Saturday, January 28, 2006

I have a date with Spring part 02

Today is the eve of Lunar New Year...lots of last minute shopping for many working's madness! Housewives are having the hell(this particular word must not be uttered, at least for the next 3 days if you want good luck for the whole year!)of their lives! So much cooking to do.However, things have also changed for the better...more and more young families are opting for catering by restaurants...less headache and less washing.
In our family, over the years, we have decided to keep it simple.The reunion dinner will be steamboat with yusheng(a kind of salad with slices ofraw fish mixed and tossed with chopsticks by all at the table..and shouting "prosperity! prosperity! prosperity! fun.By then, all the greens will be scattered all over the table) stewed meats (chicken, duck, abalone, mushroom, pork..etc) platter and sushi platter to be catered for.
When we were much much siblings and I loved the eve...the reunion dinner and most importantly the big event at midnight!We were living in a 16th storeys apartment..only 3 blocks facing one another..sat on a little hill. When the clock hit twelve midnight...households..hundreds of them...lighted their 20 metres long, at least, firecrackers(see picture)! The deafening noise, the smell, the's almost like a war zone! But we loved it!next day, the entire ground was bloody surreal.It was a yearly ritual until it was banned for safety reason and also most of us have grown up. But, I still miss it...somehow, without it, the festive spirit is just not right...sigh.

China and Dubai do share one thing in common...very ambitious! They love MEGA MALLS!
I have visited Shanghai several times, the buildings are simply awesome...huge and spectacular!
The Dragonmart (chinatown of Dubai..see picture) is most unsusual. The entire mall is shaped like a dragon (aerial view)....i think the size is about 20 to 30 football fields? Worth a visit...soaked in the festive spirit perhaps.
On a final note...for those of you borned under the sign of the Dog...this is not a particular good year..u have offended the guards at the heavenly u are prevented from entering.Watch out for your health...keep a low not engage in any arguments with mindful of spending.(disclaimer: according to chinese horoscope)
Happy New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai (may you have wealth and prosper)!


Blogger San Nakji said...

Happy New Year! Sae Hae Bong Mani Badeuseyo! (as we say...)

12:51 PM

Blogger black feline said...

interesting...must pick more korean words..ahneo ahsay ;))

5:02 PM

Blogger Hasan Mubarak said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai to you too!

Looks like you had a blast with friends, family, events, food, & reunions...

7:51 PM

Blogger black feline said...

happy new year to u too! yes..u are rite...a short break with family and friends is great...but frankly Im quite scare of all those rich foods!...good thing Im not a very good eater..many years of careful selective eating habit has more or less shrunk (it's a fact)my tummy..there's so much that i can take..more than's off to the u know

8:13 PM

Blogger BrainSyke said...

Isnt the Mellenium Mall also in china?
Happy new year!!! enjoy and may you grow in happiness, and health

10:39 PM

Blogger black feline said...


u should visit shanghai...the buildings are awesome...the design, the sheer space..and 24 hrs of non stop fun and wonder it's booming..

7:23 AM

Blogger Crystal said...

I would love to visit Shanghai oneday! Very sophisticated stylish city I hear.

5:31 AM

Blogger black feline said...

u should crystal...shanghai was known as Paris of the East many moons ago...u still can see the old shanghai..the splendor of that era...side by side with modernity..

6:00 AM


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