64th Annual Orchid and Garden Show

The 64th annual Orchid and Garden show kicked off  last February 25, 2010 within the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation compound while the landscaped exhibits ,   orchid  and plant competitions  were held at the nearby Greenhouse #2 site of major plant and horticultural exhibits.

After several unconfirmed venue  sites like those at the  Sunken garden within the  Quezon City Hall grounds,  Quezon Memorial Circle  in Quezon City – Ugarte fields  , Makati Park , Makati Cityhall  grounds , The orchid society board decided on the last minute to move the venue of the show back  to Quezon City.

64th annual orchid show poster

This marked the return of the Philippine Orchid Society annual show at the Manila Seedling Bank compound after almost 14 years ! The show theme  focus on climate change,  Hence the annual theme , “Protecting our Orchid Species from Climate Change.”

This event is expected  to enhance interest in the orchid culture.  Thus, it has been the tradition of the Society provide awareness, appreciation and knowledge in the field of orchidology, and with this inspire Filipinos to value and conserve Philippine orchid species and create improved hybrids. There are about 50 commercial ” flea market style ” stalls selling various ornamental plants, orchids, pots, seeds.

Guests of honor included Umagang Kay Ganda host Ms. Bernadette Sembrano- Aguinaldo , Manila Seedling Bank Foundation – General Manager  Mr. Lucito  Bertol and Dr. Helen Valmayor of UPLB  an authority on Philippine orchids.

In addition, the Society aims to be at the forefront in raising the level of awareness and appreciation of its members and orchid enthusiasts alike, in the rich and diverse Philippines orchid flora.

BLC. Chia Lin a Cattleya inter-generic hybrid

The orchid show is also being held to mark the beginning of the blooming season of the Phalaenopsis (butterfly orchids) and  Dendrobium species such as Dendrobium anosmum or Sanggumay .

Malvarosa Orchid – Best Orchid landscape exhibit

Big winner in the”  Best  Orchid Landscape exhibit ”  category is Malvarosa Orchids and ” Best Orchid in  Show ” was  a big specimen -sized  orchid known as  Grammatophyllum multiflorum.

Grammatophyllum multiflorum

Among the newly released orchid hybrid was a yellow colored BLC variety  an orchid named after the former Department of Agriculture Secretary Mr. Arthur Yap .

Best ornamental landscape exhibit winner

Winner for “Best Ornamental Landscape exhibit” went to Mr. Vic de Rona a bonsai  plant collector with a store within the Manila Seedling Bank compound.

There was also a landscape exhibit with a lot of yellow flowering orchids , plants and yellow ribbons  on display purposely celebrating the 24th anniversary of the EDSA People Power .

Here are the daily list of lecture series


Paint Araneta Yellow

Last  February 25, 2010 –the 24th anniversary of EDSA People Power revolution and together with  the spirit of EDSA People Power volunteers  had gathered the supporters and friends  at the Araneta Coliseum. The gathering was held from  2 PM to 8 PM. Some of the volunteer groups arrived as early as 8 AM  .   LP standard bearer Senator Benigno ” Noynoy”  Aquino III and Senator Manuel  Roxas together with their senatorial slate,  led the people in reliving EDSA and rededicating ourselves to fulfilling the unfinished promise of EDSA.

volunteer group

Thousands of volunteers from all parts of the Philippines and the world had gathered in this momentous occasion. Our group was composed by the volunteers of Tuloy Pinoy and the Spirit of People Power Movement.

There are also enterprising people selling various items from button pins, Cory and Ninoy memorabilia’s, stickers, caps  , wrist band , t-shirt, cellphone ,  among others.

Celebrity power

The event was attended by several celebrities who appeared in Aquino’s campaign advertisements. Celebrity singers Ogie Alcasid, Noel Cabangon, Jim Paredes, Christian Bautista and local band Spongecola performed during the event and led the audience in chanting songs that expressed support to Aquino.

Composer Ryan Cayabyab played EDSA 1 staples “Bayan Ko and “Impossible Dream” towards the end of the gathering.

Yellow confetti rained inside the venue during the performance. Actor Dingdong Dantes, who spoke to the crowd before Aquino’s speech, said he refused an offer to endorse another candidate because he believed his “principle” cannot be paid.

jam- packed  people inside the Araneta Coliseum

After the speech, members of the LP led the nearly packed coliseum—which accommodated some  20,000—and several thousands more outside the venue in pledging: “Noynoy, ibinibigay namin sa iyo ang lakas ng People Power. Hindi ka mag-iisa sa labang ito.”

