Daisy & Rose, Part VI

October 31, 2016 § Leave a comment

The prince was mesmerized by her beauty and instantly fell in love with her. He boldly came to her and asked her to dance with him. Daisy accepted and the glamorous pair moved to the music.

“They are truly a golden couple,” people said.

The king was pleased with his son’s choice and gave blessing to the pair. The prince and Daisy got married in a dream wedding.

While the people of the land were celebrating the union, the stepmother and her daughter were scheming to separate the two.

“We need to get Daisy back here somehow,” said Rose.

“She is a filial daughter. If something was to happen to her father, she would come home immediately.” The stepmother said.

To be continued……….

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Daisy & Rose, Part V

October 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

After Daisy disclosed to her what happened, she told her to wait for her and left. She came back a half hour later, accompanied by several villagers. These people had observed Daisy since she was little and were dissatisfied with the stepmother’s poor treatment of her. After they heard about Daisy’s current situation from the old woman, they were eager to help her out. In no time, the beans were properly sorted. When one villager saw that Daisy only had old and dirty clothes, he gave her one of his daughter’s dresses.

Daisy washed her body and put on the dress. Everyone was stunned at how beautiful she was. They already knew she was a beauty, but this was many times greater than they had imagined.

When Daisy entered the festival, all eyes were set on her. The stepmother and Rose were absolutely baffled when they saw her — partly because they did not expect her to attend the festival and mostly because of her beauty.

“Who is her?” People whispered to themselves. “Her beauty may even surpass the moon fairy.”

The prince was mesmerized by her beauty and instantly fell in love with her. He boldly came to her and asked her to dance with him. Daisy accepted and the glamorous pair moved to the music.

To be continued……….

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Daisy & Rose, Part IV

October 20, 2016 § Leave a comment

“You must finish sorting the beans before you could go to the festival.” The wicked woman said. “If I caught you cheating, I will throw both you and your ailing father out of the house!”

After her stepmother and stepsister left for the festival, Daisy broke down and cried. She knew that it would be impossible for her to finish sorting the beans in time to attend the festival. Her cry was heard by a neighbor who came over to check on her.

“My dear Daisy, why are you crying?” The old woman asked.

After Daisy disclosed to her what happened, she told her to wait for her and left. She came back a half hour later, accompanied by several villagers. These people had observed Daisy since she was little and were dissatisfied with the stepmother’s poor treatment of her. When they heard about Daisy’s current situation from the old woman, they were eager to help her out. In no time, the beans were properly sorted. When one villager saw that Daisy only had old and dirty clothes, he gave her one of his daughter’s dresses.

To be continued……….

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Daisy & Rose, Part III

October 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

One day, the kingdom’s monarch proclaimed a festival inviting all unmarried ladies in his kingdom and their parents to attend. The aging king wanted to use the opportunity to find a suitable wife for the crown prince.

The ambitious Rose saw this as a golden opportunity to marry the prince and become a future queen. With her beauty and intelligence, she would be the prime candidate. The only person who could snatch this chance away from her was Daisy. Rose pleaded to her mother to stop her stepsister from attending the festival at all costs.

After much thought, the stepmother came up with a trick to keep Daisy from attending the festival. She mixed green beans and black beans into a huge basket and told her to sort the beans by color.

“You must finish sorting the beans before you could go to the festival.” The wicked woman said. “If I caught you cheating, I will throw both you and your ailing father out of the house!”

To be continued…..

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Daisy & Rose, Part II

October 17, 2016 § Leave a comment

Time passed, the two girls grew up to become two attractive ladies. Rose, as her name suggested, was glamorous and sophisticated. Daisy was elegant and graceful.

Despite her clothes dirtied from working, Daisy attracted more attention from the people of the village (especially the young men) than her stepsister. Rose was confused and frustrated.

“What do people see in a hick like her?” She thought to herself.

Rose went to complain to her mother, who consoled her and promised to avenge her. The stepmother ordered Daisy to switch from housework to labor work, tending the farm from dawn to dusk. Despite her body muddied from working in the field and her hands slightly rugged from heavy labor, she continued to attract attention to the dismay of her stepmother.

One day, the kingdom’s monarch proclaimed a festival inviting all unmarried ladies in his kingdom and their parents to attend. The aging king wanted to use the opportunity to find a suitable wife for the crown prince.

To be continued……….

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Daisy & Rose, Part I

October 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

Based on a traditional folktale:

A couple was living happily with their young daughter Daisy until the wife fell seriously ill. Before she died, the wife asked her husband to quickly remarry so their daughter could have a new mother. The man fulfilled his late wife’s wish, marrying a widow who had a daughter named Rose from her previous marriage. The new wife treated Daisy like her real daughter, earning praise from neighbors and friends.

After the man fell bedridden, his wife became the de facto head of the household. It was then that she started to show her true colors. She had Daisy do all the heavy house chores and took away her new clothes.  Her own daughter, on the other hand, was adorned with fancy clothes and was permitted to go to school.

Time passed, the two girls grew up to become two attractive ladies. Rose, as her name suggested, was glamorous and sophisticated. Daisy was elegant and graceful.

To be continued……….

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Bowing Heads

October 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

Bowing is synonymous with Japan. Most Japanese take the custom seriously and perform them with zeal. If you ever witness two Japanese bowing to each other, you would be stunned at how much force is used to execute this customary form of greetings. There are instances each year of people suffering moderate-to-serious head injuries, resulted from them bumping heads while bowing to each other. In some cases, these injuries have led to deaths.

Japanese bowers sometimes would try to outdo each other (not as a competition but as an expression of respect). A Japanese would bow to another Japanese. The recipient would respond by bowing lower. The other person would reciprocate by bowing even lower. This exchange continues until someone hits the ground or gives up.

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