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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Celebrating CNY on a Sunday...

 ... with no family visiting from afar and the only red thing in my possession at the moment is a Pritt glue stick. Well, my inners are still super peaceful and I'm loving the weekend (not to mention the repressed excitement in the air)!

This song is perfect in so many ways. Just listen to it as you read further... It might make you less irritated with my babbling. haha

So peacefully beautiful! *inhale exhale~~*

Okay, so Prof Tan said he is a metal Snake - or something like that. He also told us of the horrors being a child in China during the year of the snake - if you're born in a Snake year you have to wear all red all year.

That got me thinking. I'm born in 1994 and I know I'm a Dog (don't you even think of using that in a bad way!), but what element am I? After a few seconds I found my answer - I love internet!
The Dog is a giving, compassionate personality. He offers kind words, support and advice to friends and family. He is a listener, always available to lend an ear or a shoulder to a friend in need. Often Dogs know more about their friends than their friends know about them or even themselves! Dogs are incredibly attentive. Sometimes though, Dogs should pay more attention to their own needs. In private, many Dog people worry a lot.

Years of the Dog
Eleventh in the cycle, Dog Years follow the Rooster years and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Dog Year actually begins.


Dogs can be a bit overwhelming, due in part to their attentive natures. They can march in and take control of a situation, even when it doesn’t involve them directly. This can lead people to think Dogs are nosy or gossipy, but in reality, he just means well. Money and status don’t matter to the Dog. He is more concerned with the welfare of his family and friends and will do whatever it takes to help them out of a tight squeeze or a rough spot. Once Dogs determine a subject of interest, they usually master that before taking off for a new adventure. They like to finish what they start. They are honest and trustworthy people, ethically strong and morally kept. They make loyal friends and companions.

People born in the Year of the Dog share certain characteristics. He Dog Sign is an abbreviated way of characterizing that individual’s personality. Following are features associated with the Sign of the Dog.
Eleventh in order, Chinese name—GOU, sign of fidelity
Hour—7pm-8:59pm Month—October
Western Counterpart—Libra

CHARACTERISTICS:  Responsible, Compassionate, Nosy, Reliable, Honest, Pessimistic, Anxious, Overwhelming.
The characteristics of the Dog Sign are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth overlaying a 5-year cycle of characteristics on the original 12-year cycle.

Metal Dogs have extremely high standards and expect a lot of themselves and of others. They are loyal and hold a strong outlook about the direction they want their life to take. They choose their friends and causes with care, as they do not plan to ever not support these people and things again. Once they have committed themselves, there is little to no turning back. They are bold, unafraid to disagree out loud about anything they feel is unjust or unfair. Metal Dogs are easily stressed if a plan does not go accordingly. They find it difficult to relax when there are things to be done.

These Dogs have great foresight and are well-educated on many different things. This quality helps them appreciate other points of view, making them quite flexible and liberal. They are easygoing, but this can cause them to be too spendthrift with money and less loyal with friends. Still, because of their flexible natures and their ability to appreciate difference, these Dogs always have friends and are usually popular people.

THE WOOD DOG 1934 AND 1994
Wood Dogs are well-rounded individuals. They are adaptable, flexible and laid back. However, they are not as independent as other Dogs and like being part of the group. This is due in part to the support they crave, but it also makes them feel secure and self-confident. In return, they are faithful friends, shy at first, then warm and affectionate.

THE FIRE DOG 1946 AND 2006
Fire Dogs are natural leaders. Fire Dogs are popular, charismatic people, always surrounded by a group of admirers. Not only admired for their vibrant personalities, these Dogs also possess a sexual attractiveness that makes them irresistible. These people are adventurous and vivacious, yet, honest and openhearted. However, because they are so active, they are generally not the settle down type.


The earth Dog is clever and genuine. He is rational and supportive, stable and stoic. Earth gives this Dog an element of security, for he is inspiring and confident. These characters are just, certain to hear both sides before making a decision. He makes a great leader because he is such a trustworthy, diplomatic individual.- http://www.usbridalguide.com/special/chinesehoroscopes/dog.htm

 I'm a Wood Dog! hehehe ^^ I'll make a good friend, so don't be shy, okii?
The post goes on to say I'll become a good teacher and my best friends would be Tigers and Horses...

Dogs can be overly shy when making friends or courting someone. If they are interested, they want to make certain you are as well before expressing any interest. They are emotionally sensitive people, who don't take wounds to the heart very easily. As a lover, Dogs are compassionate, supportive partners, eager to hear about your day at work or the project you just finished. They share the highs and lows of being in love, defending their partners to anyone who attacks them.
Happy Dogs are more likely to want families than Dogs in mediocre relationships. Dogs are simple and lead very easygoing lives. They can be mean with word sometimes and must learn to control their angry tongues.

Err erm... Yeah. I'm not so sure about the wanting a family thing and all, but... MOVING ON! hahaha

Okay! Back to the new year of leh snake!~~

Before I post some predictions which you may or may not believe in (either way, it's always interesting to read and I'll elaborate more on that in a while), I want to share something else that my eye just caught. The Western Counterpart of the Snake is a Taurus... I'm a Taurus. Dos that mean I have to wear red too? ㅋㅋㅋ

Personally I don't believe in star signs and horoscopes and whatnot. The relation to your personality and the stars is like the relationship between a hamster and a DSTV disk. Chinese zodiac may hold more truth than Western zodiac, because they group generations together and people of the same generation get along well. Horoscopes play on your attitude, that's why I enjoy reading them. They are motivational and inspire you to work harder and be your best his year!

 Here's a short vid with some predictions~

The comments are a mess. Some people ranted on about how superstition is stupid and whatnot, but we should respect other's beliefs and cultures. I'm sure there are some Chinese people who disagree with the zodiac system just like Westerners disagree with theirs. Bottom line: respect and consideration goes a long way. If you don't have anything positive to say, don't say anything.

After watching that video, keep in mind there's no way any predictions can be 100% (for those of you who do believe in them). So don't worry too much about the economy! Work hard this year and if you don't reap the benefits, you'll find next year to be more successful. 

With that, I'm going to study my Mandarin and stir up a few topics on WebCT's Philosophy Discussion board (it's on my university's website). Have a prosperous and happy new year, and don't let anyone tell you this year might fall to ashes. We are the makers of our own destiny!