Also present during the event was Noynoy’s girlfriend, Valenzuela Councilor Shalani Soledad. LP vice-presidential bet, Sen. Manuel Roxas II, and the party’s entire senatorial slate also showed their support for Aquino during the event.

Prominent personalities were also present to join the celebration like Aquino’s running mate, Senator Mar Roxas II, Quezon City Mayor Sonny Belmonte , former Quezon City Mayor Jun Simon , Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, former Manila Mayor Mel Lopez, and members of Aquino’s senatorial slate.

This is the first time that the country commemorated the  historic bloodless revolution without  Noynoy Aquino’s mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, who was extolled as an icon of people power. The former leader died of colon cancer in August 1, 2009 .

Fireworks display delighted the people around the area  ,  a small concert was held on the grounds of Araneta Coliseum parking grounds  .

Stamp Collecting as Hobby & Investment

Last Februry 21,2010 third sunday of the month,  Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club hosted three simultaneous event.

Stamp collecting seminar poster on the lobby of the Philippine Postal Office

The first was the regular club’s monthly fellowship meeting were pertinent matters and auction was held . Another was the Free Postal Heritage Walking Tour in which about a dozen people had confirmed joining but somehow only 6 people managed to come . Maybe it was because of the intense summer heat that made some of the confirmed participants back-out on the last minute !

Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus and Mr. Dojie Luteria

Then, the Stamp Collecting Seminar which was handled by the education and information committee of the club led by Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus , Mr. Dojie Luteria , Mrs. Josefina T. Cura  . The stamp collecting seminar series was just planned in less than 3 -week period . This is one of the year’s opening salvo , One of the club’s  main objectives is  to reach out to those people who would like to start collecting stamps or in the intermediate collecting stage  especially when the summer vacation is about to begin .

We arrived at around 12:20 p.m. at the Postal Museum and Philatelic Library located at 3rd Floor of the Security building within the compound of the Manila Central Post office in Liwasang Bonifacio in Ermita , Manila.

The author received a short call from Mr. Tito Basa ( walking tour participant)  and he told me that they are already waiting at the fountain area of the Liwasang Bonifacio .  Immediately , i went down and met them at the fountain area.

statute of  Graciano Lopez Jaena on the grounds of National Press Club

From the usual chit chat , I formally introduced myself to the tour group and the group proceeded to the monthly fellowship meeting, then to Manila Central Post Office to view the exhibits of Dr. Hermogenes Lorenzo.

walking tour participants inside Manila Central Post office building

Group then proceeded to the National Press Club compound , Puerta Isabel 2 Gate and Monument , Plaza Mexico , ruins of Intendencia ( Aduana )  then going back to the Postal Museum and Library .

Adolfo Lopez Mateos statute at Plaza Mexico ( Mexican President from 1958 to 1964)

Adolfo López Mateos (26 May 1909 – 22 September 1969) was a Mexican   politician affiliated to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)who served as President of Mexico  from 1958 to 1964. As president, he nationalized electric companies, created the National Commission for Free Textbooks (1959) and promoted the creation of prominent museums; such as the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City .

FDC commemorative stamp of state visit

During the presidency of Diosdado Macapagal, Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos made a State Visit to the Philippines from October 20th to 23rd of 1962 in response to the visit of Macapagal in 1960, who was Vice President at the time. 1964 was decreed the “Year of Philippine-Mexican Friendship” to celebrate the Fourth Centennial of the Expedition of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

Manila Main Post Office columns

The pre-registered participants of the seminar slowly came and by around past 1:00 p.m. There were already over 30 participants in the seminar. The club initial target was just about 20 participants for the seminar since the publicity and preparations for the event was just done in a matter of barely 3- week period.

But in the final count , there were around 50 people who came to the seminar notwithstanding the usual family day period and braving  heat of the summer.

Ms. Nena De  Guzman gave an interesting discussion on the role of Philatelic Museum

The stamp collecting seminar event was highlighted by the inspirational talks  of Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus, Mr. Dojie Luteria, Mr. Archie Amara , Dr. Hermogenes Lorenzo and Ms. Nena De Guzman .

