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Chuc Mung Nam Moi - How's publisher is celebrating Tet

Posted by on Friday, January 31, 2014
Even though I am from San Diego and lived there for the first 29 years of my life, I am currently far away from America's finest city right now.

We don't have tet festivals here in this town that I currently reside in and I have not met another Vietnamese person yet to say "Chuc Mung Nam Moi" to their face and probably will not meet any for the rest of the day. And it's okay! I feel that facebook helps me feel close to San Diego since a lot of my cousins posted pictures of food and their festivities online. I'm also currently 38 weeks pregnant with a due date of less than 2 weeks away so it's kind of a nice thing to not have to commit to traditional festivities so that I can rest up before having to give birth to our first child. It's a nice break.

My husband and I decided to go to the Chinese Market to see if there are any veggies we could pick up. We weren't sure if they would be open since both the Chinese and Vietnamese cultures share the same New Year's Day. Luckily they were open and we were able to say "Happy New Year" to them. It was nice. The owner of the market is a Chinese man and the instant he saw me, he was positive that I was having a boy. He didn't even bother asking. He just knew. It's kind of amazing.

Anyway, I picked up some Tong Ho and bitter melon at the market and plan to cook them this weekend for Tet. I'm pretty excited about it since it's probably the only place in the whole city that carries these and we were able to have access to them. I really learn to appreciate the little things being this far away from San Diego.

Of course, I did the traditional thing and called my mom earlier today to wish her a happy new year. She seems to be in good spirits and was not upset at me for not being there like she was last year. I'm glad. Overall, it is a nice beginning of a new lunar year.

Chuc Mung Nam Moi, everyone! Enjoy your time with your family and friends!

Tags: pregnant on tet  tong ho  bitter melon 

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