Sunday, January 27, 2013

Photo Essay: 2013 Chinese New Year: Year of the Snake at Singapore Chinatown!

Chinese 'God of Wealth' wishes you a prosperous new year!

Decorations for your home?

Lanterns in the shape of pineapple. 'Pineapple' means 'Ong Lai' in Hokkien, which literally means COME LUCK COME...

A Hindu Temple

This Chinese New Year is the YEAR OF THE SNAKE! This is a long snake!

This Chinese New Year is the YEAR OF THE SNAKE!

Calligraphy for your home?

The cat wishes you a prosperous new year!

Snacks, candies, jellies for Chinese New Year!

Cookies, New Year cake!


Flowers for your home?

Lucky Chinatown!

Another long snake....again?

The snake's head!

Heritage Shop houses at Chinatown

Did you enjoy this Chinese New Year at Chinatown?

While welcoming this special season, watch the video below -

New Year Brings Reunion, Freedom for Persecution Victim


And in Canada, two brothers reunite. They’d been apart for than a decade, after suffering brutal torture in China for their spiritual beliefs. On New Year’s Day, they are both finally free.
It’s the first embrace for these brothers in more than 12 years. On the first day of the New Year, Lin Mingli, once imprisoned and tortured in China, begins a new life in Ottawa, Canada.
[Lin Mingli, Rescued Falun Gong Practitioner]:
“I am full of emotions today, because I am finally free of all the persecution by the evil Chinese Communist Party.”
Lin Mingli and his older brother Lin Shenli both practice Falun Gong. They haven’t seen each other since 1999, when the Chinese Communist Party began its brutal crackdown on the spiritual practice. 
[Lin Shenli, Brother of Lin Mingli]:
“I haven’t seen him since the persecution [of Falun Gong] began in 1999. He was away from home when I was arrested. He was arrested later and we were separated in the labor camp.”
Lin Shenli left the persecution behind in 2002, thanks to the efforts of his Canadian wife and others. Once in Canada, he worked to rescue his brother.
Lin Mingli had been imprisoned for a total of eight years.
[Lin Mingli, Rescued Falun Gong Practitioner]:
“They don’t let you sleep, and beat you to force you to write a ‘letter of repentance,’ if you refuse, they’ll beat you some more. This continues for months until you finally collapse. The Communist Party uses the cruelest persecution methods on Falun Gong practitioners. I have seen this with my own eyes.”
Now, with the help of Canadian officials, Lin Mingli is a free man.
But he says he continues to worry for the hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners still persecuted in China.
Rights groups say the Chinese Communist Party is responsible for the deaths of at least 3,400 practitioners, though the actual figure is likely to be much higher.
Why Jiang Zemin and CCP Persecute Falun Gong?
[VIDEO] Why Jiang Zemin and CCP Persecute Falun Gong?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bukchon Guest House - Experience the Korean-style Hanok living!

Stay in Korean Traditional-style house or 'hanok', and experience the Korean-style Hanok living!

Bukchon Guest House is neat and inexpensive. And a great way to experience Korean Culture!

 Bukchon Guest House 
clickBukchon Guest House used to be the home of Bae Ryeom (1911-1968), a Joseon Dynasty painter. Registered as the 35th National Cultural Heritage of Korea, Bukchon Guest House is comprised of three hanok-style houses situated in close proximity to each other. All of the rooms have been remodeled using yellow soil, and now have modern amenities and ondol (underfloor heating). Also, Bukchon Guest House regularly holds traditional cultural experience programs, including making Korean dishes, trying on hanbok (Korean traditional clothing) and learning traditional etiquette.
 Single rooms: 40,000 won / Twin rooms: 60,000 won / 
Double rooms: 70,000 won / Triple rooms: 90,000 won 
 Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 3 → Go straight for 50m, and turn left onto Gyedong-gil Road → Go straight for 500m to arrive at Bukchon Guest House on the left
Address: Seoul, Jongno-gu, Gye-dong 72
Tel: +82-10-8001-8321

Info from -


Did you like the guesthouse/ Hanok?

Now, please watch a video by Jarrod Hall below. 

The 'Gao Chengnu's story' - this story is about a Chinese living in South Korea. 

Happy watching!

Gao Chengnu's Story from Jarrod Hall on Vimeo.