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Time for Reflection: Xian Nian Kuai Le!

Time for reflection Xian Nian kuai le

Xian Nian Kuai le!

Gong Hei Fat Choy!

Happy Chinese New Year to Everyone!!! The Year of the Dragon!

A New Year is a time to look forward and reflect upon the past. A Chinese proverb states that all creations are reborn on New Year’s day. The Chinese New Year is a celebration of change ... out with the old and in with the new! However, we could have never accomplished today without the experiences of the past.

Starting up Bam's Kitchen was a celebration of change.

I always loved to cook, dabble with photography and because of my profession, write. Of course I did all of these things in solitude, isolated and locked in Bam's Kitchen away from the rest of the world. Before starting up Bam's Kitchen website, I almost felt trapped like a prisoner in my own kitchen slaving away to feed the family with no recognition of my efforts other than an occasional grunt or moan from a hurried teenager. Participating in the new world of blogging has really opened up my eyes to a whole new world that I did not even know existed.  I have met some amazing people from all over the world that continue to inspire us all with their talents from everything from recipes, photography, funny antics and proverbs, and most importantly their talented writing. My day would just would not be complete without reading my fellow bloggers new posts. I think we all feel a real connection with our followers and fellow blogger buddies, even though many of us have not met and are living thousands of miles apart. Thanks to all of you for making this possible.

I always like to go out with a big bang (just like my fireworks picture above) and with the honor of receiving not 1, but 2 different blogger awards this week, what a fantastic way to bring in the New Year. Thank you for nomination of The Kreativ Blogger Award and the Reader Appreciation Award. 

A special thank you to Marie from My Little Rhode Island Corner, for nominating me for the Kreativ Blogger Award.


Please visit Marie's website at , it is a chronicle about gardening and cooking at their Rhode Island home, with the occasional visit from the local wildlife, Paris adventures and stories about her family. My day just would not be complete without looking at her amazing photographs and funny antics. I enjoy experiencing life in Rhode Island through the lens of her camera.

As a part of the Kreativ blogger award, I have to discuss 10 points or facts about me that you may not here goes.

1) I am only 5 posts away from my 100th post only after about 6 months of starting up Bam's Kitchen and am even surprised at myself for this accomplishment. What goals should I strive for next?

2) My camera never leaves my purse and is with me all the time. You never know what life throws at you and you never get a second chance to get that perfect shot or to share your life experiences.

3) My camera always some type of greasy film or food substance on it from trying to cook with one hand and take photos with the other. (I know, I really need to invest in a try pod)

4) I love the view from my apartment here in Hong Kong. We call it the million dollar view that promotes high spirits and resolves all writing ruts.

Victoria Harbor

5) I love to exercise. I love the feeling of freedom it brings to forget about everything or think about everything. It is the one time during the day that is just for me. Not only is exercise a great stress reducer and good for your health, it is a time of solitude to be contemplate, meditate and bring closure to some of the things you have no control over in your life.

6) I adore and miss my parents dearly. I cherish every day I get to talk to them as I know that each day left is a blessing. They are both in their late 80's and are in declining health but still never cease to amaze me with their stories and support.

7) I am studying Traditional Chinese Medicine  (TCM) Acupuncture at the Hong Kong University. As you already know I have been in the medical field for many years and practicing Western Medicine. However, learning Eastern Medicine is causing some major growing pains.  Please Meet Tong Ren, my new anatomically correct acupuncture doll who sits here on our dining room table.


8) I have a TCM Acupuncture midterm exam here in February and thanks to Bam's Kitchen, I have all kinds of distractions to avoid learning all of those acupuncture points, meridians and theories.

9) I dislike hominy (you know that disgusting vegetable that has a weird texture and tastes like soap) in any form it may be served. Really? Is this an actual food?

10) My better half's favorite vegetable is hominy. (So the probability that he will ever actually get to eat this vegetable is not even a topic for discussion. Sorry honey...)

Now here comes the fun part I am to nominate some fellow bloggers the Kreativ Blogger Award...Here they are not listed in any particular order.

1) Zoe from Pantry and Fridge Please visit Zoe's  little piece of the “pie” where you can follow along to her many trials and tribulations on the road to becoming a better home cook. She is always such a fun and positive person.  I know her posts will make you smile.

2) Mandy from The Complete Cookbook:  Her motto which transcends all of her posts, "Recipes for favourite dishes are passed down through family generations and given to friends and neighbours reaching across the seas –a sharing that has resulted in a rich heritage of blending different cultures for unique and interesting recipes." Mandy has a wonderful way of making you feel like you are in her kitchen cooking alongside her and her family. She shares her experiences in the kitchen and describes techniques might make it easier for you.

