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Carp Leaping Over the Dragon’s Gate

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Last Monday was the annual Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California. As usual, there were many floats but only a few receive awards for their design and presentation.

Singpoli American BD

The Tournament of Roses awarded Singpoli American BD Monday the 2018 Rose Parade Sweepstakes trophy for their float “Rising Above,” as the “most beautiful entry encompassing float design, floral presentation and entertainment.”

“According to Chinese mythology, the Dragon’s Gate is located at the top of a waterfall cascading from a legendary mountain.   Many carp swim upstream against the river’s strong current, but few are capable or brave enough for the final leap over the waterfall.  If a carp successfully makes the jump, it is transformed into a powerful dragon.  A Chinese dragon’s large, conspicuous scales indicate its origin from a carp.  The Chinese dragon has long been an auspicious symbol of great and benevolent, magical power.  The image of a carp jumping over Dragon’s Gate is an old and enduring Chinese cultural symbol for courage, perseverance, and accomplishment.  Historically, the dragon was also the exclusive symbol of the emperor of China and the five-character expression, Liyu Tiao Long Men, was originally used as a metaphor for a person’s success in passing very difficult imperial examinations, required for entry into imperial administrative service.   To this day, when a student from a remote country village passes the rigorous national university examination in China, friends and family proudly refer to the “Liyu Tiao Long Men.”  More generally, the expression is used to communicate that if a person works hard and diligently, success will one day be achieved.”

Carp Leaping Over the Dragon’s Gate

 

Reference:

http://www.egreenway.com/dragonsrealms/DT3.htm

 

Happy New Year of 2018!

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Today is the “three end-days”:
It is the end of the week, the end of the mouth and the end of the year.
It is rare to see three end days happen at the same time.
We are blessed to pass this year in peace!

Tomorrow is the “three first days”:
It is the first day of the week, the first day of the month, and the first day of the year.
It is a seldom coincidence to have three first days fall in the same day.
We will be blessed with miracles every day!

I wish you all a Happy New Year of 2018!
Hope to see you the next day, next week and next year!

 

Relax and Enjoy the Holidays

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A Georgian Rustavi choir held a concert first time in Taiwan, sung in Chinese. Their beautiful voices sound like that from heaven.

They prepared the pieces “Secret Anadas,” the tender “Moon Represents My Heart,” the “Farewell to Farewell,” and the humorous “Throw the Copper Coin.”

They also reproduced one of the songs included in the 1977 Voyager Golden Records, the Georgian ballad “Chakrulo.” In 1977, the American space agency NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) launched the spacecraft Voyager 2 with two records onboard. There are 27 musical compositions on the records, including Beethoven’s “Destiny Symphony”, Bach’s “Brandenburg Concertos”, and “Chakrulo.”

 

“Moon Represents My Heart” – English Translation

You ask me how deep my love for you is,
How much I really love you…
My affection is real.
My love is real.
The moon represents my heart.

You ask me how deep my love for you is,
How much I really love you…
My affection does not waver,
My love will not change.
The moon represents my heart.

Just one soft kiss
is enough to move my heart.
Remembering when we were deep in love,
Makes me miss you now.

You ask me how deep my love for you is,
How much I really love you.

Go think about it.
Go and have a look [at the moon],
The moon represents my heart.

 

 

“Bidding Farewell” – Chinese & English Translation

长亭外,古道边,芳草碧连天。

晚风拂柳笛声残,夕阳山外山。

天之涯,地之角,

知交半零落。

一觚浊酒尽余欢,

今宵别梦寒。

长亭外,古道边,芳草碧连天。

问君此去几时来,

来时莫徘徊。

 

【英文版】
Bidding Farewell
By Li Shutong
Outside the long corridor, along the ancient road, the green grass seemed to connect with the sky.Under the gentle night breeze, swung the willows and resonated the melancholic melody from an old flute, whilst the descending sun illuminated mountains by mountain.At the edge of the sky and the corner of the land,

The friends in hearts have gone their separate ways.

If only we had a bottle of distilled wine to celebrate the rare reunion;

Then it wouldn’t be so cold tonight.

Outside the long corridor, along the ancient road, the green grass seemed to connect with the sky.

To ask my friend, “When will you be back after we part ways this time?”

Please don’t hesitate to drop by when you are here again.

“Throw the Copper Coin”

There are some people who think that the people of Yilan (a mountain city of Taiwan), under the leadership of Wu Sha, developed music based on sounds from the traffic of the railway.

Parts of the song are similar to the sound of “the train passing through the cave” and the sound of the water dripping “titi-tata,” as an expression of their joyful emotion towards their city, and eventually it became their folk song.


