CNY Dinner Menu

Homemade Chinese New Year dinner by me.

Appetizer : Dumpling Soup
● The shape of the dumplings are said to resemble old ingot-shaped coins or yuanbao. As such, the dumplings are meant to bring eaters prosperity and wealth.
● Soup for “everything better than last year”.

Main Course : Pan Seared Dorry Steak & Sauteed Kale with Oyster Sauce and Garlic
● Fish : as the Chinese word for fish, ‘yu,’ sounds like the word for abundance.
● Green leafy vegetables for a green year and good harvest.

Dessert : S’mores Dip
● Serving desserts brings a sweet life in the new year.

Drink : Mixed Strawberry & Orange Juice
● As per Chinese beliefs, oranges and tangerines are depictions of wealth, luck, and happiness.
● And the red color of this drink reflects the treasure of happiness the New Year will offer. – with Mutya and Tengku M Rizaldi at Rizal’s Secret Chamber

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My One-Quarter-of-a-Century

birthday galore

Thank you, God, for giving me another year of life.
Thank you for all the people who remembered me today
by sending cards, and letters, gifts and good wishes.

Thank you for all the experience of this past year;
for times of success which will always be happy memories,
for times of failure which reminded me of my own weakness and of my need for YOU,
for times of joy when the sun was shining,
for times of sadness which drove me to YOU.

Forgive me
for the hours I wasted,
for the chances I failed to take,
for the opportunities I missed this past year.
Help me in the days ahead to make this the best year yet,
and through it to bring good credit to myself,
happiness and pride to my loved ones,
and joy to YOU. Amen.

-6th April 2014-