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OMG It’s 2013!!!

So it’s 2013 and I’ve been missing in action for much of 2012.  Life has been hectic.  I have moved to Singapore and spend a lot of time travelling and experiencing life.  So much has gone on in 2012, I don’t even have time to document them!

I think I’ll try again in 2013, haha.  I think for 2013, there will be more travelling and oh yea, maybe it’ll be a year of love?

 

 

 

A post for Valentine’s Day (Chinese)

你發覺了嗎? 愛的感覺,總是在一開始覺得很甜蜜, 總覺得多一個人陪,多一個人幫你分擔, 你終於不再孤單了,至少有一個人想著你, 戀著你,不論做什麼事情, 只要能一起,就是好的…. … … ….但是慢慢的,隨著彼此的認識愈深, 你開始發現了對方的缺點, 於是問題一個接著一個發生, 你開始煩,累,甚至想要逃避, 有人說愛情就像在撿石頭, 總想撿到一個適合自己的, 但是你又如何知道什麼時候能夠撿到呢? 他/她適合你,那你又適合他/她嗎?

其實,愛情就像磨石子一樣, 或許剛撿到的時候,你不是那麼的滿意, 但是記住人是有彈性的, 很多事情是可以改變的, 只要你有心,有勇氣, 與其到處去撿未知的石頭, 還不如好好的將自己已經擁有的石頭磨亮,你開始磨了嗎? 很多人以為是因為感情淡了, 所以人才會變得懶惰。 錯! 其實是人先被惰性征服, 所以感情才會變淡的。 在某個聚餐的場合, 有人提議多吃點蝦對身體好, 聽到了嗎?明白了嗎? 難怪越來越多人只想要談一輩子的戀愛, 卻遲遲不肯走入婚姻。 因為,婚姻容易讓人變得懶惰。 如果每個人都 懶得講話, 懶得傾聽, 懶得製造驚喜, 懶得溫柔體貼, 那麼夫妻或是情人之間, 又怎麼會不漸行漸遠漸無聲呢?

*所以請記住: 有活力的愛情, 是需要適度殷勤灌溉的, 談戀愛,更是不可以偷懶的喔! 有一對情侶,相約下班後去用餐,逛街, 可是女孩因為公司會議而延誤了, 當她冒著雨趕到的時候已經遲到了30多分鐘, 他的男朋友很不高興的說: 你每次都這樣,現在我什麼心情也沒了, 我以後再也不會等你了! 剎那間,女孩終於決堤崩潰了, 她心裡在想:或許,他們再也沒有未來了 同樣的在同一個地點,另一對情侶也面臨同樣的處境; 女孩趕到的時候也遲到了半個鐘頭, 他的男朋友說:“我想你一定忙壞了吧!” 接著他為女孩拭去臉上的雨水,並且脫去外套蓋在女孩身上, 此刻,女孩流淚了 但是流過她臉頰的淚卻是溫馨的。 你體會到了嗎? 其實愛,恨往往只是在我們的一念之間! 愛不僅要懂得寬容更要及時, 很多事可能只是在於你心境的轉變罷了! 懂了嗎?

當有個人愛上你,而你也覺得他不錯。 那並不代表你會選擇他。 我們總說:“我要找一個自己很愛很愛的人,才會談戀愛。” 但是當對方問你,怎樣才算是很愛很愛的時候, 你卻無法回答他,因為你自己也不知道。 沒錯,我們總是以為,我們會找到一個自己很愛很愛的人。 可是後來,當我們猛然回首,我們才會發覺自己曾經多麼天真。 假如從來沒有開始,你怎麼知道自己會不會很愛很愛那個人呢? 其實,很愛很愛的感覺,是要在一起經歷了許多事情之後才會發現的。 或許每個人都希望能夠找到自己心目中百分之百的伴侶, 所以,還是仔細看看身邊的人吧!他或許已經等你很久了 當你愛一個人的時候,愛到八分絕對剛剛好。 所有的期待和希望都只有七八分,剩下兩三分用來愛自己。 如果你還繼續愛得更多,很可能會給對方沉重的壓力,讓彼此喘不過氣來, 完全喪失了愛情的樂趣。 所以請記住, 喝酒不要超過六分醉, 吃飯不要超過七分飽, 愛一個人不要超過八分 如果你也正在為愛迷惘,或許下面這段話可以給你一些啟示:

