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[Volume 11 Issue 2, #2103]
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  1. I am first again! Yeah!

    Chris, where are you??? Yuhu

    Actually I do not really like CNY cos most shops are closed especially on the first and second day and it is not easy to get food outside, if hungry, don't know where to get food, so must have sufficient food at home.

    Also, shops closed means cannot go shopping during CNY

    This year CNY, only first day relatives and friends visit us, that's all, but we did go to River Ang Bao two times as a family

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    1. I like the rice with Chinese sausage, looks yum to me, if can fry the Chinese sausage a bit and mix with dark soy sauce, even more yummy

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    2. I noticed you got a few entries posted at 12.38am, is that deliberate as that is your lucky number?

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    3. Congratulations for getting the first chop! Well done and add more comments to kick Kurage away. Lol
      Hey, you woke up so early to read blogs! Or you were just hitting the sack to dreamland?? Wakakaka

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    4. i just grilled the chinese sausage in the oven and then i drizzle light soy sauce (mixed with sesame oil and some sugar) onto the rice.. simple yet nice~~

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  2. Fing Fing, Tim & Stuart look happy with their angpow.

    Hihihi

    So Ah Boy got a lot this year or not?

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    1. hehehe, every year also about the same, so happy every year that is :p

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  3. SK's simple first day to work meal so meaningful!

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    1. this superstitious SK must have everything auspicious dei~~ :p

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  4. Photo A: What a bombastic and long forgotten word reeling back! I think very few people use the word sycee as it is an intellectual language. Even banks call it Gold Ingots. Adoi poor Anay had to Google this word by Thambee. I need to study MBA.

    How could your CNY be boring as you could talk, eat and fart around. The Minions just hugged your sycee all day long.

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    1. Photo B: OMG! I thought the fat baby was my Thambee lying down like a baby whale but it wasn't you dei. How did you find a photo so looked alike one?? Muahahaha

      I think lying down to watch TV and much all the CNY cookies on the first day would symbolize a year long of easy and lazy days. Good lag, no need to suffer in Monkey Year for you.

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    2. Photo C: What an unusual food for CNY festive season? I thought you should be tossing my Yee Sang with sliced Fuji Pears and raw salmon. You should be eating your own Poon Choy with added cheesy mutton gravy and sprinkled paneer smeared with oyster sauce!

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    3. Photo D: Wow! My Thambee had a bowl of Emperor's rice that symbolized foreverness, intelligence and auspicious blessings! I think you are too intelligent already la. You need to place a pair of Mandarin Ducks at your bedside tonight.

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    4. Photo E: I like your special red packets. The lucky cats will attract more money to you. I always paid attention to the design and colour of the ang pow envelopes before giving them out. It is really important if we want to receiver to get good blessings and happiness. The more you give, the merrier for both parties!

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    5. Photo F: So you have 3 sons now, Fing Fing, Tim and Stuart. How come no daughters one? I think daughters are good and often more thoughtful than sons. Now I wish you a prosperous year 2016 & may Thambee be blessed with daughters. Please adopt a mummy for your 3 sons too.

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    6. i have also been using the words nuggets and ingots but saw this word sycee, it seems to be more accurate.. of course i have tossed Yee Sang, but just a couple of times, unlike some other people who did that everyday during CNY!! oh really?? we ask the printer to print that design for our company, it looks nice and not year specific so can be used every year..

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  5. I wish everyday is CNY so I can just eat and laze around with the hubby around to help take care of the boys. No morning rush to school, work and all.

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    1. To some people, they said Chinese New Year is tiring. I believe so, especially those have to cook for big family. Last time my mom very scare of Chinese New Year, she said she seldom had time to sit down. She needed to cook, clean, cook and clean all day long. It is good for you to be able to enjoy the festive without being stressed by those cooking and cleaning jobs.

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    2. i guess to some people, they even have more things to do during CNY, haha.. some rather go to work.. for me, not too bad, stay at home for the first day, and enjoy the quietness of KL during CNY, how nice..

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  6. I give out the same amount of angpows (maybe a little more since there are several new additions into the extended family) but at least now I have two boys (since two years ago) so I get to collect back 50% extra. Haha.

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    1. hahaha, then next year you should have another kid to help you collect back 66.667% back lah~~ :p

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  7. I have one very small and mini Minion figurine, just like in your picture, but it belongs to the kids, dare not take and play with it, if sudah hilang or they see me taking it, then they rebut again.. Kids.... If one don't start anything first, they quiet.. Once one take something and play, the other wana come rebut..But your Minion holding the gold so cute la, they look funny, with their big eyes..

