was home so her children felt safe again. It was the best cure of all to the despair and distress of the little girls'.

Grandma and her daughters

Another Mom's WW2 Story will be on the blog in September.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Movies Monthly: June

Here are some notes on what we enjoyed watching most in the month of June.


Serials

The ones (by BBC) which came back with a new season:

  • Grantchester 3 - (drama, detective story);
  • The Tunnel 2: Sabotage - (crime story) - I enjoy watching the process of gradual development of Elise's social skills;
  • Broadchurch 3 - (crime story) - the previous season was disappointing. We expected a new thread to be presented then. Instead of it, the old plot was munched. Good, it is not repeated as we would have stopped watching the series.

A new one:

Prime Suspect: Tennison - 2017 (detective story) - set in the 70s, with all the props from the decade, including the Grundig radio, the interior of the flats, fashion and car models. It all brings my childhood to my mind. The reality in Poland looked very similar then. Everyday stuff which we used and had was similar. All in all, we were not so much behind the rest of Europe as someone could think. A lot of the music of the 70s was included in each series episode. I watched them all with some sentiment, recalling the long gone era. On the other hand, the story was very interesting as well.

Mini series:

The Passing Bells - 2014 (WW1) - I have seen quite a few movies depicting WW1 events/times. In Passing Bells, the first time the partitioned Poland was mentioned.

To Your Knowledge: Poland was partitioned for the third time in 1795. Three empires Prussia, Austria, and Russia divided Poland into three parts and took control over it. It meant Poland no longer existed as a country and the Polish people automatically became citizens of the suppressant empires. They not only were forbidden to speak Polish but also, when WW1 began, had to serve in the Prussian, Austrian or Russian army, depending on where they lived. In that way, Poles fought against their own people as well. My great-grandpa was one of them. Anyway, Poland regained its independence after the war, when the peace treaty was signed in 1918.

A great series showing individuals and their families involved in the war. Personal tragedies which they had to face and deal with. Each episode includes testimonials of ex-soldiers, the war participants, the words of original letters written by the army men. What is more, parts of original documentaries are merged with the TV show scenes. There is no us and them in the series. Just people.



Movies of June

9 - 2009 (animation) - quite deep and dark for a cartoon. Lots of work and thinking (the plot, setting, and characters) included in making it.

Dirty Pretty Things - 2002 (drama) - at first I did not know which country the plot was set in as each character spoke English with a foreign, non-British accent. Soon, I realized it was contemporary London. Quite an Immigrant Song.

The Boy - 2016 (horror) - different than we thought it would be - with quite an unexpected plot turn.


Tale of Tales - 2015 (fantasy) - modern type fairy tales in which nothing tends to be beautiful, cute, characters are not good or bad only and there is no such a thing as a happy ending. They did not live happily ever after.

Slumdog Millionnaire - 2008 (drama) - horrible living conditions of slums in India, crime, love, brotherhood and more. I know the name of the third musketeer but if I was asked questions on India and its culture, I would most probably fail to answer.

Stage Beauty - 2004 (drama) - quite tragic was the faith of those male-female stage beauties when their acting was no longer needed/admired.

Classics of June

The Killers - 1946 (crime) - based on the novel by Hemingway. The movie is the origin of the Dragnet series. We learned something again as we had thought Dragnet was the original crime story serial but, as it appeared, it was just a sequel of a former idea.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying - 1964 (comedy) - a bit weird as most of Kubrick's movies. Entertaining, though. Besides, Kubrick is one of my favorite film directors.

The Lost Patrol - 1934 (WW1) - with Boris Karloff - when you think WW1, you most likely associate it with France, Germany, Europe in general. Not a Mesopotamian desert. Another front of the war.



Monday, July 31, 2017

Wywiady Klubowe: Rozmowa z Izabelą Hasan

Dlaczego Wywiady? Po to, by pokazać światu, że mimo oczywistych spraw, które nas, Klubowiczki, łączą (pochodzenie, język ojczysty itd.), każda z Polek na Obczyźnie jest inna, wyjątkowa. Po prostu wspaniała!

W trzecim lipcowym Wywiadzie gościmy Izę, która również jest częścią internetowej społeczności Klub Polki na Obczyźnie.

Powiedz nam Izo, gdzie jest Twoje miejsce w Polsce?
 
Pochodzę z Rzeszowa, studiowałam w Lublinie, mieszkałam też przez parę lat w Warszawie.



Jak dawno temu wyjechałaś z Polski?

Wyjechałam z Polski w 2013 roku.



 Kraj / przyczyna Twojej emigracji...

Wyemigrowałam do Bahrajnu. Zawsze kochałam podróże i przez wiele lat marzyłam o mieszkaniu za granicą. Bahrajn od ponad 10 lat zajmuje szczególne miejsce w moim sercu, właśnie wtedy byłam tam po raz pierwszy i postanowiłam, że kiedyś tam zamieszkam.




Co nam powiesz o Twoim wykształceniu?

Studiowałam historię sztuki na Katolickim Uniwersytecie Lubelskim, niestety mimo ukończenia 5 lat, do dziś nie posiadam tytułu magistra. ;)


Czym zajmujesz się na co dzień?

