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Yap Kok Shan, 81, the temple treasurer, says that in remembering our ancestors, we are reminded of the lessons of hard work, perseverance and determination Before children had new clothes just about every time their parents went shopping, a set of brand new home-sewn clothes, underclothes and even toothbrush and toys were highlights of the year.
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Before reunion dinners were held at restaurants offering the same old fare, the womenfolk — and sometimes the men too — would toil for days over family recipes and delicacies that would only be served once a year. Such lovely memories of the good old days. Fortunately, in some households, these traditions still hold true. H Lim labours every year over the reunion dinner. All in the family: The Lims and their children from front Masni, 13, Razin, seven, Zulkamal, 12, and Ros, 18, cherish family togetherness and make it a point to ask forgiveness from their parents when they receive their ang pau.
Deep-frying the huge chunks of belly pork to be stewed with bamboo shoot is no mean feat. One year, recalls Lim, the wok cover flew up due to the pressure from the deep-frying; luckily no one was injured. This is one dish no one in the family wants to pick up! Crockery that is only used once a year is taken out of storage and washed while chopsticks are brand new each year.
Although meals are eaten daily on plates, rice is served in bowls at the reunion dinner. And because everyone knows how much work goes into that feast, all are warned ahead that they should savour every bite and not rush through the reunion dinner. Loh holding up the longevity peach buns which are symbolic of good health and plenty of offspring.
Food certainly plays an important part in Chinese homes, especially during the festive season. Again the number is another indication of long life. Yap with his wife, Tan Siew Sin, 49, son Shang Feng and daughter Jyy Huey pay respects to their ancestors in the family temple But Lee, a pastry chef, has innovated and added to the traditional longevity pau.
He has introduced pink piggies, chocolate-eared puppies and prickly porcupines, to name a few; and his mum has creatively attributed to each an auspicious meaning. The porcupines, which are known as chin chee in Cantonese, signify the constant churn of activity which is necessary to bring in business.
To usher in the Chinese New Year, Haniff Lim, 46, a Seremban native of Hokkien descent, and his wife, Zulaila Damin, 43, will clean their aquarium and goldfish ponds by changing the filters and giving everything a good scrub. His love for fish started as a boy but with financial independence as an adult, he started to take this hobby even more seriously and to a grander scale.
He now has no fewer than 70 goldfish of the ryukin and oranda varieties, to name a few. He also checks on his collection and replenishes his stock before Chinese New Year.
As a practice, he replaces every expired fish with at least three new members to make up for the loss. If they do well, he and his family will be happy and thrive too, hence his conscientious care for his watery pets.
And needless to say, the fish are a great source of pride when visitors come to his home during Chinese New Year and marvel at his collection. While some are very much into auspicious names and symbols, the Yap family prioritises an extensive get together at a family temple.
He has been going to this temple since very young although it has been relocated several times. And he has kept the family tradition alive by bringing his children to the temple each year. Temple treasurer Yap Kok Shan, 81, shares that in addition to seeking spiritual guidance, praying to the ancestors evokes the lessons of the past.
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In remembering them, we are reminded of the lessons of hard work, perseverance and determination. At the same time, it is an opportunity to offer prayers and seek the blessing of their ancestors.
Yap, who runs a kindergarten, prayed for his young charges to be spared of the A H1N1 outbreak last year and, he says, his prayers were answered. His daughter, Jyy Huey, 24, was granted her wishes for good grades in her CLP and a good career while her brother Shang Feng, 19, recalls that a simple wish he made as a nine-year-old for yee sang was granted. A time to be generous Is it better to give than to receive?
During Chinese New Year, the act of giving and receiving gifts is an art form. As long as there are the customary kum or Mandarin oranges in addition to other goodies in the gift bag, all should be well.
But this is where we are wrong. The older generation would be the first to tell you that there is an art to soong lai. Careful consideration must be given to the the items that make up the gift hamper or bag.
You must consider the status of the receiver, for example, if it is the mother-in-law or someone of the older generation. Retired teacher Ho Soon Theam, who is in her 50s, takes great pains in putting the items together for soong lai as the gift reflects the giver too.
Even the number of items is important: Prepack hampers at Carrefour: When packing for soong lai, consider having eight items as 8 is a number that signifies good luck.
What goes into a goodie bag should also reflect the auspicious occasion. She adds that the best is the gift of a box of Mandarin oranges as it denotes a chest of gold, which is symbolic in wishing the recipient much wealth in the coming year. For close relatives, Ho advises against skimping.
In the old days, it was also not uncommon to receive gifts of live chickens from close family members to signify togetherness. Ho also recalls how daughters would present their parents with brandy to show filial piety, the reason being that it is an expensive item.
What you put into the bag for soong lai can also reveal your character, she says. But in the bustle of the season she had grabbed the wrong box! After all how much does a Mandarin cost?
She is such a stickler for the art of soong lai that her daughter has found it hard not to follow in her footsteps, agonising over what to put into the gift bag for her mother-in-law.
