Sunday, 1 March 2015


When I was not looking, Junior had climbed up the table and helped himself to my drink.  Naughty kitty.


Read this Feng Shui article on the power of Red by Kathryn Weber.

"The Feng Shui Qualities and Protective Power of the Color Red"

By Kathryn Weber

From antiquity to today, few colors have the power and influence that the color red has. It’s the most likely to make the wearer and the observer do something, such as stop at a stop sign, eat at a restaurant or feel favorably about a company, such as Target and its red bulls-eye logo.

Wearing red imbues the wearer with confidence and power. In China, the color red has many meanings, but the first is happiness. The bride in a wedding ceremony has always traditionally worn a red veil that was only lifted once the bride and groom were at the ceremony, never seeing each other until the wedding. That tradition continues today even though modern brides now know their intended before the ceremony.

In Chinese tradition, a red-faced man is regarded as a holy person, and a god wearing a red robe is the god of wealth. Red colored gems have also been regarded to hold powers of invincibility, strength and success. Rubies and garnets have long been believed to protect against the evil eye.

The element of fire has been associated with the phoenix and is associated with both of fire’s destructive and life-giving and cleansing properties. The phoenix is the red bird that promised success and longevity.

In China today, red is still ascribed with the quality of wealth and abundance. And in feng shui, red is the ultimate power color imbuing warmth, success, prosperity and wealth. But it’s also a color of protection.

Learn more about red and its role in feng shui and protection.

In feng shui

Red is the color of good fortune. Happy times are signified by the color red. It’s a color that denotes happiness and the arrival of success. Using a touch of this color in every room brings a spark of life as well as protection.

Red activates. When using feng shui figures and ornaments, it’s always advisable to dot the item with red paint, glue a piece of red paper to the bottom or tie them with a red ribbon. Doing so activates the item. For something more decorative, try hanging a red coin hanger or red tassel on a figure to activate it, or tie one to your handbag, luggage, computer case, keys, desk drawers or even thumb drives for some computer panache.

Red color plays a strong role in fashion. For women, the color red is a color associated with sexiness, assertiveness and strength. For men, power ties are almost exclusively red. Red scarves have long been held as a part of wedding customs and to improve love and fertility. Red has long been associated with strength and fortitude. It’s also used as protection against malicious forces and red veils and scarves have been worn as protection.

Red is the color of strength. When you want to be noticed, wear the color red. This is the perfect color for single girls and anyone trying to climb the corporate ladder. That’s because red is the color of confidence and self-assuredness. Wear this color when you’re ready to get your share of the attention – whether from an admirer or your boss.

For protection

Red protects income. Red handbags and wallets are auspicious for women to carry and energizes their wealth and income. This is especially true in 2015, as women must be careful of their finances from draining expenses (wood drains earth in 2015). Carrying a red wallet helps to energize wealth accumulation and stimulates income. Maybe better still is that you can find a red wallet inside a handbag!

Red ensures vitality. Women enjoy warmth and red creates the kind of energy that feeds a woman’s need for fire. In the Year of the Sheep, the wood star visits the center sector of earth, or the sector of health, wealth and happiness. This can have a draining effect on everything from finances to overall health and well-being for everyone in the house.

Wearing a red scarf protects energy and vitality and can give protection against illness and fatigue. Wearing a red bracelet helps lift brain fog and mind-sapping energy as the wrist is the part of the body that represents the mind.

Red creates happiness. Women who wear a red ring on their right hand create a stronger bond and happier relationship than those whose right hands goes bare. Wear a red stoned ring for more love and affection from your spouse.

Red high heels and racy lingerie are a favorite of men, but they’re good for women, too. Wearing a red bra and panties or red heels will energize you all day long – and are perfect under dark clothing to give it a punch of power.

Red burns through anger. Wood is the element associated with family and with anger. In 2015, the center sector hosts the 3 Jade star. With its wood attributes, you may find that families are especially touchy or angry.

Whenever there is anger, red is the color to reach for. Red candles are helpful during family visits to burn up excess wood and diffuse squabbles. Red pillows and cushions are also a helpful antidote for fussy families.


Saturday, 28 February 2015


Manjakani is a popular herb used in female hygiene wash.  So what exactly is it?  To find out, read the article below...

What is Manjakani?

Oak Gall (manjakani in the Malay language) is not a type of fruit or from any part of a tree. It is actually round-shaped abnormal growth found only on a few species of trees in the world. Oak Gall is the result of natural chemical reaction between the tree's bark and secretion from various insects that use parts of the tree to lay its eggs.

The metamorphosis process that takes place on the hatched insect's eggs produce enzymes that stimulates food supply on the leaves' cells, and a hard round "ball" is formed. It is neither part of the insect nor tree. This "ball" is known as Oak Gall.

Oak Gall is known as a natural astringent that contains antiseptic materials and anti- oxidants: a truly generous gift from Mother Nature to women. Studies have shown that manjakani is rich in tannins, vitamin A and C, calcium, gallic acid, fiber, protein and carbohydrates. Oaks galls possess a unique kind of astrigency which acts to restore health, tone and vigor in the vagina. Well-known since ancient times, Arabs, Persians, Indians, Chinese and Malays have traditionally used oak galls for treatmeant after childbirth, as well as to treat vaginal discharge and related infections.

