February 6, 2008 On the eve of a another promising year, 3 minutes to Chinese New Year and the neighbourhood is in high spirits ushering in the Year of the Rat with deafening fireworks that are quicky gaining in frequency and loudness. Fireworks aren’t the only noises keeping the neighbours awake. My Nokia E51 has been rather melodious having received a steady stream of Gong Xi Fa Cai greetings in English and Chinese.
Excapade Sushi Yee Sang © Jan Shim Photography
On the eve of Chinese New Year at our reunion dinner with my parents and grandma, we carried on the tradition of a bath with pamelo leaves (a practice to rid ourself of negative elements so we can usher in the new year with new beginnings) and to further enhance my recent good luck, we introduced Chinese-style raw fish salad more commonly called Yee Sang, another tradition considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor.
Many thanks to Excapade Sushi for their abundance of salmon slices in the Yee Sang take out, the entire family enjoyed the communal tossing of yee sang in the hope of attracting prosperity and good luck. This photo is one of a number of shots taken at Excapade Sushi Gadong for a HSBC Premier promo appearing as a full page print ad in newspapers in English and Chinese.
Also, the new Samsung refrigerator which I won at a recent Baiduri Bank lucky draw couldn’t have come at a better time (winning the Toyota VIOS would have also been quite good too) and the delivery to my home this afternoon also meant that we have additional room to keep our food and drinks.
Gong Xi Fa Cai to all friends, associates and readers of SHIMWORLD. Thank you for your support and most of all for making a difference in my life!