Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey!

Today is the eve of Chinese New Year, which means everyone in the family is home for the reunion dinner. It’s when we all gather at an elder’s house (usually parents or grandparents), eat, drink, gamble, eat, play, chat, eat and be merry! LOL! It’s gonna be noisy, it’s gonna be hot, and it’s gonna be loud. Children will be playing, fighting, laughing, crying, and adults will be trying to make an impression. Teenagers will play among themselves, and probably sulk at something an aunt or uncle said (very likely commenting on their appearance or behaviour), and singles will have to answer why they aren’t dating or getting married. The married will be asked when they’ll be having kids, or when they’ll be having MORE kids. Yes, it can be tedious, but I think it’s REALLY because these are the relatives we hardly see, and they’re just trying to strike a conversation. Here in Asia, these are very common questions asked by the older generation relatives, and yes, those who have to answer do take offense. I think questions are less awkward than comments about your appearance and weight. Hahaha! So whatever you’re doing, I hope you’ll have a good time.

To those of you not celebrating, and living in Asia, I wish you happy holidays. May the year of the Fire Monkey bring you good health, prosperity and longevity. May there be happiness and laughter wherever you go, and may you be enveloped in a bright aura of positivity! Gong Xi Fa Cai!






That’s an old photo, taken 4 years ago. We have lion dance every first day of Chinese New Year to chase away bad chi and bring in good chi. For us, it’s really just fun to see them prancing around the house. This year, the celebration started a little earlier, and we’ve been busy visiting relatives and friends. So busy that I just don’t have the time to take photos or to write. For this post, I’m typing as fast as I can after the baby slept, and after I scheduled this to be posted tomorrow, I have to go to the girls to sort out some traveling stuff. So, I’ll be taking a week off blogging (but will be updating Instagram now and then), and I’ll see you when I get back!

Love ya!



xoxo Lily