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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Back to Work

Well, it's been a week off from work for me for this Chinese New Year (2 days public holiday + 3 days annual leave). Guess, it is time for me to warm up my engine to start working tomorrow. Will upload the photos over the weekend when I have nothing much to do. Still haven't upload the photos from the digicam.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year

I would like to wish every one a very Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!

Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year is also celebrated by the Koreans as well.

Some brief information about Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year or the Spring Celebration is the most important traditional Chinese holidays and is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Han Chinese populations, such as Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand; as well as cultures with whom the Chinese have had extensive interaction which include Koreans (Seollal), Tibetans and Bhutanese (Losar), Mongolians (Tsagaan Sar), Vietnamese (Tết), and the Japanese before 1873 (Oshogatsu). Chinese New Year is sometimes called the Lunar New Year.


Monday, February 1, 2010

Preparing For Chinese New Year

As I was writing this post, Chinese New Year is just two weeks away. Seems like times fly, the last round I blog about this cultural festival was last year. This year, I hope to post more about this cultural festival and the background of it instead of just wishing the readers Happy Chinese New Year.

Nien Gao that my mum made

Chinese New Year this year could cost a lot due to inflation, especially food prices which soar about 20%-30% which makes this festival expensive. Anyway, to start with, my family has been busy preparing for this festival, especially my mum. Over the weekends, me and my brother were busy dusting the house and removed the cobwebs. My mum successfully make sticky rice cake or more commonly known as "Nian Gao" today, which is presentable as well, before this she has been trying to make "Nian Gao" - the taste is ok, but looks a bit crumple. There are a lot more to do list on her hand, which unfortunately I will not be available to help her out.

Back to Chinese New Year, I am really looking forward to it and will be taking a week of from work, so it will be a holiday for me as well. As I have mentioned earlier, this year the Chinese New Year could cost a lot, so it is time for us to start thinking of ways to spend smart for this festival season, but at the same time don't look too stingy. I will try to post some of the ways in my Money Master blog. Till then, I'll keep updating this blog on the preparation.


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