How To Gain Weight: CNY Edition

Happy Chinese New Year! This year’s festivities are much more subdued due to the pandemic, but I still had an enjoyable time bonding (and eating!) with the family over the weekend. To save on the hassle of preparing an elaborate meal for our reunion dinner night, we decided to have hotpot/barbecue out on the porch. We bought most of the ingredients in advance so we … Continue reading How To Gain Weight: CNY Edition

This “App” Calls Out Auspicious Sayings For Chinese New Year – So You Don’t Have To

Chinese New Year is just around the corner (the first day falls on 12 February), but with the pandemic still raging in many parts of Southeast Asia, celebrations will definitely be more subdued. In Singapore, for example, gatherings will be limited to eight people, no CNY company dinners are allowed, and shouting during lo hei (the act of tossing yusheng, a ‘fish salad’ often served … Continue reading This “App” Calls Out Auspicious Sayings For Chinese New Year – So You Don’t Have To

Celebrating Chinese New Year In The Middle Of A Pandemic

Chinese New Year, also called the Lunar New Year, is set to fall on 12 February this year. It marks the beginning of a new year according to the traditional lunar calendar, and heralds the arrival of spring.  Here in Malaysia, Chinese New Year is a pretty big thing, since people of Chinese descent make up more than 20% of the population (about 6 million … Continue reading Celebrating Chinese New Year In The Middle Of A Pandemic

Review: Delight Seafood Restaurant, Kampung Jawa Ipoh

Happy Chinese New Year, folks! Celebrations have been quiet ever since my grandmother passed away. I read somewhere that matriarchs/patriarchs of a family act like glue, holding the fam together. Once they’re gone, it’s hard to get everyone together in the same place. Some cousins have migrated, while others are travelling with their own nuclear fams over the festive season. Traditions like cooking for reunion dinner … Continue reading Review: Delight Seafood Restaurant, Kampung Jawa Ipoh

CNY 2018 in Ipoh Day 1 – The Practice of Bai Nian (Visiting Relatives)

At the stroke of midnight on the first day of CNY, loud bangs and blasts were heard all over Ipoh: the sounds of fireworks being set off to usher in a new year and new beginnings. Ten years ago I might have been among the revelers, but at 28? Tucked snugly into my mattress by 11PM. When the fireworks started, I was mildly annoyed and … Continue reading CNY 2018 in Ipoh Day 1 – The Practice of Bai Nian (Visiting Relatives)

CNY 2018 in Ipoh – Qing Xin Ling Cultural Village / Reunion Dinner Night

I like Ipoh. It’s much more laid-back than Kuala Lumpur, the people are nice and friendly, and most importantly (for me at least) there’s plenty of good food. But because I come here so often (parents are from Ipoh), I’ve run out of new places to visit lol. While Googling, I stumbled upon a place called Qing Xin Ling Cultural Village, which literally translates to … Continue reading CNY 2018 in Ipoh – Qing Xin Ling Cultural Village / Reunion Dinner Night

Champagne and Wine Flavoured Mooncakes? @ Shanghai JW Marriott KL and Li-Yen, Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur

After Chinese New Year, the Mid-Autumn Festival/Mooncake Festival is probably the next most important celebration in Chinese culture. Held on the 15th day of the 8th month in the lunar calendar, the festival has origins dating back thousands of years and is rooted in moon worship. Today,it is celebrated in many parts of the world where there are Chinese communities, including in Malaysia! Families come together … Continue reading Champagne and Wine Flavoured Mooncakes? @ Shanghai JW Marriott KL and Li-Yen, Ritz Carlton Kuala Lumpur

Ngok San Temple, Kuala Kubu Bharu

While leaving Kuala Kubu Bharu after lunch, we saw a few Chinese temples, set at the foot of the hills nearby. We decided to stop by at one called Ngok San Temple. It’s hard to miss, since the building is brightly painted in shades of yellow, green, red and pink. To access the place, simply follow the yellow signs leading through a JKR settlement. Hot … Continue reading Ngok San Temple, Kuala Kubu Bharu