Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
But homecooked cookies are best ordered earlier and collected by this weekend as they are in great demand during the festive period.
For more Chinese New Year Food and Cookies:click here
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
This mini rice pot had the word "man" which means full on it. There is a small packet of rice with the chinese words "Fa" (mean prosper). This is how businessman tried to make customers buy their products by making their products very auspicious.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
The only paper cuttings that I know how to cut must be the chinese character "Shuang Xi" which means double happiness. I did that long ago during my wedding.
Friday, January 25, 2008
These are made by me. I am not very good in making them. There are prettier ones make by others. You can view them in here.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Shops selling chinese new year decorations. There are many shops like the above selling the same stuff.
The above would look familar to most, they are "chun lian" or couplets. You can see the description in my earlier post .
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Keeping Koi is a very expensive hobby. You need a good and big pond to keep them if you want your koi to grow to a huge size and healthily. The value of Koi depend on the colour of the fishes. The price can vary from a few dollars to thousands of dollars.
The kois you see here are not worth much because their colours are not very pretty but then I love them as much. Seeing them so huge and swimming about minding their own business is a joy.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Although we are 2 degrees north of the equator, Singapore is a garden city with many huge trees shading us.
You might like to know that we will have another huge garden in the city beside botanic garden. It will be known as Gardens by the Bay. It is still under construction (will be completed around 2010) and when completed will be very beautiful.
Gardens by the Bay will consists of three different gardens. It will grows flowers that are not able to grow in Singapore with the help of technology. In fact some of the flowers are already booming in nursery. For more photos of our future garden:Click here
Sunday, January 20, 2008
The statue in front of Chinatown heritage is dedicated to a group of Samsui women in Singapore.
They are a group of mostly cantonese women from Samsui (means three water) province in China to travel to Singapore during their teens or mid twenties to work on construction sites in the early 20th century.
Some came here to work to escape poverty in China while some came here to gain independence.
Samsui women worked on construction sites alongside with the men. Their trademark being the red headgears that they wore. There was another group with blue headgears from Sun Yap another province of china but they were few compared to the Samsui women.
Most of them lived in cramped shophouses in Chinatown and most of them vow not to marry and usually tied their hair in a bun. They choose to work in hard labour rather than to be prostitutes.
The following is a newspaper cutting(from the Straits Times) few weeks back about a late Samsui Woman. You may pity her for picking up cardboards to sell but she is one independent and proud woman to accept any help from the government. There are many who are like her and share her attitude. Today there are about less than 100 of them still alive and they are in their 80s and 90s. They are being cared for by the Samsui Association in Singapore.
This is a restaurant advertisment with the Samsui Woman as its icon. The owner's grandmother is a former Samsui Woman. The signature dish for this restaurant is the Samsui Chicken.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
And if you find this familar, this is the same place where the christmas decorations titled colourful whirl of christmas is. Only difference are the mouse decorations are in and the Carousel Horse decorations are out.
Kitem asked me: "I read on the net that the Rat is not such a nice character, I hope it's not true, will you tell us about the Rat character later on in your blog?"
I am not a fortune teller but I can tell you from sources I read...hahaha
The year of Rat arriving on 7th February 2008
The year of the Pig was a very unstable one. It is believed that 2008 the year of Rat is going to be an easier year for most of us in general. (Let's see if this is true.)
If those who are interested to know the character of the chinese zodiac, read on.
Source: Way OnNet Group (I got this source from a book send to us from Singapore Post)
Rat-Gentle, simple, optimistic, observant and meticulous. Inquisitive behaviour to get to the roots of matters.
Ox-A solemn, obstinate and quiet personality with ample patience and empathy. Down to earth, hardworking as well as loyalty towards friends.
Tiger-Highly motivated in work, righteous and public-spirited, coupled with exceptional organizing qualities in the company of challenges and pioneer spirit.
Rabbit-Gentle,kind,active and caring. Strong in achieving goal without being constrained.
Dragon-Impressive-looking,optimistic,direct,confident,dilligent in handling matters whilst set with a far-sighted goal.
