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Rachel Kristen
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Welcoming the Year of the Dragon!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 12:00 PM
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RAWR! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

I am back home for the entire week :)

Chinese from all parts of the world welcome the year of the Dragon this year. Personally, I hear a lot of people planning for babies, so we can expect a baby boom this year, just like the year I was born back in 1988. That reminds me, and a whole lot of weddings to attend too this year >.<

The new year is a great time to see friends and relatives. Though as we grow older, we find that these celebrations are just another reason to catch up and ask your how-are-yous. Not saying that it is pointless but we do not have to wait for a moment like this to greet our loved ones, really. A phone call, text or message is enough a gesture to keep in touch.

 So first things first, I want to tell my friends, family, and loved ones that I love every one of you and HERE'S A BIG FAT HUG TO AN AWESOME YEAR AHEAD!


Back then when we were younger it was all about the Ang Baos and presents and as kids, we could not wait to grow up fast so that we can spread our wings and fly (metaphorically). But now that some of us are all grown up, it really is not about the Ang Baos and we start to yearn for the good old days, for time to slow down so we can savour all the sweet moments of our lives.

 If I could pocket down everything, I would but in reality, we just grow up, work our ass off, start a family, grow old, and die. It's a vicious cycle.

For the Tan family, we never miss the reunion dinner. It is a Chinese culture to have dinner (or lunch..or a meal) with your family. It signifies togetherness, the reunion of family members and loved ones on this significant day. It is also a dinner for celebration, to welcome a greater, more prosperous year. 

Mum, dad and I had a mini celebration at home. She cooked the steamboat soup and we went 'shopping' for seafood and vege earlier in the morning. I'm starting to like going to wet markets, weird.

(I'm also munching on loveletters as I'm typing this. Damn these new year cookies.)

Chinese New Year to me is always filled with all kinds of sounds. Good ones of course!

Of Fireworks.


Of dances.

Of laughter.

and happiness.

Hope all of you are having a good time with your family and friends back home.

 Growing another year older means a lot more responsibilities (haih *in denial) and I have learned a lot in this one year. I would like to thank all of you who have stood by me, believed in me, and my friends and family members who are always there for me.

With the new year comes hopes and wishes for greater things that life have to offer :)

2012, I'm ready to take you on! 

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