To celebrate, how about some dragons to enjoy…
Even cute, adorable dragons…
Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.
Other related posts:
Chinese New Year is coming up on Saturday, January 28th. Get out your chopsticks and green tea to celebrate a tradition centuries old.
Some facts about the Chinese New Year Festival:
So decorate with red and yellow lanterns, eat some Chinese food and watch a Jackie Chan martial arts movie to entice a little good luck and wealth your way for 2017.
Happy Chinese New Year everyone! (Be sure to let me know which martial arts movie you watch)
Yesterday began the Chinese Year of the Monkey. Are you a monkey? Don’t know your Chinese Zodiac animal – click here to find out. I’m a dragon 🙂 Dragons are witty, intelligent and lively but lean toward arrogant and impatient. They are also sensitive, ambitious and romantic.
I want to wish everyone a prosperous and happy new year!
Over the past two years I’ve written several posts around Chinese subjects.
Here are a sample:
Here are some interesting Chinese blogs I follow:
If you’ve been following my blog, you know I have always loved martial arts and romance novels. In 2015 my debut novel, Hong Kong Treasure, was published.
A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory.
Now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her
from the danger she has forgotten?
Leyte Province in the Philippines. Her running steps echoed from the walls. Would he catch her? It meant white slavery if he did. Slamming open the kitchen door, she burst out of the hotel despite the typhoon ravaging the eastern coast. The destructive winds and rains were buffered in the alleyway behind the hotel, but she still had to fight for each step away from the man she knew was just behind her.
Without warning, massive walls of water rushed into the alley from both ends. The sixteen-foot wave scooped her up and battered her against the buildings. When the storm surge receded, she lay bruised and unconscious beneath a mass of water-logged debris.
To read more, click Romance by D Dominik Wickles
So what are your goals for 2016?
I love herbal teas and I love cats. So naturally, I would love the idea of cat cafes!
The world’s first cat cafe opened in Taiwan in 1998 and since, they have sprung up across the globe.
Cat cafes would naturally appeal to cat lovers but they serve a more important purpose. They let people who are not allowed pets in their apartments/condos, ‘rent‘ a cat or two for awhile. Also, people with family allergy issues or someone who has a spouse/mate who refuses to let a cat into their living space can come to a cat cafe to get their daily/weekly cat fix. And any cat lover will tell you they would die without a constant supply of their cat fix 🙂
Benefits people can get from cat cafes:
Cat cafes can be found in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, New York City, Oregon, Russia, Japan and others. So look up the closest one to you and go give it a try!
Has anyone ever been to a cat cafe? I’d love to hear where you went and what you thought of it. Or just the idea of cat cafes in general – what do you think? Would you be likely to try it out?
(Here is a photo of our Aggie Girl, a rescue 8 years ago)
I found someone else who loves dragons as much as I do.
Since the release of Hong Kong Treasure is so close, I thought it would be fun to interview Deshi Han.
(Deshi walks in dressed casually in wind pants, a t-shirt and sneakers, and I am immediately aware of his energy and maleness. He sits with an easy, confident grace of one in peak physical condition which is visible from the fit of his clothes. Very sexy!)
Deshi, thanks for coming in to talk with us. I know you’re a very busy man.
“Yes, very busy but am pleased to talk to you. “
So you are forty-four years old, Chinese and a famous movie star and producer in Hong Kong. How did you get into acting?
“I like to jump around when I was kid so my Mother sign me up for movie. Very small part in movie but make me want to learn acting and Kung Fu.”
Then you eventually started making your own movies. Did you ever make any here in America?
“Yes, I make two movies in America but they not make big success. Maybe I try again some day.”
You’re really big into charity work. Can you tell us about that?
“Yes, charity, everyone should do. If everyone help someone, then not so many people need help. You understand? My English not always so good.” (chuckle and smile)
(Deshi has a cute little boy smile)
I can understand your English just fine. So, what kinds of charity do you do?
“When bad storms come, typhoons, tsunamis, hurricanes, I bring money and supplies to the people. We also build centers for our seniors who need food and care while families work. I also take presents to children hospitals for sick kids. Any thing I can help, I like to do.”
That’s how you rescued Annie. Taking food and supplies to the Philippines after a typhoon, right?
“Yes, she lose her memory in typhoon. She too upset in shelter so I take her home to Hong Kong so she rest and get memory back.” (frown) “I thought it be so simple. She get memory back and I take her back to family.”
Things aren’t going as you planned?
“No. She mix-up my schedule all the time, she has nightmares that are memories of some one who wants to hurt her and everyone tease me that I fall in love with Annie.”
You mean you aren’t falling in love with Annie?
(runs his hands through his hair and looks away) “I have no time for love. I am very busy man. Make movies, do charity. People need me. No time for silly love story.”
Yet, when Annie confesses her fear that someone in her past is after her, you assign one of your stunt crew to be her bodyguard when you can’t be with her.
“Yes, I need protect her, but more trouble starts…”
If you want to know what else happens to Annie and Deshi, you’ll have to pick up a copy of Hong Kong Treasure at its release. (eBook release February 19 and print book in March)
Until then, you can read an excerpt here: Hong Kong Treasure
A deadly typhoon stole Annie’s memory. And now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?
Hong Kong Treasure will be available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony and others.
I follow this blog for her great photos of Hong Kong. It’s easy to imagine my characters, Deshi & Annie from my book Hong Kong Treasure, seeing the same places.
This post takes you to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. Some of the Buddhas are funny and others are just gorgeous. Enjoy and tell me which Buddha you liked best!
Thursday 14th August
As Josh is an avid collector of Buddhas, the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery was an inevitable destination during his visit! We hopped on the bus to Sha Tin and stopped off at Bene Italian for fuel. Josh had gnocchi (mainly to show me what they are) i.e. small dumplings made from potato, semolina or flour. They just tasted like cheesy dough to me…probably something that I’d enjoy as part of a meal, rather than a dish on its own.
My lunch was mediocre too.
However this means that our day could only get better, right?! After lunch, we made our way over…
The long uphill journey to the monastery is an attraction in itself, as the path is lined on both sides with 500 life-sized golden Buddhas, each in different (and often hilarious) poses.
WE MADE IT!
Founded in the 1950’s, the Ten Thousand Buddhas…
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