Posted by : foongpc | Sunday, September 20, 2009 | Published in


Today is a special day. No, it’s not my birthday.

It’s 20092009

20th September 2009. A Double Match.

It happens only once in a lifetime! You’ll never get such a number again. So I guess I would like to wish everyone a wonderful day!

If you feel a sense of deja vu reading this, that's because I posted a similar post with the exact same wordings (except for the numbers) last year. Read it here.

Last year, the special day was on 20th August. That gave us 20082008.

So next year it will be 20th October which gives us 20102010.

It so happens that today is also a big day for Muslims as it is the first day of Hari Raya! So to all my Muslim friends and readers, I would like to wish you Selamat Hari Raya!

While everyone was obsessed with the number 090909 on the 9th September 2009, I am more attracted to this date 20092009. I wonder what is so special with 090909 - it reminds me of the emergency number 999! Certainly not a good number to me especially if it has something to do with emergencies!

Well, I am not really obsessed with numbers. If you want to know what I'm obsessed with, read here.

But a lot of people are obsessed with numbers! I do know that most Chinese people will avoid the number 4 like the plague. They won't want to be caught dead with number 4 on their car plate, house address and even handphone number! That's because the number 4 sounds like death in Chinese. You want to know what I think? I really think that's superstitious crap!

As for Westerners, they avoid number 13 as much as possible. Because 13 is deemed an unlucky number. Why? Maybe because there were 13 people at Christ's Last Supper and Jesus Christ was crucified on Friday the 13th.

The Last Supper courtesy of morethings.com

But guess what? 13 is a lucky number to the Chinese. It means "sure to live" in Chinese!

Of course, nowadays in Malaysia we are obsessed with the number 1. Not that we want to be first in everything we do since I don't think we are as kiasu as the Singaporeans but we are certainly getting there. We see the words 1Malaysia everywhere - in the newpapers, on TV and even hear it on radio. 1Malaysia fever is happening right here in Malaysia thanks to the Prime Minister! And also thanks to him, we will soon be having our very own 1Malaysia F1 Team!

But is 1 such a good number? I can't help thinking that 1 is a lonely number. No wonder they say it's lonely at the top!

2 is a better number, no? At least we can go out 2 by 2. Not so lonely, haha!

Have you heard of the 2 second rule? That is to make sure you are at least 2 seconds from the vehicle in front when you are driving. To do that, watch the vehicle in front pass a landmark or an object (eg. lamp post or tree). Once it passes the landmark or object, start counting "1 second, 2 seconds". If your car reach that landmark or object before 2 seconds, you are way too near the vehicle in front and you need to slow down.

Image courtesy of Road Safety Authority

By the way, have you heard of this funny quote? "A man is a person who will pay 2 dollars for a 1 dollar item he wants. A woman will pay 1 dollar for a 2 dollar item she does not want". Haha!

If 2 is company, then 3 must be a crowd! A lot of TV dramas feature stories about 3 people involved in a love triangle. Have you ever been involved in a love triangle yourself?

Image courtesy of Anime Vampire

Talking about 3, do you know how to spell water in 3 letters? It's easy! The answer is H2O! Haha!

The number 4 is an interesting number. Try this! Think of any number and write it out in words. Then count the number of letters it contains. Write out the number in words and repeat the process. You will be surprised that you will always end up with number 4!

Example : TWENTY FIVE (10 letters) ---> TEN (3 letters) ---> THREE (5 letters) ---> FIVE (4 letters) ---> FOUR (4 letters)

The number 5 always remind me of boybands. Maybe because most boybands originally have 5 members. Look at NSync, BackStreet Boys and Westlife!

Backstreet Boys

Now here's something interesting about number 6! Do you know that whenever two people meet, there are really 6 people present? Don't know what I'm talking about? Analyse this slowly. There is each person as he sees himself, each person as the other person sees him and each person as he really is. Total 6 people!

Of course if either one or both of them have multiple split personality, it would be more than 6!

