Archive for September, 2010

Moon Festival 2010

Tomorrow (Sep22) is one of my favorite traditional Chinese holidays – the Moon Festival — when friends and families get together to appreciate the biggest full moon, drink tea, eat moon-cakes, and to celebrate the change of seasons from summer to autumn.

There is a beautiful Chinese poem from the Sung Dynasty that I like. To share with my friends and family who are far away from me, is “Shui Diao Ge Tou” by “Su Shi”.

水調歌頭 蘇軾

我欲乘風歸去,唯恐瓊樓玉宇,高處不勝寒。 起舞弄清影,何似在人間。
轉朱閣,低綺戶。照無眠。 不應有恨,何事長向別時圓?
人有悲歡離合,月有陰晴圓缺,此事古難全。 但願人長久,千里共嬋娟。


My own translation of the last five sentences —

Just like how the moon changes its shape all the time, it is only a law of nature that people change between being happy and being sad, getting together and falling apart.

I shall only wish for health and long life, for us to look at the very same moon that touches our hearts, and for us to be together that way.

With this blog, and upon the moon, I wish you health and happiness, and yummy moon-cakes. 



Enjoy Your Travels: Adjust to Time Change


Whether for business or pleasure, traveling to new time zones can be tough on your sleeping habits. A couple of steps can help ease the transition and give you more energy to enjoy your trip.




1.          Switch to your new time zone as soon as you leave home. Reset your watch and act as if you were already in the new time zone.

2.          Sleep on the plane if it is nighttime in your new time zone. Stay awake if it’s daytime.

3.          Avoid the urge to nap if you arrive at your destination during the day. Go outdoors as much as possible if you need to stay awake, since natural light will help reset your body clock.

4.          Retire to bed at the local bedtime.

5.          Take melatonin to help you sleep; some studies indicate it can help reset your body clock. Follow the directions on the bottle.

6.          Eat meals according to local time.



Tips & Warnings


Drink plenty of fluids. Eat high-protein meals if you want energy to stay awake, and eat meals high in carbohydrates if you want to relax and   sleep.


Things You’ll Need:


  • Travel Pillows
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Eye Masks
  • Melatonin
  • Soothing Music


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