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




  • Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy New Year Lily to you and your family! I wish you all the love, health, and happiness!

    • Lily

      Thank you Tracy! It’s all about prosperity, health and longevity with us. Teehee!

  • 新年快乐 Lily! May the year bring about overflow of good health, wealth and happiness from the proverbial cup of life.

    • Lily

      Thank you so much Hari. Hope you’re having a good long weekend yourself 🙂

  • Liz

    I miss the celebrations we used to have in Korea. Happy lunar to you and your family!! <3

    • Lily

      Thanks Liz. My friends in the States have been telling me how different it is there. It’s just another day!

  • Gong Xi Fa Cai Lily! Enjoy these days! I always miss being in Asia during Chinese New Year <3 Though come to think of it all these when will you marry etc questions get on my nerves lol 😉 I wonder if our generation asks these questions or is it from our parents and grandparents generations… xxx

    • Lily

      Thanks Sofia. Yes, the questions some relatives ask are really erm, deep and personal. Most of them are from the older generation, but it is surprising that there are some of our generation who share that mentality. Mostly, they’re the ones who never left Asia >_<

      • Gosh. Because yes they are deep and personal. Like yes I want to have children but I have not yet achieved that (and don’t know if I ever will), and it hurts a lot when people ask it as if it were something as menial as for example: oh why don’t you buy a pink shirt, you should have a pink shirt. I understand when elder people ask (because somehow these things seemed so much easier in their generation), but I always flip every time someone I barely know in my generation bounces me these questions as if nothing >_< ANYWAY! Enjoy the festivities you have, I miss them! (and the food too! 🙂 )

        • Lily

          You’re right. It baffles me when someone from our generation asks stupid things like this. I know a few couples who have been trying so hard to have kids. I bet it’ll hurt them to get asked these questions 🙁

  • Bellyhead

    Happy New Year, Lily! to you & your whole family!

    • Lily

      Thanks Belly! Did you celebrate? Hope you had a good one!

  • k r i s t e n //

    Happy Chinese New Year, peaches! Aside from the needling personal questions (lol!!), it sounds amazing!! I always love seeing CNY posts on Instagram – the red, the lion dances, the symbolism and the celebrations! It looks like the best holiday ever! Much love to you and your family and many wishes of health, wealth and happiness in the new year! 新春大吉

    • Lily

      Thanks Kristen. And WOW look at you!! Writing in Chinese!!!

  • Happy Chinese New Year! And enjoy the time off.

    • Lily

      Thanks Melissa. Hope your back is better!

      • It is, thanks! I went skiing today and – defying all logic – it loosened the muscles up. I feel great! I just hope it doesn’t come back again now… I can’t exactly go skiing every single day for the rest of my life, lol.

        • Lily

          Glad to hear that Melissa!! I haven’t gone skiing before. Bucket list!

  • Lol, I love your very insightful views on the happenings of CNY! I guess these things are the same everywhere huh? I hope you had fun in Sg!!

    • Lily

      Great fun in SG! And yes, I think it’s an Asian thing. It’s a global epidemic. Hahahaha!