Wednesday, 2 September 2015

PLANNING TO VISIT HAN CHIN VILLA

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I have gone past this old town house many, many times but have never gone inside. The Han Chin Pet Soo built in 1893 in Ipoh old town have been restored and is now open for visitors.

From what I have read, it retains much of its original interior, which until 2013 was only privy to members of the Hakka Club, originally the Han Chin Tin Miners’ Club run by mining magnate, Leong Fee. The two storey shop house is located at 3 Jalan Bijeh Timah or formerly known as Treacher Street. It is acutally a short walk from Concubine Lane.

This coming weekend I intend to visit the villa with Lai Yoong and Aunty Linda.  Will post pictures of the inside to share with you.

- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/citynews/ipoh/article/secretive-doors-of-han-chin-pet-soo-now-open-to-public/secretive-doors-of-han-chin-pet-soo-now-open-to-public#sthash.8gmMjYIj.dpuf

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

RIDDING ONESELF OF BAD ENERGIES

Me at the Sing Wong Temple for the ritual

Ever had those months where things did not go smoothly for you. I actually had it in July. My good intentions went awry on two occasions. I had gone for a course and a few of my colleagues helped to teach my classes while I was away. To thank them, I bought little gifts. Unfortunately, my student who helped to send the gifts sent it to the wrong lecturer. Unbeknownst to me there was a temporary teacher who also had the same moniker. The one the gift was intended felt very hurt when she saw all the rest receiving the gifts. It took a bit of explaining to get the situation sorted out. I went and bought another gift for her. There was another episode with another lecturer which also arose because of a misunderstanding. That also took some time to sort out. My car number also came out first prize for the Magnum draw. Unfortunately I did not buy as I was tired from driving back from course in Port Dickson. Everyone kept asking me about it. Also my health wasn't good during that month. See it was a very unlucky month for me.
So what to do? One way is to try free yourself and home from negative energies. In my case, I went to the temple and got the Taoist priest to perform a ritual to get rid of the bad luck. Then I gave my home a good cleaning. Some Feng Shui consultants would advise one to give the home a good cleaning, especially the kitchen as this area signifies wellbeing, contentment and happiness. By cleaning the home, you can bring in desired positive energy to your home,.

STUCK



One little fella go wedged in between a box and my exercise machine.  He struggled for a short while and managed to free himself.

LUNCH TIME




Yesterday was Independance Day and I took advantage of the holiday to get some of my paperwork done.  I worked from morning until 1 p.m. Time was lost to me until a little creature jumped onto the sofa and stared at me. It tried to get my attention by moving closer.  It was then that I realised that both Precious and Junior had not been fed their lunch.  Thank goodness the little furball caught my attention.

CONCUBINE LANE AKA YI LAI HONG 二奶巷 IN IPOH OLD TOWN







Last Saturday I went for lunch with Lai Yoong and Aunty Linda at the Thean Chun Coffee Shop in Ipoh Old Town. After our meal, the three of us viisted Lorong Panglima (Panglima Lane), or better known locally as Concubine Lane (or Yi Lai Hong in Cantonese). This narrow lane is just across the road from the coffee shop. The lane is named thus as the shop houses here were mainly occupied by kept women (first concubines) of tin tycoons in the olden days. At one time many of the houses were dilapidated but pains have been taken to restore the houses and turn the place into a tourist attraction.

JUNIOR'S COUCH



One furry creature has taken possession of my couch. It is now Junior's couch.

Monday, 31 August 2015

HAPPY MERDEKA 2015


SELAMAT HARI MERDEKA 2015, 
#SEHATI SEJIWA

HAPPY MERDEKA 2015
#ONE HEART, ONE SOUL

RICE BOWL IN CHINESE


My friend Spring asked me about the meaning of having to eat from two bowls.  I did some checking on Chinese idioms and from what was found, rice bowl to the Chinese would symbolise means of livelihood.  So eating from two bowls would most probably mean living on earnings from two jobs.

Here are more symbolic meanings related to the rice bowl.

English: RICE BOWL
Explanation: Job or means of income; Similar to English "bread and butter", but for Chinese, bread is rice.

English: BREAK THE RICE BOWL
Explanation: You break your means of eating rice - this means you lost your job.


English: TO PROTECT RICE BOWL
Explanation: Securing or protecting one's means of making a living.


English: IRON RICE BOWL
Explanation: An iron rice bowl would not break, so this describes a very secure job.


English: GOLD RICE BOWL
Explanation: Same as an "iron rice bowl", but perhaps more emphasis on "good pay".

DREAM CATCHER

I bought me a dream catcher when I was checking out the stalls along Concubine Lane in Ipoh this weekend.  There were quite a number to choose from with different patterns and colours.  I finally settled on this brown one.  It looked natural to me.  My dream catcher is hanging by my window.
I know that it has something to do with filtering the bad from your dreams.  
To find out more, read on ...

DREAM CATCHERS

What is the meaning of Dreamcatcher? You can explore the symbolism of the patterns of dream catcher. Dream catcher, the magical items originally from Native American, has been appreciated by people around the world. Artists also decorate their body with tattoo Dreamcatcher designs.

Dream catcher is a kind of amulet or charm which is used by Indian to protect from negative energy or nightmare. An Indian usually hangs it over the bed. Dream-catcher has a form of a spider web with tassels of feathers. Indians tie strings or sinews at several points on the circle. Indian belief says that the web will filter the negative energy and let the positive ones pass through the feather tassels of the dream catcher. The dream catcher is also decorated with personal and sacred items like beads. For some, they are the symbol of the unity of Native American unity.

