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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Angpow Story - Bicycle & Dog

~ Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 5:27 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

This angpow goes into my collection because of 2 things that reminded me of my childhood.

#1 - Bicycle

#2 - Dog

Those of you who have read my previous angpow story-time sharing about the time I first learned to cycle will know how memorable the experience was to me. Fast forward a few months from that incident, I'm sharing why this angpow brings back another childhood memory of mine.

You see, one fine afternoon, my cousins and I decided to cycle to another part of our kampung (means village in our national language) which was quite like uncharted territories to us young kids back then (we were 10-11 yrs old then) I never been into that stretch of road leading to some more houses inside that area but my cousins said it is a nice quiet place worth cycling around to.

I was tired then and my younger cousin (she was 2 yrs younger than me) said she will cycle and I can sit pillion behind her. Her 2 older brothers sat on their own bicycles.

So off we go cycling towards that part of the kampung. Nice single stories wooden terrace houses. I was just enjoying the cooling air and yes, the free ride hahaha when all of a sudden I hear dog barking behind me.

Sh*tttttt!!! I realized at that point that we were chased by a dog. The boys were faster because they ride on their own bicycles so they shot off ahead leaving us girls cycling like mad.

I was screaming at my cousin to cycle faster (well, now that I think about it, pity her hahahah... 2 years younger than me had to cycle for both of us in order to avoid being mauled by a dog LOL)

I don't dare to look behind but the last I glimpsed, I realized it was just a small puppy, albeit a very fierce one. I know both my legs are up at my cousin's waist LOL!!!! Of course we managed to escape that fierce puppy but it was a long while before any of us dared to venture into that part of the kampung again.

As I reminisced back this incident and writing this down, my heart was beating fast thinking back of the near death experience of being mauled by a puppy. What a nice funny and yet terrifying childhood memories!


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