The First Man I Love Turned 80!

The Chinese have many traditions and one of them is the celebration of longevity when elderly grand/parents reach the ages of 70, 80 or 90.

You’ve probably seen porcelain statues of the Fu Lu Shou, personified deities (always sold in a set as the 3 Immortals), in departmental stores or Chinese emporiums.

福禄寿 (Fu Lu Shou) is a Chinese traditional religion which dates back to the Ming Dynasty. It is a concept of Happiness (Fu), Prosperity (Lu), and Longevity (Shou).

寿 (Shou) is the Chinese God of Longevity who controls the lifespan of mortals. He is usually depicted as the one holding a peach fruit and sometimes with a gourd attached on a staff. The gourd is said to be filled with the elixir of life and if one drank from it, one would become an immortal. Not easy to get that drop I’m afraid.

However, it is easier for one to consume the divine fruit of the gods, the peach (桃)! Eating the Longevity Buns 长寿包 (Changshoubao) is symbolic to enjoying a long and easy life as well as having victory over the strife that life may present.

That said, having Changshoubao a.k.a. Shoutao (寿桃) is a must for a longevity celebration! Everyone will be blessed after eating it 🙂

Dad 80th BD

I bought the Longevity Buns 长寿包 from East Ocean Teochew Restaurant.
There are 1 peach dough shell and 20 small peach buns altogether for S$33 before GST.

Dad 80th BD

Baby Peach Buns (some with leaves).
The restaurant did not make them hot as the clingwrap packaging may destroy the bun skin so we had to steam them ourselves.

Dad 80th BD

There are many baby peach buns inside the giant peach which is actually a helmet-like dough shell 🙂

Dad’s birthday was on the 5th but everyone had to work so we decided to hold the birthday celebration on Sunday. I wanted to bring them out for dim sum at East Ocean Toechew Restaurant in Ngee Ann City but mom was still not very mobile after her surgery so we bought some food and went over to my parents’ home instead.

Chocolate cake from Sissy.

Chocolate cake from Sissy.

Dad 80th BD

Lighting up for dad – the man who light up my life!

Valerie & Ryan came over after visiting Butter at the animal hospital.<br /> Butter cannot be discharge yet.

Valerie & Ryan came over to celebrate Grandpa’s 80th birthday after visiting Butter at the animal hospital.

The celebration was supposedly festive but we were not in the mood. Less than 12 hours ago, Butter, our puppy got ill. With her still warded, the mood was a sober one. Dad understood us perfectly well. He used to own a silky terrier who died a decade ago. He couldn’t accept another puppy when we offered to buy him one.

Ryan & Butter. A father's love...

Ryan & Butter.
A father’s love…


Even Bam, our other dog, seemed to miss her.
She’s always disturbing him and knocking him over when she’s home.

Perhaps, Dad made a wish for Butter to recover. Perhaps eating the peach bun gave us victory over this strife. Perhaps, Butter is simply Butter – a fighter! Quizas, quizas, quizas… Butter just got out of the hospital yesterday and we are monitoring her closely. Valerie is now down with fever after a few days of crying and lack of sleep. I am able to pick up the “pen” and blog again although my writing is quite haphazard today 😉

Dad is a very simple and down-to-earth kind of guy.<br />  He is passionate about a lot of things and keen on learning.<br /> His motto is 活到老,学到老 or simply lifelong learning.<br /> Did I mention he make his own Sudoku puzzles?<br />  HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY!!! :D :D :D

Dad is a very simple and down-to-earth kind of guy.
He is passionate about a lot of things and keen on learning.
His motto is 活到老, 学到老 or simply lifelong learning.
Did I mention he make his own Sudoku puzzles?

Here’s to everyone’s good health!

Happy celebrating 🙂

Click to see more:
pictures of my dad in Happy Father’s Day post.

photos of Butter and Bam in this post.

P.S. Vanessa said the peach bun looked like buttcrack but it wasn’t funny then. Now Butter you’re back (no pun intended). I find it hilarious while blogging this :p

10 Responses to “The First Man I Love Turned 80!”
  1. Rörschåch says:

    What am terrific family, Sam. Long life to all. Speedy recovery to Butter.


  2. Rörschåch says:

    Fantastic family, Sam. May you all enjoy a long, healthy life. Speedy recovery to Butter.

  3. wingedprisms says:

    What a great heart-felt post! So glad everyone is doing better. Our pups – and Dads – mean a lot to us.
    Rest well my Friend,
    cate b

  4. Lignum Draco says:

    It sounds like an up & down 24 hours. Glad it’s all good in the end (or should that be butt). 🙂

    • Sam Han says:

      Life is full of twists and turns. What an emotional roller coaster this year for me with more to come – both good and bad (am already informed of another aunt’s unhealthy condition). I feel worn out but life goes on eh? 😉 Have a great day ahead Draco! 😀

  5. Heartwarming and emotional.Inspiring read.Blessings.Jalal

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