Friday, 12 February 2016

STUCK ON TOP OF THE CUPBOARD


Junior got himself into a situation yesterday afternoon. He managed to make his way up the top of a cupboard in the Ipoh house but had trouble getting down. I had assist him.

TOSSING YEE SANG

This is a dish called Yee Sang or Yusheng aka Lo Hei. I already had it twice ... 1st and 2nd day of CNY.  I don't think you can find this served in China nowadays as it is  common to South East Asian countries like Malaysia and Singapore.   It seems that there were dishes that bore a similar resemblance to it in olden China but this version is from my region.
Wikipedia has it that Yu Sang is a Teochew-style raw fish salad. It usually consists of strips of raw fish (sometimes salmon), mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. Yusheng literally means "raw fish" but since "fish (鱼)" is commonly conflated with its homophone "abundance (余)", Yúshēng (鱼生) is interpreted as a homophone for Yúshēng (余升) meaning an increase in abundance. Therefore, yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor.

My family and I tossing Yee Sang on the first day of the Chinese New Year.

LUCKY DIP FOR MY CNY VISITORS




As I am single I do not give out ang pau to my visitors.  What I do is to give them gifts but in what I deem creative (Ahem) ways.  This year I got ready presents and put them into a basket for a Lucky Dip.  The presents could be very simple and inexpensive ones like door gifts I got, gifts from purchases or small items like keychains and fridge magnets.  Of course, there will be a few that cost a bit more like the DVDs and face masks.

PORRIDGE AFTER ALL THE RICH CNY FOOD

I am going to cook porridge with the rice that my friend Carol Cheong brought back for me from Japan. I definitely had too much rich food during the past few days. For sure my bad cholesterols are having a party in my body. So today it will be porridge for me for lunch and dinner.

HEAVENLY OFFICIAL IN CHARGE OF MATRIMONIAL MATTERS

Once again I share with you pictures of me with my Heavenly pal, Mr Yuet Loe aka The Old Man of the Moon.  He is the official entrusted with the matrimonial matters in heaven.  His job must sure be difficult.  He needs to decide those who get single partners for life, no partners or multiple partners.  





MEANINGS OF COLOURS IN FENG SHUI

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GIVE ROMANCE A BOOST WITH FENG SHUI



"10 Sure-Fire Feng Shui Ways to Rev Up Your Romance"

By Kathryn Weber

A central feng shui tenet is that marital or romantic happiness is critical component of a happy, well-lived life. And if you’ve had marital or romantic unhappiness, you know how true that can be. Of course, one of the keys to an effective partnership is having the relationship on a solid romantic footing.

A good place to start is where it all starts: the bedroom.

Feng shui has stringent rules regarding bedrooms. And, fortunately, these rules are designed with romance in mind. So, take a look around and see if there isn’t something that can be done to your bedroom to make it more appealing — and so that you’ll want to spend more time there!

1. Look around.
Is your bedroom a gender-neutral bedroom design that appeals to the both of you? Remember, men traditionally don’t like floral designs and if your bedroom is flowery, then your man could be experiencing resentment every time he enters the room. Likewise, if you’ve yielded to your man’s furnishing taste you, too, may also grow resentful.

What to do? Well, start from scratch, and if you can, clear out everything from the room (just like they do on those TV room makeover shows). Then look at the paint, drapes, carpet, etc. to see if these need changing. A good starting point is to look at the walls. If you are considering painting, select a restful, neutral color, such as those of the color of skin, i.e., beige, taupe, brown, or rose.

If possible, replace loud, flowery, or overly-austere furnishings with ones that are comfortable and make for a serene environment that feels like a luxury hotel room. And for those of you going to bed every night in those awe-inspiring white walls: did you know that the Chinese equate the color white with death? Now there’s a romance-killer! Get out the paint buckets quick and get a nice coat of medium beige on the walls!

2. The bed is where it’s at.
Just like real estate, when it comes to the bed, it’s all about location, location, location. Make sure the bed is at the widest part of the room and the door to the room can be seen from the bed. This is a critical feng shui element.

Bed placement is extremely important especially if the bed is placed on the same wall as the bedroom door. This will bring serious disagreements for the couple. The bed should also not face a bathroom, see a toilet, share the same wall as a toilet, or be directly opposite a door. It’s also best if the bed doesn’t face a closet or bookshelves of some kind.

Also, be sure to give yourself some support. Beds that have no headboard or placed against a window give the couple little support. If this is the best (or only) position for the bed, place a wooden screen between the bed and the window to simulate a wall or hang heavy drapes that can be closed at night.

And when it comes to your bed, it is always a good idea to have a bed that belongs only to you and your mate. Beds used in previous relationships bring the energy of those former relationships into your love life. If this is your situation, but you hate to get rid of a perfectly good bed, then donate it to a charity. Take the write-off and then buy yourself a new bed and mattress and give it to yourselves as an anniversary present.

Remember, in your house, the bed is the No. 1 symbol of your union. Make it a nice one with luxurious pillows and comforters or spreads. Lastly, don’t go out without making your bed every day. Really, now, how hard is it to make a bed? Do it together. The appeal of the bed is tearing back the covers, now isn’t it?

