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Chinese New Year -lunar new year

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January 27 New Year’s Eve – most shops will close by afternoon, everyone is in full preparation mode.

January 28 New Year’s Day – at midnight a barrage of fireworks  with more in the morning and evening.  Children are given red envelopes. (and seniors)

January 29,30, 31, February 1, 2          On these days, it is all about family, friends, Chinese New Year clip.. on travel for the lunar new year and relatives. The festive season, ends on February 1, on February 2, the 7th day of the celebrations, many go back to work.  Some shops, companies and office will reopen on this day because  6 is a lucky number in Chinese culture.

February 3 – 11  the return travel begins, as everyone heads back to the towns, cities where they work.

The Lantern Festival, is on month 1, day 15… this year February 11.  Some business may decide to only reopen on Feb. 15 (day 8)  as 8 is also a lucky number.  The non superstitious may reopen on day 7 (Feb.14)

Chinese New Year 2017, Jan 28/29…. will welcome in the year of the Rooster.

A bite of China season 2 English version

Wordless Wednesday #2

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Life is Art

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Start of a new year for those of us who follow the lunar calendar. Lots of celebrating, dancing, fireworks, colour and excitement. Do we carry the colour and enthusiasm into our new year?

I’d like to think that I do. Every day I try to bring colour of some kind into my days.  Whether it is creatively crafting, writing, problem solving, I enjoy the challenge of working something through from beginning to finish.  That said, what I want to do, and what actually happens,  hmmm let’s say, the stars don’t always align.

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Do I get angry, annoyed, no…   Why?   Because getting angry, stewing and simmering about something that has happened, will not remedy the situation.  PL Precept #4 – Being Annoyed Limits your Expression.   PL Precept # 5, One’s  Self is lost by being Emotional.  Let’s be clear, that doesn’t mean I never snap, or get annoyed with something or someone, I do, but I also have learned to let it go.  Once I vent, spew off the negativity, express my reaction, puff, it is like a breath of fresh air washes over me, and it’s gone.  What, may take all of a few seconds, or a minute or two at most, and its gone.

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PL Precept # 17    Grasp what is Most Essential.  Believe me, I am much happier, when I am at peace with myself.  Reread that last bit if you need to, I work at being at peace with myself.  It is only when I can be at peace with myself, that I can reach out and be useful and loving to someone else.  If we live our lives being angry, then we are not going to achieve love and peace for others, because it hasn’t begun within ourselves.

PL Precept #15   All is a Mirror.

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Be content, be happy, share that love and happiness with others.

We are all blessed with the gift of life, love and the tools to maintain and express this love.

Life (Living) is an art form

May sunshine bless each and every day of the year

for each and every one of you.

Dear readers, you are all so appreciated in my life,

Thank YOU

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PL lesson 5- Widsom Comes Naturally when you are humble

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“You will stop growing if you have a conceited or boastful mind.  Always remember to be humble.”

This is when practicing the art of listening is so important.  If we think we know it all, or already know what someone is going to say or do, we deprive ourselves of learning.  It could be a new way of doing something, or a different viewpoint on a subject we think we have down pat.

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Chinese New Year (year of Monkey) has already started in parts of the world.   A time to celebrate with family and friends. In China, people travel for days to get home, this is a big holiday.

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Where ever you are, however you are celebrating, may inner joy, satisfying rewards, and good health be the core essence of the new year.

China Highlights

http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/festivals/chinese-new-year-celebration.htm

Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

incredible holiday

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Never judge a book by its  cover…. our room was clean, big, it had a fridge, microwave, coffee maker, big screen telly and internet.  Oh and two big queen size beds.  It was just off the big super highway when we turned off on to hwy 15 going into Kingston.  This was our view from the balcony ..it wasn’t the time year to be sitting on the balcony but.. wanted to share this with you. The road you see there is the hwy. where you can’t see off to the left is the super one.  Yes, we were constantly  hearing cars, trucks etc. driving past.  In the morning, we were treated to the activity of the heavy equipment being started up.  It was all good, we enjoyed ity all.

