It’s that time again folks. Time to bid adieu to the Horse and give a hearty hello to the Sheep, which also means it is time to bring you yet another edition of our MORE’s Zodiac Predictions for the coming year. We climbed the highest mountains and journeyed to the remotest parts of Hangzhou to consult with only the best Chinese astrologers in order to present you, our dear readers, with these prognostications because we know just how important having your horoscope is to you.
Alright, so we pulled them from online, but that doesn’t make them any less authentic, does it??? The 2015 Chinese Zodiac Year will begin on February 19, 2015 and last until February 7, 2016. Forecasts are that this is going to be a very good year, one that will be influential and fruitful for many of the twelve zodiac signs, especially for you Sheep. The Sheep is a symbol of peace, balance, harmony and calmness. This is reflected in the Year of the Green Wood Sheep (or Goat, or Ram), which is under the Yin influence. And since the Sheep is the 8th sign in Chinese astrology, the year 2015 is slated to be a pretty lucky one, both personally and professionally. So, what does the Year of the Sheep hold for you animals out there? Love? Fortune? Fame? Great sex?
Rats!!! 2015 is going to be a year of challenges and learning to overcome adversity for you. The best things in life never come easy, and you guys are going to have to remember that in the Year of the Sheep. To succeed in 2015, Rat, you are going to have to work hard. If you do, you should see a big payoff, especially in your career. You will be able to make big changes without having to worry about the financial consequences, and that is going to be very important for you this year. However, as important as hard work is, you’ve also gotta remember to relax and enjoy life.
Your relationships are going to be one of the most important things in the coming year, and if you remember that, you should be able to get through anything. Try not be too hard on your loved ones. Not everyone has the same high standards as you, and in 2015 you are going to have to accept that, or there are going to be some big challenges ahead.
To succeed in the year of the Sheep, those born under the Chinese animal sign of the Ox are going to have to learn to be flexible. 2015 is the time to fight your natural tendencies to be stubborn and fixed in your plans. Life is going to bring lots of changes for you Ox. As long as you embrace the changes and allow yourself to be adaptable, you should be OK. In fact, if you let yourself take pleasure in the changes instead of trying to stop them, you will find 2015 to be a very enjoyable year. You just have to relax and go with the flow.
Don’t fret my pet. Relationship-wise, things are looking up. Your romantic relationships will be more intense in 2015 than ever before. You may find yourself falling more deeply in love than you ever have in your life, whether it’s with someone new or with your existing partner. Your emotions will be so profound, Oxen, and it’s going to make you a better partner.
For those born in the year of the Tiger, 2015 is going to be the time to go after the things you want and try to make your dreams come true. You will feel like you can achieve anything this year, and with enough hard work and determination, you can. 2015 promises great things for you, including new adventures and opportunities.
It’s also a good time to begin a marriage or renew your wedding vows. Your spirits will be high, so why not use the time to reaffirm your love? If you are single, this is going to be a great time to put yourself out there and show the world just how fabulous you are. If you play your cards right, you could meet that special person with whom you are truly compatible.
The year of the Sheep may be the time to spend some of that money you’ve been carefully setting aside, though it’s not a good idea to make large, impulsive purchases, but there’s nothing wrong with spending money on things that you’ve been wanting for a while. It’s time for you to reap the rewards of your hard work and frugal ways.
The year of the Sheep will have you Rabbits questioning your natural instincts. You may find yourself acting out of character this year, so don’t go making any life-changing decisions. If you remember to take care of yourself, you should get through 2015 without any major disasters.
Romantically, you may have a few challenges, partially because you are not quite sure how to handle your emotions. Strong love relationships will make it through this time of turmoil unscathed, but the weak ones… er… they were likely meant to end anyway. Whether you are in a relationship or single, 2015 is a time to access how you deal with romantic problems and resolve to change your behavior.
In the coming year, your emotions will affect everything you do Dragons. You will need to make sure that they don’t control your life though, and in 2015 that will be your toughest challenge. This could cause problems in the various parts of your life, especially when it concerns your career. If you can rein in your emotions and take time for yourself, you may be pleasantly surprised by what 2015 has in store for you.
