15 emperors write 福 – a word for blessings, good fortune and luck.

Writings by the 15 emperors of China

Just 12 days to Chinese New Year! For those celebrating, I’m sure you’ve started planning, preparing and perhaps becoming a bit stressed too😱?!

福 means blessings, good fortune and luck. This chinese character is found on a lot of Chinese New Year decorations.

The Chinese have a saying 五福临门 which literally translates to “the 5 blessings/good fortune.” These 5 blessings, not one less makes a perfect life.

  • Longevity
  • Wealth
  • Health
  • Virtuous
  • To die a natural death at old age

May these 5 blessings be with you too! Have a beautiful day!

Yanagawa 柳川 – water water everywhere

It’s water water everywhere!
https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2020/01/06/firth-of-forth-water-water-everywhere-9/

Yanagawa (柳川) is known for its hundreds of kilometers of canals and hence its name “city of water” in Japan. Guided cruise along its canals is one of the top tourist activity when visiting this city in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu. A photo (1st one below) was taken outside the ruins of the Yanagawa Castle built in Eiroku Period (1558-1570).

The cruise is roughly an hour so like me you may become very hungry … not to worry! Unagi no Seiro-mushi (eel rice steamed in a basket) is one of the specialties of Yanagawa. In fact there’re a few eel rice restaurants once you alight the canal cruise. Below 👇🏻 is the city’s website where you’ll find lots of information on the canal cruise and list of eel rice restaurants. Enjoy 😉

http://www.yanagawa-net.com/eng/

How do you use tinted lip gloss?

This little pot is absolutely indispensable for me!My makeup routine is no makeup unless you count tinted moisturizer and tinted lip gloss. Hence I’m always on the lookout for affordable “tints”! I live in Asia and there’re plenty to choose from…affordable, versatile, just cute …

And since they’re relatively affordable and cuteness is hard to resist (for me😊) I tend to buy and try . No matter what, rosy lips from Vaseline is something I keep going back.

Use it on my lips, under eyes lines, as a clear mascara and cheek highlighter.

Do you have a lip gloss you really like too? (Note I’m not doing a paid review for Vaseline!)

Learn from Pusheen 😽 how to set realistic new year resolutions

Explore more, play more, snack more, sleep more! These are totally realistic and achievable for a cat 🐱 lol!

As some of you already know by now that I love our furrry friends and sometimes take inspiration from pusheen videos. Here is another good one reminding us, their human friends to set realistic resolutions.

Often we see these

  • 15 books to read in 2020 that will change your life
  • 20 ways to make yourself happier and healthier
  • 10 things to do now if you’re job hunting

And the list goes on…We try to write ambitious resolutions and when resolutions don’t work, they are inherently depressing😿.

My own experience has been to set short term goals and the tasks needed to achieve the goals. When I started I set only 1 most pressing goal and broke down the tasks into doable steps so I had no excuse to fail. It worked for me. Some goals seem to last forever. For me it’s de-cluttering. But I don’t feel bad about it because I am making progress.

Hope you enjoyed this pusheen video!