GONG XI FA CAI! Well, technically, the new year started yesterday on the 18th. It's the year of the fire pig, and it's supposed to be a golden pig year too. It's supposed to be super auspicious, and it only occurs every 60 or 600 years depending on which calendar you use. I read an article that said that China and Hong Kong are expecting a spike in birth... everyone wants a baby this year!
This is the first Chinese New Year's celebration away from home that was closest to the real thing. I spent the new year in San Francisco with my sister and her housemates. It was so much fun... just like family! We even cooked authentic new year's dishes, so there was a lot to eat too. We had our new year's eve "reunion" dinner and then everyone called home to wish our parents and relatives since it was already New Year's day in Malaysia.
We had a late start on New Year's day, but it was a fun day. We took a hike down to the beach at Lands End, right by Pacifica... and boy was the wind whipping! The little trail even had a mini Lombard street built into the trail down to the beach... I thought it was really funny. Everyone else was trying to protect their faces from the whipping wind and sand! We went bowling too, and it was safe to say that I sucked real bad! We went back to my sister's place after that, cooked a late dinner, and then played a really cutthroat game of Monopoly... I bowed out early. We ended up going to bed at around 2.30 in the morning, but it was a really fun day.
We came home today in good spirits... the new year has started out great... I hope it will be a really fantastic year ahead!