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Are you an Ox?

January 23, 2009

Mine is the stabilizing force
That perpetuates the cycles of life
I stand immobile
against the
Test of adversity
Resolute and unimpeachable
I seek to serve integrity,
To bear the burdens of righteousness

I abide by the laws of nature
– Patiently pushing the wheel of Fate.

Thus, I shall weave my destiny.
I am the Ox.

If you were born in one of the following years, the Chinese say that you were born during the “Year of the Ox:”

– 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Year of the Ox 2009 by Aarron at Flickr

Year of the Ox 2009 by Aarron at Flickr

Famous people born in the year of the ox are President Barack Obama, actor George Clooney (hmm…handsome boy), boxer Oscar De La Hoya, Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai, soccer star Wayne Rooney, Thomas Edison, Clint Eastwood, Barbara Streisand, Napolean, Van Gogh, Walt Disney, Clark Gable, and Richard Nixon. 

 It is really interesting to know that the Chinese New year or the Lunar Year (as it is based on the moon, just like the Islamic calendar) dates from 2600 BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac.


Because of cyclical lunar dating, the first day of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. Can you believe that as from 26 January 2009, it is equivalent to the Lunar Year 4707? Now I feel young, so very young.

Apart from the recent calamity which affected most parts of Brunei, I can feel the festive spirit this morning as most parts of the main commercial areas are back in business. Even the sun is shining, alhamdullilah. Rows of cars lining Kiulap and Gadong this morning and the Tamu in Bandar is as busy as ever. Did you know that there are some livestock (though no ox to be seen) being sold at the Tamu too? I assume that those ducks bought are for the New Year Family Dinner. Cant wait for a family dinner.

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  1. January 25, 2009 3:36 pm

    Happy Chinese ‘Niu’ Year!!!!! – ‘niu’ is Ox in Mandarin…. Wish the markets in the world is as bullish as the year of the OX!!!!

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