New year, new plans!

Hello my dearies,

Firstly, let me say a very Happy New Year to all of you. I haven’t been much on the blog lately, and it seems that I have been making a habit of that! Nevertheless, quite a few things have happened ever since I’ve last posted and I felt like I needed to catch up with you all.

One of the best and biggest things that have happened so far was that I got engaaaaged!!  My dear boyfriend fiancee has proposed and now I am *excitedly* making wedding plans.  Since we have been together for so long, I have to admit that I thought that this moment will never quite arrive. But, nevertheless, I said a very big YES!

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So, as the very excited future bride that I am, I have booked myself tickets for this year’s National Wedding Show at Olympia. I am thrilled to go and try dresses, gather inspiration for everything from flowers and table decors and honestly, just to have a lovely time with the girlies. A couple of my friends from work have agreed to accompany me and this is definitely the time for me to be all girly and indulge in the beauties that the fair will offer.

Secondly, with the New Year in, I have changed also my job – still at the same company, but working on something more exciting. I have now become a Project Assistant and I am delving in in new legislation, methodologies and exciting developments for our internal platform! Last year has taken quite the toll on me mentally speaking, so having to work on something new but still surrounded by the same lovely people it will be a very interesting experience.

Now with all of this happening, I have actually started to improve my moods bit by bit and not let myself fall into the pit of anxiety and overthinking.

It feels like I have started a natural process of healing – and I am complaining.

For the coming months ahead I don’t have have that much planned – I have decided to take one day at the time and later in the year, to actually make some plans for the future (this of course excludes all the wedding plans!!).

I have got some ideas that relate to the blog as well, but I don’t want to make any promises neither to myself not to you, just yet – as I don’t *actually* know how things will develop.

But, if there is one thing for sure, is that I want to be more active and to share more of my year with all of you.

If you guys have any suggestions about what you’d like me to write more about, let me know!

In the mean time, stay safe.

Love,

Csilla x

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London Parade welcomes the Chinese New Year of the Horse!

The Chinese New Year is the longest and the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. This year, the Chinese calendar celebrates 4712 years of existence and the animal that is attributed to it, is the horse.

This year, I chose to attend the New Year’s Parade downtown, on Sunday February 2, mostly because I’ve never been to something similar and also because I like the Chinese culture.

Thousands of people gathered in Central London to welcome warmly the event, and nonetheless, they were gifted with surprising acts. At 10 A.M a parade through the West End headed for Trafalgar Square, where the traditional opening ceremony took place on the main stage at noon. It was followed by an afternoon full of Chinese event including a gravity-defying lion dance performed atop high poles.

The parade in Leicester Square started off with a traditional dragon dance, followed then by floats and beating drums, in an explosion of colours, which brought to life the entire celebration.

Little girls and boys were dancing dressed up in traditional Chinese costumes, and even a Flying Lion Dance Performance was set up for the delight of the audience.

Chinatown became lively and active.

New Year-themed decorations, special menus and events at its 100-odd restaurants, bars, cafes and shops and all sort of food and craft stalls were empowering the streets.

Even little children were dressed up in traditional costumes and playing with funny crackers, and the performances last throughout the entire day, in order to welcome properly the New Year.

London definitely knows how to bring Asian culture to life and how to celebrate it in a lovely way!

农历新年



 

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