3. Look Up.
Got a ceiling fan whirring above your bed? Lots of us do. This could be cooling you down… literally and romantically. Ceiling fans above the bed disrupt your body’s chi (energy) — and your romantic chi. You also might avoid turning on the fan for a week and see what happens… you might find your romance energy has a chance to build up.

4. Look down.
Do you have all kinds of junk stashed under your bed? Maybe you have dust-bunnies the size of Dallas lurking under there. Clear it out and place a crystal sphere at the foot of the bed. These are believed to enhance relationships. Or, if you have an amethyst geode, place it at the foot of the bed. These are also believed to be marriage enhancers. Get the spheres at design stores, and get geodes at nature stores, gem shops, or gem and mineral shows.

5. Remove electronics.
Tablets, cell phones and computers don’t belong in the bedroom. Get an old fashioned alarm clock instead of using your phone for an alarm. This way you won’t be distracted by social media posts, email alerts and texts during the night. And it goes without saying that working in the bedroom is a big feng shui no-no.

The one exception? Hold on to your hat — it’s a TV. Many feng shui experts say that you shouldn’t have one in the bedroom, but today’s TVs are different because they’re flat screened and they don’t reflect like the old glass tube varieties. So go on and watch in the bedroom. Plus, it’s always nice to snuggle in bed together and watch a romantic movie!

6. Change your sheets.
Just like the bed, if the sheets on the bed are brought to the marriage from a previous relationship, or worse, a divorce, that the old energy lingers here? Used or inherited linens should also not be used on the bed.

Adorn your bed only with new sheets and keep them reserved only for yourselves. Feng shui teachers say that pink sheets are the best choice because they have the “fire” from the color red but are in a more sentimental shade of red.

If you’ve got old sheets on the bed that are torn and tattered, what does it say about the emphasis you place on your romantic life? Treat yourself to some nice linens that feel wonderful and MAKE you want to hop into bed!

7. Remove mirrors.
Mirrors placed across from the bed or that can be seen from the bed can “divide” the couple and create insomnia. Mirrors should be kept in the bathroom or hallway and out of the bedroom.

Most of the time, you can use mirrors from dressers in other locations in the house. How about above the fireplace or down a long hallway? Both of these places can benefit from a mirror, so why not relegate the mirror to an area where it can be helpful instead of hurtful?

8. Decorate sparingly.
Decorating the room correctly is important. Look at all the elements here to get more ideas about appropriate decorating for your romantic retreat.

Plants, water, and flowers: Take all plants, flowers, and water features out of the bedroom. The Chinese say that “rice sticks together when it is warm,” imparting the wisdom of keeping the bedroom romantic.

Water and plants can drown the energy in a couple’s bedroom. Even pictures featuring water, ice, or snow are poor bedroom decorating choices. Flowers give off too much male energy, also making a poor choice for a restful bedroom. Dried flowers should be removed as they are dead energy.

Artwork and pictures: Does yours inspire passion or love? What do the items on your dresser or the art on your wall say about your love life? Hopefully, you don’t have one of those pictures of dogs playing poker.

Now, if there is one place for erotic art, this is it. Tasteful nudes or statues of “The Kiss” are perfect here. Take an extra critical look at what’s hanging above your bed. Is it inspiring? Bet you never gave your bedroom this much thought, ever!

Consider other objects d’amour in your room. Wherever possible, use pairs of objects. Two lovebirds, two vases, etc., are a good idea. Try matching prints for the bedroom or two photos of the both of you, one on each of your bedside tables. And while you’re at it, take a close look at the pictures in your bedroom.

Are there photographs of your children, your grandparents, friends, or others in the bedroom? If so, these pictures are symbolically looking at you! Remove all pictures of people except for those of you and your love. Placing your wedding picture here or any other happy, romantic picture that you like. It will be a nice reminder in your shared space that the two of you are a couple.

Work, work, work: By all means, eliminate “work” objects. These can be treadmills or other exercise equipment, desks, computers, bookshelves filled with work-related books, or objects that remind either of you of something to do. Even hobbies and projects are not good choices for your love nest.

Know what else is a romance killer? Clutter. Remember, hotel rooms make us instantly relaxed when we walk in because they are spare, clean and uncluttered.

9. Houston, we have a problem.
Is your room is good working order? Is the carpet coming up or do the windows stick? Your room must function well on all levels. This includes making sure the door opens and closes correctly – and locks, too! Oil creaky door hinges.

Privacy is also important for couples. Having a lock – and using it, too – sends a strong signal that your romantic life is important, yours alone, and private. This also means making sure you have privacy measures, too. Blinds or other curtains to cover the windows should be working… and used.

10. Create your own love shrine.
Put a picture of the two of you, a dish with a rose quartz crystal or clear quartz crystal, a heart figurine, a candle, or a small lamp in the southwest corner of your bedroom. Dedicate this area for this purpose. Keep the lamp turned on at least 3 hours each day so that it can shine on the crystal.

