Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Chinese New Year and A Boy Named Sue

Mini Mandarin tree
CNY preparations have begun in my house from spring cleaning to the minature mandarin tree which looks cute but also serve a double meaning at this time of year. Oranges symbolise prosperity and this week I expect a massive crate to appear in my house and we will be gifting many family members and friends with bags of oranges (such is tradition!). Food is a massive part of CNY and a lot of these foods eaten are homonyms (words that sound the same but have different meanings) and are therefore symbolic. For example below we have my grandma's homemade 'Lin gow' (Nian Gao in Mandarin) which means sticky cake but it can also mean 'higher year' which all sounds very prosperous so it's always part of CNY traditions. 
Lin Go / New Year Cake
We're yet to put up decorations but they will be up quite soon in all their red and gold glory. We've also got a great big family reunion on Sunday which is CNY Eve, it's pretty much like Christmas and I love the atmosphere not to mention the food. Stay tuned for my next post as I'll try and document this!
Speaking of CNY, Let me introduce you guys to A Boy Named Sue who are running a little competition over on their Facebook Page. The eco-friendly store is the brainchild of HK bloggers, Sam from Sam Is Home and Tania from T Like Bubble Tea. The motto behind their store is 'Cool clothes with a conscience' and naturally, all the designers stocked, pride themselves on being sustainably sourced. I've only met half of the dynamic duo (Sam was my dessert buddy when I worked in HK last year) but I am massively proud of what they have achieved so far with this project! The video below is super lovely and gives you an idea of what they're all about!
This is where you guys come in - over on their Facebook page they are holding a great giveaway in time for Chinese New Year. To be in with a chance to win a gorgeous 100% cotton scarf by the Muzungu Sisters, just head over to the A Boy Named Sue Facebook Page and tell them why you like Chinese new year! Maybe it's food, family time or exploring your local China town with the festivities. Either way I'm entering...I'll see you guys over there!


  1. omg Lin gow!! Cant wait to chomp on some myself.. my mum luckily stocked on some too. Hope you have a wonderful Chinese New Year!! xx

  2. I can't wait to have a food massacre
    with CNY haha :P Ohhh this eco-friendly
    shop sounds interesting!


  3. Looks like such a festive time!

  4. Aw, you make me all excited about CNY even though I have no plans yet. Maybe I can make the Korean New Year dish (rice cake soup) and have some friends over on Sunday. :)

  5. yay CNY!!
    I am in HK atm for CNY , thi is my first time in HK at CNY time so am looking forward to it :)

    Gong Hei Fat Choi !!

  6. That's so interesting about the double meanings with the food; I never knew that. Looking forward to your CNY post!

  7. I love this video and the whole ethos behind the brand! xx

  8. Happy early Chinese New Year!! Cute photos :)

  9. Wow...that lin gow looks soo yummy!!! I love lin gow!!! i like the yellow gow too, think its called ma tai gow??? And cute mandarin tree, we just got ours as well!!! We will be heading to Shenzhen to celebrate CNY tomorrow and stay for 3 days,sadly it means no internet for me,lol...

    just saw the video, very nice clothes they got,with lovely prints and designs.and the scarf looks gorge!

    Anyhow, wishing you a happy chinese new year where it will a year of good wealth,career, and most importantly, good health:)

    Take care dear!


  10. Yay Winnie, it's my first time over at your site and I loved the video from Boy named Sue. I think it's amazing, especially with social responsibility stepping up these days, it's almost in our skin. It's almost CNY here in Singapore too, and as much as it is a break, we never really get one from all that visiting :(

    But anyway, HAPPY CNY TO YOU :)

    1. I'm following you now Winnie! Would you mind following me too? :)


  11. How fun, I love the ethos of A Boy Named Sue, thanks for sharing and happy CNY, I always celebrate with my friends, haha.:) xo/Madison

  12. happy chinese new year winnie :)

    christian | my blog :

  13. cool with a conscience! that a great motto! thank's for the video!

    btw, I have a giveaway on my blog. You can win a black leather bag similar to the Hermes Birkin one. If you are interested take a look over here :

  14. Very cool :) Thanks for sharing. I love sustainable clothes x cool edge pieces as well!

    Joyce @

  15. :) I hope you have a wonderful CNY. The organization sounds like such a great idea :) But I guess I'm a little turned off when it comes the type of social network people chose to use. Unfortunately, I dislike using Facebook and I don't have an account there, so it's really an inconvenience when certain things are only held on Facebook. But nonetheless, thank you for sharing.

    nyuu }

  16. Happy CNY dear ! hopefully you have a wonderful one !
    and more money comes to pocket haha

  17. Happy CNY!, i really love the pictures, are great !!

  18. Happy Chinese New Year!

    Maria xxx

  19. Happy Lunar New Year Winnie! ☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ The mandarins look lovely (: oh, and I'll definitely check out their webpage! The picture with the cookie girl is so sweet~

  20. Happy Happy CNY! :) and thats a really neat video!!

  21. Happy Chinese New Year!

  22. Hope you're having lots of fun celebrating Chinese New Year! :)

    Sophisticated Lace

  23. Sounds like so much fun. A Boy Named Sue is a fantastic site, love the amazing brands that they have, and of course it is great that they are sustainable.

    Happy Chinese New Year!



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