Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday in the Chinese calendar, as well as the time of year that provides people with the most time off. It is traditionally a time to reunite with family, and share wishes for prosperity in the coming year. Red and gold are everywhere. On New Year’s eve I went down to the park to take in the lights and fireworks. – And though the picture doesn’t do it justice, it was really amazing.

A few days later I was invited to spend a traditional New Year celebration with a Chinese family here in Singapore. As it turns out, a former Laurier student and friend-of-a-friend is a native of Singapore, and upon hearing of my arrival in the country, immediately invited me over to her grandma’s to celebrate the New Year! It was a really great time, and I learned a lot. The family was so kind and generous and welcoming, it was an experience I will remember forever. And the food was so good I was full for days!

This is my new boyfriend, the octogenarian Singaporean, Philip. (Philip, as in the television and screwdriver – as he explained)
We met Philip in the subway station – he was curious to know where we were from, how we liked Singapore, and when we intended to have babies. Philip claims to stay young by learning languages (he is fluent in 5), and doing yoga and tai chi. He also likes to ballroom dance with his many girlfriends.

He also commented that my shirt was a bit low-cut, and it was making my husband jealous. He then asks if he can hug me. How could I say no?

So here is the first portrait of my new boyfriend.

I should also mention that he asked us to mail him this picture, one copy small, one copy portrait size, and then proceeds to write down his address for us.

Ahhh…another example of the wonderful nature of Singaporeans!

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