Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Chinese Romance and Marriage - Qi Xi Festival

In Chinese mythology, there is a love story of Qi Xi (七夕) in which Niu Lang (牛郎, Altair) and his two children (β and γ Aquilae) are separated from their mother Zhi Nü (織女, lit. "Weaving Girl", Vega) who is on the far side of the river, the Milky Way.[103] However, one day per year on the seventh day of the seventh month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar, magpies make a bridge so that Niu Lang and Zhi Nü can be together again for a brief encounter. The Japanese Tanabata festival, in which Vega is known as orihime (織姫), is also based on this legend. (from Wiki)

In 2017, this date falls on Tuesday, 29 August 2017.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Autumn Begins 2017

Gregorian calendar: 

7 August 2017

Chinese Lunisolar calendar's lunar calendar: 

(Double) 6th month 16th day

Chinese Lunisolar calendars's solar calendar: 


节气 /Solar Term

Autumn Begins




Wise words of Autumn

Humans beings are not perfect, melons are not perfectly round. We should not seek the faults in others, just have a laugh at matters of the world. What is right what is wrong, to not seek that, is liberation. 

Song dynasty High Zen Master: Do not speak of other's long or short, to say this and that only results in one's demise. If you can keep your tongue under wraps, that is the number one shelter. 

7 August 2017, Mr. Chua speaks:

I had spent quite a lot of time and effort to edit this web site that I started in 2010 when I first tried blogging. The world had changed a lot since then with the explosive growth of social media; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, Blogger, You Tube, etc. making everyone and anyone their own media creator and publisher.

"Fake news" is a new phenomenon that grew with social media, nobody took notice until it was too late. With or without censorship in a country's culture and political landscape, it was the same outcome in countries in the west and here in Asia, as many naively believed most thing they read and saw on social media were true. 

It is a guiding principle for me to "curate" my postings on social media, be it Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and especially here on Blogger over the recent years; my articles are carefully chosen. I prefer to keep it positive paying forward these days. Be grateful for all the little things in my life this far. 

And so the two lines of the Chinese couplet:

Be happy, smile at matters of the world
Keep mouth shut and not discuss about people of the world

Happy Autumn 2017!