Quote of the Day

‘If you have a family that loves you, a few good friends, food on the table and a roof over your head then you are richer than you think.’


Lion Dance Tradition


During the Chinese New Year lion dance troupes will visit houses and businesses to perform the traditional custom of ‘cai  qing’ meaning  ‘plucking the greens’. The lion plucks the auspicious green vegetables like lettuce placed on a table  in front of the premises. The ‘greens’ (qing) is tied together with a red envelope containing money and may also include fruit such as oranges. The lion will dance and approach the greens and red envelope like a curious cat, eating the greens and spitting it out but keeping the red envelope. The lion dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the house or business.

This photo was taken opposite our house in Penang with the lion about to enter the house.

Crossword Answers

Participant in assassination in Japan (5)

Hidden word – a participant in assassination in Japan. So the answer is ninja, a mercenary in ancient Japan whose functions included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and guerrilla warfare.

Kung Hei Fat Choi

Today is the first day of Chinese New Year. In Chinese astrology each zodiac year is not just associated with an animal sign but also one of the five elements: gold(metal), wood, water, fire or earth. Both the zodiac sign and the element shape the astrology of the year. 2017 is a Fire Rooster Year. Element-sign combinations recur every 60 years.

Fire Rooster (Year of birth 1957)

Trustworthy, with a a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work