Apologue #48: The Red String of Fate

Ever hear about the red string of fate? It’s all about love. The red string of fate, also referred to as the red thread of destiny, red thread of fate, and other variants, is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend and is also known to be used in Japanese legends, as well. According to the myth, the gods tied an invisible red string around the ankles of men and women who are destined to be soul-mates and will one day marry each other. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied on the pinky finger.

The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers — regardless of time, place or circumstances. The magical string may stretch or tangle, but can never break. The myth is similar to the Western concept of soul-mates or a destined flame.

There are many folklore tales such as these in other foreign cultures that I have heard about. I remember one Greek legend about how humans used to two beings born to be stuck together by the hip, until the gods split everyone up into single beings, and so we search wholeheartedly of our other “missing” half/twin. The concept of soul-mates through legends that transverse through time and in different cultures are always so captivating to hear about and learn.

We all know that these legends have been romanticized dramatically to aspire young people about love, but I’ve always had a heart for them and will always lend an ear to hear more. Believing in destiny has become a young person’s game but it never hurts to dream every once in a while under a blue moon.

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Unspoken Heart

What do you do when you’re the matchmaker and you fall in love with the person you’re supposed to be helping for the set-up? Here’s a corny yet cute video sharing one matchmaker’s love story. Along with the lyrics that create the perfect mood for the film is the song, “Unspoken Heart” sung by Status Single. Having a hard time spitting it out? Check this out and see if it helps, enjoy! 😀

Apologue #41: How to Get a Boyfriend

As enticing the title may seem, it DID get my attention whilst roaming around the internet. Should I try it out too? I should find this ingenious cafe in Korea and commend whoever wrote this on their board, and buy them a cup of coffee. 🙂

<How to Get a Boyfriend>

1. Order a cup of our coffee (cafe) to-go.

2. Give the coffee to the man you’re interested in and say,
If the coffee tastes good, we date; if not, bug off.”

3. The coffee at our cafe is the best.
We guarantee you two will end up dating.

4. If, by chance, you get rejected, then come back.
We will give you a cup of fresh hot coffee that you can pour onto his face.

Love Quote #8: “I Love You”



In Japan, there happens to be three ways to say the phrase, “I love you.”

You say, “Daisuki (大好き)” for the friends and person you like.

You say, “Aishiteru (愛してる)” for a more serious relationship.

And, “Koishiteru ( 恋してる)” to the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.

And they follow this rule.

They preserve the meaning of “I love you” and never lose its essence, unlike the rest of us.

Life Quote #3: Namaste

Absolutely beautiful. Even the writing in itself looks like art. I love learning about different cultures, their language, their food — but mostly, how the little things in their lives have such great meaning. I love how in Indian traditions, nah-mas-tay (namaste) is a phrase similar to our greetings of “good day.” It’s just beautiful how one word holds such deep meaning, like poetry for the life and soul. It’s such a blessing to hear.