Brisbane, QLD

Sunday, January 29, 2023


It makes sense in that we have a Singaporean Chinese Managing Director, who enjoys organising Chinese New Year celebrations for us in the village. She also cooks the different dishes for 200+ guests. She has a bunch of friends and family who help her on the night and her chef friend, Pozz. Besides these helpers many of the residents help too. Some help in the kitchen, some help setting up, some help cleaning up.

The Menu

The room is ready

Chiou See is cooking

A lucky banner is in its mouth

The lion gives Chiou See the banner for good luck.

Its good luck for the lion to eat greens and spit them over the audience. It plucks a lettuce hanging from the ceiling.

With the help of Chiou See the lettuce is thrown over the audience.

The drumming was very noisy. My Apple watch was sending warning messages that I was in a too noisy environment.
Then the guests fed the lions lucky red envelopes full of money. Everyone was asked to wear something red. Chinese lucky colour.
Yum Yum dinner time.

Our table is next.

I met a past student at the party. Her youngest daughter tapped me while I was taking photos and said, "Excuse me but I'm in Year 4 and you taught my mum when she was in Year 4." Then she took me to meet her mum and older sister. She is the niece of our village neighbour, who is an auxiliary resident.


  1. I thought this welcome post might have been coming soon, as it has for three years? Please don't tell me it's more.
    What happens to the money in the red envelopes?
    What a lovely moment meeting a former student and her family. Was the student a bit shy about meeting you and sent her daughter?

  2. Your director does such a wonderful job of organizing and in this case cooking, the fabulous event dinners you have. Happy Chinese New Year.

  3. That menu looks tempting! I once had a Chinese colleague who cooked us a wonderful meal one evening.

  4. Hello,
    What a fun New Years Party! I can not imagine cooking for 200 people. Great photo of you and the past student. Have a great day and happy new week!

  5. What a wonderful celebration. One of the things about being a teacher is that one is always being recognised. A close friend in her 80s still lives in the house she and her husband bought 60+ years ago. She taught in the area. It's impossible walking anywhere in the local area or shops without being stopped for a catch-up.

  6. Looks like another wonderful dinner and celebration, although I would not like to have lettuce spewed at me. Everyone looked festive in red. How nice to have met a former student and her family!

  7. Looks like a fun evening and meeting with an old student.

  8. Sounds like fun. Cheers t'other Diane

  9. You live in an amazing place. What a delightful celebration you had. The food looks so good. Chinese food is one of my favorites.

  10. I guess people with hearing aids had to turn them down during the drumming. You had a fun evening.

  11. What fun to see your old student, that must have been a lovely surprise. Great evening again and what lovely events that are organized. Learned a few traditions here too. Thanks Diane :)

  12. I can imagine the drumming being noisy.
    Lovely to see the photographs you've shared.

    Have a good February.

    All the best Jan

  13. I enjoyed the photographs you shared.
    What a fun event!
    And how wonderful to meet a former student and her family.

    Hugs and blessings, Diane.

  14. Chiou See is such talented young woman -- I love that she shares her other skills so readily in addition to her business ones. It looks like it was such a fun event.