Friday, 27 June 2008

ancient painted coffins

Egypt archaeologists find ancient painted coffins
Thu Jun 26, 1:53 PM ET

CAIRO (AFP) - A team of Egyptian archaeologists have discovered several painted wooden coffins, including some dating back to the 13th century BC rule of pharaoh Ramses II.

"These coffins were found in the tombs of senior officials of the 18th and 19th dynasties," near Saqqara, Zahi Hawass, the director of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities said on Thursday.

"Some coloured unopened coffins dating back to the sixth century BC were found as well as some coffins dating back to the time of Ramses II," who ruled from 1279 to 1213 BC, he said.
Several statues were also found in the tombs which represent the owners of the coffins, said Ahmed Said who heads the Cairo University archaeological team that found the coffins.
The Saqqara burial grounds which date back to 2,700 BC and are dominated by the massive bulk of King Zoser's step pyramid -- the first ever built -- were in continuous use until the Roman period, three millenniums later.

The vast cemeteries have yielded numerous discoveries from the Old and New Kingdoms.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

another milestone for charis

this coming sunday, the whole family will be sending charis, our eldest daugther, to intec (international education center) in shah alam as she enrols for the 1 year adfp (american degree foundation program).

charis is one of the few fortunate ones as non-bumis to receive a jpa scholarship from the government to do her university studies overseas. the government has offered her four years in the U.S. where she will be doing biotechnology.

i will also be preaching in ekklesia church usj in the morning. so, we will elave in 2 cars, go to shah alam where my family will be and i proceed to usj to preach first, and upon finishing, i will proceed back to shah alam to catch up with the family.

Monday, 23 June 2008

memorial service for kerk zi on (Part 1)

the memorial service to kerk zi on yesterday at teluk intan wesley methodist church began at 3.40pm and ended at 7.0opm. it was the longest service i had ever attended. there was so much to say from almost everyone who knew zi on. there were powerpoint presentations, eulogies, tributes, and even self-composed songs sung in his honour.

one of the most moving parts of the memorial service was when mr kerk, zi on's father, shared his tribute to his son. in his message, he read from what he wrote on the 14th jan 2008 entitled 'today is your birthday, mama will not cry'. you can read it for yourself from the above two jpgs. just double click on each picture for an enlargement. i think the poem sums up what mr and mrs kerk felt through those initial difficult months.

i will be posting more in the days to come (will try to post more except that i will be busy teaching over the next few days).