Friday, February 29, 2008
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Saturday, February 09, 2008
Next is something interesting. Do you know most poor Chinese babies don't wear daipers? They just wear pants with a little opening at the back. The purpose is for easy discharge without changing of baby pampers. Baby pampers cost money. Without wearing them, they save money for their parents.
The Chinese in China lives a tough life. They make do with whatever they have. As adolescence, they have to face hardship. Eventually they are molded to be stronger in later part of their lives. As an oversea Chinese myself, I am proud to be one of them.
There is a saying; "A teacher teaches lesson first and then takes the exam. Life takes the exam first and then takes a lesson."
Friday, February 08, 2008
It is my first time experience of a typical Chinese New Year celebration in China. Athough is extremely cold here for me, the warm of my Chinese friends around keep my mood alive. Before the strike of 12 mid night, the firecrackets and firework were thundering all over the Shanghai city where I am staying now. I had heard and seen our Malaysian firecrackets but never could imagine the amount of powerful firecrackets being lighted to usher the Rat of the Chinese New Year in style last nite. It was a memory I will cheerish forever.
Shanghai is a cosmopolitan city where all Chinese in China are proud to show to the entire world. Something I picked up while learning from my friends here. The rich in Shanghai eats more food than rice. Only those who can't afford much, eat more rice. If you are invited to a dinner, don't be surprised that rice is not available, unless you request for it. Not before when China was poor. They ate more rice than anything else then. Progress has changed them to eat in style and taste currently. I was reminded to follow some rules while dining with the Shanghainese. Eat only when my host starts eating, for this is their manner and respect. Drinking is a must in the Chinese culture. The host would toast their guests until they are drunk to show they are happy with the invitation. I was a lousy drinker but I pretended I was drunk to aplease my host.
Another unique culture I observed in Shanghai. Ladies in this city are treated with pride and honour by their males. Men do the cooking at home while the women relax in comfort at home. Even when they are out shopping, their men carry their handbags. Something you won't see in other parts of the world. Back home, no girl friend of mine would allow me to carry their handbags. May be they are afraid that I might take their belonging away. For the girls at home, if you want to get an ideal man, consider a Shanghainese gentleman. They would pamper you all the way as a lady for life. For the man like me, I don't think I will ever fall in love with a female here.
Time has changed China beyond imagination. 50 years ago, my parents had to send money back to China to help their families. Not today any longer. Instead they are even richer than us.
The definition of happiness by Ambrose Bierce; "Happiness: An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another."
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
For the past 50 over years, I had celebrated my Chinese New Year in my own home. Not now any longer as my children have grown. Last year was my first new year celebration away from home with one of my son who is staying in the southern hemisphere. Another son who resides in the northern hemisphere, China where I will be going today. Taking the first available flight, I should be seeing my son by this evening. No doubts we know that China is currently facing a very heavy snow storm, with severe cold, it will not deter me from going. The weather is cold but I believe the bonding of father and son relationship is warmer.
As I am preparing to leave for the airport, I linger over the thought of how time had passed. From being a little child myself, to getting marry and raising my own family. When my children were young, they would be around with me, making sure that I had to give them my ang pow. The reunion dinner or the eve of the celebration, would always be gathered together with my family. We would eat and drink the whole night until like no end of the day. However things have changed now, as the children have grown to be independence. They have their own families and are in different places of the world.
Wondering!!! Was it when they were young, I was happier or is it now when they are adults? Anyway to me happiness is only a feeling of mind. So I have to feel for the past, appreciate the present and expect the best for the future to be happy all the time. As long as I live, all my sons are considered as babies to me. Immaterial of how old or young they are. As father to them, I talk with the cane and as friends, we mix like we are buddies.
Great China, here I come.
Something I learned from life; "Happiness is a state of the mind. The dictionary difinition is 'feeling of joy and pleasure mingled together'. A feeling of happiness is more than just an experience of joy or pleasure. It is a state of mind where the individual feels that life is good."
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Saturday, February 02, 2008
On the other hand, those girls, women and ladies who called me as Uncle Foo are really not my friends. I make sure I am a lovable person to all females I met and encountered. I distance those who addressed me as Uncle. Initially they called me as Robert Foo, when they speak a six feet gap away. As they begin to understand me more, we called each other as 'dear'. The dear has many meaning. We could have developed a trust and confidence between us. We are very comfortable with each other as closed friends. We speak a distance of three feet nearer. I wish there is one who could sweetly call me as darling or sweetheart. When that happened, we would be speaking at intimate level. If for any reason, a lady who calls or writes without a name addressing to me, I know my value to her is definitely low. I believe I am a lovable and likable person to most friends. What about you? Just tell yourself that you are beautiful, talented, unique, capable and skilful. For you will turn yourself to be a lovable and likable person too.
Food for the heart; "When your self-worth goes up, your net worth goes up with it." Mark Victor Hansen.