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Clouds, Seals, Architects, and Monsoons

Clouds, Seals, Architects, and Monsoons

The seal of the city shows Hindu god Indra riding in the clouds on Airavata, a divine white elephant knows in Thai as Erawan. Indra and Erawan both represent ideas of water and abundance

The seal is based on a painting done by Prince Naris.  Prince Naris was the principal court designer from 1863-1947 and an incredible designer, architect, and composer. 

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Thailand has some serious cloud activity. The weather in Thailand is a tropical savanna climate and is under the influence of the South Asian Monsoon system. Bangkok has three seasons, hot, rainy, and cool. Average low is 71.6 in December to 95.7 in April.  Wowzers and we thought we had it hot in Columbus!



Thailand has many cool animals that are native to Thailand.  Take this amazing Clouded leopard for example. Clouded leopards are very secretive in the wild.  They are amazing climbers that are able to climb down trees face first because of a rotating ankle joint.  They also have the largest canines of the Big Cat family in proportion to their size. They may not be the nicest animal to meet in the wild but they sure are cute in photographs!

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Guinness World Records, Awesome Thai Rock Band!!! So much more

Longest Place Name in Guinness World Records

In Thailand, Bangkok is known as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep.  However the Ceremonial name is 168 letters long and is in the Guinness World Records as the world’s longest place name. 

Bangkok’s full ceremonial Name

Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit

Below is a translation of what it means in the English language

The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (of Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.

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Take a listen to the Thai Rock Band Asanee–Wasan “Krung Thep Maha Nakhon” which repeats the full name throughout the song. https://sonichits.com/video/Asanee_Wasan/Krung_Thep_Mahanakhon

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Bangkok; A Cultural Hub since the Beginning

Bangkok: A Cultural Hub since the Beginning

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Windchimes is an Asian Fusion restaurant that boasts a variety of dishes from different Asian countries.  This month and part of September we will be looking at Thailand an amazing country full of inspiring cuisine and culture.  Thailand’s Capital is Bangkok as well as it’s most populous city with over eight million people living within the city limits and 14 million people living in the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region. That’s a lot of people!

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Bangkok started as a trading post in the 15th century on the bank of Chao Phyraya River called Ayutthaya Kingdom. Ayutthaya Kingdom existed from 1350 - 1750 and expanded to incorporate current day Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.  Being both on the River as well as the Gulf of Thailand, Ayutthaya Kingdom was a cultural trading center that shared ideas with China, Europe, India, and Persia.  Fast Forward to Modern Bangkok, which is an international hub for transport and health care, and has emerged as a centre for the arts, fashion, and entertainment. It is still among the world’s top tourist destinations.


Monthly Horoscope: July 2019
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Rat

Your luck will fluctuate this year but a silver lining will eventually appear. The workplace might become a little complicated and your social relationships will send you into a spin. You’ll have to find the key and go with the flow.Lucky Stars will help you along the way so not to worry. Be careful whom you befriend and be cautious of traps set by new acquaintances. Your expenses will increase as time moves on now so settle the bills no matter how small they are.

Ox

Your Lucky Star is shining bright at the beginning of this July .  You may want to collaborate with others in business and in doing so, increase your competitive edge. This month’s emphasis will be on strengthening social ties. Don’t trouble yourself with trivial matters. Generosity and forgiveness will help you achieve greatness now.

Ox years : 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

You may feel out of control in terms of relationships and you really don’t know how to improve on them. There will be an increase in expenses too so just you be careful.

Tiger

Your July 2019 seems to be filled with luck and you’ll be in just the mood to work non-stop. You’ll show a marked improvement at work and you’ll be on top of the world when your performance is finally acknowledged. There could be a brief surge in wealth now too.

Tiger years : 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Seize this opportunity but know when to quit. Steer clear of trivial conflicts though. Your social network is crucial this month so do your best to keep it alive.

Rabbit

This is not a good month for you will work hard and for seemingly no gains! It will be difficult to set your sights on goals and there will be messes to clean up. Wealth seems so difficult to attain but fortunately for you, your lucky star will appear by the middle of July and your luck will change.

Rabbit years : 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Depression may begin to affect your relationships and there will be misunderstandings. A calm, communicative approach will resolve this.

Dragon

Your luck is stable and positive but be cautious in your daily chores. There will be hiccups at work and life in general and expenses will increase too.