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    1. The little boy with the bloated tummy looks so so cute.. Frankly, I think all parents secretly hope that their kid's tummy is big la, which means they are eating a lot, haha.. I'm one of them.. My 2 kids are so skinny, sometimes I want to see more meat on them.. During CNY, I overload myself on a few things - Shandy, pineapple tarts and ngaku.. I can never get enough of ngaku! Give me more!

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    2. Goodies that I get from relatives are ngaku and bak kwa and meat floss.. Ngaku finished, but bak kwa & meat floss still got.. Now eat with bread lor.. But if too much still cannot finish, just eat like that, like a snack, no need to eat with bread.. But strangely, this year, I never received any mandarin oranges.. Believe it or not, I never had even 1 biji of mandarin orange this year..

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    3. Your bowl of rice with lap cheong reminds me of my mum.. She always cooks this on the 2nd day of CNY every year without fail.. She will cook rice, lap cheong, "yoon" cheong, onion fried egg and open a can of "Gu Loong" stewed pork.. Cannot cook chicken or fish or meat coz she won't stock any meat in her freezer during CNY, and she won't buy during that time too, coz pasar tutup la !!

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    4. Eh, the angpau thingy, my sitaupoh mentioned before.. She always put her own money inside an angpau, and put inside her office drawer.. She says it's for good luck after hoi kong, and means, work will always come, means she won't kena pecat, hahahaha..

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    5. Lastly, errr, how much angpau money ahh? Semakin susut every year I would say.. People who used to give RM50 already gave RM20 this year.. And I still receive RM3 when I open up all the packets that day, hmmmmmm..

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    6. For my own nephew and nieces, I give same amount every year, so I won't forget ma.. I fixed on that amount every year.. Others like relatives, I also fixed on an amount.. Easy to remember ma.. That's about it.. Minimal visiting & "bai nian" this year, due to the newborn.. Up down condo and in out from car, hot weather, not convenient.. So this year, it's all family nia.. Friends and relatives very little, kecuali they come when kam ngam we were at mil's place..

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    7. Every year on angpau, no stress.. One amount for nephews & nieces (which are more of course), one amount on relatives' kids, one amount on "not so close or tak kenal" people like kam ngam we bump into them when we are at mil's place (could be sil's friends, etc), that's all.. Of course I give my own parents and my in laws too, but that one, I give earlier jor, during reunion dinner time..

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    8. maybe your kids inherited your gene and meant to be skinny.. anyway, kids are still growing so we can never know how they will be come when they grown up.. as long as healthy can already lah..

      the "start work angpow" is good lah actually, if nobody gives one to you then you give one to yourself lah, like RM10 will do lah.. just one "yi si yi si" lor..

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  8. Picture A: Today, officially Chinese New Year is over. We shall back to normal routine with additional energy. Hehehe! I am actually telling myself this. Nothing special in Chinese New Year is good also, meaning you have a peaceful days and relaxing time in Chinese New Year, right? As long as you are happy, you have a Happy Chinese New Year. No need to have big party or grand celebration to tell the world that you are happy, right?

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    1. Picture B: I like the idea that you were hitting gym during Chinese New Year. Me too, I went to gym as often as I did too. I just skipped 3 days due to relatives and friends’ visits. But then, I didn’t mind lazing at home during Chinese New Year, the weather was too hot to go out actually.

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    2. Picture C: Just like you, I needed to clear stock too. I ate Chinese New Year cookies for a few days when I first returned to work. After I cleared my own stock of Chinese New Year stuffs, my husband yesterday brought back a few containers of cookies from his parent house, he said it is his turn to help them to clear some. Let him be, I have put on weight by eating so many cookies. I will not help him to finish his mother’s cookies. Kekekekeke! But then, SK, you need to watch out ya! Some people put on weight only after Chinese New Year. I am the one putting on weight after Chinese New Year. Huhuhuhuhu! Yannie cries buckets. Yannie every year put on 2 kg. Last year, I put on 2 kg, I used whole year effort running like a mad horse, but I could lose that last stubborn 2 kg. This I again increase 2kg. After 10, Yannie puts on 20 kg, die la! How, SK? Huwawawa…!

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    3. Picture D: Your bowl of rice with Chinese sausage and spring onion looked good to me. I tell ya! I need to on very strict diet from now on, I have to 2 kg for this year, 2 kg from last year and 2 kg for next year. Wish me luck, SK! I need to cut down on meat, rice and sugar.

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    4. Picture E: So nice that you have start work angpow, I don’t have one. I never had any, I have a very stingy boss. I still need to give my colleagues those still not yet married one angpow.

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    5. Picture F: Yo! This year is the year of Fing Fing. Is Fing Fing 12 years old already? Fing Fing, Tim and Stuart must be very happy to receive angpow from papa SK. I also got receiving angpow, one from my elder sister and one from my auntie. My daughters have yet to unwrap their angpows, may be today or tomorrow, I will let them do so.

