Big M recently attended one of the school calendar's largest G12 event. For North Americans a school prom is par of the course but for us welsh who have only seen prom's in the movies (though I do understand it's becoming popular back home now) it was great excitement, much grooming and hmmm lots of money for her senior prom. I didn't mind the 'lot's of money' bit, to a point, so I thought, until I heard how much 'lots of money' other's were spending for their daughter's senior prom.
Friday, 22 April 2011
A supportive friend popped round for coffee on Wednesday and brought with her a carton full of eggs. “Don’t open until Friday. Investigate then!”, we were told. Today, Good Friday, and as per our instructions, Little M and I investigated our egg carton. It was marked “Resurrection Eggs” and inside it was full of colourful plastic eggs all numbered from 1-12
Saturday, 2 April 2011
I have not only been out of touch with blogging recently but out of touch with goings on. Rest and recovery takes a person away from most things. Mental illness takes away confidence and the want to get out from under the bed. In the past few weeks with the help of medics and medication I can feel a new positivity stirring that hasn’t been around for a long, long time. Until this week much of my ‘social’ life has evolved around hospital appointments which have left me exhausted and not leaving much interest for more. Yesterday, with the tender persuasion of some beautiful ladies I was able to rejoin a group that has been such a special part of my life for a number of years – my Friday Bible group.
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
I’m two days late writing a valentine’s post (I do have a good excuse, honest, I’m in hospital, but that’s a story for another time). I did remember Valentine’s but wasn’t quite “with it” as they say to write much sense or as much sense as usual… and on top of that being Welsh we don’t actually celebrate Valentine’s day in February but in January….. See I still don’t think anything I’m saying is making sense…. but I’ll still continue…..
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
On the eve of the eve of Chinese New Year, if you need somebody to lend you a hand or you need anything you can now pretty much forget it until next Monday. Tomorrow is the last minute preparations before the year of the rabbit is ushered in on Thursday. It’s a busy, busy day for most Singapore households.
I’ve mentioned previously that Chinese New Year is based on very many superstitions. There are a number of things that need doing before midnight tomorrow. The New Year has to be seen in brand new and fresh.
All debts need to be paid and or collected and nothing should be lent or it is said that person will be ‘lending all year’. Past hurts and quarrels need to be resolved. Houses need to be cleaned thoroughly, beginning at the door and brushed to the middle of the room, then placed in the corners and not thrown out until the 5th day. Brushing dirt over the threshold could mean losing a family member that year. On New Year’s Eve all brushes, buckets and mops have to be put away and no cleaning should be done on New Year’s Day at all for fear of sweeping away good fortune.
It is believed that if you cry on new year’s day you will cry for the rest of the year so children are never scolded during this time, just in case J.
|Little M's Kindergarten |
A great deal of care needs to be taken on appearance. New clothes are bought for each family member, preferably red to ensure a bright future. Hair cuts are done before the eve and hair shouldn’t be washed on NY’s day as it would mean that you are washing away your luck
Everybody should refrain from using bad language and there should be no mention of death or dying. Do not use knives or scissors as it will cut away good fortune. Children and unmarried friends are given little red envelopes with crisp new money, preferably in even numbers for good fortune, called angbao’s.
Tomorrow evening, the eve of the New Year, it is the traditional family dinner. You would need a pretty good excuse to miss this! The most important family ritual of the year. The "reunion" dinner as it is referred to.
While many Chinese people today may not believe in these do's and dont's, these traditions and customs are still practised. These traditions and customs are kept because most families realize that it is these very traditions, whether believed or not, that provide continuity with the past and provide the family with an identity.
|Little M's School Celebrations|
We don’t celebrate CNY but welcome the three day holiday gladly.
If you are celebrating I wish you
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Until the next time
Thank you for taking the time to read my post
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
In our family we have three lap tops, one desk top, four cell phones, three of which have internet and messages access. We are like millions of families worldwide. The age of serious technology. Internet, e-mails, facebook, beebo, blogging, skype, linked-in…… we have millions of people at our finger tips.