Saturday, February 4, 2017

CHINESE NEW YEAR

We were invited to the Chinese New Year celebrations at Elements Lifestyle Living, the village where we hope to move to soon. It was a fun night, with the lion dance and delicious food. We met some of our future neighbours. Everyone was very friendly.
 The lion tries to eat one of the party goers. The party was held in the Activities Hall. Friends and family were welcome especially grandchildren. They had a special area, fun, food and games.


The lions like to be fed a red donation envelope.

 Bill feeds the lion but then the lion attacked him and gobbled his head.

 Bill thought it was funny.

 The children enjoyed feeding the dancing lions.

 It was great entertainment.

I'm not sure of the significance of some of the actions. The lions had to reach up high to eat a suspended cabbage and here the lion presents a banner to another character. I guess I should research this. But I have packing to do.

20 comments:

  1. I really wish my Mother had moved to a place like this years ago. While you probably aren't in need of more social interaction, my mother is very lonely, with only a couple of friends of her age and family. She is worried about being imposed on by other people, others knowing her business and comings and goings and especially unannounced neighbours dropping in for a cup of tea. It is pointless to argue logic about this to her and I expect when she has to move from her house, it will be into care and she will probably not enjoy the social activity that she could have for years. Mind, when I or we are in the same situation, will we want to move?

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    1. Yes some people are very private. I do believe everybody knows everybody's business in these villages but it doesn't bother me, I don't know why. I am a social person and I don't really need to be in a village for the social aspect. We have many friends in Brisbane. However, the main reason is because of the challenge of maintaining our house and garden. We also think its better to do it now as the chore will even be harder as we get older. It will be a good place to be when there is only one of us left. It is in our locality, next to my favourite forest. The units are selling quickly, even ones that are not built yet. The people are not that old so they will be there for a while and if we leave it too long we might miss out on a unit. They also increase in price every time a new stage is opened and there is only one more stage to be completed.

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  2. Hello, Happy Chinese New Year. The party looks like a fun time for the residents of the village. I like the dragon. Fun photos. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  3. A preview of your future life, looks like fun.

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  4. good luck with your packing, I know it is hard.. these lions are beautiful.. and I can see how much fun everyone had

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  5. I love the photo of the lion and Bill laughing! It's been less than a year since I packed up my house in Minnesota, sorted to sell or give away at least half my things, so I know how much work it is. It sounds like you have made a careful and wise decision to move into this next phase of your life and I am sure you will be happy when all is said and done.

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  6. Great photos Diane! It certainly looks like a fun time. Hope the weather cools down a bit to make the packing up a bit more pleasant.

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  7. My husband would have to be tied and caged to move into a facility like this. I would welcome it and try to adjust. I think the social life it provides is very healthy. We will have to move sometimes in the next ten years and I hope we accept it as just another adventure in a long life of adventure.

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  8. seems as if you gad a goid time. i can see you both enjoying life there. you both already do :)

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  9. It looks a lovely inclusive place, welcoming grandchildren as well for the social activities.
    That was a nice chance to get to meet a few people - and they look a happy bunch too :D)

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  10. It looks as it was very cheerful and funny ! I missed the parade in Brussels, because Dario and Toby were here and I didn't pay attention. Now I am angry because it would have been interesting for Toby ! That happens when I forget to look up what is going on, because I am so lazy ! I will wake up when spring arrives !

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  11. I think that you've made a really good decision Diane, I think the freedom to persue your many interests that it'll give you will be wonderful!

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  12. What fun entertainment Diane. It looks like a lovely, friendly place to hang your hat.

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  13. Looks like SO much fun... Hope your home sells soon so that you can move there... I'm sure it's a wonderful place (like my Mom was in) that offers all kinds of options for it's residents.. You two will love it... Bet Bill can start a photography group (or computer group) there --since he loves to teach!!!!! Of course both of you will continue your walking and your photography... Sounds TERRIFIC.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  14. I was in the city this week ... Roosters everywhere.

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  15. You're going to enjoy this place. Yeah, packing, yuk. But it will be worth it. Do the research next year.

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  16. That is the most smiling laughing people I've seen in ages!

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  17. There's no such thing as an old age home anymore. The oldies in these villages have more fun, are more active and are mcuh happier than "younger" people still living in their own homes. You and Bill will fit in there well and be so loved and cherished. Well done on such a practical decision and good luck!

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  18. Those lions are handsome and look like fun, so your new home sounds inviting.

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