Chinese Valentine’s Day: Feast of the Double Sevens (Qixi Jie 七夕節)

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According to the Chinese lunar calendar, yesterday was the Feast of the Double Sevens, also known as Qixi Jie (七夕節). It’s known as the double sevens because it occurs on the 7th day of the 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar. It’s great to be Chinese because there’s more than one Chinese Valentine’s Day! (see Chinese Valentine’s Day) Apparently, it …

Chinese Valentine’s Day

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The awesome thing about being Chinese is that there are THREE Valentine’s Day in our calendar! Add in the Western Valentine’s Day, and you get FOUR big romantic days! If you’re curious, the three Chinese Valentine’s Days are: (1) Chinese Lantern Festival (元宵節 Yuan Hsiao Chieh – not to be confused with the Mid-Autumn/Mooncake Festival) which occurs on the 15th …

Philosophical Gift

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I just got this gift from a friend as a belated Christmas present: If there’s one thing I learnt from my study of philosophy, it is this: the questions matter more than the very answers themselves. Why? Because the question kicks off the entire process of inquiry. It is the process of figuring out the answers that we learn a …

In Memoriam

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A few days ago, the world mourned the loss of Steve Jobs. On that same day, a friend of mine passed away. I think more often than not, we commemorate the passing of great people so much that we forget to commemorate the passing of ordinary people. In the eyes of a few, an ordinary person is looked upon as …