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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Chap Goh Mei

The 15th day marks the first full moon after the Spring Festival and of the New Year, also known as yuán xiāo jié meaning "first night of the full moon". The day is as well known as Lantern Festival day.
Another reunion dinner is held with lanterns and oranges being a large part of the celebrations.
It is customary to eat special sweet dumplings called yuanxiao resembling the shape of the full moon. These round balls are made of glutinous rice flour stuffed with sugar fillings, symbolizing reunion.

Yuanxiao are also called tāngyuán (Traditional Chinese: 湯圓, Simplified Chinese: 汤圆 ) or tāngtuán (Traditional Chinese: 湯團, Simplified Chinese: 汤团).
Tāngyuán literally means "round balls in soup", tāngtuán translates to "round dumplings in soup".

During this festival lanterns are displayed, at times as lantern fairs, and children are carrying lanterns to temples.
The festival is associated with guiding lost and ill bred evil spirits home, while celebrating and cultivating positive relationship between people, families, nature and the higher beings as they are believed to be responsible for bringing and returning the light each year.

Another legend associates the Lantern Festival with Taoism. Tian Guan is the Taoist 'Ruler of Heaven' and the god responsible for good fortune, bestowing wealth and good luck. His birthday falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month. It is said that Tian Guan likes all types of entertainment, so followers prepare various kinds of activities during which they pray for good fortune.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Calgary Winter Photos

My uncle from Canada send me some winter photos of his place in Calgary Canada, here is few of his photos I would like to share with all of you.

I hasn't been back to Canada for quite some times now, it would nice to go back again this December for Christmas also in time for my 2nd cousin wedding as well.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Everyone

Today is the 7th day of Chinese Lunar New Year, also the birthday of many people on earth.

Here I found the meaning of the 7th day of the Lunar New Year means

Seventh day, zhengyue 7, ‘Birthday of Men’

The seventh day of the first lunar month is named renrì (Traditional Chinese: 人日, Pinyin: rén rì), literally Human Day and is considered to be the birthday of ordinary, or common men. The day is also called Day of Men or Men Day.

According to Chinese legends, Nüwa (Traditional Chinese: 女媧; Simplified Chinese: 女娲; Pinyin: nǚwā) is the goddess who created the world. Two legends refer to her creations.
Nüwa and her brother Fuxi survived a devastating calamity, which had wiped out all other life. Retired to Kunlun Mountain they prayed for a sign from the Emperor of Heaven. The divine being approved their union and the siblings set about procreating the human race.
Note: in some texts or according to other legends, Nüwa is considered to be Fuxi’s wife.

According to a different legend Nüwa created certain animals on different days as she was lonesome and wanted the animals as company. On the seventh day after the creation of the world, Nüwa created human beings from yellow clay. With the divine power entrusted to her, Nüwa made the clay figurines to become alive.

Renri is the day, when all common men are growing a year older and the day is celebrated with certain foods according to the origin of the people.
The ingredients of the dishes have a symbolic meaning and they should enhance health.

To honour Nüwa's creation of animals either vegetable dishes will be eaten or a raw fish and vegetable salad called yusheng (simplified Chinese: 鱼生; pinyin: yúshēng).
Yusheng literally means "raw fish" but since "fish (鱼)" is commonly conflated with its homophone "abundance (余)", Yúshēng (鱼生) is interpreted as a homonym for Yúshēng (余升) meaning an increase in abundance. Therefore, yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Best Chinese New Year Advertisement 2010

One of the best Chinese New Year advertisement by TM.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Chinese New Year Fireworks 2010

15 minutes before the struck of midnight yesterday the fireworks already begin to fire up to the sky to mark the New Year... for about 1 hour.

Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Valentines day to everyone.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Reunion Dinner

We just finish our New Year Eve reunion dinner and here what we had a while ago. Happy Chinese New Year everyone and may the year of the Tiger bring luck, fame and fortune to everyone.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Chinese New Year Greeting

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone Happy Chinese New Year " Gong Xi Fa Chai" to yeah you too. Happy holiday everyone.

My First Cheque From Nuffnang

Finally after waiting about a month and half, I finally receive my first pay cheque from Nuffnang after blogging about almost a year. Consider this as an Angpow from Nuffnang.. thanks you.

Right now I have 5 buffering earning running on my blog

As for till today my blog earning till today is RM28.28, what a nice number 2828... :)... still has RM21.72 to go before my second cash out or I just leave it till end of the year.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

"AngPow" Red Packet Collection

I know most of the people now into collecting "AngPow" and with just few days away from the Chinese New Year, have you all collect the red packet or "Ang Pow" from various places like banks, Supermarket and etc.....

Here is some of the "Angpow" I collect so far from various places....

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Great Wall Of China Revisit

Here is my another post of the Great Wall Of China during my last visit.

Here is the photos of the place again.

The view of The Great Wall from afar

Monday, February 8, 2010

Shoplots destroyed in Wayang Street fire

After the first fire burn down the historical site in Gambier Street few month ago, now another historic site caught on fire at Wayang Street.

Here is the story below:

KUCHING: Four shoplots were destroyed when a fire broke out at Wayang Street, a historical site here.

The fire was believed to have started due to an electrical short circuit in a paint shop on the ground floor of one of the premises last night.

A tattoo parlour on the first floor was destroyed before the fire spread to neighbouring shoplots.

Raging blaze: Firefighters fighting the fire in Wayang Street, Kuching, Saturday night. — Bernama

A tailor shop was also partially burnt.

No casualties were reported.

Kuching Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Abdul Fathul Muen said an emergency call was received at 10.30pm.

Four fire engines rushed to the scene quickly and 41 firefighters managed to control the blaze within an hour.

Abdul Fathul said the residents living in nearby premises were evacuated for safety reasons.

In December, a fire broke out at nearby Gambir Street, which is also a historical area, located about 500m away. Seven shophouses were destroyed.

Here is the video of the fire

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Rev. James M. Hoover Memorial Garden

The Hoover Memorial Garden is another attraction in Sibu which located at Sg Merah area opposite the Shell oil depot. The place is not easy to find as I miss the place few times due to no sign board to show where the place at.

This is the only sign available which is not visible to everyone when pass by quite small

The place

wonder why it the widow oil?

At the side there is 9 lamb post representing each moral value

Here is the History Of Rev James Hoover

Here a long stretch of marble structure is the 1118 star represent a pioneer migrant bought in by Rev James Hoover to Sibu that time.

Th garden is also a good place to hangout

The place is a nice place to hangout but my only complain is the place has no sign to show where it is.
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