Happy Chinese New Year!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Wishing everyone a blessed Chinese New Year with good fortune, excellent health and many good returns! To those celebrating, Gong Xi Fa Cai; and to my non Chinese friends, happy holidays!

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Gong Xi Gong Xi

Gong Xi Gong Xi

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My mummy and daddy

My mummy and daddy

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This Chinese New Year marks a new beginning of a new chapter in my life after a turn of unfortunate events. The past eight months strike me now as little more than a passing dream. Sifting through memories that are still vivid in my mind seems more like reading someone else’s personal history, sounding so absurd and improbable that something like this could actually happen right on me. I will carry on with my writing spree shortly after this Chinese New Year post.
The low-key Chinese New Year celebration this year together with my family and friends were mostly home-based, having pot lucks and home prepared food for our VIP guests. I didn’t go house hopping seeking for angpaos as my immune system is lowered, still vulnerable to infections. Unlike the past few years traveling abroad, munching new year cookies and tossing yeesang, this time around I mainly relied on mum’s healthy cooking, brothers’ home-cooked special dishes for our special guests, fruity “yeesang” and few bites of healthy cookies.
Healthy Cookies

Gluten Free, Casein Free, Preservative Free Hearty Cookies

Being consistently under my doctor’s review with blood counts monitored, I kept bugging my doctor about the primary and secondary school gathering happening in February, as crowded places are a definite no-no for me. The first week after my close to one month’s inpatient stay, my blood counts improved slightly, still far from hitting the normal range, my doctor did not give any assurance nor did he say I’m not allowed to attend, gave me another week’s time to reexamine my counts. It was the same old answer to my initial question during the second week, so I gave up on asking for the following visit. Surprisingly, on my third follow up, my counts surged tremendously upwards, nearing the normal threshold, an excellent improvement worth celebrating! He was the one who brought up the gathering topic, granting me the golden permission to attend!
Pot Luck with my good buddies

Pot Luck with my good buddies

Secondary Gathering

Secondary Gathering

I recalled in one of my follow ups, I simply asked my adorable and admirable doctor, since my blood counts are progressing very well, can I eat yeesang? (Knowing that I’m not allowed to eat raw food). His reply wasn’t a straight forward “no”, but he uttered the word “cooked”! Haha, which means I can eat cooked yeesang! However, I didn’t cook my raw salmon in the yeesang dish, but had a specially formulated and crafted dish, made of all allowable fresh fruits – my favorite sour mango, green apple, green pear, guava, pomelo, orange with honey, lemon and passion fruit sauce, thinly sliced with all skins peeled! Sounds sourish, but I like it that way!
Fruity Sang

Fruity Sang

Below are some of the remarkable scrumptious dishes prepared for guests (not for me):

1.The humongous Hotate, Hokkaido scallop, credit to Josh.

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Hotate, Hokaido Scallop all the way from Japan!

Hotate, Hokaido Scallop all the way from Japan!

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Garllic-flavored Hotate

Garlic-flavored Hotate

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 2. Baked Chicken

Baked Chicken with potato wedges and mushroom in homemade sauce

Baked Chicken with potato wedges and mushroom in homemade sauce

3. Lamb Rack

Lamb Rack Medium-Well

Lamb Racks Medium-Well

4. Smoked Chicken

Smoked BBQ Chicken

Smoked BBQ Chicken

In a glimpse of eye, time passes by so quickly. Today marks the last day of CNY 2015! Hereby, i would like to wish all a happy Chap Goh Mei and a happy Chinese Valentines!

p/s enjoy throwing oranges or bananas!

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