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Week 9 – Little Story About Macau (3/12)

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Fok Un福緣

The word “福” can be translated as “good fortune”, and the word “緣” can be translated as “fate”, “circle – no beginning no end”. They are pronounced as “Fok Yun” (福緣), and these two characters “福緣” is the name of this beautiful tortoise you see on the picture, whose age with more than 100 years old.

Last year in October, Fok Yun was found by a couple in the market, hanged upside down inside a fishnet, waiting to meet his fate. The lovely couple, instead of leaving the distressing scene alone, compassion was aroused, they stopped to free the big tortoise.
From that moment, the big tortoise’s destiny has been rewritten.

The lovely couple bought the tortoise. Then, with help from friends, a group of kind-hearted people, help applied licenses, and finally, took the big tortoise to Macau. Later, they named the tortoise as “Fok Yun” (福緣). Also, they found him a peaceful place to live.

There is a saying, “Once a destiny has been decided it cannot be changed.”

I’m wondering if what it looked like to be a turning point of the fate of the tortoise was also a part of the destiny. Did the tortoise escape from his destiny? Or, was the story of the escape from the market was merely a part of his destiny? I don’t know, and I guess that the answer may not be an absolute answer. It may be something very different from what I could think of.

Anyway, I don’t think it matters now, what most important is that Fok Yun, the tortoise, is now enjoying his life, peacefully, in a peaceful temple in Taipa.

Life is precious. Even a life of a small animal or an insect deserves the right to live.

We, who can save, please save.
We, who can help, please help.

Hope the world fills with joy, love and compassion.


Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Location: Pou Tai Temple, Taipa

24 responses

  1. Well said 🙂 🙂

    March 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  2. What a wonderful story, Cristina, and a wonderful sentiment too… 🙂

    March 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    • Thanks, Carolyn! 😀

      March 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm

  3. Beautiful story.

    Thank you for sharing and I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiment. 🙂

    March 2, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    • Thank you, Lina! 😀

      March 2, 2013 at 5:02 pm

  4. age with more than 100 years!

    March 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    • Yes, yes. The tortoise can be my grand-grandfather 😀

      March 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

  5. “life is precious” That’s true. 🙂

    March 2, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    • Yes, even a life of a small creature 😀

      March 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm

  6. A wonderful story my friend. Love the picture too. Have a great weekend.

    March 3, 2013 at 12:01 am

    • Have a great weekend to you! 😀

      March 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm

  7. Please don’t tell me the tortoise was in the market to be sold for food. I can’t bear the thought. At least it now lives its life in peace. And in a temple at that. Tortoises have long lifespans.

    March 3, 2013 at 12:10 am

    • WordsFallFromMyEyes

      I know, Likeitiz, I can’t bear the thought either.

      Isn’t if weird with us though – make eye contact with a creature, and we have a problem eating them, all of a sudden.

      How lovely it would be to be in the surrounds of a temple. I like that…

      March 3, 2013 at 11:58 am

      • Now, the tortoise is safe and happy to live with his own kind in a temple. 😀 Long live the tortoise!!

        March 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    • I’m sorry that I have to say that … yes 😦 Poor tortoise. If everybody goes vegetarian, I believe the world would be so much different. 😦

      March 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm

  8. Wonderful story, well told!
    (I’m not a big believer in destiny.)

    March 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    • In destiny, there is nothing random. But we’re also told that our life is in our hands…
      Sometimes, I find that my life has choices, but at other times, I find that the choices I’ve made are also part of a written story… I don’t know…

      March 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm

  9. What an inspirational story, Cristina!
    And what an amazing creature!

    March 4, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    • Haha. Mr. Tortoise has more than a hundred years old already! 😀

      March 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm

  10. We have the same character in Japanese: 福
    But the other character is a little different: in Japanese we spell ‘Un’ (or fate) as 運.

    March 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    • Quite similar 😀 haha Both words are positive words.

      March 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

  11. A story with both a happy ending and a moral point! Well done, Cristina.

    March 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    • Thank you, Clover! 😀 I’m happy that you like it.

      March 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm

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