We attended our first corporate party on Friday 1/23!! It was a Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration and it was a blast! The entertainment was pretty darn funny, I participated in my first "Lo*Hei" and of course there was karaokee. We stayed pretty late and in fact, we were the last ones to leave. It certainly helped that there was alot of free flowing booze all night long. By the end of the night I loved Singapore and everyone in it - lol!
We've attended two Lo*Hei's the second being this past Monday. A large group of 20+ from work got together for a nice lunch on a golf course near work. We had a lovely breeze and a beautiful view. Lo*Hei, pronounced "lo hey" is a focal point of Chinese New Year celebrations in Singap*re and Mal*aysia. It is a salad made of julienned vegetables, a few sauces, sesame seeds and strips of raw fish among other items. The salad itself is called Yu*sheng (I found this out while trying to find a link to attach to this post). Everyone gathers around and use their chopsticks to toss the salad up in the air as high as they can for good luck while yelling out wishes for the new year. It is customary that the higher you toss, the greater your fortunes. So you can imagine what an interesting and humorous scene this can be for us. Sean and I enjoyed participating in this tradition. Here are a few photos from my phone camera.