Angpow Story - Batik

~ Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 5:37 AM ~

I have been sharing some of my favorite angpow pieces on an angpow collectors group in Facebook and some members have been telling me to continue sharing my memorable stories and so I thought, why not write it down, that way, our kiddos can read about it when they grow up next time, eh?

For those of you who are not familiar or never heard of the words 'Angpow' (also known as 'ang pau', 'ang pao', 'angpau'), here is a quick definition:

Angpow = Red Packet (filled with cash inside) given during festivals

So for today's angpow story, it comes from some pieces of lovely angpow or sampul raya in our national language since I'm using one for today's story:

Angpow Story

 

Today's story revolved around this batik design angpows. I like all things batik related. During high school days, there were some Arts lessons which revolved around batik stuff. That was where I learned how to use the batik tools, the tjantings, this little metal pen thingy where you pour the hot wax into the little cup on top and it comes out through the little spout at the end of the tjanting. The batik cloth stapled tightly to the wooden frame (I remembered the torturous times to unstaple the cloth out arghh...), the process of mixing the dyes.

 

The steady hands needed during the process...

The focused eyes as you point and bring your design to life on the batik cloth...

The overwhelming wax smell that you have to endure...

The horror when you realised you missed the wax line somewhere and the dye went over and mixed up or overlapped with previous dye...

The excitement when you finished your batik painting...

The torture wait for it to dry...

The further torture to soak the cloth in some solution for hours to preserve its colors...

The neverending torture in waiting for the cloth to be further processed in order to remove the wax and final rinsing...

The sigh of relief when finally you see your finished batik painting and you realised.. 'That was done by me?!'

 

Angpow Story

When I went to college, I did a part-time job as a sales promoter in a souvenir shop. The first thing that brings back memories to me is of course, the batik products being sold in the souvenir shop. Scarves, pareo, sarungs, handkerchiefs, wall painting, postcards, bags, purses, all sorts of batik stuff you can imagine. I was happy seeing that and even happier to be selling and promoting it to the tourists that came by the shop.

My ex-boss even went a step further by providing unique wrapping paper services. What he did was he bought lots and lots of batik printing wrapping paper (similar to the design and quality of the sampul raya in this picture) and he cut it out to different sizes, DIY and glue into different sizes paper gift bags so that the items that customer bought can be individually placed into the unique gift bags.

I love the idea, though the process of making them was tiring as well. I do love the compliments poured by customers on how the souvenirs they bought is individually placed into each paper bags, the extra thoughts that went into making their souvenirs special.

So, yeah, whenever I see batik related stuff, these memories will surface back, bringing smiles to my face :)


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Venus and Jupiter

~ Posted on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 5:59 AM ~

I have been seeing articles about the planets Venus and Jupiter closely together and wanted to share some shots I took during our recent family holiday in Thailand.

Venus and Jupiter

Venus and Jupiter

 

According to DailyMail,

"The planets, which are hundreds of millions of miles from each other, will for a short period of time seem to be galactic neighbours, passing so close they seem to merge.

 The line-of-sight illusion is caused when the orbits of Venus and Jupiter line up on the same side of the sun as seen from Earth.

 As Venus orbits in 225 days, Earth in 365 and Jupiter in 4,330, the chance of such as alignment occurring is fairly rare."

For more pictures you can see them at here, here and here.


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Angpow Story - Levi's Jeans

~ Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 6:07 AM ~

I have been sharing some of my favorite angpow pieces on an angpow collectors group in Facebook and some members have been telling me to continue sharing my memorable stories and so I thought, why not write it down, that way, our kiddos can read about it when they grow up next time, eh?

For those of you who are not familiar or never heard of the words 'Angpow' (also known as 'ang pau', 'ang pao', 'angpau'), here is a quick definition:

Angpow = Red Packet (filled with cash inside) given during festivals

So for today's angpow story, it comes from this piece of lovely angpow:

Angpow Story

Those who have read my previous story about the Metrojaya butterfly angpow might remember that I started working part-time at 16 years old during school holidays, 10am to 10pm every day for about 1 month plus. During form 5 time, it was quite an 'in' thing for brands like Levi's, Converse, and etc and for high-schoolers like us then, owning any items from any one of these brands instantly put you in the 'in' club.

I remember tagging along with my schoolfriends during weekends (not working part-time then as I took a break to concentrate on the upcoming SPM exam) and as they were browsing and trying on the Levi's jeans, I felt so envious as they can easily afford to get one.

Of course, at that time I have some savings made from my part-time jobs and I can afford to get one too but it doesn't cross my mind to use the savings to buy a jeans. After all, a pair of Levi's jeans is almost equivalent to my 1 month pay from the part-time promoter job.

I thought of all the hard work, sweat and blood I poured into the part-time job and saving the money so that I don't have to burden my parents. I thought of what's the point of getting branded stuff just to show off to people.

In the end, I bought a pair of jeans from another brand called Voir, for a fraction of the price of a Levi's. I wore that jeans for years, in fact, only gave it away last year when I did spring cleaning as I can't fit into the jeans anymore.

I'm keeping this angpow to remind myself that even though I was stingy back at 17 years old, I know I made the right choice then. Btw, I only owned my 1st pair of Levi's at 35 years old... THIS YEAR. I bought a pair of preloved Levi's jeans from the Preloved group for RM30.


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