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Happy New Year

posted by Martin Rubli at 16:13

新竹快樂

For those of you who live in the Western hemisphere, coming Monday the Chinese New Year starts, which means all kinds of different things:

  • We'll have a week of vacation.

  • We'll be eating a lot.

  • We'll give or receive red envelopes with money in them. (I don't quite understand yet who gives them to whom but as a foreigner I'm allowed a few mistakes here.)

Then there are a few things that the New Year means just to me:

  • It's the year of the Ox (牛), which means that I'll be eating even more 牛肉麵 (Beef Noodle Soup). Last year was the year of the Mouse but I was unable to draw any culinary inspiration from that. Contrary to popular belief not all animals are eaten in Taiwan. Something that cannot be said for other countries, by the way.

  • I was extremely happy for the first 11.5 months of the last year. This year I'm gonna try going all the way, so if my company doesn't announce another layoff plan - How could they? There's no one left. - I'm confident I might just succeed.

  • I want to work harder on my Chinese. It's been almost two years since I've been here and my Chinese still - how do I put this? - well, it sucks. If you come visit me I'm able to be your food and tea guide without any problems but if you asked me to book a hotel room or get directions I'd do about as well as the aforementioned ox would.

I guess those would be my New Year's resolutions. I was going to put "blog more often" on the list but let's be realistic here. I don't want to be proven a failure before March. :-)

Happy New Year to everybody!


  1. Faeriecircle says:

    lol I was only searching for a 2009-themed image to go with my blog entry and just so happen to come across your blog. The humor reflected in your writing puts the smile back on my face. It disappeared for a little while because I thought I was smelling spring in the air only to be kissed by snow this morning. Now, could I link your blog to mine and steal a couple of your images or do I only have one option of the two? Feel free to visit my blog if learning Chinese is still in your interest.

  2. Martin says:

    I don't mind "stealing" in the sense of copy/pasting and linking. Everything within reason is okay. :-) I'll definitely check out your blog in the hope of being able to learn some Chinese from it!

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