chinese new year

my very first post of the year ^_^ chinese new year i mean ^_^

happy chinese new year to everyone out there 🙂 it’s the year of the rabbit and aren’t i happy that it’s finally  come ^_^ personally, the rabbit is my most favorite animal 🙂  not only is it cute and fluffy, but it’s so jumpy and it loves carrots like me ^_^ when i was 5ive i use to love watching looney tunes and especially bugs bunny ^_^ i still have a soft toy of him sitting next to my bed 🙂

so i started the year 2011 starting a new job.  my “real proper job” is working at a hospital.  it has taken me a whole month to get use to this routine of waking up early in the morning >.<  but on my weekends i sleep in 🙂  i love that feeling in the morning and you wake up and realize you don’t have to go to work ^_^ it’s the best feeling ever! i have never enjoyed my sleep until now 😀

so i got my first pay check during my first week of work, i was utterly stoked! with all that money i had no idea what to do with it! i knew the first thing to do was treat my parents to dinner for all the years of teaching and guidance they have given me 🙂  i am totally grateful for the years of extreme patience and wisdom 🙂  hopefully i’ve grown to be the daughter that they’ve always wanted 🙂  so we went to HaLu at Mt. Hawthorn and i must admit i love this place.  it is my favorite jap restaurant now.  it use to be bonsai on roe street, but HaLu has definately taken over.  I’ve been wanting to visit this place since it opened and now I got to share the experience with my parents 🙂  The desserts are also to die fall.  I know it sounds weird, black sesame tiramisu, but it was absolutely lovely and not too sweet and had the a crunch.  it was REALLY YUMMY!!!

Yummy food @ HaLu

Dessert at HaLu

This year, chinese new year was quiet.  We spent Chinese New Year Eve at the sister restaurant of HaLu; Satsuki in Subiaco.  This one had a different variety of food and it wasn’t as yummy, but it was still good 🙂 We welcomed the new year by watching Howl’s Moving Castle on SBS ^_^ and went for a drive in the city just to see if any of the chinese restaurants were celebrating, but it was very quiet.  Last night we had close family friends over for dinner, mum prepared the whole meal whilst I was busy making cupcakes.  It’s been a bit quiet over at Cupcake Boutique Land.  My studies took over last year and getting use to this job has taken a toll.  But I was able to make some Chinese New Year cupcakes and give some to family friends as presents ^_^

CNY Eve @ Satsuki

Yummy CNY food

So this year I made a set of 6 cupcakes.  It was vanilla mandarin cupcakes with vanilla frosting.  I bought new cupcake cups so i was testing them out so see if I would continue to use them.  They turned out pretty nice and the cupcake cups were easy to use and fill as well.  I made decorations for my cupcakes.  It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do, but in the end I decided with what made up Chinese New Year.  I had a rabbit holding an ingot to signify the year of the rabbit, mandarins that mean gold in cantonese, a bag of gold ingots and coins to represent prosperity and a little boy/girl dressed in a lion costume for all those wonderful lion dances that we get to see during Chinese New Year ^_^

I made such a mess of the table.  I had no idea how I was going to clean up, but at least I limited my mess to one table and the 6 chairs that surround it ^_^

The mess I make

Chinese New Year Cupcakes

So V-day is coming up in a week’s time.  And I still haven’t decided what I wanted to do for that!  Hopefully I’ll get it done in the next couple of days, so watch this space 🙂  I had one of my work colleagues tell me (who’s not a big fan of V-day) that “Love is suppose to be subtle, Valentine’s Day is as subtle as a sledgehammer” ^_^ hahahhaa, i’m sure not everyone thinks that way 😛  I certainly don’t.  But I found it funny from his perspective of V-day 🙂

xoxo

♥ cupcakerist

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