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    6. Chinese New Year is over, I just wish that a year older is a year wiser, because wiser people knows how to think positive and be happy all the time. Wiser people knows how to let go and move on. Wiser people knows how to deal with issue and response to negativity. I always wish for health and wisdom. Besides, if Yannie can stay slim, Yannie is a happy woman. You?

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    7. yeah, i have to go out else i will feel so "useless" at home laying on the couch and watch TV and surf net only.. better go out at least i go to gym or window shop a bit.. if nobody gives you your "start work angpow", then you give one to yourself lor.. no need to put a lot of money, something like RM10 (red is good) will do, keep it in your drawer and it's actually auspicious, hehehe!!

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  9. Hahaha sorry, I did not count the actual amount I got from my angpow, they immediately became my "capital" for "investments". I don't know what's from angpow and what's not from my pile at the moment. (Or maybe it is how much of my angpow is left from my pile ahahaha)...

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    1. hehehe, i never "invest" money during CNY.. i'll wait till after the 15th day of CNY then one shot take out the money and sum them up, next day bank in the money..

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  10. Morning Morning, ya Chinese New Year is over finally. Kids already gone back to school last week. Usually during Chinese New Year on the 1st day, 2nd,7th,9th(midnight)and 15th are those merrier days for Chinese to have celebrations, meeting with friends and family members.

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    1. Extract from Wiki: sycee - A sycee is a type of silver or gold ingot currency used in China until the 20th century. SK you make need to search in Google. I used to call it ingots. Thank you.

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    2. Sorry to say my blog is still posting about CNY thingy. Please bear with me that last year I didn't really have enough time to blog, at least I have something to blog about my CNY this year *wink*. Mine mostly are all about food we had. I'm very happy celebrating CNY almost every year. A few years back, when my hubby's side grandparents passed away. We didn't celebrate it but we still carry on with gathering with family members and friends, just no angpow is given. CNY will be just like normal days. CNY is something for us to feel blessed on what we have, meeting family members and friends. Foremost everyone stays healthy and strong. How much ang pow we get or give, how many abalones we had or how many new clothes we bought, it doesn't really that matters lar.

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    3. About gaining weight during this festive season? For me is no, still maintain, hahaha. No Zumba and hitting the gym at the moment, but me this year being a very good kitchen helper to my mother in law. Wake up early in the morning, help around. Be around in the house to serve guests and relatives come over to pai ni, at hope exercising my lungs shouting my kids to drink more water, take afternoon shower, ask them to clear up the toys and mess they done. then in the evening, get ready to help my mother in law to prepare for dinner. Non stop for 3 days. What a pretty exercise am I right?

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    4. Cheese Muruku, taste like wat wor? Hehehe, this year also we remind each other not to over buy those CNY cookies. As I told my mom and my mother in law that I will bake some. So they just buy some which most of us will eat - Kuih Kapit, kuih bangkit, pineapple roll/tarts, murukku, prawn crackers and arrowhead & yam chips. Biscuits nowadays are pretty expensive. Many already option to bake themselves and gives to relatives and friends. SK, here we had murruku with dried shrimp flavor quite nice. Since last week, I already prepare a few boxes to bring to office. It is good to share with them. At least everyone can help me to clear up the stocks during 3pm tea time.

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    5. Not only CNY cookies, even mandarin oranges price also increases. Hitting a box of good 24pcs with XL size equally about RM68 something and it is an average about RM2.80 per biji. Very sweet and juicy - luckily not even one is rotten. We bought 2 boxes for ourselves actually. For relatives pai ni, hubby able to get warehouse price near his office area for Tian Tian. As his company also will be given oranges to several of his customers.

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    6. Chinese sausages - Lap Cheong = Foreverness. Sounds delicious. Basic is the best choice SK. Just steam and serve with a bowl of hot white rice. Mmm... I can't hardly imagine how nice is the feeling. Yumz. My friends told me, they will steam arrowhead and Lap Cheong together. Taste is delicious. So far I never try it before. This year we get basic things only. No Bak Kwa and Lap Cheong this year. Some said local processed meat is better than imported from China. Scary - don't know what kind of meat is processed inside. Somehow, is CNY mar should have Bak Kwa and Lap Cheong. Health conscious, we moderately even during festive seasons.

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    7. Got "Start Work Ang Pow" leh, very good. I don't have one.

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    8. Fing Fing, Tim and little Stuart received red packets from Daddy. They must be very happy. I wonder what they will do with the money inside. It has been a long time I didn't see Fing Fing, it is getting more good looking ya. Daddy always does the grooming right? Daddy is so caring and sweet. Hi, Tim when SK adopted him? since when?

