Unexpectedly Festive

I couldn’t believe I actually went out and celebrated Lantern Festival yesterday as I didn’t like any crowded places. I was very surprised that it wasn’t as crowded as I imagined and it was way more festive than I thought it would be. I felt like having a dream when I was surrounded by all these stunning lanterns. ❀ I guess I shouldn’t talk too much and let you enjoy its beauty. πŸ˜›

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Apart from the lanterns, there was an amazing 3D light show also. Look at the pictures down below πŸ˜‰

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Hope you enjoy this post! πŸ™‚ So sorry that some pictures were looking pretty ugly as it was raining yesterday and I didn’t have a DSLR camera to take pictures with. πŸ˜›

 

 

 

Happy Lantern Festival

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Today is the 15th of Chinese New Year (CYN) and last day of celebrating CYN. This is the day we celebrate Lantern Festival starting the day with dragon and lion dancing. Later in the evening, many colourful lanterns will be lit as a part of celebration and riddles will also written on some of the lanterns traditionally.

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Few days ago, I found a shopping mall in Hong Kong actually took the traditional concept to spice up the mall by displaying electricΒ lanterns with riddles on them. I immediately took some quick snaps for you all to enjoy. I think it would be fun if you could try solving the riddles. πŸ˜‰

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Although it is Lantern Festival today, some consider this special day as Chinese Valentine’s Day because of the romantic vibes given by the beautiful lanterns.

Obviously, we can’t end the day without eating something sweet. We eat glutinous rice balls to symbolize having unity and harmony in family while enjoying the stunning full moon.

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Happy Lantern Festival/ Chinese Valentine’s Day all my lovely friends! ❀

*Answers will be posted next week. Stay tuned for that πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday To You All!!!

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According to Chinese genesis, today (the 7th day of Chinese New Year) is the day when humans were created πŸ™‚ . Believe it or not, I think it’s super duper cool to have a common day for everyone’s birthday.Β As you know our family received orchids as a gift for Chinese New Year, I think it’s awesome to share close-up pictures of the orchids with you today as a gift to celebrate this special day for all of us πŸ˜‰ . Hope you like it! ❀

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I wish you all the very best, all the joy you can ever have and may you be blessed abundantly today, tomorrow and the days to come! May you have a fantastic birthday and many more to come!Β Happy Birthday! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

With love,

xoxoxoxo Khloe ❀

Happy Lunar New Year

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Gung Hei Fat Choy! (It means “Best wishes and Congratulations! Have a prosperous and good year!”) πŸ™‚ My health finally got better on the first day of Chinese New Year, yay! πŸ˜€ Thank you all for being extra sweet and nice to send me all the speedy recovery messages! You guys are definitely my homie and love muahzZz >3< Here I am wishing you a Happy Lunar New Year whether you are Chinese or not!Β May the bold Chinese New Year firecracker scare away the bad luck and welcome the good luck all through the year! πŸ˜›

When I was a kid, I didn’t really like celebrating Chinese New Year. I needed to visit some relatives I rarely see and they loved to pitch my chubby cheeks before giving me red pockets. 😦 However, it’s a completely different story after becoming an adult. I got to appreciate every single tradition we have during this festive and colorful festival. It’s a tradition to put beautiful flowers as a part of decorations at home during Chinese New Year. I love to make a guess on what the orchids look like each Chinese New Year before we receive it from one of the most famous gardener in Hong Kong. He is as generous as usual sending us a gigantic and super gorgeous orchids this year. It instantly delights my entire house once we places it in our living room. ❀ It is so uplifting to look at its vibrant colors and I hope it uplifts you all as well. πŸ˜‰

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After from looking at the beautiful orchids, we eat glutinous rice balls on the first day of Chinese New Year (meaning to have harmony and unity within our family). There are many different fillings we can choose, but I like black sesame and peanut butter flavours the most. I usually have one with black sesame fillings and two glutinous rice balls with peanut butter fillings. It seriously tastes delicious!!! Do you want to have some? πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

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Eating glutinous rice balls is just the beginning, we have various snacks for visitors to eat (showing you some here…obviously we do munch them also lol :P). I love eating prawn crackers made by my sister-in-law’s mother, but better eat in moderation (just don’t want have sore throat and gain so much weight…Actually, I don’t want to be fat like a ball and roll round lol πŸ˜€ ).

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Speaking of Chinese New Year, how can I not mention what signify this festival the most – red pockets :D. Who doesn’t love them? Extra money goes straight to your pockets πŸ˜€

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Whether you celebrate this festive or not, I hope you feel the festive spirits from my post. May peace and love fill your heart, beauty fill your world, and contentment and joy fill your days! πŸ™‚

With love,

xoxoxo Khloe ❀