Today is the 2nd day of Chinese New Year!
Blueberry, Kitty, Doggie and I would like to wish everyone a prosperous new year. May good health, happiness, abundance fill your homes this year!
Blueberry and I have been busy with preparations, feasting and visitations for Chinese New Year..
Our schedule look like this…
Cook… eat…. watch tv… chat with cousins.. pig out on chinese new year goodies… eat again..
*repeat until food coma stage*
There was so much to eat! It has been a good celebration so far. 🙂
Although Blueberry and I did our civil wedding 4 years ago, we only did our Chinese customary wedding last Nov… after a couple has done their customary wedding, they are expected to give out red packets.
This year is our first year giving out red packets/ang pows. It’s a common practice (but not mandatory) to use new notes for red packets.
I headed to the bank to get the new notes for the red packets… There was a long queue at the bank.. many folks were doing their preparations too.
When I was a kid, my Father would complain about the long queues at the banks… This is how it must have felt for him. 🙂
While queuing, a bank staff came to ask the queuing customers the denominations they would like to change.. individually, she jotted the requests on a form and passed it to the customer.
The form would state how many $2, $1o.. etc. notes you are changing.
Then the counter staff would process your requests according to the written instructions.
Upon returning you the new notes, they would pass you some festive freebies empty red packets and empty mandarin orange carriers.
Red packets from banks usually have impressive designs.. I must say I’m quite disappointed with what I got..
Red packet was acceptable.. it has a simple, yet classy design.
But the neon pink packet.. *facepalm* … aii…. It’s not the nicest pink packet I’ve seen so far…
Perhaps it was their take on the neon trend.
I guess the little girls would like it… they like anything in pink, right? Hee 😀
When I got home, I got down to business…
It’s Kitty’s first year celebrating CNY with us… he was curious when he saw all the red packets lying on the floor.
I recruited him to help.. Heehee.
…. the previous few years, I would go to the Chinese New Year bazaar in Chinatown.. but there was a pasar malam/ bazaar going on near my parent’s place, so Blueberry and I went there instead.
There were many stores there…. this store was selling festive plants…
People would put the dwarf tangerine trees in-front of their homes…. the small tangerines look so cute, but taste wise doesn’t match up to its cutesness…. I tried eating one and was unpleasant shocked how sour it tasted… I wondered if it’s suppose to be this sour or there are sweet ones out there. Hmm.
This store was selling Chinese New Year titbits…
… and this store was selling Chinese New Year decorations…
Pasar malam isn’t complete without food stalls…
Blueberry and I fell in love with Ramly burgers from this store…
At first, we bought our burgers from another store… (it had no queue)… Blueberry asked for a beef burger and he got chicken instead… whereas my bun was burnt… we didn’t know until we reach home… sigh…. now we know why no queue. :p
We were hesitant to buy from this store, cos there was easily 5 people in the queue…. everytime we passed this store, there would be a line of people queuing.
Tickled with curiosity, Blueberry and I decided to try… and it was worth the wait! 😀
This guy makes the
best BEST Ramly burger in town!
We could feel the love when we ate our burgers…. the bun was fluffy… the patties were well seasoned… there was melted cheese hidden in the patties… when you bit into the burger, the cheese, mayonnaise, chili and black pepper sauce would ooze onto the bun.
It was heavenly.
I feel sad thinking about it.. cos pasar malam is over on Chinese new year’s day.
Ps: I chanced upon someone else making Ramly Burger… It was entertaining to see him cook these burgers… and I thought of sharing the clip with you… enjoy!