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Thursday, December 22, 2011

"Winter Solstice Festival" 冬至 22 Dec 2011

The Dōng Zhì (冬至 literally means "the Extreme of Winter") or Winter Solstice Festival is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians during the Dong Zhi solar term (winter solstice) on or around December 22 when sunshine is weakest and daylight shortest.

The origins of this festival can be traced back to the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos. After this celebration, there will be days with longer daylight hours and therefore an increase in positive energy flowing in. The philosophical significance of this is symbolized by the I Ching hexagram (復, "Returning"). Traditionally, the Dong Zhi Festival is also a time for the family to get together. One activity that occurs during these get-togethers is the making and eating of "tang yuan" (湯圓) or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion.

Tang yuan are made of glutinuous rice flour and sometimes brightly coloured. Each family member receives at least one large “tang yuan” in addition to several small ones. The flour balls may be plain or stuffed. They are cooked in a sweet soup or savoury broth with both the ball and the soup/broth served in one bowl. It is also often served with a mildly alcoholic unfiltered rice wine containing whole grains of glutinous rice

Some Chinese ‘traditionalists‘ insist that everyone turns a year older after Dong Zhi. The celebration of Dong Zhi is also deeply rooted in the Chinese belief of yin and yang, which represent balance and harmony in life. The Chinese believe that although the yin qualities of darkness and cold are at their most powerful at the time of Dong Zhi, it is also a turning point, heralding the dawning of the light and warmth of yang. Because of this, Dong Zhi is considered a time of optimism.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Pictures paint a thousand words.............................

Thursday, September 30, 2010


Had the best dinner ever tonite......
Place : SS17 Subang Jaya
Jeremie had a trial run to practice for his KH this coming Monday where he and a group of his friends have to prepare a Chinese meal. Not bad for his first practice. Well Done!


This remind me of my mom....................................

Thursday, July 15, 2010


According to Wikipedia............

Pirouette is a controlled turn on one leg, starting with one or both legs in plié and rising onto demi-pointe (usually for men) or pointe (usually for women). The non-supporting leg can be held in retiré position, or in attitude, arabesque level or second position. The pirouette may return to the starting position or finish in arabesque or attitude positions, or proceed otherwise. A pirouette is most often en dehors turning outwards toward the back leg, but can also be en dedans turning inwards toward the front leg. Although ballet pirouettes are performed with the hips and legs rotated outward ("turned out"), it is common to see them performed with an inward rotation ("parallel") in other genres of dance, such as jazz and modern.
Turning technique includes
spotting, in which a dancer executes a periodic, rapid rotation of the head that serves to fix the dancer's gaze on a single spot. Spotting is particularly important in traveling turns such as tours chaînés or piqués because it helps the dancer control the direction of travel while keeping balanced.
Pirouettes can be executed with a single or multiple rotations.