"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Monday, 3 February 2014

Galloping into the Year of the Horse.

I've had just enough time...   to gallop like a horse.

This is the Year of the Horse - galloping free!

This is the Year of the Wood Horse. Full of energy and high potential for conflicts. Here is wishing all of my friends and readers a vibrant year of galloping into good fortune and galloping away from troubles. 

Embossed red on gold ang pow 

Here are some of the “Ang Pow” I received this year. “Ang Pow” meant “red packet” in the Hokkien, one of the Chinese dialect. It is the tradition of the Chinese to give out red packet containing money during the Chinese New Year. It is given by the elders to unmarried relatives or visitors (whether those who visit you or whom you visit) during the New Year. Tough luck if you are married for you are now considered an adult. You can only receive from your parents or bosses but these are considered as “start work” ang pow for a good business start. 

A brightly coloured family coloured theme.

But if you are unmarried, you are still considered a child and thus eligible for ang pow no matter how old you are! However, I’m not sure if that is considered a blessing or not. You will receive a lot of reminders to get hitched along with the ang pow until you are sick of hearing it. On the other hand, as an encouragement, your children are eligible for ang pows so go forth and be bountiful so you can have bountiful harvest of ang pows too!

In the old days, all ang pows are red in colour hence the name. But these days, many of them are beautiful multi-coloured designs with various New Year theme. The Year of the particular animal such as horse this year, auspicious animals or birds, family gathering, lion dances, calligraphy wishes are popular themes. There are even some with the faces of celebrities. In this posts, you get to see some of the ang pows I received this year. “Huat! Ah!” (Prosper! Ah!”)

Wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year!


  1. bjebie, Onasill, ineedathis, Dahai Z, and 7 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1000 Reasons - A bit slow, catching up...
    Traditional ang pows are all red in colours hence the name. These days however, designers are going all out to outdo each other. They even come in sets. This set comes in threes - I did not show the one of auspicious birds. They were shiny embossed red on a gold background. It is a delight receiving such beautiful ang pows irrespective of the money inside. There are many people who have collections of ang pows. I run a huge deficit as big as the US government if correlated in collection and giving out but that is considered a blessing as you can only do that if you are "able". Ha ha. spreading the joy ma. Visit me during the Chinese New Year and I will give you an ang pow too! You;ve 15 days only :)

    Well presented for the Chinese NY Thou. Beautifully framed.

    Happy New Year Thou! this looks like flowing icing on a cake,
    Have a great week ahead!

    Dahai Z
    Send me your address; I'm on my way! :)

    1000 Reasons - A bit slow, catching up...

    You will have to fly several thousand miles from where you are :)

    Rebecca Ang
    Indeed, through the years I have seen how ang pows (or rather the designers of ang pows) have become so creative. These red packets have such varied and beautiful designs, and some are also specially designed for children. Hope the Year of the Horse has been off to a good start for you - happy new year, wishing you a fulfilling and meaningful year ahead!

    Looks like a wonderful package to start the fantastic new year ,,Peace to you my friend !!

    henrhyde (gill)
    Grand composition and detail of this image-- a peaceful year to you

    Lovely photo

    What a delight to read the details and descriptions of the tradition !!! Who cares for the content when it is offered with warmth and lighthearted feelings.Beautiful red designs for the horse year !!! You have almost fifteen days more to enjoy the CNY,my friend.Hope it's a most prosperous year filled with health and happiness !!!

    oola n
    this Ang Pow is really nice...but the gold horse on your blog page is my favorite... it feels like calligraphy and yet... it isn't... or does it include some? confused but pleased...it is really nice

    Jeff S. PhotoArt
    Wonderful work!!! Have a great week !

    Carl's Captures
    Appreciating the patterns, textures and information here regarding "Ang Pow" … wishing you and your family all the best in the Chinese New Year ahead!

    Andrew 62
    what a delightful tradition and image

  2. bjebie, Onasill, Dahai Z, and dodagp added this photo to their favorites.

    1000 Reasons - A bit slow, catching up...
    You can understand why people would want to collect these. Oh, another tradition is to try to get brand new notes if possible. So every bank must have a ready supply of new notes especially the red $10 notes or they will have some very unhappy customers who may take their business elsewhere the next year!

    Incredible beauty.

    Dahai Z
    Wonderful design! Makes me happy looking at it.

    Rebecca Ang
    Haha, I had a good laugh reading your description here about the singles being harassed at CNY about their single-ness. So true. And the "encouragement" to get married can range from subtle to downright obvious. And next, after individuals get married they will be grilled on when the kids will arrive. It's funny how family can be such a source of strength and also such a challenge to handle :) Such is life.

    It seems you have received the ang power early in life and what a mighty fine gift they have given you !!

    Is this joyful ang pow for your Flickr friends Thou ? Am I allowed to open it or not ? If not,it doesn't matter.I'll keep it as it is just to admire the colourful drawings which resemble Naive Art. It seems the CNY was about to bring you happiness and inspiration,Thou ! What a pleasant read full of tradition and cultural elements ! I enjoyed the hilarious approch of the matter and of course the delightful ang pow !!! Happy CNY,my friend !!!

    oola n
    Ang Pow is an totally new concept for me... as they say...one learns something new every day...
    I never know what you will be teaching me next... I love visiting your stream...

    ShambLady ...festival mode, but catching up slowly
    hhaahaa! did not know this .... i like this ang pow, eventhough not so ang but very lovely indeed!

  3. I wish you and your loved ones a fantastic New Year!
    Keep galloping, but don't fall off ;-)


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