3) Martyna from The Wholesome Cookbook: Martyna has been a real inspiration to me as she is always very creative. I remember the month of tower foods where everything had to be in the shape of a cylinder. Her ideas were endless. She even hosts cooking classes in her home for those who want to learn how to make wholesome meals. I wish I lived closer!!!

4) Nami-san from Just One Cook Book : . Nami-san shares quick & easy Japanese home cooking recipes on Monday & Thursday's. It makes me homesick for Japan with all of her delicious recipes. Her very sweet and gentle ways are evident in everything from her responses on her blog and her attention to detail.

5) The Big Fat Noodle Here is one fun and crazy Hong Kong born, well-traveled lady who met an Englishmen and even uses the word "Whilst" in her blog posts. She is just too much fun and always makes me laugh with her cooking antics. You can see a slight Asian flare in her cooking methods and of course, I am all about that.

Now on to the 2nd award the "Reader Appreciation Award". 


A special thank you to Mandy from the Complete Cookbook, for nominating me for the Reader Appreciation Award. Greatly appreciated! Mandy always inspires me with her new dishes and the tidiness and organization of her kitchen and website. Her website is a wonderful reflection of her personality as it is very organized, easy to navigate in and fun to visit.

The rules of this award are to:

  1. Award your top 6 bloggers who have commented the most.
  2. Be thankful.
  3. You cannot award someone who has already been awarded and you cannot give the award back to me.
  4. Don’t forget to tell the bloggers you’ve awarded.
  5. If you don’t want to pass on this award, that’s okay to. Just admire it.
I would like to nominate the next 6 lovely bloggers very being so supportive...Please visit their websites and check out their latest delicious recipes. 

1) Vicky from Recipe Adapters Vicky is currently living in Perth and she emphasizes on presenting you with tasty food, but in an easier and cheaper way than the original recipe.

2) Sharon from Chinese Soup Pot: Sharon is currently living in US but was born in Hong Kong. Chinese Soup Pot is a family blog about Chinese soups that has an aim to share, preserve, and contribute to the art and culture of Chinese soup making. Sharon has a background education in food science and shares a wealth of knowledge about Chinese medicinal soups.

3) Sibella from Baking With Sibella Here is one serious little baker. She always amazes me with her attention to detail and unique recipes. She has so much patience.

4) Jasline from Food is my Life Jasline is currently living in Singapore and tackles some very interesting and difficult recipes. You should see the Chinese New Year Pineapple Tarts she just posted and you will see what I mean. She has a hidden talent. Jasline is also well-traveled and takes us along with beautiful photography from around the world.

5) Katy from Katy Arich Kitchen: Katy writes her recipes in three languages, English, Portuguese and Spanish so all readers can enjoy. Hola and Bravo to Ms. Katy for attempting this huge feat.

6) Katherine from Step By Step in the Kitchen: Katherine's new blogger website has just started with a bang as she takes you through step by step how to make recipes in her kitchen.

7) Jen from Zesty Bean Dog Jen is from Austin Texas and she shares the most stunning recipes some with a Tex Mex Flare such as an Agave Chicken, family recipes and many others. Check it out.

Oh my there are so many great fellow bloggers that deserve an award and if I could list each and every one of you I would, but really now I have to get cracking on my studying. Enough procrastination! It is time for me to learn all those dreaded meridians and extra points for acupuncture. ayyyahhhh!



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Time for Reflection: Xian Nian Kuai Le!

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January 18, 2012



  • It’s you that’s made me laugh this time! 🙂 Love today’s post and the fun facts about you. I didn’t realise you were studying eastern medicine, very useful to know. My mum used to cook up these AWFUL medicines with boiled insects, numerous roots and my brothers and I hated them, uuuurgh!

    Someone told me I was being terribly old-fashioned using words like ‘whilst’ so I’ve been trying to stop, difficult because I really like using it 🙁

    Thanks for the nomination and I can’t wait for your 100th post! Love your HK. IEEE, makes me proud to have been born there.

    • You are very welcome! I promise not mention too medicinal soups “whilst” preparing for my 100th post. Please keep in touch and take care. BAM

  • Ignore the spelling mistake, it was meant to say ‘HK view’…

  • Thanks for the mention, you are too kind! 🙂 Congrats on your upcoming “big 100”! It’s a great feeling!!! My in-laws are in Singapore right now for work and they said everyone is preparing like crazy for the Chinese New Year, what an exciting time of year! Keep up the great blogging!

    • Thanks Jen, I can’t believe I am coming up on my 100th post already. Amazing this time went so fast as I am having so much fun with it. You are very welcome for the mention. Looking forward to keeping in touch. Take Care

  • I LOVE your 10 things! Especially that you’re studying Eastern traditional medicine – how did I miss that you’re a medical professional? Guess I just haven’t been hanging around long enough…
    Thanks for your kind words, and your wonderful blog!

