Holaaaaaaaaa... we are finally home from our roadtrip and festivities. The festivities are still ongoing until the 15th day of Chinese New Year. That's the normal number of days that some chinese celebrates. 

We are back at home working furiously since Monday. A week of laziness and bumming around causes an avalanche of emails when we came back. Work piles up like pancakes but work surely don't taste just as good :)

Our apologies for not coming by to visit all of you yet. We manage some of you... we are coming around slowly but surely.

We had a feast on the eve of Chinese New Year in one of the chinese restaurants in town. No one wanted/dared to cook this homecoming feast. So we opted to eat out. Mom used to do all the cooking for Homecoming dinner. But being lesser cooks, my sisters and i did not dare take on this gargantuan task (we were also lazy buggers).

Yee sang

The dish above is called Yeesang and its like a Prosperity Toss. The family will gather around the table each with their chopsticks and just toss the contents causing a major spill on the table and all around while saying all good wishes for the year. The dish contains raw salmon, shreaded vegetables, condiments and some sweet sauces. After all the tossing, we eat it.

Another Yee sang. This was much nicer as the raw fish was not too thick.

  A very well-fed doggie at one of the restaurants.
Her pose made us smile.

Even the trees were not left out in the celebrations.

Black Stout Crabs. This is very nice.

Sweet and Sour Crabs.. yes yes.. we are quite a crabby fan.

Dom was gambling along with us but he could not keep his eyes open in the wee hours of the morning. 

Gambling is one of the things we do during Chinese New Year. It runs in my family for a very long time. Usually we play black jack. From the youngest to the oldest, we are all gamblers (only on Chinese New Year).

Dommy all poofed out on the way home.

Our very hungry strays.

Our friends from the backlane were so hungry when we got home. One of them gave me quite an earful and complained non-stop. *LOL* After a big meal, he finally settled down and snooze. These cats from the backlane are quite hardy. They are able to take care of themselves when we go away. But they always come back to eat when we return.

That's some of the pictures we got. Most are taken with the mobile as i've become quite lazy to lug out the camera :) We have families coming back this weekend. It will be a busy weekend for all of us here. My dad will be celebrating his 70th birthday too. We have 3 birthdays this weekend. All his siblings are coming home. Mr Piper will be home too.

The weather here is getting pretty warm. The Chinese New Year heat has finally arrived. Send me some snow Booker!

14 woofs:

Duni said...

Hi Anny!

you must be exhausted after all that celebrating ;-)
Dommy looks like he's glad to be home. Adorable!
Thank you for feeding the alley cats. Some stray cats are hardy, others don't make it at all :(
Atleast these three have found their way to your home and heart :)

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Gung Hay Fat Choy! year of the rabbit supposed to give everyone lots of luck ... we hope so. Sweet n nice that you provided food to the alley cats. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

houndstooth said...

Happy New Year!

You can have our snow! We're darned tired of it!

All those festivities look like so much fun! Now we're all hungry, though!


Maggie Mae said...

OoH dose food pictures made my mom very hungry! :) Her hasn't had lunch yet. I bet dose kittehs are so thankful dat you takes care of dem. Enjoy all of your upcomin' birfday pawtys!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Ann said...

Welcome back. Sounds like you had a great celebration. That food sure looks delicious

Mr. Pip said...

There you are! I have missed you so much! Boy, that food looks yummy - my mouth is watering. I had no idea that Dommy was a gambling man? I play some cards myself - just kidding, mama wouldn't let me.

Happy Chinese New Year! I hear it is the year of the rabbit. Stay tuned for a post about this.

Your pal, PIp

Mr. Pip said...

P.S it is so nice of you to take care of those stray kitties!

Oskar said...

It looks like a great feast!

Nubbin wiggles,

Incik RestNrilekS said...

Welcome back Anny.

Wah makan besar nampaknya. Meriah tu.

You reminds me of my neighbor who likes to feed the back alley cats.

Aha, gambar anjing tu, suka2 dia rehat dengan penuh gembira. : )

BeadedTail said...

Welcome back! Looks like a fun celebration and it's interesting to hear your customs. The dog made us smile too!

Jon Terry said...

Hi Anny!Glad that you guys are back. Yes Dommy! we miss you too :)
We wish your dad a Happy & Blessed 70th Birthday!! Have a great weekend & send our love to Piper too.

Love ya,
Jon Terry

♥ Sallie said...


Hope to see you at our Valentine's Weekend Blog Party!


Anonymous said...

welcoem backkkk!! hope u didnt lose the skin of ur teeth like last year in one of thos blackjack sessions...hahahaha

Happy Birthday to Dad! may he have heaps more of em in years to come...and continue to sing..

Love u all.


scotsmad said...

No wonder that pup was flat out! So it's all over until next year....Have a great year.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella