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Chinese New Year

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Registered: July 2008
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Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 12, 2008 12:25am

Hi Kayes,
Where is this makeshift stall? Is this clog maker from a corner shop along Perak Road? Thanks.
Orange

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 507
February 18, 2010 6:03am

Old wooden clogs to be replaced with new ones just before the eve of every Chinese New Year. My family still sticks to this tradition even though wooden clogs are less frequently used now.
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
February 19, 2010 11:57am

The term 'Sabotage' is derived from the days,during the Industrial Revoloution,in Europe.When the Peasant Classes,seeking better pay and working conditions,would throw thier wooden glogs,or Sabot,into the the machinery at Factories.Thus stopping production.So wooden clogs have quite a history
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
February 19, 2010 12:21pm

And no I didn't Google it,I knew it
Orange

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 507
February 19, 2010 4:46pm

Hi Jim,


Thank you for sharing the interesting story about Sabot.


Some Chinese believe by wearing those wooden clogs, it can drive away undesirable "forces". The height of wooden clogs means we are always higher than them. When wearing them, the sound of the wooden clogs can scare "them" off.


As for my family, we have a pair of wooden clogs at the back garden. We wear them whenever we are doing gardening or putting laundry out to dry. Besides keeping our feet dry, it is more of a habit than anything else. Smile
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
February 22, 2010 1:10pm

Orange,I am always intrigued by Chinese Traditions and Superstitions.I have always wondered why Cats kept in Chinese homes,have thier tales docked.I told you,once before,of a Girl I used to keep company with in Singapore.She told me that Chinese People always docked a cats tail to make sure it could not get into the Afterlife Before them.Is this true? I remember another story about cats,very humourous,but I'll send it to you privately.If I may?
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
February 22, 2010 1:32pm

Pardon my spelling,read Tails
Orange

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 507
February 23, 2010 8:25am

Hi Jim,


Chinese believe we are not supposed to buy any new shoes during the first fifteen days of the Chinese New Year. Shoes in Cantonese is "Haii" and it sounds like sighing in Cantonese too. During the duration of the first fifteen days of CNY, everyone should be happy, cheerful and sighing is not one of them. Smile


Sure, no problem. You can send it, Jim. Since it's humorous, why not share it with everyone here? Smile
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
February 23, 2010 9:04am

Okay,Orange,In Singapore,1972,the Bars used to shut at Mid-Night on A Friday Night and 0100hrs on a Saturday Night.One Saturday Night a Mate and I were drinking,in Anson Road,and the Bars Closed.Now we wished to continue drinking so my mate said he knew of a Brothel in Sembawang,which is where our Barracks were situated,and we could continue to drink there.A Taxi ride later,we found ourselves in this location and drinking beer,in volumes.
The Towkay or "Papasan" was trying to interest us in some of the resident Ladies,unfortunately our standard of sobriety would not have done credit to the Ladies Professional Talents.However,back in Sydney,my mates Mother used to breed Persian Cats and he espied a Female cat,picked it up and was stroking it,when one of the Ladies told us that it had just had Kittens.My Mate,thinking to ease the boredom of Barrack life by taking a pet Kitten back to our Barracks,asked the Towkay,'How much for one of the Kittens?' the Towkay looked at him,confused and replied"Why What's Wrong With The Girls"?...That's a true story
Orange

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 507
February 23, 2010 12:25pm

Ha ha Jim, so did your friend make a wrong choice? Smile
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
February 23, 2010 1:12pm

No Orange,we already had a pet dog,called Roxborough,whom we used to get drunk on Mackison Stout,only a little Dog,but drunk it would take on a Tiger.So we decided they would not see eye to eye.
Orange

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 507
February 24, 2010 1:18pm

Hi Jim,


If only your friend took the Towkay's advice and brought the ones that can see eye to eye with your dog home. Not only you could play with your dog, you have extra pets too. Wink
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
February 25, 2010 10:19am

Hi Orange, They had funny rules,un-imaginative,I thought,about those kind of pets,in Barracks,I could never see the logic myself,but that's the Military
Orange

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 507
February 25, 2010 10:27am

It's okay Jim. When mountains don't come to John, John can always go to the mountains. Smile
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
February 25, 2010 12:03pm

Ha,Ha.that's true indeed Orange.Though I think Mountains,maybe the wrong choice of words
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
February 25, 2010 12:07pm

More,Bukit Kecil
Orange

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 507
February 26, 2010 4:39am

Hi Jim,


Sedikit-sedikit, lama-lama jadi bukit! Smile
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
February 26, 2010 12:26pm

I missed that Orange,but I think you are saying from a small acorn a mighty oak tree grows,or there is many a fine tune played on an old fiddle
Orange

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 507
January 29, 2012 8:26am

We bought a new pair of wooden clogs just before the eve of CNY to replace the old pair. Even though this trade of clog-making is diminishing but we managed to get them and with the price cheaper than RM20.00. Smile



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