Women in Asia have traditionally been using Oak Gall after giving birth to tighten their vaginal tissue and strengthen the womb for better sex after childbirth.

How does it work ? The Oak Gall extract can tighten the erectile tissue layers of the vagina and at the same time, restore suppleness and rejuvenates the nerves in the vagina, hence increasing sexual pleasures and ultimately resulted in better intimate sex.

The unique properties of oak galls are extremely beneficial to women. Its strong astringent properties give instant tightening effects on vaginal walls. Its ability to fight free radicals helps to tone up vaginal walls and helps reverse loss of elasticity caused by ageing, hormonal changes and childbirth. It also helps to ward off unwanted microorganisms.

Pueraria Mirifica
This tuber contains exceptionally high concentrations of phyto-estrogens, and is excellent for stimulating the "Bartholon" glands to release estrogen and restore a woman's natural lubrication. Phyto-estrogen increase blood flow to the vagina and introduce estrogen-like biologiocal effects. Regular use of Pueraria mirifica may restore vaginal tissue growth, strength and elasticity.

Nature's Gift to Women
As women age, the vaginal lining thins, causing irritation, painful intercourse, increased risk of yeast and bacterial infections. "Manjakani" (oak gall) has been proven to help restore the health of the mucosal tissue, reducing these problems. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, manjakani also aids in healing external tissue damage after childbirth. It can be used externally to reduce swelling and bruises caused by minor injuries in the vaginal area. Clinical trials have demonstrated that it also enhances sexual responsiveness and intimacy.
Research has also shown that Manjakani extract has natural antiseptic properties that are effective in eliminating bacterial, yeast and fungal infection, the main causes of itching and unpleasant odors in the intimate area. Its astringent properties assist in reducing excessive discharge.

Frequent bacterial or fungal infections and the use of harsh soaps can cause discoloration (darkening) of the delicate skin in the intimate area. Manjakani helps to maintain the natural color of this area. It also contains unique antioxidant properties that are effective in reducing melanin formation and preventing discoloration.



Today is Hajah Kamariah's birthday.  We celebrated a day earlier with her on Friday.  It was a simple celebration but like what Haji Hasnin said, it was meaningful.  I invited Ustaz Fauzi to say prayers for her and then we enjoyed the food that I ordered.


I enjoy watching Syafiq with Junior.  He cuddles the little fella and gives him hugs and kisses.

Friday, 27 February 2015


Yesterday morning, there was a Chinese Calligraphy Competition at the library.  This was held in conjunction with the Chinese New Year. The contestants had to write the character for goat using a Mopit or Chinese brush.


Egg sambal or sambal telur is Malay concoction.To make sambal telur, boil some eggs and then sauté them with sambal so they are nicely coated with it. Sambal telur is a quick and easy recipe. This dish is great with rice.


When I saw this pair of shoes by Hush Puppy with the mystic knot design I decided to buy it. It is indeed comfy to wear and hopefully the mystic knot will  help strengthen relationship and communication luck for me, especially this year when the argumentative star is in the middle palace.

Thursday, 26 February 2015


This is Olie. It is Ismi Norma's cat. One side of the face is white and the other is black. Also both eyes are of different colours, the eye on the black side is blue and that one the white side is green. This is a Chimera cat.
To find out what a chimera cat is, please click this LINK.


I met a university mate while attending a course in Ipoh this week.  Khairuddin and I were at Bristol University in the 1990s.  I was one year his senior. It has been 20 years since we last met.  Both of us have become older and rounder.  Heh heh heh.


My colleague, Norma and I are posing in front of the Chinese New Year Decoration at Impiana Hotel in Ipoh.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015


No Chinese New Year is complete for me without a picture with my old friend Master Yuet Loe, Yuet Loe or the Old Man of the Moon has been entrusted to mind over the marital affairs of mankind.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015


During Chinese New Year, Taoist families would place a pair of leeks and a pair of lotus roots by the side of the House Deity (Tei Chu Kung).  This symbolises acquisition of money and wealth aplenty.


On the first day of the Chinese New Year, I would go to the temple to pray. The first temple I usually go to is the Cave Temple in Gunung Rapat. And I would especially go to the shrine dedicated to the Goddess Kuan Yin.

Monday, 23 February 2015


I am going back to work this morning but according to the Tung Shu today is not a good day for me to resume work.  So what I did was to go back to the college yesterday afternoon to start my work. This is not the best day to resume work but it would be better than a day that clashes with me.
When I reached the college I tidied the library and adjusted the decorations of the exhibition.  I also watered the plants in the herb garden.  When I was there I uttered the words, "Hoi Kung Tai Kat" or Auspice in resuming work.


During CNY time, restaurants, kopitiams and other Chinese eateries in Ipoh are jam packed with people. What is worse is that the prices of the food and drinks are more expensive. This afternoon my aunt and I decided not to wait in line for our food at the popular places and settled for mamak food at the Tesco food court. We had mee goreng mamak, rojak Singapura, air bandung and teh tarik.


 My friend, Miss Veronica Woo (picture above) shared with me photographs of the Chinese New Year celebrations for her school, SMJK (C) Poi Lam in Ipoh.  I was wowed by the grandeur of the events.  They had a lion dance complete with joker, a Chinese calligraphy competition for non Chinese teachers, dance performances and a host of other activities.  Wah.  Well done!