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Thursday, November 19, 2015

No stamp collectors month this yr

Last year I attended my very first Stamp Collecting month sponsored by Philpost
held last Nov 11, 2014, this year I was dissapointed that maybe because of APEC?
there is no stamp collecting month and no major exhibit and contest. why? maybe
because  there are only a few stamp collectors left.

I remember when I was in grade school, teachers promote stamp collecting as
a secondary hobby I wonder if Chinese teachers are still doing this now in our
Chinese schools? I guess not? Please,. correct me if am wrong.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Good, the Bad, and the Sad of APEC

Its been said based on the media that the event will allow the Philippines to expand trade
interaction with APEC member countries, including a new free trade agreement with
Chile; consult with the US on joining the American-led Trans-Pacific Partnership,
free trade agreement, which has concluded its first phase of negotiations; and finalize
a major infrastructure deal with  Japan. There could also be discussions with China
on the Philippines' pending decision to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Chinese Funeral Tradition

Today is November 1, being Chinese, I thought of sharing what I believe and what
my grand mother, and aunties taught me about the other side of Chinese tradition.

Chinese funeral has several main traditions.   Buddhist ceremonies that last at least for 49 days. 
the most important is that the first 7 days are believed to be made up of prayers 7 days a wk
49 days. for well to do families. If a family of the deceased is poor this period can be short, 
lasting only 3 days.

Traditionally the daughters of the deceased pay the funeral costs. The head of the family 
should at least be present at first prayer ceremony, if possible at second prayer ceremony 
and certainly at the burial or cremation. Chinese also have a special Buddhist prayer 
ceremony held every 10 days for 3 succeeding periods until the burial. then the optional 
final ceremony 100 days after death.