Happy Year of the Goat! Another Chinese New Year in Taiwan

This is our ninth Chinese New Year in Taiwan. Last year was the Horse’s year to speed off and accomplish things. This year, the goat reminds us to appreciate what we’ve accomplished. Continue Reading →

Photo Essay: Where I Traveled to in 2013

2012 and 2013 were not kind to the Kellenberger or the Marshall families, but we have had plenty of love and support from family and friends to help us through. The last six weeks have been especially difficult for us, but I’m glad to be putting 2013 behind us. We’re looking forward to a positive and successful 2014. Happy New Year to my dear friends and family all over the world! Continue Reading →

Lunar New Year Celebrations in Kota Kinabalu

The Lunar New Year is the most important festival in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, luring thousands of friends and families to participate in games and watch Lion and Dragon dances, martial arts demonstrations and other fun events. We witnessed no less than three lion dances in various areas throughout the Lunar New Year in Kota Kinabalu. Continue Reading →

The Essential Guide to Celebrating Chinese New Year in Beijing, China

A celebration filled with color, energy, food, and history, Chinese New Year in Beijing hosts a number of fascinating local events to make your journey truly unique and unforgettable. MSW offers you an essential travel guide to some of the best attractions, activities and restaurants in Beijing during Chinese New Year. Continue Reading →

We’re Ba-ack. Happy New Year, Y’all!

It’s 5am and I can’t sleep. Jet-lag has been wreaking havoc with both of us. We’ve made plans to go for dinner twice and have ended up back in bed at the strangest hours. Despite our odd nocturnal tendancies of late, we’re both pleased to be back home and together again. John and I only had a few days together after the wedding before parting ways to spend Christmas with our families. We didn’t want our first argument to be Continue Reading →

It’s New Year’s Again…

Three New Year’s celebrations are a lot to handle in a few short months.  In addition to our New Year’s festivities in January and our mountain retreat vacation over Chinese New Year in Taiwan, we were also able to add another New Year’s celebration to our ever-expanding repertoire this year.  Over the weekend, we celebrated Khmer New Year on the beaches of Sihanoukville in Cambodia.  The entire sky along the beach was lit up with hundreds of firecrackers being set Continue Reading →

Red and Gold New Year in Taiwan

Chinese New Year decorations are everywhere these days and everyone seems to be hurrying home with paper decorations.  Red and gold are the primary colors for Chinese New Year with the lucky color red symbolising happiness and vitality.  Gold symbolises wealth and good fortune.  These decorations are hung on doors and in windows to usher in a happy and prosperous New Year.  Red is also thought to scare away the legendary man-eating beast, Nian, who comes down from the mountains every new year to Continue Reading →

Chinese New Year and the art of giving in Taiwan

Chinese New Year is coming and the flurry of activity and excitement  in Taiwan that precedes the biggest Asian holiday of the year is staggering.  This year, the New Year falls on February 18th.  Chinese New Year is always on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, which follows the lunar calendar.  Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival or ‘chun jie’, which is what I referred to it as in China.  Streets, storefronts and Continue Reading →

Through the Dragon’s Eye

We were heading home on the bike the other day and were crossing a bridge, when I noticed some extremely bright lights on the far bank. For us to even notice a bunch of extra lights in the neon world of Taipei is pretty rare, so we figured we’d better see what all the fuss was about. Sure enough, it was a big fuss. We’d been lucky enough to stumble on some sort of Taoist street festival. There was enough Continue Reading →