愛一個人,

要了解,也要開解;

要道歉,也要道謝;

要認錯,也要改錯;

要體貼,也要體諒;

是接受,而不是忍受;

是寬容,而不是縱容;

是支持,而不是支配;

是慰問,而不是質問;

是傾訴,而不是控訴;

是難忘,而不是遺忘;

是彼此交流,而不是凡事交代;

是為對方默默祈求, 而不是向對方諸多要求;

可以浪漫,但不要浪費;

`*不要隨便牽手, `*更不要隨便放手

A Barbie Christmas

Hold and behold, it is a Ken & Barbie pink Christmas at Time Square!

I didn't know it's a barbie display just from the outside decorations

I started to have an idea once I get to the foyer

look at all the barbies~ I have to admit I'm a bit of a tomboy, I never NEVER played with barbie dolls when I was a little kiddie

these are little candle lights with barbie face on them, haha

Travelling~it’s that time of the year

one of the best hikes I've been to in HK with my uncle and aunt. They took me there during a rough time in my life and standing on top of all these volcano rocks and the ocean below me, we screamed into the sky

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,

To gain all while you give

, To roam the roads of lands remote:

To travel is to live.”

-Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairytale of My Life

It’s the time of the year again!  I am especially happy and excited this Christmas, I have unknowingly planned a little journey across Indochina and I am super psyched!  For the past two weeks, I have been slaving in front of the computer planning the best possible trips, and I realize it takes a lot of time to plan!  However, now that majority of planning is out of the way, I am so excited to explore, see, embrace, and experience!

Chinese New Year and the Christmas holiday is very close together this year, so I am pretty much in holiday mode all the way to end of Jan, muhaha, how awesome!  First stop is of course Hong Kong, I cannot miss the amazing Christmas lights decked out in Central and the amazing skylight at Victoria Harbour!  Then off I go to Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam before returning to Singapore for Christmas.  Where else would I go but Kuala Lumpur for boxing week!  As if all the foods I will be having are not enough, I must fly off to the night markets in Taipei!  After the 1st week of January, I will be back in Singapore for 2 weeks making sure my business venture in Singapore is still moving along, hohoho.  Then comes Chinese New Year and I am off to the happiest place on earth Bhutan!  I am extremely excited about visiting Bhutan, I have been wanting to go for awhile now, and believe it is one of the places I must travel to once in my lifetime.  I must eat some altitude sickness pills before heading to Bhutan to ensure I am not sick all 5 days!  Because I am taking a transfer flight into Bhutan from Bangkok Thailand, I am going to chill there for 3 days and get some Thai massages before returning to Singapore and continue my quest of starting a business and getting an employment pass!

PS.  Singapore government, please be nice to me, why must you slap a 10% tax of foreigners purchasing homes in Singapore?  I only want to buy a condo to live in, I have no intention of investing or flipping it in the market.  You should slap the tax on 2nd purchase homes, not just on foreigners, especially since I am planning to make a life here, boo boo boo!  If I continue, it will become a 2nd blog and clearly this is nothing exciting compared to all my trips, but come on!  This policy doesn’t stop the mega rich, if they want to buy, they will still buy 5, 8, 10 condos!  Do you want me to keep renting until I become a PR?  But I am Chinese!  Chinese people do not believe in renting for the long term!  Chinese people like to have a roof over their head they can call their home!

discover the wonderful world of mooncakes

At Tang’s, the departmentstore is holding a “discover the wonderful world of mooncakes” sale that drew my attention.  There are many varieites and flavors available, and lots of mooncakes are produced from renowned hotels, a little different compared to HK where the mooncakes are produced from renowned bakeries.

Perosonllay, I think when people buy mooncakes, they are literally paying for the designs and packaging moreso than the pastries themselves.  I delved into a little bit of mooncake history and learned that mooncake originated as far back as the Song Dynasty.  One evening, the emperor and advisors were sitting in a gazebo watching the shiny round shape of the moon. He had the urge to enjoy some round cakes while admiring the round moon hanging in the sky, and that is how mooncake was developed and passed down.  Back in the days, mooncake is not designated to a specific hoiliday, but eaten whenever with a cup of hot brewed tea.

