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.
Your fiery dare,
Gleams in a challenge,
No Childish mask,
Highlights your eyes.
Golden elixir promises,
Hang in the air,
To slide off the curve of
Your celebrated tongue.
Adventuress, take a ride.
Will I or forever still,
Remain in this moment,
Too fearful to slip on,
To sail the secretive seas,
Witness the wonder of sunsets,
Smell the sweet aroma of Waterfalls,
Discover Dry Deserts
And Tempting Temples.
Too many splendours,
I step back from,
Must I question
when I can do.
Heart’s desire Dragon,
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Cuevas del Drach, in Porto Cristo, Mallorca.
I took a risk,
Now I am here,
Tapering Black Stalagmite,
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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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The purity of tea represents pure love;
the stability of tea stands for faithful love;
the fertility of tea represents many children.
The first written record of a tea ceremony was during the
Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 A. D.).
At a traditional Chinese wedding the tea ceremony is a significant event, formally introducing the bride and groom and showing respect to their families.
After exchanging vows, the couple will serve tea to the groom’s family (the bride would have served tea privately to her own family earlier) or, as a more modern approach, tea will be served to both the bride and groom’s families together.
This act shows respect and gratitude to the parents for all their years of love and care. Sometimes the bride and groom will kneel while presenting the tea or sometimes they will bow. The parents will be seated and the order in which the tea is served is very important. Parents are served first then grandparents, grand uncles and aunts, uncles and aunts then elder siblings. The groom’s sister or relative assists in pouring the tea and washing the tea cups.
Traditionally, red dates, peanuts, longans (tropical fruit) and lotus leaves are added into the wedding tea. In Chinese, reading those four ingredients sounds like “to have baby as soon as possible,” a good wish for newly married couples.
Any sweet tea is used because it is believed to bring happiness to the couple and to foster good relationships between the newlyweds and their new in-laws.
After drinking the tea, gifts are presented to the bride and groom. These gifts are usually either red envelopes of money or pieces of jewelry. If it is jewelry, the couple will wear it immediately.
The Chinese wedding tea set is a keepsake of the wedding and is a gift from the bride’s family. These tea sets can include traditional Chinese cups or Western cups with handles.
I love weddings and I love tea, so if ever I renew my wedding vows I think I’ll include a Chinese wedding tea ceremony.
What part of a wedding ceremony, Chinese or Western, do you find to be the most romantic?
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 September from Assent Publishing.
I’ve always thought gardens were so romantic, with the meandering pathways, the benches and the beauty.
In my book, Hong Kong Treasure (coming out this September), Deshi has a beautiful Chinese garden. In this post I thought it’d be fun to describe his garden.
There are four elements of the traditional Chinese garden: water, architecture, rocks and flowers & trees.
Deshi’s garden is surrounded by the walls of his house, painted white to enhance the colors of the flowers and trees. As the center focal point, a small pond teams with orange & white koi and lotus flowers. Water represents lightness and communication and since it reflects the sky it is always changing.
Arching gracefully over this pond is a red, lacquered bridge (for more about romantic bridges, see earlier post: Can a Bridge Be Romantic?). The red, symbolizing luck, gives contrast whether against the summer flora or winter starkness.
Following the stone pathway beside a gentle stream tripping over rocks, leads you to an open, red pavilion in the back corner of the garden. Here you could rest on the benches to savor all the surrounding beauty and pause to enjoy the chirping of birds and the heady aroma of the garden.
After the pavilion, rounding back toward the house, you come upon a bamboo patch circling a rock garden in the Yin-Yang design. The bamboo, represents a wise man and is noted for being flexible in a storm without breaking. It also provides sounds to the garden when a gentle wind blows.
Deshi’s garden has plenty of the fourth element of traditional Chinese gardens – flowers and trees, which contrast with the straight lines of the architecture.
For the winter season, you will find the “Three Friends of Winter” (pine, bamboo and Chinese plum) which remain green and bloom in winter. This makes his garden a joy all year round.
The rest of the year sees plenty of peach and apricot trees, lotus, peony and orchid plants. The peach tree symbolizes longevity and immortality while the apricot tree symbolizes the way of the Mandarin. The lotus flower is admired for its purity and the way it reaches out of the water to bloom in the air represents the search for knowledge.
I hope you have enjoyed our journey through Deshi Han’s Hong Kong garden.
Do you have a garden at home? What is your favorite part of your garden or any garden you have visited?
Hong Kong Treasure – A devastating Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. Now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?
Coming this September!
2014 is the Year of the Horse.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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
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.