Tuesday, January 3, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017

1/1/2017
SUNDAY

Popular trend to make this type of funny faces...

After finished baking some Chinese New Year orders on New Year day, we decided to go for our dinner.
On the way, we can't seemed to make up our mind but finally landed in the Little Korean Village in Ampang area and into the Chung Wa Dae Korean BBQ Restaurant..

So many varieties of banchan ..loving them all...

Dolsot Bibimbap.. our all time favourite... 
 
Kimchijjigae served with rice.  

hot plate of ground beef. 

our BBQ pork belly and chicken served with plenty of lettuce to wrap 
 
they are truly generous with the little plates... 
While we were eating the owners of restaurant arrived and wished everyone happy new year. 


While down under, they are sweating it out at the zoo on New Year Day


Family time. 






Monday, January 2, 2017

NEW MEMBER TO THE CHAN CLAN

3/12/2016
Saturday

The culmination of the ceremony at the Register of Marriage, the ceremonial wedding gifts exchange and the hair combing ceremony in a brillant and happy wedding day itself.

 

very matching apparels worn during the "hair-combing ceremony.  

the table set for the hair-combing ceremony.

the father held the head while the mother cited the good wishes and "comb" the hair.  

the "4 golden flowers" of the Chan clan.. they have close bonding with each other since small. 





 
the arrival of the groom and little YZ became the center of attention while he was cajoled with a big angpow to open the car for the groom.


mission successfully accomplished and the groom arrived with his entourage....

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to be greeted with the bridemaids and friends..testing begin....

with a welcome cocktails of all drinks sweet, bitter, spicy and sour.  

followed by "tasty" sandwiches.

after a few more rounds of teasing and tricks, the groom finally was able to enter the house and met the father and mother-in laws. 

while the bride waited patiently upstairs.... 

Groom:  "a peek at my beautiful bride"
 
prayers for a happy ever lasting life together... 

Tea ceremony - my sister Vicky and Bill

happy faces

Father sending off the daughter with red umbrella to ward off bad chi  while the mother sprinkled rice for abundance 

at their new home.. 
After visiting their new house, it was time to go home and to prepare for the wedding dinner.

Wedding dinner at Oriental Banquet, PJ. 

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Cousins together.
These light deco were done by her friend..

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the dining began with the entrance of the happy couple... 


the "twins" ... 

the sisters-in-law of the Chan Clan... 

Sister of the bride and hubby 

With my brother's family and sister and hubby

The happy Chan Clan. 










Tuesday, December 27, 2016

CEREMONIAL WEDDING GIFT EXCHANGE.


21/11/2016
MONDAY

Time to update the biggest event in the Chan Clan. 
It's two more weeks to the Big Day.   Today was the ceremonial wedding gifts exchange.  The wedding package of engaging a "tai kum cheh" (in this case a male instead) for the wedding took charge of all the rituals of the wedding including these ceremonial gifts.    

These two "daughter's wedding biscuits" were offering for the ancestors and will be left at the worship table till it turn mouldy and in which case will be well after the wedding day itself. 

 18 canisters containing dried lotus seeds, groundnuts, dried longans, red dates, sweets, lily buds (all things nice and sweet in Chinese). 9 bottles for the bride's family and 9 to be returned to the groom family, again 9 for longevity.  These will be used to boil the tea for the tea-offering ceremony on the wedding day. The bottle of sweets will be offered to those whose Chinese horoscope opposed that of the bride and groom. 

Baskets of seafood - oysters (good news), scallops, mushroom, abalone. 

2 pairs of Dragon and Phoenix candles - one for the "hair-combing ceremony" and another pair to be lit on the wedding day when the groom arrive for the bride. 

Nowadays these are plastic but I had a set of enamelware. The purpose for the new generations of babies to come.  

Love these- Deep fried glutinous riceballs with red bean fillings, so that the happy couple will be sweet and happy

Fatt Koh  and longevity noodles... that the bride bring wealth and the in-laws have long life. 

Lastly two bottles of brandy for the bride and in return 2 bottles of frizzy drinks for the groom. 

Of course, the roasted piggy...the bride's family keep the middle part and the head and tail parts are returned to the groom's family.  Normally the roasted pork were distributed to the closest family members. 

these are to be taken back to the groom's house. 

More instructions from the "tai kum gong"  

hehehe, the most important gift ... BIG ANGPOW. 

This red banner to be hand over the lintels of the door the night of the hair-combing ceremony, announcing that there is "red" ie happy occasion celebration in the house. 

Marriage registration earlier of the month..

the happy and contented bride's father. 



I was glad to be present to witness the gift exchange and was able to learn and to record some of the Chinese culture and rituals here... traditions get carry on for the next generation.