Bible Verse of the Day

“Keong Hee Huat Chye!”

Scrap Credits
Chinese New Year QP  from Armina Designs
Hearts as One alphas from Snowsmoon’s Designs
Beautiful Rage Floral paper from Scarlet Heels
HoldEmUps from
Tara Dunstan
Polka dotted arrow from
Kit Moka tag from MissVivi

We have been training Ethan to wish “Keong Hee Huat Chye!” since December last year, I think.  We are, after all, Hokkien, so might as well teach him how to say it in Hokkien.  Well, at one point, I *thought* he was attempting to say “Happy New Year”, when I heard him saying, “Happy… you…”, but then when he started adding the clapping, stamping, and shouting “Hooray!” actions, I discovered it was his version of “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands!” 🙂

Anyway, Ethan started by repeating just the “huat chye” portion enthusiastically.  He would usually complete what I say…when I say, “Keong Hee”, he would chime in and say “huat chye!”

Then he started saying the whole phrase, and the way he said it was just too cute!

But just a few weeks ago, when we prompted him to say it, he would smile and say, “No..!”  And no matter what we said or did, he won’t say even the “huat chye” part.

Then this morning, I asked him again, and he said, “huat chye!”  Hehe….

Happy New Year and Keong Hee Huat Chye to everyone!

**Updated at 11:11p.m.: When Daddy and Mommy gave Ethan his angpows this evening, he said “Keong Hee Huat Chye!” 🙂

  1. michelle’s avatar

    Keong Hee Huat Chye to Ethan, you & your family!!

    Joyce says: Same to you too!


  2. rinnah’s avatar

    Hehe, must be so cute wan… I can imagine Ethan saying it!

    Happy CNY to Ethan, Mommy and Daddy! Not forgetting Baby too! *hugs*

    Joyce says: Happy CNY to you too! *hugs*


  3. slavemom’s avatar

    Keong Hee Huat Chye to u too!

    Joyce says: Keong hee, keong hee!


  4. Angeline’s avatar

    wah…. dialect ah!
    my boys just went “Gong Xi Fa Cai” with their own palms clutching each other….

    Joyce says: More like slang to me… hehe… Gong Xi Fa Cai to you too!


  5. 4malmal’s avatar

    Hi I chanced upon your blog through angeline’s. Really like your scrapbooking 🙂
    and so rare to see people do the greeting in Hokkein! I love it 🙂

    Joyce says: Thanks for stopping by! Well, we are Hokkien…so we greet in Hokkien! 🙂


  6. Mrs Tan’s avatar

    Wow! He is so clever now…he must be excited too…
    Gong He Fat Choy to U n Family..!!
    Mrs Tan(Ethan’s babysitter)

    Joyce says: Happy New Year to you and your family too! Yes, Ethan is picking up a LOT of new things everyday, it amazes us!


  7. debbie’s avatar

    haha…hokkien sounds more heart-warming le!!! Keong hee, keong hee to Ethan boy.

    Joyce says: Most definitely! 🙂


  8. Paik Ling’s avatar

    Keong Hee Keong Hee! Hope you had your own celebrations!

    Joyce says: Oh yes, in a more subdued manner than in Malaysia, but we had fun nonetheless!



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