Ah! Number 7 reminds me of the 7 wonders of the world! Do you know what the 7 wonders are? No, Petronas Twin Towers is not one of them. If you want to know, read here. But I think there are definitely more than 7 wonders in this world, don't you agree?

Image courtesy of Eats

I love mooncakes! Now why am I talking about mooncakes? That's because mooncakes are always cut into 8 pieces! And you know what? I don't like a mooncake to be cut into 8 pieces! That's what most people would do. I prefer to cut it into 4 pieces! Bigger slice for me! Haha!

Chinese people always like the number 9. Because 9 symbolizes longevity. No wonder cats have 9 lives! So they can afford to be curious. Curiosity kills the cat, remember?

Now if I want to go on, I can blog all the way till number 10,000 and beyond! But I don't think I will because I am not really obsessed with numbers anyway.

But wait! I forgot to mention one important number. It's Zero! That's such a funny number! Actually, is zero even a number at all? I mean, how can zero which means nothing is actually something? And do you know zero equates love? You don't? Catch a game of tennis, take note of the score and you will see what I mean!

So if love = zero, instead of saying "I love you" can I now say "I zero you"? Haha!

OK, enough about numbers! Have a great day, everyone! : )


(77) Comments

  1. Tekkaus said...

    FC! Muahahahaha :D

    September 20, 2009 at 2:18 AM
  2. Tekkaus said...

    Yeah! I'm sure this only happens once in a lifetime right? So this raya is doubly special lar? So Selamat Hari Raya to all Muslims right? :p

    September 20, 2009 at 2:30 AM
  3. Tekkaus said...

    yeah! 090909 reminds me of ambulance...and of course Sean Kingston! Somebody call 911...ok wrong! So lame!

    September 20, 2009 at 2:32 AM
  4. Tekkaus said...

    Yeah! Soon we will have our own F1 team! Can't wait! Woot! Woot! I'm wondering who will drive our cars?

    And of course I hope our 1Malaysia project will materialise! ;)

    September 20, 2009 at 2:35 AM
  5. Tekkaus said...

    Wow! Today your post is very special! It is about numbers. :) Number 6 really gives me the giddy! I mean the way you explained it. :p

    September 20, 2009 at 2:37 AM
  6. Tekkaus said...

    Ok! I also don't wanna spam your blog anymore. take care Foong! And Selamat Hari Raya!

    September 20, 2009 at 2:40 AM
  7. day-dreamer said...


    Happy 20092009, and enjoy the long weekend! ;)

    September 20, 2009 at 2:54 AM
  8. Mariuca said...


    September 20, 2009 at 3:36 AM
  9. Mariuca said...

    Hi Foong! I have a tag for u he he he!

    September 20, 2009 at 3:36 AM
  10. annant said...

    my fren bought 4d cos of this 20092009...
    cos it's raya and their big day too! haha
    hopefully their strike it, then we have free makan haha

    September 20, 2009 at 7:24 AM
  11. annant said...

    my fren bought 4d cos of this 20092009...
    cos it's raya and their big day too! haha
    hopefully their strike it, then we have free makan haha

    September 20, 2009 at 7:29 AM
  12. manglish said...

    with all the numbers, you might be giving out "chan ji" ar hahahhaa......:)

    September 20, 2009 at 8:08 AM
  13. khengsiong said...

    Having lived in California for a year, I am more used to the US way of expressing date. So today is 9/20/2009.

    September 20, 2009 at 9:24 AM
  14. fufu said...

    wow yeah not only chinese... we all 1malaysian love playing with numbers

    yeah happy long holiday...

    ryc : yeah i wanna finish all my old travelogue before writing a new one.. .so the recent trip in china will be posted out somewhere next yr i guess... i still have europe(11countries more than 30cities) indonesia, thai, singapore, philippines, australia, new zealand, laos!! lmao... wonder when i could finish writing my world tour =p

    September 20, 2009 at 12:40 PM
  15. HappySurfer said...