Obecnie jestem w Polsce, przyjechałam 3 miesiące temu, żeby urodzić synka, którym się teraz zajmuję :) W Bahrajnie założyłam wraz z mężem szkołę sztuk walki, oraz wegański katering.

 Jakie jest twoje hobby / co lubisz robić w czasie wolnym?

Mam dość szerokie zainteresowania, jeśli chodzi o strefę fizyczną to przede wszystkim kick-boxing, ale też joga i ćwiczenia siłowe. Poza tym interesuje mnie ruch Zero Waste, minimalizm, slow life, ostatnio również uczę się szyć.



O sztukach walki jeszcze w Wywiadach nie było! Przyznaję, że szycie jest mi znacznie bliższe. 😀


Z czego jesteś dumna?

Jestem dumna ze swoich rodziców, którzy są cudowni i zawsze mogę na nich liczyć, ze swojego męża, który jest utalentowanym sportowcem z mnóstwem osiągnięć, a teraz również z synka, który jest jeszcze mały ale już jest super gościem. :)

Gratulujemy narodzin synka i wspaniałej Rodziny. 👍😘 





Kiedy zaczęłaś pisać bloga / o czym piszesz na blogu?

Do prowadzenia bloga podchodziłam kilka razy, od dawna wiedziałam, że chcę i lubię to robić, ale gdzieś tam po drodze gubiłam się w tym, o czym chcę pisać, kończyłam i zaczynałam od nowa i tak kilka razy. Obecny blog ma już prawie 3 lata, próbuję też swoich sil na YouTube. Poruszam tematy związane z Bahrajnem, ale też z ruchem Zero Waste, można u mnie znaleźć również coś o minimalizmie i slow life.

Bardzo spodobał mi się Twój makijaż (video na YouTube), czy malujesz się sama? Może nie tylko mnie zainteresowałaby informacja, np. pod koniec video, na temat tego jakich kosmetyków użyłaś do wykonania konkretnego makijażu. 🙎


Czym jest dla Ciebie Klub Polki?

Klub Polki to przede wszystkim grupa super kobiet, na które zawsze można liczyć. Dla mnie to cudowne uczucie, że bez względu na to, co dzieje się w moim życiu zawsze wiem, że mogę się w klubie wyżalić, poprosić o radę, a nawet pośmiać do łez ;). To naprawdę jedyna w swoim rodzaju grupa ludzi.

Co jeszcze chciałabyś nam powiedzieć o sobie?

Zapraszam na swojego bloga Isia's World, Instagram: @isiasworld oraz kanał YouTube.

IZABELA HASAN

Izo dziękujemy za rozmowę i życzymy wszystkiego najlepszego!



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

William Monroe Howard and Isabell Angel

William Monroe Howard was born to Rachel Belzora Howard (nee Stimson) and William James Howard on August 19, 1861, in McKinney, Collin County, Texas. William's parents came to Texas from Virginia in the 1850s.

According to United States Census records* from June 1, 1870, William age 8 lived in Texas, Collin, Precinct 5 with his parents William (35) and Belle Howard (32), and siblings Jennie (7), Rachel (5), Lee (3), and Samuel (8 months).

At the age of 21, on August 23, 1882, William (called also Billie) married Isabell Angel who was 21 year old as well. William and Isabell were born almost on the same day, William was only 2 days older than his wife. Isabell's parents were Marcus Lafayette Angel (Anglea) and Mammie Erena Angel born Jones. The young bride was called Bell by her relatives.


Two years after the marriage, on September 1, 1884, their first daughter Dora Bell was born.

The second daughter of William and Isabell's came into this world on  August 1, 1889, in Allen, Collin, TX. They called her Geneva Clementine.

When Billie and Bell were 35, on April 30, 1897, their son Walter James Howard was born.

I have not found any information on other children born to William and Isabell. Maybe they had three kids only although couples tended to have many more at that time.

William and Isabell aged 44 - their 21-year-old Dora Bell got married on September 6, 1905. The spouse was a year younger Charles Abbott Emerson.

Three years later, William got seriously ill. It was typhoid. Unfortunately, he passed away due to heart complications related to the disease which is stated on his death certificate. William died on September 10, 1909, at the family house in Frisco.  The note on the death certificate says he passed away at 12, although it does not specify whether it was in the morning or at night.

He was buried at Rowlett Creek Cemetery in Plano, Collin County, Texas.


As you can see in the above photograph, William's middle name curved on the stone is misspelled.

Isabell died many years later, when she was 66, on May 3, 1928.


*"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DTF9-CGM?cc=1438024&wc=92K5-PTT%3A518656001%2C519606001%2C518724401 : 22 May 2014), Texas > Collin > Precinct 5 > image 13 of 58; citing NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Credits:
The photo of the gravestone: courtesy of Mr. Howard Case 
 

Monday, July 24, 2017

In The Kitchen With Tobo: Family Lunch at Joe T's

In The Kitchen With Tobo: Family Lunch at Joe T's: Some time ago, we had a family lunch at Joe T Garcia's which is one of our favorite food places. It was a very enjoyable meeting and quite a feast too. ...

Friday, July 21, 2017

Wywiady Klubowe: Rozmowa z Danutą Łazarczyk

Gruzja nieodmiennie kojarzy mi się z jedną z moich ulubionych piosenek Filipinek, 'Batumi'. Ciekawe, czy była tam Danuta, która w Gruzji mieszkała i od jakiegos już czasu czeka na nasze Klubowe spotkanie online.

