In the Victorian era, hand-fans were used not only to cool oneself but also as a secret way to communicate the language of love. For example, by running one’s fingers through the fan’s ribs, one is trying to say, "I want to talk to you." The enigmatic language of the fan was widely used by both men and women.
I. A fan placed near the heart.
"You have won my love."
II. A closed fan touching the right eye.
"When may I be allowed to see you?"
III. A closed fan moved threateningly.
"Do not act so impudently!"
IV. A half-opened fan pressed to the lips.
"You may kiss me."
V. Covering the left ear with an open fan.
"Do not betray my secret."
VI. Hiding the eyes behind an open fan.
"I love you."
VII. Shutting a fully open fan slowly.
"I promise to marry you."
VIII. Fanning oneself slowly.
"I am married."
IX. Letting one’s fan rest on the right cheek or the left.
"Yes" and "No", interchangeably.
X. Opening and closing the fan several times.
"You are cruel."
XI. Fan in front of the face.
XII. Twirling the fan in the left hand.
"We are being watched."
XIII. Fan held over left ear.
"I wish to be rid of you."
XIV. Carrying an open fan in the left hand.
"Come and talk to me."
XV. Opening a fan wide.
"Wait for me."
XVI. Placing the fan behind the head with finger.
[Artwork: Secret, by Lee Yun-hi.]
Here’s to the Crazy Ones. The ones who can change the world.
GREETINGS FROM THE PHILIPPINES!
AS MOST OF YOU ARE AWARE, A HUGE TYPHOON HAD JUST RECENTLY HIT OUR NATION.
I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT ONE OF THE SADDEST FACTS OF THIS DISASTER IS THAT THE REGION MOST AFFECTED BY THIS SUPER TYPHOON, DOESN’T EVEN HAVE ENOUGH BODY/CADAVER BAGS FOR ALL THE DEAD BODIES THAT LAY IN THE STREETS [x]
HERE’S AN EXCERPT FROM A MANILA TIMES ARTICLE
The death toll from a super typhoon that decimated entire towns in the Philippines could soar well over 10,000.
The horrifying estimates came as rescue workers appeared overwhelmed in their efforts to help countless survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), which sent tsunami-like waves and merciless winds rampaging across a huge chunk of the archipelago on Friday.
Almost 10 million affected
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said the storm affected two million families or 9.53 million individuals.
Officials in the regions of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western, Central and Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Caraga are still assessing the effects of the disaster.
Close to 100,000 families were staying at 1,790 evacuation centers and 36,627 others were staying at friends and relatives’ houses.
I’m not here to compare how much worse this calamity is to its precedents (because every disaster is just bad in general), but I am here to ask for your help if you haven’t already given it. (Thoughts and prayers are appreciated, but are impractical)
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Here is a list of organizations accepting donations and how to get in touch (the ff are links to websites which have a comprehensive list of contact details and donation options)
Within the Philippines:
- Rappler. com’s List: #ReliefPH: Victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Need Your Help
- Sustar.com’s List: Orgs accepting donations for Typhoon Yolanda Victims
- If you can’t help financially or in kind, that’s okay, but it would be nice to inform people who can
Please spread the word. Thank you.
"In a lot of ways, this is a love story between two men, but this is about as masculine as it gets!"
gUYS IT’S NOT EVEN HIATUS WHAT ARE YOU DOING