Tuesday, 4 January 2011
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
I just found a link about the festival on CCTV, as the newscaster said, it is a day for family reunion.Ohh...now I am OFFICIALLY missing my family back home indeed.
Also there are different versions of the origin of Mid-Autumn Festival; personally, I prefer the Chang E one (sad & romantic). So have a look as if you may find different opinion from mine.
What do people normally do on Mid-Autumn Festival? Not only appreciating the beauty of the BRIGHT & BIG full moon, but also having the delicious moon cakes of many different flavors.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Finally! Finally! I don't need to insert any symbol to show the tone of each character!
My friend has found me a very useful software called "Pinyinput" - with it, you can just type Pinyin with tone marks in Word! No more symbol, no more copy and paste! Please check the link and download for your typing practice at home.
After installing, do Alt-Shift to cycle through the languages available on the toolbar (of course, we shall go for Chinese first), then Ctrl-Shift to cycle through the different Chinese input methods available (Pinyinput is one of the options).
So if you type "ni 3 hao 3", it shows "nǐhǎo" instead. Then you can save lots of your time to go shopping or having a cuppa with your friends.
Special thanks to Imron for sharing this fantastic tool and my lovely friend who passed me this link! Now we can all enjoy it! ^__^
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Fresh tea leaves should be spread separately right after entering the tea field. Then the heat of sunshine will accelerate the evaporation of the water within the fresh tea leaves to reduce the water content so that chemicals in the cells can proceed with fermentation by enzymes and oxygenation.
After drying in the sunshine, the tea leaves are moved indoors to be shrivelled by being placed still and tossed, in turns for at least ten hours. The tea leaves will ferment and emit natural fragrance and flavor during this stage.
The leaves are then separated so that the leaves will not be twisted up with each other.The leaves are dried again using the rotary dryer to reduce the leaves’ water content.
Sunday, 15 August 2010
According to the Chinese legend, the 7th evening of July (in the lunar calendar) is the Chinese Valentine's Day (七夕情人節: qīxì qíngrénjié ; literally qīxì means " the 7th evening of the 7th lunar month" and qíngrénjié means "lover's day"). So, HAPPY CHINESE VALENTINE'S DAY, EVERYONE! It is on 16-Aug this year due to solar calendar!
And actually there is an old love story for this day that is about the 7th daughter of "Emperor of Heaven" (玉皇大帝：Yùhuángdàdì) called "Weaving Maid" (織女：Zhīnǔ) and an orphaned "cowherd" (牛郎：Niúláng). In fact, you can guess what they do or what they are good at from their names.
"Weaving Maid" (織女：Zhīnǔ) is good at handcrafting, especially weaving clothing. The Emperor likes her skill to weave rainbows and clouds to beautify the world. "Cowherd" (牛郎：Niúláng) is a poor orphaned boy living with his elder brother and sister-in-law. His brother inherited the land and house after their parents passed away. Poor "Cowherd" only owned an old ox and need to work on the farm with it everyday. So he took very good care of that old ox.
One day, when Cowherd rested under the tree after the farm work, he glimpsed at many beautiful fairies taking a river bath. It was love at the first sight when he saw "Weaving Maid". To repay Cowherd's kindness, the old ox helped Cowherd get to know the beautiful Weaving Maid. They fell in love and Weaving Maid broke the rules to marry an ordinary person on the earth.
Their happy life didn't last long until the Emperor of Heaven knew his beloved daughter broke the rules of Heaven and separated them. The 7th daughter was forced to move to the star Vega and the Cowherd moved to the star Altair. Unfortunately, they are allowed to meet only once a year on the day of 7th day of 7th lunar month. It is a sad love story indeed.
Nowadays, people in love like to go to the temple of Matchmaker and pray for their love and the possible marriage on this day. People still single will do the same thing to ask their luck of love in the Matchmaker temple.
For me, it would be great to have somebody special around to spend this day with but being single and remembered by friends and patient for the right one is more important. People need to learn to get along with ourselves first, so we can get along with the others. Simple philosophy but difficult to put into practice sometimes.