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    9. Modern days of us choose to go for holidays rather than pai ni, prepare so many messy things and make ourselves busy. Reasons are:
      1. They are free thinker.
      2. Not many relatives around.
      3. That is the only time that everyone in the family can take long leaves and enjoy together.
      4. Those need to work 24/7, this is the best time/ chance to relax.
      5. Family members passed away. There are people respect the Chinese beliefs
      6. For those Chinese who is not celebrating CNY.

      But why they are people need to trouble themselves to so many things during CNY?
      1. It is a tradition from generation to a generation.
      2. They need to serve/offerings to ancestors - prayers.
      3. They have relatives from other places come back from hometown. Need to prepare or plan to go for dinner. Or else, they only come back once a year.
      4. Like my mum, she prefers to cook and eat at home. More flexible, can cook what we like to eat. Every year, she will stock up the fridge and freezer. She prefers to keeps more than not enough of food to prepare later.

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    10. cheese muruku just taste like cheese with crackers lor, nothing really weird actually, hahaha.. yes, still have lots of stuffs in the fridge, slowly clearing them and i hope snacking like that won't make me gain weight, hahahaha!! must go to gym to sweat it out more often already.. yeah, "start work angpow" is auspicious leh.. if nobody gives you, then you can always give one to yourself, just put RM10 in it and it is good enough to get you started with an auspicious year :)

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  11. Chinese New Year over liao, so fast hor? For me it was a blur, cooking and cleaning at the last minute. I always tell myself, next year I wanna prepare two months ahead! But always never jadi hah..hah...

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    1. A : You know, this is the first time I see the word "sycee". I always call that thing "gold ingot". I don't even know how to pronounce "sycee".

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    2. B: What a cute boy! I like chubby kids. True lah, if stay at home there is the tendency to sit on the couch and watch TV while munching cookies. That's what I like to do on my days off. I am very much a stay at home person.

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    3. C : Oh, got eat murukku during CNY hee..hee... ya lah, here in Malaysia we eat Indian/Malay goodies even during CNY. But murukku with cheese...err....not for me lah.

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    4. C : I also had oversupply of food due to me cooking a lot. I prefer to have more food rather than not enough. Also there were lots of leftover poon choi that I kept in the freezer. So the last 1 week I was eating leftover poon choi. Not complaining because it was good.

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    5. C : I see you had a bowl of oats with some bijik-bijik thing inside. Must be some seeds and some dried fruits or were those CNY goodies?

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    6. C : I have also been eating mandarin oranges practically everyday. Everytime can wallop 3 or 4 biji in one sitting after dinner.

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    7. D : Wah...rice with lap cheong! I know hat is very delicious. But eh, got spring onions! But you don't like spring onions.

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    8. E : Oh, those are the emptied ang pow packets huh? I have some too but not in the office. I keep those at home. But some of the old ones, I throw them away. I also have lots of unused ones that I collected from the banks. Maybe next year if got time, can make into decorations.

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    9. F : I only received 2 angpows and gave out 3, one to my mum and 1 each to my nephew and niece. Net effect, deficit lah hah..hah...

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    10. F : Your anak-anak each got an angpow from you. I wonder if they will be like you - keep until next year or spend it straight away?

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    11. F : By the way I miss Fing Fing. Since this year is tahun monyet, everyday also will think of FF.

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    12. Same here, I everyday eat 2 mandarin oranges. Some are sweet and some are not that sweet. Good to see SK still taking oat religiously although he has other Chinese New Year left over food to eat.

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    13. haha, guess you were very busy cooking and baking and hosting friends and relatives.. me terbalik, try to avoid staying at home too much, hahaha.. yes, those are CNY goodies "merged" into my breakfast, cheese muruku just taste like you are having crackers with cheese lah, nothing disgusting, hahaha.. the spring onions on my rice is for illustration purpose only, after taking the photo, i passed it all to my colleague :D

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  12. I find Malaysia CNY more 热闹 as compare over here, as there can put firework, here only during events... And one week school break for the kids, here follow calender...

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    1. officially we cannot burn fireworks too, but in many places people still do lah.. if caught, then there are always ways to settle things, hahaha!!

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  13. I like your rice with the chinese sausage, if don't know what to cook, just put chinese sausage and some ingredients inside, cook and eat...

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    1. oh yes, it's actually quite simple.. you can just throw in your chinese sausage into your rice and let them cook together.. :)

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  14. I super like your last photo where all your kids receive ang pows from you and are so very happy! May you have a good year after your auspicious lunch and auspicious hong gong angpow.