Place mementos in a box here, or anything that is very personal and significant to the two of you. Place a CD or tape player with music you both love here so you play it when you are alone together in the room. You can put anything here that is romantic and makes you think of love. Try to decide on items together, selecting the things that are meaningful, and inspiring, for you both.

Source: www/redlotusletter.com

Thursday, 11 February 2016

MY CNY PRESENT



I got this handbag as a CNY present from my student Sharveen when he visited me on the first day of the lunar new year. RED.  Very auspicious.  Wah.  Hopefully I will.be able to bag lots of money this year.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

RAMONA AND I

 Ramona and I posing with my CNY monkey decoration.  She and her hubby visited me on the first day of the lunar new year.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

CNY COSTUMES FOR MY CATS

To start off the new year, the Chinese would have one piece of new clothing.  It signifies a fresh start to a new year.  Even my felines have red costumes.

Monday, 8 February 2016

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR




May this new year be filled with lots of love, happiness, good health and fortune for all my Xing Fu blog visitors.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

CNY BATH

A bath for the kitties to wash away the bad energies of the old year.


MANEKI NEKO FROM PAPER





My friends and I posing with the cut and fold Maneki Neko Lucky cats that I made.

Friday, 5 February 2016

WELCOMING THE MONKEY YEAR

My collection of Monkey decorations for the new year.  The Monkey is especially favourable to me as it is my ally.  So to have lots of it would give a lot of good Qi.

ROLLING IN THE MANDARIN ORANGES

The year of the Monkey started at 5.47 p.m. on 4th February 2016. I bought a box of Mandarin oranges and rolled them into my house for good fortune luck.
The two busybodies checked out the mandarins when they were allowed into the hall.
I picked the Mandarin oranges and put them on a gold coloured tray.  Later I placed the tray of mandarins as offerings to the Goddess of Mercy.

LUP CHUN 2016

Offerings to Kuan Yin at the start of Spring or Lup Chun in the Chinese calendar. In 2016, Lup Chun falls on 4th February 2016. It only starts at 5.47 p.m.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

ME AND MY PRECIOUS




DINNER WITH FRIENDS


Lai Yoong and I had dinner with our friends Crystal and Ah Wah a couple of nights ago.  We made sure not to order dishes with large prawns and certain types of fish as their prices are exorbitant now.  This is because prawns and certain types of fish have auspicious sounding names in Chinese.  We did order fish but it was not the type that was sought after for the new year, so the price remained the same.

WAH. WHAT BIG PINEAPPLE DECORATIONS


I saw these very big pineapple decorations being hung over a fried noodle stall in Ipoh.  The man paid RM18 for each of the lanterns.

FESTIVE FEEL AT CANNING GARDEN MARKET




This market is near to my family home in Ipoh.  One distinguishing feature of the place is that it is neat and tidy.  During the Chinese New Year season, the hawkers here pool together their money to buy lanterns to decorate the place.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

MY CHINESE NEW YEAR NAIL ART




MY DECORATED LIVING ROOM


For the past few weekends I have have been working hard cleaning and decorating my family hojme when I am back in Ipoh.  I actually reused a lot of the old stuff my late mother bought.  I took down the old curtains and replaced them with another set that my mum made.  She was good at sewing and made her own curtains.  Even the flowers were reused.  I just washed and then rearranged them.
I am posting two pictures of the living room that has been decorated.

Expert: A swinging good time for ‘Goat people’



KUALA LUMPUR: Those born in the year of the Goat will be the luckiest people this year, which is the year of the Fire Monkey.

According to a feng shui expert, the Lunar New Year, which begins on Monday, bodes well for people born in the year of the Goat, one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.

Founder of the Xuan Jixuan Feng Shui Consultation Centre Jane Hor (pic) said the year of the Monkey was the best time for these people to showcase their talents in career, finances and education.

“In the order of the 12 zodiac animals, the goat comes before the monkey and is seen as the closest to the monkey.


“They should not waste this opportunity, whether in their career or investments, as there is a good chance of getting a salary increment, promotion or profits in their businesses,” she said.

This year would also be good for people born in the year of the Rat, Ox and Pig, she said.

“They will find it easy to get help from their friends in their business.

“However, they should be careful in their speech as their frankness may upset other people and they would be ignored by their colleagues,” she added.

For those born in the year of the Tiger, Dragon, Monkey and Dog, this year would not be an exceptional one.

“Those who are employed will have to work harder this year as luck does not side with them,” she said.

“They should do more charity work and help the needy as this will have an effect on their lives in the year of the Fire Monkey,” she said.

People born in the year of the Rooster and the Rabbit will find it easy to get help from their friends or even strangers.

“For those born in the year of the Rooster, they may face some challenges in their careers, especially if they are in real estate and insurance, but this will only be temporary,” said Hor, adding that their situation would improve in the second half of the year.

She added that people born in the year of the Snake would get to know more people, and if single, there was a chance they would meet their loved ones or marry this year.

“Like people born in the year of the Rat, Ox and Pig, those born in the year of the Snake are advised to be careful in their speech,” she said. — Bernama