Tsim Tsiu or Mano Po is the Filipino-Chinese act of receiving a blessing from an elder relative by means of gently making contact between the hand of the elder and the forehead of the youth.
Tsim Tsiu is literally translated as Kissing the hand but is now adapted in the form of contact between hand and forehead. This is a common practice amongst Filipinos and is even seen in church when the churchgoers receive the blessing from the priest by means of Tsim Tsiu
Some of the clan members
I am proud to be 50% chinese and part Filipino. Our family’s culture shows how persisent and hardworking the chinese really are. I’ve been told countless tales of my grandfather starting with nothing and now leaving the family with blessings to sustain us.
Recently our family had to go to our Clan gathering in downtown Cebu. My memories of this place consisted of awardings and ceremonies but after I graduated from High school I no longer go to the clan gatherings.
Our Tiu-Gan clan association awards students and teachers who excel in the field of Chinese education and my shobe (??/ younger sister) got recently awarded for having third honors in Chinese education. I miss the times when I used to go to a Chinese School and received awards myself. I could use some extra cash too you know. *wink*
Unfortunatelty, today’s generation is becoming less aware of the importance of upholding the culture and values of the old chinese. Although this may be an advantage such as the tolerance of inter-marriage amongst non-Tsinoys, values such as respect for elders are also slowly fading away.
Nevertheles, I am still proud to be Tsinoy or Fil-Chi and even if I am just a half-blood I will continue to uphold the ways of the Chinese starting with the very roots of Tsim Tsiu.
This happens to be one of my favorite Chinese songs. The lyrics make me reflect about the people I truly care about.
Being human as we are we tend to long for companionship. Who do we really love most? When we become lonely, who do we think of? The lyrics down there expresses the meaning of the song. Of course if you can’t understand them I provided the english translation below the chinese lyrics.
Your mood is always flying,
wanting to chase everything
wanting to capture some comfort.
You always like to linger in a crowd
You are most afraid of the taste of loneliness.
Your heart is so brittle,
once touched, it will shatter.
It can’t even make it through a light wind.
You always want to be with a lot of people by your side.
You are most afraid of every day’s nightfall.
But the sky will always darken
People inevitably have to leave
No one can accompany someone else forever
Everyone has to face
the feeling of loneliness
You and I are not the only ones who feel exhaustion.
Who will you think of when you are lonely
do you want to find someone to accompany you
as long as I can experience your happiness and sorrow
let me accompany you for while.
Another one of my records from my Shanghai trip before, I saw this beautiful Fil-Chi who caught my attention. Sigh. Oh how she mesmerized me with her snow white complexion and her jet black hair. She was from a different group sa Shanghai tour so we only got to “meet” each other when we have group tours.
So I the utilized my 300mm lens (hihihihihih) to take a shot of this “rare flower” of Shanghai. So tame, so smooth, so beautiful. I remember someone telling me her name, but now I forgot it.
So how to photostalk?
Use a good zoom lens
Take pictures of subjects close to the ACTUAL subject
Pay close attention to subject’s eyes so you can shift lens position when she looks at you
Take a good look at people around you so that you don’t get caught stalking her
Take shots when something else is going on so no one’s focusing on you
Take your shots fast, test your settings on a different subject before shooting actual subject as to avoid time wasting.
Take the shots fast, don’t stay on focus on the subject for more than 5 seconds, it’s too risky
What’s the easier way to photostalk?
say your name
Ask permission to take the shot
And here’s a result from me doing the second one.
I asked her permission to take a shot while she did the bridge cross challenge
(gawd, I can’t get over zhang zi yi )
A rare beauty in the North… 北方有佳人
She’s the finest lady on earth 绝世而独立
One glance from her, the city falls 一顾倾人城
A second glance leaves the whole nation in ruins 再顾倾人国
There is no city or nation that has been 宁不知倾城与倾国
More cherished than a beauty like this 佳人难再得