But your rampant emotions can be a positive in the romance area. If you are in a love relationship, you may find yourself ready for a deeper commitment or more enamored with your partner than ever before. For you single Dragons, now is a good time to put yourself out there in hopes of meeting that very special someone.
The year of the Sheep will be a trying one for all Snakes, and you will be feeling an increase in tension and energy. You may find that there are challenges in all aspects of your life, and you’ll need to work hard to overcome them. Your temper could be an issue this year, and you’ll need to work at controlling it. But if you do, you may find life has some great rewards in store for you.
Friendship will be more important to you than romance in 2015, and your friends will be your anchor. Sadly, the aggression you feel will be a problem in your romantic relationships. You will have to be careful not to be too demanding of your partner, or you could push them away when you need them the most. If you are single, that may be a good thing. The Year of the Sheep will be a fine year for meeting lots of people but not so much for settling down with the one. Romance is not going to be a top priority for you this year.
Horse (1942 /1954 /1966 /1978 /1990 /2002/2014)
The Year of the Sheep is going to be a demanding and challenging year for you Horses out there. Change is coming, and it’s coming quickly, and it’s bringing adversity with it. The changes are going to make you work to better yourself so that you are prepared for anything that life may throw at you. Unfortunately, family relationships will contribute to your overall stress. You will have to work your way through this year, but you will come out of it stronger than ever.
With the challenges in the rest of your life, your romantic life will become your safe haven. If you are attached, you will lean on your partner more than ever, taking comfort in them and drawing strength from them. If you are single, you will be craving companionship. It’s a good time to put yourself out there, but don’t despair if love doesn’t find you right away. It’s okay to be alone, even if it doesn’t always feel that way.
Sheep (1943 /1955 /1967 /1979 /1991 /2003/2015)
For those born under the Sheep sign, the Year of the Sheep promises big things. This is your time to shine and you know it. Friendships, relationships, career goals… everything will come easier to you this year, as long as you don’t get overconfident. You might feel like that there will be nothing you can’t achieve this year, and as long as you keep your positive attitude and work hard, that could very well be true.
The confidence of the Sheep will extend to your love life in 2015. If you are in a relationship, you may find yourself becoming more assertive, but be careful not to try and dominate your partner. If you are single, this is a good time to meet someone new, as you’ve never felt more desirable. Sexually, you’re going to feel more adventurous than ever before, which should help spice up your love life. And though you should indulge your sexual side, be careful not to overindulge on the food. Weight issues might be a concern for you (which could seriously hamper your sex life). One last word of caution Sheepies: While this is your year, and luck is on your side, good luck can quickly turn into bad luck if you aren’t careful, so it’s always wise to save for a rainy day.
Monkey (1944 /1956 /1968 /1980 /1992 /2004)
You are on the verge of major change in 2015, Monkey, you can feel it in your bones even if it hasn’t arrived yet. You know that the best way to meet change is to be prepared. So, that is what 2015 is all about for you. You are going to get everything in order so that when the major change comes, you are ready for it.
If you are involved, you may find yourself questioning your relationship. Some soul-searching can do you good. A strong relationship should be able to come out unharmed – you may even have a new sense of appreciation for your partner. If you are single, this is the time to think about what you are looking for in a relationship and then figure out how to go about getting it.
Rooster (1945 /1957 /1969 /1981 /1993 /2005)
2015 is where Roosters need to take life easy. You need to go forward this year with proper planning and organization. Being impulsive will definitely not work in your favor. Your efforts at work are not futile. Rewards are on the way. Do not be hasty in trying to achieve your goals. This will not happen, and you will just end up feeling desolate and unrewarded.
The Year of the Sheep is one in which you, Rooster, will learn a lot about yourself and the people around you, and it may not always be pleasant, but you will walk away from this year better because of the learning experiences. It is a year that will change your relationships and how you deal with the world. If the world is getting you down, you may be tempted to cling to your romantic partner and take comfort in them, and this could lead to tension if they feel suffocated. You may find that you need to step back and give your partner space, even if it goes against your natural urges. If you are single, you may find that you want to dive into a new relationship headfirst. But you need to be cautious to see that you are compatible in the first place.
