Year of the Dog

Wishing everyone a Happy Lunar New Year! ♥
Here’s to a year filled with good luck, prosperity, success, health and happiness  <゜)))彡

◦ 恭禧发财 ◦

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Chinese New Year, this year a was little busier than usual. As it isn’t hugely celebrated in my family, we usually just have casual dinner with our immediate family. However, through odd circumstances, we ended up having more people attend dinner this year, including a relative from Malaysia and Ashley, who doesn’t usually attend our CNY dinners.

Thus, for this special occasion, we decided to do Yee Sang again (first time last year)!
Hilariously, my second-cousin was very shocked that we don’t usually do Yee Sang in our household, and then laughed when he saw the amount of salmon I had put on the plate (but that’s the best bit!?!)

The night was fun, and consisted of many funny stories over delicious food.
Having more people attend dinner made me think of how life may have been different if I had grown up in Malaysia instead, or even if we had a bigger family presence here. Many customs and traditions that are our cousins are so familiar with are lost to me and my siblings. On Facebook, I see that all my aunties, uncles and cousins are visiting each other during this auspicious time of the year, having multiple dinner celebrations; whereas, in Australia, I barely know any of my cousin’s names and the only thing celebratory is this one dinner we had together as a family.

  It’s interesting how growing up in different countries can make you feel like an alien to your own family.

x

Buon Natale!

Merry Christmas from Rome!

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Ashley and I spent Christmas Day travelling to the Vatican City, and unfortunately missing out on hearing the Pope’s speech.

It was a little difficult for me to be without my family on Christmas, but travelling around Europe does have it’s benefits! Apart from waking up very early in the morning to take a train from Florence to Rome, and then madly rushing to the Vatican City from our Airbnb apartment, we also took part in Rome’s Ultimate free walking tour. It was amazing and we highly recommend it! Our tour guide, Jobe, was very knowledgeable and we learnt a lot about the history of Rome. But, that’s a post for another day!

Year of the Rooster!

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My Chinese New Year this year was spent undertaking placement in the Kinder Room at my Early Learning Centre!
I taught the children the popular song, “Gong Xi Ni’, as well as the cute hand action to go along with it. As our ELC is predominantly Asian, many of the children knew the song already and the translation behind the lyrics (more so than me heh). It was great to see them so proud of their language and culture, especially when they were teaching the other children the words and actions.

Another special thing that happened this CNY was my family’s first yee sang.

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Yes, I know what you’re thinking. How the heck is this girl Malaysian and has never done yee sang with her family?! Well, after moving to Australia all those years ago, my parents just never bothered to keep up with any of the traditions and thus, we never did yee sang!

My awesome friend Agnes was just coming back from M’sia, shortly after CNY, so she kindly bought this wonderful packet of Yee Sang for me to share with my family (thank youuuuu!). It was a wonderful, yet slightly awkward, experience for us, but nevertheless, something that I’d definitely remember fondly.

 Hope you all have a prosperous new year! <“)))><