Celebrating Chinese New Year 2013

***10th February 13***

First day of CNY

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Getting ready to go house visiting! Our two gorgeous babies in their Chinese costume. Meimei’s dress was bought by my sis. 🙂

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Darian wishing Papa Yap Gong Xi Fa Cai

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Taking the red packet from Papa

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Meimei’s turn.

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Oooo what’s this? 😉

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Gorgeous us! ❤

This year Papa Yap suggested to wear chinese costume on the first day of CNY and I thought it was really a good idea. That was one of the reason why we went to Chinatown. We definitely looked great that day! 🙂

We have a total of three houses to visit that day. My parents’ followed by my parents in law’s and the last stop at my aunt’s place. So it is going to be like lunch, tea break and dinner.

Upon reaching my parents’ house, Darian asked for the soft jelly candy that he saw yesterday. He actually remembered that I promised him two today. Haha… And so I have to honour my promise. My mom cooked porridge for Darian and noodles with plenty of ingredients for us. We stayed around for an hour plus before going over to my parents in law’s place which was just a few blocks away. I had actually forgotten to take a photo of my parents with their grand children. Maybe the next time when we visit them again.

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Meimei with jiujiu (my brother)

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Little cool boy bai nian! 🙂

All the relatives were already there at my parents in law’s house. As expected Darian was busy playing with the grandaunts and aunts while Meimei was carried around and Papa Yap was playing card games with the cousins. I was like everywhere. Haha… It’s like a standard cny procedure for us. Thanks to Suklin who suggested to take a group photo. We have never done this before (not of I could recall). I suppose it is really good to take a group photo every year! 🙂 We stayed there for quite a while before heading to my dagu’s (eldest aunt) house.

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Meimei with grandaunt Elaine

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Papa Yap’s family

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Papa Yap’s cousins (missing out his brother and family)

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Gugu SukChing, Darian and Uncle Irwin

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My parents in law with their two lovely grandchildren! 🙂

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My sweet princess! ❤

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Little Mister Cool ❤

Little Darian who insisted on bringing this Rayban shades everywhere he goes. Papa Yap and I were so worried that he might spoilt it. Heehee 😉

My parents, aunts, uncles and cousins all gathered at my eldest aunt’s house this year. Reached aunt’s place about 6.30pm and the steamboat dinner has already started. Everyone was like waiting for us or rather waiting to see the two kids. Haha 🙂 We had our first Lo Hei over there. May this lunar new year be a smooth sailing one for all. Of good health and wealth along with abundance of joy and happiness throughout. Huat ah! 🙂

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Xiao gu por (youngest aunt) with Darian

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My mom carrying meimei

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Second steamboat

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Our first Lo Hei of the year! Huat ah!

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All good things come! Huat Ah!

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My fourth uncle with meimei

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My sis and little Mr Cool

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Da gu por (eldest grand-aunt) with the kids

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Fiona yiyi (my cousin) carrying Darian

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Darian and Dyann

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Er gu por (second grand-aunt), Darian, Darius (brother of my cousin’s gf)

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Er gu por with Baby Dyann

And so we ended the day at 11pm. We were very tired after a long day out. Settled the kids and tucked them in bed before I could bath and sleep. It was a splendid first day of CNY with all our relatives! Darian surely had a whole load of fun going to all three places where he met all the relatives who dote on him so much! And also not forgetting all those goodies! This was definitely his very first time eating so many candies! He couldn’t resist the candies temptation and kept asking for more. I was literally counting the number of candies that popped into his mouth. Haha… CNY is like the only time where he has the luxury of going around eating junks! So for Darian, eating candies is much much happier than collecting red packets for sure. 🙂

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Chinese New Year eve

***9th February 13***

This year is very different from the previous years. CNY eve was at my mom’s place for reunion dinner instead. I have not joined them for reunion dinner for 5 years ever since I got married. I must say it is kind of weird but perfectly fine to have it with my family on CNY eve though. Plus I love my mom’s steamboat! Her soup base is totally msg free! 🙂

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Steamboat love!

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Yiyi with her adorable nephew and niece 🙂

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Kung Fu style Darian

Darian was dressed in a set of chinese costume brought by my aunt. He was so happy to wear them that he refused to remove it during bath time. Haha! 🙂

After dinner, we headed back to home to gear up for CNY the next day. Tucked the kids to bed then swept and mopped the floor, displayed out all the goodies and prepared the red packets. As usual we watched the Channel 8 new year eve show and count down to the lunar new year. Wished my neighbours along the corridor and off to bed before the busy day began. 🙂

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We are all ready for CNY 2013!

Gong xi Fa Cai! Wishing everyone a prosperous Chinese New Year. May the year be filled with abundance of joy and happiness. Let’s us all huat together! Huat ah! 🙂

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Celebrating Papa Yap’s last twenties

***27th October***

On Papa Yap’s 29th birthday, we decided on a mini celebration at home and I got him a complete set of Harry Potter DVDs. Papa Yap is one DVD collector ya. So for lunch, the birthday boy gets to eat the usual mee sua . It is a yearly birthday affair thingy for us to eat the mee sua and I have made it a point to cook for the hubby and kids on their birthdays. 🙂

The mee sua

Yes, he finished it clean!

One of our favourite movie! Can you imagine we were already a couple back then when we watched the very first Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone together in 2001! Since then we did not miss out any of the Harry Potter movies in Cinema. 🙂

In the evening, we had steamboat dinner and my sis and John came by with a birthday cake for Papa Yap. I started my kitchen adventure at 3pm with boiling of the soup base and preparing the ingredients. For me, I will go for original soup base than those msg stock soup. No doubt it can save you a lot of hassle and time but I seriously do not like to drink such soup. And usually after drinking such msg soup, I tend to get real thirsty and will drink buckets of water. Anyway original is definitely a healthier choice! 🙂  Finally, the feast began at 6.30pm. It was like a good 3 hours of standing in the kitchen. Well well it was really tiring but just for the birthday boy! 🙂 And of course the steamboat dinner was a success and we were all completely satiated! The mini celebration ended well with a yummy chocolate cake from Four Leaves. Papa Yap was really happy. This was exactly what he said…

“Thank you for everything. It is indeed a simple yet heartwarming celebration. I am contented!” ❤

I am delighted to hear that Papa Yap is truly happy. A simple homely mini celebration with 101% of love and happiness! ❤ What can you ask for, right? 🙂

All ready!

The feast began!

Yums!

Happy 29th birthday!

Birthday boy with his two loves! ❤

Togther with my sis and John

Lovely us! ❤

May your wishes come true, Papa!

Happy birthday to my dearest husband! Wishing you good health, great happiness and wealth always. Love you so much. ❤❤

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