Dr. Hemogenes Lorenzo gave one of the most interesting inspirational talk on his passion of stamp collecting and at the end of his talk raffled several rare Philippine stamps ,  First Day Cover  , cash prize of P250.00 to two lucky participants of the seminar .

Dr. Hermogenes Lorenzo

Handouts which included a stamp journal, stamp collecting primer, free stamps were given to the list of pre-registered participants of the seminar . The participants were also given free pencils and philatelic bulletins courtesy of PHILPOST thru Ms. Nena de Guzman while  snacks were sponsored by the club’s officers  Mr. Rey Ong de Jesus, Mr. Dojie Luteria and Mrs. Josefina T. Cura .

Before the end of the successful seminar , the officer of the club announced that there will be another series of stamp collecting seminar before the end of summer.

Sunflower cottage family resort and personal collection

Meaning of Sunflower

No flower can lift spirits quite like sunflower can. Bright and cheery, bold yet comfortable, the sunflower is a warm and caring gift. With brilliant yellow petals that surround the flower’s center, sunflowers have an unmistakable sun-like appearance that has made them a passionate flower choice for many. Sunflowers come in a number of varieties, ranging from small to large and from daylight yellows to sunset reds.

Sunflowers originated in the Americas in 1000B.C., where for centuries they were cultivated as a valuable food source. The use of sunflower images as religious symbols has also been documented in some native societies. With the European exploration of the New World, the sunflower was brought to new areas, and the flower’s popularity eventually spread as the rest of the world began to appreciate its beauty and sustenance. Artists throughout history have appreciated the sunflower’s unique splendor, and those of the Impressionist era were especially fixated on the flower .  Today, sunflowers continue to provide a resource for commonly used seeds and oil, but they have also become recognized as a floral symbol of great significance.

nipa hut with sunflower motifs and design

The way they move their massive heads to meet the sun make them a flower of spiritual attainment, flexibility, and opportunity. They are also symbolic of good luck, wealth and ambition. Give sunflowers away to someone who is working toward a goal and needs a big break in their lives. They are also an excellent housewarming gift as the receiver embraces new opportunities in the form of hearth and home.

collection of various home decor items ranging from mugs, pot holder , plates, kitchen wares with sunflower designs

A collector and an active member of various horticultural organization , Mrs. Ime Lopez owner of this wonderful resort style with sunflower as a theme , said that seeing her collection of sunflowers make her relaxed.

Sunflower cottage  signage

According to her ,  part of the family compound is rented out to warehouse operators, while her family occasionally used the area for parties and family gatherings. This resort style compound is located in Darlucio street coner Mindanao Avenue near the Rolling Hills Resort in Valenzuela City.

collection of tea cup set, plates , wall clock with sunflower designs

Mrs. Lopez  said that  sunflower had a lot of  meaning in her life . Much of the meaning of sunflowers stems from its namesake, the sun itself. Wild sunflowers are often photographed with their tall stalks and bright petals stretched towards the sun. This unique behavior, known as phototropism, is a motif that has appeared in many ancient myths and is viewed as a symbol of loyalty and constancy. Their physical resemblance to the sun has also influenced their meanings. The sunflower’s petals have been likened to bright yellow rays of sunshine, which evoke feelings of warmth and happiness. In addition, the sunflower is often associated with adoration and longevity.

For a flower which reflects so many of the sun’s positive characteristics, it is little surprise that people enjoy basking in the sunflower’s warming glow. With the sense of brightness and warmth that sunflowers naturally impart, they have become an ideal choice for sending sentiments of cheerfulness and sunny thoughts.

FEU-IABF exhibit

Last February 18, 2010 organized by Far Eastern University – IABF entitled ” Reuniting with Alumni ”  , After the inspiration talk we were invited to grace the exhibit of famous FEU- alumni at the lobby of Nicanor Reyes Sr. building .

The event started with a short prayer , then the first speaker was Ms. Sherisa Nuesa an FEU alumni , she recounted her working experiences with the Ayala company and Manila Water among others.

Ms. Sherisa P. Nuesa- chief financial officer -Integrated Microelectronic , Inc.