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    1. hehehe, this is the first year they receive angpows from me.. this idea didn't came into mind in previous years :p

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  15. Boring CNY? hahahaa.. Receiving ang paus not boring one... but I have to agree with you on the biscuits and other stuff. Now I am also clearing them off, my son took some and same with my girl. Now I only have one or two containers left for myself, the ones that I like! hahahaha... About the distribution of the red packets, this year I received two in fact! Thanks to my sister who came back from US for the first time during CNY, one from her and one from a old friend-in-law... hahahaa... from my in-law side! Altogether this year CNY was pretty interesting, I could drive, for one thing... and another was, going from Ipoh to KL and to Malacca and back to Ipoh and then to Penang! phew.... hectic kan!

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    1. hahaha, like that giving angpow also won't be boring mah.. you have your junior to greet you all the most auspicious things and you just hand them one angpow.. oh yeah, so have you done with clearing your CNY stock?? hahahaha, it takes times, i know :D

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  16. The CNY is already over yet my CNY-related posts are not yet complete LOL..
    it so nice that I was able to experience Chinese new year for the first time and I got thrilled with all the festivities that this celebration has to offer...
    You really seems like a health conscious guy for choosing to hit the gym instead of staying at home which is really good for you and I hope I got the same mindset as you when it comes to work out

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    1. hahaha, not that i am a health freak, but i just avoid staying at home too much.. better do something outside so that i don't feed myself too much CNY snacks at home.. :D

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    Hahaha... since you put up a picture of a minion holding a gold nugget, I am sure your CNY is a quiet one, cos the picture seems telling a boring tale, although the minion is cute.

    I guess that's because you stayed in KL and most of your relatives are in KL, thus you are like the Singaporeans in SG. Just a short drive to visit relatives and friends and then heads home or go for a beer or a movie.

    Unlike nomads like us, we have to brave the jams at the NE highways and return back to our hometown after a long while. Though it's stressful, it's really fun to be back home and we won't feel tired at all during the trip.

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    1. Oh ya I forgot to add on about the Minion holding the gold nugget you mentioned. I wonder inside got surprise or not. SK no need to go back hometown hor. Me too, Taiping is my hometown.

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    2. hahaha, really?? that minions with a gold sycee makes you think that my CNY was boring.. hmmm, you are so true!! i go back to my "hometown" everyday and there is actually no "excitement" whatsoever about rushing home for CNY.. :p

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    hahah..the little boy pic is cute. Yeah, I guess that's life for city folks during CNY and most of the shopping malls were closed too. I remember I had my CNY in SG few years back and I really don't know what to do, except watching TV and ...errr...napping. The malls are closed till the 3th day and most of the shops are not opened yet, until the 5th day!

    I even went for a walk at the park on the 2nd day of CNY by bringing my little nephews and nieces...hahaha... pathetic hor ? While I was in Ipoh , at least I drove around the city and check things out, as well as eat some good food there. Most of the eateries are opened during CNY to cater to tourists now, unlike the past.

    Anyway, glad you have to good rest la... a good workout and rest is great and you didn't ended up as a coach potato!

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    1. That little boy is so chubby and look at his baby fat tummy. Anyway just take and east moderately. Drink also moderately. Don't drink and drive especially after yum seng with friends till midnight.

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    2. i am so inactive in Facelook, but i had nothing to do during CNY and i hooked on to Facelook so often, hahahaha!! this boy is what i saw on Facebook and it serves a great purpose for me to include it in my post today :D

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    Arhh...poor fella! But no choice, you cannot waste food and have to finished the extras. I remember you are saying you guys keep having steamboats for days as there are too much leftovers , thus you have to eat it till finish.
    OK la, I guess this can be controlled. Maybe next year, don't over purchased the food and can always eat out. I am sure some eateries are opened during the festival.

    You seems having a healthy meal for breakfast, got porridge and mandarin as fruit. Good la, eat healthily. Over in Ipoh, all the kopitiams , dim sum restaurants and any eateries that you can find are always full house! It was so crowded that we gotta wait for the seats. But good business for the owners.

    I did had home cooked food and we did kept the over-prepared food but only till the 3rd day. Most of it are finished or my mom will cooked the 'beggar' meal, which consists of all ingredients mixed together with some fresh vegetables. I am sure you know what I am talking about! in Cantonese, it's called 'Choy keok'

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    1. Choy Keok is nice.. Usually we had it on the third day. Mostly are leftover from our Phoon choy and mum add in more ingredients so yummy.

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    2. yalah, cannot be so wasteful, gotta try to clear up all those CNY snacks as much as possible lah.. i guess not only me, many people also eating the same dishes since the reunion dinner, and also chucking in mandarin oranges and CNY cookies into their stomach during and after CNY, hahahaha~~

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    Wow...what an auspicious bowl of rice! It looks good too and with chinese sausages, it will never go wrong but will only tasted good with the fragrance! Did this bowl tantalised your colleagues' taste bud? hahahaha...

