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Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!
See this post and more at Keripo's Corner

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! For those who don't know, January 31st is this year's Chinese New Year, also known as the "Spring Festival". It marks as the first day of the Lunar New Year, which is based on the lunar cycles of the lunar calendar rather than the solar cycles of the Gregarian calendar. While most of the world uses the Gregarian calendar as an international standard, the lunar calendar is still used for many traditional holidays in many asian and middle-eastern cultures (including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indian, etc.) although the degree of celebration of the lunar new year varies.

Chinese New Year traditions often include a large dinner with (extended) family (usually featuring fish), setting off firecrackers, giving red envelopes of money to those who are still single, and paying a visit to the local shrine. Unfortunately I'm living alone far from my parents, dislike seafood, and live in a state where firecrackers are illegal, so I didn't really partake in any of these traditions (still single as well, but with no family around to give me a red envelope... orz)

2014 is the Year of the Horse (also my Chinese zodiac animal!), so here's two random pics from pixiv \o/
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Blog Updates
It's also been a while since I've done a website update so I figure this would be a good chance to write about what's changed since. If you haven't already noticed, I decided to give Keripo's Corner a complete design rehaul, which I think looks a lot better now and far more dynamic (I will eventually do the same for BeatsPortable once I get around to it). I've also finally gotten around to fixing up/finishing most of the website's menus/pages, so you'll notice that you can now easily navigate through my mess of blog posts by category (Development, Gaming, Anime, Travels, and All). I've also added a special Projects page where I list a summary of all the projects I've worked on, and Game History page where I list the various MMOs that I've played. The Links page still need some work and I'm still trying to think of something clever for the About page. After I'm done with those, I plan on setting up a Gallery subsection where I can upload all my figure/Dollfie/travel photos and gaming screenshots for easy viewing and navigation.

Keripo's Corner's new Homepage.
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My list of past works can be found on the Projects page.
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My list of past MMOs can be found on the Game History page.
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All my anime-related content (figure reviews, Dollfie photography, anime season thoughts, otaku rants, etc.) can be found on the Anime page.
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Plans for the year
After being invited by a few Beats users from the Baidu Beats BBS to an informal QQ chat/interview, I realized that I need a proper plan for the year to stay on track and keep organized. I have a lot of things that I am interested in or spend a lot of time on online (Beats2 development, MMORPG gaming, figure reviews) as well as offline (work, watching anime, practicing martial arts, meeting people and making new friends) so it would be a good idea to try and balance everything. Here's my current list of to-do's for 2014. It's the year of the horse, meaning it's my year to work hard and accomplish lots!

Short Term
- Complete remaining missing pages on Keripo's Corner
- Add a Gallery subsection and upload all my old photos/screenshots
- Create playable demo of Beats2 (with basic theming support for Sigma Project artists)
- Clear the top level dungeons in Blade & Soul CN and make notes in prep for the upcoming NA release
- Plan for trip to Comiket 86 (will be my first Comiket)

Medium Term
- First release of Beats2
- Finish unpacking all my figures, do an updated otaku room tour, and clear my figure To-Review list
- Complete Arcueid V1 custom Dollfie Dream

Long Term
- Catch up on my anime To-Watch list
- Complete my TYPE-MOON collection and selling off unwanted items
- Complete and build my target Gundam model kit collection/wishlist (ink lining + paint too)
- Work on creating a TYPE-MOON item database and help maintain Tsuki-kan
- Start developing Beats3??? - I have some good ideas right now but they will come after Beats2 xD

I like horses
Since this is an open blog, here's the question for all you MFCers:
1) How do you celebrate the lunar new year/your culture's new year?
2) What are your plans/goals for 2014?


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~Keripo
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Do you celebrate the lunar new year?

  • 13%Yes, I enjoy the deep traditions and festivities!
  • 25%Yes, need moar red envelopes help pay for moar figures!
  • 31%No, I already did all my celebrating on Jan 1st
  • 17%I like horses.
  • 10%I like turtles.
  • 2%Wheres my chicken?
  • 2%I steal from babies
  • 52 votesVotes are public

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KeripoVIBlv27 「ケリポ」
WonderWaffle (3 years ago) #1963670http://www.silversurfers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/bigstock-Chinese-New-Year-Horse-Brush-C-52802854-355x218.jpg
From what my family has taught. Married couples gives Red Envelopes to ones younger than them single or not. However, you cannot give red envelopes if your NOT married. Also for those who are self employed, work in a family business or found a new job also get a new year work red envelopes.


Conae (3 years ago) #1964202My family celebrate it pretty traditionally. We get all our relatives together and have a big dinner. In my household we even follow those quirks like you must wash your hair/get a hair cut before CNY not on the first day of the lunar calendar. XD We're going to the local temple today to pray for good luck for the rest of the year.
This is true. I know 30 year olds that are still getting them because they're not married yet. My relatives in the mainland would do that but the family I have over here give them on and off now that most of us young ones are in our 20s. XD This year I got one from my parents only.
My parents want to take me to China when it's CNY some day since it's a bigger deal over there. Apparently my brother received about 2000AUD from all the relatives and family friends he visited combined when he went and he must have been around 21 that time? Keep in mind 1AUD is about 6 yuan so it was a massive amount. Hahaha


Now I totally feel gypped xD
Added the part about visiting temples. I think my family only went once since there wasn't one close to us, but I do recall it being quite an important tradition. In other asian cultures too I hear.

