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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Angpow Story - Kopitiam

~ Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 5:29 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

The first thing that caught my eyes when I saw this angpow was the bicycle. I love angpows with bicycles, have a few childhood memorable experiences with bicycle and bicycle with dog.

Next thing that caught my attention is the shophouse setting, with the wooden doors and wooden windows. If you look closely, the door at the groundfloor is a wooden swinging door like those cowboy town bar door.

It reminds me of a coffee shop in my late mum's hometown. It used to be a kopitiam (means coffee shop) but the business ended sometime after. However the owner still uses the premise for mahjong venue with his friends and my late mum used to go there to play mahjong with her friends.

I remember that I often go to the shop, gently pushing the door and being careful not to be hit back by the swinging door and looked out for my mum. There were up to 2-3 mahjong tables sometime and as a young child, I tried to be as quiet as I can possibly be without disturbing the adults there.

I would sneak in to ask my mum for a few cents so that I can buy snacks and junk foods before I go rounding around the kampung (means village) with my cousins on our bicycles hahah..

Nice memories...

 

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Angpow Story - Geometric & Organic Arts

~ Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 5:26 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 set of angpows given to me by an awesome collector friend. Now what does this set of angpows reminded me of? Somwhere in between of waiting for Form 1 to start, my late dad gave me this catalogue of tiles design.

It's like a 6 inch by 12 inches booklet of pages and pages of pictures filled with tons of tiles designs. I remembered being so in awe looking at those designs.

I stayed in a government flat and the only floor tiles we have was those half by half inch very simple looking beige colored tiles in the toilet floor and those 6 by 6 inches white tiles around the toilet wall. Other than that, cement floor and wall all around our flat at that age.

So, that explained my amazement and excitement of owning that catalogue. It's like a mini dream getaway where my house one day will have all these awesome tiles LOL

Anyway, I kept that catalogue like a precious but when I started form 1 and we have Arts subject, I started using the catalogue to help out with my art work. When teacher taught us about geometric and organic forms of art, I turned to my catalogue. For our homework, we have to cut out any patterns with geometric and organic designs from newspaper, magazines, brochures etc, anywhere you can find, we have to cut it out and paste it onto the art paper to submit the homework.

I remembered getting an A+ for my homework. I felt so so so happy with that and I remembered my Arts teacher's remarks that my homework is good as I was able to find unique materials from others.

I also turned to the catalogue for other occasions such as DIY greeting cards and also other Arts subject homework. By the time I finished high school, the catalogue is almost gone. All cut up with holes everywhere. It has served me really really well.

I wonder whether I can get any more catalogues like that now? Hmm.....


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