Friday, February 19, 2010

Chinese Clogs

Hey I have not seen these Chinese wooden clogs for some years now. When I was a kid, my mum would always make sure that she bought three or four pairs of these to replace the ones bought during the previous Chinese New Year. There were smaller pairs for children and there were also those with hour-glass shaped wooden platforms. I used to love them for they were so feminine especially when there were flower designs painted on the plastic flap.
I am nostalgic just recalling the din made by the wearers of these clogs - click-clack, click-clack, click-clack. We used to put these clogs in the bathrooms and never wore them out.
These clogs could also be used as weapons if you happened to be waylaid by characters wanting to rob you and they could also be used to 'ta siew yan' (In Cantonese this means that the clog can be used symbolically to clobber your enemies should you suspect them of maligning you or doing things to make your life miserable). Nowadays, people use technology to get even with each other. This certainly cannot compare with the old methods of using clogs to do the job.
Ah, my childhood memories!

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