Angpow Story - Snakes & Ladders

~ Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 6:42 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


Today's storytime revolves around this angpow with the design of snakes and ladder. You cannot play with this angpow as there is no proper number to follow at all, just plain snakes and ladder design on it only.

This angpow reminded me of my simple childhood, back when there is no iPad, no PS whatever, heck, my childhood days were filled with pretend play, masak-masak (cooking), dress up paper dolls, playground, board games, card games (UNO, Snap, Happy Family), hopskotch, cycling around the village, catching fishes and grasshoppers and many many more.

Anyway, last year we introduced board games and card games to our eldest kiddo. It took a while for him to be interested in it but as of now, every now and then he will ask to play snakes and ladder.

I think this game helps a lot with our kiddo as initially when our boy played this game, he lost and threw tantrums as he wanted to win. It took a few more round of games for him to finally get the meaning of playing board games.

The lesson where, sometime we get ahead, sometime we lost and get eaten by snake.

That sometimes it may seem we are falling behind like a tortoise but we might end up getting ahead and winning.

The point is, winning or losing is not everything. It is not the end of the world. It is just a game where everybody just play to have fun, to enjoy it while it lasts.

Most important is the spirit in playing the game or anything for that matter, to be happy for other people's win and not to drown in sorrow if you lose. Just try again and enjoy the ride.

 

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Angpow Story - Dragonfly

~ Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 5:41 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

Today's storytime revolves around this angpow from Unicef. At first glance, this is a simple looking angpow, illustrations possibly drawn to replicate child-like drawing. What attracted me to this angpow is not the 2 kiddos on the angpow. It's not the kite being held by the boy. It's not the house way behind the 2 kiddos at the background.

It is the dragonflies on the angpow.

Long ago, when I was in my pre-teen phase, there was a phase when us kids are crazy with doing this knot craft using polypropylene cord. With some tutorial from my classmate then, I made a dragonfly using these cords. And I gave one to my late mother during her birthday. Together with a piece of RM1 cash and a piece of paper handwritten by my young self wishing her a happy birthday.

I forgot all about the dragonfly...

Until 8 years ago when I went through my flat before shifting to our current house now. My hubby then boyfriend helped me to dismantle my bunk bed while his mum helped me moved the plates and kitchen utensils into boxes to move it together. I was going through my late mum's kitchen cabinet and throwing away old newspapers and stuff and I found the dragonfly craft. My late mum kept it in good condition, together with the RM1 and the paper I wrote.

I kept that dragonfly craft but not sure where it is (small) but it is somewhere in my box of stuff I shifted along. I never knew a simple and silly craft I made when I was 11-12 years old would leave an impact still. Of course, I'm touched that my late mum treasured my silly gift.

 

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Angpow Story - Koi Fishes

~ Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:20 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

Today's storytime revolves around this angpow from Hennessy and Johnnie Walker. I don't take alcohol at all and didn't intend to keep any angpow related to alcohol but since the angpow design reminded me of something, I thought, why not? So, what is the story about? Look at that few kois swimming around.

The first time I see this angpow, I ignored it cos alcohol brand and I kept it aside.

The second time I see this angpow was during my angpow housekeeping routine where I took a good look at it and noticed the koi fishes reminded me of this blog widget I used to install when I first started my blogging journey back in June 2009, a month after I resigned from my IT job to be a stay-at-home mum (SAHM).

Back then, I created a blog on Google (Blogger) and it was just a small avenue for me to jot down my new journey as a SAHM while taking care of our then 3 months old boy. I was busy looking for things to spice up my boring blog layout and stumbled upon this widget which you can just copy paste the code onto your blog engine.

What the widget does was it shows a bunch of kois swimming around and those fishes will swim towards where your mouse is hovering at. You can customise how many fishes, what colors, etc etc. To be honest, I spent quite some time just playing with those virtual fishes hahahahaha... just cute seeing those fishes chasing after my mouse cursor lol.

Fast forward years later, I moved out from Google Blogger into my own domain, no more fancy smancy widgets on my blog now, I prefer to keep things plain and simple. But still looking back at the picture of these fishes just jolts back the early blogging memories of mine :)

 

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