Favourite Chinese New Year Moments of 2013

Favourite Chinese New Year 2013 Moments

A Wonderful Reunion of Family and Friends

Chinese New Year is a time for reunion of family and friends. It was so good to see my parents and brother once again for I’ve missed them so dearly. Lots of time was spent with mum during facials, massages and mani-pedis :P. I also caught up with my dad’s side of the family just before the eve of the Chinese New Year at Genting Highlands. It was good to see Beetrice and the rest of the cousins again. We also celebrated my grandma’s 93rd birthday. Ahh bless. :)

Favourite Chinese New Year 2013 Moments

As always, I met up with my dearest girlfriends in Malaysia, Hester and MC. I haven’t seen them in over a year and now there’s an addition to MC and Hester’s (who is expecting) family. Oh how time has flown.

Favourite Chinese New Year 2013 Moments

Oooh and I also caught up with Paris B! It’s my annual must-do whenever I’m back. :P

Favourite Chinese New Year 2013 Moments

A Myriad of Feasts

What is Chinese New Year without all the food, eh? It’s as though time was divided into categories of meals – breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper. The next day, it starts all over. I know, it’s crazy! Chinese New Year is especially tempting with the amount of snacks available, e.g. pineapple tarts, almond biscuits, kuih kapit, kuih bangkit, etc. This year, I’m so proud to say that I stayed away from most of the snacks and just stuck to my usual 3 meals (Lord, it was hard to say no to mid-meal snacks and supper in Malaysia!). I didn’t lose any weight (boo!) but I didn’t put on any as well. And that, my friends, is considered a WIN. :P

Favourite Chinese New Year 2013 Moments

Speaking of winning, I also won some money during a session of CNY blackjack with Tim’s cousins. Angpows that went out came back in. Hah!

A Photoshoot

I finally had proper headshots done! The one in my About Me page was done 2 years ago at the Barney Martin Hair Studio in Sydney (wasn’t even supposed to be a proper headshot but I loved it so much I made it mine). I had mine done by Beetrice’s fiance, Kevin. It was hilarious setting up photography equipment (including the flashy umbrellas!) and posing at the Awana Hotel (during our family reunion). A couple who walked past us thought it was a fashion shoot! :D

Favourite Chinese New Year 2013 Moments

And no, there are no peace signs in the actual headshot (God forbid!). I’ll update the About Me page with the new picture soon.

A Tad Too Much Shopping

Okay, to be honest, I really didn’t think I shopped all that much until I packed the night before I left for Melbourne. I brought home kilos of beauty products and managed to bring back more kilos of them! Ahh the fun of being a beauty blogger, eh? :P

Favourite Chinese New Year 2013 Moments: Shopping

Favourite Chinese New Year 2013 Moments: Shopping

Favourite Chinese New Year 2013 Moments: Shopping

A Lost Dog

This has got to be the best part of my holiday (next to catching up with my family and friends, of course!), and it only happened a few hours before I left for the airport on the last day. In the morning, Tim and I noticed a dog hanging outside my in-laws’ house. He had a chain collar on, which made me think he belonged to someone and was just out for a walk on his own (usually happens when dogs run out of the house when the gate is left wide open). When Tim drove the car to the porch, we realised that the dog had followed us in!

Favourite Chinese New Year 2013 Moments

As the dog didn’t belong to us, we couldn’t close the gate and keep the dog in the compound, so I had to usher him out. When we left and returned home from lunch, this happened again. The dog followed us in. After ushering him out the second time, he started to cry outside the gate and just sat right there without budging. Oh that tugged on my heartstrings. Worst of all, it started to rain heavily. I couldn’t take it anymore, I just had to let the dog in.

He stayed with me for the next couple of hours as the rain got heavier. This time, I was worried that the dog hasn’t just run away from home, he was lost. He couldn’t go home. Even though he had a collar, it didn’t have a tag. There wasn’t a name, address or telephone number I could call. According to my father-in-law, he was seen roaming around the neighbourhood the last couple of days. The neighbours assumed he belonged to someone in the neighbourhood and that the dog’s simply been taking a stroll on his own. Still, I was worried. I didn’t know if the dog was microchipped (sadly, in Malaysia, a majority of people usually only pay to microchip pure-bred (read: expensive) dogs and wouldn’t normally bother with mixed breeds). I took a picture of the little fellow and posted it on Twitter and Facebook, wondering if anyone had lost a dog.

I couldn’t keep the dog for long as I was just about to leave for the airport. He was such a sweetheart. He followed me everywhere I went. He was incredibly well-behaved and loved it when I patted him and gave him a cuddle (when I wasn’t stroking his head, he would lean in and press his cheek against my hand). When I got into the car to leave for the airport, it was like he knew I wasn’t coming back. He cried and cried. I cried and cried. Funny, isn’t it, when I had only known him for a few hours?

Favourite Chinese New Year 2013 Moments

Thank heavens for social media and a friend’s sharp eyes. Rinnah saw a post about a lost dog on Facebook that looked very similar to mine and checked with the owners using the photograph I took. It was him! Hours after I left, the owners came looking for the dog and found him. It was a wonderful reunion. I was incredibly relieved and so pleased to find out he’s finally found his humans again. Apparently, he’s been missing for 3 days from his home about 20 minutes from the neighbourhood!

