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BLOG 3: GONG XI FA CAI - February 2016

Posted by Craig Ward, February 2016 on

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BLOG 3: GONG XI FA CAI - February 2016

GONG XI FA CAI, Happy New Year in Mandarin, is the cheerful greeting offered over the period of Chinese New Year which falls sometime in January or February. This celebration is associated with the Chinese zodiac and the animal birth signs with which some of us are pre-occupied. For example, I am a rat in the Chinese zodiac, which is not as bad as it sounds, and my daughter is a dragon, specifically a ‘water-dragon’. They say that is great news, but it does make for a very, very willful little girl. Of course, we would not have it any other way!

Each year, if scheduling allows, we try and have a short family holiday over this period, and we have maintained our batting average since our trip to Siem Reap in Cambodia in 2012. Here are a few photos from that trip and subsequent outings in, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Oman. Enjoy and Gong Xi Fa Cai! 

The broader region of Southeast Asia, where many of these shots were taken, is one of my favourite places in the world to visit. The culture, wildlife, adventure, excitement and diversity the region offers is quite unlike anywhere else.

However, as we all well know, the broader region of Southeast Asia, has many pressing conservation issues. Climate change, population growth, wildlife poaching, pollution and forest clearing to name a few. The loss of rainforest to clearing for continued expansion of palm-oil plantations persists as one of the biggest issues. A global champion for the preservation of the rainforest of the world is RAN- Rainforest Action Network, please view their work: