Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Year of the Ox Everyone!

Pictures taken last month (and technically also last year) - the calamondins (the very same pot that were flowering last summer) are actually twice the size now as the ones shown in the pictures. So glad to see them thriving even better than last spring, when I first got them.

Gung Hei Fat Choi!

Hope you're all enjoying the Chinese New Year celebrations wherever you are :) Am ensconced at the family home now waiting for the big meal later...

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At Sun Jan 25, 03:40:00 p.m. GMT, Blogger laichungleung said...

Happy Lunar New Year.

At Sun Jan 25, 03:55:00 p.m. GMT, Blogger Snowdrops said...

Thanks LCL, Gung Hei Fat Choi too :)

At Sun Jan 25, 04:28:00 p.m. GMT, Anonymous exile from hk said...

Gung Hei Fat Choi

Waiting for the big meal?? Ooh, you don't have to cook! Must be nice.

At Sun Jan 25, 05:07:00 p.m. GMT, Blogger 梁巔巔 said...



恭喜發財! ^^

At Mon Jan 26, 09:27:00 a.m. GMT, Blogger Snowdrops said...

Gung Hei Fat Choi Exile and Dindin!! Thanks so much for your good wishes and many happy returns :D

Exile: Yes I am still full after the mega dinners over the weekend. I am really quite spoilt when it comes to traditional Chinese meals as all the prep are always all done by my parents, and so the only job that my siblings and I had to do on New Year's Eve was to eat and eat and eat! It's only Christmas time that I get to cook for them (and that only started last year!).

At Mon Jan 26, 04:19:00 p.m. GMT, Blogger mad dog said...

祝新年進步, 開開心心!

At Mon Jan 26, 05:44:00 p.m. GMT, Blogger Snowdrops said...

Thanks so much Mad Dog, the very best wishes to you in the new year too!!

(I'm trying to think what is the most appropriate translation of "Sing Lei Gwai Yin", y'know, the common Chinese greeting in return to express that the blessing that you've been given is exactly what you personally hope for as well? As what you and Dindin wrote is exactly what I hope this new year would bring too!)

At Tue Jan 27, 07:41:00 p.m. GMT, Anonymous exile from hk said...

""Sing Lei Gwai Yin"

Gosh, now that you mentioned it. There is just no cool, short-and-sweet way of saying that in English. I suppose the Chinese language reflects a lot of our culture as well. Duh!

In English, we probably just say "I sure hope so!" How boring and vague is that?

At Wed Jan 28, 07:45:00 p.m. GMT, Blogger Snowdrops said...

Exile: Actually, "I sure hope so" would work too! Although it doesn't quite confer the same gratitude to the other person for their "gwai yin" as the Chinese expression does... but I guess that's the uniqueness of our language!

I'm really glad though that you know exactly what I meant when I transliterated the greeting into "Sing Lei Gwai Yin" :)

At Thu Jan 29, 05:59:00 a.m. GMT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you too! I hope the year of the ox brings the best to you.

At Thu Jan 29, 01:52:00 p.m. GMT, Blogger Snowdrops said...

Thanks Julie, wishing you and your family the very best for the Year of the Ox, too :)

p.s. One of my friends who worked for the Taiwanese representative office here just recently returned to Taiwan for good (we shall miss her a lot...), and she managed to go home in time for the CNY celebration in Taiwan :)


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