Posts Tagged 'TET'

February 10


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February 04

Happy Tet!!! I am not attending any festivals this year because I’m cooped up studying, but it was a nice day out, and I was rockin’ these Read more …

February 15

During Tet, sometimes people like to have their fortunes told to see how the new year will turn out. I have never had mine told before because I believe in making my own fate rather than fulfilling what was told to me. When the offer to read arose at my uncle’s house, i was naturally hesitant. However, i gave in since my father also had her do his reading [which is enough reason for me to agree], and it was an extremely interesting read. I will not reveal what was told orally, but my brother was there as well, and he documented this eerie little experience. I am curious to see how this will all turn out.

February 14

It’s the year of the TIGER! The day has come, and the past few years, I’ve taken on the role of mom during new years. I clean the house, decorate, and then throw a huge bash to ring in the new year. Last year’s was big, but this year was huge. I made pho, Michelle made tofu and pork with eggs, and Carmen made fried rice. With communal effort, we had the gang over and it was a great shindig. They brought significant others and long time friends, all of which make me so happy.

Here are the pics from the last half of the evening, when we actually played in the studio. After that, the party and food pics. I’ll kick it off here with my hoa dao [cherry blossom] that I bought from the flower mart in Little Saigon. I hung li xi

on it and I found this deco as well. So pretty!

I have no idea why the fedora made it into the shoot.
I couldn’t find another rice hat so I guess it will just have to do.

I love this hat.

I have hot friends

yea that’s right. I can squat like no other.

These are from my dlsr. I’m still working out the kinks so I had it on the tripod. We were posing for the G10, but someone turned on this camera from the tripod and took some from a different angle. I just found them, and I love when that happens! This shot is my favorite of the bunch. It was Michelle’s idea but Tam’s face makes me want to die of laughter.

goooood times

I guess this is the best outfit shot of the night, but it’s uncomplete without the most comfortable pair of heels I own. I couldn’t put them on because its carpet, and the last time I wore heels, it punctured a hole in my background paper =/

Somehow, through all the laughter, we end up on the floor. Tam made us do a frog toes shot. Tam has major frog toes. Let me explain. Viets have a problem with frog toes from the slippers and flip flops we wear. It’s mostly between the big toe and second toe, and some of us are special and can spread all 5! Tam’s feet are naturally wide set apart, but as we see here, the rest of us can spread em pretty wide too!

and the food…I made pho. This pot simmered since 10 am til 8 pm. By then, it was just plain DELICIOUS.

the holy trinity for pho: star anise, nutmeg, and cinnamon

bowls of noooodles

finished product sans msg

I bought 2 durian for the party. Some LOVE it, some HATE it. I spared the haters the pain somewhat by buying the frozen one [spared my wallet too], but once that baby was open, the smell permeated throughout the house. yummm

Samar baked this all by herself!

cheeers! soju bombs with the boys

loving the peace signs. so asian

Bo Cua Ca Cop: Viet gambling on the floor. Cause we do it og style

my partners in crime

Tam must have her pork rimes. Since the meal did not require this, I just bought a bag…just for Tam. She ate the whole thing by herself. ^_^

Half an outfit. I bought this shirt at Forever 21 when they were going through their Asian phase a few years back. Although most of the dresses and shirts were not well done, this one was perfect. The bodice is black and the sleeves are so flirty and fun. I paired it with some comfy tights so I can eat!

The other half of my outfit. I have no idea who took this shot, but I had to laugh. They’re doing my outfit shots without even knowing! I love these shoes. I can wear them to a club, dance all night, and still be able to walk to the car after. Now that’s something since I wear heels for shoots and to dinners where I don’t have to stand more than 10 minutes. These are by Celine, and they were made in Italy. The price was quite hefty for shoes in my opinion, but DSW had an insane sale, and I gleefully left with these for under $100 bucks. Score.

February 08
We’ve had this clock for 30 years. It’s one of my favorite things in my house.
You can see the reflection of the movie playing on the tv.

Today is the first day of the Tet celebration. After dinner, my brother popped in Tombstone, and somehow, these images came out. The best thing about these get togethers is that you never know what’s going to happen. We get on an idea and then we literally feed off each other and fly with it. Since I showed up in a brown vest and boots, we HAD to pose with a gun.

“Don’t move! … Nonsense, by all means..move.” – Doc Holiday

This is what we do: watch movies, browse the net, and take pics. All at the same time.

February 02

Tết Nguyên Đán, commonly known as Tết, is the Vietnamese New Year. It’s derived from the Chinese New Year, based on the Lunar calendar. The date here changes according to the Lunar calendar, but this year, it happens to fall on Valentine’s Day. Well, that isn’t going to hinder MY festivities!!

Today, my friend and I strolled through Phước Lộc Thọ, the Asian Garden Mall in Westminster, and I got all happy that Tet is already on its way. The bánh chưng is already making its rounds at my parent’s house, and I know the flowers are to follow. The flower markets are all set up, and this year, some new ones are showing up that are not usually sold there. Since it will be pretty busy and impossible to drive here in the next two weeks, we figure we should scope things out now, buy what we can, and come back next week to pick up the rest of the stuff for the festivities.

do you see red?!?! i want all of these things to decorate my house, but they are so pricey!
I need to bargain this down when it gets closer to Tet.

fruit stands are out selling korean pears, apples, oranges, and bananas

there are no signs for anything. I think these are magnolias?

I’m looking for something like this to decorate my house with, but these were $25! bah

these are cute too, i may have to come back for them

oh my, do i love cherry blossoms. this one is a huge tree, sold ready to pot. i want it!

pink stephanotis? so beautiful..

i love li xi ^_^

I’m trying to convince my friend to be ông địa but he said no.
I will figure something out…i’m determined to have him at my party!

I think these are for bonsai, but I am still unsure. It looks like a graveyard of bones

This store is inside Phuoc Loc Tho. I love the amounts of figurines they have on display…but I am especially amused with the Buddhas being sold next to all the Virgin Marys. Talk about catering to everyone ^_^

We decided to eat here since I haven’t in years. It still tastes the same.
er… not quite good, but u keep eating because it’s street viet food.

This one had chau, which is fermented tofu, and squid.
The poor can have one chunk of this tofu with 3 bowls of rice. I still love it and eat it when i go home.