It is an absolute no-no to this former ICI dealer who used to spend no less than RM10, on hampers for her clients and suppliers in the days when her business was running full swing. It shows that one has no idea how to sek chou know the proper thing to do.
If you have no sense of what is proper, then others may see you as uncaring and may not want to do business with you. The rule of thumb on soong lai for business associates and staff, she shares, is dependent on the volume of transactions over the year.
As a rule, the client who has placed the most orders should be rewarded with the biggest hamper.
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It is also important to remember the people who have helped you even though their contributions may be small. In such cases, even a small monetary gesture in the form of an ang pau or even a few Mandarin oranges can speak volumes. The last word on soong lai, says Kelly Toh, 52, a mother of four grown sons, is not just about the simple act of buying gifts. If a son or daughter has not accorded his or her parents the proper respect, then even the biggest and most expensive hamper will not make amends for this wrong.
Published in The Star on the 7th of February No matter what the expectations of her bosses or her work commitments are, she makes it a point to usher in the lunar New Year in Hong Kong with her parents and sisters. This food critic gets her sensitive taste buds from her father, George, a former chef who used to cook for royalty. Nothing will make her miss this occasion with her family, not even her three dogs whom she leaves under the care of a good friend.
One emceeing job away from home on the eve of Chinese New Year was enough to put her off doing it again. It is the significance which matters to Wong as she sees the occasion as the end of all things past and a fresh start. Certainly, the food that her mum, Janet To, 59, prepares for New Year is worth making the trip home for.
Of course, there will be the traditional hot pot, too. With her slim, toned figure Angel can certainly afford to indulge in all the festive goodies. But Wong is not without her own culinary skills, too.
Her forte is egg skin dumplings, a recipe she got from her mother. To make the skin, beat some eggs and pour in a little oil. Heat the pan to medium and spoon the mixture into it with a tablespoon, turning it around to form a round skin.
With such delicacies on offer during the lunar New Year festivities, it is no wonder that Wong fears stepping on the scales after the feasting. Not that she needs to, weighing a mere 51kg. Spending time with her mother and sisters, Anita, 30, and Anny, 37, is another treat for Wong who uses this time to bond with them — over the mahjong table! All four will be earnestly pitting their skills against each other in the first four days of Chinese New Year.
He was a chef who used to cook for royalty although it is Janet who takes charge of the kitchen. As Wong explains, there cannot be two CEOs in one company or tempers may flare. Though her parents are originally from Shanghai, the family celebrates the New Year in Hong Kong as it can be daunting sharing the festive season with the large network of relatives in the mainland.
Having graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, she was very aware of their concern when she decided to pursue a career in entertainment in Malaysia 12 years ago. But instead of kicking up a fuss, they let Wong pursue her dreams. During my growing years, they instilled in me a sense of independence and recognised me as an individual. Working on an extremely tight schedule for her TV shows and emceeing work in Malaysia, she is more than happy to be a couch potato when she is at home for the New Year.
Leaving Hong Kong after the New Year festivities is tough, though, and she has to will herself not to cry. It is a good prelude to the ensuing farewell as everybody can just stand up, and then I wave goodbye and check in. Though she is fortunate to be with her family every Chinese New Year, she feels that such privileges should never be taken for granted. After all, how many years do they have left? Big ideas in little boxes How one man bridges technology with everyday life IT IS raining cats and dogs and Damian Mycroft, the senior design manager at Nokia, knows he will not be going anywhere.
He whips out his mobile phone and, before long, the year-old is online looking at Lamborghinis, an item he is planning to add on to his shopping list when he gets his bonus. As a retort, the Brit cheekily snaps a picture of her with his phone. He later summons her by pressing on her image, showing off the touch-screen technology and memory recall interface within the little box that he and his team have designed.
This includes the Nokia X6, a handphone which can offer up to 35 hours of music, 32GB on-board memory, an 8cm touch screen and a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens. It is an apt setting for Mycroft to demonstrate how far the mobile phone has evolved.
From making calls and texts messages, it has become a little box of wonders for people to go online, manage mail, talk, share photos and play their favourite music. It is also a case of sheer coincidence for the heavens to be pouring that day as this was exactly the same scenario that had inspired this Brit to put a mobile disco into a tiny box of a handphone some three years ago. In recalling a walk on a busy street in India, Mycroft remembers the sounds of nature being drowned out by the jarring sound of metal works in the background.
Then he spotted a young man wearing a pair of earphones, obviously trying his best to sort out the music amidst the surrounding din. The idea, which has materialised into two strips of wafer-thin speakers by the side of the X6, also led to the creation of an advanced music player where songs can be downloaded into an 8GB microSD card. Feedback reveals that the X6 is an effective alarm clock, too. The business of putting big ideas into little boxes is not alien to Mycroft who, as a boy, would cut out cereal boxes and paste the openings with clear plastic to make them look like computers.
Relevance the key Using the slim speakers on the X6 as an example, he reveals that he could have opted to use sound bugs, which can turn any flat surface into a speaker.