    Well done, it was simple but nice and good presentation too! I believe you brought the ingredients from home with the over-supply food.

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    1. I think the whole office can smell the nice and fragrant from the Chinese Sausages.

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    2. hahaha, just one bowl of simple rice with chinese sausage but i can segregate them and make "auspicious stories" of each ingredients!!! not bad huh?? :p

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  21. Picture E

    Huh? You mean you don't know where you placed your last year's angpaus until now? Alamak... what heppens if there are lots of $$$ inside? Anyway, great that you managed to find it and yeah, you seems very lucky this year then! The angpau also looks good with the cats symbols imprinted on it.

    Yes, you should keep it and ...put more money inside la... hahaha... Then, how about your 'start work' angpau for this year ? Not as good as these ?

    FOr me, I definitely don't have such angpaus la since I am working in a govt dept., except blank angpaus as souvenirs. LOL I never received any such angpaus before in my life, as before this, I worked in an MNC which also don't practise it. It is only in Chinese owned companies that you have such practices. :)

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    1. If for me better open the ang pows and keep the money in the bank better still. If to put in the drawer scared lost it... hehehe... If really want to put can just RM10 will do lor.

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    2. i think i was trying to keep but forgotten about it already.. this year while tidying up my desk, i found it in a stack of paper.. dangerous lah if i didn't check and ditch away the papers.. so i must keep them in a safe place in the drawer.. RM10 also money mah~~ :p

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    Hahaha... they look so cute there with the angpau. SO, got money or not inside or just for decor ? hahahahah.... As for me, of course, I am the giver la. Ok la, this year not too bad as we didn't go out too often and also, when the visitors came, usually from 3th day onwards, we are leaving Ipoh. We only gave to our close relatives which stayed nearby on first and second day of CNY.

    And , when mentioniong close relatives, that means the angpau cannot be too stingy la. LOL Besides that, we also bought gifts for our friends whom we didn't met for a year. Those are my close classmates, so it's not just angpaus but of course, they also returned something back to us la, follow the tradition.

    Overall, we didn't give much angpaus this year, thus, we will be keeping it for next year and probably a change of the angpau packets especially those with monkeys cause next year will be another zodiac. And, new bills are hard to come by, so the more reasons we kept the money for next year instead of using it.

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    1. We segregated the ang pow values for my Ah Mah, parents, our kids, relatives, and friends. Usually hubby will get ready and get new notes from bank for me to put the money inside the ang pows. Parents and my kids we give on the CNY eve. Chinese people said "Yak Sui Cian" - good for the kids to keep the ang pows besides their bed and sleep over the next day. I will usually have 3 different design of ang pows. Easy to differentiate.

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    2. hehehe, i cut one big angpow into three and gave them each one, just put one 50sen inside lah, to symbolise good luck and prosperity mah.. Fing-FIng, Tim and Stuart won't complain one, hehehe~~ :p

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  23. 虽然新年已过但祝福话没人嫌多。 祝你和家人事事顺心,万事如意~

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  24. Ello ello!!

    I also not yet blog bout my CNY... But actually nothing special also la... Just photos of me and my family, then some with my friends... Nothing special/interesting also. But I will post in my blog also la, just sharing, hehe!

    Actually I think you will agree with me that as we grow older, CNY seems like just ordinary days to us, only difference is, we are off from works, then meeting relatives/friends... When we were younger, sure very look forward to CNY cause no need go to school, can shop nice clothes, collect ang paos, visit friends, gamble, yumcha, play firecrackers and etc.

    Now, I no longer have this 'mood' lo! Somemore with 2 kids, haih.. No need to think go anywhere!
    But one thing interesting is, I can play dress up with them ^^ Though boys don't have much styles than girls, still can be very handsome and cool geh! :p

    Anyway, I had a great yet tiring CNY this year, cause this year got Toby along ma! Hehe~
    I only stay home full time on day 5 onwards. Cause most friends/relatives also back to work already by then. Hubby also start works on day 6.
    From day 1 til day 4, I went back to my hubby's grandma's house, my mum's place, my aunty's house and also gathering with friends.... Kinda busy... But fun and memorable!!
    You went to gym? Good la! I din't exercise at all until day 8, haha! Lucky weight still maintain ^_*

    Yaya, CNY sure got many leftovers... Cookies la, soft drinks la, mandarin oranges and etc.. But your muruku cheese is kinda new and special :p

