Thursday, 26 January 2012 22:16

Tried to Go Shopping...

So today I just needed to get something very minor: some hair bands.  I know it is still Chinese New Year and everything so I expected that people would be out but I had absolutely no idea how insane it would be!  The normally 10 minute walk from my house to the department store took more than 40 minutes.  Sure there were lots of people milling around, but it was because everyone parked their scooters…

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Monday, 23 January 2012 15:36

The Year of the Dragon is Upon Us!

On the first day of the New Year, which starts at Midnight, it is customary to give a red envelope which contains money and this is probably the part that people are most familiar with.  Aside from giving red envelopes to unmarried children/juniors, there is also the fact that some people abstain from eating meat, not using knives or lighting fires (i.e. not using the kitchen), not throwing out garbage, etc.  Also to keep away…

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