Hi! This week marks the last week of CNY, which stretches 14 days long. (Wondering why? See my post on CNY traditions here.)
Here are my favourite pictures from this insane week(s), in a nutshell.
Chinese New Year with the Office
Done with Lohei lunch, now on to some lohei lady gaga performances from me and some of my other colleagues who were also volunteered.
Nevermind that we all look ridiculous, here are my winnings from the day!
Chinese New Year with my Aussie friends
Atsuko and Eli came to visit me for CNY, along came Rob and we invaded Chinatown. Do you really want to see pictures?
Uncle with Hello Kitty bag
Durian tasting. Eli the pastry chef says, “YUCK!”
Bee Cheng Hiang – one of the most popular franchises to buy the famed CNY goodie, Bak Kwa (BBQ-ed pork).
Explosive! Now for the China-jump series…
Chinatown is so much nicer without us!
Ghetto girls go home after interrupting Chinatown.
Chinese New Year – painful lessons in poker
My first time playing poker – and I sucked.
Someone had a little favour from Heaven… but it wasn’t me!
Even my little nephews can play + won more money than me.
Chinese New Year with the Family
Day 1 Eve: Reunion dinner, steamboat and teppanyaki
King of the family
CNY Day 1 with the rest of my amazing family
Relatively recently, I have 4 little cute girl cousins! I can’t even count!
Bridging the generation gaps…
Still more food… Dad loves to throw popiah parties.
(Popiah is like the Chinese version of a burrito. Tasty!)
Chinese New Year with Friends
Tradition meets iPad.
Al Pacino meets CNY… Happy Rabbit Year!
My ang moh friend wanted to have his birthday celebration at Sentosa on CNY weekend. Wa lau… Can’t say no right? >.<
Chinese New Year with Filter
Chinese New Year at Church
Last but not least, we always make time for God. We even try to revolve our schedule around God.
Chinese ministry pastor Mark Lee gave a powerful Chinese RABBIT New Year 2011 message.
It was an eye opener and knowledge-sharing session of how the Chinese language actually runs through God’s word. It clarified and visualized… likening a lot of the significances of Chinese & Chinese New Year to the mercy, blessings and blood of Jesus Christ.
Have you noticed?
All Chinese characters of prosperity, wealth, health and blessings are showcased on the colour red – because we can’t be blessed without the blood of Jesus.
“Be blood conscious and Christ conscious this Chinese New Year.”
Pastor Mark also had some wise words on the Chinese tradition of Spring Cleaning:
“Most people don’t want others to see them at their messiest or at their worst. They want to clean up their life first… Before inviting people in.”
“But God doesn’t mind your mess. You don’t need to quit smoking, your bad habits, or any other sin first before inviting God in. (Disclaimer: This is not an excuse to keep your bad habits – but the point I am trying to make is that you don’t have to do it by yourself.)”
“God is not here to judge, he’s here to save u.
He is here to spring clean.. To clean up your mess and cleanse your house.”
“It is not through your own work, but HIS (God’s) work that a perfect cleaning is done.”
Sunday lesson learnt: Don’t try to clean up your life by yourself – invite Jesus in! 🙂
My disposable income for this Rabbit Year.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house; and his righteousness endure forever.