Friday, 26 February 2021
Friday, 12 February 2021
My usual CNY ritual ... roll in the kum (gold) at midnight on the 1st day of the new year.
This year ... I also carried in a box containing 8 mandarin oranges. In Cantonese, mandarins are called kum which has the same sound as gold. So I carried in gold for the new year. Also the number 8 is called patt which sounds like fatt - to prosper.
I want lots of money to help the less fortunate ... people, meows and doggies.
Saturday, 1 August 2020
Sunday, 21 June 2020
Thursday, 4 June 2020
VEGETARIAN DISH: LUO HAN JAI
I first learnt to cook Luo Hon Jai 罗汉斋 (Cantonese) when I was 12 or 13 years old. Later with tips from my Aunt May, I was able to make it tastier. If I may say so, this is one of my signature dishes as I have 48 years of experience.
This is a popular vegetarian dish that you can order from many Chinese restaurants.
My version consists of bean curd preserve, fucuk, glass noodles, golden needles, wood ear fungus, cabbage, choy sum, carrot, chillies, button mushrooms, red dates and dried mushroom. Actually there should be 18 ingredients. I left out gingko, tofu puffs, water chestnut, baby corn, lotus root and fatt choy (black moss) as I was lazy to go out to buy them.
The eighteen ingredients in the Lo Han Jai represent the eighteen Arhats in Buddhism.
"Feng Shui Creates a Peaceful Home in Turbulent Times"
It seems like for far too long the world has suffered one tragedy after another, and now there’s a pandemic. The news is filled with death, senseless violence, and destruction….and more arrives every day. The question turns to how to keep your home and life peaceful when the world outside your door feels like it’s turned upside down.
No matter what’s happening, peace begins with you, where you live, how you live, and how you choose to respond.
Using feng shui in your home is a powerful way to create a respite from the difficulties outside your four walls to help you create a peaceful home environment no matter what’s happening in the outside world.
Your safe place in the world is your feng shui home.
You look to your home to provide a sensory reprieve, allowing you to unplug from the stresses of the outside, and the over-stimulating, often violent and troubled world.
A home such as this will nurture and refresh you.
However, your home shouldn’t be so “Zen” that it calms you to a point that you’re ready to fall asleep because a house that’s too quiet and still isn’t alive. Your home needs to be restful but not stagnant. It should provide you the elements that enable you to regroup so that you can take on each new day and function effectively in the outside world rather than simply withdraw from it.
But creating a calming, relaxing home isn’t as easy as it seems. That’s because the elements of a serene space aren’t always obvious.
Here are six elements that create a calm, peaceful, and refreshing environment that will help you create a feng shui home — a peaceful yet energizing sanctuary.
1. Make your home mentally restful.
A home must be a line in the sand between you and troubling world events, stress-filled work, and — this is important here — electronic demands. Here are some important tips for getting mental rest from your home.
Rein in the television. If your home is like many, the television is centrally-located and turned on regardless of whether anyone is watching it or not. This gives the TV superior status over the occupants ......continue reading
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Monday, 1 June 2020
THE NEW NORMAL (OUTSIDE THE BANK)
Stand in between the line markers ... 1 meter apart. Wait for my turn. When I reach the front of the line, the guard will take my temperature and if I am not feverish, then only can write down my name, phone number and temperature in a book.
After that ... I am only allowed to enter.
Last year Min Min had to go for an operation because he suffered from kidney stones. The vet suspects that my baby doesn't drink enough water. I found out that one way to encourage kitties to drink is by getting them a water fountain.
Fresh, flowing water will be quite appealing to many pets. “Water fountains can entice pets to drink more because they use a filter to make the water fresher and better tasting,”
Saturday, 16 May 2020
1 Japanese cucumber
Salt (1/3 teaspoon)
Sugar (2 tablespoon)
Add Chilli (cut into strips)
Cut the cucumber into strips (remove centre part)
Put cut cucumber in boil
Add lime juice
#3 STAR IN THE NORTH
This part of my house is in the North sector. I use a lot of red here or colours associated with fire like dark yellow, dark pink, purple and orange.
Those who are Feng Shui enthusiasts would understand why I have introduced colors associated with this element here.
My Feng Shui sifu Mr Jason Eng Ecs would be proud of me.
Social distancing is what we need to do to stay safe. We also go about carryiing hand sanitizers and wearing face masks. This MCO will be until June 9. Then we wait and see if it will be extended.