Witaj Danusiu! Jak zwykle zaczynamy od zapytania o Twoje miejsce w Polsce...

Pochodzę z Polski Zachodniej, a dokładnie z Gorzowa Wielkopolskiego. Gdybym jednak mogła wybierać miejsce urodzenia, wskazałabym Dolny Śląsk z jego niesamowitymi formami skalnymi, zamkami, pałacami i krzyżami pokutnymi.


Jak dawno temu wyjechałaś z Polski?

Pierwszy raz na dłużej wyjechałam z Polski na Bałkany w latach 2009-2011, choć nie był to jeszcze wyjazd docelowy. Potem była Skandynawia (2011), Gruzja (2012-2014) i Turcja (2015). Chwilowo znowu jestem w Polsce, ale nie powiedziałam chyba jeszcze ostatniego słowa. ;-)



Kraj/ kraje / przyczyna Twojej emigracji...

Przyczyna moich wyjazdów była zawsze ta sama- praca. Jestem ekspertem od zintegrowanego zarządzania granicami, a fachowcy w tym zawodzie potrzebni są głównie w krajach, które dopiero dostosowują swoje przepisy i procedury do standardów przyjętych w naszym regionie Europy. Stąd moje wyjazdy na Bałkany oraz długi pobyt w Gruzji i Turcji.



Kilka słów o Twoim wykształceniu...

Ukończyłam prawo, ale nie czuję się prawnikiem. Gdybym dzisiaj wybierała studia, byłaby to raczej lingwistyka lub turystyka.


Jakie jest Twoje hobby / co lubisz robić w czasie wolnym?

Uwielbiam czytać książki, pracować w ogrodzie, chodzić z kijkami na nordic walking. Uwielbiam też móc wypić dobrą, pachnącą kawę i po prostu nic nie robić.

'Po prostu nic nie robić' - jak dla mnie brzmi super. 😊

Z czego jesteś dumna?

Jestem dumna z tego, co osiągnęłam w moim zawodzie, bo mało jest w nim kobiet. A najbardziej jestem dumna z tego, że wszędzie, skąd odchodziłam, pozostawiałam dobre wspomnienia i ludzi, którzy do dziś o mnie pamiętają.

Kiedy zaczęłaś pisać bloga / o czym piszesz na blogu?

Prowadzę dwa blogi - jeden o wszystkim, co związane jest z Gruzją, a drugi o wszystkim, co związane jest z Turcją. Powstały podczas mojego pobytu w tych krajach, a wzięły się stąd, że łatwiej było mi pisać o różnych sprawach na blogu, niż tłumaczyć każdemu z osobna, co się ze mną dzieje i jak wygląda życie za granicą.



Czym jest dla Ciebie Klub Polki?

Klub Polki
to miejsce, w którym znajduję mnóstwo informacji z całego świata podawanych nie w formie gazetowej, ale przez osoby, które gdzieś były i cos przeżyły. To także miejsce, w którym można poplotkować, poszukać porady czy inspiracji.



Co jeszcze chciałabyś nam powiedzieć o sobie?

Od kilku lat maniakalnie zbieram wydania „Małego Księcia” z całego świata. Mam już około 270 egzemplarzy, a kolekcja stale rośnie.

Bardzo lubię „Małego Księcia”! Gdzie przechowujesz egzemplarze swojej kolekcji? Czy masz na to osobne pomieszczenie?

Kolekcja na początku mieściła się w małej drewnianej szafce, ale w miarę uzupełniania zbioru o kolejne egzemplarze jasnym stało się, że potrzebne jest inne miejsce. Mój Mąż wymyślił zatem i własnoręcznie wykonał piękną wnękę z półkami, na których mogę ustawiać wszystkie egzemplarze. Mam jeszcze wolne dwie półki, więc mogę spokojnie powiększać kolekcję!


Adresy moich blogów:

Gruzja okiem nieobiektywnym: innagruzja.blogspot.com
Turcja okiem nieobiektywnym: innaturcja.blogspot.com

DANUTA ŁAZARCZYK

Danusiu, super pomysł z tą półką. Gratulujemy pomysłowego i zdolnego męża!  Pozdrawiamy szanownego małżonka. 🙋


Do kolejnego spotkania i przeczytania w Wywiadach!







Thursday, July 20, 2017

In The Kitchen With Tobo: Peach Cobbler Experiment

In The Kitchen With Tobo: Peach Cobbler Experiment: Cobblers are not popular in Poland. Actually, I did not hear about them when I lived there. I learned about them when I moved to Texas. Last week, my husband brought home some fresh peaches (which were 'straight from a peach tree') and asked me to make a peach cobbler...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Have You Ever Collected Any Items?

Have you ever collected any items? Maybe you still do? What is it?

When I was little I took up collecting postcards, stamps, pocket calendars and holy cards. Not too mention music cassettes. Then, for many years, I almost forgot about it all. I stopped collecting anything although I did not get rid of what I had gathered. It was stuck somewhere on the shelves. Many years later, I have tried to enlarge my small collection sets. I was not able to take all my aggregation to Texas when I was moving, that is why I had to start from the beginning. Like many other things. It has not been easy, though. Hardly anybody sends postcards these days. It seems pocket calendars have been forgotten as well.

