Photo Essay: I Survived! Making it Through Chinese New Year 2016 with the Family | Speaking of China

23 Responses

  1. Phil Chung
    Phil Chung February 15, 2016 at 8:50 am | | Reply

    Jocelyn, I don’t blame you. I was shattered by the end of the first day and of course suffered from good coma. I even fell asleep on the sofa at my cousin’s flat. You know it didn’t help for the fact that I was working 15 hour day at the office for the entire week leading up to the holiday.

    At least I managed to squeeze in a night hike up the hills with some friends to see the firework at the Victoria Harbour. That was fun.

  2. Lin Reuther
    Lin Reuther February 15, 2016 at 9:33 am | | Reply

    Egads! Too much! Are you still living with Jhon’s parents?

  3. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
    Constance - Foreign Sanctuary February 15, 2016 at 9:35 am | | Reply

    Glad to hear you are now enjoying some down time and some peace and quiet.

    I feel like I got a little of a ‘free pass’ this year.

  4. Ryan
    Ryan February 15, 2016 at 10:25 am | | Reply

    Awww…. I’ll cry a tear AFTER looking at ALL of those great looking meals… Nothing happened on our end here, and I’d LOVE to have the “problem” you had 😉

    Hope you recover. Send leftovers to: … 😉

  5. Autumn
    Autumn February 15, 2016 at 11:07 am | | Reply

    Oh, my gosh, yes, you look exhausted, Madame Panda Eyes! Fireworks all night sound like my version of hell. You know they use fractured sleep to break down prisoners for interrogation, right? John, now is the time to ask Jocelyn ANYTHING!

    The food looks great, though. ALMOST worth the lack of sleep.

  6. Jack
    Jack February 15, 2016 at 3:45 pm | | Reply


  7. Svetlana
    Svetlana February 16, 2016 at 2:11 pm | | Reply

    Wow, and I thought Russian New Years Eve took a toll on us. It looks as if you need a vacation 😉 or a vacation from vacation teehee 🙂 So Chinese New Years is nothing but non-stop eating? Congratulations and get some rest 🙂 Hope you’ll feel better

  8. Judith
    Judith February 16, 2016 at 8:19 pm | | Reply

    A happy new year to you Jocelyn! If you’ve made it through those Chinese family holidays, the rest of the year will be easy-peasy. 🙂

  9. Timo
    Timo February 17, 2016 at 3:25 am | | Reply

    So many days can surely leave someone exhausted. Here we only celebrated one day as everything was back to normal/ work afterwards for our customers so we didnt get much of this New Year. The only thing we actually had of the festivities was eating a lot and watching the CCTV New Year Gala…

  10. Jonathan
    Jonathan February 18, 2016 at 2:16 pm | | Reply

    LOL. It is definitely very tiring with all these social events. But I still have fond memories of that and miss it tremendously. Maybe because I was a kid back then. Anyway, Happy New Year!

  11. K.
    K. February 19, 2016 at 5:39 pm | | Reply

    Each year I think Chinese New Year get progressively worse? This is my fourth year and I had to tell my boyfriend in tears if one more person called me “pang” or poked my fat or asked us when we’re going to get engaged (over and over again they asked) I was going to screeeeeam. Also, I’m not eating for the remainder of the year. Happy Year of the Monkey, everyone.

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