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Welcoming the Year of Snake!

CNY 2013

First of all, Gong Xi Fa Cai! Wishing all of you an abundance of health, happiness and success in the year of Snake.

This Chinese New Year is rather unusual, in a way that it rains a lot. Water snake, maybe? For as long as I can remember, Chinese New Year is usually very hot and humid. So, it’s quite good for visiting as the weather is cooling, but not very convenient when we’re on the road.

This week has been one of the most stress-less weeks I’ve ever had. No work, no school, and no alarm clock. We slept past midnight and woke up at 10am. Little Edison seems to enjoy Chinese New Year more than me. In fact, as he grows older now, he can sustain the entire day out doing visiting without taking his afternoon nap.

In addition, he loves the Lo-Hei session too. He likes to toss the ingredients as high as possible and all over the table, but he doesn’t like to eat them. I enjoy Lo-Hei a lot too, though it can be really messy and noisy.

As I get older, I seem to be become less and less excited about Chinese New Year. When I was a kid, I looked forward to Chinese New Year because I can wear new clothes, beef up my piggy bank, and eat lots of yummy food. Two weeks before the Chinese New Year, my mom will gather with our neighbours to make cookies, nian gao, and even bak kwa. The kids will join in for help, it was so much fun!

My childhood favourite is the love letters. Whenever I eat it now, it brought back so many fond memories of me being a kid, and making these love letters with my mom before the Chinese New Year. It was nostalgic.

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