Language : English
Published : 2018-02
Pages : 320
Devout Catholic schoolteacher Annabelle Thong never thought her chastity was a liability – until she runs away to Paris to find Prince Charming.
Enrolling herself at the Sorbonne, she meets the suave Patrick Dudoigt, but he’s the one temptation she MUST resist. Annabelle’s belief system is challenged on all fronts, and her naïveté is seen as gauche in the City of Love. Guilt and confusion make for dangerous bedfellows, and when her fellow university students enthusiastically combine reading and rioting, Annabelle can’t help but wonder if everyone’s gone mad – or is it just her?
Annabelle Thong takes a hilarious look at the sparks that fly when East meets West, and the passions these ignite.
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Welcome to the heavenly realm. Upon your arrival, you would be greeted by the heavenly guards. After passing through the Heavenly Gates, you’ll make your way to Ling Xiao Hall, where you can seek an audience with the Jade Emperor himself. While in Heaven, choose your words carefully, and be respectful to everyone you meet. The deities in the heavenly realm are endowed with special powers to help mankind or provide guidance, but some are mischievous and may not hesitate to conjure up a trick or two if they sense any disrespect.
This book, Legends of the Heavenly Gods, traces the many legends about the deities residing in the heavenly realm. You will enjoy the following stories:
- how a mortal man was chosen to become the Jade Emperor, to rule over Heaven, Hell and Earth;
- How his wife, the Heavenly Mother, felt about taking over the throne for a day;
- How Er Lang fought a ferocious dragon that was terrorising a village;
- how the Fairy of Ninth Heaven assisted the Yellow Emperor, and enable him to defeat Chi You, the leader of the Jiu Li Tribe.
This book provides a quick and exciting introduction to the many goings-on in the heavenly realm. From the Jade Emperor to the Yellow Emperor, from the Monkey King and Ne Zha to the Four Heavenly Guardians and the 100 heavenly guards, you will be trilled, enlightened and fascinated, all at once!
Talk about Chinese culture and images of dragon boats, lion dances, red packets and mandarin oranges readily come to mind. Their common thread is that they are all considered auspicious symbols by the Chinese. This charmingly illustrated book takes you on a journey of discovery of many others:
- Animals: Phoenix, tortoise , tiger, bat, spider, deer, elephant, horse, crane, carp, goldfish and others.
- Plants: Pine, bamboo, plum peony, peach, orchid, chrysanthemum, pomegranate, gourd and others.
- Objects: Treasure bowl, money tree, copper coin, ruyi, mirror, seal, Chinese knot and ‘tower of wisdom’.
- Home items: New year couplets, dumpling, glutinous rice ball, fish, chopsticks, longevity noodles and others.
- Words: Happiness, wealth, longevity, Eight Immortals, combined characters, auspicious numbers and greetings.
Understanding the appeal of these symbols will help you to appreciate the arts and crafts displayed in Chinese homes and workplaces.
Meet the Laughing Buddha. Not your usual sombre-faced Buddha, he is always seen with a megawatt grin across his face and a bulging sack over his shoulders. One of his trademarks is his big belly, a symbol of joy, good fortune and generosity.
The Laughing Buddha is the epitome of happiness, abundance and contentment, and is sometimes worshipped as a god of fortune and prosperity. Happiness is one of his greatest gifts to his devotees.
An exemplary model of magnanimity and a jocund outlook on life, he brings joy wherever he goes. These uplifting and whimsical accounts of his life give you a glimpse into the way of life as inspired by the teachings of the Buddha.
Understanding Research is an accessible and visually-appealing introduction to research. Whether students become producers or consumers of research, this text shows them that the subject is both interesting and highly relevant for their lives and professional work.