Archive for January, 2012
I missed contributing to Jona’s Meme Sweet Saturday. I’m sorry for missing out a lot. So now, here I am joining back again! I’m also linking this up with Yummy Sunday.
What new things do you and your spouse have this year? Or, is there a new place, new resto, new food or new activity that you want to do together or you’ve tried out early on in the year?
We are not planning on some particular new things that we wanted to do together but there is this Korean Restaurant along Macapagal Avenue that we tried and that we cannot forget and actually have added up to our ‘best restaurants list’. I forgot the name nga lang because we were so hungry. Haha. It was last Sunday night when we were invited by a good friend to celebrate Chinese New Year with him and some other folks. It may seem funny because we were celebrating Chinese New Year in a Korean restaurant with a Taiwanese husband and Filipino other friends! But you know, it’s the food that we appreciated. The order for the night is called Sam Gyup Sal – a barbecue dish with a lot of different side dishes! As for me, I really enjoyed the food as well as my husband and we really miss it. Too good that we were invited and had tasted once again the healthy and good food of Koreans.
Here’s a picture for us to have a little peek and knowledge on how Sam Gyup Sal recipe looks like:
It’s my first time to have celebrated Chinese New Year with the Chinese Congregation which is of course with my husband who is pastoring the said congregation. And I must say that it’s fun! I admired how they celebrated it with Chinese traditions during this festive season.
Here are the events that happened today:
1. We worshiped together in the chapel and had invited a speaker to join us. Our worship was filled with Chinese worship songs and praises for the Lord.
2. Right after the service, we proceeded to the 2nd floor to where we held our lunch fellowship. The Mamas cooked shabu-shabu, the others brought food with them for us to share with. The most enjoyable part was when we made our own dumplings and cooked them by ourselves too! The many you make, the many you eat! Haha! And who forgets to eat Tikoy during Chinese New Year? Definitely, not us!
3. And ta-dah! The most awaited part is the giving and receiving of Hong Pao (ampaw)! Married and elders prepared hongpaos for the kids and single persons. They lined up to be given one each with words saying, “Xin Nian Kuai Le” (Happy New Year) Hong Pao Na Lai (Give Me My Ampaw) Xie Xie (Thank you).
Since I’m already married, I had to give away hongpaos but I received one anyway (as a prize) because I had eaten dumplings with crabsticks in it! – which is a little game from our eating fellowship. Nine other members were also given their prizes. Too bad that I had no camera with me so I missed to take pictures but I’ll be grabbing some from the members soon when they upload them on facebook.
So there! I enjoyed every bit of our little celebration in church with of course honoring God as the center of it. It’s not about luck and wealth but it’s about God’s faithfulness, blessings and guidance for Chinese Christians and for everybody. Not only this year but in the years and years to come. It’s the year of the LORD 2012!
Once again, Xin Nian Kuai Le!