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Flaming Yin Year of Rats and Rodents

February 5th, 2008 by Wai Loong (2 Comments)

??? ????,???HAPPY NEW YEAR, MY LOVEAre you a Chinese or part of the bigger family of the descendants of the Dragon?

Thanks to the powers of the Internet, I can now plaster up my greetings here to wish every other Chinese out there a very healthy and prosperous Lunar New Year!

I thought it was a great idea to put up some nice festive pictures, especially one from Guo Mei Mei to match the festive mood!

For close friends of mine, who may be peaking over my blog spying on what I may be doing, I’m taking a full 9 days break from full-time work, celebrating the Lunar New Year and working on my studies!

Coincidentally, it’s just 3 more days to the foundation of my 10 month old blog! I can’t believe it… and it has been a very fulfilling journey learning about many aspects of blogging and social networking platforms.

The weather has turned a bit cooler here in Singapore, despite of the generous amount of sunshine and rain bestowed on this little land. As you may be aware by now, not all Chinese everywhere else in the world are enjoying the season. At this moment, millions of Chinese in multiple provinces of China, are hit by one of the worst weather crisis ever.

Millions of Chinese travelers are trapped in the railway stations and airports, trapped and struggled for many days trying to get a ride back to their hometown. To make matter worse, many electricity distribution networks have been damaged by the severe snow storm, further aggravating the situation.

As one traveler quoted in Reuters:

“It is very sad and scary because there are so many people waiting to go home”
Man Xifeng, a 21-year-old factory worker, counted himself lucky to make it inside the concourse after two days.

Even the Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao, called the extreme weather a “severe natural disaster” as he traveled to Hunan, one of the worst-affected province to date.

Fortunately, the weather has now improved and you can see great reliefs showing on hundred and thousands of faces!

This reminds me of the disaster movie “The Day After Tomorrow“, the sign of relief as people escaped from the freezing spell that hit the streets.

Enough of that…

The funny thing is, people are addicted to disaster news. Is it by nature that we are self-destructive? I’m particularly disturbed by that and I attempt to avoid such news like a plague.

Don’t get me wrong… I’m not been un-empathetic to our unfortunate comrades or another human beings.

Getting emotionally driven by news gets one nowhere. It’s an analogy to someone who has forsaken worldly life and goes into secular retreats, after whom is suddenly accused of being irresponsible to society and the world at large.

It’s the same with the common mantras:

“I wish more wealth – ???? and HUAT lah!”
“I wish the God of Wealth will bestow me with luck and wealth this year”
“Happy New Year (????)”
“Wishing you everlasting peace year after year (????)”

Yet, time does not show favoritism to festive or season. Time does tell you what you did not achieve last year, how many times you wish you have done something but did not achieve.

As a matter of fact, what you wish to accomplish in the new lunar year may be directly proportional to your efforts and the wise use of time, year-after-year?

Only you will decide how fast you want to accomplish your goals (if any).

Year of The Rat

As you may be born in the year of the Rat, it may be an upcoming year of flame and fury, combined with a bit of “Yin” (darkness). The year of Rat is especially suited for politicians, leaders and every other ambitious people born under this horoscope, so to speak.

Here are some quotes I’ve picked up from Wikipedia:

The Pros of the Rats…
Rats are leaders, pioneers and conquerors…
charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hardworking…
great leadership skills and are the most highly organized, meticulous, and systematic…
highly ambitious and strong-willed people who are keen and unapologetic promoters of their own agendas…
energetic and versatile and can usually find their way around obstacles, and adapt to various environments easily…
natural charm and sharp demeanor…
work very long and hard for everything they may earn or have in life…

The Cons of the Rats…
Behind the smiles and charm, rats can be terribly obstinate and controlling mind games
and can be very dangerous, calculative and downright cruel if the need arises
Quick-tempered and aggressive, they will not think twice about exacting revenge
According to tradition, Rats often carry heavy karma and at some point in life may face an identity crisis or some kind of feeling of guilt

How much do you bet your life on horoscope and predictions? I’m not sure about you but I’m certain that some of the above characteristics may not have applied to you.

If you seriously look at some of the resources I’ve found on the Web (see resource links), it’s really not hard to see how horoscopes can be linked to Feng Shui.

But I’m very certain that ordinary folks would rather spend considerably amount of time looking up their own horoscope than to work on what they should be doing to accomplish what they dream about.

So which camp do you belong to?

Are you the “Just Do It and Let The Results Show”?

Or are you the “Just Dream About It and Pray That it’ll Magically Happen”?

As my favorite hero Einstein ever said, “Nothing happens until something moves“.

Think about that and let that wisdom sinks in. Create a to-do list and set a definite target time to accomplish it. Maybe you’ll have a better chance than most people who dream of in the coming year of the Rat?

Good reflections and Have a very Blissful & Happy Chinese New Year ahead!

Interesting Resources:

  1. Rat (zodiac)
  2. 2008 Chinese Horoscope

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2 Responses:

Yen Thim Wai on February 7th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Hi Wai Loong,

Wish u a happy Chinese new year…

Thim Wai

Wai Loong on February 8th, 2008 at 10:45 am

Happy Lunar New Year too!
I dare not claim greater prosperities, but let us strive for a happier, healthier and greater peace of our mind in the unrestful and flaming year of the Rat. 😉

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Wai Loong is an electronics engineer by profession. He currently resides in Singapore, a thriving hub at the heart of South-East Asia. When he is not so stress out on the computers or laboratory, he enjoys value reading, jogging at his own pace and blogging in his spare time. Other times, he likes to catch up with some close friends over a cup of latte or teh tarik. As a gift from this friend, you are invited to interact freely with him on his personal blog.

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