Dragon Years: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Be patient with others and these issues should be resolved quickly. Business dragons should be more conservative and place more emphasis on winning with long-term plans.

Snake

It’s a buoyant month in terms of your luck which may leave you dizzy. There will be complications in your daily work so you should avoid making major changes. Young snakes shouldn’t switch jobs now, in the beginning of the month. Settle for what you have and appreciate it for all its worth. Watch your personal finances and set a limit on spending.

Snake Years : 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Your love life may not go as you’d like but with a little thought, you’ll end up enjoying each others company.

Horse

A new start for a new month. If you have already developed a work plan, it’s time to put it into action. If you haven’t, begin drawing it up now. You really don’t want to miss this opportunity.

Horse Years: 942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

There’ll be increased income now but there could also be increased expenses. It is quite probable that you’ll suffer an accident. Pay special attention to road safety, keep an eye on the traffic and avoid strolling alone at night.

Goat

Be prepared for the bad news now. You will endeavour to give it your all at work but the returns will not be anything like that which you envisaged.

Goat Years : 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)

There will be numerous distractions too. Be conservative in investments. you will have a hard time juggling between relationships and when you begin to lose patience there will be misunderstandings. This can only be a losing situation.

Monkey

This July 2019 will not be so good. You will encounter various obstacles and become stuck in a rut. Be as flexible as you can and know when to quit!

Monkey Years : 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)

There will be gossip around you and some may even attack you deliberately which will lead to furious arguments. Beware of making new ‘friends’ and be cautious of your words.

Rooster

There’ll be subtle changes this month but cautiousness will save you from trouble. You will need to adjust to a new working environment. Just go with the flow.

Rooster Years : 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)

Be progressive in investing and conduct your business legitimately. You will enjoy a stable love life and be able to tolerate minor hiccups. You could be blessed with good luck for the entire year if you make offerings to the Tai Sui on the 9th and 15th of the month.

Dog

A satisfactory month with great workflow so seize the opportunity to achieve your goals. This will be the Pinnacle of the year. Business dogs will increase their efficiency and revenue.

Dog Years : 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

There’ll be tension in social relationships and will need rationality to solve them. Be careful in investments and don’t fuzz over minor losses. They could be perceived as a way to solve disasters.

Pig

This July will be splendid and you can accomplish anything. Show off your talents and receive all the rewards. You’ll manage your finances well and youngsters will learn a great lesson in managing their daily expenses too. Family life will be pleasant and warm. Charity work could help resolve various problems.


Recipes to Try at Home: Bali Curry
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Bali is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. 

Curry paste

  • shallots 2 large (or 3 small)

  • garlic 2 cloves

  • ginger 3 cm piece, peeled

  • long red chillies 2, deseeded (or leave seeds in if you want a spicy curry)

  • roasted cashew nuts ½ cup, plus extra to garnish

  • fresh turmeric 5 cm piece, peeled (or 1 tsp ground turmeric)

  • tamarind purée 1 tablespoon (if you can’t find this, use 1 Tbsp lemon juice mixed with 1 tsp brown sugar)

  • lemongrass 1 stalk, tough outer layer removed

  • soy sauce 1 tablespoon (gluten-free if required)

  • coconut sugar 1 tablespoon (or brown sugar)

Chicken curry

  • oil for frying

  • onion 1, thinly sliced

  • skinless and boneless chicken thighs 600 grams, cut into 3cm dice

  • coconut milk 400 milliliter can

  • soy sauce 1 tablespoon (gluten-free if required)

  • kaffir lime leaves 2, tough inner stalk removed, very finely sliced

  • lime 1, juice

To serve

  • red chilli 1, very finely sliced lengthwise

  • kaffir lime leaf 1, very finely sliced lengthwise

  • steamed rice

  • beansprouts 1 cup

  • cucumber 1, cut into 1cm dice

  • lime 1, cut into wedges

METHOD

  1. Place all the curry paste ingredients in a food processor and blend into a smooth paste.

  2. Heat a drizzle of oil in a large frying pan on a medium heat. Add ¾ cup of the curry paste (freeze the remaining paste if you like, for another curry) and fry for about 4 minutes until very fragrant, stirring continuously to prevent sticking.

  3. Add another drizzle of oil, the onion and a pinch of salt and cook until onion is very soft (about 5 minutes). Add 1 Tbsp water if mixture begins to stick to pan.