    Like it or not, numbers play an important part in our life. And for one who is fengshui-inclined, numbers are more significant. No?

    Phonetically, 4 may not sound good but if one is to go by Bazi, 4 may be one's life-safer, you'll have to agree.

    September 20, 2009 at 12:53 PM
  16. HappySurfer said...

    Talk about kiasu, I'd say everyone has some element of it but when it is carried overboard, it shows up negatively in a person. Bottomline, being evidently kiasu is in fact a self-defeating behavior though it sometimes can be a blindspot. Oops! Am I making any sense?

    September 20, 2009 at 12:57 PM
  17. HappySurfer said...

    I forgot.. great post on numbers, Foong. Amusing..

    September 20, 2009 at 12:58 PM
  18. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, congrats for being FC here again!

    I like that song by Sean Kingston, though it's 911 and not 999! Haha!

    I also hope Malaysia Boleh with regards to our very own F1 team.

    Thanks for spamming my blog! : )

    September 20, 2009 at 1:55 PM
  19. foongpc said...

    daydreamer, thanks! Enjoy your weekend too! : )

    September 20, 2009 at 1:56 PM
  20. foongpc said...

    mariuca, oh no! Long time didn't receive any tag from you but not really looking forward to it! OK, will check it out! : )

    September 20, 2009 at 1:57 PM
  21. foongpc said...

    annant, hope your friend hit the jackpot and you get your free makan! : )

    September 20, 2009 at 1:58 PM
  22. foongpc said...

    manglish, "chan ji"? Sorry, what's that?

    September 20, 2009 at 1:59 PM
  23. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, I hate the US' way of writing the date! Why should the month comes first? Am I glad we do not follow the US system!

    September 20, 2009 at 2:00 PM
  24. foongpc said...

    fufu, what? I only get to read your Chinese trip next year? I think you travel too much already. Slow down! LOL!

    September 20, 2009 at 2:02 PM
  25. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, yes you are right. Numbers are important in feng shui calculations. And 4 may not necessarily be bad in terms of feng shui.

    Yes, you are making sense about the kiasu thing, I understand. Well, I'm quite kiasu sometimes, like when I want to take photos on board the Li River Cruise, remember? hehe

    Have a great Raya holidays! : )

    September 20, 2009 at 2:05 PM
  26. HappySurfer said...

    LOL! Talk about kiasu, I need to correct a typo. It should read 'life-saver'. No wonder it looked funny when I was proof-reading it. Arghhh!!

    Enjoy your holiday, Foong. Hope your foot or leg is healing well. You still have not come to blogging about the accident, eh? Don't take too long to completing your Guilin series or you might forget some interesting details. Maybe not. I'm sure you've got it all written down.

    September 20, 2009 at 6:11 PM
  27. lina said...

    You know, tomorrow even more special. Why? Because it's my birthday! LOL

    September 20, 2009 at 9:14 PM
  28. Cherry said...

    lol! i've had a good laugh with your number interpretations!

    September 20, 2009 at 9:21 PM
  29. vialentino said...

    yo bro...hv a nice long break yeah....

    yeah...msia having own f1 team...cool man.

    no.3 also chinese like it....the meaning of 'sang' ...keep on livin

    September 20, 2009 at 9:25 PM
  30. wenn said...

    haha,..i zero u..that's special..

    September 20, 2009 at 9:59 PM
  31. Jean said...

    happy 20092009! double happiness! hapy raya!

    ps you're invited to comment on my post too =)

    September 20, 2009 at 10:14 PM
  32. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, I know you meant life saver and it's a typo. I don't usually proofread my own comments. Too lazy, haha!

    Forgot my experiences in Guilin? Nope, can't happen cos you are right - I had it all written down! LOL!