The event was initiated by the IABF student council together with the office of the alumni affairs.

the author received a plaque of appreciation from the IABF – student council, Dr. Jesus Paraiso , Dr. Anido

Mr. Jun Mark G. Sison -AVP operations manager JP Morgan

After the inspirational talk, the author , Mr. Jun Mark Sison, Dr. Jesus Paraiso  , Dr. Anido and the IABF student council were on hand to grace the opening of  photo exhibit of famous FEU alumni , among them are the Filipino- Chinese tycoon Mr. Henry Sy, Manila – Mayor  Alfredo S. Lim ,former Quezon City  councilor Mr. Jorge Bernal, veteran television and radio broadcaster Mr. Reynante Langit , Dr. Wilfredo Tecson , Mr. Tomas G. Viray among others…

other notable alumni

statute of Dr. Nicanor Reyes Sr.

Statute of Dr. Nicanor Reyes Sr. was created by Mr. Peter de Guzman and was installed  in 2008  to coincide for the 80th anniversary of the university .

Dr. Hermogenes Lorenzo stamp exhibit

Dr. Hermogenes C. Lorenzo Malacañang doctor and once served from the time of President Ramon Magsaysay to President Fidel V. Ramos mounted a one -man solo stamp exhibit .

The exhibit was opened to the public last February 15, 2010 (monday)  at the Manila Central Post Office lobby . The one  month  exhibition aims to foster awareness of the value of stamp collecting to the public and in the eyes of a medical practitioner and expressing his love and passion in the art of philately.

The highlight of the opening ceremony is the attendance of officers and members  of major philatelic associations from all over the country and the presence of  Postmaster General Mr. Hector Villanueva.

These kind  of exhibit was the first to be hosted by Philpost, given the collector’s rare collections that Mr. Lorenzo accumulated from his frequent travels to different countries over the past several decades !

On display are stamps depicting that of Alexander Fleming, the inventor of penicillin; Dr. Christian Barnard, the doctor who conducted the very first successful heart transplant in 1967; Copernicus, the Polish astronomer who proved that the world is round; and Mr.  Rudolf Diesel, the inventor of diesel.

These famous  scientists  seen at the one-man exhibit were born from 1700 to 1950s,  when many discoveries transpired. Except for Barnard’s achievements, all other inventions and discoveries seen at the exhibit were done before 1920.

“We’re so grateful that there is somebody like Dr. Lorenzo who is willing to let the public see his rare collection. His stamps may be small in sizes but their value is really immense,” Villanueva said.

Scientific Discoveries & Inventions through the eyes of Philately

The stamp exhibit is open for Free to the general public until last week of  March 2010. Everybody is invited to come to view his one man exhibit . This feat is quite rare , since the cost of mounting an exhibit may fetch a handsome tag!!!

Copernicus on Polish stamps

The friendly doctor took his time in talking with the participants attending the opening ceremony adding his personal experiences in stamp collecting. His passion for stamp collecting span over 50 years and still counting . He hoped that his children and future stamp collectors would continue in collecting and studying the wonderful art of philately.

Aside from stamps, Dr. Lorenzo had a collection of Coca-cola toys , bottles and other collectibles with the brand name of the soft-drink company which was accumulated over several years!

Binondo Food Wok Tour

dragon dance beside Binondo Basilica

The oldest and most important festival in China is the Spring Festival. Better known as the Chinese New Year, it is a time for celebration for millions of Chinese all over the world. The Spring Festival celebrates the Earth coming to life and the beginning of plowing and planting.

fruits strung in wire with  red ribbons and red envelope

The Chinese use a calendar which places the festival on the first lunar day of the first lunar month.

Thus, the date of the Spring Festival changes each year. The new year in the 12-year cycle Chinese calendar is the Year of the Metal Tiger, beginning February 14, 2010.

Chinese seller of various curio stuffs in Ongpin street

Last February 15, 2010 (monday)  a day after the Chinese New Year, the group composed of Mr. George Yao , Ms. Neptune Pittman, Ms. Marilois  Estrella  , Ms. Gloria Razon, Ms. Virgie Neo, Ms. Catherine King, Ms.Leslie Kennedy ,Ms. Lina Gueco , Mr. Ray Ong and myself braced ourselves into a day of food tripping , shopping , culture and history hopping in one of the oldest Chinatown in the world.

The group immediately went into a buying spree at the Carvajal    wet and dry street market .

The planned trip was a last minute preparation, initiated by PHS dynamic lakwatsa committee head Tita Glo Razon .

