The Trials and Tribulations of Dating
Aug17

The Trials and Tribulations of Dating

Dating is always seen as one of the most exciting things in the world. Hollywood movies set the romantic scenes with flowing water fountains, angelic white doves and a star street performer serenading Frank Sinatra or Norah Jones songs faintly in the background.   Let’s just say reality is not quite the same picture! Don’t get me wrong- I’ve been on “that” date … Though my story was not quite as romantic! The water fountain in my story was always a brown, smelly puddle gargling on its own water; the doves (actually pigeons) that decided to share its delightful white wet mess on me or my date; and the street performer was likely an overly enthusiastic elderly gentleman playing the bagpipes (I will be generous to say that this was probably a new hobby as the “noise” was atrocious!). Welcome to reality!   I like dating- I am just not very good at it. Maybe I am just trying too hard. One time, I met this incredibly handsome Swiss guy on a night out, who STILL called me a few days later after I introduced him to my “intoxicated white wine and tequila shots” self. So, on our first “date”, I decided to show him the “I can be a wholesome girl” persona and invited him back to my house for a four-course meal. I consider myself a pretty good cook and to make him feel less homesick I chose to make him a Swiss themed meal. The Swiss like cheese, right? So I went all out and made this lovely composition of...

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Chinese Valentines Day – the Original Lovers Day!
Aug14

Chinese Valentines Day – the Original Lovers Day!

The Chinese invented Gunpowder. The Chinese invented Paper. The Chinese even invented Alcohol (or at least the fermentation part!). And just to shock you further – the Chinese invented VALENTINE’s Day! Well at least a day whereby “Love” and “Romance” is the order of the day. This is actually a serious holiday – a Government Public Holiday is given to celebrate “Love”! First, the history/educational part: Chinese Valentines’ Day is actually known as the Qixi festival  and happens to fall on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar year (on a regular calendar – it means the day actually falls on a different date every year around August). It’s about a love story between a celestial spirit and a mere mortal; Folks at Disney would have a field day turning the story into their next fairy tale cartoon! Here’s a quick video to give you an incite to Chinese Valentine’s Day! Next up, the tradition part: Young girls making wishes and offerings to deities to grant them the dream of meeting their Prince Charming. Burning paper lanterns and sending off paper boats down rivers with their thoughts and wishes written inside them. Apart from warning of the risk of setting trees, buildings and flammable items on fire – We’ll keep the rest of this section short, as it’s all too doe-eyed and fantasy based. Following on, the modern part: The modern day lass prefers more positive action from interested males, lovers and...

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