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Chinese New Year At My Dad’s House

I missed taking a picture of the Chinese New Year’s chicken this year since it fell in the middle of the week and I had so much going on and didn’t get a chance to stop by my dad’s house.  These 2 pictures were of last year‘s Chinese New Year, my dad is half Chinese so he does one for my grandfather every year and it has become a tradition for our family.  As kids, we used to get money in red envelopes, and now Lee and my nieces and nephews receive the red envelopes from us.

Chinese New Year photo taken February 13, 2010

The table was set for two, my grandfather and grandmother, both passed away before I was born. My grandfather was Chinese, he came from China as a young man and his story was very much like many that came to Thailand and Laos for better opportunity.

Chinese New Year photo taken February 13, 2010

We had our Chinese New Year celebration at my Dad’s house today. My second sister made baked chickens, pork and I made Pad Thai. The noodles actually have a symbolic meaning, if you want to live longevity then you eat long noodles.

Manual, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/6.3, 1/8sec, ISO 100, focal length 78mm, white balance shade, spot metering, fill flash, tripod mounted

Most of the grilled scallops were eaten before I had a chance to take picture, that’s how it is around here.

Manual, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/7.1, 1/8sec, ISO 100, focal length 200mm, white balance shade, spot metering, fill flash, tripod mounted

The sweet treats brought back a lot of memories for me, my dad would buy these every Chinese New Year as long as I could remember.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO 3200, focal length 184mm, exposure bias 0step, white balance shade, evaluative metering

My mom’s orchid has 2 blooms now, it looks like one for every week.

Manual, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/5.6, 1/13sec, ISO 100, focal length 91mm, white balance cloudy, evaluative metering, tripod mounted
Manual, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/6.3, 1/50sec, ISO 100, focal length 200mm, white balance cloudy, spot metering, tripod mounted

My dad poured out the rice that was offered to my grandparents for the birds.  The neighbor’s dog came and ate it instead, he knows to visit every Chinese New Year now.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/6.3, 1/50sec, ISO 100, focal length 200mm, exposure bias 0step, white balance sunny, evaluative metering

The new Mimis and Mimi look a like are adjusting well to their new home. They are very loud when they see my dad but they have not learned how to speak Lao or English language yet.

Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/5.6, 1/25sec, ISO 3200, focal length 84mm, exposure bias 0step, white balance shade, evaluative metering
Aperture Priority, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/5.6, 1/25sec, ISO 3200, focal length 159mm, exposure bias 0step, white balance shade, evaluative metering

I was surprised to see the crescent moon look like a smiley face tonight.

Manual, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, f/5.6, 1sec, ISO 100, focal length 200mm, white balance cloudy, spot metering, closeup cropped, tripod mounted

8 thoughts on “Chinese New Year At My Dad’s House”

  1. That is a very touching tradition. I wish you and your family a good year, Nye. (That is what happens to grilled scallops around here, too!)

    1. Thanks Gerry, the year didn’t start out very kind for many of my co-workers, I wish the economy would pickup its pace.

      I think this tradition reminds us that we are part Chinese, and I’m glad that my dad has introduced this part to us while growing up.

  2. Nye – I guess your grandpa and my grandpa probably left China about the same time. My grandpa left his parents, brothers and sister behind in Mainland China as he sailed down the MeKong River with his uncle. He was 5 years old at the time he left China, eventually they landed in Laos.

    1. seeharhed, my grandmother was Thai, my grandfather met her in Thailand. At one time in the early 1900 Ban Meung Kao in Champassak province used to belong to Thailand and my grandparents moved there. When it was returned back to Laos, they allowed the Thai citizens to stay and my grandparents decided to stay. I think many mainland Chinese moved to Thailand and Laos and now they are everywhere.

  3. Looks like a good celebration, even the neighbor’s dog got something out of it too. 🙂

    Every Chinese new year I try to get the sweets too. The sugared lotus root looks very tasty!

    1. Cambree, I ate the sugared lotus roots right after I took the picture, it was very good. We normally have a get together at my dad on Saturday, but it’s more food this time. 🙂

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