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Riding High In The New Year!

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January 31st was the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Wood Horse. The Chinese New Year is usually represented by an animal and one of the five elements of metal,water, wood, fire and earth. The Wood Horse symbolises loyalty, independence, determination and unexpected adventures. This New Year celebration will be full of parades, eating and fireworks. Many will be celebrating the arrival of the New Year with a huge and delicious feast of Chinese food with family and friends then end with a fantastic fireworks. 
Holt Renfrew's tribute to the Horse with style. 
Hermès has a long tradition with designing with horses. 
 When we were in Manila last October, we dined at the Summer Palace  Chinese Restaurant at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel. The Chinese consider red and anything circular as lucky and prosperous.
This is called the Birthday Noodle Dish. It is an egg noodle with a variety of seafood and vegetables. For the Chinese, Seafood plays a large role in festive celebrations. For instance, shrimps represent liveliness, happiness and well-being. Abalone represents abundance and good fortune, scallops represents a new start or the opening of new horizons and fish represents both wish and abundance. The noodle dish also have some Chicken which is considered healthy and symbolises prosperity and completeness. The noodles and green leafy vegetables represent a long life.(Source: Mandarin Oriental Manila Chinese New Year)
This was our meal with my friends at Modern Shanghai, Makati, Philippines. The restaurant's speciality is the Xiao Long Bao which is the round dimsum  in the basket as shown above filled with ground beef and soup inside. Eating anything rounded in shape symbolises money, profit and good fortune. Lastly, rice is served at the end of the meal to signify fertility, luck and abundance in wealth. Anything golden in colour like the fried rice we had above represents abundance in wealth. (Source: Mandarin Oriental Manila Chinese New Year
With the symbolism of the Chinese Feast above, I wish you all a blessing in abundance, prosperity, health, happiness and for sure a delicious feast with family and friends.

The Chinese Zodiac is different from the Western Horoscope. The Chinese Zodiac uses different Animal Signs. Your animal sign is determined by the Year of your birth. Discover your good fortune and predictions for the 2014 Year Of The Wood Horse.

Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Happy Chinese New Year!



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23 comments

  1. May the year of the horse be good to you and your family!

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  2. Your meal looked amazing!! I would have been eating for ages...yummy!! And I love the horses, so cool :)) Happy Chinese New Year doll....I hope it's full of love & prosperity!! Have a great weekend xx

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  3. Happy Chinese New Year Pamela! Wish you too prosperity, health and happiness! The restaurants where you went when you were in Philippines inspire me a lot, I love Chinese food! My animal sign is pig :) Have a lovely weekend! xo

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    1. Hi Lilli, we are the same animal sign. My animal sign is the pig too.

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  4. One day I would like to be in China for the New Year! I think it's crazy as the Carneval in Rio!

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  5. From what I read on other blogs Chinese New Year must be such a nice event! Also your pics look really promising :)
    xx

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  6. Year of the Horse! That's me! What is your year animal? Mmmmmm....food in Manila.

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    1. Hi Connie, my animal sign is the Pig.

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  7. Wow that birthday noodle dish looks amazing! Thanks for mentioning my Flash Sale!

    xo Mary Jo

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  8. Happy Chinese New Year!! I was born on the year of the horse!
    Nice photos, I love that red horse

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  9. I had no idea about it being the year of the wood horse and what it symbolizes, this is all so interesting! The food looks terrific, Chinese cuisine isn't very widespread and well known here, id like to try a few vegan dishes. Nice restaurant.

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  10. Happy Chinese New Year! I love how some designers decorate their displays for the occasion! :D

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  11. I am grateful that you are my friend!

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  12. gorgeous pictures dear!!!
    xoxo

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  13. Dear Pamela - Wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year, my friend!! Let's celebrate in style ;-)
    xoxo
    Loi

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  14. Hope you have a great and productive week ahead hun!

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  15. Happy Chinese new year! Wish you all the best! :)

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  16. Pamela, your CNY meal looked fabulous. I was swooning on instagram over them. I love that very first pic. What a fabulous red horse and I love the red trench.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  17. Happy Chinese New Year. What an interesting and informative post! I love to see the rich red colours in Chinese restaurants and I didn't know about the significance of this colour. Your meal looks fabulous.

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  18. Happy Year of the Horse, Pamela!! Just today I had a little CNY celebration with a bunch of friends at a Chinese restaurant too.

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  19. The year of the horse!!! Lovely pics as always! Lucy www.tpinkcarpet.com

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