Angpow Story - Hibiscus

~ Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:12 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 revolves around these few angpows:

Angpow Story Hibiscus

Angpow Story Hibiscus


What do they all have in common?

Hibiscus.

Malaysia' own national flower.

The red one that is. There's a light pink one which is South Korea's national flower. The red of the petals symbolizes the courage, life, and rapid growth of the Malaysian, and the five petals represent the five Rukun Negara of Malaysia.

I remembered back when I was in primary school (no Internet, no Google, no Youtube, heck not even PC), we rely on natural resources whenever we were assigned with homework. To bring a type of flower, to bring a type of spice, to bring a type of plants, to bring a type of fruits and so on.

I remembered asking my late father to look for flowers for me. Something different from the usual ones that my classmates brought. They brought bougainvilla (bunga kertas), orchid (which my late mum planted but was not flowering at that moment), bunga tahi ayam, kemboja and don't know what else. He rode his motorbike around our old neighborhood (terrace houses where there is small plot of garden for people to plant stuff) looking for these beautiful flowers. I was so happy when he brought home some!

So I brought hibiscus. And very happy to be the different one.

Till today, whenever I see a hibiscus flower, I will remembered my childhood memories. And I will make sure to tell this story to our kiddos, so that he knows and be proud of our own national flower. (refer comments for the few designs)

 

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Angpow Story - Wooden Stool

~ Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 5:43 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


See that 2 stools around the table at the upper portion on the angpow? The one on the left is rounded, foldable stool with metal legs while the one of the right is a square wooden stool.

I remembered having one of the rounded foldable stool at my home last time. Very exciting as you don't know which direction it folded back to (well, I was young and not that genius to figure out the mechanism)

As for the square wooden stool, I don't think we own any as the ones we have were rounded base, but nevertheless, they were still a nice and simple furniture back then.

It was a luxury and prestige thing to sit on a rounded wooden stool when I was young every time we go back kampung as I was still very short and my late grandma had this giant round foldable table.

My family usually get to sit at the table during CNY gathering and I felt so grown up sitting on one but not able to pick up or reach any dishes on the giant table, so always ended up my late mum will choose my dishes and put on my plate - like princess being served hahahah...

 

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Angpow Story - Kuih Kapit

~ Posted on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 6:34 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

When I see this angpow, I remembered when I was young (less than 6 years old) there was an aunty in my housing area who will make kuih kapit (egg rolls) before Chinese New Year comes and I'll be squatting nearby watching her doing the tedious work.

Mixing the ingredients, layer by layer and pouring it onto the iron moulds (there were like 4 or 6 iron moulds), discarding the excess batter, making sure the fire is just right, slowly waiting till the kuih kapit turned golden color, flipping up the iron moulds and peeling out the kuih kapit and quickly folding it into half and then quarters and then storing them into air-tight containers (back then was Milo tin or those big biscuit tin)

The hard laborious work just to make a few tins of these kuih kapit is just too much for me to bear. I think because of that, I have never been fond of these food. I do sometimes feel like a failure as a Chinese for not enjoying these delicacies but just can't get over the childhood memories...

 

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