According to American ethnographer Frances Densmore, in Chippewa Customs, Indians also give charms for the infant. They hung something like a spider web on the hoop of a cradle board. They said that it caught any bad thing in the air as a spider’s web catches and holds whatever comes in contact with it.

Traditionally, the Ojibwa hung the dream catcher, which is made of willow and sinew, above the bed to protect sleeping people from nightmares or bad dreams. A dream catcher can change the dreams. It only allows good dreams come to the person’s mind. The nightmare will be trapped in the web and the daylight will banish it.

Every part of a dream catcher is symbolic. The feather is the soft ladder for the good energy or dream to come down, entering a person’s mind.

Now, dream catcher craft grows not only by Indians but also of New Age society. Girls also like the design of the craft instead of esoteric functions.
Source:
LINK: http://whttp://www.goodluckamulet.org/what-is-the-meaning-of-dreamcatcher-patterns/ww.dancingtoeaglespiritsociety.org/dreamcatcher.php

MAKING SURE WORK IS COMPLETED

I started working on making the skirting for the main table in the library last Friday but had to leave the job unfinished as the time was pushing 7 p.m.  My furry darlings at home needed to be fed their dinner.  So I went back to complete the job this afternoon.
I am not sure about others but I have this superstition about leaving job (that could be completed within a sitting) undone.  Since small, it had been drummed into me that all our actions are recorded by an officer in Hades and when my time comes, all the unfinished work will be presented to the God of Hades and his tribune for judgement.  So I usually try my best to finish all the short term work at one go.  If not, I make sure I will complete them as soon as possible.
Call me superstitious but I won't rest if I have work left undone. So I was working on a Sunday afternoon to get the job completed.
 When the officers from MQA visited last year, they said that the library was like that of a school and not like that of a college.  We were told to visit libraries in higher institutions of learning like universities and colleges to get an idea of what to do to transform.  One thing for sure is that the library was too colourful with very bright colours. So that had to be toned down.  Needed to give the place a corporate feel.  So we opted for three main colours, grey, white and blue.
The grey cloth I bought was too thin and so I decided to maintain the glossy golden skirting as the inner layer.
 TADA.  Done the centre table.  Need to do two more tables by the side.

I also changed the skirting for the computer table and lined the upper rack with a grey rubber sheet.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

DRAGON TURTLE TATTOO

The person pictured here has as dragon turtle tattoo. Some believe that having such a tattoo is a feng shui enhancer for lasting wealth (when it has coins and ingots). For the purpose of it being a cure for protection and authority, the turtle will have emphasized claws and a big ru yi on its back.

PROOF THAT THEY HAVE GROWN BIGGER






Junior and Precious wearing the singlets that Aunty Baz bought for them at the Pet Fair. Both kittens have grown bigger and the singlets fit better.

PROOF THAT HE HAS GROWN


Aunty Norbazuaniza Bakhtiar bought this yellow singlet from the Ipoh Pet Fair for Precious on August 8, 2015. On the right was when Precious first wore the singlet. It was very big and I had to use pins to fasten it. The picture on the left was taken this afternoon. He has grown bigger as I only used a rubber band to tie the front straps to prevent them from slipping.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

CHANTIQUE, LI NA AND BROWNIE

I got to pose for a picture with Chantique (Baz's kitten) and Brownie the PR at the guard house.

WHAT'S THE NAME OF THIS PLANT?

Anyone has any idea what this plant is called? I know that the leaves are variegated?

MEET BROWNIE


 Brownie is now a permanent resident at the college guard house. The janitor who found Precious and gave him to me said that this kitten looked a lot like the his sibling.  They were 3 kittens in the litter that Precious came from.
My student, Azahar with Brownie yesterday evening.

Friday, 28 August 2015

FATT CHOY KOR

Anybody has any idea what this fruit is called?  The lady who sold it to me referred to it as Fatt Choy Kor or Wealth Begetting Fruit.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

GONE TO JOIN THE ARMY


My student Solehuddin did not complete his diploma course.  His lecturers tried to persuade him to finish his education first before enlisting but he turned a deaf ear to their pleas.  What to do?  It is his life and he has the right to choose what he wants. He came to bid goodbye to his class teacher, Pn Ng and me a couple of weeks ago.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

BOOK HOSPITAL

This idea of an Owl Themed bin for chilfdren to put books when they need to be repaired sure looks attractive.  But it is suitable for a library catering to children and not my students who are aged 16 to 19.

COMPLETION OF IN-HOUSE TRAINING


Yippee. The in-house training for basic library management ended today. In total we managed to complete 18 hours of training. We had Pot Luck to celebrate the completion of the course.

Now I have a bit more time to complete my housework and do more articles for the blog.





Tuesday, 25 August 2015

#ANAK-ANAK MALAYSIA WRISTBANDS

In conjunction with the Merdeka celebrations, the special #AnakAnakMerdeka wristbands ere distributed by The Star newspaper yesterday. One of these much wanted bands came together with my copy of Star newspaper.
The #AnakAnakMalaysia campaign is held to mark Malaysia’s 58th year of independence. It is a collaboration between property developer EcoWorld Development Group Bhd and the Star Media Group Bhd .
Over the next seven days, more of the #AnakAnakMalaysia wristbands will be given out in batches in different parts of the country with the newspaper.
My two darlings got to have their pictures taken with the special bands.  I should have bought another copy of the paper, so that each of them got one.
**Anak-anak Malaysia = Children of Malaysia