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What's in a Birthdate?

Walden, 01/10/18, Walter, 08/18/18

Did you know...

On the international (Gregorian) calendar, Papa was born at 8 a.m. on Aug-22, 19RP. Translating that to the Lunar (Chinese) calendar, the date would be 8th hour, 7th month, 8th day, in the Lunar year of 4626!

Year after year, we took for granted the many occasions Papa shared about how the Chinese Lunar Calendar was structured and how it compares with the International Calendar, did we learn anything? Sad no. At one point during his time at Camino Real, he showed me how to calculate the dates (months, days, year) on the Hebrew Calendar. It got me more confused, even when I tried to listen intently. That is Papa, he learns everything, and with everything he learned, he try to pass on to us.

Today, as Rene called the Garden Cafe Restaurant for this Sunday's reservation for the observance of Papa's birthday, I suddenly remembered that the date Jan-15 that we've all known as Papa's birthday is NOT his actual birthday. It is in fact a made-up date, more for convenience. Most if not all of us brothers and sister know that -- what and why it was. (But if any of the grandchildren wanted to know more about Angkong's Jan-15 birthday, let me know, I have so much Angkong stories about this to share with you :)

This year, 2018, is a super year for Papa. Take a look.

August 18, 2018 is 08/18/18

BORN in 1928

More facts about Papa's Chinese Birthday.

English Date :    August 22, 19RP
Chinese Date :    Geng-Shen (Monkey) (7th month), 8, 4626
Chinese Year Name :    Wu Chen(Dragon)
7th Month of the year 4626 is not a leap month

Animal: Dragon

Birth Stone: Emerald

Element: Earth

Zodiac: Leo

Planet: Jupiter

Color: Green

Yin/Yang: Yang


English Date :    August 18, 2018
Chinese Date :    Geng-Shen (Monkey) (7th month), 8, 4716
Chinese Year Name :    Wu Chen (Dog)
7th Month of the year 4716 is not a leap month

Animal: Dragon

Birth Stone: Emerald

Element: Earth

Zodiac: Leo

Planet: Venus

Color: White

Yin/Yang: Yang

How did I derived Aug-18, 2018?  Use the Chinese-English Calendar Converter. The Chinese date of 7th Month, 8th Day, and Year of 4626. That is the date that Papa was born. Now 4626 + 90 (which is the years from 1928 to 2018) gives you 4716. Using the information, 7th Month, 8th Day, 4716, will give you Aug-18, 18.

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Here are Papa's Chinese Calendar Birthdates for the next 13 years.

  • August 8, 2019

  • August 26, 2020

  • August 15, 2021

  • August 5, 2022

  • August 23, 2023

  • August 11, 2024

  • August 30, 2025

  • August 20, 2026

  • August 9, 2027

  • August 27, 2028

  • August 17, 2029

  • August 6, 2030

  • August 25, 2031

Don't worry, all these days will automatically pop-up when the dates happen, as long as you remember our calendar site, >>  it will keep you notified.

Walden - 01/10/18


In simple celebration with a dinner at Papa's Favorite Restaurant, Garden Cafe in Arcadia, California on Jan-14, and at Camino Real Residence on Jan-15, 2018. Happy Birthday Papa.

God Will Make a Way - Don Moen - Piano by PPIA
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Some of our favorite birthday pictures.

Remembering Papa on his Birthday 08.18.2018 - Walter

Papa’s life had a lot of twists and turns, but nevertheless full of blessings. He was living in destitute as a child all the way to young adulthood. But because of his ever strong determination, to provide his future family a comfortable life, he persevered and was able to rise up against all odds. Papa loved us so much and willed his way to give us the best life can offer. We were his Big WHY. We were the reason why he worked so hard every single day. We were the reason why he became so successful in life and in business. I learned from this experience with Papa that, he, who has a WHY to live for can bear almost any HOW.


Papa seemed to know how to navigate no matter how complex the problem was, he somehow could always make things, which at first seemed impossible become possible. Papa did not predict his future, he created them. He’s a person who will not sit back and wait for things to happen, he makes it happen. He never whined, “I haven’t succeeded because I haven’t had the breaks”, he always creates his own breaks. These are just a few of his many attributes. Papa was and still my greatest inspiration. Thank you Papa for sharing all the life lessons, thank you for the love you showered upon us, thank you for bringing Mama to our life and most of all, thank you for being you, my dearest Papa. I love you and I miss you so much.

Today is your birthday, your first birthday with Mama and God. Although you are not with us physically, you are always in my heart. I will always remember you every single day for the rest of my life. I love you Pa. Happy 90th birthday.


Remembering Papa on his Birthday 08.08.2019 - Walden

This year 2019, Papa's Lunar birthday falls on Aug-8 -- Double "8". Papa would have turned 91 today. We remember our teacher, our leader, our hero, our father this with a simple dinner at Papa's favorite Restaurant - the Garden Cafe. We miss you Papa.


Remembering Papa on his Birthday 08.05.2022 - 503

Picture of Papa in his (guessing) first car, a second hand 1956 Buick Riviera 4 Door Sedan. 

504 remembered the car clearly. 504 "This Buick caught my fingers. Papa was driving this car with both of us (504 and 503) at the back seat, Mama sitting at the front seat."

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