Sunday, September 30, 2012
We had a small party to celebrate grand nephew's full month. According to chinese custom, when baby is one month old, a party will be held to introduce baby to relatives and friends.Guests were given red dyed eggs to symbolize happiness and the renewal of life. For the chinese culture, Red is always associated with good luck.Guests will give presents or money in red packets (ang pow or hong bao), closer family members will give golds as gifts. Hubby and me being granduncle and grandaunt, we bought a small gold chain and a pendant, with the high price of gold, it really costs us a fortune lol. But the happiness the baby bought, it is really worth it.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Times passes fast, it is time for the mid autumn festival. This year Chinatown and nearby districts were decorated with with as many as 16,800 lanterns. Some were handpainted by children, they really looked cute and lovely.For other sky watchers, please hop over to Skywatch Blog
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Mooncakes are a must during mid autumn festival. Decided to buy some mooncakes from Tai Chong Kok pastry shop. It's a very old and traditional shop selling the traditional mooncakes without altering their flavour. Nowadays we have durian, green tea, etc flavours but Tai Chong Kok is still selling the original and traditional mooncakes. I too enjoyed the traditional moon cakes but dont mind to have durian mooncakes too hahaha.The shop had gone through some painting and decoration but everything is still the same, especially the shop's signboard. The shop has been here since the 1930s.I got the single egg yolk mooncake rather than the double egg yolks mooncake for healthier choice.There is a folk tale about the overthrow of Mongol rule facilitated by messages smuggled in moon cakes. Mooncakes were used as a medium by the Ming revolutionaries in their espionage effort to secretly distribute letters to overthrow the Mongolian rulers of China in the Yuan dynasty. The idea is said to have been conceived by Zhu Yuanzhang (朱元璋) and his advisor Liu Bowen (劉伯溫), who circulated a rumor that a deadly plague was spreading, and the only way to prevent it was to eat special mooncakes. This prompted the quick distribution of mooncakes, which were used to hide a secret message coordinating the Han Chinese revolt on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. Another method of hiding the message was printed in the surface of mooncakes as a simple puzzle or mosaic. To read the encrypted message, each of the four mooncakes packaged together must be cut into four parts each. The 16 pieces of mooncake, must then be pieced together in such a fashion that the secret messages can be read. The pieces of mooncake are then eaten to destroy the message. (Source: wikipedia)
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
This coming Sunday which is the 15th day of the eight chinese lunar month, will be the mid autumn festival. Majority of Chinese all over the world will celebrate this occasion. The origin of mid autumn festival was celebrated worshipping the moon and exchanging round cakes which we now called them - moon cakes and some will carry lanterns and drinking tea and eating the moon cakes while gazing at the bright round moon on this day. But now worshipping the moon has become less popular but exchanging of the mooncakes with close family members and friends are still as popular as before. Most family members will have a reunion dinner on this day too.You can read my previous post on the legends on The Legend of the Mid Autumn Festival.Last week, I finally get a chance to do some shopping in Chinatown. Love the atmosphere of the mid autumn festival shopping. Love all these beautiful lanterns which were be lighted by candles. Some lanterns are made of plastic with a bulb in it and lighted by battery for safety reasons. I still prefer those lanterns lighted by candles.Hahaha spotted by favourite piggies in baskets (symbolize "pigs" being bound for sale). These piggies were made from flour and they tasted good. This is how piggy biscuit looked like.Lots of mooncakes on sale in chinatown, will talked about the origins of mooncake in next post. There were many stalls selling pomelos from different countries. The best bet must be the pomelo from Ipoh, Malaysia. They are sweet and juicy. Best to choose the slightly yellowish and heavier pomelo to ensure its ripeness and for more pomelo juice. For photos on other parts of the world, please visit Our World Tuesday Meme. Thanks to the team of Our World for giving us the opportunity to share my world with the rest of the world.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
My grand nephew in law is 12 days old, they hold a small gathering for close relatives to annouce the arrival of the new born baby. The occasion was celebrated by cooking pig's trotters in some sweet sauce of black vinegar. The dish helps keep the new mom in keeping warm during this one month confinement period. Traditional confinement practices are based on the belief that the new mom's body is 'out of balance' after giving birth. The theory is that the new mom is now in a 'cold stage' due to the loss of blood (lochia) and energy from the birth. As such, the confinement period focuses on re-energising the body with the 'warmth' that has been lost. Chinese, Malay and Indian communities all have their own confinement practices. While different ethnic groups may do things differently, the main aim is to help the mother and her body recover from the intensities of childbirth. Traditionally, mother or mother-in-law will be the one taking care of the new mom during the confinement period. Many Chinese mothers however, hire a confinement nanny, a pui yuet (Cantonese for 'companion for a month') who will see to the mom and her baby’s needs. The nanny will cook special confinement dishes for the new mom, bathe her baby, and do the baby's laundry. She will also take over the night feeds so that the mom can rest. You can view more information about confinement from source Yummy, my share of the pig's trotters cooked in vinegar and lots of ginger.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Yayyy, at last I am a Grand Aunt In Law, last week hubby's nephew's wife gave birth to a healthy baby boy by Caesarean. Mother and child are doing very well now. Nice to see a new generation born, hope to see more additions to the new generation. We may see a small baby boom during this year being the Dragon year, the most auspicious for birth in the Chinese Zodiac. This is the KK Women's and Children's Hospital , formerly known as "Kandang Kerbau Hospital", is the largest hospital specialising in healthcare for women and children in Singapore. In 1966, the hospital entered the Guinness Book of Records for delivering the highest number of newborns within a single maternity facility for that year, and it continued to hold on to this record for a full decade, delivering 85% of the population. Fifty two years ago, I was born in Kandang Berbau Hospital too but not in this new, clean looking building, the old hospital was located on the site opposite this new hospital. Back then we were the baby boomers, too many babies and not enough hospital beds.Singapore, just like many countries is facing a low birth rate problem. To encourage parenthood, the government gives out baby bonuses of up to S$4,000 ($3,200) for each of the first two children, rising to S$6,000 for the third and fourth. It also matches deposits made into a Child Development Account. Mother has a four month maternity leave and there's talk about having paternity leave for the father too to encourage more to have babies. What policies do your country implement to encourage or discourage citizens to have more babies?
Saturday, September 1, 2012
As per previous post about the epiphyllum or keng hua plant that grows in my brother's house, my brother used his handphone to take photos of the flowers that only blooms at midnight. They were so pretty but the image a bit blur.At least now these photos of the blooms can conclude my topic on the flowers, too bad I did not get to view them bloom on site.