We met at the PHS office at the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation at around 10:00 a.m. and as time passed by. The group finally agreed to meet at Carvajal Street near the famed Binondo church (Basilica Minore de San Lorenzo Ruiz).

The group went to find fresh produce like seaweeds, fruits, fresh flowers, vegetables, Chinese dried goods, etc…

dried Hemerocallis sp. or Day lilies

The flowers of some species are edible and are used in  Chinese and Asian  cuisine. They are sold (fresh or dried). This particular dried flower is popularly sold as ” bulaklak ng saging ”  and is used in various cuisine from Pata Tim, soup , adobo.

To the right is a wide alley of mixed shops, drugstores, jewelery shops and restaurants, but by the end is a lowly hidden shop by the name of Diao Eng Chay. It has never transferred to another building since its establishment almost 50 years ago.

Then the group went to the famous Diao Eng Chay – Chinese Deli or popularly known as DEC , the store is located at 845 to 847 Salazar Street , Binondo , Manila among its top favorite are its hopia, huat ke, heart shaped tikoy among others.

tikoy in various shapes , sizes and prices

Before , going to another convenient store, some of the tour members saw Ms. Vangie Go wearing red dress and buying some pasalubong at the nearby Shin Ton Yon store.

Shin Ton Yon store located at 825 brgy .296 Salazar Street , Binondo – this store is known for its deep friend spring rolls, lumpiang shanghai, nori squid balls,  pork asado, pork, chicken and beef floss .

New Victory Trading Store , this store is located in 754 Ongpin street and is known for  Wedding or Ting Hun items,  lucky charms, Feng Shui items,  mahjong sets, vases, trophy, glass items etc..

Suzhou Dimsum Restaurant

We walked towards Sabino Padilla Street ( formerly known as Gandara) and went to Suzhou Dimsum Restaurant . The restaurant is located at 807 Sabino Padilla street in Binondo and with the help of our gracious host Mr. Ray Ong ordered about a dozen of the restaurant specialty .

group enjoying a hearty lunch

Some of the notable dishes served  were the steamed beef with garlic, potato salad,tofu with century egg,  oyster cake, mustard fried rice, fried tomato rice ,  pancit guisado ,pancit bihon , sweet and sour mushroom soup , sauteed chicken gizzard and their service tea .

After the sumptuous lunch, the tour pack went to nearby fried siopao store in Ongpin while some of the members bought several packs of dimsums as pasalubongs.

the group also went to a nearby tofu factory

Eng Ho Bakery is located 628 to 630 Teodora Alonzo Street , Sta. Cruz Binondo , Manila and is famous for its chiffon cake, steam cake, mocha star cake, huat que, hopia and its mango flavored tikoy. Most of the group went into buying  spree after some brief introduction on the specialty of this store.

heart- shaped mango flavored- tikoy

steam cake

huat que

Marland Cake and Pastries is located at the corner of Soler street and Teodora Alonzo street  sells other popular Filipino – Chinese delicacies such as hopia, ang pao. Compared to other bakeries around Chinatown, This bakery is still not that popular compared to nearby Eng Ho bakery, however this store had some loyal clientele tucked into its name.

Marland Cakes & Pastries

a short tour in the nearby Arranque market , some members of the tour group went into panic buying  of different array of dried Chinese foods, fruits, vegetables, lotus leaves, Chinese chorizo, Taiwan squash seeds , Ho ti etc…

members of the tour group went inside a Filipino- Chinese convenient store

dried jelly fish on sale at the Arranque market

various array of meat balls, fish balls, crab sticks, kikiam, squid balls

Mr. Ray Ong holding a meat ball made to resemble a cartoon character

pet shop tour

The group went to various stores and bought several items, which included a visit to the nearby pet stalls at the corner of Claro M. Recto Avenue and Teodora Alonzo street.