    • You are very welcome Marie. I think I love writing about my food more than ever as it is a great distraction away from my studying.. It keeps my yin and yang in balance. LOL Take Care

  • Congratulations Bam for your beautiful blog, and you deserve more awards for sure.
    It was so nice of you to have mentioned my blog, thank you very much, and I’m looking forward to reading much more of your beautiful work… …writing….and HAPPY NEW YEAR for you to….take care. katya

    • Gracias Katy! You are most welcome and a Happy Lunar New Year to you! BAM

  • Happy Chinese New Year! You are in the best place to celebrate this holiday Bam! Congratulations on your awards and wow your 100th post is coming soon – you really are a dedicated blogger! I had SO MUCH fun reading about you, as we always talk about food and don’t normally talk about ourselves unless this kind of occasion. I haven’t talked about myself for a long time (haven’t received awards for a while) and maybe it’s a nice opportunity to share on my blog. =) I wasn’t aware at all that you are in medical profession. Wah, you do have busy life! I’m just a mom and blogger. lol. Thank you for the lovely introduction of my blog too. You are so kind and sweet. I’ll let you know when I post, so you can get to know more about me (on top of things I already shared in my past posts). Enjoy your New Year holiday!

    • Domo Arigato gozarimus for your kind message Nami-san! You are such a talented food writer and photographer. I hope that one day I can work towards this goal. I must admit that writing about yourself is one of the hardest things to do on the intraweb. It is easy for us to write about food, culture and other things we are interested, as this comes very easy for us. It has been a little busy lately here on the homefront and Bam’s Kitchen has been a great distraction. Looking forward to reading more of your posts and keeping in touch. Ja Mata, BAM

  • Congrats for the two awards! And here is another one-

    Loved reading about you and I totally relate to greasy cameras. In fact my iPhone too pays the price as many times I am following a recipe on the phone.

    • Wow, thank you Shumalia for the award. 3 awards in one week, I feel so honored! Thank you for thinking of me. Your photography is just beautiful so the greasy fingers must just add something special to your photography effects! Take Care and lets keep in touch. BAM

  • Congratulations on the awards! You totally deserve them. (: And thank you so much for your mention, am truly honoured. Wow you are really amazing studying Chinese medicine… *thumbs up* Can’t wait to see read all your upcoming posts! Have a great Chinese New Year and wish you all the best! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

    • Gong Xi Fa Cai! Jasline. I am sure that Chinese New Year is also getting into full swing in Singapore as well. Thanks for all your kind comments. Looking forward to reading all of your new posts. Take care, BAM

  • Happy Chinese New Year!!!! And Congrats on all the many and wonderful awards. You definitely deserve them :). And congrats to all the new winners of these awards. I really enjoyed learning more about you 🙂

    • Thank you very much. I really enjoyed one of your last posts on food art. Very unique! You are always amazing me with your fresh ideas! BAM

  • Sharon | Chinese Soup Pot

    Happy Chinese New Year Bobbie! Gong Xi Fa Cai! I bet the atmosphere in HK must be so festive and fun right now. I wish I can be there to celebrate and eat good food too!! And congratulations for winning TWO awards in the same week! You have done a really fabulous job with your new blog and I am very impressed that you already have 95 posts with only 6 months time in the blogosphere! You have been working really hard and I felt so happy for you to read about how blogging has opened up a whole new world to you and that you no longer feel trapped in the kitchen just cooking in isolation for your family! It is really nice to be able to share somethings about our lives and find that people enjoy coming back to learn more! And I am certainly glad that we’ve met! Thank you for the Reader’s Award and the nice introduction about my site. I’ll let you know when I get a chance to write about this on my blog! Take care and tty soon! =)

    • 谢谢 Sharon! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous Lunar New Year. I am very happy that we have had the pleasure of connecting up. I truly enjoy reading and trying out your delicious and healthy Chinese soups. I know this is a super busy time for you around the holiday so take care, rest and lets touch base after the New Year. Take Care, BAM

  • Dear Bobbi! Congrats on your awards, they are well deserved! I loved learning more about you and I’m always looking forward to your new posts! Thanks so much for the Reader Appreciation Award! You just made my day! 😀 Hugs to you friend!

    • You are very welcome Sibella. Looking forward to reading what is cooking in your kitchen this weekend. Take care, Bam

  • Oh Bobbi, thank you so much for your kind words!

    “We could have never accomplished today without the experiences of the past” – love this! I know too how you feel about parents – mine live on the other side of the world and I love talking to them every chance I get!

    Happy Chinese New Year!

  • Your are very welcome Martyna. You never cease to amaze me with your talents. Thanks goodness for voice over Internet and other means of connecting with loved ones so far away. Take care and keep in touch. Bam

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