Happy Chinese New Year

Knowing many of you are partaking in colorful celebrations this week, Diane and I would like to extend a Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year to everyone no matter where you are. Sadly, I am sitting at a mostly empty house in the very non-Asian town of Walnut Creek, California waiting for February to end so we can finally sell this house, file our MM2H Visa and get the heck out of Dodge City. (Sorry: One last cheesy American slang expression). Although San Francisco does put on the largest Chinese New Year’s Parade in America, The Experimental Expats will be celebrating with some frozen Kung-Pao Chicken and Fried Rice courtesy of Trader Joes, our local processed food mecca. Can you see why it’s time to get outta here?

chiense new year 2Of course America never does anything the way the rest of The Earth does so unlike much of Asia where businesses shut down for a week allowing for family celebrations, today is a normal two-hour commute here in the land of Never Ending Work. In fact, the so-called “Chinese New Year Parade” will be held on March 7th, a full ten days after the real holiday. Why? Because this nation stops for nothing, works through everything and believes that life is about obtaining the most material objects possible and then never retiring to enjoy anything anyway. Stores are open on Thanksgiving Day and it’s only a matter of time until someone invents a way to keep retail alive on Christmas Day.

So for now, we spend our last Chinese New Year in a very non-Chinese environment and look forward to spending 2016 among thousands of revelers that understand the true meaning of the holiday. Taking some time to reflect on one’s life and look towards the future represents the true spirit of Chinese New Year (along with some red envelopes of course). With apologies for the bastardized American pronunciation which is a Cantonese version:

Gung Hay Fat Choy !!

Coming next:
The adventure starts as vendors arrive to pretty up our house 

2 thoughts on “Happy Chinese New Year

  1. Mabel Kwong

    Australia is a bit like America. We do have Chinese New Year celebrations in the city but they are pretty low key. The parade always happens after the start of the Chinese New Year. This year, it will be this Sunday – not too far off, but still, we have a very large Chinese community here, as well as the other Asian groups who celebrate the Lunar New Year. And no, we don’t have a public holiday in Australia for this occasion. Apart from the main parade, all other celebrations happen during the weekdays, when everyone is at work.

    Sounds exciting that your move to Malaysia is coming up soon. Then you’ll get to taste better Chinese food too. Happy Chinese New Year, Gung Hei Fatt Choi! Have a prosperous Year of the Goat!

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