Hi everybody – I’m back!
Well, it’s time my human, Hsin-Yi, stopped taking over my blog with yucky stories about stressy things – humph – my blog is supposed to be a happy place!
OK, I did get my Glaucoma Sickie back and I got that horrible Eye Ouchie & Head Ouchie again…but then they gave me a Magic Injection in my eye and the ouchie is all gone now!
The Magic Injection has made my left eye a bit weird – it’s gone sort of milky and even slightly pale blue! Hah! Now I’ll be like all those cool Husky doggies with one brown eye and one blue eye! You can’t see it from far away, though, or in darker light (like in this picture, which was taken on Hsin-Yi’s mobile phone machine yesterday) – you can only see it in strong light.
So pretty much, I look the same…am still a leggy, blonde Cougar-Doggie – and those toy boy doggies had better still watch out! Hee! Hee!
I also can’t see out of my left eye anymore, so everything on my left side is black – but that’s OK, I just turn my head more and look with my good eye! It’s certainly not stopping me going out & about and having new adventures!!
And I have LOTS of adventures to share with you – (in fact, lots still to catch up and tell you about, from weeks ago. Sigh.) – But first, I wanted to tell you about my 9th birthday celebrations! This was actually just before my Glaucoma Sickie came back and I had to go back to hospital…
We only had a small celebration at home ‘coz my humans have been Super Stressy lately and didn’t feel like doing too much. Plus, Hsin-Yi was a bit scared of making a big fuss of my 9th birthday ‘coz maybe that might be “unlucky”! But she did make a big effort to find me a very special cake!
Well, you see, us doggies can’t have chocolate ‘coz it’s poisonous to us – so Hsin-Yi was trying to find a non-chocolate cake in all the local bakeries…but all the non-chocolate ones were either really boring or ridiculously fancy, with lots of weird things…so finally, Hsin-Yi went to Chinatown to look in a Chinese bakery!
And she found the perfect thing: a Taro Cake!
You know that taro is a kind of purple, sweet potato – Chinese humans eat a lot of it and use it in a lot of their cooking, snacks & desserts. The Egyptian & Cypriot humans use it too – they call it kolkas and kolokassi – and the Pacific Islander humans also eat taro. In Hawaii, they mush it up with water to make something called poi.
Hsin-Yi LOVES taro! It is one of her favourite, favourite yummies. But she had never had taro cake before, so she was really keen to taste some of mine!
In case you were wondering, it was basically a sponge cake (although the sponge was purple), with taro jelly in the middle and taro cream on top, together with some whipped cream & fresh fruit. There were also lots of little coconut sprinkles on the side. And everything was a lovely purple colour! Isn’t it pretty?
I was so excited when I saw it, I could hardly control myself. Ooooh – it smelled so yummy! I tried to get in a sneaky lick but Hsin-Yi was too quick for me. She said I had to pose for some photos first before I was allowed to eat it…
…but then Muesli, as usual, scampered over to get in on the action and… Oh! So unfair! How come Muesli was allowed to taste my cake before I even got a lick?!
Well, I’m not waiting anymore either!
Nyum..nyum..nom…nom…it was really GOOD!
Humph! Except that meanie Hsin-Yi took the cake away from me after a bit. She said it wasn’t good for me to have the whole thing in one go so she was going to save the rest for me to have the next day. But I think it was all a big lie! I think she just wanted to save some for herself – the greedy pig! I definitely saw her & Paul eating some of my cake for afternoon tea!!!
Anyway, I did have some more cake with my breakfast the next day – it was still really yummy!
And guess what? I was looking through some of my old photos and found one from my very 1st birthday…and look, even then, meanie Hsin-Yi was making me “wait” and pose for photos first, before I could eat my cake!! (That was a meatloaf cake that Hsin-Yi tried to make herself in the shape of a bone…ahem…well, you know Hsin-Yi’s cooking skills – she practically had to pry it off the baking pan with a chisel…I’m really glad that she’s decided to just buy my cakes from bakeries now!! )
So, you see, even after 8 years, some things never change!
Still, I guess some things do change…quite a lot! Hee! Hee!
Well, actually, my humans say my paws never changed size…the rest of me just grew to fit – ha! ha! I had the most enormous, chunky paws when I was a pup – everywhere I went, that’s all people talked about!
Oh, before I go, there seemed to be a lot of misunderstanding in my last post when Hsin-Yi was talking about “being Chinese” and not praising me…there were several comments from people who thought that it means Hsin-Yi never says nice things to me and so I don’t feel loved and how bad & negative Chinese tradition is…! Well, that isn’t what Hsin-Yi meant at all. Of course she tells me what a wonderful girl I am – to my face – and also in private to her close friends & family – but it’s just that she gets embarrassed about saying what a wonderful girl I am to other people, in public.
Chinese humans think that it is very rude & conceited to talk about yourself too much – and especially to talk about how wonderful you or your children/pets/husband/wife/job/life is (even if it’s true!). That is why when Hsin-Yi talks about me in public, she often talks about my naughty habits (and makes them sound worse) – rather than my good ones! And if people tell her nice things about me, she feels embarrassed and rushes to tell them all about my bad side too. Even when other people give you compliments, in Chinese culture, it’s rude & conceited to just accept them. You should always quickly try to “dilute” the compliment. It is very important to be ‘modest‘.
Of course, you’re probably wondering if that’s the case, how come Hsin-Yi has a blog all about me! Well, that’s different ‘coz she is just telling stories about me & my adventures (and she still often talks about my bad habits on the blog too and calls me a “dum-dum” and things…humph!) .
Hsin-Yi’s mummy, Ma-Ma, always told her that you should show people how wonderful you are by your actions, the way you behave and the things you achieve – so that they say it – but NOT by telling them directly yourself. So I guess my blog is a way for Hsin-Yi to SHOW people how wonderful I am, through stories & photos & videos about the things I do.
We know this can be really difficult for people to understand if they are not Chinese (or Asian), and especially if they come from countries like the US and Australia, where it is good to talk about yourself in an impressive way! Nobody thinks you’re rude & conceited – they just think you’re proud and self-confident! And that’s good too because then maybe you will become more successful in life.
But Hsin-Yi says she thinks the best thing is a “balance”. It’s good not to be too big-headed and boastful (& blind to your own faults!) – but it’s good not to be too modest too! So she is slowly learning to accept compliments and not be ashamed to feel proud of me – in public! – sometimes.
And if you’re interested to know more about the weird Chinese rituals for dealing with compliments and how Hsin-Yi was brought up as a human pup (and the embarrassing things that happened to her! ), you can head on over to her blog, where she talks more about it!