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Why are some of those that I follow are now unfollowed? Is that why I am missing their blogs? And I am now in an awkward situation that I need to follow them again which will be seen by some that I unfollowed them and decided to follow them again.

Has anyone encountered this kind of embarrassing situation? The WordPress reader is not showing all the blogs we follow and now this…! Aaargh!

The Golden Toad…!

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The Jin Chan (Chinese: 金蟾; pinyin: jīn chán; literally: “Golden Toad”), also called Chan Chu (Chinese: 蟾蜍; pinyin: chánchú; literally: “the Toad”) or “Zhaocai Chan Chu” (Chinese: 招财蟾蜍; pinyin: zhāocái chánchú; literally: “wealth-beckoning toad”), is most commonly translated as “Money Toad” or “Money Frog”. It represents a popular Feng Shui charm for prosperity.

This mythical creature is said to appear during the full moon, near houses or businesses that will soon receive good news (most of the time, the nature of this good news is understood to be wealth-related).

According to one Chinese legend, the Jin Chan was the greedy wife of one of the Eight Immortals, who was transformed into a toad as punishment for stealing the Peaches of Immortality.

The Jin Chu is usually depicted as a bullfrog with red eyes, flared nostrils and only one hind leg (for a total of three legs), sitting on a pile of traditional Chinese cash, with a coin in its mouth. On its back, it often displays seven diamond spots symbolizing the Big Dipper, or the Plough, which plays an important role in Chinese astrology. The toad is often shown in the company of Liu Hai (fr) (刘海), a fabled 10th-century Chinese alchemist who learned the secret of immortality from the Chan Chu, and became a xian (immortal). In Japanese, Liu Hai is known as Gamma Sennin (Toad Sennin). There is a body of mythology about the pair, and they are sometimes included among the Eight Immortals, or depicted with members of this group.

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According to Feng Shui beliefs, Jin Chan helps attract and protect wealth, and guards against bad luck. Because it symbolizes the flow of money, Feng Shui lore insists that a Jin Chan statue should not be positioned facing the main door (“outward”). It also “should never be kept in the bathroom, bedroom, dining room or kitchen”.

Text Source: Wikipedia: Jin Chan

Courtesy defined…

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Courtesy defined…!

… I don’t eat dinuguan (any food with blood in it) if I’m with my Iglesia Ni Cristo friends!
… I don’t order coffee after eating if I’m with my LDS (colloquially known as “Mormons”) friends!
… I don’t greet my friends a happy birthday if they’re members of Jehova’s Witness!
… I don’t ask my Seventh-Day Adventist friends for a game of golf on Saturdays!
… I don’t order food with pork in it if I’m with my Muslim friends!
… I don’t say anything if my friends are doing what the ancient Romans and Greeks were doing, it’s their tradition since birth!
… And I don’t talk anything about religion if I’m with my freethinking friends, we only talk about politics!

Be sensitive with what your friends’ beliefs are if you’re with them… That’s how I define courtesy in today’s society with highly diversified beliefs!