Good Things Come in Threes

Such as: Musketeers, Amigos, Stooges, Yada’s, Tenors, Kings or Wise Men, Wishes, and Graces or Gratiae – to name but a few.

For us yesterday, January 26, it was: (1) Chinese New Year, (2) the first solar/annular eclipse of 2009, and (3) Johann Raphael’s first day home.

Chef Tonio says;

“Kung Hei Fat Choi” is the cantonese way of greeting people during Chinese New Year. This means — Congratulations and be prosperous. It doesn’t mean “Happy New Year”. “Kiong Hee Huat Chai” is the Fookien version. “Gong Xi Fa Cai” is the Mandarin version. Happy New Year in Fookien is “Sin Ni Kuai Lok”. In Mandarin – “Xin Nian Kuai Le”.

Happy Lunar New Year! Happy Year of the Ox! Here’s wishing us all a healthy, wealthy and prosperous Chinese New Year!


The solar eclipse we had heard about over the weekend completely slipped our minds. National Geographic shows what we missed in the late afternoon Manila sky (the full annular eclipse was visible from Bandar Lampung in Indonesia):


Yesterday’s eclipse was eclipsed for my wife and myself by our returning home from the hospital and settling in with our son. We began the new year with a new chapter in life, as new parents. Wish us luck! I know we’ll need lots of it.