Thursday revelation

When I find myself over-analysing things, Tina Fey’s advice in her book Bossypants instantly rescues me from the infinite pendulum swings between to do or not to do:

“Either way, everything will be fine.”

Because really, it is going to be alright no matter which path we choose. Look at us – our current self is the result of a series of decisions, and aren’t we doing just fine, if not great?

P.S. another quote from Tina Fey

 

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Be a Flintstone in Xi’an

This has got to be one of the most unique experiences I have had in China… be a cave dweller in a 300-year-old cave known as yaodong in Chinese.

When I showed up at The Bed in A Cave in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, late one night in June last year, the kind and pleasant Madam Wang was waiting for my arrival. She swiftly worked her magic in the kitchen and fed me dinner.

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Aidilfitri celebration in Beijing

Back in July last year, a local Muslim friend invited me to join in the Aidilfitri celebration at the Nanxiapo Mosque, which his family goes.

An elderly woman insisted that I had to wear a a head scarf before I could set foot in the mosque compound. She picked a bright red one from her stash, and I tried not to look at my own reflection on the windows…

There was an unmistakable solemnity in the air, like in all places of worship.

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Changing Luck

Most of us are superstitious. We pray to God, or the unknown forces, to get answers for doubts that are bugging us.

Every year during the Chinese New Year, most temples in Malaysia will be crowded with devotees making offerings for a better year ahead. A Goddess of Mercy temple at Sungai Buloh, Selangor, hosts one of its yearly rituals, where devotees follow a Chinese medium in trance to cross a man-made bridge.

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