Sunday, 25 September 2016
Korean version: 2016
China version: 2005
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Yesterday morning Precious was not his usual active self. . When I lifted him, his body was hot. I fed him lots of water and then went off to work. During lunchtime, I went back to check on him and found that he had grown listless and his body was very hot. So I knew that it was time to take him to the vet.
When I took him home, Precious was still looking very tired. I took him to work with me in the afternoon so that I could keep an eye on the furball. He became a bit better. I guess the medicine was working.
He is still weak and not active. He also did not eat much. Hopefully he will be his normal self when I wake up in the morning..
Monday, 19 September 2016
Here are pictures of the lotus shaped vessel which is used to collect the holy water flowing from the vase of the Goddess Kuan Yin statue at Tua Pek Kong Temple. The vessel of holy water which is filled with flower petals. There is a saying that if you bathed or wash yourself with this holy water, your bad luck will go away and will invite good luck instead. I have heard of quite a number of people striking the lottery after doing so.
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Aesthetically, this plate of fried KwayTeow does not look like much but when you taste it you would sure want to go back for more another time. This is the famous kway teow from New Hollywood Restaurant in Ipoh. Another of my must have food when I am back in my hometown.
Friday, 9 September 2016
i have been a busy bee lately. A week ago, my colleagues and I were busy preparing and orchestrating the retirement ceremony for the college director. My dear friend and colleague, Hj Hasnin retires on 12th September 2016. but his retirement ceremony will be on the 9th of September since the twelfth is a public holiday. The Language Department organised a retirement lunch for Tn Haji Hasnin yesterday afternoon.
Me with Haji Ahmad Hasnin at the restaurant.
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Saturday, 3 September 2016
Chopstick Superstitions & Etiquette:
Chopsticks were invented thousands of years ago, during Shang times.
The China Daily Newspaper reported some chopstick superstitions: "If you find an uneven pair at your table setting, it means you are going to miss a boat, plane or train. Dropping chopsticks will inevitably bring bad luck."
The China Daily Newspaper also shared some chopstick etiquette: "Crossed chopsticks are permissible in a dim sum restaurant. The waiter will cross them to show that your bill has been settled, or you can do the same to show the waiter that you have finished and are ready to pay the bill."
Friday, 2 September 2016
The ancient Chinese invented umbrellas. One superstition the ancient Chinese believed about umbrellas is that you can never open your umbrella inside your house. If you do, this will bring bad luck into your house. If someone opened an umbrella, either on purpose or accidentally, the women grabbed their brooms and swept the bad luck out the door immediately!
If a bee entered your home in ancient China, it would bring good luck as long as you allowed the bee to leave alive. If you killed the bee inside your house, you would have bad luck. This was also true of ladybugs.
Thursday, 1 September 2016
The Chinese have a belief that wandering ghosts like to hide in umbrellas as they are afraid of light. They like to hide in dark places.
In the homes of Chinese who are Buddhists and Taoists, there would be altars of deities installed. Some even have charms (yellow paper with incantations) on the main doors. It is believed that ghosts cannot enter such houses unlike they have someone bring them in.. What better way than to hide in umbrellas!
That is why it is not advisable to bring umbrellas into the home after visiting cemeteries, going for wakes for the deceased or other yin places. The action of opening the umbrella would release the ghost into the house.
The umbrella you see above belongs to me. I used it to shield myself from the rain last week and then left it outside the library for a few days. When I wanted to use it yesterday, I opened it and turned it upside down and let it sun for a few minutes first.