Gong xi fa cai! Wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year.
Today is the first day of Chinese New Year (the Lunar New Year), and what better way to celebrate than to commemorate my first year of blogging?
That’s right! Kuya’s Notebook turns 1 today! I started Kuya’s Notebook back in January of 2012, the first day of Chinese New Year—the year of the Dragon. I’m so surprised that it’s been an entire lunar year and I’m still blogging!
Today, we enter the Year of the Snake. The element is water. So, 2013 is the Year of the Water Snake! During this time, there should be self-reflection, which will be matched with unexpected changes. The snake is the sixth animal in the Chinese Zodiac, and people born under this sign (2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941) are charming and intelligent. They enjoy the finer things in life, excel at making money, and are kind. However, they don’t handle stress easily. Snakes have trouble showing emotion, leading to few friends, although the friends they do make last a lifetime.
This Chinese New Year is going to be a very exciting time for me. Chinese New Year lasts fifteen days, and I have so much going on! On Tuesday, I’ll be attending the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Luncheon and Fashion Show, where I’ll be receiving the Spirit of Tom Landry Character Award for my bone marrow donation and work at the hospital. (I believe President Obama’s State of the Union Address is also the same day, so I’ll watch that as well.) Then the next day is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent for Catholics. On Friday/Saturday, I’ll be attending a leadership and educational conference aimed specifically towards Asian-Americans. Then the Saturday after that, I’ll be celebrating the near-end of Chinese New Year with the Winter Formal at a girls’ school near my own.
I’m so happy to be celebrating with you all! My goal is to get a good portion of Chinese New Year filled with blog posts about the holiday and my celebrations. We’ll see how much time my crazy life will give me to write, though! Other than that, I have a lot planned for the rest of 2013, we’ll just have to stick around and see! (Even me… I’m interested in seeing how much I accomplish by the Year of the Horse!)
Anyway, thank you all so much for being here with me, regardless of whether you’ve been with me since the beginning or whether you’re just joining me now.