Archive for February, 2009

Cure For Bathroom Afflictions – Cactus Plant

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Cacti (Source – Dhealing Forum)

Happy Weekend, dear friends πŸ˜€

What is a bathroom affliction?

In Feng Shui, it means that a bathroom can have a negative impact in different aspects of our lives, depending on its location in the various sectors of our home.

For example, the North sector is considered our Career or Business sector and by having a bathroom in that sector of our home, it means that our career and business prospects are being “flushed or washed away.”

It is inevitable that all of us have bathroom afflictions in terms of Feng Shui at home, unless one’s home does not have any bathrooms in it.

Therefore, I thought I would share with you Master atan’s simple cureΒ  for this affliction. The purpose of this cure is to counter any bad chi in the bathroom/toilet, thus preventing bad chi from getting into the room or house.

Before that, I will briefly describe what the sectors of our home represent in Life Aspirations Theory in Feng Shui :-

North sector – career, business

South sector – fame, recognition

East sector – health

West sector – children

Northeast sector – knowledge

Northwest sector – man of the house, helpful people

Southeast sector – wealth

Southwest sector – love , relationships, marriage

So, your bathroom(s) location will affect those sectors concerned.

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Master atan’s Bathroom Protection Method

1. Get a small cactus plant, about 1-inch to 2-inches big for each bathroom

2. Place cacti in respective bathrooms

3. Request for your bathroom cacti’s ACTIVATION HERE

The purpose of getting the cactus plant “activated” is to make this thorny plant safe for use as a Feng Shui cure and also to “programme” it for the purpose it was intended for – to cure our bathroom afflictions.

Voila! You and your home are now protected from bathroom afflictions! πŸ˜‰

With best wishes for good health and happiness,

choesf πŸ˜€

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My Hakka Char Yoke (Braised Pork With Wood’s Ears & Preserved Bean Curd)

Good afternoon, dear friends πŸ˜€

Heheh, I am a Hakka by birth but grew up not speaking the Hakka dialect at all…as my late mother spoke only Cantonese, and I ended up speaking like a Cantonese! πŸ˜†

Well, as the name of this dish goes, it is of Hakka origins and it is really easy to prepare. It tastes even better the next day and you can have this delicious dish with plain, hot rice or over some cooked egg noodles/kway teow/longevity noodles (that have some fragrant fried onion or shallot oil, a tablespoon of soy sauce, a tablespoon of thick soy sauce, and a good splash of sesame oil mixed into).

I usually make a double batch of this recipe – where half the fried pork can be served as a dish for dinner, and the other half is braised with the Wood’s Ears Fungus and Preserved Bean Curd (Nam Yue) to be eaten the next day for dinner.

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A bottle of Fermented Red Beancurd on the left

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Ingredients

1 Kg Pork Belly, divided into 2 portions (1 with skin on, the other without)

3 to 5 pieces of Wood’s Ear Fungus, soaked in water for 1 hour, cleaned and cut into 1-inch squares

2 tbsps oyster sauce

* optional – 1 tbsp dark soy sauce

2 cups water

cornstarch-water mixture for thickening the sauce

salt and sugar to taste

Marinade –

4 pieces fermented red beancurd cubes (Nam Yue)

Juice from pounding 8 shallots and 8 cloves of garlic

1 tbsp of white pepper

1 tbsp salt

6 tbsps of corn starch

* optional – juice from 3-inch knob of ginger

Enough oil for deepfrying pork

Method –

1) Divide the ingredients for marinating into 2 portions.

2) Wash pork and wipe dry. Put the pork with skin and without skin into separate bowls. Cut them into 1-inch cubes or bite sizes.

3) Add marinade and rub pork pieces thouroughly for a good 5 minutes. Set aside for 2 hours (keeping overnightin the fridge is even better).

4) Just prior to frying, rub the pork cubes to mix the marinade properly again.

