I’m taking a quick break from blogging my Japan trip to tell you of my recent trip to Binondo, Manila’s Chinatown. My friends decided to come here to watch the celebration of the Chinese New Year. I’ve been raring to eat delicious dumplings, Chinese noodles and buy a box of my favorite tikoy–that sticky rice cake, so I went with them.
It’s always a festive year for the Filipino-Chinese community whenever its CNY. I may not be Chinese (though I have some relatives who married into a Chinese family) we are welcome to celebrate with them…
Three of my friends went to a nearby temple to pray and had a blast joining Buddhist followers. I, and another friend, decided to do some window-shopping and just mingle with the crowd near Lucky Chinatown.
I got a chance to witness and celebrate CNY twice in Hong Kong. As always, Chinese commemorate the year with such extravagance and vibrance. Why not, if its the only time of the year the whole family can come together for a happy reunion? CNY experts are in a quandary whether this year is the Year of the Goat or the Sheep. I read somewhere, those born in the year of the Monkey (like me) are lucky (again) in business and in travel opportunities (I’d love that!). But the problem is, that would depend on what animal sign you’d rather believe in, whether goat or sheep. I don’t care much, really, but I do hope I can have more travel opportunity this year. 🙂
We decided to meet up together inside Lucky Chinatown mall for a little chitchat and bonding time. We did so over a bowl of delicious freshly hand-pulled noodles and pork dumplings at San Guo La Mien.
Though I’m no Buddhist, I sincerely pray everyone receives a happy new year, good health, blessings and everything good from God. I don’t care much whether it’s the Year of the Goat or Sheep. My faith is anchored anyway in favor of Jesus. 😀