19) Few steps to CNY

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Wooden clogs are versatile shoes appear in and out of your house in olden days.  I remember during my childhood, I saw my mother wearing it into the toilet to do the laundry.  Another pair is placed outside the corridor, she wear that to do her gardening.

 It is also part of street hawkers’ attire in those days.  So it’s hard to miss out the “clark, clark, clark” sound throughout the busy food street.

 Wooden clogs are uncommon these days.  But as the scent of Lunar New Year gets closer, I realize I need a pair of wooden clog for this festive season.  Traditionally, it signifies “步步高升” literally means “higher steps” for the prosperous year ahead.

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This pair is meant for the ladies.  The shape resembles a woman’s perfect measurement!  In the past, it is common footwear for housewives to walk down the street doing bargains with their marketing or sometimes chasing their kids with a cane with it!

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The male version comes with broader shape.  It is not only domestic footwear for hawkers or coffee shop baristas, it is also ideal footwear for wearers to alert their movement with the sounds it created.

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I shall dedicate these two pairs of wooden clogs to all fellow Bloggers and Followers.

Wishing all taking their steps higher and higher, with good health and a very prosperous Lunar New Year!

29 thoughts on “19) Few steps to CNY

    niirmala said:
    January 15, 2013 at 4:16 am

    This reminds me of something. Back in the Philippines, I use to wear wooden clogs while washing clothes in the river. Thank you for sharing this. We call it “Bakya” (Wooden Sandal).

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 15, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Another story behind the scene! :)
      I remember those street hawker like to wear this clog too.
      The sound of “clark,clark,clark: in the air….those in the days!
      Thanks for your sharing,niirmala!
      Wish you well and happy in 2013! Cheers!

    lilyboat said:
    January 15, 2013 at 5:15 am

    I don’t think you will ever get bored or have any dull moment! I think you find joy and amusement in every details of daily life! And even the clogs become a very interesting subject here. This was really interesting, and fun to read! Thank you :)

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 15, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Thanks for your compliments! Yes, this is Sydney! You can’t find me under a crystal ball or carrying branded stuff !
      A quiet lame guy who always look for age old stone! :)

    Tracy said:
    January 15, 2013 at 6:16 am

    I love these clogs and the stories they tell, so much history and culture conveyed through the wooden shoe. Wishing you higher and higher steps of much happiness, well-being and joy Sydney. Your blog is always such a pleasure to visit.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 15, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Thanks, Tracy! You have a strong and up-right mind set which I lately influence by you.
      I wish you stay Healthy and Peaceful in 2013! – sydney

    YellowCable said:
    January 15, 2013 at 8:26 am

    These type of shoes or whatever they are called are hard to use.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Yes, it is very rough and noisy, but culture are much more gentle behind!
      Thanks, Yellowcable! I wish you Well and Healthy in 2013!

        YellowCable said:
        January 15, 2013 at 10:35 am

        Thank you, you do the same!

    Grndma Chris said:
    January 15, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Thank you for that very interesting information. I learned something new today :)

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Thanks, add grain on earth has make it!

        Grndma Chris said:
        January 15, 2013 at 9:54 am

        If you can teach this old dog a new trick then you definitely have accomplished something.

        Sydney Fong responded:
        January 15, 2013 at 10:02 am

        Puppy teach old dog?
        Can an old dog offer a open heart?

    Cathy Ulrich said:
    January 15, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I love their bright red color!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 15, 2013 at 11:56 am

      I don’t know why is it in red! May be is something to do with prosperity in their belief.

    Rexlin Victor said:
    January 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Very interesting and nice!!!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks, Rexlin! Owner should be more interesting! :)

    mfushidara said:
    January 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Happy Lunar New Year! I hope you find your pair of wooden clogs soon. ^_^

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      I got it in $5 for both sides! :)
      Happy Chinese New Year in advance!

    isaac976 said:
    January 15, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    HUAT AR !!

    Long Life Cats and Dogs said:
    January 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Aren’t they rather uncomfortable?

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      In olden day, we don’t have much choices left.
      Of course is not so comfortable, but once you get used to it, you can walk like a King! :)

    elleturner4 said:
    January 15, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Hi! I hope you don’t mind-I have nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award. Here’s the link ;) http://elleturner4.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/reader-appreciation-award/

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 16, 2013 at 1:29 am

      I thank you for the kind invitation, have a nice day! :)

    khaula mazhar said:
    January 16, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I love wooden clogs and have a pair that I use, they are golden ( I love glittery stuff :) ) Happy Lunar New New Year.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 16, 2013 at 1:30 am

      Same to you! :)
      Wish you fill with joy and peace in 2013!

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      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 28, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Hey! Thanks for your visiting!
      Have a nice day1 :)

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