{JakartaMemento} Chinese New Year 2013

Lately I have not been very good at up-keeping the diary aspect of Stumble Abroad. This blog just turned a year old about two weeks ago and its original purpose was to document the our lives as a family of four in the Big Durian. Although I truly enjoy writing about our adventures and travels, sometimes our life is not filled with adventures but rather everyday life. Since I am terrible at photo albums and I have failed at several attempts of making a photo book I will try to go back to documenting a least a little bit of our very common earthly life and what life with two little monsters young men in Jakarta is like. Hence the birth of Jakarta Memento to document a few of the events we experience as a family. In the next few weeks I will also make an effort to revamp a week in snapshots where my Iphone acts as the main photographer and memory keeper.

Chinese New Year 2013

Chinese New Year has almost come and gone and before life with two toddlers takes over I just wanted to share with you a little bit of how we celebrated Chinese New Year in Jakarta.The main event was the CNY party at our apartment building. As the many dragons invaded the foyer of our building our two boys had different reactions to this encounter.

Another view

Evan was very concerned to see so many dragons in his apartment and was a bit scared at times. Joshua on the other hand was clapping and smiling and enjoying the show. Unfortunately I was not able to get a good picture of Joshua because he was sitting in the kid area but he was very excited so see so many colors and he was mesmerized by the movement.

Evan was either impressed or mortified, it depended on the show

Evan was either impressed or mortified, it depended on the show

A dragon paid our Apartment Building a visit

A dragon paid our Apartment Building a visit

Close-Up

Close-Up

Ohh no, there's three of them!

Ohh no, there’s three of them!

Uno, Dos, Tres or should I say Yi, Er, San

Uno, Dos, Tres or should I say Yi, Er, San

Joshua’s friend, Mateo insisted in petting the dragons as many times as he was able to. By this time, Joshua had already gone upstairs to get ready for bed.

Mateo loved the dragons

Mateo loved the dragons

Petting the dragon

Petting the dragon

Evan’s favorite performance was the martial arts presentation. He kept imitating the kicks and jumps for a few days after the show had taken place.

Martial Arts Presentation

Martial Arts Presentation

I had never before seen a dragon dance and I was very excited to see it for the first time. I hope we are able to go to a street festival next time since I’m sure the performances are even more impressive than what I have already witnessed. I loved looking at the dancers jump over the dragon and cheered as they jumped 30 times over it.

Another dragon

Another dragon

Going round and round

Going round and round

They jumped over it thirty times

They jumped over it thirty times

Jump!

Jump!

Grand Finale

Grand Finale

The Dragon dancing around

The Dragon dancing around

A few hours, a couple of beers (on mommy and daddy’s belly), a nice warm plate of noodles and a refreshing coconut popsicle later, Evan enjoyed playing the keyboard as our good friends participated in a beer-drinking contest.

Evan ended up playing the keyboard while our neighbors fought for a beer drinking championship title

Evan ended up playing the keyboard while our neighbors fought for a beer drinking championship title

This was a very fun-filled Saturday afternoon that I really hope the boys will remember years to come. After all, we won’t be in Asia forever and we should be able to enjoy the culture whilst we can.

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