Thursday, February 7, 2008

First Day - For dear sis

Chinese New Year lasts 15 days. The celebrations usually begin on the eve of Lunar New Year where the family gathers for a reunion dinner. It's also the time when family members who are away come home to meet up and catch up on lost time. The entire 15 days consist of lots of visits to families, relatives, and friends' houses, where we feast. It's also the time when little ones happily play and lose track of time while the parents close an eye and let them be. The happiest ones are the little kids who collects lots of ang pows (red packets filled with money) but the sad ones I guess are we married adults who have to part with ours. Lol. But I guess whatever you give out somehow comes back to you but the one who really benefits is junior as it will all go to their bank accounts. Haha.

The first day is usually celebrated with family, visiting grandparents, parents, relatives such as aunts, uncles, etc then when all family is done usually by the second day (if your family is small), the rest of the new year is spent with friends and having a fun time.

So this post is for dear sis who can't be home with us this year, and also for those of you who are not home, that includes daphne too. I do pity you gals as it's really sad to not be able to partake of the festivities and gather with the family. Worst is being in your part of the world where Chinese are the minority and there is no atmosphere to soak in, so much so that dear sis, you, forgot that it was even CNY. :( How sad.

Well, this is to share with you the food that we had today and also your favourite prawns, etc. Enjoy them. :) Look on the bright side, at least your waist won't be expanding. :P

Sis - Please click on photos to see the words.

16 comments:

Big Boys Oven said...

Hey babe, may the year of the rat brings you and your family many fortune and great health!

Gong Xi Fat Cai!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Oh man, can I sit myself down at your sofa and munch on all your CNY goodies? :D

Our feasts will fall on weekend as everybody has to work on weekdays, no holidays here.

Jori said...

That is quite the feast! Enjoy your vists with friends and family. All the best to you in this year of the rat.

ilovepearly said...

Wishing your family, friends and you a Happy Chinese New Year!!

daphne said...

thank you d! blog hopping helps =) makes me get into the "feel" of it!

East Meets West Kitchen said...

That is quite a feast, and you're right about not having the kind of atmosphere like in Singapore. Can you believe that I even miss those chinese new year songs? LOL!

singairishgirl said...

big boys oven - Thanks guys! A blessed and bountiful New Year to you too. And may Sunny have success in his baking classes and you Sid, all the best in the new job. Gong Xi Fa Cai.

little corner of mine - Haha, that was taken at my aunt's place. Yes, you can visit too. ;) Yes, us too, we only have last two days and this weekend and everyone is back to work and will continue with celebrations next weekend.

jori - CNY is all about feasting and growing fat. Lol! Thanks for your wishes.

ilovepearly - Thanks pearly. If you celebratie Chinese New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your family too.

daphne - Aww... I'm sure it does. Makes you feel like you're right here in the thick of the action, right? ;) Don't worry. I'm sure your ang pows are being collected for you. He he. :)

east meets west kitchen - Oh yes, wish you were here to feast. A pity you had to go home. Oh gosh! All the shopping malls are playing those Chinese songs left, right and centre.

Beau Lotus said...

D, you've said it said it all, wouldn't have been able to put it better myself boo hoo hoo...

I regret not bringing back one of those cardboard figures for the CNY, there is so no festive feel here at all!

singairishgirl said...

beau lotus - Oh dearie, come here and give me a hug. Well, you can always come home next year to stock up. The F1 is a good excuse. ;)

Sagari said...

wowww al yummy yummy food

daphne said...

hahaa.. funny that you should said it, grandma did say she saved it for me :p so cute the grandma of mine.

oh! the agar agar, there were about 17 people (including kids) so went pretty fast.. maybe it's the heat too? Give me your half box anytime and I can finish it d! It's so pretty in pink!!

singairishgirl said...

sagari - Thanks. Also, for dropping by.

daphne - Hahaha, Shazz also has hers saved for her. ;) Actually yours looks nice without the beans too. I'm sure that would have gone down better, especially with the kids.

Shazz said...

Thanks for the pictures..I'd fish n chips for cny eve, and dinner at this place called 'Earl of Spencer' on 1st day of cny..not too bad :) Miss the prawns though..lol

singairishgirl said...

shazz - Haha, ang moh food for CNY ya? 'Ear of Spencer' also ang moh food? ;P Oh yes, we enjoyed your prawns for you. :P

sohcool said...

Happy chinese new year.
Yeah, in paris, the only atmosphere was in Chinatown. And I worked during CNY since I had no one to visit. I brought chinese snacks for my colleagues to share the festive season. Thanks to technology, my family actually filmed the steamboat dinner and sent it to me.
Think there are too many Singaporeans overseas.

singairishgirl said...

sohcool - Happy Chinese New Year to you too! Wow, got Chinatown in Paris? Didn't know that. Oh, that's lovely that you brought them snacks. Oh how sweet of the family to do that for you. It's just like you were part of it. Nice. :)