Category Archives: hobby

To Sew With Love

You may want to call it Stitch – any which way, it was an art that required huge Passion, Patience plus creative Imagination.  Embroidery by hand ; which ladies of the old days – including many of my senior relatives – loved to indulge and excel in.

I remember that sometimes they also used sewing machines to do the stitching.

Haiz, it has been donkey (maybe for 2016 just call it Monkey) years since I last saw any lady, especially a younger one, doing it.    Perhaps it simply does not jive well with the fast pace of modern life.   Also, these days, with computer-aided machines, even extremely complex patterns can be sewn and reproduced by the millions in perfection.

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To Be Angry Was Beautiful

One of the very popular and cheap hobbies of our childhood days was the rearing of fighting fish. We could not afford any aquarium, so the next best thing was a big jam bottle to keep these fishes – one only in each.

It was a joy to see the very brilliant colors when they got agitated and became aggressive. The Siamese type were especially beautiful. I would not risk letting my fishes be wounded or killed in a fight. So most of the time, my friends and I just placed our bottles next to each other, to get the residents provoked. Sometimes, just placed a mirror next to the bottles.. was great fun.