Happy Metal Rat Lunar New Year 4718!

Happy Lunar New Year! It’s the Lunar Year 4718, the Year of the Rat. It’s the year of the Metal Rat more specifically, and through this link, you can find what to expect for your sign.

A word of caution, though. According to lunar astrology, when the year is your animal year, it’s NOT your year! Just ask the Denver Broncos in a certain Super Bowl the last time it was the Year of the Horse! This is in contrast to Western thinking where when something is of your identity or symbol, it’s a good omen.

Don’t say you Rats haven’t been forewarned!

My Choice for Best Predictions for Chinese Year of the Rooster

Happy Chinese New Year! It is the Year of the Rooster this year, also sometimes called Year of the Phoenix or Chicken. Phoenix is an appropriate name as this cycle is the year of the Fire Rooster, if you add an element to the animal cycle. Among all the predictions pages out there, this one is the one most to my liking, and I think best for details, from the Astrology Club. Enjoy!

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Chips and Bok Choy Healthy Snack, Anyone?

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Bok choy and chips snack (Click to enlarge)

Potato chips aren’t exactly considered healthy food. Fair enough. But I’m not against having some enjoyable junk food in a healthy diet.

Bok choy, or Chinese cabbage, isn’t exactly delicious food. Fair enough. But I’m not exactly for eating only healthy foods in a healthy diet.

During my weekly mind opening exercise this week, to help myself stay open-minded, I thought up the idea of combining the two for a fast, easy and healthy snack! It could even be multiplied in size to make a fast, healthy meal, though not one I would advise to be eaten frequently, of course. It’s healthy but not complete, for neither nutritional nor caloric needs.

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Fashion for the Chinese New Year of the Sheep, Goat, Ram

Chúc mừng năm mới! from your Vietnamese blogger!

It is the Chinese year of the “yang” starting Feb 19 2015 to Feb 7 2016. You’ve probably heard it as the year of the Sheep, Ram or Goat, but that’s because in Mandarin, the word for all three and some other hoofed animals is “yang”. Additional descriptors to “yang” identify them more specifically.

There is an additional descriptor to the Chinese year and that’s an element. This year is the year of the Wooden yang. Things associated with wood are lucky for this year.

So what does this Chinese year hold for fashion?

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The TRANQUILITY Dress Shirt

I am starting a new phase in my garment design and making adventure with my dress shirt pattern fitting pretty much complete. I have officially dug into my good fabric stash for making dress shirts designs I’ve for several years now, designs which will really showcase my design ability and vision. See the first picture in the gallery below for an example of the kind of fabrics I’m talking about. In this case, it’s all Chinese jacquards, which I hate to say, stinks a little upon ironing. However, I hope that will lessen with several more washing.

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