4) In a wok heated with sufficient oil, deep fry in batches the pork cubes until they are golden brown and cooked through.Remove from oil. Set those without skin aside as they are to be served immediately and eaten just like that. Delicious and crispy.

5) For the other portion of fried pork with the skin, combine the pork with the Wood’s Ear Fungus, 2 cups water and the oyster sauce in a pot or casserole.

6) Bring the sauce to a boil, lower heat to small and simmer for about 40 minutes until the pork meat is soft enough. Be sure to stir in occasionally to prevent burning at the bottom.

7) Adjust the taste and colour of the sauce according. Thicken with the cornstarch solution.

8) Serve with hot cooked rice the next day.

Bon Appetit! πŸ˜€

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you, dear friends ! πŸ˜€

Ah, Valentine’s Day brings to me lovely memories of the time when I met my husband and we fell in love. Both of us were only teenagers then and we were each other’s first love.

Here’s a favourite song of mine, “Crush”, sung by David Archuleta and I’m sure this beautiful song brings back many fond memories of love for you as it does me! πŸ˜€

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Crush – by David Archuleta

I hung up the phone tonight
Something happened for the first time deep inside
It was a rush, what a rush

‘Cause the possibility
That you would ever feel the same way about me
It’s just too much, just too much

Why do I keep running from the truth?
All I ever think about is you
You got me hypnotized, so mesmerized
And I’ve just got to know

Do you ever think when you’re all alone
All that we can be, where this thing can go?
Am I crazy or falling in love?
Is it real or just another crush?

Do you catch a breath when I look at you?
Are you holding back like the way I do?
‘Cause I’m trying and trying to walk away
But I know this crush ain’t goin’ away-ay-ay-ay-ayy
Goin’ away-ay-ay-ay-ayy

Has it ever crossed your mind
When we’re hanging, spending time girl, are we just friends?
Is there more, is there more?

See it’s a chance we’ve gotta take
‘Cause I believe that we can make this into something that will last
Last forever, forever

Do you ever think when you’re all alone
All that we can be, where this thing can go?
Am I crazy or falling in love?
Is it real or just another crush?

Do you catch a breath when I look at you?
Are you holding back like the way I do?
‘Cause I’m trying and trying to walk away
But I know this crush ain’t goin’ away-ay-ay-ay-ayy
Goin’ away-ay-ay-ay-ayy

Why do I keep running from the truth?
All I ever think about is you
You got me hypnotized, so mesmerized
And I’ve just got to know

Do you ever think when you’re all alone
All that we can be, where this thing can go?
Am I crazy or falling in love?
Is it real or just another crush?

Do you catch a breath when I look at you?
Are you holding back like the way I do?
‘Cause I’m trying and trying to walk away
But I know this crush ain’t goin’ away-ay-ay-ay-ayy
This crush ain’t goin’ away-ay-ay-ay-ayy
Goin’ away-ay-ay-ay-ayy
Goin’ away-ay-ay-ay-ayy
Goin’ away-ay-ay-ay-ayy

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I’m Back! What A Fantastic Chinese New Year :D

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Offerings to the Jade Emperor of Heaven at 11pm of the 8th CNY day – a Hokkien Chinese New Year. More details below …

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Good evening, dear friends πŸ˜€

Wow, I have been absent for a long time from my virtual home here – a belated Happy Chinese New Year or Gong Xi Fa Cai to you. πŸ˜€

So many things have happened since I last posted here and this Chinese New Year (CNY) has turned out very different from all my previous CNYs. Tomorrow, is the last day of the CNY celebration and what I thought was going to be a horrible CNY turned out to be a fantastic one! πŸ˜†

Here are the reasons why this year’s CNY was so different (there were many “firsts” –

1) for the first time, I was sick with a persistent bad cough right before the CNY until today. It was very difficult cooking the Family Reunion Dinner butmy 4 children were very sporting and they helped me a lot in the kitchen. Previously, the cooking was a solo affair. My 8-course dinner was cut down to 6 dishes cooked at home, and my brother-in-law gave me a slab of Crispy Roast Pork/Siew Yoke for the first time. πŸ˜€

