Chinese New Year Eve 2014 in photos

drying out fireworks

My partial fireworks and firecrackers drying out. It helps with moisture absorbed during transport and storage. This is going to be set off at night!

reunion dinner

The reunion dinner! That’s my grandma in the middle and my aunties flanking her. The food is home-cooked, some of the items e.g. the yam balls are made from plants she grows herself!

longevity noodles

We Henghuas eat longevity noodles tossed in lard instead of rice. She also told me a funny story about her raising pigs when she was in her teens (some 70 odd years ago) and giving the pigs a *bath every single day*. Haha!

isabella fortuna scotch

I broke open a new bottle of single malt Scotch whisky – this is a traveler’s exclusive by Old Pulteney – the second release of Isabella Fortuna WK 499 edition.


The obligatory gambling session with my cousins where I lost about RM 100. I always lose every year, I don’t particularly mind since all of them are younger than me. I have a limit since I’m always the banker and we have rules like triple payouts for Blackjack that favors the players.

mom josiah

My mom, sister and nephew (he was soooo sleepy when this was taken) is back home! She’s been having a real hard time with late stage lung cancer and have been battling it for years so it’s good to have her here and smiling.

cny eve fireworks

The good people of Sibu always puts out a good fireworks show during Chinese New Year Eve!

Here’s a video of what it looks like 10 minutes before midnight! I also let off a string of firecrackers midway into the clip. I’ll upload the full midnight scene later. Happy Chinese New Year 2014 everyone! I’ll share a good wish I got this year. You need to understand Hokkien though. πŸ™‚

β€œMay everything you do be Horsay, everything you eat be Horjiak, every friend you have and make be Horpengyou, everyday you live like a Horliday, and let 2014 be a year of Hormia in this Year of the Horse!” smirk

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22 thoughts on “Chinese New Year Eve 2014 in photos”

  1. Happy CNY too you Huai Bin. It is indeed nice to see you are having such a wonderful time with your loved ones. And good to see that your mum is smiling. She must be be very happy to spend time with you all. Gong Xi Gong Xi. Send my love to LING and the kiddos too. πŸ™‚ miss them.badly.

    • Yeah, it’s good to have her back too! πŸ™‚

      She’s having a real hard time and I’m extending my stay for her since there’s mumblings that time might be a factor here (the cancer is real aggressive and chemo and radio isn’t doing much).

      Thanks for the well wishes! I’m glad you’re starting to enjoy CNY too! Happy CNY to you and your family! πŸ˜€

    • Thanks Meng! πŸ™‚

      I haven’t heard from you in a while, but a mutual friend told me you’re a famous radio DJ now. Haha!

      Good to hear from you mate. Thanks for the well wishes too, especially to my mom. She sends her regards. Cheers!

      • No problem! πŸ™‚

        I only have one person outside my family to remember to get gifts for anyway. Haha! The rest went to my grandma and dad. The favorite is the Sanbanto bakua, I didn’t even have enough to give to my aunties! I should have booked earlier.

    • Thanks for the well wishes buddy! πŸ™‚

      Likewise, wishing you and your family all the best in the Year of the Horse!

      Catch up sometimes for lunch!

    • Haha! Me too, I always lose every year to my cousins! πŸ™‚

      Yeah, my favorite story this year was when my grandma told me how she raised pigs when she was little and pigs were so clean back then, they eat proper food (not leftovers) and had a bath every single day!

      Happy CNY to you and your family!

    • Thanks for the well wishes! πŸ™‚

      Happy CNY to you and yours too! I hear the Year of the Horse if good for a lot of other Chinese zodiac signs too, if you believe in that stuff.

  2. Bro, cny in 5 or 6 weeks. You probably won’t be celebrating cny this year but just a quick question regarding firecrackers. Do you know where can i get those super long firecrackers? They usually come in a big, square paper box (well the ones i have seen anyway). I am not talking about any of the 2000s, 3000s, 10000s or 39999s. Cheers.

    • Yeah, I saw two last year, you mean the crane lifted fireworks right? πŸ™‚

      It’s 50 feet long (about 15 meters) and requires a crane to lift it up (or some people hang it from an office building, it requires 5 storeys or so for the end to not touch the ground).

      The box is so long that it requires a lorry to carry it in (same size as a lorry bed).

      These are usually custom orders though, they sell it to corporations coz it’s so expensive. I don’t actually know how much they sell for but it should be no less than RM 10,000 after the lorry transport, crane fees and the firecrackers themselves.

      I have a friend (regular citizen) who actually fired one last year, she’s in Sibu now, I’ll ask her where she got it, but I’m quite sure those are custom pre-orders. I’ll email you after I ask her.

      Yup, we won’t be celebrating CNY this year due to my late mom’s death but will be having the reunion dinner and I’ll be letting a few off this year for my mom.


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