Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Our Weekend in a Nutshell

This past weekend, we sent off the Kitchen God back to the Jade Emperor to report on our behaviors over the past year. Last year, he had only been presiding over our stove for a couple of weeks before the grand send off, but this year, this Master of the Household has been presiding in our kitchen, over our stove for a full year. We definitely didn't skimp on the honey (smeared on the kitchen god's face lips) to sweeten his report :) He has witnessed a year's worth of laughter, singing, dancing, sharing, debating, sulking, scolding, and frustrations (especially by the stove where new recipes are tried). He has witnessed many a hug, a few tears, and overheard a confession or two. And now we hope for a favorable report!

We also tried our hands at Chinese knotting (oh the Kitchen god heard a fair few grumbles of frustration with that one!), and with Chinese new year around the corner, our local library hosted the Chinese society who performed a few musical pieces and dances. It was a rare treat to watch live performances of art forms we'd only heard of or seen on youtube.  

The icing on the cake this weekend was the You Gotta Sing choir performance of which my mother is a part of. They are a non-audition choir for all levels of experience and their performance was in an effort to raise funds for a local centre for at risk youth. The choir was so energetic and the songs from various cultures were uplifting and joyous. I could listen to them sing every week (which my mother thinks means I should join - but listening, and ruining the songs with my voice are very different :). My mother had mentioned their would be audience participation, which made us all wary, but it was the best part. The director had the audience sing easy verses in harmony with the choir, and to see the girls singing and swaying (in public!) with great smiles and near abandon was absolutely wonderful. We are all already looking forward to their spring performance.

On Sunday was P--- Day - Pea's half birthday. This tradition started when she was seven, back when being "--and a half years old" was very important. On half birthdays, there is no cake or gifts, or parties. The girls get to decide everything we do and eat (as long as it isn't dessert for supper), within a budget. They love it, and this year Pea was quite easy, requesting an Ice Age movie marathon. Those movies are quite the franchise! And so, we hunkered down in our pyjamas and laughed along with a mammoth, a tiger and a sloth. 


  1. Happy half birthday Pea!!
    I find it very interesting just how many events you have found to go to with a Chinese flavour to them.
    I wonder if it will be the same in this following year, with your chosen country(s)?

    1. It can be really tricky finding events to go with the culture/country we do - we live near a small city that seems a bit bereft in multicultural activities. Last year I chose Greece mostly because a Greek festival is hosted annually nearby :) Every year, there seems to be a slight increase - there are more options then when Pea and I started this seven years ago - fingers crossed for some African flair this coming year!


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