Wednesday, July 10, 2013

On Hiatus

Update: Thank you all for the encouragement and kind words! My mum and I appreciate them a lot! I was overwhelmed by the generosity of many of you and yes I am listening. Hence here is the PayPal Donate button.

I thank you all in advance for whatever small contributions to ease this difficult time I am going through. Please subscribe to my facebook page for updates on the latest developments on my mum's condition.

Dear beautiful people,

I have some not so good news. My beloved mum accidentally fell down from the staircase and has fractured her hips. I was informed on Tuesday morning and immediately took the next flight out to Kuching. She was hospitalized at Sarawak General Hospital and the doctors are still in the process of finalizing the best option for her treatment. Most likely she will have to undergo a major operation to install a metal implant to replace the fractured bones at her hip area. We were not informed the exact date for the surgery but we were told the waiting time might take weeks.

Therefore I am currently taking unpaid leave away from my engineering day job. At the same time unfortunately I will have to halt any photography related activities as well and that means there will be no shutter therapy for me for the coming month or longer. I shall commit myself to stay at my mum's side until her full recovery. Hence this blog will not be updated until everything is over.

Considering my current financial conditions I am seriously contemplating of letting go all my Sony gear and also selling a part of my much beloved Olympus system. It will be painful but the sacrifice is necessary. I am not sure where this leads me and how will things move on from here but I do want to hope for the best and believe that one day I will be out there shooting again, doing my shutter therapy, perhaps even in a grander scheme than ever before. At this moment not workinf for possibly more than a month means my funds will be depleting quickly and God knows how much the medical bills will add up to be at the end of the day. For now to set the priorities straight I do have to take care of mum and hope she gets the best attention and care possible. I will be at her side at all times.

I apologize for not being able to keep this place alive and as frequently updated as I always do. I do feel very guilty and sad having to abandon this place like this. I have fought consistently and persistently no matter bow busy I was with work of life to have this blog updated. However any words of encouragement from you all will be deeply appreciated. Do keep me in your prayers and I sure hope for the best for my mum. She means a whole world to me.

Yours sincerely
Robin Wong
(This blog entry was published from my mobile phone)

57 comments:

  1. Wishing your Mom a successful and strong recovery.

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  2. Hang in there, Robin. Go take care of your mother and don't worry about us. Your faithful readers will still be here upon your return. I hope your mom gets well soon.

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  3. Robin, place a paypal donate button on your blog and let your friends help you in your time of need.

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    1. Absolutely! I'm sure many of us would like to help out. A PayPal donate button would be the easiest way. Godspeed.

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    2. Robin, I am with Larry on this paypal donate button. Actually when I prayed last night, I am thinking on how can we (friends of RW) help Robin Wong financially. I also thinking on my way to my office today of contacting Luke Ding, maybe he has a better idea of this. Yet best way still the paypal donate button.
      As for you dear friend, keep yourself healthy and worry less but pour your full love and care to your beloved mother.
      May God bless and keep us.
      John Ragai

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    3. I totally agree with the guys here, let us help you. Don't be shy, you deserve it!

      Stefano

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  4. Good luck, God bless you both Robin.

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  5. That is very sad news about your mother, Robin. Don't worry about us, though! We'll be here whenever you come back - your mother is a million times more important than us, the odd bunch of pixel nerds. And, like Larry suggests: put a paypal donate button on this blog. I am sure several people will be more than happy to donate to the good cause - the speedy and complete recovery of your mother. What can be more important?

    Put that donate button up! I will be happy to do my little part. I'm not rich but I am sure all together we can make a difference!

    Take care!

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  6. Buddhist prayers coming your mother's way! Meanwhile, keep a small camera and document the entire experience. Show others how a good son takes care of his aging mom. We are all aging! It's part of the story when you have a human body. You are doing exactly the right thing.

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  7. Prayers to you and your family....keep us updated on your Facebook profile... Everything works out in the end..........

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  8. Wishing your mother a successful recovery, hang in there!

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  9. God Bless you and your family Robin. The friendship and wealth of your experience you offer here are so greatly appreciated. But go and do what you have to do, and if you find a way to keep us updated even in very small ways, that would be great. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Warm Regards, Libby.

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  10. Your mom comes first, take care and MANY HUGS!

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  11. Robin

    Family first, everything is secondary.

    Wishing your mother a successful recovery.

    Don

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  12. I am so sorry to hear this Robin. Some people say it is in poor taste, but in this instance I would not hesitate to contribute to a paypal fund for you. Please consider it. Hoping for the best for you and your mother.

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  13. I wrote it some months ago. Give us that PayPal Button to help you. Together we can make a difference. There are some people out there who don't care about money. It's no solution to sell your beloved gear. You call it Shutter-THERAPY. So you NEED that..!

    We pray for your Mum and wish you all the best...

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  14. Your loved ones are far more important than this site and photography. It's unfortunate and life isn't fair, do what you think is best . I pray for your mum and a fast recovery. Take care!

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  15. Thank you for sharing your pictures and life. As a brother in christ, will keep you and your mother in prayer.
    - Vincent.

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  16. All the best Robin. Don't be shy, put a paypal button on your page. You've taught me a LOT, I would like to repay my teacher.

    Tom

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  17. Robin,
    Best Wishes and a speedy recovery for your mum.
    Fully agree with the suggestion for you to put up a PayPal button as I am confident many readers of your blog would gladly contribute to help.

    SiewKS

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  18. Do what you have to. There are more important things than photography sometimes.
    I wish the best for your Mom and that you are back on the street soon.

