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Let the Monkey Year Begins – Happy CNY 2016!

Gong xi fa cai! (Or Kung hei fat choy! if you’re speaking Cantonese.) The eighth of February on year 2016 is the first day of a new year according to the Chinese calendar.

The annual celebration of Chinese New Year sees endless baked treats and other savoury delights being sold, served and consumed by Chinese communities in Malaysia throughout the 15-day festive period. Kuala Lumpur becomes an empty, shops closed, same goes with restaurants. 

The Red Envelop

There are, of course, many delicious and luxurious food to savour in utter delight. I still remember in 2014, Chinese New Year felt on a working day, we all received a red envelop from our managers with some money inside. This symbolic tradition comes with a Chinese new year gold red decoration with the writing “年年有余 (nian nian you yu)” meaning “abundance of everything every year”.

It’s all about Mandarin and Pineapples tart!

Ever wondered why the exchange of Mandarin Oranges is so important, and why there would always be pineapple tarts in each home?

Exactly eight pineapple tarts.

Mandarin Oranges are believed to bring prosperity thanks to its Cantonese pronunciation, which sounds similar to gold. It is part of Chinese New Year tradition to offer a pair of Mandarin Oranges to respected seniors and hosts during house visiting

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Chinese New Year | OrganicIsBeautiful

The repetition of Chinese New Year Goodies is no random occurrence, as each snack is essentially symbolic of a meaningful purpose. The next time someone in the family asks, “Why do we always have to eat xxx during Chinese New Year?”

The Number 8.

Eight is a number favoured by the Chinese because it sounds similar to the word “wealth”. Nine and ten are also considered good numbers because they mean “infinity” and “perfection” respectively. If you closely observe Chinese paintings of koi fish, horses, deities, or dragons, there would always be eight, nine, or ten subjects in a painting.

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EIGHT The number 8 symbolizes good luck and wealth because the Chinese word for 8 sounds like the Chinese word for fortune or wealth.

Now, I would like to wish everyone.

新年快乐,恭喜发财!祝你一帆风顺,二龙腾飞,三羊开泰,四季平安,五福临门,六六大顺,七星高照,八方来财,九九同心,十全十美。
Happy new year, gong xi fa cai! Wish you one smooth sailing, two dragons soaring, three lambs good luck, four seasons peace, five blessings nearing, six big accomplishments, seven stars shining, eight sides prosperity, nine always together, ten perfection. (Note: The words “nine” and “infinity” sound similar; ten is a perfect number.)

Amanda,

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Happy 2016 !

Time to wish you a lovely start of 2016, OiB, my blog, is now 3 months old, filled with a bunch of information that I hope you find exquisite 😉 More to come soon. To all of you, a Big Welcome to 2016. OiB wishes you all the very best this year! Have a very Happy New Year!!!

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2015. Wow.

What a year it has been!

I feel very lucky to be here, healthy and happy and strong. And, of course, I am so happy you are here too.

Thank you, dear reader, for every second spent on the blog, every time you took that extra time to interact with me here on the blog, and away. So here’s to you. To us being the best version of ourself.

I would like to appreciate you guys for the views, comments, shares and likes. Although this blog is still fairly new, it has definitely exceeded my expectations with your help. Using Meemee’s word, to good health, to love and happiness, to purpose, to peace, to progress, to fresh, new, inspiring experiences, and to the getting of more wisdom and understanding. 

P.S: I’m planning a huge one for my birthday next year since I never celebrate, might as well celebrate with my readers, subscribe to the blog via email for more details on that.

Love,

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OiB Wishes You All a Merry Christmas.

The word “Christmas” brings to mind images of crackling fireplaces and carolers at the door, their breath making little clouds in the cold air. We think of candle-lit church services and poignant crèches. The holiday brings trips to the mall where Santa hoists little ones into his generous lap to hear their wishes. It can also bring deep sadness and longing to be with our friends and loved ones who are far away. At this time of year, we want to connect with those we love.

Christmas waves a magic want over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale.

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Christmas Celebration | OrganicIsBeautiful

Merry Christmas to All of you and thank you for following my blog 😉

OiB

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