Monday, February 15, 2016


After being forced out of her Auckland CBD shop due to soaring rent, Deanna Yang, 25, has taken to the streets to sell her cookies in true food truck style.
The Moustache Milk & Cookie Bus opened for business for the first time on Wednesday, parking up in Aotea Square.
When the self-titled "chief cookie officer" heard her Wellesley St shop's rent was going to be put up 40 per cent, she knew she had to make a change.
The 1978 Bedford school bus-turned-Moustache Milk & Cookie bus parked up in Auckland's Aotea Square.
The 1978 Bedford school bus-turned-Moustache Milk & Cookie bus parked up in Auckland's Aotea Square.
"At the time I was really surprised, that in one year, the value has supposedly increased by 40 per cent."
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So the young entrepreneur bought a 1978 "old-school Bedford school bus" and kitted it out with a commercial kitchen capable of pumping out twice the number of cookies her old store could.
"I've always wanted to open a cookie shop since I was eight years old, but another thing on my bucket list was to open a food truck.
"I thought, let's combine two of my dreams into one, and that's kind of how the Moustache Milk & Cookie Bus came to be," Yang said.
But dreams don't come easy and neither does renovating a bus built in the 1970s.
When Team Mo [Moustache] closed down their original store after three years in business, they decided to give crowdfunding a go to make a cookie vending bus a reality.
A whopping $90,000 was donated in four weeks, a true testament to the store's popularity and dedicated followers.
"And while that does sound like a lot of money, we actually went over budget by two or three times that," Yang said.
"It was a challenge but we had a lot of fun building it."
The bus sells the same gourmet cookie selection as the original store, with favourites being the chocolate peanut butter and Snickers cookies.
It will remain Auckland for the next few months, before winding its way to Wellington and eventually embarking on a New Zealand-wide tour from Cape Reinga to Invercargill.
So why cookies? Yang said it all comes back to her childhood.
"Growing up, my mum was a solo mother, raising us three children, so we didn't have very much money. She would always wake up at like four in the morning and bake for us, and even though we didn't have much, it was waking up to the smell of freshly baked cookies that really made me happy.
"And that's when I realised, the best things in life are actually the most simple things, and that nostalgia, that memory of my childhood inspired Moustache," Yang said.
"I love the bus much more than the original store, its just so much fun."
The Moustache Milk & Cookie Bus will be parked in Aotea Square until Sunday.
 - Stuff

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ann's book cv


Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan.

Ann Kit Suet Chin is a New Zealand Chinese writer. She was born in Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia. She attended Methodist Primary and Secondary School in Sibu. She graduated from Windsor University in Canada, Auckland University and Auckland University of Technology.

Ann is the fourth child of the late John Chan Hiu Fei and Mary Kong Wah Kiew. She is married to Chin Chen Onn, PhD. She has three surviving children, Deborah, Gabrielle and Sam. Her third child, Andrew died when he was a baby and is the inspiration of her first book.

作者 陈洁雪



Diary of a Bereaved Mother
ISBN 9780473187095 

This is a real life story of losing one's only son. This experience has made the author strong and caring. This tragedy has been a great help for her to help understand other bereaved people. The author is very brave to write this book. It has not been easy and she aims to touch,...

featured in the Aucklander.

I appeared in Television 1 Down Under program. It's ok to cry On baby bereavement.
I spoke in the Baptist Women's Annual Convention, North Island Chapter.  
My book was exhibited  at the Peacock 
Art Gallery, Upton Country, Dorset, Park England.

I  presented a workshop on Asian Infant Bereavement at the Sands National conference for Sands families and medical personnels for 200 attendees in September 2013

Used as a reference book for NICU staff at the University Hospital, Toronto. 

Dr Simon Rowley is a consultant at Starship Children's Hospital who's been given a copy of the book.
"It is a good reminder to all health professionals that when our patients leave us, the story does not end for the parents. The detail is amazing, and every little thought and action seems to have been recorded as it happened, and then has been reflected upon.
"For parents undergoing similar experiences this book could be a great comfort. For health professionals, I would see it as essential reading."



By Chin-Chan, Ann Kit Suet
ISBN 9780473239008  English
ISBN 9780473309626  Chinese


This is a hundred-year-old journal of two families, the Chans and the Kongs. It traces the first movement in 1907 from Kwang Zhou, China to the jungles of Borneo. It is a six-generational record with the second wave of movement to England, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Australia, USA ...

This book records with humor the life of a busy and active family through World War II, the formation of Malaysia and Confrontation. It is a personal reflection of a way of life that has moved on and provides insight into a family and its relationships. It is most of all a work of love and respect for the Chan and Kong families and for Father and Mother.

M M Ann Armstrong

Lodge International School
She explained the people in Sarawak, especially among the Chinese community, could relate to the book as it traces their roots and identities.
“From China to Borneo and Beyond kindled a lot of interests in the state. I am very happy to hear a publisher is going to print a Chinese version of it.”
From China To Borneo and Beyond was her second autobiography book, which is a hundred year old journal of two Families, the Chans and the Kongs. The book contains records of historical events and current affairs endured by her family from 1907 to 2006 such as the Opium war, virgin tropical jungle, the Japanese World War, colonial days, revelation and fighting with the communists. 



This book is about the embodiment of the darker side of today's society.
ISBN  978047325414-8

1 July 2013

a fiction novel – Mail Order Bride. The story, set in Auckland, New Zealand, touches on social issues such as teenage pregnancies, drugs, paedophile and the like. The book took two months to finish.

Her third book, Mail Order Bride is the first fiction piece from Ann. She said that the book targets an audience of young adults and that it appeals readers interested in social issues and ills that young adults have to face.



Women suffers from oppression. This story traces the life of Nadine who overcomes her own problems of oppression, grows up to be a social worker and helps women who have suffered from physical and mental violence, domestic violence, rape, pornography, swinging, sex slavery, human ...
1 July 2014
Interest Age
All ages

Judy Lawson, Counsellor
A book I would use in my work as a reference. 

World War II in Borneo, Tales of my Grandpa
ISBN:9780473339005 (Pbk)

It is seventy years after the end of the World War II, or the Japanese occupation in Borneo. Captain Cheng aka Captain Fong and his Canadian soldiers are remembered in their role of leading the surrender of the Japanese.

I've been reading your book World War Two in Borneo: Tales of my Grandpa.  I was a bit hesitant to start it, since it is combined fiction and fact and I didn't want to get the history mixed up in my mind.  However,  I'm finding it very compelling to read.  

Canadian documentary maker, Keith Lock.

Traces the lives of 2 girls. The poor girl is sold to the rich girl as a slave aka mui zai to serve her for ever. Different Chinese Tradition are explained, and tragedy brings them to the South Seas. The Japanese invasion, the slave protects her mistress and is sent to a brothel as a comfort women.