CNY Pictorial

Last but not the least for our Chinese New Year celebration.  This is one thing I made kulit and made sure to happen.  hehehehe..   Initially, I wanted us all to wear Tiong Sams, but it’s so hard to find one for Dino! KOW! Liam and I have ours na. Since Liam turned 1, my cousin bought him a set already (Kaya medyo bitin na ang pants ni Liam, mukhang maksaaska tuloy. haha).  I, on the other hand had to buy one last united nations celebration for Liam’s school program.

Since I can’t find one for Dino, we just wore red shirts and let Liam wear his Tiong Sam.

Liam playing with our Chinese Lanterns..
Liam playing with our Chinese Lanterns..
How many Chinese Lanterns do you have?  Liam:  Three!!! :)
How many Chinese Lanterns do you have?
Liam: Three!!! 🙂
Since his not yet in the mood to do our pictorial.. eto muna..
Since his not yet in the mood to do our pictorial.. eto muna..
Wag kayo loloko loko!! hehehehehe..
Wag kayo loloko loko!! hehehehehe..
Liam playing the drums.. Dragon Dance daw.. :)
Liam playing the drums.. Dragon Dance daw.. 🙂
Of course a running shot of Liam will not be missed!!
Of course a running shot of Liam will not be missed!!
ALAS!! our Family portrait! :)
ALAS!! our Family portrait! 🙂

Happy Chinese New Year!! May we all be prosperous and healthy this year of the Sanke! 🙂

CNY Traditions

Aside from the Chinese Lantern Project, I also wanted to start a family tradition for the season.  So, days before Chinese New Year, I researched about Chinese Traditions during CNY.  I learnt that in Chinese countries like China and Taiwan, they celebrate CNY for 15 days!  Imagine!? 15 days of holiday!! WOW!!!  We don’t even celebrate Christmas this long here in the Philippines.  Anyways, aside from this great fact there are many things they do to drive away evil and to lure in good fortune like giving kids Ang Pao with money to make them prosperous, eating noodles for long life and a lot more, I also called my sister and cousin to ask what they usually prepare for the occasion.

Oh well, since it will take too much time and too much food to prepare (and there’s only 4 of us to eat), I opt to make it simpler for us.   I asked Ate Aya (Lilia) to prepare Bam-I for long life and cook Shrimp (something red) for dinner.  I also put a bowl of rice and used chocolate gold coins instead of putting real coins (I just can’t do it, knowing that the coins are dirty, hehe). Also prepared few fruits that we can actually consume. Of course to keep our family close and sweet, I also have yummy tikoy on the table! 🙂

Fruits - I counter those Kiat Kiat and made sure that they are in pairs..
Fruits – I counter those Kiat Kiat and made sure that they are in pairs..
Bowl of rice with chocolate gold coins to Liam's delight! he loved those coins..
Bowl of rice with chocolate gold coins to Liam’s delight! he loved those coins..
Our CNY feast! :) simple yet meaningful.. :)
Our CNY feast! 🙂 simple yet meaningful.. 🙂

Oh well, I know Liam is too young pa to remember and understand this celebration, pero nakakatuwa lng cause until now, he still remembers that eating noodles is for Long Life!! Hmm.. not a bad start right!?

Chinese Lanterns

Kiong Hee Huat Chai!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Congratulations to a prosperous Year!

Positive! That’s how Chinese are.  Always positive that we will have a brighter and more prosperous New Year.  Anyway, in celebration of the Chinese New Year, I wanted to have a family activity na Chinese and since Liam likes his project time in school, decided to do some crafts for the New Year.

At first, I wanted us to make 3D Fireworks, but I don’t like Liam to use that much glitters yet.  I can’t handle that pa ata, ung kalat, ung takot na mapunta sa mata.. so I looked for something else and found Chinese Lanterns.   Not so tricky yet oh so Chinese..  🙂

Materials:  Red Specialty Paper, Scissors, Glue, Ruler, Pencil and Gold Sequins
Materials: Red Specialty Paper, Scissors, Glue, Ruler, Pencil and Gold Sequins

I have to pre-cut the papers lang, since I don’t want Liam to hold scissors yet.  So all they have to do is add the Gold sequins and put it together.

Here I am helping Liam with his tap tap sequins...
Here I am helping Liam with his tap tap sequins…
Here he is hoarding the glue, so daddy has to get a new tube for himself..
Here he is hoarding the glue, so daddy has to get a new tube for himself..
Here's daddy busy with his project. :)
Here’s daddy busy with his project. 🙂
TADA!!! our Chinese Lanterns!!
TADA!!! our Chinese Lanterns!!

 

Never thought craft projects can be oh so easy. Need to be patient lang looking for the perfect project for us.

Stay tuned for our Chinese New Year Pictorial.. Happy Heart’s day!! 🙂