The 2013 Year of Snake

2013 is the year of the black Snake begins on February 10th shortly after the New moon in Aquarius, the humanitarian of the zodiac. This 2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.

The Common Character of People Born in the Year of Snake
People born in the Year of the Snake are reputed to be thoughtful and wise and to approach problems rationally and logically, seldom instinctively. Such people are complex beings, they are clever and men of few words from their birth. Their business is always going well, but they are stingy very often. They are sometimes egoistic and conceited. However they can be very active in their friends' life. They are often too active, not believing other people and relying only on themselves. Snakes are also very insightful and naturally intuitive. If anyone has a sixth sense, it's those born in the Snake year. This is partly what makes them so mysterious.Snakes come in all varieties of colors and patterns. And maybe that's why people born in the Snake year love to appreciate beauty. People with the Chinese zodiac snake sign are very stylish, fashionable and have exceptional taste.

 Chinese 12 Zodaic
People born in the Year of the Snake also have a sure touch in money matters but are also inclined to be greedy and somewhat egoistical. Determined and ambitious characters of Snakes take their failures hard. They are usually very attractive on the outside and inwardly, that, taking into consideration their frivolity, can lead to some family problems.

The Cosmic Element and Color of 2013 year of Snake
The 2013 year of Snake is Water Snake, Water Snakes are lucky with finances, they always seem to have money flowing their way. They are adventurous spirits and love to take risks. They are also very intelligent and often a wellspring of creative ideas. Water Snakes love to socialize and meet new friends.They are proud of their achievements, and also very thoughtful and considerate of others.

The colour of the 2013 year of Snake is Black. Black color is the Space, Arctic night, darkness on the Abyss, this is a color of deep waters. The Black Snake will bring people unexpected changes, instability, and changeability. That is why it is important in the year of Snake to plan everything beforehand, and evaluate adequately before taking any actions. You need to be more careful and cautious than ever.

The Overall Trend in 2013 Year of Snake
The 2013 Snake of year has ability to read complicated situation quickly in a controlled manner which is good for business. Signing documents of any kind requires very thorough attention. 2013 horoscope predict it is a good year to begin important detail work. Research and investigation are supported. The Snake has sneaky energy that can be to your advantage. Look for the holes in the loop. A new-found ambition to greatness will inspire you to be all you can be, and provide you with the follow through to actually achieve your goals, And, 2013 year of the Snake also supports added responsibility.

But 2013 Snake need to watch for fanatical commitments since Snakes inclination to spend money quickly than earn them may produce tensions in personal relationships. Create a safe space to work from this 2013 year. The Snake likes protection, needs to feel safe and secure to utilize its special analytical skills. This is the year to make headway in slow and methodical ways. Things will definitely be accomplished as you focus forward. Other Details of 2013 Year of Snake
1. Ideal compatibility with: Ox and Rooster.
2. More or less compatible with: Rat, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep.
3. Absolutely incompatible with: Tiger and Pig.
4. Lucky colors for the Snake: Yellow, Red
5. Lucky directions for the Snake: Southwest, Northeast
6. Lucky numbers for the Snake: 2, 4, 7, and 9.
7. Monday is the lucky day of the week for Snakes.


I drove down to the city thinking that I would meet Johorean Chan See Phong and company. He and his spouse have ridden the coach from Johor Baharu, just the night before. But the bank where we were supposed to meet had moved. So I waited at a certain spot for them to finish their business with the bank. They came about an hour and a half later, by taxi.

From Pudu Road, I chauffeured Chan See Phong, his missus and his sister Chan Siew Gor heading towards Subang Jaya. Destination: See Phong brother Chan Shu Fan's house in USJ. I took the duo-carriage highway into Subang Jaya. I drove on and on.

 Car Red with Eye on Windscreen
Fortunately, there were road signages all the way. We entered USJ 18 and 19. Then we spotted other roads all named USJ followed by numerals. We came upon USJ 11 and drove further on. I turned the car into a side road. I saw someone alighting from a car. I stopped and inquired.

The gentleman said just by the side was road USJ 9/3P. The next road further down was USJ 9/3N. That was the road we were looking for. Strange! Of all the roads I did not turn in, and exactly I swerved into this side road. I drove further on and turned into USJ 9/3N. See Phong did not believe me until I stopped the car just at house No. 40. Then only he realized that we have arrived!

Shu Fan's missus Lim Chin, came out to welcome us in. She was my village neighbor during our childhood days. Soon there were greetings among us in the gathering. We saw Shu Fan lying in bed. Of course we knew of his condition and we greeted and comforted him. See Phong spoke to his brother to know more of his conditions.

Lim Chin treated us to a home cooked lunch of fried "rat noodles" as it is called by locals. Sorry it is a misnomer, for it is the best of noodles for human consumption. There was a dish of curry chicken to go with. Everybody was happy tucking in the delicacies. We were all famished, see. Soon the family's daughter, Mei Yee, returned from work. Later their son Kenny popped in. He is an IT expert. We took photographs to remember the occasion.


 Chan Shu Fan's Family
Front: Chan Shu Fan: Standing left to right: Chan Swee Goi (sister); Chan See Phong (brother); Mrs. Chan See Phong; Kenny Chan (son); Chan Mei Yee (daughter); Mrs. Chan Shu Fan.