The drawback was, being the size of tea cups, they were not small enough. I find out about things that are important to them. Then comes the part where these lifestyle habits can be related to the digital world, to bring about a more convenient way for people to live, so to speak.
The keyword here is relevance. And yes, even this boss — who studied industrial design at Manchester University, completed an MBA in design management at Harrow Business School, and has seven designers under his charge — has had his ideas shot down occasionally. Envisioning the future Careerwise, Mycroft started on his first job at P13, a London-based design agency where he translated brands into tangible experiences.
After that, he joined Frazer Design, an agency developing consumer electronics, and then, Philips in the Netherlands, where he was part of the consumer electronics design team. He joined Nokia increating new concepts for lifestyle products. In retrospect, while Mycroft could have opted to travel the path of an artist and run the circuit of gallery exhibitions, he admits that it is the very idea of technology that has pushed him to place his talents in a more relevant world. As for what is to come, Mycroft says that the day will arrive when mobile Internet becomes so advanced that a person in Bombay will be able to have meetings with someone from across the globe via video conference on his phone.
This is when distance and time will become irrelevant. His job will then be to present this software interface to the person on the street, and making it so user-friendly that even a five-year-old can use it. Posted by Grace Chen at 9: Ipoh-born singer, composer and actor Michael Wong, who is based in Taiwan, sums up this yeet lau mood pretty well. Happy songs, happy colours, happy people everywhere. For Sino-Kadazan Roger Wang, a solo acoustic guitarist based in Kota Kinabalu, the important thing is to spend this auspicious occasion with loved ones.
Chinese New Year has always been about family and relatives for Wang. Hence, he wants his his three-year-old daughter to meet everyone in the extended family.
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As Wang was born in the year of the Tiger, he is confident that all his efforts will mirror the courage, power and authority of this animal. To let her put up her feet and not slave over the stove, her children will be treating her to a grand reunion dinner in a restaurant. Among her signature dishes are stuffed oysters and Chinese cabbage soup with abalone and seafood. Agnes Chang top will be with her year-old mother, her three grown children and six grandchildren in Singapore.
She says during Chinese New Year, she always remembers her late mother-in-law, a Teochew. Hannah Tan, singer-songwriter and TV personality, will be one of those who will be missing out on her ang pau collection. This year, Tan will be in Tokyo for work. As the Japanese Government does not recognise Chinese New Year as a public holiday, it will be a working day for her.
But being the tech savvy chick that she is, Tan will be extending her Chinese New Year wishes to her family in Kuching via Skype. Recalling the time when he had to do a few shows in Taipei during Chinese New Year five years ago, he says: Victor Tseng, the representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia, says he will not be going back to Taiwan and his two daughters will not be joining him for the reunion dinner here.
But he will nevertheless be kept busy making his round of visits to official functions and open houses in Malaysia. Due to the nature of his job as a diplomat, spending Chinese New Year away from home is common. Considering that Taiwan is just a short four-and-a-half-hour flight away from here, Tseng says that his trips home are frequent enough throughout the rest of the year.
Naturally, Tseng has plenty of interesting tales to tell of his Chinese New Year experiences in foreign lands. It was an elaborate ceremony which saw two lion dance schools pitting their skills against each other and the paper shreds from the exploding firecrackers formed an inch-thick carpet on the streets.
Later, Tseng found out that the organiser was the head of a Chinese triad! While in the United States and Thailand, New, whose father is a banker, made many Asian friends and had a gala time watching lion dances in city parades, having lou sang house parties, lighting firecrackers and doing the usual round of visiting.
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The band members of An Honest Mistake from left: Leonard Chuah, the lead guitarist of the band, says he plans to send his girlfriend Mandarin oranges shaped in a bouquet complete with an ang pau from his parents, of course in Seremban.
This year will be extra poignant for her as it will be the last time she is receiving ang pau. To find out who the lucky beau is, catch her on The Breakfast Show tomorrow at 8. Can it be supplemented by more numerous lower operating cost fighters, while commonizing the various different platforms? What does everyone here think? Or it would be mainly on the ground due to the high operating costs which is higher than the already high MKM? March 29, at 7: It describes the surviving hardware as remaining in good condition, making lifetime extensions and upgrade options viable.
He has been briefed by his counterparts from India and Myanmar on what they have done to their MiGs. This make me feel confident that these aging but still maintainable aircraft have some life in the future.
March 29, at 2: Azlan March 29, at 2: The MRCAs have newer, more fuel efficient engines. Also, as the MKMs and Hornets get older there is also a limit of how much cash the RMAF would want to spend on them [similar to the Laksamanas where the RMN only wanted to spend the bare minimum] on account of their age. March 29, at 3: Metal over time weakens and becomes brittle; especially with years of high Gs.
A few years ago a FC broke up in mid air. Similarly, during there last years in service RNZAF A-4s had restrictions on the Gs they could pull; due to concerns of stress on the wings.
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