 The Polish Ladies Abroad have supported my collecting tries. Thanks a lot!

 

You will find the links to Our Twins' Drawer Collection pages on the right side of this blog. One drawer is actually too big for our stuff. At least right now. 😊

My Pocket Calendars - visit the page to see some of them + what else in our Drawer is.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Music ABC: T-Z


Writing about the letter 'S' I forgot to mention someone. I am going to write about all the missed musicians in the following post/posts of My Music ABC series.

Today - T

'Children of the Revolution' by T. Rex was probably their most often played song on the Polish radio. I like some other songs by the band as well but I learned about them later, after the 'Children of the Revolution' hit.



Thin Lizzy and their 'Whiskey in the Jar'. I guess quite a lot of younger music fans most likely do not know that it was the original version of the song, covered later by Metallica and others.

Tangerine Dream - a German electronic music band. Their Kiew Mission is one of # 1s on my Tangerine Dream list.


Classical T

I have always liked the music by Tchaikovsky. However, I first time watched a live ballet performance of his 'Nutcracker' when I came to Texas.

U

Uriah Heep - my all times number one music U.  Do you know that the name of the band has its origin in/was taken from the novel 'David Copperfield' by Charles Dickens? In that story, Uriah Heep was actually rather a lousy character, the band, however, wrote and sang so many songs which I really like. Great, epic ballads and more rock pieces too.



V

Vangelis, especially his works created with Jon Anderson. A superb duo and romantic compositions.



Andreas Vollenweider and his magical world of gardens, water falls and his Swiss harp music.


W

Wishbone Ash - wonderful tunes and my music W #1. I fell in love with their songs from the very first time when I heard them. It was 'Errors of My Ways' and others on a cassette with their first album Wishbone Ash. My friend gave that cassette to me when I told her I liked it a lot. She had bought the cassette for a kiss (a real story) from one of her (male) pals.



Jeff Wayne and his "War of the Worlds" - magnificent compositions (absolutely stunning in my opinion) based on the novel by H.G. Wells. I have always enjoyed listening to the musical version of that classic story. The music intro is totally amazing - the words of the novel read by Richard Burton, the string section and all the orchestra sounds, the lyrics of the songs give me goose bumps. It is so great! Jeff Wayne's "War of the Worlds" reminds me old radio theater shows. While listening to the music pieces, I can almost 'see' it all too. It makes my imagination work and makes me emotional as well. And I need to mention, no sooner had I seen the original concert version than I listened to the music on the radio and on a CD.


I wish I had been able to see it live when it was still performed. Well, Jeff Wayne has been retired now but there are still videos and my CD to enjoy.

Y

When I visited Birmingham, quite unexpectedly, I had a chance to see Yes at their concert rehearsal. I was with a small group of other people and our guide - a Birmingham lady - sneaked us into the concert hall where Yes were working. We watched them from a balcony for a few minutes, then we had to leave of course. It was quite amazing. To be honest, I was surprised that Yes had been still performing. I like their music but (as it is with other bands as well) I have never tracked their career.
The album by Yes which I like most is Drama.



Z

The only non-European band in this post is ZZ Top. I wrote about them in one of My Texas Alphabet pieces.





T.Rex - Jeepster, Hot Love, One Inch Rock, Children of the Revolution

Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear, Kiew Mission + the album Exit

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty

Uriah Heep - Lady in Black, July Morning, Gypsy, Look at Yourself, Easy Livin', Salisbury - album, Sympathy, Come Away Melinda, Tears in My Eyes

UFO - Doctor, Doctor

Jon & Vangelis - albums Short Stories, Friends of Mr. Cairo

Andreas Vollenweider - albums Caverna Magica, Behind the Gardens

Wishbone Ash - Errors of My Ways, Sorrel, Lullaby, Ballad of the Beacom, Warrior, Leaf and Stream, Throw Down the Sword, Persephone, Everybody Needs a Friend

Rick Wakeman - Six Wives of Henry VIII

Yes - Into the Lens/I am a Camera, Love Will Find a Way, album Drama, Owner of the Lonely Heart

ZZ Top - Legs,  Sharp Dressed Man, La Grange, Gimme All Your Lovin'


Friday, July 14, 2017

Wywiady Klubowe: Rozmowa z Gosią Dobrydnio

W tym miesiącu na blogu pojawią się aż trzy Wywiady Klubowe. Lipcową serię zaczyna Gosia, mieszkająca w Szwajcarii.

Gosiu, miło nam, że się spotykamy. Powiec nam skąd pochodzisz, gdzie jest Twoje miejsce w Polsce?

Moje miejsce to od zawsze Podlasie i Rajgród. Małe miasteczko w północno-wschodniej części Polski. Tam się wychowałam i spędziłam 19 lat mojego życia.

Jak dawno temu wyjechałaś z Polski?

Do Szwajcarii z Polski wyjechałam cztery lata temu.



Jaka była / jest przyczyna Twojej emigracji?

Główną przyczyną mojego wyjazdu był R i wkrótce potem pojawienie się naszego syna Antka.



Co nam powiesz o swoim wykształceniu?

Z wykształcenia jestem animatorem społeczno-kulturowym i dziennikarzem radiowym, ale aktualnie nie pracuję w zawodzie.

