The Chinese New Year celebration is symbolic of the Chinese people who Work Hard and Play Hard. For the Year of the Rabbit remember, don't just work hard but work smart and you will surely be prosperous and happy!
Here is a video greeting from our most vocal youngest, on behalf of our family, to all of you :
Some rhapsody of Chinese New Year songs can be heard by clicking an old family webpage of the year 2002. This is the 10th Chinese New Year celebration from then and one can note reading the family update then and now, how much the family has advanced through time and the different stages of life.
First, a reunion dinner on the eve with Mark and Beverly with their 3 children, visiting from Japan where they are living now from their home in the United States. Beverly is the oldest child of Mom's brother Roy Thong.
Ohh... we need to hop back a couple of weeks earlier where the preparation started at China town in Kuala Lumpur :
Below is a recorded live video of our China town visit :
More dinners and family reunions are to follow :
A big reunion of the Thongs, Mom's family of brothers and sisters and their children including children's children are seen in the above photo. Everyone got to toss the raw fish dish(Yee Sang), popular during Chinese New Year. See video below :
It was nice to catch up with some of these relatives whom we have not seen for quite a while. It also helped us to update Mom's side of our Family Tree . Pictured above is mainly the children and grand children of Mom's oldest sister who is deceased.
As in all Chinese New Year celebration, the children look forward to get their red packets or 'Ang Pow'!
We also have reunion with friends like Dixon and Chelsea who used to be our close neighbors and our first vistors on Christmas of 2009. They went back home to Utah for Christmas last December, a state with people who have touched our hearts like Chelsea's parents who offered their home to us to host Fei's Wedding in Utah in May of 2010.
Now some visits to Dad's family tree in Singapore :
2009 Jan : Fei's surprise visit to KL to visit my father, oldest brother and 4th brother
2008 Mar : Our Ipoh extended family members reunion in a funeral service on Easter weekend
2006 Aug : Visit of my 2nd brother and wife from Australia to attend the wedding of my 3rd brother's oldest son
2006 Jan : Reunion with my father in KL with my oldest sister's family members from Penang