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Gung Hai Fat Choi--Happy Chinese New Year!

Sunday, January 22, 2012


This is "'Pork Hash""--or is it "'Har Gow"?
It is Dim Sum---- a wonderful little bit of tender meat, served in a noodle---
and, by the way, HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR to you all---

My husband is Chinese-His father came from China--to Jamaica--Our children are half chinese--
In Jamaica, the Chinese used to be the merchants---His family owned a wholesale grocery business-- My husband's Dad was known as the head hancho in the business world there--When we were first married, we travelled to Jamaica regularly--- They had a large family home in Lucea--a small village , on the way to Negril-- Apo, (which means "old lady")--lived there with many family members . My husband was known as ""Uncle""--to everyone--or--"'Mister so and so""--There were always geese in the yard-(to warn people of visitors)--a great deal of food----lotza relatives dropping in---- a big deal made of babies (as we had many)---as well as lots of warnings to be careful when driving to MOBay--- Burglar bars on all all the windows of his house---fresh water was a premium--was delivered to the house daily---
The Chinese believe ""red""" brings good luck, by the way---thus the reason for a great deal of ""red"" in Chinese restaurants---They give ""lucky money"" to children on the Chinese New Year--wrapped in red wrappers---

I enjoyed visiting the family home--- It is not there anymore--Everyone has passed on--or emigrated to the US and Canada--

I have tried to instill a sense of pride in all my children---of their heritage--
I have also tried to learn the Mandarin dialect--
NeeHow----means--""Hi""
Shoo-Da--means "Yes"
Boh!--means--"No"
"Hen gow" --is--Nice to meet you--

This is a great restaurant in Vancouver--Hans--""House Of Noodles""--If ever in that city--you must eat there--- We always laugh about the ""noodle""--as the Chinese believe--""Long Noodle---Long Life""

Is it easy being married to an Oriental person----???-"NO!""--LOL---- They think they know everything---They believe that they must have the ultimate decision over everything--They wash their hands for extended periods of time splashing water everywhere---- They are very ""family"" orientated---- love food----and children--not necessarily in that order---LOL---They really never think too much about themselves, but demand high standards for their families--Life to me is a challenge trying to blend my "'woman's rights"" with his ""old cultural"" ways---

Anyway----We have lasted 46 yrs-----
So, Happy year of the Dragon"" everyone!
Gung Hei Fat Choi!

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  • SHASSYSUE2
    Gung Hai Fat Choi!! To you and your family!! I loved the Blog, but I have to ask how did you and your husband meet, and then end up in Canada!! I love history, and family stories so PLEASE share!!! HUGS and LOVE!! Shannon
    2878 days ago
  • PYNETREE
    Gung Hei Fat Choi to you too! I want to thank you for this very interesting blog, a little educational too.

    We will most definitely be going out to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

    Healthy, Happiness and Prosperity to you and your family! emoticon emoticon
    2878 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Gung Hei Fat Choi to you and your family! My kids are Korean and they used to enjoy celebrating the Lunar New Year. But now they're too "old" for that. **SIGH** Oh well.

    DS got a tattoo 2 mths. ago. It is his Korean name in Korean characters encircling his name in English. So, deep down I guess he IS interested in his heritage, but would rather not express it.

    Enjoy your celebrations. The Dim Sum looks sooooo good!
    2878 days ago
  • IOEINC
    Gung Hei Fat Choi to you and your family!! emoticon Here's to a healthy, happy prosperous year to all!!
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    2878 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    I too enjoyed the history lesson.

    Gung Hai Fat Choi!!

    Sunny
    2878 days ago
  • STAMPINGADDICT
    I agree that it is not easy being married to an Asian, but there sure are lots of things that make it so worthwhile.

    Frank & I have been married for 20 wonderful years.

    Gung Hei Fat Choi!

    2878 days ago
  • OZARKMARY
    emoticon Good morning, my Friend and thanks for the lovely blog. Very informative of the Oriental heritage and of your life. Happy Year of the Dragon to you!

    I'm doing my seasonal H&R Block receptionist job so not Sparking much. Hope you have a wonderful and blessed week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2878 days ago
  • KASEYCOFF
    Thought it starts tomorrow - I've been nagging Himself to take me to our favorite Chinese restaurant. They do a fresh-fruit platter that's phenomenal--!
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    2878 days ago
  • RIKKI572
    NeeHow my friend, and Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family. May you be blessed with a happy, healthy, prosperous year
    And, keep on sparking!!!
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    2879 days ago
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