Yesterday 19 February marks down the Chinese New Year and I hope my fellow Asians had a great one c:
I guess I did what most fellow Asians would do: wearing red, eat traditional food,  receiving ‘red pockets’ (my DIY) and having a nice lazy feast time!
I’ve only received a few red pocket money this year as most of my family members lives in the other side of other world. Sigh, there goes my wealth.

This New Chinese Year will be the year of the Goat/Sheep and if you are born in the following years: 1979, 1991, and 2003 – it’s going to be your lucky year! Even it is not my year, I don’t believe in this extra luck. Sorry if I bring down the red happy Chinese mood ha-ha but that’s how I feel it. Luck is not depending on Chinese zodiac animals right?

CNY is to me a happy time with families and enjoy food together and if you follow the tradition this whole event last for 23 days!
Party on folks!

Op 19 februari vierde wij het Chinese Nieuwjaar die net zoals voor de meeste Chinezen gold!
En net als voor de meeste Chinezen hebben we denk ik dezelfde activiteiten gehouden en gedaan, zoals: het dragen van rood, heerlijke traditionele versnapering eten, het ontvangen van 'rode enveloppen' (de DIY) met geld erin en daarnaast gewoon een warm en gezellig familiefeest ervan maken!
Het ontvangen van rode enveloppen is zoals per jaar maar beperkt omdat de meeste familieleden aan de andere kant van de wereld wonen. Daar gaat m’n extra zak centjes, maar goed.

Dit jaar is het jaar van de Geit/Schaap en als je geboren bent in de volgende jaren: 1979, 1991, 2003 – dan wordt het jou lucky jaar! Ook al is het niet mijn jaar, ik geloof niet in dit extra geluk in het leven. Sorry voor het omlaag brengen van de Chinese traditie haha, maar dat is hoe ik me bij voel. Geluk hangt niet alleen af van de Chinese horoscoop nietwaar?

CNY is voor mij gewoon een warm familiefeest die je daarnaast dit eeuwenoude feest met alle andere Chinezen deelt onder een genot van lekker eten en drinken! En als je de traditie nauwkeurig volgt, duurt dit hele gebeuren 23 dagen!
Feesten maar mensen!

Homemade 'tong yuen' (sweet glutinous rice dough) with black sesame filling! Recipe soon?


  1. You look so grown up! Love the red lipstick on you :) Happy Chinese New Year!

  2. Sounds so fun! Haha I'm with you, luck shouldn't rely on Chinese Zodiac animals. BUT, I will say, that when my year rolls around (the Ox) I might be a bit more than excited.. haha!

  3. I've said it before but man does red look gorgeous on you! Happy CNY again. :) What are the red pockets for?
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  4. happy chinese new year!

  5. Happy new year ! :)

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  6. Happy chinese new year.
    Your lipstick really perfect on you.

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  7. ah i miss reading your blog. i have been missing so much TAT

    like you, i don't believe that luck depends on the chinese zodiac. i don't really believe in feng shui in the first place haha my parents want to kill me every time i admit that. ah, sorry i'm agnostic ^^;;

    and yees, the amount of wealth i receive per year seems to be declining. ugh, sucks. when i was a kid, they seem to be thicker pfft

    there wasn't tang yuen in my family, from my dad's side of relatives or my mom's. there were shark fin's soup and sea cucumbers though because really, sea cucumber is important during cny ahaha.. i feel bad eating the shark fin's soup after not eating for years though. i'd like to apologize to all the sharks later :s haha

    anyway, happy chinese new year :D

  8. Woohoo for red pockets! We always buy frozen tong yuen, I'm curious to see how you would make them!

  9. Happy chinese new year, mei! I bought an art book with my red pocket money, lol.

  10. Look at you Ms. Gorgeous! I'm crossing my finger for some extra sheep luck this year (new job, new job, new job!) and we had a relaxing lunar new years with family -- so much food and drinks to go around! It was worth the short time there and the drive.

  11. Gong xi fa cai! :) Ik ben toevallig een Schaap, maar ik dacht juist dat het ongeluk bracht! haha :) Wij hadden ook tangyuan op het werk, net als nog meer lekkernijtjes zoals niangao (die zoete kleefrijstcake) en ik maakte mapo tofu yay! xx

  12. happy cny girl!! you looked superb awesome in red lipstick!

    xo joselovincolors

  13. Yay! Happy Lunar New Year to you and your family! I'll be doing a post on the day and how I spent it soon! Love your fringe and I love those rice balls with peanut and black sesame filling! Sweet ginger soup makes it perfect!

  14. Happy CNY! I haven't had tong yuen in the longest time.. craving some right now :P

  15. You look lovely! Hope you had a wonderful Chinese New Year, I was born in the year of the goat, exciting!

  16. Happy (belated) Chinese New Year! My mom makes tong yuen often, but I never really gave it a chance, not sure why anymore. Next time I think I'm going to try ^_~ Yay for red pockets! <3

  17. Happy Chinese New Year! The tong yueng look delish and you're very pretty with the red lippe and top! :) I love how you added red tulips which also scream Holland in these pictures. Wish you the loveliest 23 days ♥

  18. Awww, it's your year! Happy Chinese New Year my dear!

  19. Happy (late) Chinese New Year! Tong yuen are my favorite, can't wait for the recipe!



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