  4. Add chicken and fry for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden. Add coconut milk, soy sauce and kaffir lime leaves and simmer for about 8 minutes until chicken is cooked through and sauce has intensified in colour and thickened slightly. Season to taste with lime juice.

  5. Garnish with extra roasted cashews and thinly sliced red chilli and kaffir lime leaf. Serve with rice, with a handful of beansprouts, diced cucumber and a lime wedge on the side.

Note

  • If you’d like to make your curry hotter you can add more curry paste, but make sure you fry it off in a separate small pan for a few minutes (until fragrant). Then add a small amount at a time to the curry until you reach your desired heat level. That way you won’t get the rawness of any spices or shallots in your curry.


History of Food: Egg Drop Soup
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What are some of your favorite soups at Windchimes Chinese restaurant? Did you know we have more than just Hot and Sour soup?

Egg drop soup or Danhuatang (traditional: 花湯; pinyin: dànhuātāng; literally "egg flower soup") is a Chinese soup of wispy beaten eggs in boiled chicken broth. Condiments such as black pepper or white pepper, and finely chopped scallions and tofu are optional, but commonly added to the soup. The soup is finished by adding a thin stream of beaten eggs to the boiling broth in the final moments of cooking, creating thin, silken strands or flakes of cooked egg that float in the soup. Egg drop soup using different recipes is known to be a simple-to-prepare soup in different East Asian and Western countries.

In the United States, egg drop soup is often one of the main soups offered in American Chinese cuisine, and is also called egg flower soup, a literal translation of its Chinese name, on the menus of some restaurants. Cornstarch may be used to thicken it.

Recipes to Try at Home: Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 cups uncooked white rice

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 (14 ounce) package firm tofu, drained and cubed

  • 2 carrots, shredded

  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon hot chile paste

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce leaves, separated

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Directions

  • Prep - 15 m

  • Cook - 32 m

  • Ready In - 47 m

  1. In a saucepan combine the water and rice. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes, until water is absorbed. Set aside and keep warm.

  2. Heat oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Cook the pork, green onions, and garlic for 5 to 7 minutes, or until lightly brown. Add the tofu, carrot, Hoisin, and soy sauce, stirring frequently until heated through. Remove from heat, and stir in the sesame oil and chile paste.

  3. To serve: spoon a small amount of rice into each lettuce leaf, top with the stir-fry mixture, and drizzle with additional soy sauce or hoisin, if desired. Wrap the lettuce leaf to enclose the filling.

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Footnotes

  • Optional additional stir fry ingredients

  • These may be used in place of or in addition to the tofu: chopped peanuts, peppers, shrimp, rice noodles, diced chicken, scrambled egg or bean sprouts.

Monthly Horoscope: June Metal Horse
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A horse month is often conducive to identifying key opportunities and tools that are essential for personal and professional growth.

Here’s more of a breakdown for all signs:

Rat Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 4/10 - Rat, you have litigation or debate that needs your attention if you do not want the situation to deteriorate to your disadvantage. Be vigilant and keep your valuables safe. If you are going through an episode of anxiety, get help before the situation seems out of control. Nevertheless, the Metal feeds and protects the Rat. This is good news, since it allows you to be stronger to face the annoyances of the month of the Horse. Take advantage of this time to meet friends you have not seen for a long time. Their advice can be very useful to you soon. You will be granted projection provided you do not isolate yourself.

Ox Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 4/10 - Ox, a remodeling of your emotional life can surprise you in the short term. This will be partly due to a situation you do not control. Whatever happens, do not make things harder than they are. Stay true to your principles. On the other hand, stubbornness and grudge can cause some regrettable financial losses. Preserve your serenity of mind by indulging in relaxing activities and laughing as much as possible. This is not the time to sink into depression because, as you feel deep inside, all this is fleeting.

Tiger Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 8/10 - Good luck, opportunity, action and fusional love are the ingredients of the energy mix that awaits the Tiger for this month of the Horse. This is an excellent time, during which each investment has the potential to be successful. Reunion with friends can restore strong links. Everything is fine. Be careful all the same to any possible excess of zeal. Always keep a minimum of control on your desires of the moment so as not to compromise a lunar month which is initially very beneficial to you.

Rabbit Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 7/10 -Rabbit, this is a particularly beneficial month financially and professionally. Successful business trips are possible, where interesting meetings can generate profitable future collaborations. A person or institution could finally honor or repay a debt to you. You are on a good dynamic, Continue to preserve on the projects that you lead at this moment. Beautiful prospects are waiting for you if you keep you pace. This is not the time to change your lifestyle.