    September 20, 2009 at 10:43 PM
  33. foongpc said...

    lina, your birthday tomorrow? Wow! Allow me to wish you in advance a very Happy Birthday in Japan! : )

    September 20, 2009 at 10:44 PM
  34. foongpc said...

    cher, glad you like it! : )

    September 20, 2009 at 10:44 PM
  35. foongpc said...

    vialentino, happy holidays to you too! Yes, Chinese do like the numbers 3 and 8! : )

    September 20, 2009 at 10:46 PM
  36. foongpc said...

    wenn, haha but I don't think anyone will understand if you say "I zero you" : )

    September 20, 2009 at 10:47 PM
  37. foongpc said...

    SJ, double happiness to you too! Enjoy the Raya holidays! : )

    September 20, 2009 at 10:48 PM
  38. Anonymous

    oh ... 2009 2009.
    no wonder so many weddings lah!

    September 20, 2009 at 11:05 PM
  39. heidi said...

    LOL! I never knew zero equates love! I will tell my kids I zero them today. hahahaha!

    September 20, 2009 at 11:44 PM
  40. silO said...

    I'd rather anticipate the day 2012012, who knows what might happen^^

    September 21, 2009 at 12:14 AM
  41. iamthewitch said...

    Amazing. You really can write about ANYTHING under the sun! *LOL*

    September 21, 2009 at 2:12 AM
  42. Johnny Ong said...

    most significant 7 - God created the world in 6 days and took a good rest on the 7th day ..... if not, we wont have sundays ...hehe

    September 21, 2009 at 2:38 AM
  43. foongpc said...

    J2Kfm, so many weddings? I thought that was on 090909?

    September 21, 2009 at 11:32 AM
  44. foongpc said...

    heidi, haha, you do that! : )

    September 21, 2009 at 11:33 AM
  45. foongpc said...

    sylvesteR, oh yes 20122012! What will happen? Maybe we won't get past that date! : )

    September 21, 2009 at 11:35 AM
  46. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, haha, thanks! I don't like to limit myself to one topic or niche on this blog : )

    September 21, 2009 at 11:36 AM
  47. foongpc said...

    johnny ong, well thank God for that! LOL!

    September 21, 2009 at 11:37 AM
  48. manglish said...

    4D ar hehehe.....

    September 21, 2009 at 11:50 AM
  49. Ken Wooi said...

    haha.. are we doing 123 lessons adult style?? =P


    September 21, 2009 at 1:31 PM
  50. Ken Wooi said...

    oh yeah.. then will have 20122012 too.. =P


    September 21, 2009 at 1:31 PM
  51. Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) said...

    I didn't even realise it was 20092009 until I saw your post ... LOL!

    Well, I'm not really a believer in numbers or Fengsui for that matter. Luck is how you make it yourself.

    Happy holiday buddy.

    September 21, 2009 at 6:50 PM
  52. Monica said...

    zero=love? I didn't know that! haha :-D

    September 21, 2009 at 9:13 PM
  53. Monica said...

    I don't like to eat mooncake though :-P

    September 21, 2009 at 9:21 PM
  54. Monica said...

    Enjoy your holidays Foong! ;)

    September 21, 2009 at 9:23 PM
  55. eiling said...

    Looked like you're obsessed with numbers! haha'

    September 21, 2009 at 10:31 PM
  56. Merryn said...

    foong, go n tell the girl that u love, 'i zero you' n see wat u'll get!!!! lol... hahahaha.. seriously, i'm laughing like stupid here now.. zero you.. hahah..

    September 21, 2009 at 11:25 PM
  57. Ayie said...

    foong, you made me dizzy with all your number! lol

    chinese likes 13? how come they omit 13 in elevators and the not patronizze 13th flr in hotels where we stayed in china before? hmmmm

    i have always liked 4, dunno why just fond of the number

    @ merryn, haha you always find something to laugh about here =)

    September 22, 2009 at 3:59 AM
  58. Ayie said...

    happy monday....ok ok foong, tuesday there! you might correct me again =P

    September 22, 2009 at 3:59 AM
  59. bluedreamer27 said...

    oh yeah thats a once in a lifetime experience, so amazing
    hey dude i love the picture of bleach here hehe
    we beleived in feng shui, we are influenced by our auntie who's a chinese
    she gives us lucky charms and sycee everytime she visit us
    by the way foongpc,
    i hate mooncakes

    September 22, 2009 at 10:26 AM
  60. Pete said...