    As for ang pao this year, okok la, given quite a lot, but also received quite a lot for both Aden and Toby V_V
    Aiyah, you din't bring Fing Fing, Tim and Stuart to Taiping during CNY... Else I sure will give them BIG ang pao leh!! *blek*

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    1. very true with what you said, i agree that as we grow older, CNY and probably all the festive also like ordinary days to us already, hahaha.. i think now only get excited about going holidays only.. hmmm, as for you i think CNY really no difference for you, because you are a full time mother, so you don't have "holiday" also, still keep on taking care of the kids and family, hehehe.. only difference maybe can wear new clothes and give angpow only :p

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  25. I stayed at home on the first day as I needed to prepare meals for my family. Second day spent in visiting relatives. Third day meals spent outside and I didn't have to cook. Fourth day, back to work.

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    1. you are always one busy woman, but you always can handle things well because you are WENNderwoman!!

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  26. I didn't buy any cookies as most of them were given. I had to give away as I couldn't finish them. Furthermore, it's too heaty to eat them.

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    1. i have lots of CNY cookies and mandarin oranges in the office fridge, all given by friends and customers, haha, now trying to clear them as much as possible..

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  27. 好想食臘腸飯,好靚!

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  28. Good afternoon SK

    Argh...second time typing this...first time tertekan "gostan". Habis cerita

    Fnny title for this post wor. how come "A Post Chinese New Year Post"? Sound like very forced to post about Chinese New Year leh.

    Your Chinese new year nothing special this year ka? Guess same old same old la.

    But this year for many people very special oh....nearly whole week holiday leh. Many apply leave and continue the whole week. end up one whole week balik kampung. KL also very less traffic. can zoom zoom anywhere and everywhere without much trouble

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    1. Gold Sycee....learnt a new word today. Didnt know that "gold" thingy is called sycee. Always called it gold bar though it does not shape like a gald bar.


      I thought you put the minion there to pai Nian with your readers here. Apa la. So minions get good collection of angpau or not?

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      LOL…darn it. Where the heck did you get the photo. So cute la. I can’t imagine when you are at the ge of that boy in the photo that you are that chubby. If yes, then you sure kena all the uncles and aunties cubit till death.

      You stay home only one day ka? Sure it is because do not want to turn into a chubby boy or is it avoiding certain person or persons leh. Chinese new year is notorious for those people who are single. Sure kena ask 1001 question. Got girlfriend ah …when going to get married… take angpau for this year only okay. Angpau next year you will have to start giving lor.

      Actually it is an auspicious beginning la for you. To hit the gym with your friends insteand of staying at home and rot. I recall during my singles years, I also cabut lari leh. Chinese new year hang out with friends at the mall. Watching Chinese new year movies. Those time Chinese new year movies are still watchable. Those famous actor and actress every year also come out with a good Chinese new year movie. Like Lydia Sum, anita mui, Jackie chan, Stephen chow. Yea…I know not as healthy as going to gym la but back then we never heard of gym leh. Gym in our mind are for those rich fellas leh. Not for salary workers like us. Those times gym membership cost a bomb and not many can afford it.

      Your friends also tarak balik kampong ka? Good to have a group of friends working out together. At least not so boring . But then the down side is that later they might wanna go makan besar after going to the gym. It’s kinda defeat the purpose kan .LOL.

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      Very true. Chinese new year is like a BIG Musical Chair Game. All the Chinese new year goodies will go round and round and round. Those that you feel like you will like to eat you will keep and those you don’t eat will be recycled out to the next pai nian session. Betul tak? and when comes the 15th of Chinese new year…whatever goodies that is left in your house or office then you have to clear it lor.

      For me, last time I would either bring it to office party or put it at office pantry see whoever wanna eat the help clear lo. Now…I have a new place to “share” the goodies. That is to bring it to the school carpark. Many school bus drivers there. While waiting for the students to come out can makan there and borak sikit. Can get many good tips from them leh. They even know holidays that the school have not announce yet. LOL

      Cheese muruku? Errr… I will pass on that. Preferred the normal murruku leh. Me very old fashion one. Hahaha….like that maybe next year I should try making cheese nian gao see I laris or not as now everything they also put cheese in it

      The seaweed thingy into your porridge is okay la. Not that outlandish la. Still acceptable

      Muruku with cheese? How? You wrapped the muruku in the cheese and eat or eat separately oh.

      The mandarin oranges very straight forward la. I would have thought you would put it in your overnight oat to add citrus taste to the overnight oat. Ahem…still eating overnight oat or not?

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      Ma koi no wonder Anay wanna go tumpeng makan at your office la. Like this I also want to go makan atv your office la.


      I thought the bowl of rice is ordered from dim sum shop or something leh. Tak sangka . Terror leh you. Salute!

