Gong Xi Fa Cai

There are less than seven days until Chinese New Year. I don’t really feel the ‘Guo Nian’ mood yet, so I’m trying to psyche myself up for it.

This year is going to be a special Chinese New Year for me and my wife.

First of all, it’s the first year for us as a married couple, so it’s going to be a new experience giving money away instead of receiving it. There’s new responsibilities like giving gifts like oranges and cookies to others instead of ‘tumpang’ with my parents.

Now when it comes to giving ang pau, there’s a delicate balance to strike between being thrifty and wanting to bring joy to others. There’s a fine line between being stingy and being frugal.

There’s a desire to please everyone because you don’t want to appear like you’re showing favoritism. Then there are certain restrictions. For example in my family we don’t give RM4 or RM44 or anything that has the number four. For those of you not familiar with Cantonese, the number 4 sounds like the word ‘die’.

The next thing we’re looking forward to is to meet some of our relatives as a married couple. The last time we saw some of them was at our wedding last year.

I expect everyone in my family to be happy to see a new member of the family, with another one coming soon.

We’ve also decided to travel back to Ipoh on the first day of CNY so Poey Chin can be with her family. My parents and sister will coming along too, so it will be a nice reunion of sorts with our two families together.

Will any of you be in Ipoh? Want to meet up on the 2nd day of CNY for dinner or something? Drop me an email if you are interested… I expect to have a bit of free time when my wife goes off to re-unite with her classmates. Warning: I’m very quiet in person so you better have lots of things to talk about 🙂

In a few days, the year of the golden pig will be over. Next year will be the year of the Earth Rat. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really want my baby Rachel to be a Rat. I’m going to tell her that she’s born in the year of the mouse.

A mouse is more suitable because

  1. Her daddy holds a mouse every day, so it will symbolize me holding her each day
  2. A mouse is cute, like Minnie Mouse or Mighty Mouse. Rats are usually the bad guys in cartoons
  3. I want baby to be quiet as a mouse, not to run around like a rat terrorizing everyone in the house.

In any case, I just found out that the year of the rat is the first year of the 12 years animal cycle. There are five elements, so the year of the earth rat happens once every 60 years.

For those of you traveling home, have a safe trip.

Don’t play with fireworks. I don’t know if you will be able to find any fireworks though. I saw the news on TV the other day of police seizing illegal fireworks. They were so proud like they had busted a shipment of drugs or something.

Seems funny to me that they weren’t so hard working a couple of months back.

Anyway, wishing everyone a wonderful new year, with great blessings from God and good health for you family. May you be blessed with the greatest gift of all, which is happiness and peace within your family.

21 thoughts on “Gong Xi Fa Cai”

  1. gong hei gong hei fatt choi..
    u drive down to penang mainland la..
    ahaha then we shall have dinner..

    Adino: Penang ah… I might be going to Butterworth to visit my relative, but won’t have time to have dinner 🙂

  2. I read the title: “Wish you prosperity”
    and the number four is also produced like that in Mandarin as well (so they have the same issue)
    Happy Chinese New Year!
    And Wish You A Prosperous Blog Year!

    Adino: Thanks 🙂

  3. Gong Xi Fa Chai to Minnie’s mouse parents!!! Haha…

    Me also headache with ang pao, too much will hurt, too less, no face. Hard to strike a balance sometimes.

    Adino: Very hard to decide. Perhaps I will try to write about this issue in the Frugal Beagle blog and see if writing therapy brings me any solutions 🙂

  4. Gong Xi Fa Cai
    I haven’t hear any CNY song being played yet..
    hahahha, might be cos I don’t listen to radio all these while?

    Mouse is always better than Rat
    Rat sounds so…. rat 😀

    Adino: You can hear it any time you step near a shopping mall or sundry shop 🙂

  5. Yes, mouse is better than rat! Even though Ratatouee was quite cute though…

    Gong Xi Fa Cai to Adino, Poey Chin & Rachel!

    Adino: Thanks Rinnah, same to you too!

  6. butterworth eh…
    oh got chance to give ang pao to me?

    Adino: Aiyo… we both live in PJ, try and catch me in church lor 🙂

  7. the first time i ever gave angpau was 3 days after i got married (yup, we got married on Nian 29)…that really hurt man… 😥

    Adino: Wow! But I guess you would still have some money your received from your wedding right?

  8. alarh i don live in pj la~~
    my place to pj quite far eh!
    mana tau someone purposely dowan to go sunday service?

    Adino: Oh yeah, forgot 😛 No la… next time I plan to go on Sunday I tell you hehe

  9. Happy New Year to you, Adino and Poey Chin! I will be in Ipoh till the 1st day only… 🙂

    Adino: If you ever go over to my sis in law’s home just ask her to give me a call 🙂

  10. xin nian kuai le

    Adino: Xin Nian Kuai Le to you and your family too! Wish you a year of exploding business until you have to expand to two shoplot!

  11. Xin Nian Kuai Le to you and your family.. would love to meet in Ipoh on second day of the new year. we do dinner. do anything u want.

    Adino: But I have to buy plane ticket for you right? 🙂

  12. Heya my ex-youth teacher!! Happy Chinese New Year!! hahaha. Found your blog some how. heard that you’re gonna be a dad!! Woot!! Congrats man!! I’m sure you gonna be a great dad.

    Adino: Hi Jared! Welcome to my blog 🙂 Wish you and your family a Happy CNY too.

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