Monday, March 2, 2015

Playing With Pop Pop During Chinese New Year

What comes to your mind when we talk about Chinese New Year? Besides Ang Pow (money $$$), good food and great reunion...one will never miss the crack of fireworks right? In other words, if there is no firecrackers being let loose during the 15 days of Chinese New Year, the festival will not be complete. Although firecrackers have been outlawed in my country-Malaysia, purebred Chinese know it makes our blood curdle to be able to light the auspicious fireworks.

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Pop Pop! Still remember this folks?

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Brings back some good old memories right?

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Hmm...it looks different now right?

Haih *sigh* I truly missed the days when I was happily igniting the wick-like fuse of the firecrackers and witnessed how the "Dragons" stormed into the vacant dark skies, exploding into different glorious hues! Those were the days. Now...I cringe at the thought of running into cops who were looking for preys. Perhaps I am thinking too much? I should have continued this tradition of mine and just play with firecrackers? Anyone of you who hear about police going around catching people who play fireworks?

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Are you guys ready to play?

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Jordan: "Ok, enough posing Ah Mei! Let's play!"

However it would be quite a pity if my two little babies-Jordan and Jasmine, don't get to play with firecrackers or something similar to it. Of course they would not get their hands on those highly explosive stuffs loaded with tonnes of gun powder. This Chinese New Year is the very first time they got to play with something that "explode" a little bit. Heard of Pop Pop? Ha :D Yes, this is the best thing that they could play with. And they surely enjoyed every single one of it. They were so thrilled to throw these little tubular "grenades" that burst upon contact with the ground.

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Ok~let's throw them. :D

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Be careful ok both of you. :)

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Both of them are enjoying their Pop Pop!

Jordan and Jasmine were at first quite amused to see these colourful little firecrackers. Then I demonstrated to them how it should be played. Initially both of them were terrified when the little Pop Pop exploded upon crashing the ground. However after I have spent some time cooing them and persuade them it is totally harmless, the started to lower their defenses and pick up their "grenades". After one or two throw...they have begun to be addicted to it. Instead of throwing one at a time...they just grabbed a handful of the Pop Pop and just flung onto the flood. The loud "explosions" tickled them and they were truly excited. Ha :D

Pop pop~:D

I am glad that I could allow them to savour a few of life's precious moments. So do you guys enjoy yourselves? Hurling missiles at people and laugh at their expenses. Yupe! Both of them can be so naughty that they actually threw a lot of those "Pop Pop" at my wife and me. Young and innocent huh! Well~at least they are not afraid to toy with something a wee dangerous for them. Hmm...maybe next year we should be a bit more dangerous? Perhaps we should upgrade our pyrotechnic department? :p

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge To Be Released On 1st of March-Do-or-Die For Samsung

Are you guys ready for the so-called next big thing? Yes, tomorrow 1st of March 2015 marks the day we will be seeing the release of new flagship Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Not only are the fans of Samsung will be salivating for this release of flagship Galaxy smartphones, the people from Samsung themselves are waiting anxiously with trepidation, hoping that this Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge will break Samsung's free fall from grace. In fact, Samsung will be freezing salaries of employees in South Korea because of their ailing smartphones sales. That's how bad it is huh!

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Are you ready for Samsung S6 and S6 Edge?

On one court, Samsung fans will be hoping to FINALLY get the GALAXY Smartphone that they have been yearning for the past 5 years. One that is actually made of premium materials like the ones their privileged rivals are enjoying-think Apple and Xiaomi. So this Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge must come with metal finish that will ooze with a lot of quality and class. Secondly...Samsung fans will also be hoping that Samsung will finally get rid of all those unnecessary bloatwares that are causing them to shun the Galaxy smartphones in the past. Can these 2 minimum requirement be met tomorrow? Samsung don't seem to have a choice right?

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Are these the alleged Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge?

Likewise...if Samsung don't get all their acts right this time...they might not have another chance to reclaim any grounds that they have lost to Apple and other Android rivals who are breathing down Samsung's neck. If Samsung do not halt thing plunge that they are in...they might turn into another Nokia...So Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge must be the dream smartphone that everyone wants...one that bespoke excellent craftsmanship and is super-user friendly without any lag or whatsoever that will frustrate users. To sweeten the deal...it will be wise (but most probably impossible) if Samsung is willing to retail their latest Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge more competitively by slashing their price tags.

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Six Appeal of Galaxy S6?

Hence it is a do-or-die mission for Samsung and they really cannot afford to screw this up! So they really have to get their built (super premium) right, provide cutting-edge innards and feather-weight software to win customers back. I have always been a big fan of Samsung and I, of course, hope that both these Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be the cornerstones that revive Samsung and make it one of the most desirable smartphones in the world again. So besides the features that I have mentioned above, is there anything else that you want to see Samsung improves in their latest flagships? Do let me know. Over to you now. :)

Chinese New Year Lion Dance Performance At Tesco Taiping 2015

They say it is very auspicious to see a lion dance troupe during Chinese New Year, especially if you are in a shopping complex? LOL :D So the other day, while we were shopping in Tesco Taiping...we were suddenly dumbstruck by the boisterous beatings of drums and deafening clinking of cymbals...when we turned...there they were strutting their stuffs in full glorious prosperous colours-red and pink. So what did we see? Lions of course...grooving to the beats and their usual music. :)

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Let us begin bro!

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Show them what we've got~uh~huh!

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Yeah~that's what I am talking about. Let's groove to the music!

