Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Year of Ox, Gong Xi Fa Cai



As we bid farewell to year of the rat we usher in the year of the OX which starts from the first day that is 26th of January.  It is the most auspicious day in the Chinese calendar .This “Gong xi Fa Cai” celebration traditionally lasts 15 days

Many Chinese will return home or Balik Kampong to meet together with their family members and most importantly to be home in time for a family reunion dinner on the eve of the chinese new year.

With the economic slow down, many are not sure if it will be really happy New Year. Children will run around happily with bright red packets of lai see, lucky money . Working adults should have no worries if they continue to receive the year-end bonus and in some cases bonuses,represent two or three months’pay.

Anyway I sincerely wish everyone a happy new year and let this Chinese new year of Ox be a start to all things wonderful. May you all enjoy good health and a prosperous year. Do have a nice holiday.

Gong xi Fa Cai,Kong Hei Fatt Choy and a Happy New Year

Related article: Welcome the year of  the Rat

Is this Little Talking Common Mynah Bird a pet or nuisance?


This little bird is Common Mynah which can be seen everywhere in the city, rural villages and even housing estates. They are often found in front of houses, in gardens, on tree tops, roof tops or on fences.

People like to keep this little talking Common Mynah birds as pets as they can mimic human speech. The farmers love them because they eat insects that destroy crop plants.

Many people especially while driving may find them a nuisance as they fly and hop around these places or along the road sides looking out for any food littered on the ground.They also feed on insects

I saw this little talking Mynah bird while we were pinicking at the Lake Gardens recently. It was busy searching for food all over the park, in the dustbins and on the ground.

Is this little Common Mynah bird a pet or nuisance?






Another new puppy of Shih Tzu dog



Photo By : Gaye Johnson

As the year 2009, I started to make a habit to get up early to go for a morning walk. I saw an elderly man always taking his Shih Tzu dog walking in the playground where I live. The doggie dressing with cloth on it body looks alert and strong. I walked up to the elderly man who was sitting on the bench and I told him the dog is beautiful.

I start to think of those photos that I received from Gaye Johnson who emailed me during the festive Christmas.

As an updated of the story of Shih Tzu dogs, many may like to find out how their new puppy looks like.

Here it is……Gaye and Stan got this new puppy on the 16th December 2008 and they named him Lemley. He will be 12 weeks old and he is very cute as you can see from the photo. And also a photo of Remy, the little black dog from their children who are staying in Massachusetts

Gaye now has three Shih Tzus dogs and she said Lemley likes Panda and Reggie.Their son Jon and his wife Kathleen and three of Gaye’s grand children flew down to celebrate the festive holiday with Gaye and Stan in Florida

I sincerly hope this new and good little puppy will bring some smiles, joy and happiness to Gaye and Stan at home.

The Hibiscus flowers from Cameron Highlands



The hibiscus plant can be grown easily, and is found almost anywhere in this country even in the highlands where the weather is cooler.They can be found in public parks, private compounds, pathways or roadsides.

The hibiscus plants also vary in height, some are tall and some short shrubs. Some grown on the ground while some grown in pots. They are planted with well-planned landscaping to beautify the garden.

I noticed that there are quite a number of hibiscus flowers of various varieties and of different sizes, shapes and colors planted in the pots for sale in Cactus Point, Cameron Highlands during my recent holiday visit. .

I think the weather is the important factor as I found the flowers in Cameron Highlands are bigger and rich in color, and the plant is much healthier with much bigger and greener leaves. It looks different from the Bunga Raya planted in our garden.