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TR_Dan
08-02-05, 05:29
For all the chinese people (nope we're not all slit-eyed thank you very much), GONG XI FA CAI!

http://www.educ.uvic.ca/faculty/mroth/438/CHINA/luck.gif

Tramp
08-02-05, 05:38
Gong Xi Fa Cai TR Dan from all in Australia. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

Smith will Suffice
08-02-05, 05:57
so its the year of the moon i gather?

thats cool :D

-Smith

Tramp
08-02-05, 06:07
No -Smith. The Chinese work on a different type of calendar to Europeans. Their month works on 29.5 days. They actually celebrate New Year around the New Moon which falls on a different day each year. That's why it's called Lunar New Year. This year is actually the Year of the Rooster. Probably the luckiest sign in Chinese Culture. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

ELEN
08-02-05, 07:48
GONG XI FA CAI :D (or whatever this means http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif )

Tramp
08-02-05, 08:37
Roughly translated Happy New Year http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

TR_Dan
08-02-05, 14:07
Originally posted by Tramp:
Roughly translated Happy New Year http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif Actually it means MAY YOU BE PROSPEROUS...
Happy new yr is Xin Nian Kuai Le!

Anubis_AF
08-02-05, 14:10
Happy New Lunar Year :D

Lacek
08-02-05, 17:56
Fallen from light... Reborn in shadow... Haunted by memories... Confronted by evil...

新年快乐! (Xin Nian Kuai Le!)

Happy New Year!

And what a year..! I'm a rooster you know... :D Anyway, the new year begins only this night, so we still have some time... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Oh, and just a note... That picture is dead funny, because the amateurs painted the word reverse. :D It you rotate it by 90, you can see how 'Fu'(=luck) really is written.

Gong Xi Fa Cai - maybe I think it wrong (it's hard to say without the characters), but gong xi means congratulations, and fa cai richness. So it's not Happy New Year. In my greeting, xin nian means new year, and kuai le means happy. ;)

Edit: Oh, I didn't notice TR-Dan already corrected this. Thanks!

[ 08. February 2005, 18:09: Message edited by: Lacek ]

Tramp
08-02-05, 20:56
Thanks TR-Dan and Lacek for putting me right. It was about 35 years ago that I learnt that and my memory is not what it used to be. I was going out with a Chinese boy (really cute) his parents owned a restaurant near where I worked so I used to spend a lot of time at the restaurant and at his parents home. Thats how I learnt to use chopsticks (if you didn't use chopsticks you didn't eat.) Also where I learnt to cook real Chinese food (not restaurant food) although I cook that as well. Also with my stepmom being Filipino I cook a lot of Asian style food. Always with steamed rice (not fried). I even eat steamed rice with a roast dinner, it's lovely with gravy. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

Lacek
08-02-05, 21:20
Fallen from light... Reborn in shadow... Haunted by memories... Confronted by evil...

Greetings Tramp! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

Thanks for your story! It is very interesting. And I speak only a little chinese, so surely your knowledge is much more than mine. I like the language, and I'm learning it the same way as you did: I have a chinese friend. This is a rare gift though, because they are very closed people. A year have passed until finally I could say we are friends. Usually it doesn't seem so, because they are friendly with everybody. So I'm proud of this friendship. You are lucky to learn some other things like the language, and this is good. ;)

Tramp
08-02-05, 21:29
I actually speak very little Chinese. I was actually surprised at how open his family was as 35 years ago an asian going out with a european was not favourably looked upon. His family accepted me and treated me like one of the family. In Australia at that time we still had what was called the White Australia Policy where we did not like accepting people into the country unless they were European looking. I was not bought up to be racist in any way shape or form, but to treat everybody the same no matter what country they came from. Consequently I have socialized with people from all over the world and like to think that they find me accepting of their customs and lifestyles even if I don't necessarily agree with them. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Lacek
08-02-05, 22:17
Fallen from light... Reborn in shadow... Haunted by memories... Confronted by evil...

And in fact, in Australia live many people from different nations and races. So I didn't know about the White Australia Policy. You know, during WWII, many people travelled to Australia, also from my country. So it was surprising for me. And now, you can meet daily with asian or african people, and this is good. We can learn much from each other, and this variegation makes life beautiful. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Tramp
08-02-05, 22:35
That's what the White Australia Policy was we only accepted people from Europe. When you consider we are so close to Asia it seems really strange. The Chinese have been in Australia for a long time, they came here mainly during the Gold Rush Era (around the 1850's) as workers in the Gold Fields. The Japanese came here later when the Pearling Industry started as they we experienced in the very dangerous job of diving for the Pearl Oysters. The cemetary in Broome is loaded with the graves of the Japanese Pearlers. When my dad married my stepmom there was a lot of problems amongst his friends, (she's only marrying you to get to Australia etc) also at that time we were getting a lot of refugees from Vietnam so there was a lot of hatred for Asians (they are coming here taking our jobs) At that time it made me very ashamed to be an Australian as rascism was very bad. Now it is so much better, there is still rascism against Asians but it is getting better all the time. It was not good here in the 70's if you were dark skinned. I went out with a Maori for a while and I copped a lot of abuse because of it. I always found the attitude very hard to understand considering our convict heritage.

SMSL
09-02-05, 00:39
Happy Lunar New Year! Party yourselves out! :D http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

Draco
09-02-05, 00:56
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TR_Dan
09-02-05, 13:52
hehe thanks all! collected my usual red packets today...
here's a pic of the fireworks at midnight last night...

http://www.the-inncrowd.com/imagesbunkies040121/images/P1010167

Sin
09-02-05, 16:09
Happy lunar year!!!

bumb1ebee
10-02-05, 03:37
Happy Lunar New Year TR Dan!! (and yes we're not all slit eyed, puahaha...)