23) My fanciful day

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my fancy day 01

Remembering when I was a little child, I fell sick and lie on the floor with my mum by my side.  Those days, a family of seven, were all cramped in a one-room flat.  I have to sleep on the living room floor left with not much choice.  That night, my mum used this straw fan to cool me down and put me in comfort.

I remember clearly I told my mum something from the bottom of my heart. “Mum, I’m okay! I am alright!”  Since then, I never forget the story about this kid and his mum and the fan in her palm.  This is one fancy memory I have.

my fancy day 02

In those days where air-cons and electric fans were considered luxury items, to cool ourselves down we either relied on the nature’s wind direction or the hand-held straw fans.  This very authentic fan made of straw is one essential item in every household to refresh each individual soul.  With the humid weather we are having on the equator, we just have to keep fanning till we reach our dreamland.

This simple light-weigh fan has many usages and it emits fragrance of natural straws each time you use it!  The Satay man needs it for his wavering stove.  Some use it to chase away mosquitoes while some use it to tout business.

my fancy day 05

Olden days, to express herself more dramatically, grandaunt matchmakers carry it with them all the time.  Or most probably is she trying to cover her hard-sell body language on the potentially singles that she is trying to unite?

But for now, it is no longer a drama prop in my house.  It has its special role to play in my home.  It beautifies a corner of my home and it brings back some warm memories I can’t erase.

my fancy day 03

While the light beam seeps through the fan, a glow seeps through my heart with reminiscence.  I wish I could be the fan in my mum’s hand.

 my fancy day 04

What this simple fan has provided me is not just the precious cool wind, it is the uncountable fanciful days I had with it and going to have with it.  Would you agree..?

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56 thoughts on “23) My fanciful day

    guttermutt said:
    January 19, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 19, 2013 at 1:56 am

      Thank you, thank you! 🙂

    sarahlouisek said:
    January 19, 2013 at 2:11 am

    “The fragrance of natural straw”…I feel like I am there, lying on the floor of your flat. You brought that memory alive.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks,Sara! I am glad you like it so much! You take care, have a peaceful weekend! 🙂

    Yahobahne said:
    January 19, 2013 at 2:26 am

    I felt the breeze 💨💨of this wonderful story blow back memories of the hand fans I used to use in church. Thank you for sharing your precious memories.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks Yoho! I appreciate you spent time reading my post! Cheers! 🙂

    Leisa said:
    January 19, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Oh such a beautiful memory Sydney, Thank you so much for sharing it with me, I feel I was transported to your living room floor and feeling the love of your dear mother!!!

    mixedupmeme said:
    January 19, 2013 at 3:02 am

    The fans are beautiful and so are the memories that go with them. They make me want to do a dance with fans. 🙂 I am making a special little post about the fans. Look for it later.

    But you may not find it where you think it should be.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Meme always cheer me up, how I wish you stay next door! 🙂

    Opalla said:
    January 19, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I always enjoy reading the artifacts you have taken photos of and written about them This fan is another one. I must ask my family to get me one from Hong Kong or Singapore. 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      You can get it from other Asia countries too, is about S$1.00 in local.
      When ever I look at your header image, I feel like an enchanting garden waving at me!
      Thanks, Opalla! Have a great day!

    lilyboat said:
    January 19, 2013 at 3:43 am

    This is beautiful. Every moment counts, and everything becomes meaningful when you live the moment to the fullest!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      I was born in the 60s, whether you believe it or not, I am still living in the simple and plain era.
      I know I can’t change the past and I don’t intent to do that, because this is my root, root of my soul!
      Thanks Lily! Thanks for your compliments!

    ruleofstupid said:
    January 19, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Absolutely lovely Sydney, thanks for sharing 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Hey! You are welcome, I love kongfu panda too! 🙂

    angelasommers said:
    January 19, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Beautiful post – you write so well, and I enjoy the pictures!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Have to write well, if not somebody will kick me out, Haha!
      Don’t swing too high, watch out the plane! 🙂

    Nourishing Chow said:
    January 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Feeling nostalgic…. 😀

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks, Chow! I love cooking too, but I was quite busy lately, once I get more settle down, I’ll steal some recipe from your Blog!
      Watch out, I might be there any time, haha!
      Enjoy your weekend!

    chris13jkt said:
    January 19, 2013 at 11:33 am

    The fans always remind me of the story about the legendary Chinese holy monk.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      When I bought this from the shop, the cashier asked me whether want any plastic carrier carry along?
      I ask her, if you don’t gave me any carrier I’ll be walking like the legendary monk!
      She laughed like a spring rolls after hearing me said that and I think I give her a better day!
      Thanks, chris! You are always so kind to me!

