Chinese New Year (CNY) is fast approaching. In honor of this tradition, here’s a
peak peek of how I’ve spent it since coming to Taiwan.
Pat (or P), one of my Filipino classmates in grad school, and I spent our first Chinese New Year in the northern coastal area of Keelung. It rained day-in and day-out for our entire stay there but that didn’t dampen the festive mood as we were very lucky to spend it with Alan’s (or H’s – H is short for “Handsome”. He’s in the batch ahead of us.) family.
Opting for warmer weather, P (again) and I headed down south to Tainan and Kaohsiung. We were hosted by our friends Derrick, Kimi and Riva.
I decided to visit some friends in the west coast of the US for 2010; a much-needed change of scenery and of company.
Having just started a new job and moved into a new apartment, I spent the last CNY in the comfort of Taipei. I don’t remember much of the mundane things I did and don’t have pictures of that time; mostly I’d just go out for a run, hit the gym, or read.
2012 is the Year of the Dragon. It is believed that if one is born during a Dragon year, fortune will be in his/her favor. I was born under a different sign but I am still relatively lucky because I’m about to go on a break; again a much-needed one. This time of the year for me really just means a time to recuperate and gather my bearings. When I get back, you’ll hear or read all about it here.
In the meantime, please accept my sincere, even if pre-emptive (since CNY isn’t until January 23) greeting – 新年快樂 (Xīn Nián Kuài Lè)! May your Year of the Dragon be filled with luck, good health and prosperity.