Usher in the mousey year!

Have you gotten everything ready for Chinese New Year yet? Got all the pongkams (mandarin oranges), cookies, pussy willows and cherry blossoms? Got all the spring cleaning done? Got all the new new red red “ong ong” clothes and underwear washed and ironed out? Heh.

Me? I’m almost there…

The rush to get all the necessary new ringgit notes has finally paid off. All the running around from bank to bank, taking numbers and waiting in line, … an annual routine task for me, I’d say… well, since I earned the right the give angpows away, that is. And finally, on Monday, I reap my harvest…Love the crisp feeling and smell of the new notes. Love how smooth they feel in my hands. Love it love it love it! Next up. Packing them into angpow packets for distribution.

Yes, Chinese New Year is definitely a time of giving and of eating. This year, we will spend our Chinese New Year reunion in Ipoh, my hometown. This is the first time I will be back in Ipoh for the reunion since I got married about three years ago. So definitely a lot of eating involved there. Looking forward to the yee sang, jiu hoo char and too thor th’ng. Very the festive indeed.

Like all previous Chinese New Years, we have also prepared New Year hampers for our parents. We also gave a similar one to Ethan’s baby sitter. Preferring instead to have our hampers consist of nutritious food items instead of sweets and candies, we got these hampers from Eu Yan Sang, nicely wrapped and delivered to our doors. Love the sparkle and joy on the faces of our parents when we present it to them. Actually I am secretly wishing someone would give one to me too… hehehe…

So, to everyone celebrating Chinese New Year, a very Keong Hee Huat Chye, Kong Hei Fatt Choy and Xing Nian Kuai Le to you. To everyone traveling home on the roads, drive safely and remember to rest if you are tired. And to everyone enjoying the holidays, have a good well-deserved rest.  Now, bring on the food!

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17 Responses to Usher in the mousey year!

  1. LB says:

    Happy Chinese New Year in IPOH!!! How I wish I could be there too, not just because of all those crispy, nice smelling, bling bling notes in the angpow, but because of Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun too! 🙂
    Have a good one, travel safe, buckle up well, and drink lots of hot tea! YUM SENG!!!

    The Giddy Tigress says: No time to go to the Chee Cheong Fun stall la…haha…next time I go back, I must go!

  2. Sue says:

    Keong Hee Huat Chai to you and your family too..

    The Giddy Tigress says: Keong hee, keong hee!!

  3. Jemima says:

    A Blessed CNY to you & family!

    **Gong Xi HUGS*

    The Giddy Tigress says: Happy New Year to you too!

  4. may says:

    Gung Hei Fatt Choy, GT! I have to say I don’t exactly miss the music, but I do miss the food and all that angpow… LOL! wishing you a healthy, wealthy one to come.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Happy New Year in Sydney too, May!

  5. kyh says:

    woooh look at all those fresh notes! angpow preassseee, lovely miss GT! *puppy eyes* 😛

    keong hee huat chye ah!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Happy New Year, kyh! I’ll add a few more notes for you because of those puppy eyes!

  6. wuching says:

    Xing Nian Kuai Le

    The Giddy Tigress says: Happy New Year Wuching!

  7. mistipurple says:

    Keong Hee Huat Chai, Giddy Tigress! and to your hubby and little Ethan and your families, a prosperous and healthy lunar new year! Ong ong ong ah!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Ong ong come come!!!

  8. iCalvyn says:

    wow, i saw alot of money… all the ang pao money… smell great…

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, the smell of new notes is splendiferous, is it not?

  9. LB says:

    Thank you so very much for a most beautiful Chinese New Year Card, which I received today.. Perfect Timing!!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Oh, great! You got it… 🙂

  10. ehon says:

    GONG XI FA CAI!! HONG BAO NA LAI!! Automatic hor. 😛

    Hehehe. Wishing the Giddy Tigers a happy happy, wealthy wealthy with extra bling, and healthy healthy new year!! 😀

    The Giddy Tigress says: Ang pow ready, when are you coming over? 🙂

  11. jazzmint says:

    gong xi gong xi

    The Giddy Tigress says: gong xi gong xi to you too!

  12. rinnah says:

    Love the hamper! So thoughtful of you and hubby to get that for the elders.

    I love the smell of new money too… *hint hint*

    Gong Xi Fa Cai to the Giddy Tigers!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Your angpow is also ready, waiting for you to come over 🙂

  13. michelle says:

    Gong Xi Gong Xi…wow that’s a lot of money you changed. You must have lots of angpows to give.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Well, I try to get more ready just in case. Happy New Year to you Michelle.

  14. Adino says:

    What I do is to store up those new notes we get from the ATM throughout the year, so I don’t have to go to the bank to change money.

    The Giddy Tigress says: You really do that? Next year, I will come to you to exchange my new notes.

  15. michelle says:

    hey gong hei fatt choi!!
    guess i am not too late horr?
    aiya new notes old notes also same la..
    all money..
    tak mau eh?
    i want le!

    The Giddy Tigress says: You know I used to think that way too, but then there’s just something about new notes in an ang pow that does the trick for me. I remember receiving angpows with old soggy notes and the feeling just ain’t the same.

  16. zara's mama says:

    Happy New Year to you!!
    Your healthy hamper is definitely better than those that’s calorie laddened. 😛

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, I agree 🙂

  17. Hi Simon,
    Gong Xi Fa Cai, Xin Nian Kuai Le!
    Happy Lunar New Year!
    May you have good health, great wealth and abundant joy!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Simon? Who’s Simon? But happy new year to you too anyway!…and to Simon too!

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