Chinese New Year – We’ve Got Lions!

We just celebrated Chinese New Year, also called Lunar New Year and Spring Festival. As always, the extended family - cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews direct or once removed, newly acquired in-laws and hapless souls soon-to-be absorbed into our fold -- descends upon my mother's┬áhouse for the usual CNY lunch party. The menu is … Continue reading Chinese New Year – We’ve Got Lions!

No Red for This Monkey Household

The mother-in-law faithfully consults her geomancer, or fortune teller, every year just before Chinese New Year. Without fail, he would advise her on the auspicious dates for putting up the festive red banner, or 'ang chai' over the main entrance of each of her children's respective homes. This would be ascertained based on the┬árespective members … Continue reading No Red for This Monkey Household