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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

CNY Celebrations

Whoops! Mom is still editing the photos of the fabulous gifts that I got from JD & Max, so let me post some photos of the CNY celebrations at Mom's Grandpa's place! This year, it was a little bit more somber as Mom's Grandma is no longer around...plus, it was super hot weather this time of the year, so all we did was laze around the house most of the time >.<" Not that many photos, but we did have some on the reunion dinner! Okay, enough chitter chatter...here are the photos:


Posing on one of the chairs...it's a little bit more cooling here than outside. LOL!


Kenji with his super long tongue trying to cool off...I don't know why he would still want to sleep on the bed. It was so hot, it's crazy!


Me greeting the visitors that come...*grins*


Preparations for the dinner underway, with the infamous long table for the family...we had steamboat again! *licks lips* It's the easiest kind of dinner to prepare, apparently, so why not right? *grins*


We also had the traditional Chinese New Year dish called 'Lou Sang' that day. Here are the men at the end of the table getting ready to 'mix'...the ladies had another big plate of the dish all to themselves. Heh!


This dish is a little curious...it consists of sweet and sour gravies, lots of crunchy (and colorful) tit bits, and some pickles. Some people put raw fish (a la sashimi style) in it...it's supposed to symbolize luck and prosperity (the Chinese have a saying for it, and it sounded like 'fish' for one of the words, so you know how it goes *wink*). We did it a little differently...instead of fish, we had abalone in it! *grins*

Here's how things go with the dish: the condiments and ingredients are laid out nicely on the plate, and when it is time everybody comes together with their pair of chopsticks and mixes the ingredients together, pulling them as high as possible. It gets messy at times, what with the many chopsticks hitting the dish all at once, but it's all good fun and has quite a bit of symbolism too. The action of 'pulling the food up' symbolizes the person going higher up in whatever he/she does, be it career or life...so it's supposed to mean good luck =) Or at least, that's what Mom gets out from it. *wink* At the end of it all, everyone enjoys a little bowl of the mixed dish...yummy! I managed to get a few bits from the things that fell from the table, but that's about it I guess >.<" Like I said before...so near, yet so far! =(


After dinner, there was some funny things going on too...Mom's Grandpa wanted to dye his hair, coz according to him his hair had become grey. And so, he asked Mom's cousin (who is a budding hair stylist) to help him with it! *grins* Mind you, he's a ripe old age of 82...so to only dye his hair now is such a great testament that his jet black hair lasted VERY long before needing a dye job! *wink* How I wish my fur was like that too!


Well, that's about it for my CNY back in Seremban...the rest of the time we were there, we spent it watching TV and munching on CNY goodies. Heh! It's still CNY now, so the feasting is still on...LOL!


xoxo,
Scottie

21 paws to this post!:

Poronchi Ninja Puppy said...

what a feast :)!!!!
Did u get any "hung pao" ?? :))

*hugz*
pochi

Poronchi Ninja Puppy said...

what a feast :)!!!!
Did u get any "hung pao" ?? :))

*hugz*
pochi

Kess And Her Mama said...

What a festive celebration at home. Much better than eating out(coz I have to stay at home when they go out). This way you get to join in the festivities.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Looks like you had a great time and a wonderful feast. Mom and Dad ordered some Chinese take-out to celebrate - and guess what, we didn't even find anything on the floor.

XOXO
The Rocky Creek Gang

Jake of Florida said...

OK, Nottie -- Now you've done it. Our Mom is insane for sushi, Chinese dishes, crab with fragrant broth -- all those things you had to celebrate the Chinese New Year -- and she is drooling all over the keyboard.

Yum. Yum. And more yum!!!

We enjoyed seeing everyone having such a good -- and delicious -- time!!! Thank you for setting our taste buds to quivering!

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Snowy and Crystal said...

looks like evewyone had a good time ;)

wet licks

S&C

Snowy and Crystal said...

looks like evewyone had a good time ;)

wet licks

S&C

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

Great pics and the food all looks yummy. Happy Chinese New Year to you!
--JB

Patrick said...

Wow awesome 'hardcore' feasting lol. Don't you just enjoy the holidays. Well another year has come and gone. Wishing you and Kenji a good year ahead! Oh not forgetting your mom also :P

Kari in WeHo said...

82 and just now getting gray? wow thats amazing

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Happy Year of the Striped Khat!

Thanks fur sharing your celebration with us!

Again, I must paw I don't know how woo khan handle THAT heat and humidity!

Mom did treat herself to some yummy sushi a few weeks ago - of khourse, none fell my way!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Sonic said...

Hi Scottie! It's nice to meet you! I see you've been doing the whole Chinese New Year thing too. It's so confusing for me! It's like the year was new twice. How does that happen?

Anyway, I'd be glad if you added me to your blog roll. I'll add yours to mine too!

Sonic

Sonic said...

Oh... and I have a cousin named Kenji that I met over CNY too!

Sonic

Lorenza said...

Hi, Scottie!
Glad you all had a nice time!
My mom's hair become grey since she was 12 years old!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

I love festive family meals where everyone shares. You are an excellent greeter. It is hard to imagine your weather being so hot when Khyra keeps posting snow pictures from PA!:)

Maggie and Mitch said...

This looks like lots of fun and the food looks very yummy!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Agatha and Archie said...

HAPPY LATE NEW YEAR! per usual we are drooling over here!! YUM YUM YUM!!! Love A+A

JD and Max said...

Hiya Scottie - that looked like such a great celebration. And how do you and Kenji do it - you always look so happy and so cute in your photos, you're both so photogenic! (We blame our rubbish photographer - he he he!) Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Honey the Great Dane said...

HI Scottie,

So sorry it's taken me so long to return your visit! Thank you for your lovely comment! I had a great time reading Max & JD's post about their humans meeting you and then I just loved this post all about your CNY celebrations - now I feel like I know you so well! :-)

Oooh - looking at all that delicious food made my human very hungry. She just LOVES steamboat!!! It's so great that you can join in the human celebrations like that.

I am adding you to my blog list and I hope we can visit each other often!

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

Oskar said...

Chinese New year looks like a grand time!

parlance said...

What a lovely celebration. I'm glad that you had such a happy Chinese New Year.