June 9, 2011

Chinese Honeysuckle



Quisqualis (latin) What is that?


I have a group of friends who are retired but make photography very much their every day activity.


In this way we learn and teach at the same time. One friend who has taught me a great deal through his photos is  Lt.Col Robert Rizal Abdullah (Rtd) from Taiping formerly of Lachau ( Sarawak)


Below are two photos from him of Chinese Honeysuckle.












This is Quisqualis indica ( Chinese honeysuckle or Rangoon Creeper). It is a cultivated ornamental but also grows wild. Quisqualis in Latin translates as 'What is that'?."


As a teacher I loved to hear my students' questions and I suppose in 34 years of teaching I must have answered innumerous question mostly with a lot of patience and fairly often I had to do some research to provide the answers the next day.(.In those days we did not have the Internet in the classroom)...


 But unfortunately many young people today have lost the art of polite conversation and questioning. Socrates would not have a full classroom today if I may say so...would he? I have not entirely given up on Socratic Questioning....


Teachers - - be not dismayed when your students are not "engaged in learning"..try your best to induct them into a real life long journey. May the YAHOO moment come to your class often to you and to your students......Inspire them to learn.


Today we learn a Latin word Quisqualis at least......


May the thirst for knowledge remain the spring of our civilisation.


Thank you RRA.....

2 comments:

Ann said...

this is GIN ING WAH? I have been given them to brew for feeling heaty.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

I am not sure if this is Gin Ing Wah..because by looking at them they seem to be very much bigger...