I've been so busy with work, relocating to DD's home, wedding/elopement plans, related personal/contact information updates, 2014 volunteer and career plans that I didn't have time to update the blog and/or plan group/fun-activities. Thank goodness for friends, e.g. ZS and JX who organized a Chinese New Year (CNY) gathering at their place.
Had Chinese Lunar New Year's Eve reunion dinner 团圆饭 with DD earlier in the night. I had to explain to him how the Chinese Lunar New Year for the ethnic Chinese is akin to Christmas for the Christians and North Americans.
Anyway, given my busy schedule, I did not have time to prepare any CNY food and in my haste I did not buy any prepared food from the T&T supermarket on my way home. Thus we had to adapt with whatever we have for "auspicious foods" -- we ate a large gold coin 金币, growing wealth 生财, and gold surplus 金余。 Can you guess the food items that we ate?
[30-Jan-2014, 年年有余 ]
Yes, we ate a pizza (the yummy Dr. Oetker thin-crust spinach pizza) which looks like a large gold coin 金币, western-style salad 生菜 [raw vegetables -- homonym with "growing wealth" 生财], and Goldfish crackers for 年年有（金）余／鱼 [fish -- homonym with "surplus"].
That's adaptation, I guess. I suddenly remember a book that I read as a teen -- "East Wind, West Wind" by Pearl S. Buck.
Wishing my readers:
出入平安， [Exit and enter in peace and safety]
身体健康， [Good health]
马到功成， [Horse's arrival brings success]
年年有余！ [Have yearly surplus]