Dog (1946 /1958 /1970 /1982 /1994 /2006)
Predictions are that in 2015 the Dog will be in for excellent financial windfalls, but achieving them will require working with others. Dogs, you might face a few obstacles in your career and business. You just need to face the ordeals with intelligence rather than strength. Things might not be easy, but they are not impossible either.
This is a year where you will get your strength from your personal relationships, but at the same time you need to take care of yourself and continue to grow as a person. If you already have a love interest, lean on your partner. Building a life together involves cooperation and partnership. You will realize just how important those things are, and your relationship should become stronger than ever because of your new perspective. If you are single, you may find that friendship is the best foundation for romance and the type of partnership you crave. New love affairs will be filled with excitement, passion and pleasure.
For the Pig, 2015 will be all about networking and letting your outgoing instincts work for you. The Pig is a natural at making friends, and in 2015 that quality will be one of your biggest assets. 2015 will be a great year for travel for you Piggies. Set aside a few weeks and take that long holiday you’ve been dreaming about. The break will do you good and so will the change of scenery. Who knows who you might meet or what opportunities might arise.
In your romantic relationships, you tend to be an idealist Pig, but in the Year of the Sheep, you will find yourself being more practical. You will separate the dream from the reality and come away with a better understanding of yourself and the people in your life. You may find that your love relationships are being tested because of this, but if it’s meant to be it will survive this test and come out stronger than ever. If it’s not, well, it’s better to know and accept it than to keep fighting for something that isn’t working.
For the 12th consecutive year, the Expat Show Shanghai is back for the delight of families.
Expatriates or locals, the Expat Show Shanghai will meet all your daily needs.
Shanghai is a cosmopolitan city, the whole world is represented here. However, creating your network, meeting new people, or simply keeping up to date with new businesses (services and products) can sometimes be complicated by the vastness of this city.
That's why the three days Expat Show brings together in one place everything you need. Thus, foodies will find their happiness within the "Food & Beverage Area" created in partnership with Sherpa's ; various tastings organised will fulfil wine, beer, and cocktail lovers dreams; families will not be left behind with stands dedicated to tourism, education, health but also to investment and finance.
Activities for young and adult visitors will be organized inside a dedicated space, and a relaxation area awaits all visitors for moments of exchange over a drink or a coffee.
The members of the associations (non-profit, charities, Chambers of Commerce...) will also be there to present their activities and why not, soon, count you among their members.
GET TOGETHER COCKTAIL
This year, a big new feature!
The Expat Show is pleased to invite you to its "Get Together Cocktail".
In the Shanghai Exhibition Center, you are expected on Saturday, September 21st, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Relaxing Area.
Wine, spirits and cocktails tasting with appetizers provided by our sponsors, will be an opportunity to share a pleasant moment.
Participation is free of charge and our generous sponsors have prepared many gifts for you. Come and try your luck! Games, trips, gifts are to be won!
SEE YOU ON SEPTEMBER 20TH AT 10AM!
This year the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival, falls on September 13th. This is the 2nd most important festival in China, after the Chinese New Year/Spring Festival blow out extravaganza. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival that coincides with the autumnal equinox and marks the end of the summer harvest season, and its date varies from year to year because the Chinese can’t seem to let go of the Lunar Calendar. Of course, they’ve seen silverware too, but Jerry Seinfeld already did that bit.
Like everything else here, the history of the Mid-Autumn Festival dates all the way back, 3,000 years, to the Shang Dynasty, when the powerful sorcerer Lo Pan broke the curse of immortality by marrying a girl with green eyes…no, wait, that was the plot to Big Trouble in Little China. Here’s the real one, according to legend (or, Wikipedia, if you want to be a jerk about it):
“Chang'e and her husband Houyi were immortals living in heaven. One day, the ten sons of the Jade Emperor transformed into ten suns and scorched the Earth. Having failed to order his sons to stop ruining the Earth, the Jade Emperor summoned Houyi for help. Houyi, using his legendary archery skills, shot down nine of the sons, but spared one son (who conveniently became the Sun). The Jade Emperor was obviously not pleased with Houyi's solution to save the Earth as it involved Houyi murdering nine of his sons. As punishment, the Jade Emperor banished Houyi and Chang'e to live as mere mortals on Earth.
