How a cookie box influences my life

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2012 / 01 / 06

Was it fate or coincidence? People love to discuss about this topic. Well, I believe neither in fate nor coincidence. For my definition happenings of fate have been determined already.  They cannot be changed. Happenings of coincidence are just there, maybe without any meaning, but everything is not fixed yet. In fact,  I do believe that what’s happening has a meaning. This meaning I have to find out by myself. Further on, it is up to me whether I see an opportunity, grab the chance or wait for the next one. This – I do not how I can call it – is more flexible. Maybe it is a mix of both.

Before I decided to go to Xiamen during last Christmas something happened, and this is what I would like to share with you today.

My destination during Christmas holiday (4 days) should be definitely China. But where should I go? Actually there are a lot of places I would like to go as Hongshan, Lijiang, Zhangjiajie, Huanglong, Jiuzhaigou, Guiyang. They all appear in my TOP 10 travel destinations. Even two weeks before Christmas I still had not set my mind where to go. I was still thinking e.g. are 4 days enough to go to Lijiang, do I need to buy more winter clothes for Hongshan, is the landscape of Jiuzhaigou during winter still beautiful.

My neighbor Daisy went to Xiamen in autumn. After she came back, we met several times and she shared her experience and she showed me some photos, but I was not that interested that I want to go by myself. One day during a December’s evening, I asked Daisy to come up to my flat for daily chatting as we have not talked for a while. She brought a gift – it was durian short bread from Tulou in a box wrapped in a plastic bag, which has been printed with a map of Fujian. On the gift box there was a picture showing a round shape building with a hole in the middle. “Daisy, what’s that?” “This is a Hakka Round house called tulou.” To be honest, I never heard about it, although it is a world heritage as I found out later. And then she started to tell me about the history of Tulou. I was impressed. But at that time I have not considered yet that this could be my travel destination.
Daisy asked me to eat this shortbread with my flat mate, who was currently not at home. So I placed the cookie box on the table. Days later the cookie box was smiling at me. Usually I hear that the cookie says “Eat me, eat me.” But this time was different. It was begging me “Visit me, visit me.” Without hesitation I grabbed the box, and checked the manufacturing address. As I could not read it, I needed to count the strokes first, check the pinyin in the dictionary and then I found out: Manufactured in Nanjing, Fujian province. According to the map printed on the plastic bag, Xiamen is not that far away. Then I decided: During Christmas I will go to Xiamen and Nanjing, for sure! This was 7 days before Christmas.

It is amazing that I “met” this cookie box otherwise I have never ever known about tulou and never ever travelled to there! Further on,  I never ever thought that this cookie box will be leading me to such an exciting trip! It is “just” a cookie box – with a great impact. Thank you to Daisy!

This is just on example, but I do believe in life there are  lots more of small matters, which may influence our decision, plan and route of life. Because they are so small and seems to be unimportant, it is easy to overlook them. Just open your heart and mind! Sometimes happiness is just nearby, sometimes there is no need to go far away. My happiness during Christmas was just 9 hours away by bus from Hong Kong, instead of 2 hours by plane.

49 Responses to “How a cookie box influences my life”

  1. Says:

    fantastic story! i saw tulous on arte (frenchgermanTVchannal). i got jealous, when i saw ur pics! ;););)

  2. Nobu Says:

    They are gorgeous! No need to be jealous, dream about to see them next time in reality! Dreams come true!
    Tell me more about it, I am interested what ARTE tell about tulous!

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