January 30, 2012

My Bling Bling Garden

One of my Bonsai that I had yet to figure out what shape it is suppose to be. Just tilt it one side and keep trimming the other side. Looks artistic to me.

This Bonsai I tried very hard to make it curve like a fan exactly like the pot. Looks like only one sided fan.

This is the heart-shaped Bonsai in my earlier post a year back. Hooray! It is still surviving and not only that, this year, for the first time it bear seeds. Can you see that two long thing dangling by the side that looks like beans, they are it's seed.

Bought this a week before Chinese New Year. Love the baby plants dangling by it's side. Couldn't resist when we went plant shopping.

Since I don't celebrate Christmas and don't have a chance to decorate a Christmas tree, I decorate my potted plants with some bling bling every year on Chinese New Year. Those are gold color ornament in the shape of gold nuggets, golden tiny fans and red ribbons. When the sun shines on it, it sure blings.

Thanks for visiting. Just wanna keep a copy of these photos in the blog so that my future generations can view it in the future, hahahahah not sure if they would ever be interested in my mommy blog. It is still Chinese New Year but the mood had died off by now.

January 24, 2012

To Give Or Not To Give

As we all know Chinese all over the world are celebrating Chinese New Year now which will last for fifteen days. Married couples are required to give "Ang Pau" (red packet with money in it) to others who are single during these fifteen days. Bosses too gives "Ang Pau" to workers etc. Single folks, customary, do not give Ang Pau to others. I have absolutely no problem with this but one small hiccup.

Sometime single folks who are about my age or older than me would appear and I am not sure if I should give that person an Ang Pau. Felt kinda awkward to give and not sure if they would feel offended to received.

I would normally give to those who are single but younger than me. I have distance relatives, quite a few actually, who are still single and no intention of getting marry, ever. There was a time, I heard a little child asking her mom how come that particular auntie didn't give her an Ang Pau because that aunt look old enough to start giving.

There are also those that grow up with me and never got married and every year when I gave out And Pau to nieces and nephews and children and have to give him one, he receives unpleasantly. Maybe because I am only two years his senior and had been giving him Ang Pau for almost twenty years now. Hmmm wonder if I should stop giving him or continue and pretend that it is not a big deal.

If only we could exchange gift like Christmas instead of giving Ang Pau, then awkward moments like these would never appear but then again, our tradition will be loss for ever.

Happy Chinese New Year to all and thanks for reading. By the way, do you have any awkward moments that you would like to share?

January 15, 2012

Superstitious or Religious

Chinese New Year is just a few days away. Had just finished cleaning up the house, put up clean curtains etc, bought some cookies, dress up my plants with some bling bling, got new clothes for everyone and still felt like I had missed something. In actual fact, for those who are superstitious, there are more things to prepare.

I grow up with a mom who constantly remind my grandma (her mom) what is superstitious and what is religious and certain things are a waste of money and time. Grandma however, would never listen and continue with what she was taught or should I say, traditions brought down from generations to generations.

Every year grandma would buy new sets of bowls, plates, spoons and chopsticks to be used on the eve during reunion dinner. That's why we have lots and lots of it. A new broom is a must too. There are certain food that is compulsory on eve's reunion dinner. Mom would complain of the excessive food as there were only four of us and we don't eat so much and mom don't really like having left overs.

After I got married, it is compulsory to have the reunion dinner with my in-laws. My mother-in-law have her superstitious too like not to used anything sharp like knife or scissors on the first day of Chinese New Year. So after a hard days work, cooking for so many of us on the eve, after we had clean up, she would start cutting food, preparing for tomorrow's three meals because she don't want to use the knife on the first day of Chinese New Year. There are certain things that should not be cut before cooking but she would not listen. She had to tired herself and make sure she cuts everything before the clock turn 12 midnight. This is more scary then horror movies.

For most Chinese, they believe that they should not sweep the floor on the first day of Chinese New Year for fear one would swept away all the luck of that year. I remembered there was one year when mom found the floor dirty on the first day and she went and mop the floor, granny was upset. Mom jokingly told grandma that she didn't sweep the floor, technically mopping is not sweeping.

Well, I guess since my mom's generation, most of us had broke the superstitious rule. I, too don't believe in all these but in order to respect my elders, it is best I kept all this inside since it is very hard to change something that they thought were good for them or the right thing to do and had been practicing for years.

Thanks for reading and Happy Chinese New Year to all who celebrates. Are you superstitious too?

January 11, 2012

My Pampered Cat

The top photo is Rusty sleeping on his pillow. My, my what a way to sleep. The bottom photo is him lying around my pile of dirty clothes. He loves doing that.

I have never seen such a pampered stray cat before. He must have been someone's cat before coming to stay with us. Having him around for the past few months really is fun. He would go missing for hours in the day and would come home for his meals. When he reaches our house he would meow in such a pampered way that none of us could resist but to feed him and let him into the house.

Now he does respond to the name we gave him, which is "Rusty" and he always want to be around human. If all of us were busy, he would go from one person to another with his pitiful meow and when no one really pay much attention to him, he would leave the house and sleep under the neighbor's car.

In the evening around seven to late at night he would spent his time on the pillow we gave him and sleep like he had never slept before, in the house. When we were watching t.v, he would come and sit near us and put his paw on our hands or feet, gently he would pat us to let us know he is around.

I never had a cat before. Rusty is my first and loving every minute of it. It is like having another child at home. Now I truly understand why old folks whose children are all grown up and out of the house should have a pet like a cat or dog. Like reliving those days when our kids were young.

Happy reading to you. Hope you have a lovely pet like mine.

January 7, 2012

Car Accident (funny)

A man was trying out of a parking lot when he bounced the bumper of a car parked in front of him. This was witnessed by a small group of pedestrians waiting for the bus. The driver got out and inspected the damage, and proceeded to write a note to leave on the windscreen of the car he hit.

The note said: "Hello sir / madam, whichever the case may be. I have just hit your car and there are some people watching me and they think that I am writing this note to leave you my name, phone number and address. But I am not."

Who Is Younger

At a recent class, a member of the class mentioned he has two children. The facilitator asked, "How old are they?"

"Eleven and nine." The facilitator asked, "Two boys or two girls?" He replied, "One of each." "Which one is the younger?" "The nine-year old," was the reply.

Just for laughs! Thanks for reading. Hope I get to blog more in the future.
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