Czym zajmujesz się na co dzień?

Jestem trochę 'house manager' ;) , mamą, a poza tym pracuję też w spa.

Gosiu, czy masz jakieś hobby / co lubisz robić w czasie wolnym?

W czasie wolnym głównie czytam, pływam, zajmuję się moim małym ogródkiem i dużo jeżdżę rowerem. Lubię też robić zdjęcia.


Z czego jesteś dumna?

Dumna jestem z tego, że odważyłam się wyjechać, urodzić i wychowywać dziecko w obcym kraju. Dumna też jestem z moich dziennikarskich, autorskich warsztatów z dzieciakami z warszawskiej Pragi. Bardzo brakuje mi takich inicjatyw w Zurychu.


Kiedy zaczęłaś pisać bloga / o czym piszesz na blogu?

Pierwszego bloga założyłam w 2002 roku, dosyć długo go pisałam i do tego regularnie! Niestety pod koniec studiów odpuściłam go sobie. Później próbowałam, ale wszystko, o czym pisałam, wydało mi się śmieszne. Ostatni blog jaki udało mi się założyć i od czasu do czasu coś napisać, powstał pod wpływem Was, dziewczyn z Klubu. ;-)

Piszę o moim życiu na emigracji o miejscach, które odwiedzam.
Aktualnie chodzi mi po głowie pomysł totalnego odświeżenia bloga i być może po wakacjach ruszę z nową szatą graficzną. :-)

Czym jest dla Ciebie Klub Polki?

Klub Polek jest dla mnie miejsce spotkań, wymianą poglądów i doświadczeń. Fajnie jest móc podzielić się różnymi spojrzeniami na życie.

Co jeszcze chciałabyś nam powiedzieć o sobie?

Chyba już wszystko powiedziałam, może tylko tyle, że tęsknie za rodziną w Polsce i że emigracja pod tym względem nie jest łatwa.


Dziękuję za uwagę,
pozdrawiam,
Gosia :-


Blog Gosi: Życie na emigracji
Instagram: @dobragoshka

My też dziękujemy Gosiu za spotkanie i Twój udział w Wywiadach. Do zobaczenia na stronach Twojego blogu. Pozdrawiamy wzajemnie! 👩



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Found in Family Tree: Elder William Brewster

All our ancestors are appreciated - each and every one of them - and I am always pleased when, doing my ancestry research, I manage to come across a new person or a new family connection.
The more I can find out about a certain family member, the greater it feels.  A few times,I have happened to make quite a discovery. How cool it is to find out that a well known person is part of our family tree!

I was very much surprised when I learned that our direct ancestor (11 generations back) is William Brewster, one of the earliest pioneers and the founders of this country. That 'revelation' made me feel quite excited as I had not expected such a family connection at all.

William Brewster was born in England (circa 1566), not far from Scrooby in Nottinghamshire. His parents were William Brewster Senior and Mary Smythe.

William Brewster junior was a well-educated man, he also spent some time studying in Cambridge.

Brewster worked as a Secretary of State, then he was postmaster at the Scrooby post office. William Brewster was one of the religious reformists who created a Separatist church in England. Due to his religious views, William had to flee with his wife to The Netherlands. They settled in Leiden where Brewster became an elder of his church. He also worked as an English teacher and religious books' publisher. In his works, he criticized the English bishops and the king of England as well. To avoid prosecution, Brewster, his wife Mary, and other members of his church decided to leave to America. In September 1620, they started they voyage to the New World - they left Plymouth in England on the Mayflower ship. They reached the coast of the American continent on December 21, 1620. The group established a colony called Plymouth. William Brewster was the Colony Leader and the Church Elder and preacher. He was later granted some lands near Duxbury and founded a farm there.

He died on April 10, 1644.

An actor depicts Elder William Brewster in Plymouth Plantation

 Mary Brewster - wife of William's - was born around 1569 in England. The couple got married circa 1592 in Nottinghamshire. She arrived on Mayflower with her two youngest children Love and Wrestling.

Mary was one of the five women who survived the first winter in America and one of the fourth ladies who took part in The First Thanksgiving celebrations.

Mayflower - replica built in 1956

Our connection to William and Mary Brewster is their daughter Fear, born around 1606 (Scrooby, Nottinghamshire). She came to America on the ship Anne in 1623.

In (around) 1626 Fear married Issac Allerton, who was also Mayflower passenger. He was born in England about 1586. Fear and Isaac had  three children Rose (born circa 1633), Sarah and Isaac.

Proud of our pioneers!


Credits:
Photo #1: By Becurry (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons,
Photo #2: wikitravel:user:OldPine [CC BY-SA 1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mom's WW2 Stories: Cemetery & Clogs

My mom was born not long before WW2 started. During the war, she lived with her mother and two years older sister in a port city of Poland, in the war port area.

When mom looked through her bedroom window, she could see the Baltic Sea and the naval crafts. Sometimes it happened the sea was on fire when a naval craft was bombed or hit by a torpedo and its fuel tanks exploded. The burning petrol spilled on the sea waters, the vessel was sinking. Then mom saw the navy men jumping into the flames trying to save themselves.