Dragon Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 5/10 - Dragon, do not compromise what you have built hard because of systematic and counterproductive opposition. As a first step, prepare for a change that is difficult to accept in your social circle. Do not take out your pies right now, it may not be your turn to scroll. Assume your statements and affirmations of the past to keep a clear conscience. The balance is maintained on the financial level but freedom and comfort have their price to pay. Be reasonable.

Snake Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 5/10 - Snake, rely on your sense of strategy to get appreciated differently, because your charms do not always operate in the same way depending on the time or place. In love, secrets and enigmas are hard to bear for pretenders who want to approach you. Take time to rest when you feel that your strength is decreasing. Expand your listening skills. you may hear some very useful info for your near future.

Horse Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 7/10 - Horse, on a sentimental level it may be finally time to stop running behind people who do not give you the importance you serve. This is a good thing because you have a good chance of making the most of the time gained by new, much more interesting meetings. However, be sure of your actions, not to be forced to go back. If you do the housework, fo ti well. Otherwise, on a professional level, you can expect a much better dynamic than the previous month. Finally, your usefulness and effectiveness are recognized within the team. If you are self-emplyed, competitors may be tempted to imitate you, but fortunately without much success. You calm the jealousies for a moment. Recognition and promotion give you hope for the future.

Goat Horoscope:

Monthly ratings - 8/10 - Goat, the pace is similar to the previous month, except that solutions finally come to you. Know how to seize them. Avoid the mistake of bad organization to put the odds on your side. Family reunions and important friendships are to be expected, but remember not to express yourself more than reason. Let others assume the consequences of their remarks because on your side, you have other projects to manage. You will sooner or later end up reap the fruits of your previous meetings and your professional investment. Know how to share your leisure time and that of your work equitably. This is where your main difficulty lies in 2019. This will not happen on your own with out a sustained effort on your past. Preserve and build relentlessly, especially as you are a month the favored of this period of the Chinese calendar.

Monkey Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 7/10 - Monkey, it is a month favorable to potential financial transactions, embellished with some tripes which will have the particularly of combining work and leisure. In addition, an unexpected change in the organization of your work may finally give you the opportunity to fully express some of your qualities still unknown to your professional partners In this case you have the opportunity to express your innovative ideas to attentive minds, presupposed to collaborate with you. At home, conflicts arising from difference of opinion on domestic issues gradually fade away. It is a period of compromise, but also alliance with your relatives.

Rooster Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 5/10 - Rooster, faced with a desire for sudden more pronounced than accustomed, you should keep under control your desires to go elsewhere. This is not an ideal time to make long term decisions. The month is hectic emotionally. Give more importance to domestic events that may seem trivial. At work, the result may not be up to your expectations. It is better to capitalize on time and perseverance to achieve your goals. Know how to listen to the advice of the wiser, it might be very useful these days.

Dog Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 7/10 - Dog, do not be unduly irritated by the superficial behavior that you observe, because to alarm you at the slightest annoyance exhausts you more than anything else. It’s a good month for financial matters, but avoid making any major transactions without the supervision of a competent knowledgeable and trusted person. Force yourself to look at the events positively. The few trips made during the month are enriching on a human level. Emotional stability possible you control any jealous feeling.

Pig Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 6/10 - Pig, if you are in a period of flutter at the professional level, do not panic, with a little motivation you should have some interesting career opportunties, just as your perseverance will eventually pay off. On an emotional level, you learn how to get rid of your complexes one by one and even to transform them into strength. you are finally ready for a new beginning, on many aspects of your life. If material satisfaction is in sight, it remains best postpone major investments to a later date.

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Recipes to Try at Home: Kung Pao Chicken
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Ingredients

1 h 30 m4 servings437 cals

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into chunks

  • 2 tablespoons white wine

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  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 ounce hot chile paste

  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • 4 green onions, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

  • 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts

  • 4 ounces chopped peanuts

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  • Add all ingredients to list

Directions

Prep 30 m

Cook 30 m

Ready In 1 h 30 m

  1. To Make Marinade: Combine 1 tablespoon wine, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon cornstarch/water mixture and mix together. Place chicken pieces in a glass dish or bowl and add marinade. Toss to coat. Cover dish and place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

  2. To Make Sauce: In a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon wine, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon cornstarch/water mixture, chili paste, vinegar and sugar. Mix together and add green onion, garlic, water chestnuts and peanuts. In a medium skillet, heat sauce slowly until aromatic.

