Counting Down

Not sure what I'm counting down to? Well.. it's the Chinese Lunar New Year on 26th January which is two days away. I'm all alone in this foreign land where no one gives two hoots about this event. No celebration, no well wishes and most of all no Good FOOD!

Let me tell you what I'm missing out. My family sitting around the table for Reunion Dinner. Time for Spring Cleaning and decorating the flat with lots of Red Stuff (and flowers). And of course, lots of food!!! Candies for the guests, mandarin oranges which is a customary practice for anyone visiting a Chinese family during the 15-day celebration and too many other things that have auspicious meanings for this joyous event.

So I'm sitting here with my lappie and thinking of how to celebrate this festival on my own. The best way is to decorate my place but that's not remotely possible for me at the moment. Thus, I have to think about a list of food to cook. Unfortunately, Mr M has been down with cold for days and couldn't go with me to shop for food. And therefore, me will do my CNY post a day late. Do pardon me.

Anyway, to all those reading this bizarre post, Happy Chinese New Year in advance! It's the year of the Bull! Let's hope it works on the stock market and lift our nations from recession sooner! Bull market, bull market!!


Lotus Flower said...

Happy New Year to you dear friend.

I could only guess how it feels to not be able to celebrate with familiar friends and relatives. But that's okey, you could be in Singapore if not physically then even in spirit :-)

Yah! :-) Great. Cook something from the native land and share it with the loved one.

In the Philippines, Chinese New Year is celebrated in a more fun way in Binondo, a place where majority of our Chinese Filipino citizens live or where their businesses are based.

Thanks and Cheers to the New Year!

C K said...

Yeah, bull market, HUAT AH! (returning the compliments) :p

It's not too bad, really. I mean 'celebrating' CNY alone. But like you mentioned earlier, I'm sure you'll come up with a feast this evening for your fiance.

Have you thought of making that trip back home during CNY just for the reunion dinner?

SheR. said...

>>Lotus Flower.
Thanks a lot. Your wishes are a nice consolation for me.

Would be nice to see PH Chinatown during Chinese New Year!

Same same!!
Feast ah.. yum yum.. I wish. Just hope I can make some Pineapple cookies (not tarts.. no time).

Well.. the troublesome thing about planning a trip home in Jan is.. the european winter is terribly unpredictable. We were stranded in 2007 because of that and cost us a lot to change all the tickets last minute. No more flying home in Winter.. scary!

EastCoastLife said...


Happy Lunar New Year!

Syari said...

Sher, Xin nian kuai le! Wang shi ru yi!

I didn't celebrate Hari Raya for 2 years now. Had to move house every time. LOL

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hello Sher!! My very good friend and blogmate,

Kung Hei Fat Choy!!!

I missed coming to your site and IO missed you. How are you?

I agree with Lotus Flower, I can imagine what it feels like so far away from home, family and friends on this very important day for Chinese nationals and people of Chinese descent.

It's cold where you are and no Chinese food nor feasts befitting a grand celebration of the year of the Ox.

Lotus is correct, cook something from Singapore - and create a small celebration between you and your partner and your father-in-law and whoever else is there. During the dinner, tell tales of what its like in your homeland during the Lunar year, what food there is, what fireworks are lit, how people prepare, the various good luck charms and rituals being done and what it means for the Chinese; and what it means for you. Share your thoughts and your feelings so they know how important this day is for all Asians.

That way, they get to appreciate something that is far from their culture and make them closer to yours. They would realize how lucky they are to have you. I suppose any man would realize how lucky they are to have you as a wife. Maybe next year, you can enjoin them to celebrate with you and practice some of the rituals too, so that your future kids will not be alien to our culture in Asia.

Happy New Year Sher. Celebrate as much as you can. It would not be good if you don't.


:-) --Durano, done!

BK said...

Happy Niu Year! :)

Wish that everything will work out great this year!

uncommon said...


Gong Xi Fa Cai!

We have a fairly serious CNY here in Lilburn and Atlanta having folks from all over the world living here, each carrying some of their culture and traditions from back home.

How is the restaurant trade doing in these tough times?


SheR. said...

Thank you thank you!!! Same to you!!! Especially the money part! ;)

>>Syari sayang.
I guess not celebrating each and every festival doesn't mean we've forgotten our roots. Just the thought of the smiles on my family's faces back home is enough! :)

SheR. said...

>>Durano my dear friend.
Hope you are fine and well. Haven't seen you posting for sometime. So I've been wondering what you were up to??

I didn't cook up a storm the last few days. The K family was ill. Yeah all 4 of them. So I'll leave the feast for some later time. Perhaps on the 15th day of Lunar New Year. :)

Take care my friend.

SheR. said...

Thanks a lot!
May all your wishes come true this year too!!!

>>Brendan mate.
Wow.. it must be quite a sight in your town. Festivals all year round! Hee..

I've been asking around. The restaurant trade in many countries are badly affected by the economic crisis. I know in Singapore restaurants have started a Price War. Yeah.. serious. In Singapore, tourism is the main backbone supporting the F&B trade. So less tourists, big problem.

However, I've heard that over in London the business are still going great. Hm.. maybe it's the mentality? People still splurge on their meals even though they are worried about their jobs? Anyway, I've noticed that with job cuts in every industry in UK, the catering trade seems to continue with its hiring?! Amazing but true...

I guess Croatia will be badly hit this year. Tourism is the fuel of Croatia's economy. With less people travelling to Croatia, restaurants and hotels are in big trouble. I just wonder when they will start realising the facts instead of listening to the Bull coming out from the politicians' mouth?

uncommon said...

"Festivals all year round! Hee.."


Americans do love to celebrate, although the absence of choked roads is an indication of how little business there is about for one and all.

I suppose the old story that a recession gets rid of the bad restaurants is a truism, but I think some of the good ones go under as well and there is less variety.

Quite what is happening in the UK, I don't know, the shops were choked over Christmas, and pretty busy the rest of the time I was there.

Back here in the USA, lots of big, "anchor" stores have been closing their doors.

A price war in Singapore on the food front, that's going to be interesting, from what I read on Amsie's blog, decent food is real cheap there.

Ah well, lets all go out and support our favourite restaurants. If I were in Croatia, I would come and eat at your place, medeario!

Keep a strong heart...


SheR. said...

>>Brendan mate.
I really wish the good restaurants don't close down! My head chef just started his own restaurant in Soho London. I wish him well!!!

Oh I wish I can invite all my mates over for a dinner. I'm itching to cook up a feast!!!

Oh yes, good food in Singapore doesn't come with a Huge PRICE Tag. So Singaporeans are pretty blessed. It's evident in the ballooning of the waistline in many of the male species in Singapore :P