Friday, January 31, 2014

Horsing around in the Year of Horse 2014

Hi all, how did the first day of your CNY go? For us, it's an annual mad rush to go from house to house to visit as many relatives as possible. The kids can only take cat naps in the car, the adults are busy giving out Angpaos, and we are out of the house for easily 12 hours.
 At least the kids have a lot of fun collecting Angpaos and snacking on pastries and new year goodies.
REUNION DINNER with my parents and family:

: Wishing you success and may you achieve your goals.

CNY 初一

: Happy new year!

Cheongsam from To-a-tee at The Cathay.
Clutch: Hermes Dogon.
Earrings: Chanel.
Watch: Rolex ladies oyster perpetual datejust.

: May all your hopes be fulfilled and best wishes.

: May all your wishes come true.

Cheongsam from Guangzhou during my recent trip there. I am so in love with the hand-sewn Phoenix sequins that I bought another piece in black!
Bag: Hermes Birkin.
Earrings: Chanel.
Watch: Cartier.

 History of Lunar New Year:
The centuries-old legend on the origins of the New Year celebration varies from teller to teller, but they all include a story of a terrible mythical monster who preyed on villagers.
The lion-like monster’s name was Nian (年) which is also the Chinese word for “year."
The stories also all include a wise old man who counsels the villagers to ward off the evil Nian by making loud noises with drums and firecrackers and hanging red paper cutouts and scrolls on their doors because for some reason, the Nian is scared of the color red.
The villagers took the old man’s advice and the Nian was conquered. On the anniversary of the date, the Chinese recognize the “passing of the Nian” known in Chinese as guo nian (过年), which is also synonymous with celebrating the new year.

 Since then, it is tradition to wear red and hang red ornaments and decorations for CNY! :)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Kids playdate on 12 Jan 2014

2014 has been all good so far. Pace is picking up at school (for Adam. He's in K1 already?!) and work (for me) and home (getting ready for CNY, shopping for the kids' clothes - MUST be matchy-matchy, spring-cleaning etc).
Met up with Paul, A and Morgan last Sunday. Morgan has moved back to Thailand with A and thus the kids have not met up for a long time. 

Last Sunday, we went to Jim Thompson at Dempsey Road for Thai buffet.
These boys, born just weeks apart, carried on as if they have never left sight of each other!
Paul said they are gonna grow up and get pissed together next time, whaddya think? :P

Been busy the past couple of weeks, running around different shopping centres to get different items for the kids.
It's so tough buying shoes in the correct sizes for the kids! Went to Takashimaya and didn't realise they don't have Pediped anymore (there's been reshuffling of the departments. Kids dept is now relocated to Level 4 instead of 3). Ended up going to United Square which is just a stone's throw away from my work place!

Hope you are all ready and raring to go this Horse year!
One tip for kiddy shoe-buying without physically bringing your children - trace the outline of their feet on a piece of paper and bring it along in your purse and buy the next size up.