Respect All Living Creatures

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One summer, the ants crawled into my counter of the dressing room from outside to get away from heat. Looking at them, I suddenly realized that they are biological beings just like us.  I could not just kill them because to do so is equivalent to murder. So I decided to communicate with them, I begged them to go home or return where they came from. Surprisingly, I could not find any trace of them when I came back several hours later. Same things happened in several occasions.

There was an unusual occurrence that I remember quite well. It was in the early morning; I saw hundreds of ants appearing on the floor of my bathroom. I was shocked to see so many of them, and they darken the floor. Again, I begged them to go home. Honestly, they would be killed or wiped out if my family members were to see them. I made sure I closed my door tightly when I went out.

I came home after a few hours. I was shocked to see the spotless floor, so clean as if someone came to mop the floor. I worried that someone might have come in to clean my room, and killed all the ants. Hurriedly, I went to ask her daughter. She assured me that no one dared to touch “mother’s ants.”  I finally realized that we can communicate with the ants. I also believe that we can correspond with many other creatures.

It was cold a few days ago; I first saw the ants appearing in my bathroom. This was the first time that I saw ants came to my new home. I did the same thing as before. I told them to go home, and they disappeared. It happened three times.

It reminded me what had transpired in the past with ants, when I read the following article. Indeed, all living beings should be respected. I am most touched by South African who would stop and wait patiently until little creatures safely travel across the road.

Why did the tiny caterpillar cross the road? To form an incredible 17ft long convoy

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1308342/Why-did-tiny-caterpillar-cross-road-To-form-incredible-17ft-long-convoy.html

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:00 PM on 2nd September 2010

This is the moment a group of tiny caterpillars formed an incredible 17ft long convoy to cross a road.

Some 136 caterpillars made the single line and wriggled top-to-toe across the road, linked by a thin silk thread which set their path.

And their safety-in-numbers approach had the desired effect as the slow-moving convoy was easily seen by motorists, who were held up for 20 minutes as it made its way across.


Bumper to bumper: This slow moving convoy of migrating caterpillars was spotted in the Kruger National Park by Jamie Rooney, from High Wycombe, Bucks

This incredible convoy is the ultimate commuter train – a trail of tiny caterpillars heading off into the bush. An amazing 136 caterpillars wriggled top-to-toe across a road on their migratory route in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Hold up: Traffic stopped while the slow-moving
caterpillar convoy crossed the road

The spectacle was captured on camera by British tourist Jamie Rooney, who was visiting the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Jamie, from High Wycombe, Bucks, was in a Jeep full of tourists when their driver slammed the brakes just inches from the crawling caterpillars.

Jamie, 38, who works in website sales, said: “It was an incredible sight.

‘We were out driving in Kruger National Park for a safari, when all of a sudden the driver shouted out and slammed on his brakes.’

‘He managed to stop just in time in front of this amazing trail of caterpillars, which was stretching across the road.’

‘Conservation is a massive deal in South Africa and the idea is that if there is any living creature in the road you have to wait patiently until it is safely across.’

‘We got out to get a closer look and counted 136 caterpillars in convoy, all moving together across the track.’

‘They were following a very, very thin silk thread on the ground and it took them about 20 minutes to get across the road safely.’

‘Our guide had never seen it before, but he’d heard about it and explained they were migrating into the bush where they would disperse.’

‘It’s like the mass migration of bigger animals like wildebeest, but on a different scale and pace.’

‘When they arrive in the bush, they turn into chrysalis and then butterflies.’

‘It’s a rare sight. It was an absolute joy to watch and a great experience to be able to get down close and see it first hand.’

Stone Show

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43 year old Italian artist, Stefano Furlani, creates amazing characters and scenes with stones carefully selected for their color, shape, and size, found by him and his son on the beaches of the Italian town of Fano. It all started with an amusing game of finding stones with unusual shapes and geometries, but then they began to start putting them together, assembling more and more detailed and elaborate compositions. But their pieces built during the day were destroyed by the evening. So Stefano got the idea to paste them on a wooden base to cherish their little artworks for life. The designs range from animals, to famous music and movie stars, and to underwater scenes.

Furlani’s work has been acclaimed in Italy, written about in London, and a new show will be appearing in Germany this fall. His efforts began as a way to entertain his young son Davide on the beach in their town.  Now he takes his skills to school in Italy where he helps young disabled children create their own work of sea–stone art. In July, he will be coming to Massachusetts For his first exhibition in the U.S. How I wish I could go to see his marvelous stone arts. The following are some of his creations.

 

 

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