As we all know a lot of Chinese believe that Lion Dance performance will bring good luck to houses and business premises. Usually we will be able to see these lions dancing during the official opening of businesses and it is a common sight during Chinese Ne Year. Then again...Tesco is a British entity and yet they believe in such custom. Perhaps they know that such belief will bring them lots of luck and of course money?

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Ok~it's time to eat some oranges and pamelo!

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Wait...what are you doing here Pinky?

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Nom~nom~nom!

So on that eventful day, we were very happy to be able to see not one, not two but three beautiful lions were dancing in the Produce Department, one being a supposedly "young" lion. :) After dancing (playing + fooling around) for a few moments, these 3 lions finally got down to real business. With their jaws wide open, they "gobbled up" some vegetables and oranges to be regurgitated later as auspicious offerings to the store managers or supervisors. Look at how excited when they (Tesco representatives) received the peeled oranges and vegetables from the Lions while shouting "HUAATTT AR!".

"Huatt ar!"

Jordan boy and Jasmine girl were  there to witness how this whole dance was performed. They were rather intrigued themselves and maybe a bit scared at the sight of these beautiful lions moving around. But I am sure they will be enjoying these Lion Dances even more in the future...because I love it a lot? LOL :D It is always heart-warming (for me at least) to see Lion Dance during Chinese New Year...because I, myself wanted to be a lion dancer...Ha :D

P.S.: Yours truly wish that I can invite some Lions back one day to my home during Chinese New Year...but I understand they can be quite expensive huh. :/

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Lucky Underwear That Gamblers Should Wear During Chinese New Year

They say Chinese New Year is the time for us to be merry, have lots of reunion dinner, enjoy good food, visit family and friends, play firecrackers and most importantly...GAMBLING! It is a fact that Chinese New Year will never be complete if you do not gamble. Ha :D If not how are we (bachelors who are not married) supposed to spend all the Ang Pow money that we have right? Yupe~so during these 15 days, a lot of us will be splurging our money happily playing poker and mahjong.

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These are for Gamblers!

Of course everyone wants to win when they are gambling right? If we keep on losing and losing...our Chinese New Year will be quite meaningless (unless you are really darn rich)! However we are all aware that gambling involves a lot of risk and most of the time we are definitely not in control of our fate. Or to put it more blatantly...GAMBLING is about LUCK! No matter how skillful a gambler is, if Lady Luck is not on your side...you are bound to lose. So how do we remedy this "luck" thingy?

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Gong Xi Fatt Chai!

There are various methods for gamblers to raise their level of luck during Chinese New Year and one of the most popular is by donning red clothes. So you will notice there are people who wear red shirt, red trousers, red socks...some even dye their hair red. That's what you can see with your naked eyes! Do you know that real, avid gamblers even wear RED or "prosperous" underwear to increase their wealth luck during Chinese New Year? Yupe~yours truly also bought a pair of lucky underwear for this Chinese New Year. So if you are gambling if your friends and family and you notice someone who is on a winning spree...most probably he is using The Lucky Underwear! Ha :D

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So if you wanna up your wealth level and luck. You know what to wear. LOL

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Best Auspicious Day To Start Working After Chinese New Year In 2015

The controversial year of horse is coming to an imminent end real soon and I personally can't wait to usher the brand new year of Goat myself. So by now a lot of us are really anticipating our Chinese New Year holidays right? The question is: When is the best (most auspicious) day in 2015 to start working again after the commencement of the year of Goat? I do believe that starting our work again after Chinese New Year on an auspicious day will bode well for us for the whole year. Starting our work on an auspicious day will bring us prosperity, abundance in luck and plenty of wealth. So if the horsy year of 2014 hasn't been kind to you, perhaps here's how you can start a clean slate of good luck.

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For the uninitiated, there are 12 different zodiac animals in the lunar calender, so each zodiac has different day(s) to start working again after Chinese New Year. Knowing which zodiac animal you are will be important for you to choose one of the auspicious days to start working again. Let us look at the table below to see what are the auspicious day(s) that we can return to work shall we? :)

Auspicious Dates for Work Commencement
in the Year of Goat (2015)
Zodiac
Auspicious Day(s) To Start Working After 2015 Chinese New Year
Rat
21, 26, 28 February & 1 March
Ox
21, 23, 26, 27, 28 February & 1 March
Tiger
21, 23, 26, 27, 28 February & 1 March
Rabbit
21, 23, 27, 28 February & 1 March
Dragon
21, 23, 26, 28 February & 1 March
Snake
21, 23, 26, 27 February & 1 March
Horse
21, 23, 26, 27, 28 February
Goat
21, 23, 26, 27, 28 February & 1 March
Monkey
21, 23, 26, 27, 28 February
Rooster
21, 23, 26, 27, 28 February & 1 March
Dog
23, 26, 27, 28 February & 1 March
Pig
21, 23, 26, 27, 28 February & 1 March
                                                   

So are you able to start working again on one of your auspicious days? Apparently 21st of February 2015 seems to be an auspicious day for almost all the Zodiac signs huh. Unfortunately I couldn't do so as my boss has asked all of us to return on the 25th (Wednesday)? Arrgghh....can't we delay it for one more day? Ha :D So hopefully my whole Goat year will still be smooth-sailing one *pray hard*. Likewise I hope you guys are able to commence your work again after Chinese New Year on your auspicious day. Happy Chinese New Year everyone! :)

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Happy Chinese New Year in advance everyone. :)

 

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