Gong Hei Fat Choi!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Happy Chinese New Year to all my readers! May your year be fruitful in every aspect. For many people, 2013 seemed to be quite a bad year (according to Facebook statuses), so here's to the year of the horse blowing the snake out of the water. As I've mentioned before, 2013 was mediocre for me but terrible for some family and friends and I dearly hope luck is with them this year.

I love spending CNY in Singapore with my relatives because I love tradition! We have a delicious steamboat reunion dinner on the eve of the new year. The next day we visit the temple to pay our respects to our ancestors and go through praying rituals, drink Holy water and then go visiting! The ang baos and traditional snacks are particularly enjoyable teehee. In Perth there is hardly any festive feeling and there is a nagging lack of respect and tradition which I feel dearly- I find it so sad that our culture is slowly disappearing down the generations. Look at me- I can't even speak Chinese or Cantonese :(. 

This year we were invited to attend a temple ceremony for the first time in Perth and it was wonderful! I had such a good feeling about it and enjoyed it tremendously. For those interested, it's called the Fo Guang Shan temple located in Maylands. It's easily the most modern and most beautiful temple I have ever set eyes on. 

I've seen many lion dances in my lifetime and this one was particularly outstanding. There were 10 lions for a start and they were really well made complete with flashing LED lights on their heads! They also stood directly upright on the shoulders of their bottom half, something I had not seen before! I was very impressed.

 I find this photo hilarious. The lion just posing there casually as if we're good mates. 

My friends mum was actually part of this choir. So many adorable aunties singing joyfully! It made me very happy, when I'm older I want to do social things like this.

I hope everyone brought in the new year smoothly!
Prosperity to all!



  1. We love the excitement around new years, and of course the food. We hope the new year brings you prosperity and good health!


    1. Thank you for the comment! I wish the same to you and that your festivities are still going strong wherever you may be in the world ^^

  2. It's never too late to begin learning your language. :) I came over from Joanne's blog btw and followed you. These pictures are gorgeous. I find it interesting, people don't dress up to go to the temple huh not even on holidays? Is it always like that? The dragon pic is cute. :P

    I wonder if my 2013 went well because it was my year, year of the snake. =)


    1. Yes my sister is actually learning Chinese now at uni because it fits with her degree! Unfortunately mine does not, but I can always start when I'm working :) well this is the first time I've been to a temple in Perth, but you'll find Australia is pretty laid back and people don't dress up too much :p. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Teehee, love the photo with the lion.
    Again, I absolutely love that you're from Perth, interesting to hear about this temple. Is their garden as lovely as the golden interior? I have a feeling my friend goes to this temple for her weekly meditation.

    A happy new year to you and your loved ones. May this year bring you heaps of awesomeness :)

    1. Hi Nhi! I hope you had/having? a fantastic trip to Japan! I actually didn't get to see any gardens on the night, but I imagine it would be just as beautiful. You should definitely take a visit there, it really is stunning- I never knew anything like this existed in Perth :O.

      Happy New Year to you too! (PS. Brandon Sanderson's 2nd book of the Stormlight archives is coming out soon and I'm so so excited!)