Opposite the house where mom lived, there was a local cemetery ground. It was the place where she and other Polish children from the neighborhood used to play.  More regular playgrounds were usually occupied by German kids who tended to pick on their Polish contemporaries and call them names as well. Therefore, the cemetery seemed such a good area to play - it was quiet and peaceful. Mom and her pals could have fun there, not being assaulted by others. They played hide-and-seek among the graves and in the tombs. The children were neither afraid of the dead nor any ghosts. However, there was something they were scared of. It was the cemetery groundskeeper. The kids found the German man more terrifying than a ghost as he did not allow them to fool around at the graveyard.

One day grandma asked her daughters to fetch some fresh grass for their pet rabbit. Well, the best grass grew in the cemetery so mom and her sister went there to pick some green and juicy grass blades. While the girls were busy with getting the food supply for the pet, the cemetery caretaker spotted them. He shouted at them and started running towards the sisters. When the two little ones realized what was going on, they knew it could mean troubles only.

'Run quickly! Run!' - as fast as they were able to, the girls rushed home. Their hearts were beating strong, the inveighing groundskeeper was approaching them...

Luckily, they managed to hide behind their apartment door. Mom was barefoot, though. She moved her legs so quickly, running back home, she lost the clogs she was wearing.

To your knowledge: during WW2, shoes were not available in stores for Poles. They were for German people only. The Polish could only purchase (if they had enough money of course) wooden clogs. And mom had a pair of her clogs too. She wore them most of the time - all year round - in the heat of the summer and on the freezing winter days too.

And now - disaster - they were gone!

Very soon there was a knocking on the door. It was the cemetery groundskeeper.

Groundskeeper: 'Are your children at home?'

Grandma: 'Yes.'

GK: 'Were they out not long ago?'

G: 'No.'

GK: 'Are these your child's clogs?' He demonstrated the wooden shoes to grandma.

G: 'No.'

GK: 'I will leave them here anyway.'

And he did put mom's clogs on the staircase floor, not far from their apartment door.

What a relief it was - a close shave!

The girls not only did not get beaten by the cemetery caretaker, he also appeared to be a not such a bad man at all. And mom got her footwear back!

All in all, it did not change the fact, that later, the groundskeeper kept on scaring away the kids if they happened to play in the graveyard.



The above photo was taken during the war - the dresses and the girls' sandals were made by their mother, my grandma.




Friday, June 30, 2017

Wywiady Klubowe: Rozmowa z Zuzanną Chmielewską

Po wizycie we Francji, odwiedzamy dzisiaj Azję, a dokładniej mówiąc Malezję. Tu mieszka Zuzanna, polska blogerka należąca do Klubu Polki na Obczyźnie. To nasza pierwsza wizyta w tym rejonie świata!

Witaj Zuzanno, cieszę się, że możemy porozmawiać. 👩
Powiedz nam, gdzie jest Twoje miejsce w Polsce?

Pochodzę w Poznania i tam też spędziłam większość życia, w pięknym domu rodzinnym z ogromnym ogrodem. Bardzo tęsknię za setkami stokrotek na trawniku i za wieczornymi rozmowami przy ogrodowym ognisku. To było coś!

 

Jak dawno temu wyjechałaś z Polski?

Na stałe w 2012 roku, ale zaczęłam wyjeżdżać na dłużej już wcześniej. Byłam jeszcze w trakcie studiów magisterskich, kiedy podjęłam decyzję o wyjeździe.

Kraj/ kraje / przyczyna Twojej emigracji to...?

Wszystko zaczęło się od mojej fascynacji kulturą Indii. Będąc nastolatką, uwielbiałam filmy Bollywood, sporo czytałam o Indiach i bywałam na wszystkich możliwych festiwalach kultury indyjskiej. W marzeniach tańczyłam w pięknym sari w otoczeniu równie pięknie ubranych Indusek. Moja rodzina nie była więc zdziwiona, kiedy w wieku 19 lat wybrałam się na wolontariat właśnie do Indii. Po 3 miesiącach w stanie Gudżarat spodobało mi się na tyle, że wróciłam tam jeszcze w następnym roku. Następnym krokiem był program Erasmus, na który wybrałam najbardziej „azjatycką” opcję — Turcję. I od tamtej pory wiedziałam, że zanim skończę studia, na pewno chcę jeszcze raz wyjechać gdzieś na wschód — jeszcze dalej niż do Indii.


Po skończeniu I roku studiów magisterskich zaaplikowałam na staże marketingowe w 10 krajach Azji. Miałam rozmowy kwalifikacyjne z firmami w Korei, na Tajwanie, na Filipinach… I wtedy zdecydowałam, że zdam się na los. Że nie będę mieć absolutnie żadnych preferencji. Po prostu — pierwsza firma, która mnie zaakceptuje, będzie „tą wybraną”. I tyle. Nieważne, w jakim kraju będzie. No i na szczęście dla mnie… padło na Malezję! Tak naprawdę dowiedziałam się o tym kraju więcej dopiero po podpisaniu kontraktu na staż. Przed wyjazdem tak naprawdę o Malezji nie wiedziałam naprawdę prawie nic - tyletyle że są tam wieże Petronas...

