Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Safe and sound

When Chinese New Year comes around, Brother usually makes this calligrapher in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown one of his stops. He gets The Master to write a couple of auspicious words for us to paste on our front doors. You can get the pre-written ones, or get a kick out of requesting something done on the spot – be prepared to wait a while, though, since the ink needs to dry. The Master recognised brother, asking him why he didn’t come by last year. Well, The Master keeps moving around, that’s why!!!

The coming year will be the Year of the Rat, and so our man with the brush has the character for rat displayed prominently. Note the tail!! Note too the many newspaper articles about his work on the corner of his table.

Anyway, this year we went with the traditional phrase 平安, which means safe and sound.

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