Nowaday, mooncake is eaten druing the traditional mid-autumn festival.  Back in the days, round cakes has sweet lotus paste fillings, whereas now, there are so many different varieites it can make one’s head spin!  Rather you enjoy the traditional paste filling mooncake or the innovative snowskin or even durian paste cake, you could most certainly find somehting to enjoy during the mooncake eating evening!

check out this monster durian mooncake, OMG

i love durians, and i got to tell you, after I ate a small sample, the taste stayed in my mouth for a long long long time

Sticky rice dumplings

I always feel very lucky when my grandma or my aunt make traditional home cooked dishes or special holiday foods.  In HK, June 6th is a public holiday, known more commonly to people as a day to party outdoors and cheer on dragon boat teams as they pedal furiously to the finish line in Stanley.

As with all holidays, there are special foods associated with each festivities, and the special food for this special day is sticky rice/glutinous rice dumplings.  These rice dumplings are wrapped with bamboo leafs and the typical ingredients include yellow bean paste, dried mushroom, a slice of pork, salty duck egg yolk, and dried scallop.  commercially to maximize sales and dollar value, vendors will advertise  adding “expensive” ingredients such as abalone, but those are all gimmicks to me. 

I like homemade sticky rice dumplings!  After steaming it for about 15-20 minutes, add a bit of soy sauce and what a great meal!

my aunt made me the salty variety, i am not a fan of sweet sticky rice dumpling, which my mom love eating with brown sugar

 

yes auntie, i love your homemade dumplings, i don't want your voucher for chain outlet made rice dumplings with abalone and MSG. HOMEMADE = the best!

So you ask, why eat sticky rice dumplings during the dragon boat festival?  Ahhh.. I have heard this tale since I was a little kid, I love it when my mom tell me, I keep having these images and pictures dancing in my head.  The story goes that there used to be a very honest and respectful adviser that is beloved by all the people in China.  Because of jealousy and incompetence of other aids and advisors to the emperor, they banded together to have the honest man thrown into the ocean to die.  When fishermen heard of this, they immediately get into their boats and head out to sea to look for his body.  As they head into the water, they beat furiously on the drums in hope of scaring the fish away and throw little rice dumplings into the water to feed the fish so they wouldn’t eat this hero’s corpse.  This is the story celebrating the hero called “Qu Yuan” and on the date of his death of June 6th, people continue rowing dragon boats and eating rice dumplings to remember him.

 
 

THE wishing tree

 

THE wishing tree is the magical tree located in the territories of Hong Kong in a village called “Lam Tsuen” in Tai Po.  The “real” wishing tree is made up of two banyan trees, which is frequented by thousands of visitors during the Chinese New year. It is traditional practice for visitors to write wishes on a placard tied to an orange and throw it up onto the tree. With the weight of thousands of oranges and wishes hanging on its branches, the tree started giving way and a period of conservation begins in 2005 in hope the two banyan trees will continue to grow and flourish. However, the tradition of making wishes during CNY has continued and the village has purchased a very real looking foam treeso visitorscan make wishes during CNY. Rumour has it that the higher a paper placard is hung on the top branches, the higher the chances the wishes would come true.

the village entrace to the wishing tree

performers strolling around

pinning wishes onto the board

temple ground

I was super excited to visit the wishing tree and to write down my wishes for the upcoming year.  I wrote out my wishes on the nice little pink placard that is tied to a string alongside a foam orange, which I kissed for good luck.  The intense moment arrives when I tried really hard to have my wish successfully thrown up onto the branches on the very first try!  Of course it dropped to the ground and I hurriedly ran over to pick it up to throw up again, and a little kid stepped onto my placard!  I keep whacking on his leg telling him to step aside and he keeps looking at me with doe eyes and continue sucking his lollipop!  After a little while, I finally got my paper placard safely in my hands for a second try, and it fell down again.  With the wind and my violent throw, my placard and my orange separated, eek!  I started running in two separate directions and restring my orange and placard and to give it a third try.  Of course it is only the 3rd try that is the lucky throw!

people busy writing out their wishes

this is actually a foam tree, but it looks so real right?

hmmm...doesn't look as pretty from this side

 

wishes made on paper placards and tied to foam oranges

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