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I never heard of Chinese Valentine Day until I was way pass my puberty. Eventhough I’m from a chinese family, I’m english-educated and so do not follow too much the stories, legends or customs of old. My family celebrated the basic festivals like Chinese New Year, Mooncake/Mid-Autumn Festival, Qing Ming Festival, Lantern Festival and Dumpling Festival are being observed.

I fully understand about it after watching a tvb drama (accidentally because I don’t normally watch chinese drama) called “The Legend of Love”.  The drama tells of a very tragic yet magnificient love story ala ‘Romeo & Juliet’. In this case, she is a weaving maid from heaven and he is a cowherd. Force to be separated and only to met once a year (on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month). This day is also known as the Weaving Maid Festival. Known as many name such as Qixi Festival (Chinese: 七夕節; pinyin: qī xī jié; literally “The Night of Sevens”), also known as Magpie Festival.  It also inspired Tanabata (aka. Shichiseki [七夕]) in Japan, Chilseok (칠석) inKorea, and vi:Thất Tịch in Vietnam. Only in recent decade it’s been call The Chinese Valentine’s Day.

On the eve of the seventh day of the seventh month, the Cowherd Star (Altair~ s the brightest star in theconstellation Aquila and the twelfth brightest star in the night sky) would be seen in the northeastern region in the sky, and opposite in the northwest would be the Weaving Maid Star (Vega~brightest star in the constellation Lyra, the fifth brightest star in the night sky and the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere). This year 2010, it falls on the 16th August.

The story or legend of this pair goes something like this (very concise version) ~ The Weaving Maid was the Queen Mother’s daughter. She came to earth one day and met the cowherd. The fell in love and were married, and had a son and a daughter. When the Queen mother took the Weaving Maid back to heaven, the cowherd give chase but was stopped by the milky way. The magpies in the sky then formed a bridge for them. The Queen Mother finally agreed to let them meet each other on the eve of the seventh day of the seventh lunar month on the Magpie Bridge.

On this night, young ladies would pray to the Weaving Maid and Cowherd. The Womenfolk in the ancient time would thread a seven-holed needle. Being able to accomplish it quickly meant that one had  skillful hands. They would also capture spiders and place inside a box. They would open the box the nest day, if the cobwebs inside were dense, means that they had gained in dexterity.

To all lovers out there, whether you’re chinese or not, may this Chinese Valentine Day bring you closer together. Be thankful for the person next to you every second of your life.

MAKE LOVE NOT WAR. REMEMBER THAT ‘LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND’

green witch/bitch

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SAVE OUR
RAINFOREST

I’m sure many of you have heard this plead and cry many times before. To some it’s like a constant nagging and to most just another campaign or whatever that does not affect you. WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

The destruction of  the rainforest affects ALL of us. Unless you are not living on this planet or you have a spaceship that can wiz you off somewhere else. Why? you ask. By destroying the rainforest we are actually destroying the habitat of the many species that works together with ecosystem to make mother earth works better for all. In simple word, it prevented flooding and other environmental disaster.

Don’t believe me, turn on the tube and watch the news of all the natural disaster happening around the world. Why should you care? BECAUSE you are living on earth and it’s your HOME, do your part support and demand that all destructive activities be stop and also Temengor Forest is only in our backyard. Belum-Temengor Forest is the largest remaining forest in Peninsular Malaysia. As some of us start our Puasa month, think about all the other gods’ creature that are being put out of their living environment by logging activities and possible conversion to plantation. Don’t all of us deserve a place under the sun ?

To read more go here.

To make a stand and be the CHANGE you want to see in this world, you can donate at least 500 Bonuslink points that will be channeled towards Malaysian Nature Society’s “Save the Temengor Forest” conservation program. To donate go here.

Go sign petition here.

Whatever you decide, it’s in your hand. The future of the rainforest depends on you. I do not wish to one day wake up and only see trees in a museum.

I would like to share with you the lyric of “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell.

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away the D.D.T. now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please!
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Late last night
I heard my screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

I said don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

You can watch the music video of this song performed by Counting Crow at youtube


I’ve my say and I wish and pray that every of you will do your bit to make this world a better place. Have a fantastic day. Go hug a tree today.

green bitch/witch

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