Sandakan (The Little HongKong)

September 22, 2010

中秋节快乐~

Filed under: Happy Celebration — Cedric @ 2:57 am

Hi Friends,

The Mid-Autumn Festival, in Chinese, 中秋節 is a popular festival celebrated by Chinese here in Sandakan.

So peoples around the world, let’s gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, eat moon cakes and pomelos under the moon together 🙂 oh yes, please carry along your lanterns as well 😉

Would also like to take this opportunity to wish my family, friends and peoples around the world Happy Mid-Autumn Festival and 家好月圓慶中秋, 中秋节快乐! Good health and all wishes come true.

February 11, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year 2010!

Filed under: Happy Celebration — Cedric @ 1:22 am

Dear All,

May you be lit with happiness and shower with lot of luck

Happy Chinese New Year 2010!

Warmest Regards,

Cedric Chai

December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010!

Filed under: Happy Celebration — Cedric @ 11:59 pm

Happy New Year 2010! 🙂

 

Is time before I forget or don’t have time or don’t make it or get hold of you, I am just taking this opportunity to thank everyone , I mean EVERYONE , who made 2009 a fabulous year.. Hoping 2010 will be even better.

~ For all those I’ve made promises to and never kept – it was not deliberate but I will “improve” in 2010.

~ Those that I owe lunches, movies, night out , etc…, I’ll fix that as well, I’ll make time . For sure.

~ For those that have supported me and made me smile through all my hardships…I salute you!  🙂

~ For those I’ve disagreed with, argued with and just never got along with……well, I’m Sorry!!!!!!! Let’s try again next year.

~ Those that I’ve hurt…..unintentionally/intentionally….I’ve already apologized “I’m Sorry” again…

~ For those that stuck a knife in my back the past is all forgiven but not forgotten…. 😛

~ For those that have let me down…..oh well…. I should have known better

~ All the true friends that I have: you ROCK!!..Awesome!

~ Congratulations to all the new mommies & fathers, newly weds etc…,

But all in all, you guys have made 2009 a great year. I wish you and your loved ones prosperity, good health, wealth, happiness, greener pastures, abundant blessings,

May 2010 be the year you achieve wonderful things in God’s guidance and strength.

MAY GOD BE WITH YOU……….BE BLESSED!!!!!!!

Regards,

Cedric Chai

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009 and New Year 2010

Filed under: Happy Celebration — Cedric @ 6:44 am

To my family and friends and their family,

Wish you all a happy Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year….

 I believe all of you should have your own activity(ies) on your christmas/new year eve, some of your might have friends party countdown, pubs & discos countdown, family countdown at home, join the crowds on the streets, and, church party.

No matter where are you, we are still celebrating on the same day! Enjoy the party~

 

December 22, 2009

Happy “Dong Zhi” December 22

Filed under: Happy Celebration — Cedric @ 6:32 am

December 22 is Dong Zhi – the winter solstice.

Dong Zhi is the day for families to gather and eat tang yuan – glutinous rice balls cooked in a sweet broth.

Dong Zhi is also the day when everyone becomes one year older. Happy Birthday!

The shortest day of the year – the winter solstice – is called Dōng Zhì (冬至) in Mandarin Chinese and has special meaning in the traditional Chinese calendar.

Dōng Zhì is the day when families get together and eat tāng yuán (湯圓), a sweet soup made of glutinous rice balls. It is also the day when everyone becomes one year older.

The Chinese Calendar
The traditional Chinese calendar is divided into 24 equal divisions each corresponding to 15 degrees of Celestial longitude.

The sun reaches 270 degrees sometime around December 21, the date set on most Western calendars as the winter solstice. Dōng Zhì, however, can fall on December 21, 22, or 23. In 2008, Dōng Zhì falls on December 21.

The Meaning of Dōng Zhì
The Chinese characters for Dōng Zhì are 冬至. The first character means “winter” and the second character means “arrival.”

In traditional Chinese society, the arrival of winter meant that the farmers would lay down their tools and celebrate the harvest by coming home to their families. A feast would be prepared to mark the occasion.

These days, Dōng Zhì is still an important cultural holiday. Even though most people do not get a day off work, everyone tries to get together with their families to eat tāng yuán.

Tāng Yuán
You can buy frozen tāng yuán in the supermarket, but it’s not that difficult to make. Simply mix glutinous rice flour with water to make a dough. Place it in the refrigerator for about half an hour, then take it out and form it into small balls.

The balls are boiled in water until they float, and then put in a syrup of rock sugar and water that has been prepared separately.

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