Snake-Mysterious,careful,vigiliant and intelligent. Carry a sense of beauty depicting an artistic ability.
Horse-Traits of generousity, influential, independent, bold and unrestrained. Great versatility, often seen as a centre of attention.
Goat-Well-mannered, friendly and affable, sentimental, honest and magnanimous. Dislike putting on a front for others.
Monkey-Energetic, humourous, clever, agile,strong self-confidence and likeable.
Rooster-Full of vigor,gentle,modest and prudent with an eye for detail. Enjoy life and a fashion-conscious person.
Dog-A perfectionist with character of loyalty, honesty, hardworking, obedient, responsible and righteous.
Pig-A firm disposition, direct and friendly personality, beckoning someone of trustworthiness. Calm and steady character with good management of monetary affairs.
If you like to know your chinese zodiac, check out this website: http://www.chinesezodiac.com/calculator.php
Friday, January 18, 2008
Clarice gave me this award and now I am passing to the following ten bloggers. (Not an easy task, those who are not in the awards it is probably I had yet to get to know your blog well.)
The award rules say: "Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times."
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Red can represent luck, happiness and joy but red can meant fire and power too. Legend had it that "Nian" a monster would attacked the villages during the spring festival (also known as Chinese New Year), but "Nian" is afraid of loud noises and the colour red. So the villagers frighten the monsters away by lighting firecrackers and pasting red papers all over the villages every spring.
Today the red papers comes with wordings and known as "Chun Lian" or couplets.
Couplets are always red and contained Chinese good luck sayings written on them. Pasting red couplets has been an important part of the Chinese New Year's celebration since ancient times.
The wordings are alway written in gold colour. They are usually pasted in the kitchens or on doors or door frames. But nowadays people pasted them all over the house. I was taught by my late traditional mom that the right wordings had to be placed in the correct position.
These are my old couplets . We need to change new couplets every chinese new year.
The above couplet reads "Zhao Cai Jing Bao" which means usher in the wealth and riches. This couplet can be pasted in the kitchen or on doors.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I noticed most of them have lotus flowers with them. As this is a buddhist temple, the lotus flower has a meaning.
In Buddhism it is believed that the lotus is a water lily that grows in murky ponds and takes its roots in the black soil. Just as the beautiful lotus blossom grows from the mud, human beings can also detach themselves from suffering, to rise above the earthly and blossom as Buddhas.
Significantly, the color of the lotus too has an important bearing on the symbology associated with it:
1). White Lotus (Skt. pundarika; Tib. pad ma dkar po): This represents the state of spiritual perfection and total mental purity (bodhi). It is associated with the White Tara and proclaims her perfect nature, a quality which is reinforced by the color of her body.
2). Red Lotus (Skt. kamala; Tib: pad ma chu skyes): This signifies the original nature and purity of the heart (hrdya). It is the lotus of love, compassion, passion and all other qualities of the heart. It is the flower of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion.
3). Blue Lotus (Skt. utpala; Tib. ut pa la): This is a symbol of the victory of the spirit over the senses, and signifies the wisdom of knowledge. Not surprisingly, it is the preferred flower of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom.
4). Pink Lotus (Skt. padma; Tib. pad ma dmar po): This the supreme lotus, generally reserved for the highest deity. Thus naturally it is associated with the Great Buddha himself."
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Closer look at Mickey and Donald donning the lion dance suit. They looked cute.
Monday, January 14, 2008
NOW YOU DONT....................
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I find them interesting. This poor warrior is missing a head. I guess these terracotta warriors replicas are bought from the now defunct Tang Dynasty Village theme park. (There are plans to bring the 1,500-year-old Shaolin Temple legacy and culture, as well as its famed warrior monks, to Singapore in the form of a new tourist attraction, possibly based at the now-defunct Tang Dynasty Village theme park in Jurong.)
Saturday, January 12, 2008
These antiques displayed at the lobby of the hotel are so beautiful that I cant resist taking photos of them.
The below photo is an antique bowl on displayed. It is a very huge bowl and the designs on the bowl are very lovely.
The vases on displayed are very tall about 6 feet. I think they are lovely and must be very expensive.