Blessed Chinese New Year. Peace and good health to you and your household. Shalom.
A christian verse goes like this, “Be as wise as serpents, as gentle as doves”. Lets reflect and see how we can apply in life.
On my personal note, I believe as Chinese, lets pay homage to our parents, and also bring up our kids well. It is a complicated world today, instant success and failure, and a world of customer service and KPIs.
In reality, we belong to a cell known as family and larger cell known as community. In the same blood, lets not compromise our values. Fillial piety, responsibility, faith, commitment, perserverence and resilience are some things we should embrace.
It will be Chinese New Tear on Monday. A joyous time for families to come together, to rekindle the meaning of family and Chinese values.
Some Chinese practices:
Give tangerines in twos or even number, not odds
Avoid numbers 4 (si as in death)
White clothes and red are good omens of prosperity, avoid wearing black
Avoid sweeping floor on first day, not to sweep away bad luck
Personally, Chinese New Year is a good time to catch up with my parents and siblings. When young, may not have understood the values and significance of family dinners. When I got married and moved out, I started to miss my mum’s cooking. My brother and sister were supportive in my difficult times, and blood is indeed thicker than water. Also present were unconditional love and support.
The Chinese emphaize on fillial piety. Take care of our parents. Do not bite the hand that feeds you.Now, as a father, I hope to pass these values and habits to my kids.
Blessed Chinese New Year in advance to one and all. Shalom. Peace be unto you.
I used to work with GSM and mobile technology. It was fun talking about protocol and BCCH (Broadcast control channels) and BSIC (Base Station Identity codes). I learnt about uplinks and downlinks, such as 20 W antennas and 2 W battery of handsets.
When I started work with IT, I learnt about upload speed and download speeds. Basically, there is more bandwidth for download than upload.
Working with children, there is greater unconditional love for the children than conditional love for parents.
Lastly, I see the local government racking brains to improve child birth, and yet we are seeing more deaths at late 20s to late 40s due to increasing stress and less exercises.
With a review, the recommendations of the new pay are by trusted professionals. They know much more than me, and they have put in more criterias than I am aware of.
I believe we are heading in the correct direction, but tweaking the formulas. The PM is hearing the call of the lower and middle segments, and it is not looking for a populist view.While there are views and policies I do not agree with,I believe we are still in the process, and it is not a one off. The leaders must lead, but there must be wise leadership.The government must take the initiative not to overpromise and be elitists. It is mainly why the ministers are paid too high and keep talking about excellence, that when problems surface, such as flooding and mechanical failures, many people angry over specific policies go for blood like vultures, and start nit-picking.
In my army days, our appetites are so big that when we go for buffets, the managers and staff have a downcast face when they see us. I once munched down 13 slices of pizza in 1 sitting, after having dinner in camp…hahaha…
In my late 30s now, the lack of cardiovascular exercise means I have to watch my diet.Some of my convictions include:
1. No buffets. If I take in more food, I have to exercise more, something I do not have time for. Also, concerns about cholestrol and blood pressure.
2. No steamboat. Some of the broth are excessive in sodium and monosodium glutamate (msg), and the soil/sand in vegetables are also a concern.