  3. Meanwhile, remove chicken from marinade and saute in a large skillet until meat is white and juices run clear. When sauce is aromatic, add sauteed chicken to it and let simmer together until sauce thickens.

Monthly Horoscope: May Earth Snake
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The zodiacal sign this month is the Earth Snake. In order to cross this monthly period as peacefully as possible it’s stated that the signs of Rat, Rabbit, and Rooster to align more with the qualities of the governing sign of the year, the Pig concentrating most of their leisure activity relating at home. It’s stated that you should be nice during this month especially the signs of Tiger, Dog, and Horse. Regarding the Goat, Dragon, and Monkey strongly recommends to nurture any concrete action and follow your dreams. The Ox will avoid falling into pessimism, trying to maintain a dynamic and logical spirit by organizing of their life to be as serene as possible.

Here’s the breakdown for each sign:

Rat - is better to postpone an important trip to later. If you can not do otherwise, plan all your upstream expenses to avoid being surprised by an unexpected cash outflow. Do not let invading friends distract you from your priorities. Give priority to quality over quantity. Take care of yourself. This is not the time to lose strength.

Ox - Things seem to be stabilizing little by little. An unexpected income is possible. Be careful what you say under stress. Some in your entourage will not hesitate to distort your comments. Be clear and determined in your affective and sentimental relationships. Stay dynamic.

Tiger - the period looks favorable for an organized withdrawal. Sometimes it’s better to let things come to you. Leave nothing to chance and be very square in the classification and maintenance of your important documents. Look after your emotional relationships. Time and time, you will come our victorious.

Rabbit - this is a serene month for you, during which things improve, even if the pace of this evolution is not fast enough in your eyes. In reality, the time is favorable for the consolidation of your projects. Life smiles at you and even hobbies become possible. However, in the perspective of the better harvest, it’s better to continue patiently. Get rid of all the objects around your house and work that no longer have any functional or decorative virtue.

Dragon - some interesting trips are to be expected in the second half of the month of the snake. If despite this, you feel that things are starting to stagnate again at work, it’s because you may have chosen the wrong person with whom you are currently negotiating. Do not neglect your family or close friends. Without even knowing it or wanting to admit it, you need beneficial energies.

Snake - you are enjoying a little moment of break at the start of this exhausting Chinese year, during which the events finally take pleasant turn. You feel more seasoned and in better shape. In addition, you know perfectly well you control the situation, while it is not necessarily the case of the person by your side. Avoid being too proud. Strive to be kinder in stressful situations. you could gain lasting alliances.

Horse - The events keep the same dynamics as the previous month. But this time finally take the time to solve a problem that has been around for some time. You have the strength to overcome obstacles. Do not refuse the help you are being offered without taking the time to think about it first. No imprudence during night outings. Stay calm if you are provoked, it may be time to go home.

Goat - It’s a great month ahead for you. A boost of fate can occur and fortune can smile your way. Unexpected recognition, sentimental encounters, and popularity may occur during this month. Just avoid being too stressed or greedy. Just show that you are ready to face your destiny. On the other hand stick to your promises and avoid ruminating in public.

Monkey - if you have a Snake in your family or close friends it’s time to visit him or her. During new encounters or at your work, do not say anything that could hurt you. During this month show your diplomacy skills that will condition the coming months. In this case you have an unfailing support of your co-workers and trust future for fortune will not forsaken you.

Rooster - manage to preserve the harmony within your home because you know how to question yourself. The situation is stable which allows you to foresee the interesting opportunities on the horizon. It may be best to postpone an acquisition project to take more time to understand your commitments. Beware of the jealousy of others in case of material or amorous success. Do not be too forceful because it can be annoying.

Dog - it’s favorable this month in material acquisitions. Listen to advice you are given before any transactions. You will succeed in gaining the admiration of people who matter to you. Optimize your work time to be more profitable and do not be too impatient. You are appreciated for your loyalty. Things are improving, especially on the financial side.

Pig - even if you have recovered, keep you energy for useful things. If your prospects are good financially, still avoid the temptation of any spending frenzy. Do not be impatient when negotiating new trade agreements. Take the time to study all the possibilities of what is being offered to you. Take a break in the countryside if you feel like you’re becoming unable to control your impulses. Keep hardheaded whatever happens.