    Rexlin Victor said:
    January 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Sweet memory!!! good post!!!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks, Rexlin! I ,love you too! 🙂

    Sharifah said:
    January 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I remember this fan. Beautiful post.

    likeitiz said:
    January 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I remember these rans! My grandmother used to have them. And when they’re new, they have a certain smell. I love these fans! There is an art to handling them and generating the breeze. They also serve as less painful swats for when we used to misbehave!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks, Mary-Ann! This is awesome invention, apart from banana leaf fan, this is the most down to earth fan design.
      Magically, with this fan, it can’t fan away my sweet memories!

    natuurfreak said:
    January 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Your mam is a very nice person.Fans keep us cool.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      I hope she hear you! Thanks for reading!
      Hey, enjoy your weekend! 🙂

    Fan Dance « ladysighs said:
    January 19, 2013 at 8:03 pm

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    ladysighs said:
    January 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    http://ladysighs.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/fan-dance/

    Come see my fans and dance with me 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 19, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Yes, I am coming my fair lady! 🙂

        ladysighs said:
        January 19, 2013 at 8:30 pm

        LOL

    advocatemmmohan said:
    January 19, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    very nice

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 12:07 am

      You mean the fan or the story? Haha!
      Just kidding! Have a peaceful weekend! Cheers!

        advocatemmmohan said:
        January 20, 2013 at 12:16 am

        natural for the kids

        Sydney Fong responded:
        January 20, 2013 at 12:33 am

        Agree! 🙂

        advocatemmmohan said:
        January 20, 2013 at 12:35 am

        have a nice weekend
        with regards
        advocatemmmohan

        Sydney Fong responded:
        January 20, 2013 at 12:39 am

        You too!

        Sydney

    Rachel said:
    January 20, 2013 at 2:49 am

    This is a wonderfully reminiscent post, I can almost imagine I am there 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks, Rachel! Let’s get a fanciful day!

    Angeline M said:
    January 20, 2013 at 3:21 am

    What a lovely memory! And what a lovely post! I love the photo of the light beam coming in through the fan….I think that might be your Mum’s smile shining through at you 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      Yes, in fact I started to realize, they are at somewhere!
      Thanks Angeline!

    evilnymphstuff said:
    January 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I agree! I love these manual fans. Had those when I was young as well, and to be true, I enjoy refreshing myself with these much more than the electrical fans. Lol 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Frankly, the more you use, the more calmer you are! Try that! 🙂

    nightlake said:
    January 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    loveely memories olf Singapore in this post..can imagine how it used to be

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      You may like to buy one, keep it for sunny day! 🙂

    leandra said:
    January 21, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    i remember when i was a kid, my grandma and elder aunties all have this fan with them, and they fan themselves and us kids while telling us a nice story… now i’m homesick again waaaaa… T_T

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      This fan is very eco, sometime I fan it like a old man!
      Homesick is the sweet and the bitterness of life! I understand, I specially dedicate this song to you! I understand….

        leandra said:
        January 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        thank you, the melody is so sweet and looked up the lyrics as well. 🙂

        well, i just have to be patient till my next home leave, and find cures to my homesickness other than booking an air ticket, LOL

        Sydney Fong responded:
        January 21, 2013 at 10:20 pm

        Yes, meanwhile focus on saving! Oops, may be you don’t need that! 🙂

        leandra said:
        January 21, 2013 at 10:57 pm

        yes, i have to! to buy more gifts next Christmas! hehe! thanks for reminding! 🙂

    renxkyoko said:
    January 26, 2013 at 5:46 am

    We have one like that here at home. We bought it in the Philippines.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Yes, is good to use it often! is Eco! 🙂

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