I had the pleasure of joining some of my Chinese friends in celebrating the Chinese New Year at a restaurant close to Baker Street called Phoenix Palace. Our table was booked for 8.30pm but they had lion dancers booked to do a show there at 7.30pm and we were welcome to come and watch before our meal.
The performers in the lion costumes were energetic and entertaining and the adults seemed even more excited than the kids! Personally if I was a young child watching this for the first time, I would be really scared. But the kids seemed to love it.
Then the tempo increases and they shred and throw pieces of lettuce out towards the crowd. Some people were trying to catch it, some even picked pieces off the ground and took it to their table – maybe for good luck!
Now onto the food! We had pre-ordered our food the week before to speed up the process, but due to how busy the restaurant was on the evening, there was a bit of a delay in us receiving it. But the food was tasty nevertheless.
I don’t believe in horoscopes but this is what was written under my zodiac sign in their booklet (they have a typo in the list of years at the bottom – it should read 2012, not 2013).
Apparently belonging to the year of the Dragon is very good. But I thought the phrase ‘Thoughtful & fond of freedom’ described me very well – to the tee some may even say!