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Kung Hei Fat Choi!

By on January 27, 2017

It seems like only a few weeks ago that I said happy new year… and now I’m at it again for Chinese New Year, so Kung hei fat choi!

We ditched our Christmas decorations a few weeks back and replaced with red envelopes and lanterns as below. Yes those are red envelopes in the tree…

Christmas morphs into Chinese New Year

We get our money’s worth on that old Christmas tree – lucky it wasn’t a real pine tree or it might be pretty ugly by now.

Shuk is over in Kaiping, Guangdong, China celebrating the New Year with Mama and Baba. Wish I was there… still, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are about to be emblazoned in red for the Chinese New Year, and Chinatown in particular is a hive of activity over the New Year week, so I will have a little taste of China here in Sydney. Not quite the same as downtown Kaiping but it’s the best I’ve got.

And of course there’s always this one… Mama sends it to me every year on Wechat:

A word of caution: don’t get a haircut for the next few days. It is considered bad luck, so you’ll need to put up with a few bad hair days before you can put things right. Apparently this year will be good for chicken farmers. (Probably less so for the chickens, I imagine…)

I trust your 2017 Year of the Rooster is healthy and plentiful!

Kung hei fat choi!
Rob

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    Jen

    February 13, 2017

    Wow, that video! hahahha, love it. I’d never heard of the haircut around this time being bad luck; I love all the little superstitions and traditions that evolve in cultures. Kung hei fat choi!

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    Warren

    January 30, 2017

    Two New Years? Again? You must be exhausted! Does this rooster thing mean the Roosters will win the NRL comp?

    • Rob Harvey
      Reply

      Rob Harvey

      January 30, 2017

      Yes, yes, yes and NO!

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    Paul

    January 28, 2017

    Happy New Year! Kung hei fat choy

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ROB HARVEY
SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

I quit my marketing job 20 years ago to become a writer, only I ended up writing html instead of words. Now I'm just writing words. I have a passion for China, through my partner Shuk, a passion for cooking and a passion for history. Oh, and a keen eye for the absurd! Have some fun on these pages and I look forward to your feedback. Rob.

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