Jednak po zakończeniu stażu czułam ogromny niedosyt. Malezja ogromnie mi się spodobała, a Kuala Lumpur wydawało się naprawdę ciekawym miejscem do eksploracji! I przez ten niedosyt stwierdziłam, że zostanę jeszcze na chwilę, znajdę pracę i dopiero potem wrócę na studia. Za rok. Ze znalezieniem pracy nie było problemu (mając w CV staż w lokalnej firmie, było mi łatwiej). I z tego „przedłużania” wyszła mi całkiem porządna emigracja - łącznie już 5 lat!


Nigdy nie planowałam emigracji - przyjechałam do Malezji z 1 walizką, bez mebli czy innych osobistych przedmiotów. To chyba emigracja sama mnie wybrała, dzięki cudownym ludziom w Malezji!

Powiesz nam jakie to studia rozpoczęłaś przed wyjazdem z Polski?

Studiowałam ekonomię na Uniwersytecie Ekonomicznym w Poznaniu, nie udało mi się ukończyć magisterki, ponieważ „wybyłam” do Azji i już nie wróciłam… Miałam też niesamowitą przyjemność studiować marketing w Izmir University of Economics w Turcji, podczas programu Erasmus.

Czym zajmujesz się na co dzień?

Szeroko pojętym marketingiem internetowym i brandingiem. Pracuję z malezyjskimi „startupami”, czyli w małych firmach, które niesamowicie szybko się rozwijają. Mam to szczęście, że zwykle jestem jedyną nie-Malezyjką w firmie!


Jakie jest twoje hobby / co lubisz robić w czasie wolnym?

Blogować, oczywiście! Mam taką swoją małą osobistą misję - promocję Malezji w Polsce. Jest to kraj jeszcze relatywnie mało znany, więc jest w tej kwestii sporo do zrobienia. Tak więc kiedy tylko mogę, zwiedzam nowe miejsca i je opisuję na blogu, a w weekendy oferuję swój czas jako jedyny polskojęzyczny przewodnik w Malezji. Oprowadzam małe grupy lub duże zorganizowane wycieczki wysyłane mi przez biura podróży. Będąc w Polsce, współpracuję z Izbą Handlu (Matrade) i ambasadą Malezji w Polsce, a także organizuję Prezentacje. A jeśli mam jeszcze chwilę czasu wolnego, odwiedzam nowe kawiarnie i bazary w Kuala Lumpur. Uwielbiam lokalne „wynalazki” gastronomiczne!

Z czego jesteś dumna?

Moim najważniejszym „dzieckiem” jest polskojęzyczny książkowy przewodnik po Malezji, którego jestem główną autorką. Został wydany przez wydawnictwo Pascal w 2015 i jest dostępny w każdej większej księgarni w Polsce. To takie moje największe marzenie, które do tej pory spełniłam!


Kiedy zaczęłaś pisać bloga / o czym piszesz na blogu?

W dniu, w którym przyjechałam do Malezji! Początkowo był to kanał, którym wysyłałam do rodziny zdjęcia i relacje z mojego pobytu tutaj. Z czasem zaczęłam zauważać ruch na stronie i dostawać pytania od turystów wybierających się do Kuala Lumpur czy na malezyjskie wyspy. Stwierdziłam, że skoro w polskim internecie nie ma jeszcze portalu o Malezji, mogę po prostu sama go stworzyć - i tak powstał pomysł na to, co obecnie istnieje pod nazwą ZuInAsia.com.
Na blogu znajduje się wszystko, co dotyczy kraju i jego kultury - opisy festiwali, pogody, ciekawych miejsc, a nawet poradniki dotyczące savoir-vivre. Opublikowałam też gotowe plany zwiedzania i rekomendacje hoteli i hosteli.

Czym jest dla Ciebie Klub Polki?

Miejscem, w którym mogę poczuć, że nie jestem sama. Emigracja solo, zwłaszcza nieplanowana, to nie są zawsze tylko słoneczne dni. Czasem to ogromna samotność, brak porozumienia z Azjatami, różnice kulturowe… Dzięki Klubowi wiem, że jest nas na świecie wiele i że cokolwiek się nie dzieje, mamy podobne problemy i co najważniejsze - możemy sobie pomóc! No i Klub to dla mnie też spotkania w „prawdziwym” świecie - poznałam tu naprawdę przecudowne osoby!

Co jeszcze chciałabyś nam powiedzieć o sobie?

Jeśli myślicie o pierwszych wakacjach w Azji - polecam z całego serca Malezję! Jest tu bezpiecznie, ciepło i ciekawie - no i jestem tu ja! Zawsze pomogę, doradzę albo się spotkam. Dla mnie to ogromna przyjemność! :)



ZUZANNA CHMIELEWSKA

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Dziękujemy Zuzanno! Z pewnością skorzystamy z zaproszenia i przeczytamy Twój Przewodnik, jeśli trafi się nam okazja spędzenia wakacji w Malezji. 😊

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Movies Monthly: May

June is about to be over so it is time to tell you which movies and TV shows struck our fancy in May.

TV series

Detective stories by BBC:

DCI Banks - we did not watch much of the previous season which was presented a few years ago. It looks like this time the series may not be aired long again.

Ashes to Ashes - III season - 2010 - a new-look of the main female character and more music of the 80s - less new age and more punk rock tunes + some non-British music as well. I started liking the series mostly due to the DCI Gene Hunt role played Philip Glenister. The character seems very similar to Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) from 'Murdoch Mysteries' - another crime story series. The same type of man, the same type of inspector, similar behavior and personality, similar look even - different time setting only. At first, I thought the two parts might be played by the same actor but no, they were two different men. I also like the new image of Alex Drake and the entire detective crew - the bond they share (besides Jim Keats who seems rather slippery).

