Growing up in Singapore, I spent most Chinese New Years basking in the carefree banter of a huge extended family, soaking in the vibrant festivities, collecting Ang Paos (red envelops with money!) and wolfing down bak kwa (jerky), pineapple tarts and candy.
We went from relative’s house to relative’s house in a convoy of cars – parents, uncles and aunts with screaming, gleeful kids in tow. I played and ate at every stop, not realizing those were precious familial moments I would come to miss as I moved to the United States years later.
Well, it’s been too many years since I spent Chinese New Year in Singapore. I have gotten used to simply celebrating as a little family, and have grudgingly accepted that this day is a regular work day this side of the Pacific Ocean.
But thankfully this year, my spirits lifted with a “shot of inspiration” from the Singapore America Business Association (SABA).