Food with “GOOD VIBES” for CNY 2014!

According to Wikipedia, Thailand has the most overseas Chinese people in South East Asia.  As of 2012, there are more than nine million Chinese people or 14% of Thai’s population, living in major cities in Thailand.  The Thai-Chinese celebrate the Lunar New Year, more widely known as the Chinese New Year, with fanfare and colorful display of cultural performances especially in Bangkok’s Chinatown.  Every year, this special occasion is graced by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

For Chinese New Year which falls on 31 January in 2014, there will be spectacular performances such as lion dance, food fare, art display and lots of merriment from Bangkok up north to Chiangmai, and to the south as far as Songkhla.

As would Chinese everywhere in the world, there are many practices to create harmony in the flow of energy during the New Year celebration.  Even in the food they choose to eat, each dish must signify good fortune and bring in good vibes for the year to come.  These are some of the suggestions for the ‘auspicious’ foods to consider for the coming.

Year of the Wood Horse:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Cook shrimp – it is pronounced as ‘ha’ in cantonese, it brings laughter and good cheer.
  2. Lettuce – this vegetable signifies prosperity as it is called ‘sang choy’, literally means ‘grow wealth’.
  3. Cook fish – preferably in whole as the word for fish in Chinese is a homophone for ‘surplus’, always having more.
  4. Eat noodles – as they represent long life especially uncut long strain noodles.
  5. Eat broccoli or cauliflower – the blossom bouquet denotes abundance and riches.
  6. Make egg rolls – each egg roll fried till golden brown looks like gold bar and ingot which represent wealth.

Chinese families, even in Thailand, gather for a reunion dinner on the eve of the lunar new year.  This is the time where a feast will be served and everyone rejoice for a better year ahead.   Adults will hand out ‘Lucky Money’ in red packets called ‘ang-pao’, which is typically given to unmarried by the married; most of whom are children.  It is a tradition to put brand new notes inside the red packets.

Looking forward for a prosperous year ahead, let’s welcome the Year of the Horse with great potential and growth.  We wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year or in Thailand, we say, in Thai language สุขสันต์วันตรุษจีน Suk San Wan True Jinn!

 

Be Better, Be Happier, Be Important – The 3 New To-Do List for 2014

As we step into 2014, it may be a good time now to give yourself some time to find out why time has flown. To some of us who are feeling the over-stress and overwork syndrome, or to some of us who are seeking the meaning of life, asking “Why am I here?” or “What is life?”, it’s good that we get ready a cup of tea, sit back and let’s give ourselves the precious time to reflect.

Making new year resolution is one of the ways to let you start thinking and exerting effort to move towards your dream. It keeps you on the right track, creates order and direction for your life. With work pressures and family-relationship demands, you tend to forget about putting yourself first. You give to everyone their time and satisfy everyone’s dreams and fancies but yours. You work out their schedules but yours. You attend to their needs but yours. This year, make it a year to satisfy your needs first. As you are happier, achieving what you want, then you can give 100% to others of what they want.

Let’s get started!  Instead of harping on the same issues of weight-loss plan and exercising, let’s categorise the to-do list which includes the following:

“What can I do better?” List;

“How can I be happier?” List; and

“What’s important to me?” List.

“What can I do better?”

This year, improve your abilities and learn a new skill.  If you are a Secretary, would you like to learn to use a new software?  As a mother, would you bake or start a home-based business?  As a professional, would you like to improve your skills by going to a world-class convention?  To speak better, would you join a communication workshop or join a Club?

“How can I be happier?”

This year, make a decision to be happy.  Learn to use positive affirmation every morning to start the day.  Say, “I’m happy and everyone is happy.”  Choose to smile often.  Make a reservation now to go on your dream holiday, don’t wait.  Sign up for the dance class you’ve always been thinking about.  Remove from the dust infested drawer with your drawing or musical instruments and play.  Get out your calendar and mark all the dates where you will go ahead and fulfil all your wishes.  Just do it, right now!

“What’s important to me?”

Under this list, you may want to write the names of your loved ones.  Beside each name, you can create another to-do list with the person who is important to you.  If there are things which are important to you, list them down, and beside each item, tell yourself how important this item is to you.  How would you like to improve the use of the item?  For example, memories are best kept in pictures, you can learn how to create photo books for your loved ones, accompany with a well-written story and a record for posterity.

In 2014, make it a year you begin tolove Yourself all over again.  Look into what make you YOU, and share with the world the new YOU who is happier, better and having greater self-esteem.

To you, the happy one, Happy New Year 2014!