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because as runners, we need the extra calories and energy… teehee!

Chinese New Year (CNY) is evil. Evil is everywhere, lurking at every corner, ready to pounce on your innocent being. By evil I meant the fattening calorie-loaded CNY snacks!

Disclaimer: Not for the weak or the hungry

So let’s see:


Homemade cookies and pineapple tarts! In my family, it is a yearly tradition that we make and consume these.


Of course, what is CNY without mandarin oranges! From Day 1 of CNY till today, I’ve eaten about 70 of these little babies. I kid you not. It is a miracle that I haven’t gotten sick from eating too many oranges. In the Chinese culture, mandarin oranges are considered “heaty”. Heatiness is characterized by the symptoms or sensations experienced (including: sore throat, fever, constipation etc.) after consuming foods under this group.


Kuih Kapit. A mixture of just 3 key ingredients: flour, eggs and coconut milk. They look simple too but the amount of love and care that goes into making these traditional biscuits makes it so special.


Indonesian layer cake. As a kid, I loved to peel away and eat this layer by layer. I still do!


The crispy stuff! Chicken, pork or shrimp floss wrapped in popiah skin and deep fried. Whatever that is deep fried, it is going to be good. Although I can’t say the same for your waistline.


In my family, we call this “long yuk”. But when I was in high school, none of my friends know this as “long yuk”. So, we shall just stick to calling this “bakkwa” or “yuk gon”. Bakkwa to the Chinese is like jerky to the Americans. Made from dried barbequed meat of either beef, pork or chicken and sometimes lobster. Good enough to be eaten on its own or between 2 slices of bread (how I usually eat it).


This was a gift from one of our lovely patients all the way from Australia. I had the whole bar in 2 sittings. Coming from a non-chocolate fan, that is a whole lot of chocolate.


More pineapple tarts!


Popcorn! Not a traditional CNY snack but during this season, we tend to have all sorts of snacks!


Homemade rice crispies! The bomb.


Probably the healthiest thing to eat during CNY. Shredded turnips, carrots and pork cooked in dark soy sauce, oyster sauce and some secret sauce. This is actually the filling and it is usually wrapped in either popiah skin or lettuce. Give me a pot of this and I will finish it right before your eyes. It is THAT good. To me, at least.


Last but not least, YEE SANG! I’d like to think of this dish as a Chinese Salad. This is usually eaten at the start of every meal where everyone grabs a chopstick and “lou” (mix) this together while shouting wishes of luck, prosperity, health, wealth and everything good for the rest of the year ahead! Fun stuff.

On the first day of CNY, I pretty much wiped out my grandma’s snack stash (she doesn’t know) and just kept eating all day. I managed to put in a night run though, after all the visitation and meet ups were done. As it was about 8pm when I started running, my dad tailed me in his car throughout the second part of my run. So much love! It felt like i was running an ultra! I also managed to slip in 2 swim sessions last week because it was too hot to run! CNY heat wave is the worst.

Some people say I never get fat even with all the junk. The fact is that I wasn’t eating junk throughout CNY. I run and try to offset the junk food by having more fruits and vegetables.


Day 2 lunch. FRUIT platter!


Beating the heat and rehydrating with coconut water! So refreshing.

Hope you didn’t drool all over your keyboard! Nom away! But make sure you eat healthy and work off the CNY goodies.


Just over 4 weeks ago we were ringing in Christmas and the new year-2014!

Many runs and a couple of weeks later, BOOM – Its the CHINESE NEW YEAR celebration, where the Chinese (obviously) welcome the new year of the Horse! YEEHAW! Aside from the tradition of buying new clothes, cleaning up the house…… it is a time where family and friends gather to spend time together (I guess that is the whole point of any other celebration!).


I always look forward to Chinese New Year because I am still eligible to receive Ang Paos (money in red packets) and of course the FOOD! It is a time where most grandmas, aunties and mothers around the world display their culinary skills to prepare the big reunion meal of abalone, exotic mushrooms, duck, fish and the like. The reunion meal usually falls on the eve of Chinese New Year which was on the 30th of January this year.

I was working on that day but managed to squeeze in some core work and stretching before the big meal. This was probably the first time I spent nearly an hour just focusing on stretching and it felt sooooooooooooo good! I could feel the blood rushing to every part of my body and I felt so relaxed. I guess this is the reason why some people rave about yoga. Before a few weeks ago, I’ve never done any form of stretching. I’ve always just focused on running and more running. It is time that I make it a point to stretch everyday. Another resolution to the list! DING!

This year, my aunt and my mom took over the cooking to relieve my grandma of the long hours and stress of food prep. Here’s a glimpse of the dinners that I’ve been having. Ahhhhhh. So yummy!





Even the dogs looked stuffed!

We played a game of scrabble after our reunion dinner because we’re intellectual like that. Haaaaaaa! Need to put our brains to work after all that food! After all, the brain consumes the most energy.