Oh, and I finally found out his name. It was Monty. :)

And that was my holiday, folks. It started off well and ended so much better. These were the highlights of my trip and I have to say, it’s one of my favourite Chinese New Years yet.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my CNY recap as much as I’ve had fun recalling it. :)

It’s back to our regularly scheduled beauty program tomorrow!

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  1. LeGeeque

    I’m so glad Monty went back home. Made me run out and cuddle the fuzz butt to make sure she’s still around. BRB, going home to hang out with her over lunch :P

    1. Tine

      Hahaha fuzz butt. Adorbs :P

  2. rinnah

    Yay for happy endings! So glad Monty’s back with his family. :D
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    1. Tine

      Thanks to your sharp eyes, Monty is back home :) x

  3. Fiona

    Awwww made me cry in the office reading about Monty. I can’t stand dog cry. It’s heart breaking. I’m so glad to know Monty found his owner again thanks to you and Rinnah :)

    1. Tine

      I know! Broke my heart when he kept crying. Had his eyes closed and everything *sob*. I was so upset on the way to the airport and on the plane home. Thank God for the good news when I landed, that Monty’s found his humans again :)

  4. Daphne

    Yay for Monty finding his owners! Dang, my eyes teared when I read that he cried when you were leaving… emo much? LOL

    1. Tine

      He cried so much when I got in the car. I couldn’t stop crying too. Heck even Tim was affected. It’s amazing how this little fella got in my heart in just a matter of hours. I’m just glad he’s home now :)

  5. Steph

    Oh Tine I’m so happy Monty got home safely!

    But omg you got the Etude House Etoinette Set. I need to get my hands on this. So Jelly that you and Ling both have it now. Must order from Gmarket.

    I hope you had a great time! It sounds like you did. Also all the red envelopes!
    Can’t wait to see your new shots.

    Steph
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    1. Tine

      That Etude House set was very difficult to find. It wasn’t available in my hometown, Penang. In fact, the sales staff had no idea what I was even talking about when I asked them about the blush with hearts. My cousin Beetrice bought this for me in KL. I actually only wanted the blush but when she said there’s a set, I jumped on it as well. The whole set costs about $42. Definitely can’t get that sort of price if it really was sold here >.< All those red envelopes of money you see are to be given away. None for me, ‘cos I’m married. GAH! :P

      1. Steph

        Ah of course your married! You have to give the money out then. :(

        The set is hard to find online, I have yet to actually find it.
        The search continues!
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  6. Victoria

    Love your post! I can see a few familiar skin care and make up haul from the picture. LOL. So glad Monty found his owners again and that is thanks to social networking.

    1. Tine

      That’s how social media should be used, to spread good :) I’m so glad Monty’s home too :)

  7. Paris B

    You know, this post is what CNY is pretty much about – family, friends, food and happy endings :) Was absolutely lovely to see you again and am glad you had the chance to spend more time this time. Gotta try to make it more than once a year, man!
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    1. Tine

      Exactly! Family, food and happy endings. Just how I like it :)
      It was so good to see you again! KBBW this year will mark it more than once ;)

  8. Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    Love this post and all the goodies you bought. But my favorite part is getting the lost dog back to the owner. Nothing beats such a sweet story.
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    1. Tine

      Me too! I love happy endings :)

  9. beetrice

    Yay for Monty!! :D Oh we added some good stories to the family archive this year.. :P Thanks for carrying all the nonsense back for me from Melbourne, much larps to you and Geek for spoiling me rotten!! <3 Time to count down to the next 'reunion' – KBBW! :D
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    1. Tine

      OMG I completely forgot to add the part about us almost driving into a ravine! That would be one of the highlights too :P

      KBBW FTW!

  10. Yolanda

    Yay! So glad Monty is home! I love a dog story happy ending!
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    1. Tine

      Me too. I was so happy when I got the text message that he’s finally safe with his humans. I did a bit of a whoop whoop at the airport :P

  11. gio

    Yay for Monty! I’m so glad he found his owners again!
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    1. Tine

      Love happy endings <3 xx

  12. Issa

    Awww, I am so glad that Monty reunited with his owners! Nice photos Tine!

    1. Tine

      Me too. All’s well ends well :)

  13. Jackie

    Love a happy ending too :)
    Glad you had a great time with family, friends and food – the best combination ever! Oh and I can see some of my favourites in your skincare haul pics, and how I wish we had all those wonderful pharmacies with their equally wonderful prices over here.
    I am heading to Penang and KL in a couple of weeks and would love it if you could share where you get your mani/ pedis and facials….. pretty please?

    1. Tine

      Glad to know you’re visiting my home country :) For KL, I don’t really know since I’ve not lived there. For Penang, I go to Nails Hansen (I think they’ve changed their name to something else; can’t remember what it is) at Queensbay Mall and Gurney Plaza. Even though they’ve changed their name, people know them as Nails Hansen so do ask around in the shopping centre. These are the only salons I go to as they’re clean (very important for mani-pedis :))

  14. Jackie

    Thanks Tine, clean is super important. I haven’t had any done in Penang before as I’m usually too busy eating ;) so your recommendation is very much appreciated. Thanks

    1. Tine

      Hahaha I know what you mean! If it wasn’t a date with mum, I’d probably still be busy stuffing my face with food :P

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