Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Chinese New Year 2013 - Red Packets

This year, got some very beautiful red packets (or ang pows/hong bao) from the respective banks.

I love the red packets with the pandas the best from Standard Chartered Bank. Red packets are given during Chinese New Year or good occasion like weddings or birthdays. Red packets is usually given out by married couples. The amount of money contained in the red packets usually ends with an even digit, 8, 18, 88 and 168 are all lucky numbers (which sounds like prosper in mandarin) and odd-numbered money gifts are traditionally associated with funerals.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Chinese New Year - Festive eating

During the last three days, we been eating so much.

Day 1 - Lunch with my in laws with some local buffet with home cooked food and pizza from Pizza Hut. I cooked all the food except the spare ribs and pizza which were bought.

Day 2 - Lunch at brother's house with the rest of the siblings and family.

Fried Mee hoon cooked by 2nd sis's domestic helper - tasted so good.

Curry chicken cooked by 2nd sis's domestic helper - this is good too.

Day 3 - steamboat dinner and some local food(chilli crabs, black pepper crabs,etc)bought from nearby zichar stall.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Gong Xi Fa Cai - Welcome the year of the snake

A very happy Chinese New Year to all who celebrate the festival. This being the year of the Snake, we could see lots of decorations and toys associated with the snake.

I was so busy spring cleaning and shopping and stocking up food for the festival. Most malls, shops and markets would be closed especially during the first two days of the year of the snake.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Skywatch Friday - Night Kite Flying

Interesting to fly a night kite. This kite was operated by a remote control. The kite must be very expensive, wonder what happen if halfway the battery dies down and the kite would crash down on the ground.

A short video on the night kite.

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