Seeing how miserable Chang'e felt over her loss of immortality, Houyi decided to go on a long, perilous quest to find the pill of immortality so that the couple could become immortal again. At the end of his quest he met the Queen Mother of the West who agreed to give him the pill, but warned him that each person needs only half the pill to become immortal.
Houyi brought the pill home and stored it in a case. He warned Chang'e not to open the case and then left home for a while. Like every other woman in the history of the world, she didn’t listen. She opened up the case and found the pill just as Houyi was returning home. Nervous Houyi would catch her fiddling with the pill, she swallows the whole thing like a stooge and starts to float into the sky because of the overdose. Although Houyi could have used his wicked archery skills to shoot her and tether her down, he couldn’t bear to do it and Chang'e kept on floating until she landed on the moon.
Although Chang’e missed her husband dearly, she wasn’t alone. She did have company of a jade rabbit that manufactured elixirs, and that of the lumberjack Wu Gang. The lumberjack offended the gods in his attempt to achieve immortality and was therefore banished to the moon. Wu Gang was allowed to leave the moon if he could cut down a tree that grew there. The problem was that each time he chopped it down; it would instantly grow back, effectively condemning him to live on the moon for eternity. Gods are tricky that way.”
So to commemorate this story, as well as the end of the harvest season, people throughout China gather their families together to catch up while eating moon cakes (discussed in more detail later) and pomelo. They also light lanterns to adorn their homes, temples, and even the sky. This last kind of lantern, called a, “sky lantern,” is really quite cool. They’re basically an ornate box kite that’s lit with a candle, but when they’re launched, after night fall, they make for a beautiful, candlelit sky. Add to this luminescence that of the full round moon and you’ve got yourself the makings of one festive evening. It’s also the perfect occasion to pull out your old Neil Young albums (namely Harvest and Harvest Moon) and rock out.
Alternate Uses for Moon Cakes:
Let’s face it; the moon cake is the fruitcake of China. No one actually wants them (other than for re-gifting purposes). They’re just the gift you give people to let them know how little you care for them. For the person on the receiving end, it’s really a slap in the face. The giver of said crap cakes gets to slide by on the kindness of the gesture, while you’ve got to work up a smile, and pretend to appreciate what is in essence, an empty, backhanded act of passive aggression. Giving someone moon cakes is the same as saying, “I’ve nothing but contempt for you, but I do plan on knocking you up for a favor in the next couple weeks, so try not to choke.” But all’s not lost because moon cakes can serve many other functions besides pissing all over the definition of cake. So as those decorative boxes of banality from all your condescending know-nothing colleagues at work pile up in your home, don’t think about how drunk you’re going to have to get to choke them all down. Get creative. Think like Martha Stewart, or just keep reading and use some of the ideas we’ve come up with. It’s a good thing.
Stabilize that wobbly chair or coffee table
One of the nice things about a cake that’s got the density of a brake pad is that it can endure a sizeable amount of force without breaking apart. That makes it one of the best materials to use to support that bothersome short leg on your table, chair, or bar stool. It also won’t scuff up your hardwood floors.
Serves as a fantastic replacement puck for ice or street hockey
Thanks to the moon cakes stout, cylindrical design, (It’s called, yeast, you a-holes! It’s what makes baked goods fluffy and delicious. Stop living in the past.), it has, not only the same shape as a standard ice hockey puck, but also, almost, the exact same dimensions. So here’s what you do. Take a box of these abominations and throw them in the freezer for a couple hours while you gather the gang for a good old fashion game of street hockey, or take them down to the skating rink at the MixC Mall and have at it.
Give to the needy
This is just to prove our point that these shit snacks are universally reviled. Go up to a homeless person asking for money and give them a box of these bastards instead, and see if you don’t get pegged in the back of the head with one as gratitude for your selfless gesture.
Protect yourself from stray dogs
It’s late and you’re stumbling out of the bar after a few too many with your buddies. Your senses are impaired, as is your sense of direction. You find yourself alone, walking down a dark street when you spot a mongrel dog that has shown an interest in you. You’re too drunk to outrun it, and it’s the only thing between you and your warm bed. What do you do? You pull out the moon cakes that some jackanapes forced on you and you force them right into the dog’s mouth. Like peanut butter on their nose, this should keep it occupied for at least 10 minutes, giving you plenty of time to make a staggering escape.
