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For all my life, I think I’ve only observed 清明节 Qīngmíng Jié once when I was about 4 years old.

I have a photograph of myself as a toddler enjoying a pink cupcake standing in front of my grandfather’s tomb. I vaguely remember it being an excruciatingly hot day with lots of dried grass and sandy earth.

I may have joined my relatives on another occasion when I was bigger but I’m not entirely sure.

I only recall my grandmother weeping in front of my grandfather’s tomb while my uncles and aunts gathered around her in sombre silence.

After that, I grew up with scary stories of the Hungry Ghost Festival (observed around July/August) that I became confused between the both of them.

In reality, 清明节 Qīngmíng Jié falls in the month of April where Chinese families gather at the family tombs to clear it of overgrown shrubs, repaint the tomb stone, burn joss paper and sticks and also offer a selection of delicious foods, which would be eaten by the living after the event. [click to continue…]


Music to my ears

Many people like the big city but me, I love small towns.

Oh yes, give me the one Main Street, farmer’s markets and the “everybody knows your name” small town.

Like Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and many famous country musicians, I grew up in a small town where we spent quality time with each other.

We had Christmas parties, we sang, we danced – we have a lot of good, clean fun 🙂

Last night, my son gave me a leaflet that invited us to a presentation on “effective parenting”.

Did you know what he said?

“I think parents are more effective when they spend time with children, right? How can they be ‘effective parents’ when the parents spend 2 hours in a hall listening to a talk?”

Yes, my dear, and I am glad that he appreciates what spare time Mum and Dad have to give to him.

Whenever we have a free weekend, we make plans for what we can do, where we can go and since they’re into music now, which guitar center music stores they can pop in to 🙂