    -Andre

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  19. Best wishes for you, your mum and all your family. Will miss your updates but only for a little while I am sure. You're doing the right thing though.

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  20. Thanks so much for all the well wishes and kind words my mum and I appreciate them a lot. Due to overwhelming response I have consideded to set up the PayPal donate button. However I will need access to a computer to do so and once I can borrow something to use I will put up the donate button soonest possible.
    Thank you everyone for staying with me. I will do my best for mum. Do continue to pray for us.
    All your support and kind gestures helped me a great deal to go through this difficult time. Thanks again.

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  21. Best wishes hope everything works out ok.

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  22. Robin, all the best and may your mother have a speedy recovery.

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  23. Dear Robin, you are doing the right thing. I wish your mum all the best. Don't worry for the blog, I will wait for your return and meanwhile, I'll read the old posts!

    A big hug from Italy
    Stefano

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  24. Wishing your mum a speedy recovery mate. Will meet up with you in Kuching soon.

    Cheers!

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  25. Sorry to hear about your mom. But praying for her to get well sooner than expected. You be strong now, and take care.

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  26. I,m so sorry to hear this news. Hope your mum will be fine and you will be back here sooner!
    Yama

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  27. Robin, all my wishes to you and your mom! All the best to your family and I hope your mom will recover soon.

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  28. Best wishes from here as well Robin, and may your mum recover soon!

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  29. As someone who cared for his sixty-year-old mother during the two years she spent fighting cancer - with many months in hospital, and a lot of pain - I feel a lot of sympathy for you. Best wishes

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  30. My thoughts and prayers are with her and you.

    FrankyB

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  31. Saddened to hear of your mothers accident. Wishing her a speedy recovery .
    Our best wishes to you both .Ian and Maggie @ Sydney

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  32. Hi Robin. I will pray for you and your mom. Trust in the LORD. He will watch over you.
    Do let us know if you have received sufficient funds. We'll donate more if you still face deficit. Keep us updated here.

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  33. Hi Robin, Sorry to hear this sad news. Wish your mum recover soon. Your words touched me, I would do a little help to support you financially. Take care.

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  34. Hi Robin, so sorry to read about your mom. Hoping for a speedy recovery, and wishing you both the very best. - Rene

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  36. Sorry to hear the news. My prayers are with your mom and you. Hope everythig will be soon back to normal

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  37. i hope your mom has a speedy recovery. i'm happy to donate. thanks for all you do, i appreciate it.

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  38. Robin, I've been out of touch for several days now, so when I stopped by your blog this morning, I was very saddened to hear about your Mom and that you are considering selling some of your photo equipment. You and your Mom will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am happy to help you out with a donation, but just getting funds into PayPal takes 3 - 5 days.... Wishing you and your Mom the best!

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  39. Wish your mom a speedy recovery.

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  40. I hope your mom recovers soon.

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  41. Robin, I just purchased an EP-5 and found your blog AFTERWARDS. I was enjoying your reviews and your amazing photography when I found the entry about your mother's terrible accident. I'm glad that you put a donate button on your page. Although I'm brand new to your site, I'm a fan and am happy to help in a small way. Blessings to you and your mum.

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  42. Sorry to hear Robin. My wife and I really enjoy your blog and are praying for you and your mom! I'm also praying you get enough donations to not have to sell off your camera gear. We'll be donating next month. God bless!

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  43. Let us know how your mother is recovering from her injury. Please let us know if our donation are helping enough.

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  44. i donated $20USD fingers crossed for your Mother ...Roland, Vancouver, Canada

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  45. Robin,

    Sorry to hear of this unfortunate situation. When I'm able to, I will donate what I can. I know that it is easier said than done, but try to keep your head high man.

    Ian

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  46. Dear Robin – it is now one year ago I found your blog and I was amazed what I found: fantastic pictures, well written reviews on Olympus gear and also some touching philosophical thoughts. And I always appreciated your humble attitude towards being an extraordinary photographer. Yes, you are brilliant no matter which brand you shoot an which lens you put on to take your shots. So many pictures left me with a wow and a big smiling face – thank you so much for that.

    As I read your Hiatus post I suddenly felt so sorry for your mother and the bad situation you're both in. My donation of 50$ is a humble thank you for your inspiration and I hope that there will be a lot of people out there supporting you in this hard time. We all feel, that you don't have to sell your gear - don't we? We want you to keep up the precious work!

    I wish that all goes well with your mother and that your love will support her so that she will recover as fast as possible!

    Love & peace, Enzo Lopardo, Switzerland

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  47. My dad had lung surgery last month and I was in and out of hospital for 2 weeks. I know how it feels. Wish you all the best!

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  48. Hi, Robin,

    I am very sorry to hear about your mum. I've just sent you a little bit via PayPal, wish you and your mum are all well.
    Looking forward to your amazing photos very soon :-)

    Raymond Ho.

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  49. Hi Robin,

    That's really bad news. I'm sorry to hear about your mum. I hope everything works out well for you and her, and that it's sorted quickly.

    All the best.
    Scott

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  50. Hi Robin,

    Sad news indeed. All the best to your mum and good luck for yourself.

    bobbbster

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  51. hey Robin, wishing your Mum a speedy recovery.

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  52. Hey Robin,I've been a fan of your blog. My prayers are with you. Recently my grandma fell and fractured her hip too. On top of that they discovered she has a heart condition which made the hip surgery risky. I can empathise the anguish of uncertainty and long waits ... even in supposedly "resourceful" Singapore. All the best to you and your mum.

    Alvin

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