Scott & Bailey - although the serial has had many seasons, just a few episodes appeared on our local TV. Maybe because there was nothing special about it (besides some entertainment), just another detective TV show.

Documentaries

Plants Behaving Badly - an educating show about carnivorous plants.

Victorian Slum House - quite an illuminating series. The real life circumstances in the Victorian Slum House must have been one hundred times worse and much harder due to the omnipresent filth, diseases, malnutrition, lice and other nasty bugs, rats and so on. We really liked the tailor's family, most of all the ones who took part in the series. They were so integrated - the parents and two children working together and learning together, supporting each other. Not all the children worked so really hard. As it was mentioned in the series, some quickly got bored and did nothing. Maybe a reason of that was those kids were younger than the tailor family children and they did not understand the meaning of it all, why they were taking part in the show. Maybe it was something else but we disliked that attitude of being indolent and idle which made the parents work only. Luckily, it was just a TV show. If the children had lived in Victorian times, they would have not been able to skip the work.

Not long after watching the documentary series about the London slum house, I came across some interesting information - possibly, one of my distant relative's father (whom I had never heard about - neither the relative nor his father) was born in Whitechapel, London at the time depicted in the Victorian Slum House series.

Movies

As usual, we watched some older films/some classics + more current ones.

Absolute Power - 1997 (crime, drama) with Clint Eastwood - one of our this months classics. I had already seen the film but it was so long ago, I could not recall much of the plot.
Some actors' names make you expect a certain level of a quality of a movie. Clint Eastwood is one of those who do not disappoint you. 'Absolute Power' is a good movie indeed.

The Man Who Knew Infinity - 2015 (biography) - I had never heard of that math genius of India who had the 'visions with numbers' when he prayed/concentrated. Despite his brilliant mind, quite a tragic life he had.

Bat*21 - 1998 (war) - one of the Vietnam war movies - about a lost in action officer who is rescued in dramatic circumstances. Quite well-made and an involving story too.


The Day the Fish Came Out - 1967 (drama, SF) - a French production set on a Greek island - quite a weird film, interesting though.

The Whistler - series of movies - made in 1944 - 1948 (crime, thriller). An early version of The Twilight Zone.

Leon: The Professional - 1994 (crime, drama). Another classic in May. An outstanding part of Leon created by Jean Reno. The young actress who accompanied him did really well.

The Attack of Lederhosen Zombies - 2016 (horror style comedy) - totally silly but funny as well.

No Time for Sergeants - 1958 (comedy, war) - Andy Griffith as a very simple young countryman drafted into the Air Force + his comic adventures.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

About Patriotism and Being A Patriot

When I worked as a school teacher, from time to time, I talked to my students about patriotism. Usually, it was around Independence Day, before all the school and state celebrations took place.

The kids studied the meaning of the term 'patriotism' given by a dictionary:
e.g. “Patriotism - the feeling of loving your country more than any others and being proud of it”*.

We also discussed whom we can call a patriot.

My mom's cousin served on a submarine during WW2. He and the entire submarine crew perished when the vessel was sunk by a torpedo. Those navy men were patriots, they died for their country.
All service men and women can certainly be called patriots. But what about us, who live at the time of peace and do not serve, can we be patriots as well?

Before answering that question, the students looked up the word 'patriot' in a dictionary.

"A person who loves their country and, if necessary, will fight for it".**

Furthermore, we also talked about Patriots and what local patriotism means (who a local patriot is).

When I was little, I was told by my parents how I should behave during official ceremonies when the national anthem is played. I learned I should stand still and solemnly till the anthem ended.
Years later, I explained the same to my students - no talking, giggling, jumping or dancing when the anthem is being played. Why? Because it means being disrespectful to our national symbol.

We are all proud when our national anthem and the flag are presented during the Olympics and other international sports tournaments. But what about when we are at home, in our country?

I used to have neighbors who lived not far from my place. On state holidays, they always hung the Polish flag on their balcony washing line. The flag was fixed to it with washing clips. I am sure the neighbors meant to express their patriotic attitude but the way they displayed the flag on their balcony was not proper or respectful according to me.

During the class the kids and I also talked about how the national flag should be treated/presented and how can we show our patriotism then.

Subsequently, the students, working in groups, brainstormed the answers to the following questions

#1. How can we express our patriotism / how can we be patriotic during the peace?

Some of their answers mentioning what patriots do:
  • respect our national symbols,
  • observe state holidays,
  • work at community groups/organizations,
  • do everyday duties/work well.

#2. What can we be proud of as citizens of our country/region of our country  - where we live - regarding places, things, and people?

The kids created great slideshows with their answers to both questions and presented them to their classmates.

In my opinion 'patriotism' was a really important but also an interesting topic to talk about in class. All in all, the meaning of 'patriotism' and 'patriot' is quite universal and applies not only to the Poles and their feelings. The children seemed to enjoy the class subject and the activities as well. I hope they will still remember what they learned then when they grow up.

Credits:
* Definition from: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/patriotism
** Cambridge International Dictionary of English, Cambridge University Press, 1999