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Nothing Beats the Real Thing!

In Hong Kong, you get THREE days off for Chinese New Year. Some people (those residing in China or whose work has ties with China) get the entire week off.

Previously, people had told me how busy the festive holiday gets.  I didn't know "BUSY" meant waking up every morning with a listof relatives' homes (spanning all of Hong Kong!) to visit. We literally travelled all around Hong Kong, much more in those first 3 days of the year of the ox than we would in a typical 3 months!  We also passed out red packets i.e. 利是 or 紅包 to basically every single (mostly younger cousins) and every security guard, conceirge and cleaning lady who crosses your path those 3 days. And let me tell you- Usually, there's only one of each who greet you in the morning- and seriously, I see the cleaning ladies only occasionally, when I bump into them by the recycling bins or when they're making their rounds cleaning the corridors. For some reason, on New Year's Day, 2 or 3 more show up at the same time! All smiling ear to ear. All greeting you with the same New Year's wishes. And of course, all receiving red packets from us.

But the funny thing was, MrAC and I didn't mind. Sure, we were exhausted by the 2nd day, having made our visits around town... By the middle of the 2nd day, we decided that we didn't need to pass red packets out to EVERY single person (We figured, those whom we don't know- THEY wouldn't know we're married, since we still look young!). So yeah, sure, we were tired and broke. But nothing beats the warmth and happiness you feel with relatives, the smiles on children's faces as they receive red packets, and bumping into 2 celebrities!!!  Yup, one was my dressed-up celebrity neighbour who shared an elevator ride with us (yet again!) when we returned home one night. (Her name withheld to protect her privacy, since some of you know where I live. ) The other celebrity we bumped into was Stephen Fung  馮德倫 at a hot pot restaurant! For the record, NO, I didn't go up to him and ask for a photo with him, nor did I try to sneak photos of him from where I was sitting. I figured he wanted some privacy during dinner. And anyway, we were having fun at our own table of friends.

A few photos to share:

Don't ask me how we had time to stop by Times Square on New Year's... but we did!

The fireworks were on the 2nd day of the new year. We were at yet another family gathering at one of MrAC's aunt's place. Besides the fireworks, karaoke, Big 2 matches, and MJ were the highlights of that evening.

The fireworks were very pretty (sucky photo).

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this is a great photo
almost 12 years ago
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Happy CNY ac100 =) where's my red packet haha actually what exactly is a red packet?
almost 12 years ago
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sounds so festive and fun... but yea tiring too... hahaa... wow, you guys gave red packets to everyone? but I guess in HK you can't really escape... the money amount doesn't have to be a lot... but people want it for "yee tau" or luck... =D that's nice that you guys did that... hehee... next time I should go to HK during CNY so I can receive Mr. and Mrs. AC100's red packet... hehee... *just teasing* oh.. Stephen Fung... he's a hottie... hehee... =D
almost 12 years ago
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Happy Chinese new Year! lucky that you got a three days holday. we didn't have any holiday here, so most of the chinese celebrated the new year earlier so they could go to sleep early for work & school the next day.
almost 12 years ago
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where is this? love the background!
almost 12 years ago
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I love the long CNY holidays! Sadly, I had to work during CNY. But I did get lots of lai see! lol =D
almost 12 years ago
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Wow.... is it customary to give lai see to every single person u see during CNY? You'd need a huge amount of red envelopes!
almost 12 years ago
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Great view of the fireworks.
almost 12 years ago
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hong kong wow
almost 12 years ago
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looks like you had a nice new years, where's my red packet heh.
almost 12 years ago
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That's so pretty! I wish one day I could hang around HK for a CNY! I am coming to HK end of March to early April :) Hopefully we can meet up ... I will also be heading to Beijing and maybe Taiwan.
almost 12 years ago
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I think CNY has a much more inspiring message than the 1st January, nice ideas and I'm pleased you had a good time even though it was busy :) btw that was lovely of you to not snap Mr Fung, not many would leave a star alone to allow them a bit of privacy, very respectful of you.
almost 12 years ago
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3 days to a week??? Celebration is so different over there...than here. Happy CNY!
almost 12 years ago
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i gave one to the night door man, he's the only one who's good side i really need to stay on. ;-)
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CNY in HK is so great...it's been making me homesick! Hope we have chance to go one day!
almost 12 years ago
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wow, sounds like a super busy schedule! Happy CNY - I've always wanted to go back for the new year... but I'll have to settle for spring this year :)
almost 12 years ago
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this is such a nice picture.. i love the tree in the back
almost 12 years ago
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lucky u.. i should go to asia next year for CNY
almost 12 years ago
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Pretty!
almost 12 years ago
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Beautiful background girlie :-) I read the whole blog and smile "ear to ear" too :)
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