this year the start of Chinese New Year fell on Saint Valentine’s day. it didn’t really bother us since V Day was just another day and Chinese New Year was definitely a big deal.
yesterday, we celebrated CNY with our friends and had our local Malaysian/Singaporean tradition of tossing “Yee Sang” which is basically chinese raw fish salad. half the fun in eating yee sang is tossing it and shouting words of properity, health; pretty much anything good for a person. the action of tossing is known as “Lo Hei “which symbolizes increasing prosperity, abundance and vigor.
“The Yee Sang is characterized by it’s colorfulness. It is served in a large flat platter with vegetables arranged around a small serving of raw fish in the middle.”(we added jelly fish which has become a norm nowadays). You should see the mess we make after we tossed!
since we were all working people, we were all to lazy to actually make a home cooked meal, so we all tapau-ed food and brought it over which amazingly felt pretty home-made . this was all thanks to 1 dish which was actually home made. 🙂
we had abit of excitement after dinner. the fire alarm went off with a man over the speaking annoucing “this is a fire alarm, please stay where you are until futher notice”. we all then started looking out the balcony if we could see the fire but heard the fire engines instead and suddenly an even louder alarm rang with the annoucement “please evacuate the building!” the funny thing about fire alarm is that no one really knows whether to leave or not. i reckon more than half of the building occupants didn’t evacuate…. oh and our dear friends wanted to use the elevator to get down! *smacks head*
opps, i forgot the flash
10 minutes later, we went back home like nothing happened.
but the night was not over yet… our CNY dinner wasn’t over until people made money!! the boys started blackjack, we girls moved onto mahjong but kept being short of 1 player and then the boys continued on to playing poker.
teaching & learning
the lan tou kwais
and during intervals of rest time, we played Rock Band.
it was such a fun night, i went home with extra money in my wallet and my dinner covered… hehehe *grin*
Gong Hei Gong Hei – wishing everyone a very Happy Chinese New Year! May your eat plenty of kwei kar pet (love letters), pineapple tarts (which i forgot to steal off Lea yesterday), collect loads of angpaus and win loads of MONEY!!