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The pictures were taken early morning, the day following our arrival.  Kingston is a popular tourist attraction especially in the summer, and it is not only a military base, but swarming with the activity of the Universities and the buzz of student life.  for more on the city you can check out this link

http://http://tourism.kingstoncanada.com/en/index.asp

As wonderful as the city is, we were there to treasure hunt and chill.  Eartha  (name changed to protect the innocent)  and I were on an adventure, and yes we included some craft shopping (Michaels)  We were in our glory, on the days we were there we encountered nothing but discount days, one store had 75% off, another 50% then the next day or was it the day before it was 40%.  It is not the you spend a lot, it is the thrill of the hunt. Some of you will get this, others I know will just shake their darling heads (Hello B!)

Everything was a positive. The internet was iffy in our lodgings, but we were still able to have a giggle, and what messages I did retrieve were so appreciated. We had been told to expect snow, rain, freezing rain, but all day everywhere we were the sun shone down on us, blessing our day with warm sunshine, blue skies, friendly people, we laughed, we talked, and we ate.

We found this restaurant called the Mandarin (no it was not lost) it was just new to us. =^_^=…. Chinese New Year as most of you know by now is coming up Feb. 7 in China, 8th here.  Already the celebrations have begun.  It is a big restaurant (franchised) that means the different Mandarins, for example there is a big one near here in Orleans, are owned by different people.  This one, was in full-blown celebration mode, with the red lanterns and the red symbols of good luck, prosperity, health and happiness festooned all over in all the rooms.

Yes, there were different rooms with different themes, on our last day we sat in the Fish room. Huge divider of tropical fish and Chinese wall mural of fish.  The servers and attendants were all in smart well pressed uniforms of Chinese red, the ladies sported tops in Chinese brocade, everyone had training in how to greet guests, the special bow, the hot towels prior to eating and then another fresh hot towel after the meal.  the service was 1st class excellent!  The owner made the rounds, welcoming everyone, and offering the traditional red envelopes. A grand experience.

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It was  a wonderful time away, it wasn’t the destination, but the getting there.  Once there it wasn’t our physical environment, but the sense of happiness and friendship that carried us through the various things we did.  The discoveries we shared. We didn’t  think about tomorrow, we lived the moments and therefore, we were constantly celebrating the “wonders ” of the day.

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The start of a new year should always be a celebration of new beginnings and the renewal of the joy in our hearts.  We sweep out the old and bring in the new. According to Chinese tradition, a red envelope is a symbol of luck.  When we give someone a red New Year envelope, we are wishing them good health, wealth and luck for the coming year.

We got two on our trip.  yahhhhhhooooo, double luck!   KUNG HEI FAT CHOY !!!

namaste      –      oyashikiri

PL Precept # 21  Live in Perfect LIberty

PL Principle # 12    I will get up pleasantly in the mornings

PL Precept # 2   I will not have complaints about others, matters, nor the weather.  Rather I will always be creative and will look for shortcomings in my own thinking and actions.

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Happy New Year   (Feb.19.2015)

Time to celebrate, to welcome in a brand new year. the eighth sign in the lunar calendar the Sheep/Goat year (wood) .  If you were born under this sign you usually tend towards the arts, are sensitive and talented.  Extremely creative, elegant and charming, peace-loving, easy-going, ardent, you can get along with nearly everyone,  It is said that people born in the year of the Sheep, are viewed as the most artistic and Yin/ feminine signs of the Chinese zodiac. That this is the year of the wood sheep, usually means that children born this year will be even more artistic and considerate of others.

In China the goat/sheep is seen as a harbinger of peace.  The goat/sheep is associated with harmony, creativity, peace and pleasure.

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You are wished, much joy, prosperity and good health!

Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

Surrender opens doors

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Part of healing is being vulnerable.  It is through life’s lessons that we learn, our imperfections are exposed.  In sharing it is not so other’s can fix us or rescue us, but so we can love and accept ourselves.  Sharing is a catalyst in healing and change.  Our value and worth is not determined by how hard we struggle.  Learn to let things happen easily and naturally.  Allow the “Universe” to ease us into where we need to be.  Be open to the circumstances in your life. The love and light of God/Tao surrounds us.

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Put sincerity into everything you do.

My thank you to each and everyone of you for sharing this part of my life with me. 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE- the Chinese new year begins.. It is the year of the Horse (4712). much happiness, prosperity and good health,  today, now and always.  Oyashikiri

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