Lion dance marked the first working day of the Chinese lunar New Year

New Eastern Garden Restaurant located along Ongpin street is famous of their fresh lumpia and other home cooked Filipino- Chinese cuisine. This restaurant was established in 1950. The restaurant is near the Maxim Tea House  & Restaurant

signage of New Eastern Garden Restaurant

Salazar Bakeshop– the  shop smells Chinese food all over, with it offering a variant of Chinese delicacies; from hopia, chiffon cake , tikoy , pastries and  botchi.

mungbean  with salted egg another specialty of the bakeshop

The wide range of choices for the different Hopia flavours made the decision a little difficult: Which to buy? Even Hopia Mungo are classified into Black Mongo, Black Mongo Bean, Mongo with cheese,Lotus Cream Hopia ,  Mongo with salted egg, Hopia pineapple, White Lotus ( Lao Po Pia)  and pure Mongo. But the simpler the better right?

Tikoy rolls – one of the specialties of Salazar Bakery

This bakeshop is known for its various tikoy rolls and moon cake. This bakery had a tradition of over 60 years and rivals that of Eng Bee Tin, Holland, Diao Eng Chay , Eng Ho , Chuan Kee , Monte Land etc…

different types of hopia – Holland bakery

Two blocks away from Salazar Street is the E.T. Yuchengco Street ( formerly known as Calle Nueva ) an empty alley which bans all transportation from entering. Situated along the street are towering condominiums and offices, far from the old two-storey stores that dominate Chinatown. Peeping through the modern buildings is an old big sign which says: Holland Hopia. It would probably take a while to figure out which store the sign is referring to, it being a tiny almost unrecognizable bakeshop.

This bakery is known for its hopia baboy, diced hopia , hopia buko pandan- macapuno  , hopia pu tao ko and is one of the main rival of the famous Eng Bee Tin bakery .

Group photo : L- R Tita Gloria Razon, Ms. Neptune Pittman, Ms. Lina Gueco, Ms. Marilois Estrella and Ms. Virgie Neo

Eng Bee Tin Bakery

The store is located at 628 Ongpin street coner E.T. Yuchengco street , Binondo , Manila and had 4 branches in Metro Manila. Eng Bee Tin products are also exported in a number of countries around the world.

Born in 1912, Mr. Chua Chiu Hong established Eng Bee Tin in a simple stall in the heart of Ongpin, Manila. The stall became well known for its traditional Chinese delicacies, such as hopia, tikoy and glutinous balls.

During the 1970s, Eng Bee Tin stood cloistered in a sea of similar businesses. Its popularity began to wane and its products were getting harder to sell in a competitive environment.

More than a decade passed, and there appeared to be no end to the downtrend. The stall’s hopia proved unpopular due to its consistency. Creditors, suppliers and friends were turning a cold shoulder, wary of doing business with a seemingly doomed enterprise. The business needed a miracle to survive the 1980s.

It came in the form of Mr. Gerry Chua.As the eldest among the current generation of Chua siblings at the time, it fell upon Gerry to take the reins of the business at the young age of 21. He was armed only with a sincere wish to help his father by affecting a turnaround on the family business.

The store currently have 8 branches .

La Ressureccion Chocolate- located 618 Ongpin street , Binondo , Manila

This chocolate factory is considered as one of the oldest existing chocolate factory in the country .  The store is located near the Eng Bee Tin Bakery store while the original Hispanic style building in which the store once stood in place is now a vacant lot waiting for the next building !

Chocolate  tablea products

Manila’s Chinatown, like China-towns elsewhere in the world, has colorful parades that wind around the district, capped with the Lantern Festival on the night of the first full moon which marks the end of the Chinese New Year holiday period. Good-luck items for sale abound, together with other items that have become synonymous with Chinese New Year celebration. Eating noodles is traditional and is believed to ensure long life.

People born in the Year of the Tiger are said to be intelligent, alert, courageous, honest, lucky, intense, lively, and engaging. Colorful and unpredictable, their energy and love for life are stimulating.

They are optimists who always bounce back for new and fresh challenges. Known for their ability in influencing others and swaying crowds, those born in the Year of the Tiger love life and want to live it to the fullest.

It would be a great year if people could take in the good characteristics of the Tiger who pursues life with unyielding energy. With a tiger mind for this Year of the Metal Tiger, our actions could bear fruit and make it easier for us to achieve our goals for the year 2010.

Happy Chinese New Year to one and all!

Kung Hei Fat Choi, Gong Xi Fa Chai , Kiong Hee Huat Chay !!!!!

2010 is the Year of the Tiger,
which is also known by its formal name of Geng Yin. 2010 is Year 4707 in the Chinese Calendar.

Note: The author occasionally on special request may do a Binondo Food Wok Tour

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