It's time for the reveal... What I posted earlier was an upside-down view of incense spirals/coils.
These incense coils are very popular in the East, and are often spotted in our temples and shrines - favoured because they are much longer than your typical incense sticks (therefore allowing much longer burning times), and they can be hung on the ceiling thereby freeing up space on ground level for worshippers. If used correctly, one coil can burn for hours or even days at a time.
This was taken at Thien Mau temple in the Cho Lon area of HCM city (formerly Saigon). The tour guide explained that you can come to the temple, purchase one of these coils and have your name & that of your significant other's scribed onto a pink joss paper -- and have it suspended and burning from the ceiling. One coil should bring you auspicious circumstances for up to a week --- after that, if you want fortunes to continue shining, you will need to make a return trip and get yourself some more luck! 😄😂