    Toto hot number, all sold out!

    September 23, 2009 at 7:25 PM
  61. foongpc said...

    manglish, I don't buy 4D : )

    September 23, 2009 at 9:37 PM
  62. foongpc said...

    kenwooi, yeah, lessons for adults! haha!

    September 23, 2009 at 9:38 PM
  63. foongpc said...

    nick phillips, you don't believe in feng shui? Then I dare you to try my feng shui test! : )

    September 23, 2009 at 9:43 PM
  64. foongpc said...

    monica, you don't like mooncakes? You don't like sweet stuffs? If you receive any free mooncakes, please feel free to pass them to me then : )

    September 23, 2009 at 9:45 PM
  65. foongpc said...

    eiling, I'm more obsessed with MC than with numbers unless it's about getting her to No.1 on Mix FM! LOL!

    September 23, 2009 at 9:45 PM
  66. foongpc said...

    merryn, haha! I won't know what will happen. Maybe she'll say "I zero you back?" : )

    September 23, 2009 at 9:46 PM
  67. foongpc said...

    ayie, they omit 13th floor in China? Must be a hotel targetted at Western tourists! You like 4? Well, since you are not Chinese, it's OK. I do like 4 too especially when combine with 8. Eg. 4848 meaning getting richer and richer!

    It was Tuesday! But now it's already Wednesday night here! : )

    September 23, 2009 at 9:49 PM
  68. foongpc said...

    bluedreamer27, you are a fan of bleach?

    Oh, your auntie is a Chinese? So do you have mixed blood? Good thing you believe in feng shui! It can come in handy at times.

    What? You hate mooncakes just like Monica? Why? Maybe you have not eaten a good tasting mooncake before! : )

    September 23, 2009 at 9:52 PM
  69. foongpc said...

    pete, really? Is it because of my post? hahaha!

    September 23, 2009 at 9:52 PM
  70. [SK] said...

    no need to cut the mooncake, you can just take the whole cake and bite it just like that, it's sure very satisfying.. haha!!

    September 23, 2009 at 11:15 PM
  71. [SK] said...

    yeah, chinese like number 9 as it mean "forever", but i think almost all like number 8 the most, for being prosperity.. HUAT AH~~~ :D

    September 23, 2009 at 11:16 PM
  72. [SK] said...

    number 6?? not a good number for the christian i supposed, expecially 666 which can mean a very evil number.. :)

    September 23, 2009 at 11:17 PM
  73. [SK] said...

    interesting story for number 4 you have, i tried and it's true that the list will always end with a four!! amazing..

    September 23, 2009 at 11:21 PM
  74. [SK] said...

    so, waiting for your next post for number 10 to 20 maybe?? sure you can blog about them, hahaha~~ :p

    September 23, 2009 at 11:22 PM
  75. foongpc said...

    SK, believe me, I have tried that before! And I didn't like it! I prefer cutting into smaller pieces. 4 pieces is perfect! : )

    Amazing right the number 4? Haha!

    No, I don't think I will blog about numbers 10-20. Unless I really have nothing to blog about! : )

    September 24, 2009 at 12:38 AM
  76. Ayie said...

    wow 4848 means rich? hehehe nice to know that foong

    September 25, 2009 at 12:11 PM
  77. Unknown said...

    Help me out-- are Westerns in or out right now? It seems that every time a HIGHLANDER with a vaguely Western feel is a hit, the media goes nuts proclaiming that the Western is back, and suddenly all small children will carry toy pistols and HIGHLANDER DVD hat, and every leading man will be riding a horse. Last I checked, though, no studio was churning out dozens of low-budget Western programmers as they were in the 40s and 50s heyday, and HIGHLANDER DVD COLLECTION would probably look uncomfortable as all hell in spurs.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:37 PM