I've celebrated the merry season with glee and feasting and today, with a tinge of sadness, I 've taken down the Christmas tree. But just around the corner, in a month's time is Chinese New Year.
So, I'm making a cultural gear shift to Chinese and done up one of the corners of my house in bright colours, something that is not typical of me.
Bought a piece of art of a colourful Chinese opera performer, after which came a bright fushia, vintage inspired lamp shade and then a vase of Chinese chrysanthemums. Must say I'm not looking forward to the loud Chinese New Year music blasting at most public places but I am to the traditional festivities such as reunion dinners, ang pows and Chinese candies.