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#Chinese New Year’s: Fish and Peppers

10 Jan

#Chinese New Year’s is upon us! I know because there are fish with red pepers being hung!

#Fish around the new years represents “nián nián yǒu yú (年年有鱼)” which means ‘May you have Fish every year.’  Apparently it is pronounced the same as ‘May you have extra each year.  Also the word for fish is similar to the Chinese word for ‘enough’

Apparently the red peppers repesent good luck and income (I’ve had different responses).  

So the picture means – ‘May you have enough of everything you need in the New Year!

Chinese Fireworks!

19 Feb

This video was taken by a friend of mine (I’ll upload mine tonight too), and I thought it did a great job of showing you just how many fireworks were going off all at once around the city. It was mind-blowingly cool!  I counted at least 10 places setting them off at the same time, and from the roof you could see them for miles!

Music I Love: Auld Lang Syne

2 Jan

Happy New Year!

The Joy of Childhood

31 Dec
I wrote this particular poem a while back, but this seems like a good time to share it since the wish still applies. So, Here is my New Year’s Prayer for You All!
The Joy of Childhood

Childish giggles fill the house,

As tickling games are carried out.

Cars are driven with humming noises,

Dollies talk with girlish voices.

Girls were purses, hats, and skirts,

Boys ride horses, kicking their boots.

Legos and Blocks build castles and towers,

Or even a fortress against enemy powers.

Imaginary dragons and knights come alive,

Damsels and princess’s are rescued by guys.

The earth becomes lava or maybe a flood,

Pies and cakes are soon made out of mud.

A good game of tag brings smiles to faces,

Trees are discovered to be awfully good bases.

My wish for us all in the coming new year,

Is that dragons and ogres are the worst of our fears.

I hope that you keep all your childhood dreams,

And remember forever you’re a king or a queen.

I hope we all have a sorrow free, joy filled New Year, and that each of us views the coming days with a child’s excitement. May we find a table on which to sit through the floods and volcanoes of life. May we find a way to make a pie out of the mud. And may there always be a good tree against which to rest. But most of all, may we each find a sticky hug and kiss at the end of the day. Happy New Year to everyone! 

 

New Year’s Eve Resolutions

1 Jan

It is that time of year again.  The day when we set aside the old and embrace the new.  For some reason, the changing of the date signifies to human hearts the sign of new beginnings, a renewed belief that what seemed impossible yesterday may be attainable tomorrow.  Unfortunately, like so many others, I always find myself abandoning these resolutions all to quickly as the year goes by.  In fact, this occurs so often, that I have discovered that I almost expect it to happen.  Just a few days ago, a friend told me that she no longer makes New Year’s resolutions because she always feels guilty for abandoning them later.  She sees it as setting herself up for failure.

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Best Holiday Cheese Log!

29 Dec

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Ahh, sweet childhood memories.  For most of my youth, my uncle owned and operated a cheese factory.  They made American processed cheese of the best variety, including an amazing swiss and bacon cheese that made amazing grilled-cheese sandwiches.  Naturally, I love all things cheese related–grilled cheese, cheesy potatoes, corn & cheese casserole; if it comes with cheese, my day is made.  (This proved unfortunate in Asia, where cheese in not a daily staple food.  I was quite traumatized to realize that cheese there cost a fortune. 😦 )

Anyway, I am getting off track (and now I want nachos…), but I thought I would share my favorite recipe for a holiday cheese log.  I actually started making this several years ago, but I made it again today for a family dinner.  It is just SO GOOD!  It takes a little bit of work, but the end result is definitely worth it if you enjoy cheese balls.  Great for Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties!

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