Angpow Story - Bicycle

~ Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 6:06 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 my first angpow story, it comes from this lovely piece of angpow:

Angpow Story

The first thing that caught my eye when I saw this angpow is the bicycle.

First time I learned to ride a bicycle, it looks something like the bicycle in the picture, but black color which was from my grandpa/grandma time. I can't sit on the bicycle as I was very young (like 8-9 yrs old and the bicycle was really huge and high) so I just stood up and cycled and once it started going I was so happy, until I realized I don't know how to brake.

I almost crashed into one of those Chinese altars on the ground when I finally figured out how to brake LOL. This incident is very vivid in my mind because as I crash brake on the spot few inches away from the Chinese altar, I rammed my crotch onto the metal rim on the bicycle because I was standing up while cycling and as I slammed to brake the bicycle, I had no choice and do not know how to balance myself while figuring out how to brake, I put my 2 legs down and stepped on the ground to stop the bicycle and hence, ramming my crotch. Very very very painful!

Of course, after the pain subsides and getting my first lesson in bicycle riding, I went on to have loads of memorable experiences riding the bicycle around my village with my cousins! What a sweet childhood memories!


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