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 ◦★
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.
I know I say this every year, but 2017 flew by…
I think this is more true than other years just because it was such a BUSY YEAR.
I completed three lots of placement in 2017, which was very difficult and yet, fulfilling.
In January, I did 15 days of placement at my current ELC, starting in the Babies Room and finishing up in the Kinder Room. In April/May, I did 20 days with a Foundation/Prep class and then in July/August, I did another 20 days with a Grade 3 class! Slowly moving up in age was great, especially as I initially was very worried with the older age group. I loved every one of my placements and it’s just really satisfying knowing that I’m on the right track with what I want to do.
I also said a sad goodbye to my first car and welcomed in my second one!
And finally, probably my biggest accomplishment yet, I flew to Europe all by myself!
I met up with Ash in Paris, but flying from MEL > HKG > FRA > CDG was very nerve-wrecking for someone like who has never really done anything by herself before! I am very proud of myself for getting through the entire journey well with no real hiccups throughout. And of course, Europe with Ash was awesomeee and I’ll definitely need to post about that soon.
All in all, 2017 was an exhausting but fun year! Let’s bring on 2018!
Favourite Posts of 2017: 4th Anniversary Glamping, Mouriya Kobe Beef Dining, 25th birthday at Pixel Alley
Merry Christmas from Rome!
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!