From USJ, I drove them over to visit PJ. We called at Wong Lan Chan's house. We had a short but very fruitful visit. It has been almost a decade since See Phong and the hostess met. We reminisced of all and sundries. Lan Chan's spouse Mr. Loh was around.

Soon we left PJ for our third visit of the day: to Ampang. We wanted to see Lee Sai Kan. Our classmate is now lodging in a seniors' lodging house. It took me some time to locate the place. At last we were there with Sai Kan face-to-face.

Sai Kan has changed a lot since I last saw him. He stammered when he talked. He looked thinner and darker now. See Phong and Lan Chan talked to him to know more of his conditions. But I felt that much of the talk was to enliven him and to encourage him to live on. They were certainly happy to see one another again.

From Tasik Permai in Ampang I drove them to the city. They could not tell me the exact spot of their hotel. So I had to drop them off at some spot in Pudu to let them take a taxi to reach their destination. Meanwhile I chauffeured Lan Chan back to SS2. By then it was almost six in the evening.


It was a Saturday morning; I ventured into the Sri Petaling. I was early. Early for what For the purpose of meeting a Mesian - a lady. So I mooched around the open market in Sri Petaling. That place seemed busy with stalls selling a lot of Chinese New Year goodies. A stall also blasted forth with CNY songs. I loitered around and made some purchases.

At 11.30, I drove to Lee Kim Thye's house. From there, she guided me to meet another Mesian Yap Yoke Ngoh. The latter lady was waiting for us at the bus stop outside her abode. What was the rounding up of these ladies for? I was picking them up and bringing them to a gathering for a sort of thorough medical check-ups.

I brought the ladies to William Joo Shek Phin's dwelling. There I roped the guy and his missus in. Together I guided them to a meeting place for the medical check-ups. At our appointed rendezvous, severally we were measured, weighed, blood pressure gauged, fingers pricked to test our body sweetness, and finally subjected to a computerized reading of the health of our internal organs.

The last gave us the healthy/unhealthy conditions of our insides. Of course many of our innards are found to be less than normal. Not surprising indeed because they have been working for us all the while since we came into the world from our mothers' wombs. Some of us have organs that were already in bad conditions without our knowledge. I also learned that a few of our internal organs have no nerves. If they malfunction we have no knowledge of their conditions because as they have no nerves, we feel no pain. When we feel pain it was too late as their conditions have spread outwards to where there are nerves for us to feel the pain. By then it was too late and our lives would then dangle on fate!

All the testing and measuring aroused in us some sort of awakenings. We were advised to watch out the stuffs we are ingesting. Take some health foods that our still living bodies need to prevent them from malfunctioning!

After the check-ups, William took us to a company canteen where we have a good tucking-in. As we stuffed our stomachs, we broke into conversations that seemed to last till eternity. We discussed about the past about those people and happenings that until now still last. We reminisced about former places, our former school mates, our home town people and all and sundry things. What a heavy day! Yet it was a good outing with lots of chatting and learning of many people and things. We left for home at five.

Finally, I chauffeured the ladies home to their respective dwellings in the ever busy Sri Petaling!


Sunday 20 January, 2013. Isn't Sunday a rest day? The only thing many people do, if they are Christians, would be a day out to the church to listen to the priests or the pastors. Then it was carnival time meeting all those people you know in the congregation. I went to listen to a health talk, since I am not one of the lots. You might exclaim OMG! But I am spiritually attached to another lot.

 Couple In Car
After attending the early gathering, I drove home. I wanted to rest until I should roam the street again. There was already an arrangement to meet some Klites (Kuala Lumpur city dwellers). Yet in our younger days in Bentong, we were those guys in the field flying kites!

I waited for my KL friends to arrive. One said, he was just five minutes away from the other. When they meet they would drive over to join me. Five minutes ticked by, ten minutes, fifteen, twenty and a long hour past.

At long last Jimmy Chu and Chen Khin Sang rushed into the restaurant where I was waiting. Khin Sang profusely apologized for the delay. As he was driving towards Sri Petaling he turned into the wrong way. That erroneous turning took him to far away Sri Kembangan before he groped his way back to Sri Petaling. From there he picked up Jimmy who was patiently waiting.

Back to our meeting. We have been wishing to see one another trying to arrange some meeting a few times. But each time one of us was not free or was away. At long last we made it today! We started off with food. No, not a grand feast, but just a simple meal like we are so used - something casual, nothing unusal.

As we tucked in we learnt much about ourselves. Jimmy had both his knees renewed. He had undergone knee replacement surgeries. I asked how he feels. He said very well with his new knees.

Jimmy still contacts his former students from as far as Temerloh and of course those from the KL famous Victoria Institution where he finished his teaching career. He mentioned of some of our colleagues. Some have gone; but others are still struggling on. Khin Sang nearly had his house burnt down when a conflagration consumed his neighbour's house! But his house was saved due to some prompt and efficient action. As we ate we chatted away of all and sundry. Finally, at four we dismissed to go back to our abodes severally each.

 Gung Hei Fatt Choi 2013

Then on Sunday the 17th of February, we will celebrate Dato' Ted Miles's 86th Birthday.


Birthday Cake - Green

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