Archive for April 22nd, 2012

It’s Qingming season. Today, our uncle, G, scheduled “bai san” (bow to the mountain). An annual ritual to sweep the graves of the ancestors. Our family gathers to “sweep the grave” of our great great grandmother. The Cat said it’s a Cantonese thing, although Shanghainese  have similar ritual.

It started with a pretty heavy downfall, but by the time we were ready to start, the sky cleared and the sun came out. Great great grandmother must have been pleased.

Great Great Grandmother's Headstone

My great great grandfather’s bones are back in the motherland (great great  grandmother carried them back). I think each family does the ritual a little differently. Doesn’t matter, it’s all about respect. Note: Those are the feet, legs,and backs of my relatives (a lucky shot, all will remain anonymous) 😉

Part of the ritual is to share food and drink with our ancestor and burn paper “money” for her to use.

Food and Drink Offerings

Tea, wine, rice, and entrees for great great grandmother. Why five sets? I dunno. Have to ask my uncle later. Great great grandmother loved to smoke (hand rolled cigarettes) and drink (great great grandmother!) We forgot the cigarettes this year. Oops, sorry!

There’s also an offering to a “guardian” or “gatekeeper” or something (another question for uncle).

A Separate Meal

There’s usually lunch at uncle’s afterwards, but The Cat is still decompressing after the tax season, so we skipped lunch this year.

Also discovered something about The Cat I didn’t know before, she likes to read headstones (cue Alfred Hitchcock or Twilight Zone music). Hmm, interesting.


The Mouse

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Getting a Haircut

Small-kid time, getting a haircut was pretty traumatic. I remember one of my father’s regular barbers would give me a piece of candy after my haircut if I stayed still and didn’t wail.

Yesterday, The Cat went to get her hair cut (to prevent hairballs). 🙂 The experience wasn’t traumatic but her hairdresser bought slices of cheesecake for all of her customers.

Otto Cake

Otto Cake, 1160 Smith Street, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Slice of Cheesecake

Cute ya?

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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