2) it rained and rained almost everyday with heavy thunderstorms during the Chinese New Year…never before experienced before. Only today, did the weather felt like the traditional CNY weather – extremely hot and dry. πŸ™„

3) a few days before the CNY, my husband and I had to attend a funeral – my husband’s colleague’s father had passed away. Usually, the Chinese do not like to attend “white occasions” (white means mourning or sad occasions) so close to the CNY, but we thought we should pay our last respects anyway at the funeral. Wow, it turned out that the funeral was a “red occasion”, a celebration, because the deceased passed away at a very ripe old age of 101 years! 😯

So, instead of the usual funeral decorations of white cloth everywhere, there were red table cloths, red chairs, lanterns with red lettering instead of black lettering. For the Chinese, if a person passes away at or after the age of 100, he or she is considered to be very lucky to reach such an old age and therefore, the funeral is a celebration instead. The living family members are not allowed to cry during the funeral.

4) On the eve of CNY, I found out my neighbours had given birth to their first son…and I quickly give them a big angpow for their baby to celebrate this joyous occasion – their being parents for the first time. Again, the Chinese don’t quite like to visit the newborn and their mother within the first 30 days of the birth, because they are considered “not clean” until the baby’s first month’s birthday and the CNY was so close. Well, I decided not to dwell too much on that belief and instead, just participated in the joyous arrival of the newborn baby boy.

5) For the first time in many years (actually since I stopped working in 2000), we invited guests over for a party on the night of the 8th day of CNY for the Hokkien Chinese New Year celebration. On that night, the Hokkien Chinese celebrate the CNY in a big way….offerings are made in thanks to the Jade Emperor of Heaven. Please see the picture above … my family had a simple offering consisting of a whole Roast Duck, 2 large slabs of Crispy Roast Pork/Siew Yoke, a whole Steamed Chicken, some sweets, and fruits. After the prayers, we ate the meats together with rice porridge.

According to the Hokkien legend, in the ancient times, there were demonic forces on Earth and the Hokkien Chinese had to go hiding among the tall sugar cane plants and they couldn’t celebrate CNY. On the 9th day of CNY, the Jade Emperor of Heaven came to Earth to chase away the demons and the humans could come out of their hiding and then only did they celebrate the CNY. So, these days, it is a lavish affair indeed where crates of drinks, piles of sweets/kuihs, a whole Roast Pig…and much more being offered as thanks to the Jade Emperor of Heaven.

6) this year, I had a shorter CNY rest as my Feng Shui online store was receiving orders from the rest of the world and I was busy packing and sending things off…good news for me though, it has been 8 years since I stopped working and at least now, I can help to contribute to the family’s income again! πŸ˜€

7) the most auspicious and happiest occasion for me was last night, when my husband and I attended a double 80th Birthday Dinner of a lovely couple that is my late mother-in-law’s neighbours. How wonderful and auspicious indeed…to be of the same age and able to celebrate the 80th birthday together. To the Chinese, the 80th Birthday is considered “Tai Sou” or a “Grand Birthday”. πŸ˜€

The children of these couple held a lavish 10-course dinner at a Chinese restaurant and towards the end of the dinner, each guest was given a gift of 2 “Tai Sou” Chinese Rice Bowls and 2 pairs of Red Chinese Chopsticks….a symbolic, auspicious gesture that the birthday couple is giving to the guests in return ample food to be had always with those rice bowl and chopsticks. How beautiful! πŸ˜€

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A gift from the “Tai Sou” or 80th Big Birthday couple to the dinner guests – 2 “Sou” Chinese Rice Bowls and 2 pairs of Red Chopsticks

So, in the end, my Chinese New Year turned out to be such a fantastic one with so many auspicious occasions!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

With peace and joy,

choesf πŸ˜€

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