~Keripo
3 years ago
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My family celebrate it pretty traditionally. We get all our relatives together and have a big dinner. In my household we even follow those quirks like you must wash your hair/get a hair cut before CNY not on the first day of the lunar calendar. XD We're going to the local temple today to pray for good luck for the rest of the year.

animefreaknerd (3 years ago) #1963026Every Chinese New Year, I have always received Li Xi even when I am an adult of the age 23 (turning 24 in August). I don't know how Chinese New Year works but I assume once you get married, they just stop giving it to you.
This is true. I know 30 year olds that are still getting them because they're not married yet. My relatives in the mainland would do that but the family I have over here give them on and off now that most of us young ones are in our 20s. XD This year I got one from my parents only.

My parents want to take me to China when it's CNY some day since it's a bigger deal over there. Apparently my brother received about 2000AUD from all the relatives and family friends he visited combined when he went and he must have been around 21 that time? Keep in mind 1AUD is about 6 yuan so it was a massive amount. Hahaha
3 years ago
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Happy Lunar New Year! My boyfriend is Viet so we celebrate Tet instead. Well not really so much as his family is across the country, but they are still sending us stuff to celebrate since we can't be with them.
3 years ago
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Keripo (3 years ago) #1963032Depends on the family I guess. I'm also turning 24 this year but I know some of my friends stopped getting it around highschool (i.e. when they started part time jobs) while others still get it from their grandparents or extended family (mostly as a traditional gesture). Don't have a girlfriend either so I doubt I'll be getting married any time soon xD (though I wish I did >_>)
~Keripo


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From what my family has taught. Married couples gives Red Envelopes to ones younger than them single or not. However, you cannot give red envelopes if your NOT married. Also for those who are self employed, work in a family business or found a new job also get a new year work red envelopes.
3 years ago
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DocodaRGBlv14 The MusicMaster
The only thing I could think about when I saw the 'I like horses' vote option:



On a more serious note. It looks pretty fun to atleast celebrate it a little bit. Sadly, there is no sign of that here.
Your site looks pretty cool right now.
3 years ago
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I guess my family has become too Americanized because we don't do anything special for Chinese New Year. We acknowledge it and we still do certain cultural things, but we don't have a huge family dinner or anything. Getting red envelopes is always a good thing, so that's one of the positives of not being married. LOL. Single for life just to get red envelopes! Anyway, I'm just going out with a friend to eat dumplings tomorrow...So special, right? :P
I have one very serious goal for 2014 and that is to find a stable job. All my other goals are miscellaneous, such as stopping POs on all non-exclusive figures other than absolute favorite figures, getting more in shape for cosplay, and finally getting an art booth at a con to sell some prints. I'm honestly not really good with planning detailed goals far in advance, so I just make them up as I go. I guess I have another goal now: Fix my habit of just idly coasting along and take the initiative doing anything.
P.S. Horses rule! :D No, I am not being bias just because I was born in the Year of the Horse.
3 years ago
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KeripoVIBlv27 「ケリポ」
animefreaknerd (3 years ago) #1963026Every Chinese New Year, I have always received Li Xi even when I am an adult of the age 23 (turning 24 in August). I don't know how Chinese New Year works but I assume once you get married, they just stop giving it to you.
Depends on the family I guess. I'm also turning 24 this year but I know some of my friends stopped getting it around highschool (i.e. when they started part time jobs) while others still get it from their grandparents or extended family (mostly as a traditional gesture). Don't have a girlfriend either so I doubt I'll be getting married any time soon xD (though I wish I did >_>)

~Keripo
3 years ago
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Every Chinese New Year, I have always received Li Xi even when I am an adult of the age 23 (turning 24 in August). I don't know how Chinese New Year works but I assume once you get married, they just stop giving it to you.
3 years ago
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KeripoVIBlv27 「ケリポ」
katsudon (3 years ago) #1962988Funny, this Chinese new year's was like all the other ones, minus the part where the relatives gave me red envelopes containing money... BEING AN ADULT SUCKS.
But no seriously, happy Chinese new year to you too!

Too true! Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever received any red envelopes since the last time I visited relatives in China back in elementary school.
(though now I make more money than my parents so I should be giving them red envelopes I suppose, but that's besides the point...)

~Keripo
3 years ago
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katsudonRGBlv21 Play-Along Tsukkomi
Funny, this Chinese new year's was like all the other ones, minus the part where the relatives gave me red envelopes containing money... BEING AN ADULT SUCKS.

But no seriously, happy Chinese new year to you too!
3 years ago
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