      I don’t know about the symbolic bowl full of rice. Thanks. Now I know. I know know during Chinese new year the rice pot must be full to say everyone have a belly full of rice to eat.

      Chinese sausage symbolizes foreverness? Hey….this bowl of rice you eat first or did you put on the altar feed the God first. Anay says if got anything good, must feed the God first wor. Then The God will give you forever business and prosperity leh. Choong…yes…that one I know. Last time when study that time near exam sure many spring onions dishes will appear., though exam result still as bad as usual Muhahaha…..does not work for me. Guess still have to study la to get good results. No free lunch. Betul tak?

      Guess all your office mate are lucky la. Got a master chef in the office.. Wei…nanti business expand jadi food catering business to office workers around the area pulak. Hahaha not bad ha. Hmmm You got eat the lap cheong or not? I thought you don’t like fatty things? The lap cheong quite a lot of fat leh. Guess once in a blue moon can eat kot?

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      Wah got start work ang pau some more. Hey that one is given by your colleague to you or by your dad to you?

      Hahaha like that also can ah…ang pau missing and found again. Means last year collected too many angpau till sumbat here and there …till lupa sumbat where liao.

      How come last year’s start work angpau packet and this year punya looks the same geh. Or is it like some fastis the pla food restaurant…for illustration purposes only

      I think even without putting your own RM10 into the packet it will works also mah. The red packet is for the “yi si” …just a symbol or meaning la. As long as it is with you then okay lo.

      Hmm…this is indeed a good omen leh. Eat lap cheong rice and found the start work ang pau. This year your business luck will be very good lor.

      Wei….dont busy with business till forgot to uodate this bblog ah. Later we all here have nothing to look forward to. This blog is the place where we can talk grandmother stories till dawn leh

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      How many ang pau have I received ah…none wor. Given out ah….not very sure… not that many la. Less than 50 angpau kot coz we did not go anywhere special and no people come pai nian with us.

      Only give some to J’s friends and some cleaners lor.

      Last time kinda worry did not change enough new notes for the ang pau but nowdays cool aje la. Not enough new notes the just open J’s angpau and recycle lo. Hahaha….same mah. Can do this for 2-3 more year la . Soon he will be asking to keep his own ang pau liao lor. Many kids does that nowadays. Keep their own angpau instead of giving to the parents to keep .

      Yes, the giver and receiver will be equally happy….to some stage la. Nowadays give angpau also kepala sakit one leh. Have to have stanLater Anay merajuk leh. He dard. Now noo more giving rm2 leh. If give rm2 then habis kena people curse. Few years ago it is still acceptable la to give RM2 angpau LOL

      Wei…you jahat la…how can…you give ang pau to fing fing, tim and stuart. Mana Sing Sing? Sudah dianak-tirikan ka? Later anay merajuk leh. He go everywhere korek out one Sing Sing for Fing Fing to have a sibling and now sudah tarak Sing Sing Liao. How can la……..

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    7. One post covers all the 15 days of Chinese new year. LOL

      good good good one year older and may we be one year wiser. may everyone tumpang huat after seeing your bowl full of lap cheong rice.

      Happy New year

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  29. Picture A I guess nowadays the festive of Chinese New Year is getting lesser and lesser. Not so many people concerning about it, even for some I saw people post, Chinese New Year is nothing, is just an extra holiday to them. Felt so sad like that, 人情冷漠 actually it sounds like lost the joy of life and joy of the new year, maybe not to look at the cousin or aunty uncle ask about the stuffs, actually it has more thing to be fun of, right?

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  30. Picture B My new year arhg, actually I do wish to stay at home more, because I've many stuffs haven't been done, because I've been kept calling out for movie and half day gone. After reach home, felt so tired then fall asleep and it repeated everyday...hmmm, that's so not good.

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  31. Picture C Hahahaha, this happened to me also, I'm still eating Chinese New Year stuffs, don't know why no matter how much you eat but seems like still a lot on the table...Sigh fell like so "sayang" la

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  32. Picture D Looks so tasty la, I also want to eat, but this kind of sausage guess I can't bring to work, is non halal one, right? I also bring food to cook at office nowadays, because the macik at the restauarant down there got me so mad, then I got pissed off, since that day, I don't want to eat down stair anymore, instead I brought the food from home, more vege and more healthy.

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  33. Picture E I want "start work angpow".....too bad that my company doesn't have something like this...I wondered can I give myself one as "start work angpow" then I keep it argh??

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  34. Picture F Wait, you got your them on your desk ya? Did your colleagues play with it?? Hahaha, I wondered so because mine one, I just put the only aircraft model there, my colleagues always like to lift it up and see see then put it back...don't know what's the purpose.....=.=

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