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母亲节 Mother’s Day

来临的星期天(五月十一日)是一年一度的母亲节。你打算如何和妈妈庆祝呢?

Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May every year. How do you celebrate Mother’s Day?

 

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母亲节快乐!

Chinese Language Learning Corner

来临 — Coming, 来临的星期天 = this coming Sunday

星期天 — Sunday, 星期日 is also used as Sunday

一年一度 — once a year

母亲 — mother, 母亲 is used in formal occasions. 妈妈 is less formal and is normally used in composition or conversations with friends. At home, the least informal 妈 or 马麻 is used.

打算 — plan (to do something)

如何 — how

Queen — 女王、王后

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Happy Mother’s Day!

在这里祝天下伟大的母亲们,

母亲节快乐!Happy Mother’s Day!

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My mum, my queen

花开富贵

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花开富贵

花开 = the flower blooms

富贵 = wealth, prosperity, fortune

It is Chinese New Year and people are wishing each other health and wealth. Yes, who would not like health and wealth? From 花开富贵, we know that when the flower blooms, the wealth comes. Let’s decorate today’s post with beautiful flowers from Gardens by the Bay, wishing you 花开富贵,事事如意。

There are a total of 18 (十八) photos, 八 rhythms with 发 (prosperity) and that’s why Chinese people like the number eight a lot.

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一枝独秀

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事事如意

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花红柳绿

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百花齐放

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春暖花开

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大红花

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大红花

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大红花

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日本花

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开花结果

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如花似锦

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心花朵朵开

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秋月春花

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锦上添花

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花容月貌

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闭月羞花

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花花世界

Memorable Monday

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背影

This photo was taken at Gardens by the Bay (滨海湾花园), inside the Cloud Forest.

背影, a beautiful name given to the picture, has no equivalent beautiful English name. If you look up the translation for 背影, you get “back”, “the view from the back”, it is so … unromantic.

背 = the back

影 = the shadow

滨海湾, from the water radical, you know that they are related to water.

滨海湾 = marina bay

Happy Learning Chinese Language!

It Must Have Been Short

Today (11 August 2013) is the last day of the long weekend in Singapore and Malaysia. Both countries celebrated Hari Raya Aidilfitri on 8 August. Malaysia continued the celebration on 9 August for Hari Raya Aidilfitri while Singapore celebrated its 48th National Day.

Some of my friends have gone for a short holiday; some just stay at home resting as they still need to work on 10 August (Saturday). No matter what is your choice of enjoying the holiday, I hope you have accomplished what you have planned.

For me, the long weekend feels like a short one. 8 August was a spring cleaning day, the kitchen and the toilets were cleaned and two electrical plugs were changed. In the afternoon, I went to an exhibition and bought some books and stationery.

I have been planning to go to Singapore Philatelic Museum for some time. Thus, I went there on 9 August. It is a small museum but I have learnt one important concept, that is, I am just a stamp collector, not a philatelist. A philatelist is a person who not only collects stamps, postcards and first day covers, he / she also studies and learns about them.

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Wearing red hat at Singapore Philatelic Museum

10 August was considered back to normal for me. There was a class in the morning and I went to Gardens by the Bay in the afternoon. As it was a long holiday, you could see many people visiting Gardens by the Bay. There were long queues everywhere! I was thinking of writing a post, but I was too tired from walking the whole day, well, almost the whole day.

11 August, I am publishing a post. There will be a class in the afternoon until evening. At night, I will be having dinner and preparing for next week.

The long holiday sounds really short, does it not? What have you done in the past three days? And what you will be doing today?