Happy Chinese New Year! It's the year of the rat. I'm not exactly sure what that means. According to the Chinese zodiac I'm a monkey. I'm not exactly sure what that means either. However, I much prefer to be associated with a monkey than with a rat. So I'm a happy monkey. Fortitude Valley's Chinatown is looking lovely with all the decorations for the new year celebrations. I took many photos of the bright red swinging lanterns & other colourful & festive eye candy, but my favourite photo turned out to be this bleakly coloured & simple image. It's of one of the zodiac tiles set amongst the pavers in the ground circling the water fountain feature in the Chinatown mall. I can't begin to imagine how many people have walked across this little tile over the years. It's looking rather scuffed, scratched & dirty. Yet, it's an appropriate look for a rat somehow...
"You can't be friends with a squirrel. A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit" - Sarah Jessica Parker
Some famous rat people: Charlotte Bronte, Toni Collette, Cameron Diaz, Mata Hari, Monet, Doris Day, Sean Penn, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mozart & Shakespeare. Hmm...quite a fine & clever collection of rats here. I'm now thinking that being a rat isn't such a bad thing to be at all.
Oooh must now dash...I've a box of divine little Chinese egg tarts calling out to me. & a good monkey must never neglect their sweet beloved baby egg tarts.