Whip at motorists who don't obey the traffic laws
How many times have you been on your bike, or in a taxi, and you’ve almost been killed by some motorist who thinks the rules don’t apply to them? If you’ve been here a week it’s happened at least once. Don’t lie to us. Of course, you want to throw something at them, but all you have handy is your cell phone and/or wallet and, obviously, you can’t throw those. Moon cakes combine the heft of a billiard ball with the softness of a dessert you’d still pass on in a hostage situation. You make your point, no damage to the target’s car, but the message was received. Everyone wins.
Earmuffs in the winter
Get creative this winter and be the first one on your block to chase away the chills with some homemade, moon cake earmuffs. All you need is a needle, some decorative, elastic yarn, 2 moon cakes (one for each ear) and a microwave. Cut 5 lengths of yarn at a measure of one and half times the circumference of your head. Work the yarn through the moon cakes laterally (through the sides). Adjust the position of the cakes so that each one rests comfortably over each ear, with your lengths of yarn going around your head like a sweat band. When you’ve got them positioned how you like them, tie the ends of your yarn together to ensure a snug fit around your cabeza. When you’re ready to hit the town, throw your stylish new earmuffs in the microwave for 30 seconds and prepare to laugh derisively at Old Man Winter.
Haze the new guy
Like snake wine and unicycles, moon cakes serve no purpose. They do, however, work well for gags, especially when the new guy in your office starts getting a little too big for his britches. Knock him down a peg, and remind him of his place by challenging his manhood with a moon cake eating contest. Basically, you just tell him that it’s a rite of passage we’ve all gone through and if he can’t eat 10 moon cakes in 10 minutes, no one will respect him. Whether or not he finishes them is beside the point. The point is, no one else is going to eat these things and they’re starting to take up space.
And there you have it. Seven great ways to get rid of your moon cakes, when re-gifting is simply not an option, but by no means, are these the only ways. Get creative and think up some yourself. You like building models? Build yourself a 1/10 scale trebuchet and see how far you can wing them. Or give them to kids. They’ll put anything in their mouths. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everybody!
Qiantang River tidal bore is one the largest tidal bores in the world which reaches the most spectacular on the eighteenth day of the eight month on Chinese lunar calendar. To watch the 9-meter tidal waves, you can choose the best locations in Haining city, about 50 kilometers from Hangzhou.
2019 Qiantang River International Surfing Competition will be held from Sept.11th to 16th, during which the Qiantang River tides are surging frighteningly high in the year.
Opening ceremony (about 40 minutes)
Time: 3:30pm - 4:10pm, September 12th
Location: Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园 (江干区5号港路)
Qiantang River International Surfing Competition (4 days)
Time: September 13th - 16th (13th-15th: preliminaries, 16th: finals and closing ceremony).
Venue: Qianjiang No.9 Bridge to No.1 Bridge (Qiantang River Bridge) 钱江九桥至钱江一桥(钱塘江大桥)
Closing Ceremony Location: Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园 (江干区5号港路)
Teams: 9 teams (China, Australia, Spain, South Africa, Brazil, California, France, Indonesia and Puerto Rico)
Surfing Carnival (5 days)
Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm, September 12th - 16th
Location: Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园 (江干区5号港路)
What to expect: There will be four surf theme carnival activities: water rafting, surfing pool, surfing culture exhibition, surfing board teaching, as well as magical spider wall, frisbee, bowling and many other activities.
Qiantang Music Festival (1 day)
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Saturday, September 14th
Location: Garden Lawn at Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园大草坪 (江干区5号港路)
The referee of Qiantang River International Surfing Competition, Peter Towndend is the first World Surfing Champion and the former coach of China National Surfing Team.
Nine teams from home and abroad will surf on the so-called “Silver Tides” from Sept. 13th to 16th. World top surfers, Dean Morrison, Eneko Acero, Kyle McGeary and Made Garut Widiarta will participate in the event.
