Happy Chinese New Year!

2014 is the Year of the Horse.

Chinese red lantern

The Chinese Zodiac (Sheng Xiao) is based on a 12-year cycle. Each of those years is related to one of the animal signs of rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

festival dragon

I am a dragon sign. The dragon is one of the luckiest and most powerful signs in the Chinese Zodiac.

Dragons are intelligent, energetic, generous and tenacious, knowing exactly what it wants and is determined to get it. Possessing a natural charm, dragons often find themselves the center of attention. They make solid leaders, instinctively knowing what needs to be done. Crossing a dragon is never a good idea ūüôā

Dragons are also considered to be very lucky in love! I guess that’s why I’ve been married to my husband for almost 28 years.

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Some celebrities who share the dragon sign with me are Bruce Lee, Joan of Arc, Dr. Seuss, Robin Williams, Nicholas Cage, John Lennon and Sandra Bullock.

I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year!

If you know your sign let me know.

If not, go to this site to find out

http://www.chinesezodiac.com/calculator.php

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Hong Kong Treasure¬†– A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. Now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten.

Coming this summer from Assent Publishing.

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Could Bruce Lee Owe His Fame to 2 Females?

Early in the 1700’s, during the Qing Dynasty, the government of China burned Shaolin temples which they believed to be harboring revolutionaries. One of the Five Elders of the Siu Lam Temple, a Buddhist nun named Ng Mui fled and survived. According to legend, Ng Mui studied a confrontation between a crane and a snake then used their movements along with her style of Chinese boxing to create a new, unnamed martial art style.

Female martial art

Ng Mui had one and only one student, a beautiful fifteen year old girl named Yim Wing-Chun (Forever Spring). Wing-Chun was being harassed by a local, bandit warlord to marry him. She refused then finally agreed¬†only¬†if he could beat her in a fight. Wing-Chun trained with Ng Mui in the new form of self-defense and defeated the warlord. Later, she married Leung Bac-Chou (Leung Bok-Chau), a salt merchant who eventually named the art style Wing Chun Kuen (Wing Chun’s boxing).

There are other theories as to how Wing-Chun was created and named but I like this legend the best. Call me romantic.

Red Black yin yang

Wing Chun uses natural movements to block and strike and requires less force to be equally effective. This means a person’s size or gender is not a handicap. Today, Wing Chun is globally practiced in 64 countries. Legendary Grandmaster Yip Man (Ip Man) was only five foot tall and weighed 120 pounds. Yip Man was the first to teach Wing Chun to the public and one of his most famous students was Bruce Lee. If the legend of Na Mui and Yim Wing-Chun is true – could Bruce Lee owe his fame to these two females?

Wing Chun has been featured in many movies. The 1994 movie,¬†Wing Chun, loosely portrays Yim Wing-Chun’s life with Michelle Yeoh playing Wing-Chun. In 2010,¬†Kung Fu Wing Chun,¬†stars Bai Jing portraying Wing-Chun.

There has also been three Ip Man movies, the first in 2008 with Donnie Yen as Grandmaster Yip Man. I saw the first Ip Man movie and loved it, soon to watch Ip Man 2.

movie passes and popcorn

For several years I studied Tae Kwon Do and Combat Hapkido. Very good exercise and a lot of fun. My favorite part was the kicks!

Have you studied or ever wanted to study martial arts? If so, what style did you study and what was your favorite part?

 

Sources: http://www.blackbeltmag.com; wingchunmaster.com/history.html; http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/yim_wing_chun  (pics)www.morguefile.com

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Hong Kong Treasure – A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. Now, can a handsome stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?

Coming this summer from Assent Publishing.

It’s 2014!

Yea! It’s 2014!

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I’m usually excited with a brand new year in which to improve myself. My resolutions revolve around eating healthier, reducing my stress, being more forgiving and exercising more. But I have an extra good reason to be ¬†happy to see 2014. This is the year my romance novel will be published!

Hong Kong Treasure is a contemporary romance with a little mystery and action thrown in for good measure.

 

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After losing everything in a devastating Philippines typhoon, including her memory, Annie is rescued by a handsome Hong Kong stranger. As their love  blossoms, jealousy and an old danger revealed in her nightmares threaten to keep them apart.

 

 

Love me heart

 

Hong Kong Treasure takes place in Hong Kong with side trips to exotic places such as Xi’an, Beijing and Singapore. Deshi Han, the handsome stranger, treats the Caucasian woman he rescues and names, Annie, ¬†as a precious Chinese treasure.

 

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Can you imagine anything more romantic than being rescued then treated like a princess? Has anyone had a real life rescue and love story?

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