Showing posts from March, 2012

Together even in Death

Cheng Beng for the year of the Dragon is just round the corner and all I could think of is it's not cheap to die these days. Someone I know once bought a small piece of land for his future resting place and it came to more than ten thousands Ringgit. That's big money in Malaysia! For Chinese, it is important to have a good coffin and a proper burial place with good Feng Shui as it is believed that this could affect the well-being of the living descendants of the deceased. As a result, I suppose in the past, a person may buy a coffin for himself and keep it at home, sleep in it even; at least, that's what's depicted in some old Chinese movies. Nowadays, a person can go further and plans where he wants to be buried and in style too! A person may choose to be buried in a modern garden-style landscaped cemetery which is managed by a professional team. That augurs well since Chinese cemeteries used to be a haphazard and unkempt thing. Grasses and weeds are left to grow unte…

An American Idol

I remember China's Lin Biao, a major Chinese Communist military leader who helped  the communists succeed in the Chinese Civil War. News of Lin Biao was in the local papers in 1971. Lin Biao had tried to defect to the Soviet Union after an alleged failed attempt on the life of Chairman Mao but he and some members of his family had perished when their plane crashed in Mongolia on September 13, 1971.But who is this Jeremy Lin that I read of recently? The Taiwanese were said to have doted over this American who plays professional basketball with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Jeremy happens to be one of the few Asian Americans in NBA history. Also known as Lin Shu How 林书豪,  he is also the first American player in the league to be of  Taiwanese descent. That perhaps,explains all the hoo-ha in Taiwan.

Which Lin do you fancy?Lin Biao or Jeremy Lin Shu How?

Garlic, Ginger and Everything Nice!

Just last Sunday, I was book browsing in Taiping's Popular when I came across a book on traditional Chinese remedies for a variety of ailments - from simple stomachache and cough to more serious problems like diabetes and impotence. Almost all the remedies make use of garlic and ginger. I thought it was rather a coincidence that a recipe for making a drink to clear the blockage of veins in the heart ended up in my e-mail box. One 'd need a cup of apple cider vinegar, a cup of lemon juice and what else but a cup of garlic and ginger juice. All these are simmered together for 60 minutes or till the solution is reduced to 3 cups. The solution is cooled and 3 cups of honey are added. One tablespoon of the drink is to be taken daily before breakfast. The use of apple cider vinegar perhaps suggests that the recipe is not Chinese in origin but if the drink could clear blocked veins, perhaps you'd want to give it a try. Meanwhile, you may want to consider rubbing some garlic and g…