For the past week, the common topic on every Singaporean's tongue was how much they were looking forward to the 4-day long weekend. All I could think of was that I've only got 3 work day to finish some tasks at work and how it would be such a short hectic work week.
Well, I'm so glad those 3 days passed and by the second half of the day yesterday, I was already feeling like I've drunk happy juice. I've never in my life had a 4-day long weekend since I work on weekends for my previous two jobs and I was feeling really happy by the time I knocked off work.
Yesterday evening was spent with my Dad. He actually whipped up some simple dishes and asked me to go over after work when I asked if there was food at home. When I reached my family home, I realised that I was the only one eating as both my sisters didn't know that my dad was going to cook and hence had their dinner out. My mum also fixed some appointment and was out way before that.
So it was an evening with just my Daddy and me. After the very delicious home-cooked meal, we even poured ourselves some coffee liqueur over vanilla ice cream and enjoyed Western dessert. (You could see the pic on my Instagram here.)
At night, we picked Mum up who said she got something for me to eat. I was so full but when she whipped up a packet of heart-shaped bak kwa and said it was for me to share with the hubz, I was so amused yet touched by this little gesture. (You could see the pic on my Instagram here.)
My parents are so cute sometimes.
Today is a public holiday because of Hari Raya. Here's wishing all my Muslim friends "Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri"!
Tomorrow is National Day. Happy Birthday Singapore!
After having free tickets rather easily for the past 3 years either for the National Day Parade preview or on the actual day, we have decided to give others a chance. Hahaha... Whom am I kidding? And I really mean it when I say I feel so proud to be a Singaporean whenever we sing National Day songs with our very beautiful night cityscape as a back drop.
Yesterday was also the start of the Hungry Ghost Festival. For my many non-Asian and non-Chinese blog friends, this festival sure sounds out of this world. You could read more about this festival here.
This festival is not observed by all Chinese in Singapore/Asia, but rather by Buddhists, Taoists and Chinese folk religion believers. Hence, I do not really practise all the customs on my part since I'm none of the above.
That said, I still show my respect for the deceased and choose to believe that it is indeed more crowded everywhere during this Lunar month (7th Aug 2013 - 4th Sep 2013) if you know what I mean. I've got some stories to tell which I might just share here one of these days. Well, they could be explained by Science and logic too but somehow, you tend to know.
I saw this checklist from Facebook and thought I might share it with all of you. Some of them may sound funny but you know, JUST IN CASE. [Source]
"DO NOT" Checklist for the Hungry Ghost Festival
1. Hang out late
2. Spit in the street or tree
3. Stare at the candlelight or burning fire
4. Step on Or kick offering items / joss sticks along the roadside
5. Cover up your forehead at night; always pin or put up your hair as high as possible
6. Stare at “them” if you really saw one; look or walk away calmly
7. Make funny jokes or comments on any display altar / offering items along the street
8. Look underneath the altar table when there is a prayer session
9. Shift your eyeballs from left to right or right to left repeatedly if you sensed something; always look straight and walk toward your destination calmly
10. Sniff and follow any pleasant or sweet smell ahead of you
11. Sit on the first few front Rows of any public Chinese Operas
12. Open your umbrella at night, especially red color type
13. Wear red color costume with high heels and walk alone at night
14. Pick up any unique items found on the street or road
15. Stand under a tree in the middle of the night
16. Wait at the bus stop especially after the bus service operating hours
17. Whistle alone at night; you may find someone singing along with you
18. Hang your clothes out in the middle of the night
19. Walk in the dark and near the walls; something maybe visible at your side view
20. Answer or respond when someone calls you, especially from behind
21. Turn your head when someone pat on your shoulders in the middle of the street
22. Use any dark or black color manicure
23. Comb your hair in front of the mirror in the middle of the night
24. Shout or scream in the middle of the night, stay as quiet as possible if you felt sudden coldness
25. Get emotional and cry in the middle of the night
26. Leave your bleeding wounds in a open air; always cover up the area with plasters or other bandage materials
27. Be a curious person or hero, if you hear some "strange" sound or noise, especially soft crying tone; always act blur
28. Swim in the pool or lake in the middle of the night; something maybe waiting to pull your legs
29. Play at the playground in the middle of the night; especially the swings
30. Take up the challenge to enter cemetery area or abandoned houses
In the meantime, I would try to catch up on editing photos for my blog posts, reply your comments and visit your blogs whenever I've access to my lappy.
To all my new stumblers and followers, THANK YOU!
[Disclaimer: All images are taken from Google and I do not know the original source. Please let me know if your images are here and if you would like me to credit you.]