My mom left this message in Taiwanese on my cellphone:
En-Ah! This is Ma-ma, la. I'm calling from work and I know you're at work. This month is Ghost Month and it's very dangerous for you and Guh-Guh-ah (Brother One's family nickname). Ghost Month is August 13 to Sept ___ (forgot the date). You two were born in the year of the dog and dragon and have to be more careful.
You have to tie a red thread around your waist -- all month! You have yarn -- tell (Brother One) to go to your house and both of you tie red thread around your waist. This is good for you. You will achieve what you've been working towards all year, and (Brother One) will get a job. Okay, don't forget, you need to wear it all month!