Vgang CNY Steamboat

February 2013

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There are many parts of my life when I met really good people and the Vgang is a group of people I am very fond of. I met all these people towards the final year of my junior college life. We were aquaintances(some of us were History lecture mates) before a school trip to Vietnam. During the 14 days of travelling, we got to know each other better- we ate local delicacy- fried worms when we were in Sapa, spent the night playing cards while we were on the overnight train, we went shopping for tailors to get our clothes done, shared many nights at each other’s hotel rooms eating cup noodles and talking about life and joking about random stuff. Since that trip, some of us became really tight friends- like being able to be there for each other during difficult episodes of life.

Initially after the trip, we often meet up with each other for steamboat sessions at Marina South. The frequency lessened when everyone started university, going for National Service, got attached and so on. However, we still meet up occasionally for gatherings- like baby showers and weddings. This Chinese New Year, some of us managed to find some time to meet up for a steamboat session. Many of us started work in different fields but it feels awesome that these people just feel like the same old people I knew in Vietnam.

Dinner with them was good. And I suppose the next time when we do meet again, Baby Gillian will be out! Till then!

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A Huat Huat Ham Hams CNY!

February 2013

A week before the arrival of the Snake Year, the Hams Hams held our annual CNY lo hei session/gathering. (Click on this link to see how we have grown over the years!) We had our yusheng from Sakuraya and like what I mentioned before, it was so awesome! We will definitely be getting the same thing for the next CNY. And because it was so delicious, we ordered another round for our reunion dinner with my family.

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Here’s the Ham Hams. Wtih Shangz and TK absent. Shangz is still in Dubai and Tk was taking photos for Chingay. And of course we missed their presence!

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We missed them so much that we drew a picture of Shangz for our photo taking! What’s Ham Hams gathering without Shangz’s grumpiness and attitude?

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Huat Ah! And the usual things we wished for:
1. More money- so much that it over flows.
2. Career Advancement
3. Health
4. Safety
5. Beauty- along the lines of being fair, slim and pretty.
6. Healthy and Happy Ham Hams, Hamlets and Hamlings.
7. Minimum effort, Maximum results.

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Ryan looked quite shocked at our lo-hei session because we are not exactly the most quiet sort.

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The start of our steamboat dinner and yes, we over bought again. But the food items were oh-so good especially now our steamboat came with the grill function! We brought Baby Ryan to my parents(like 2 minutes drive away) while we had out steamboat dinner and adult talk. This is one reason why newly married couples should always consider living near parents! I cannot imagine the logistics of many things if we were still living in Telok Kurau while my parents are in Pasir Ris. Okay, that is really out of point.

Anyway, the grill function is really cool and I think out beef and pork slices tasted much better grilled. And Weili is officially our chef for meat grilling!

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We also celebrated Weili’s birthday very much in advance. Heehee.

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And what is a gathering of the Ham Hams without Bananagrams! And I tell you, Tian Tian is awfully good at it- I suppose it is possibly due to a job thing because she writes glowing reviews for her company all the time!

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I think our next year’s CNY gathering will be a lot more fun- more junior members will be arriving! HUAT HUAT AHHHHHHHHHHH!

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the.eve.of.CNY.2013

February 2013

除夕is one of the most important dates for Chinese families. This year, we celebrated abit differently from previous years ever since I got married. We had lunch with E’s family and dinner with mine. So, this year, I managed to spend some time with my family as well! 🙂

Our lunch was at Paradise Inn at Changi Airport Terminal 1. Company was good and Ryan behaved well. However, food was far from being satisfactory considering the amount we paid. Here’s our yusheng/lo hei(Prosperity Toss) from the restaurant. Yusheng is a must-have for most of our Chinese New Year gatherings because it is a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor.

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Our second lo-hei of the day was from Sukuraya- The Fish Market. It was not cheap but considering how delicious it was, the yusheng was definitely value for money. In fact, it is one of the best yusheng I have eaten! And my family approves of it as well. I suppose we will be getting the same thing from Sakuraya the next year!

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Celebrating Chinese New Year.

February 2013

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This year, we tried to spend a bit more effort on decorating the house- to welcome the year and to bring in awesome fortune. We bought the festive decorations only on the day before New Year Eve because Mummy told us that the price of the items will be hugely discounted by then. And she is right! Heehee.

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As usual, we had our 年糕( sounds similar to Nian Gao年高 (年年高生) implying promotions or prosperity year after year), 蒜苗(“蒜” sounds like calculating (“算”) in Mandarin, those celebrating Chinese New Year like to consume this vegetable (usually on the eve and 7th day) as an auspicious symbol of wealth (lots of money to count) in the coming year.) amidst our huat huat mandarin oranges. Of course, we also bought the usual bak kwa(sweet meat), pineapple tarts, nuts and some other chinese new year goodies.

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This year, our family bought quite a few 元寶 to put around out house.

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Here’s my 压岁钱 from Lao Gong!

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Ryan, in his new pyjamas bought by Mama. I do not know why but apparently it is a tradition for quite a number of Chinese families to get new pyjamas for children to wear on Chinese New Year.

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Dinner with family! Italian style.

Here’s our Prosperity Menu:
1. Pasta- Carbonara
2. Pizza- Tuna and Mushroom
3. Poultry- Chicken
4- Peach Jelly

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Wishing everyone an awesome year ahead! There are still about 12-13 more days of Chinese New Year feasting and gatherings. Sometimes, there may be some unhappiness but let’s try to put all these aside and look forward to getting all the positive energy from this celebrations!

HUAT AH!

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Chinese New Year 2013!

February 2013

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Us- a family of 4 in 2013. Happy New Year, ya’all! (And yes, I know Baby Ryan does not look too happy in this picture! He had to be woken up from his dreamland for the third house visiting of the day.)

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Us, in 2012- when we were a family of three.

Chinese New Year is a very important occasion for most Chinese around the world and we are no exception. In fact, I love Chinese New Year! I love the preparation towards the day(even though spring cleaning can be quite a bother. But with a helper this year, woots!), I love buying the sinful but oh-so delicious melt in your mouth cookies, I love how this festive allows everyone to be keep their schedule free for family, I love how my family can sleep late and wake up late together during this festive season…. Heehee.

So, Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days- so let us enjoy ourselves to the fullest!
HUAT AH!

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Anyways, here’s a picture of me passing Ryan’s first 压岁钱 of the year. The traditional “ya sui qian” (压岁钱, 压祟钱) refers to the cash that’s inside a red envelope (hongbao, 红包) on New Year’s day. Only on New Year’s Day is a hongbao known as ya sui qian in honor of the terrible monster, Sui (祟), and acts as a little spiritual health insurance. Traditionally, the amount of money received should start with an even number. Eight (八, ba) is lucky because it sounds like the word “wealth.” Six (六, liu) is lucky because it sounds like the word “smooth,” which is what you hope the new year will be. (Refer to source.) 529446_10151271700235885_1760753399_n

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