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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Angpow Story - Traditional Games in Malaysia

~ Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 4:47 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 is based on this sampul duit raya from The Big Group. It features a few traditional games popular in our beloved country, Malaysia. Wau (giant kite), congkak, gasing (spinning top) and the tons and tons of guli (marbles) at the background.

I'm sure at some point, most of us Malaysians (who are above 30s) have played with at least one of these traditional games. Compared to kiddos nowadays, they have never seen these in their life before and will even show you weird look when you tell them you used to play with these toys/games when you were young.

Other traditional games that I can recall is the batu seremban (five stones game), sepak bulu ayam (feathered shuttlecock), galah panjang, hopscotch.

Any other games that you remembered playing when you were younger?

 

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Angpow Story - Kopitiam

~ Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 6:17 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

I have previously shared another kopitiam angpow story but for today's angpow story, it comes from this piece of lovely angpow:

Angpow Story

Looking at this angpow, of course it reminded me of my childhood memories during my kampung holiday time. Every morning, I will wake up at 7-ish and followed my late mum, walked about 5 mins to the pasar pagi (morning market) and we will meet up with my late popo at this kopitiam for breakfast.

I always have the fishball noodle soup while my mum will have her curry noodles with a glass of kopi ping (iced coffee) which I only learned to like this recent few years. On rare occassions I would get to order 2 long slices of steam white bread with butter (not a kaya fan then)

The fishball noodle soup is heavenly. I can never find anything that taste as good as that noodle ever since and still not giving up finding the alternative.

Back to this angpow, looking at the uncle pouring out the hot coffee reminded me of course of my beloved popo. My late popo's breakfast will be a cup of hot coffee with her kuey teow noodle soup. I was always amazed at how my late popo can just drink up her hot coffee from that small cup with that small plastic spoon. She stirred few rounds and brings up the cup and slowly sips and savors the coffee.

From time to time whenever I think back of my kampung days, I can always think back of the memories of walking along the paths towards the pasar pagi, then to the kopitiam and sitting at our usual corner table right behind the noodle stall. The smell, the sight of pasar pagi all around, the sound of people buying and selling... aaahhhhh... money can't buy all these memories....


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