NewarkTech & Bloomfield Tech Students Part 2

 NewarkTech and Bloomfield Tech Students Part 2

Ing’s Peace Project 

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What does Peace means to you? 

By Newark Tech and Bloomfield Tech Students 

Fall 2013 





Cultivated Peace

One Bloomfield Tech Student expresses his thought

There is no Peace


Sadness is in my heart hearing his belief

 If I could tell my child about peace


 Walking on empty land

With no plants and no trees

 Lucky me, finding some seeds in my pocket


 Let us make some holes

 And put some seeds in the soil

Water them everyday when we pass by


 Surprisingly, two green leaves peek out of the soil

 Walk carefully not to step on the baby tree

 Let’s pour more water and some plant food

 Put some fence for protection

From animals eating the baby plants


Time passes by with love and care

 The plant grows tall with beautiful crested flowers

 And fragrant aroma the air


 Oh my, the plant is taller than me

 Look! The bees are drinking the nectar

 One wonderful day I see a beautiful swallowtail butterfly

 Drinking nectar from the flowers


Gladly we spent time to grow the trees

 Cultivate them with patience and love

 Enjoying the trees

 Bring bees and butterflies for us to see


To have Peace we need to cultivate

 Just like planting the trees

 But Peace comes from the internal and external


One has to have peace in oneself

 Before looking for peace outside


 If you are able to calm yourself

 You can enjoy food and music

Reading books and discussions

 Feel good and appreciate knowledge

 That one gains from teachers, friends, and family


Helping family and friends

 Greeting them with smiles

 The returning smiles and nice conversation

 Will make the day brighter


  Three simple philosophies I practice

Try my best to take care of myself

 Physically and mentally


With good health and wealth I have

 Secondly I try to branch out to help others

 As best as I can


Kind words and smiles

 Will help others to feel good too


 Thirdly I try to make my heart pure

 By not judging people

 Before I recognize the real reasons

Why one behaves certain ways


This practice is more difficult than others

Because my judgment is impaired by fear of the unknown


 If one can find peace in oneself

 One can smile, get up and go to school or to work

 Helping oneself and others


Peace from outside is difficult to find

 Troubles come from neighborhood violence

 Wars take place all over the world

 Natural disasters cause trouble and hardship for people

  That we cannot control


 But if you have Peace in yourself

No one can take it away

Then you can think about

How to make your surroundings more peaceful

Find someone that needs help

Using knowledge from your education

Finding out about other institutions

That can help you, your family

 Friends or neighbors


President Barack Obama saw his father only once

When he was ten years old

His grandparents took care of him

When he was a teenager

He educated himself and able to help others

By working as a community organizer in Chicago

We know by now how he can help more people

While he is a President


 If you have peace in yourself

 You can form your ideas

How to help others to have peace

Even little things one can achieve

Help a child who cries from falling

Calm the child and help take care of the little wound

This will make one feel good, lively and happy


We all cannot all become president like President Barack Obama

Because we all have different abilities

But if one tries one’s best  

Then whatever one achieve

It is good enough


Two more things that I practice

Trying to understand people and show kindness


Kindness makes the world go round

A kind heart will make a happy person

And people will be happy to see you


As the old Asian proverb says

A rigid tall tree

Will break with strong wind

But soft blade of grass

Will withstand the harsh wind

And live on for another day


Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Sunday, December 15, 2013


The Golden Swallowtail Butterfly was captured by me on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at our backyard garden in downtown Newark, New Jersey  


Link to YouTube:  (8:15 minutes)  

Link to Golden Swallowtail Butterfly and White Cosmos Flower & Bees Ing’s Poem Page: 


 Link to YouTube:  (5:15 minutes) 

 Hibiscus and Jasmine plants are topical.  Their flowers will bloom in the summer time.  When I was young in Thailand we planted them and we loved to see the gorgeous flowers blossom.  We like Jasmine flowers that give out a very nice fragrance.  I planted jasmine here in the US but if I leave the plants outside during winter the plants will die.  I take my plants inside and give them some light from florescent bulbs and water them with plant food.  It is December now and the weather outside is below freezing but my hibiscus plants have produced some beautiful red flowers.  I also counted about one hundred the little white jasmine flowers.  Everyday a few jasmine flowers blossom giving a very nice fragrance when I walk by the plants which makes me happy and peaceful thinking of my homeland.

  I cultivate my plants to enjoy the flowers and fragrance.  It gives me happiness and peace.    One will achieve something if one puts effort and time to pursue one’s goal.  If one does nothing one receives nothing.

  Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 2:55 am

Thanks to Mr. Jonathan who helped to organize all the comments from Newark and Bloomfield Tech students.  Good teachers show concern and do more to advance their students both mentally and physically by preparing the students for future challenges.  

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Friday, March 14, 2014 

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