Dean Morrison, who is the champion of Australia and European Division of World Men's Shortboard Surfing Championship Tour. He is one of the most celebrated Australian surfers of the modern era, finishing a career best ninth in 2007. In the water Dean is a pocket dynamo, known for his compact, fluid style and sublime cutback. On land his humility and good nature ensure he is the kind of pro surfer who is approachable for people from all walks of life.
Eneko Acero, one of the most important and influential surfers of Spain and Europe. At that time it was just him on a worldwide tour with surfers from all over the place but his hometown/country. Still today, Eneko is surfing in a daily basis, manages a team of an international brand and of course proudly holds the surname Acero, a surfing family you might heard of from him, his older brother Iker Acero or the charismatic Kepa Acero.
Kyle McGeary, Team (NSSA) champion surfer, he is an underground local surfer from Huntington Beach, California. "Never heard of Kyle? Then you probably don't surf the pier, because if you did, you'd see him hucking big rotators everyday."
Made Garut Widiarta, born and raised in Kuta he started surfing at the age of 9 at his home break Half Ways, Garut is one of the most recognizable Indonesian surfers in the world and he has received more high profile attention in the media than any Indonesian surfer since Rizal Tanjung. Is name is I Made Widiarta a.k.a Garut.
The top local surfers will also participate on behalf of Chinese National Surfing Team. Surfing in the Qiantang River has only been allowed since 2008. During the competition, surfers will follow the tidal bore in motorboats and jet skis, and then take turns riding the waves.
Surfing will be included in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. The inclusion has given a boost to the sport in China, where it remains relatively new.
Hangzhou government hopes the competition can further promote the sport among citizens, especially the youth.
The competition will be broadcast nationwide by China Central Television.
On Saturday, September 7th, 2019, Hangzhou International School held their Annual Welcome Back Barbecue and once again gathered the HIS community, parents, students and teachers, they had an opportunity to welcome the new families and to catch up with the old friends while enjoying themselves, the tasty food, and the activities provided.
MORE’s editor Loren was fortunately enough to be invited, while it was initially a little foreign to him—not having kids going to the school, not being a Binjiang-er—his years of being in Hangzhou felt like they finally paid off, and he bumped into a good cross-section of international folk he has known for a while now.
The food was predictably excellent, with burgers from returning favorite Slim’s one of the queues we had to try, but also present was the Indian faire from Pita’s and Tika’s and pizza from Angelo’s.
The kids had a great time too, with musical and dance performances, face painting and candy.
We had a great time talking to some new and returning teachers, eager to get the new school year fully underway, and had a great time talking about the crafts of teaching and parenting, as well as the sense of community that HIS brings to its families and faculty who come together from more than 50 nations to make events like this fun and engaging. We are looking forward to continue having a great school year!
Looking for fresh and imported products from a source you can trust? Why not take advantage of Epermarket’s new and improved delivery service (now upgraded from 3 days to 7 days a week)? When ordering online, you can pick all the high-quality items you love and have them delivered to your door at on a day that suits you!
If you’re not available at a specific time of the day when your order arrives, you can always select, “Leave my Order at the Door” option, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that your fresh and frozen items will be carefully stored for you in cooler and carton boxes upon your arrival.
Ordering online at Epermarket couldn’t be easier—they have a wide range of hard-to-find products to choose from. Did we mention they have over 5000 imported products as well? And all their fresh groceries are packed on the day they are delivered, so you can be assured of the best quality hand-picked items.
What else is new at Epermarket?
Their Wine Fair promotion! This exclusive wine sale is coming up and will include classic beverages from some of the finest wine regions in the world. From Chablis to Prosecco and Rosé, you can find over 100 wines to dive into and enjoy in the comfort of your home. These wines will be on sale from up to 40% off, starting from September 10th, so keep your eyes peeled for more at www.epermarket.com.
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Offer is valid until Friday, the 13th September.
Find out more about other promotions when you visit their website Epermarket.com!
The idea behind Epermarket has always been simple: a place for internationals to buy the food they love, from a source they can trust. They place quality and safety first, with all products curated by professionals, all passionate about food and living a healthy life. Whether you are looking for fresh fruit and organic vegetables, pantry favorites or even home care products, Epermarket has everything you need.
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