Posted by: Winslie Gomez | 19/02/2007

Encouraging Words to a Chinese Friend for the New Year.




May your footsteps of the past, burst into a languid meadow of bloom.

So that others will wait in anticipation for your steps into the future.



  1. excellent quote there. i wish you a Happy Year of the Boar!

  2. Thanks Winluck Wong, appreciate you comment. the quote’s my own.

    A Very Happy New Year to you too.

  3. Hi Winluck Wong
    I should have explained that I am a complete novice to blogging (one person’s description, wordpress whores!). Secondly, I perhaps owe an explanation of how I came to write those few lines.

    I felt that New Year greetings in general, appeal to new beginnings. Like clearing out the old and all hope focussed for that fresh new look.

    Just as Chinese will paint their doors and windows, so too do Scots in the rural highlands; there is a hive of activity between Christmas and Hogmanay.

    I also considered that there is nothing that we will do in the future that is not somehow linked to our past and in most instances that link is a direct consequence.

    The primary motivation was that, this person was rather unusual and had a giving spirit and I also found the photograph that I had taken many years ago, quite inspiring.
    (Field of Dreams. Posted 16/02/07. Haven’t learned how to link as yet)

  4. To justlearningman:

    It’s interesting that you mention how our future is linked to our past. Recent studies have shown that the human brain cannot make any predictions or plan for the future without drawing from their memories of the past. So there is a biological as well as a spiritual side to your idea.

    By the way, I’m a novice in blogging as well so we’re on the same boat.

  5. To Winluck Wong
    I had a feeling that it must be a massive boat, – MV Novice!

    I went to a lecture two evenings ago run by café scientifique and the speaker was Professor Bruce Hood, University of Bristol, Experimental Psychology.

    If it is of interest you can follow his argument in the article Times online Sep 4 2006 by Mark Henderson, Science Editor of The Times;

    Human brain naturally inclined towards the supernatural
    First paragraph runs: “The human brain is hard-wired to be susceptible to supernatural beliefs as a result of tens of thousands of years of evolution, a British psychologist said today.
    Religion and other forms of magical thinking continue to thrive, in spite of a lack of evidence and the advance of science, because people are naturally biased to accept a role for the irrational in their daily lives, according to Bruce Hood, Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol……..”

    Good to hear from you.

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