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
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!
smiling ear to ear. All
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
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.
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