A hop, skip and a karate chop…

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This is my first blog entry of 2014 so I want to say a big Happy New Year to you all and an even Happier Chinese New Year to you all too. It’s now the Year of the Horse and I’m very excited about it. It’s gonna be a good year. I can feel it!!

Being of Chinese origin, I always get asked every year about the Chinese zodiac but I must admit I don’t really know much about it. Somehow being Chinese qualifies me as an expert on this and such matters as feng shui and karate. I do find it rather amusing that a lot of people make this assumption. Sometimes I’m tempted to humour them – a few karate chops and a ‘hai-ya’ should do the trick. No, I don’t really do this in public but you never know. I have no shame these days!!!

With all jokes and karate chops aside though, I have been thinking about what the Year of the Horse means to me. When I think of horses, I think of movement and how they can carry you forward in any direction you desire. There is freedom in this and I intend to move forward with a passionate heart and let the wings of love carry me to the truth of my authentic self with grace and elegance.

When I think of horses I also think about how they can sometimes ‘run wild’ and I love this. I definitely intend to let the wild woman in me out this year. There is fun and openness in running wild into the mysterious; into the wilderness of life. As I tap into that wild woman within, I can feel my strength and determination. I know that what I am is enough and will always be enough.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things,

because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

(Walt Disney)

I believe new is good. New is sexy and enticing. With each new experience, there is adventure and life. It’s all-encompassing with wisdom for the soul. And with every breath I take in this world, I feel lucky to be alive for I am serving and living my life purpose. This is it. This is me.

As a Nichiren Buddhist, I always take solace and inspiration from my Buddhist practice. After all, it’s where The Life of a Baby Buddha started and it brings me joy. Every year I always read this from my Buddhist text – The Writings of Nichiren Daishoinin (aka The Gosho):

“New Year’s Day marks the first day, the first month, the beginning of the year,

and the start of spring. A person who celebrates this day will accumulate

virtue and be loved by all, just as the moon becomes full gradually, moving from

west to east and as the sun shines more brightly, traveling east to west.”

(Nichiren Daishonin – WND-I, 1137)

I love this quote and it always reminds me to celebrate my life with the people I love. During Chinese New Year the whole family were back home and we had a huge feast. Mind you it doesn’t take much for me to be there – mention the word food and you can be assured that Baby Buddha will always be there to help you eat it :p

We had a gorgeous dinner with lots of lovely Chinese dishes to celebrate the New Year. Here’s a picture of a few of them:

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There were dishes such as king prawn rolls, stir-fried pak choi in garlic and soy sauce, Chinese sausage (‘lap chong’) and many many more. And yes it was awesome :)

My favourite dish was definitely the traditional fish delicacy which we only have on special occasions (see below). It was my sexy food for the evening ;) I always get excited when I know we’re having this dish. I don’t know the English name for it but it’s sooooo tasty and was sent to us from our family in Hong Kong.

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What a way to bring in the Chinese New Year! I really enjoyed all the eating. As usual I was the last one to finish. I get so immersed in my food I can’t help it… I’m sure this year will bring more of the same, with many feasts and sexy food along the way and I am looking forward to it.

Have a sexy year everyone… keep calm and always carry on eating :)

Lots of love,

Lisa xo

P.S. I have updated my ‘About Me‘ page and the music on my blog if you want to check it out. I love a bit of euphoric trance and ‘Sounds Like Heaven‘ is my favourite playlist on 8tracks at the moment :)

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