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Giveaway Alert: FOX Fashion for Kids this Chinese New Year

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It’s the time of the year again where everywhere is decked in red with pretty pink cherry blossom. Where my “diet-starts-today-to-fit-that-sexy-cheongsam” fitness plan, often fail miserably because of those yummy irresistible new year goodies.

The perfect excuse season, for new clothes because our traditions says so. New Year, New Beginnings, New Hopes, New Clothes…

We are 3 weeks away from Chinese New Year!
We’re almost ready. Are you?!?

It wasn’t easy picking 3 sets of outfit among the wide range of choices at Fox Kids & Baby.
Fox Fashion Singapore Chinese New Year clothes for kids 2015

But with the kids fully engaged and entertained with Chinese Calligraphy by Confucius Institute.
Chinese New Year Clothes for Kids from Fox Fashion Sg

I managed to shop in peace. I bet you, only another mom could relate and feel my joy. It was pure bliss! Check out what I’ve picked up for the kids… I think they look über AWESOME in it.

Hiroshi sports casuals in a yellow printed tee, grey striped jacket and grey bermudas.
Fox FAshion SIngapore Chinese New Year Clothes for Kids

Sophia is girly in pink, with a white crochet tee under sweet pink jacket and blue ombre skirt.
Fox Fashion Singapore Chinese New Year Clothes for kids 2015

While James goes for bold in this thick striped tee and black bermudas.
Fox Fashion Singapore Chinese New Year clothes for kids 2015

Like what you see?
Like, Share and Comment about which outfit you’ll like to win on FOX Fashion Facebook Page.
Giveaway ends on 6 February 2015, 12pm.
Fox Fashion Singapore Chinese NEw YEar clothes for kids 2015

Can’t wait? Need to shop at Fox Kids & Baby right away?
Check out these attractive Chinese New Year Promotion.
Promotion is valid till 18 Feb, 2015.
Fox Fashion Chinese new year clothes for kids 2015

The kids are definitely excited and can’t wait for Chinese New Year to come by sooner so that they can put on their new clothes. And as for me? It’s back to those dreadful spring cleaning. I’m still looking around the bushes for Flora, Fauna and Merryweather so that they can solve my spring cleaning woes by the wave of their magical wands. If you see them, do let me know…

*puts on rubber gloves and starts floor scrubbing*

Full Disclosure:
We were invited by Fox Fashion Singapore to preview 2015 Fox Kids & Baby Chinese New Year Collection. My kids received 1 set of clothes each and had happy memories of messing around with Chinese calligraphy brushes. NO monetary compensation has been received for this post.

Chinese New Year 2014 正月初一

The first day of the Chinese Lunar Calender. It’s Chinese New Year.
The time of the year where we binge on Chinese New Year Goodies,
and delude ourselves that there will always be tomorrow to go on a diet!

It’s a day of PURE happiness for the kids.
They get to receive red packets, have full access to goodies, candies and sodas.
There will be no homework, no revision and no sighting of books since the word for book sounds like “shu” which means LOSE in Mandarin.

It’s a day where we drench our lips in honey
saying Auspicious greetings wishing others well and prosperity.

Strangely, the auspicious greetings has taken a pit fall in the recent years.
I couldn’t quite pinpoint if it was modernization or are we too embarrassed to be Chinese. My hearty 恭喜发财 (which means congratulation and best wishes for a Prosperous New Year), was only reciprocated by a mere Happy New Year.

Auspicious well wishes is just like a game of Ping Pong.
I wish you well, you wish me well lah!

This is OUR well wishes for you!
May the year of horse bring you and your family
good health, great wealth and abundance happiness!

This year’s Lunar New Year was a little special.
My niece, Daphne returns from Perth to celebrate this joyous occasion
with her bouncy 6 month old; Asher. Such a joy to be with!

恭祝大家,
在马年里,
年头旺到年尾。
旺旺旺!!!

Reunion with the In-Laws at Johor Baru

I treasure relationships, especially of those with families.

In my last post, I said that Reunion is the start of a million migration…..
We did our little “migration” to Johor Baru for Reunion Lunch with my In-Laws.

Kitson took Hiroshi on the bike,
while I lugged the other 2 kids on the bus across the causeway.

I could only thank God for the smooth moving traffic!
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh Heads over to Johor Baru for Reunion Lunch
Sister-in-Law Peggy, Brother-in-law Chong, their 3 wonderful daughters + Mother-in-law.

Prosperity Pot (盆菜) by Pekin Restaurant, 发财鱼生 by Dragon-i, Mother-in-law’s version of “Ratatouille”, & Stir Fried Vegetables.

Our family with Mother-in-Law.

Even though the journey of “migration” is a little inconvenient, the good food and the great company makes it all worth while! I am already looking forward to my next Reunion Dinner at Johor Baru!

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The Significance of Reunion Dinner

The Reunion Dinner: The start of a billion migration.

In China, it is estimated that for this year’s Spring Festival, there will be over 3.6 billion “journeys” by Chinese people trying to make it home by plane, train, bus, or anything in between.

This shows the Significance of Reunion Dinner for the Chinese. Reunion Dinner normally happens on the eve of Chinese New Year. It is a day when family gathers and have a good meal together.

Being a Cantonese, we are particular about what we dish out during Reunion Dinner. Every dish should have an auspicious meaning to it. This is our first time preparing Reunion Dinner from home. I personalty find that it holds more significance than eating out at overcrowded restaurants.

This is what our Reunion Dinner looks like:
Singapore Mom Blogger Irene Soh Cooks Auspicious Dishes for Reunion DInner

1. James having a light hearted moment with Aunty Ivy.

2. 发财鱼生 Prosperity Toss “raw fish salad” Consists of strips of raw fish, mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. Yusheng literally means “raw fish” but since “fish (鱼)” is commonly conflated with its homophone “abundance (余)”, Yúshēng (鱼生) is interpreted as a homophone for Yúshēng (余升) meaning an increase in abundance. Therefore, yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor. Highly Recommend YuSheng from Giant Supermarket Sushi Counter!!

3. EXTRA 鱼生 given by Our Neighbour! This year confirm will end in ABUNDANCE!

4. 六宝冷盘 Six Treasure Clod Platter

5. 横财就手 Braised Pork Knuckles with Mushrooms, Dried Scallops, Dried Oyster, Chestnut, Sea Cucumber & Sea Moss. It literally means “windfalls that are easily accessible”.

6. 年年有余 Steam fish in soy Sauce topped with fried garlic & caipo. This dish literally means to have a surplus every year!

7. 哈哈大笑 Steam prawns in Chinese Wine. The word for prawn sounds like “ha” in Cantonese, hence symbolizing laughter and happiness.

8. 花开富贵, 包有余 Stir fried vegetables with Abalone. When the flowers blossom, there will be prosperity and confirmation of surplus.

9. The Love of a Family is Life’s Greatest Blessings!

I am encouraged by the compliments by everyone and will definitely do this again!

May the year horse be filled with
galloping success, good health, great wealth and abundance happiness for everyone!

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