Bygone Era : Customs & Traditions

Manners are the happy ways of doing things; each one a stroke of genius or of love, now repeated and hardened into usage, they form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned. If they are superficial, so are the dew-drops which give such a depth to the morning meadows.

There was a time when good manners and right conduct maketh a man or a woman. More often than not, good manners are deemed old-fashion.

Project Gutenberg has published several books that allow us a glimpse of the past, let us take a look, shall we?!!!

Bygone Era : Customs & Traditions

Women wear a costume appropriate for the afternoon, and keep their hats and gloves on.


Meeting a woman to whom he has been introduced at an entertainment, he should wait until she bows first.

After bowing to a woman, the man may join her, and with her permission may walk a short distance with her.

He should not stand in the street and converse with her any length of time. She may excuse herself and pass on. He should not feel affronted.

If he meets a woman he does not know accompanied by a man he does know, both men bow.

The man accompanying her should bow to every man or woman to whom she bows.

WOMEN. A woman’s bow should be dignified— a faint smile and a gentle inclination of the head.

Women bow first to men when meeting in the street. A man may bow first if the acquaintance is intimate.

When walking with a man, and they meet another unknown to her, but known to her escort, both men bow. If she meets a friend, man or woman, unknown to her escort, he bows.

Unless an introduction has taken place at any function, no recognition is customary. It is the woman’s privilege, however, to decide for herself whether she will recognize the guest or not.

A man bowing and joining a woman on the street must ask permission to do so. She is at perfect liberty to gracefully decline.

If a man stops to talk on the street, she may excuse herself and pass on. If she continues the conversation and he stands with his hat in his hand, she may request him to replace it. Such conversations should be brief.



images (1)CHAPERONES. For a small ball given in a private house, the hostess need not invite the mothers of the young women, and the young women can properly attend, knowing that the hostess will act as a chaperone.


 INTRODUCTIONS. When a man is introduced to a
       woman at a ball, he should ask her for a


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Courtesy toward his hostess and consideration
for his friends demands that a
man who can dance should do so.


 To accept an invitation to a ball and then
       refuse to dance shows that a man is lacking
       in good breeding.


CARRIAGE. A man should provide a carriage in which to call for the woman he escorts and her chaperone.
images (3)The overcoat, hat, and cane are left in the dressing-room, and the guest removes one or both gloves as he pleases—remembering that he must offer his ungloved right hand to the hostess.


In driving, if impossible to raise the hat, he should touch it with his whip.


SHAKING HANDS. Guests on being presented to the hostess should shake hands. If guest takes leave of hostess, they should shake hands. If the hostess is surrounded by guests, a pleasant nod of farewell is admissible.




tea-in-art-mary-cassat-afternoon-teaAn afternoon tea is a simple entertainment. Refreshments are generally served to the guests. An innovation lately introduced has become quite popular —namely, young women, invited for the purpose, wait upon the guests, bringing in one dainty at a time.

An afternoon tea is called a formal afternoon tea when engraved cards have been issued, naming set date.

Be An Easter Bunny…..


The Cotton Tails: Daffodil & Pop

The Cotton Tails: Daffodil & Pop


Easter Sunday is all about fun and rejoicing. The Lord God has risen from the dead.  We are literally happy bunnies.  And as such, below is a list to give yourself to celebrate the day. Let us all hunt for treasures in our Easter Bunny guise.

Be an Easter bunny….


Introduce yourselves!

Introduce yourselves!


Pantless Subway-Commuting Day

Were you one of those who celebrated and travelled pantless in the subway last Sunday?

Apparently this exercise is getting more and more popular since it started in America in 2002. It is estimated that around 60 cities worldwide were participating! From as young as babies and the very old take part. They leave their inhibitions somewhere and let those bare legs see the fluorescent light of day at the tube/train.

Bystanders or rather other tube commuters who were not au fait with the celebration of 13th annual “No Pants Subway Ride” were left perplexed and rather amused but not so in Beijing it seems where they think those who were trouserless or skirtless were bonkers and off their trolley. lol


Personality…. is in the trees

Quickly choose the tree that most appeal to you.

Check right down below what that tree says about you.

Personality…. is in the trees

















The results . . .

1. You are a generous and moral (not to confuse with moralizing) person. You always work on self-improvement. You are very ambitious and have very high standards. People might think that communicating with you is difficult, but for you, it isn’t easy to be who you are. You work very hard but you are not in the least selfish. You work because you want to improve the world. You have a great capacity to love people until they hurt you. But even after they do. . . you keep loving. Very few people can appreciate everything you do as well as you deserve.

2. You are a fun, honest person. You are very responsible and like taking care of others. You believe in putting in an honest day’s work and accept many work-related responsibilities. You have a very good personality and people come to trust you easily. You are bright, witty and fast-thinking. You always have an interesting story to tell.

3.You are a smart and thoughtful person. You are a great thinker. Your thoughts and ideas are the most important. You like to think about your theories and views alone. You are an introvert. You get along with those who likes to think and learn. You spend a lot of time, thinking about morality. You are trying to do what is right, even if the majority of society does not agree with you.

4. You are perceptive and philosophical person. You are a unique, one soul of your kind. Next to you there’s no one even slightly similar to you. You are intuitive and a bit quirky. You are often misunderstood, and it hurts you. You need personal space. Your creativity needs to be developed, it requires respect of others. You are a person who clearly sees the light and dark sides of life. You are very emotional.

5. You are self-assured and in charge. You are very independent. Your guiding principle in life is ‘I’ll do it my way.’. You are very self-reliant and know how to stay strong for yourself and the people you Love. You know exactly what you want and are not afraid of pursuing your dreams. The only thing you demand from people is honesty. You are strong enough to accept the truth.

6. You are kind and sensitive. People relate to you very well. You have many friends and you love helping them. You have this warm and bright aura that makes people feel good when they are around you. Every day, you think about what you can do to improve yourself. You want to be interesting, insightful and unique. More than anybody else in the world, you need to love. You are even ready to love those who don’t love you back.

7. You are happy and unflappable. You are a very sensitive and understanding person. You are a great listener who know how to be non-judgmental. You believe that everybody has their own journey in life. You are open to new people and events. You are highly resistant to stress and rarely worry. Normally, you are very relaxed. You always manage to have a good time and never lose your way.

8. You are charming and energetic. You are a fun person who knows how to make people laugh. You live in a state of harmony with the universe. You are spontaneous and enthusiastic. You never say no to an adventure. Often, you end up surprising and even shocking people. But that’s just how you are. . . You always remain true to yourself. You have many interests and if something proves of interest to you, you will not rest until you acquire a profound knowledge of this area.

9. You are optimistic and lucky. You believe that life is a gift and you try to achieve as much as possible and put this gift to the best use possible. You are very proud of your achievements. You are ready to stick by the people you care about through thick and thin. You have a very healthy approach to life. The glass is (at least) half full for you. You use any opportunity to forgive, learn, and grow because you believe that life is too short to do otherwise.

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The Phenomena of the Kawaii Girls

It is not unnatural to see girls dressed as Nabokov’s Lolita’s lookalikes in the streets of Tokyo or almost everywhere else in Japan. They are called the Kawaii Girls? Who or what is a Kawaii girl. Well a Kawaii girl thinks, acts, looks, feels and work at being cute. Kawaii girls lives in the wonderful world of utter cuteness, exactly like Korea’s Gwiyomi.

How to become a  Kawaii girl?  A Kawaii girl has big eyes, big hair – long, curly preferably in pastel shade. Kawaii girls like colourful clothing.  Accessorising is all important to be a Kawaii girl.  Must clutch the cutest teddy bears, cutest flowers, cutest backpacks with little teddies.  And most important of all a Kawaii girl must sound like a little girl. A girl with high squeaky voice.

Being a Kawaii takes a lot of doing.  It is not easy being a Kawaii girl.  Your heart and mind must be into it 100 per cent, otherwise you are a sad imitation of the real thing.

Probably being a Kawaii girl or wanting to be cute is a Southeast Asian thing. I remember being obsessed with cute things when I was in my teens in the 70s. I adored Hello Kitty. I bought everything that was branded by Sanrio. It was not only me, all my school mates loved Hello Kitty or Sanrio brand as well. We would compare latest finds of the Hello Kitty every time we saw one another. We all wanted to live in Japan in a Hello Kitty house. Hehehe

I used to love Japanese anime. My sister and I avidly watches Candy, Candy and Ron Ron the Flower Angel. We were their biggest fans in the world.

When I first came to London, I brought with me my Sanrio’s Tiny Poem toothbrush, Hello Kitty face towels, hand mirror, etc. I was like a little girl lost in London, but not for long. LOL

Being cute and girly does not leave you completely, which is fine.  Childlike qualities are good but being childish is another ballgame.

Speaking for myself of course, I still buy occasional Hello Kitty items. My husband knows about my partiality towards Helly Kitty products and he gets me them as well. He bought me a beautiful Hello Kitty crystal necklace when Swarovski release their Hello Kitty range and just love it. He bought me handbags, money boxes, etc.

Anyway going back to our topic, Kawaii girls look like girly; little 11 year olds in teenage bodies. Being a Kawaii is a culture of cuteness in Japan. Kawaii is not just a phase, it is a way of life. It is a lifestyle, it is living and breathing at being enchantingly pretty in a childlike way. The look is enhanced to look young and innocent.

Some go beyong using make-up to make their eyes to appear larger, some resulted to surgeries, called blepharoplasty, commonly known as double eyelid surgery.

I wonder what happens when a Kawaii girl reached that certain age when being cute does not or rather not too appropriate anymore?  Afterall we all have to grow up and grow old sooner or later… 🙁


Psy Vs Gwiyomi

gchartIt is hard to believe that South Korea is almost on the verge of some catastrophic war with its neighbour, North Korea, when it is busy bombarding Asia and the rest of the world with wanton sweetness and cuteness.

We all still remember how Psy invaded the psyche of the very young to the very old with the Gangnam style. Everyone was doing the horsey dance most of last year and certainly during parties last Christmas.

Everytime you turn on the radio, Psy was there.

Every time you turn on the telly, Psy was there.

Everytime you turn into the internet, Psy was there.

He was there, here and everywhere, like an overactive worm burrowing into your head and into your brain.

Alas, South Korea is not finish in its world domination. Now it is the turn of Gwiyomi.

Gwiyomi apparently is the ultimate in sweetness and cuteness. It is so saccharine that it could cause gum disease if you are not careful. LOL

Gwiyomi is a sort of nursery rhyme, given the pop music treatment, for 4 to 28 years old. Over that and you are sad, very sad indeed. LMAO

To join the Gwiyomi, you must be cute, ready to pout, graceful and charming with your hand gestures, can count from 1 – 6, adore your bunnies and kittens and half in-love with the Kpop boyband.

Gwiyomi fronted by Hari first wage a mini skirmish among the digital-loving teens early this year but it was trampled to an instant dormancy until Asian’s pop-world princes, the K-pop boyband decided that it was time to bring it back to life and spread mass sweetness and cuteness hysteria amongst young girls and boys, who are now posting their candied and dulcet version on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts like there is no tomorrow.

Gwiyomi’s invasion of the Philippines is complete! 😉

Heart Evangelista’s Gwiyomi


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