this is my first time celebrating chinese new year away from home. and i sure do miss all the usual chinese new year festivities.
like all my grandma's home made cny goodies. 9 layered cake, the white biscuit that melts in your mouth, pineapple tarts, popiah, logan fungus soup and my favourite kueh lapis! yummy! thanks to my mum, i brought over a box of pineapple tarts and kueh lapis which she bought from bengawan solo. but more importantly, i missed hanging out with my family and friends over the cny to catch movies, fireworks, chill out, visitation, poker, blackjack & mahjong!! what's cny without blackjack and mahjong man? xP
so how was cny over here in sweden you may ask? as some of you might have checked out my photos and videos, we had our own celebration here too. and it was almost as happening as it should be. i had 3 different cny celebrations here with 3 different groups of people. almost like gng for visitations man.. heh.. not bad ah.. just here for 3 weeks and can do visitations liao.. ;)
well, we had the first celebration with the nus peeps on fri night. the ncst5. ncst6 and the last minute invite of the sep people came together to have a pot luck reunion dinner, abt 20 of us. we had tons of variety of food & i made bak kut teh! power right? and it was well received too! all thanx to my darling for buying it for me. too bad no yu char kueh.
after all the food, we bought our own box of fireworks! the last time i played with fireworks was about 15 years ago when it was still legal to play them in singapore. but that was just small sticks of it, this was abt 90 seconds worth if it at one go!
(preparing the fireworks...)
And here's my video of the fireworks...
after which, we had 3 insane fellas who decided to take a dip in the lake, IN WINTER! And the temperature was a good 1 degree, plus minus 5... i guess it was the chinese new year blues...
(us @ the beach...)
An of course, what is chinese new year without ban luck?!?!
then the next day, some of us were invited over to an ex-singaporean's couple's place for cny brunch. on our 1st weekend, all the christians in our group went for service at Immanuel International and there we met Peter & Joanna, who migrated to Sweden. Joanna made all the pastries specially for us, and it was really lovely. We had a great time there eating and chatting.
(the "family" photo...)
(the noc peeps..)
then on the following day, we were invited over to Tom & Sabrina's place to have dumplings. They were the couple who travelled with us to Uppsala to visit Word of Life. We went for service @ New Life Stockholm earlier in the day, then shopping @ T-Centralen and then headed back to their place to start making dumplings. It was 1st time making it and also 1 of my 1st few times eating it. They were really nice to allow me to make special meat dumplings. So i got to enjoy my dumplings.. yummy.
So overall, it was an eventful chinese new year here in Sweden. Happy CNY peeps! ;)