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The souls of the deceased will wander the streets. Offerings; burning incense, and candles will line the streets to appease these trapped — lost souls.

We will pray that no harm comes to us. We pray for safety.

This is the one month where my late Ah Ma would say, “Bring laundry in before the sun goes down. Leave nothing outside.” It is a strange superstition, but we did it anyway.

It is a ‘festival’ in Chinese Asian countries and I was told it’s the busiest month for funeral parlors. 🥴

Chinese believes when one dies, the children of the deceased will burn offerings for these souls to go to the ‘other world.’ But for those without children, they turn to become a wandering hungry ghosts. 👻

But only for a month!



Clouds by Ching Ching
Photo by Ching Ching

Wistful for pies in the sky. 🥧

A special friend once said to me.

“When you are among the clouds, time stands still and nothing else matters. Only you and me.”

Sadly, we part ways for the last time.

I returned to Kuala Lumpur with a broken heart. 💔

Note: Why the pie? Well if you have been following me, food is a very close subject to my heart and is an excellent way to nurse broken dreams. 😔



We Have the Power to Undo An Applause

Image by Ching Ching

Reminds me of the ‘unfriend’ button on Facebook.

This is a useful function, compare to paying writers by claps. 😏

Or fixing the bugs on Medium apps.

Or add a function to help writers with grammar.

There must be something about claps that I am missing.

Claps are addictive. They are like sunshine on a lonely article. I know a lot of writers like them too.

But I suspect some writers get too high on claps and if that happens, I can undo my claps. 😉

I am saving the writer from being deliriously happy. I signal to the writer that they should not get their hopes too high. After all, claps don’t even bring in the money.

It’s empowering me to share the reality with writers.

Check it out and share your experience with us. 😄



Image from friends at Seeds Malaysia

I love TokNenek’s mini fruit forest. It surprises me with exotic trees like the ice cream beans and peanut butter trees.

I discovered ‘Buah Jentik’ recently, a reddish fruit similar texture to a pomegranate seed. (Loosely translates — ‘Finger Flick Fruit’)

Buah Jentik comes from a beautiful green tree with lush, dense foliage. An extremely suitable tree for mid-level canopy/layering for a fruit forest.

This tree grows 5 to 30 meters tall. A tropical tree, native in most warm Asian countries. Grows well in almost any soil and bear fruits all year round.

While ‘Abracadabra’ opens Aladdin’s secret cave, Buah Jentik simply needs a flick of a finger to pry open it’s outer skin to enjoy its sweet sourish fruit.



Ching Ching

I am a Malaysian discovering ways to write about my life and my encounters with people. Nature is my inspiration.