the way of the Dragon

Dearest ______,

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Happy Lunar (Chinese) New Year!  When I think of dragons, the following come to mind:

1) My father, born in the Year of the Dragon

2) That unfortunate karaoke staple, Puff the Magic Dragon

3) Bruce Lee

4) Daenerys Targaryen

5) Fire, strength, immensity, authority, flight

Literal Food for the Gods.

While ancient Mayan predictions state that 2012 should be the end of the world as we all know it,  Oriental philosophy dictates that the Dragon is the ultimate master of authority and deliverer of good fortune.  So how must we interpret these two contrary notions of the Lunar Year that has just begun?

I say we enter the Dragon in the way of the dragons- with courage; with fiery passion, nobility, and calm; with a strong sense of adventure in our blood; with a huge and generous heart.   If the Mayans have it right, at least we shall not go out without a fight.

Enter the Dragon (Bruce Lee, 1973)

Let’s all own this year and unleash the best dragons from within ourselves!


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4 thoughts on “the way of the Dragon”

  1. sa way dapig-dapig. you would have made a good dragon. but you have the smarts of a rat. and that’s something to rattle about.

  2. mah dear karlita,

    kung hei fat choi! (however we pronounce it) hehe
    i heard rats and dragons are compatible this year! lets hope ts a better year for everybody! 🙂


    1. Gong xi fa cai “Gong tsi fa tsai” is mandarin think, while “kong hei fa tsoi” is hokkien. In the Philippines kasi the Chinese speak hokkien, not so much mandarin so that’s what we grew up knowing. Parehas Lang naman sila so Happy Lunar New Year! 🙂 the best of luck and love and dragon-like epic stories in life this year to you and yours! 🙂

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