Well, it’s finally here! It’s Chinese New Year’s Eve today!

My missus had been busy baking all kinds of cookies and we did buy a few too like the kuih bangkit, the lek tau ko and the pineapple jam tart, for instance and there are also the ones from Singapore, from my niece and my ex-student.

She did not make any cakes this year though as she never got used to the oven that we bought some two years ago. So far, she had never bothered to try and bake during ordinary times to see how she could get it right so we just went out and bought some and I still have the fruit pudding (including the smaller one which we never got to eat during Christmas) and also the butter cake in the freezer. I guess the pudding, with all the rum in it, would be fine but I am not to sure about the butter cake. We’ll see when the time comes.

Then there was all that cooking that she did and now, it’s all done. Hopefully, I will remember to take some photographs to share in a later post. Of course I’ve been busy too, cleaning and wiping and all and working on the decorations of the house. For us here, this is something like putting the Christmas tree in countries abroad and hanging up the wreath and mistletoe and whatever here and there in the house and outside.

I made a few of those ang pao lanterns but since they are made of paper, I decided to hang them inside…

Ang pao lanterns 1

…safe from the sun and the rain and the moist conditions outside especially at night…

Ang pao lanterns 2

 I also made two smaller ones and two mini ones to hang outside…

Outside the house

…together with the little lanterns and the mini bags that I bought from the shops here plus some ang pao packets for some additional red and gold colours. Then, I hung up two lanterns from previous years, dangling from the ceiling to fill up the space above.

My missus bought these Chinese paper cuttings from the mall near my house so I stuck them to the glass…

Chinese paper cuttings

They are only RM2.50 each, real cheap, I must say.

Hello from the other side!!!

Different angle

LOL!!! Initially, I stuck those ang pao packets from a bank in Singapore but I thought that did not look all that nice so I removed them…

Ang paos removed

…and seeing that it was a little bare, I took out my old strings of firecrackers…


…and there you have it! All done, and ready to usher in the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey.

Qong Xi Fa Cai, everybody, 新年快樂!!! May God bless us all abundantly in the year ahead. Cheers!!!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

17 thoughts on “Decorate…”

  1. Wah, you decorated your house so nicely with mostly self-made lanterns. Very good! I like the wall paper pattern of your ceiling. Very interesting instead of having a white ceiling, you have a ceiling with pretty patterns.

    Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your family!

    Thank you, and the same to you and yours. Those are old school ceiling boards, very popular in the 80’s – old house. Nice, eh…my decor? Keeping it a little simple this year, just a bit for the mood of the festive season and to add to the cheer.

  2. Wow, your house is beautifully decorated, inside out. That certainly makes the CNY mood in high spirit. One doing the baking & the other doing the decorations, good husband & wife team.

    A Happy & Prosperous Chinese New Year to you & your loved ones.

    Same to you and yours too. Yes, no choice – my girl only came home Friday evening. If she were in a school in Sibu, she would be able to help out a bit.

  3. Lovely lanterns. You have the patience and hands.

    Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and family too.

    It is going to be a wet new year’s eve as heavy rain outside now.

    Same to you and yours. Weather is fine here, not too wet.

  4. What beautiful decors you have there at home !! And I guess there must be a lot of goodies in your home to serve your visitors! Happy CNY to you and family !

    Thank you. Hopefully there will be people dropping by. 😀 Happy Chinese New Year to you and yours too!

  5. Happy Lunar New Year to you and your family…

    Me very lazy, didn’t make any cookies this year…

    Thanks and Happy New Year to you and yours too. Got money, just go out and buy – there are very good ones, if you know where or who.

  6. Very nicely done! A Happy and Prosperous New Year to yourself and your family.

    Thanks for your compliment & greeting and wishing you and your family the same, all the best in the Monkey Year! Cheers!!!

  7. your place looks 100 percent more festive than mine! wishing you and your family a happy dinner this evening 🙂

    LOL!!! Thank you and the same to you and your family too. Wish I could see what decor you’ve put up at your bachelor’s pad. Wink! Wink! 😀 😀 😀

  8. Your house certainly is very festive-looking! Love your handmade lanterns. Here’s wishing you and your family a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Chinese New Year!

    Simple, just to have that Chinese New Year mood. Thanks, and the same to you and all your loved ones too.

  9. Your house looks beautiful and your ang-pow lanterns are great.
    Blessed Chinese New Year to you and your family.

    Thanks for the compliments and wishing the same to you and all your loved ones. Cheers!!!

  10. The paper sign on the window is ‘fook’ (=luck). Weird tradition…it is often hung upside down. Observed this before when working in HK.

    Yes, some do that here too. They say it symbolises all that luck raining down on you so must put it upside down.

  11. Your DIY lanterns are lovely! I did not get to make any due to time constraint. Maybe next year hah..hah… Your house looks all shiny and new. Love your decorations.

    Once a year, gotta make it look nice and presentable. 😀

  12. The decorations look pretty!

    This year CNY eve was a little disappointing coz of the heavy rain. Luckily we got a 30 minute window at the right time (before 12 to about 12:20) to let off the fireworks. The smoke was so thick from the humid air and the fact that everyone lit up at the same time.

    I heard, woke me up…but I did not bother to get up to have a look. 😀

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