Kung hei fat choi! Happy Chinese New Year to all! I had a great time at the celebration of Chinese New Year in Manila’s Chinatown earlier today. While I enjoyed the dragon dances, I also had so much fun just walking along with the crowd, looking at things, watching the people around and taking pictures left and right.

Photographers were everywhere. Oh, my! All those lenses and new cameras I saw made me really want to replace my Canon 450D soon. Maybe this year. I hope. The sellers didn’t seem to mind the photo enthusiasts taking pictures of their merchandise; and with so many colorful and interesting subjects to shoot around the area, I’m sure everyone had a blast.

So what does the year of the dragon mean to all of us? Here’s a snippet of an article I’ve read at Philstar.com:

The Year of the Dragon is known to bring the Four Blessings of the East – wealth, virtue, harmony and longevity. Opportunities will abound throughout the year and they must be seized as they come. As the Chinese say, “Better do it than miss it.”

In general, the Year of the Dragon will be an exciting year, particularly during the second quarter of the year. It will be off to a rough and stormy start during its first month, revving up for a fast-paced and memorable year. Under the influence of the Dragon, 2012 will be a yang year. Yang water is flowing rather than stagnant, so expect our lives to flow with the energy of the Dragon. Ideas will abound, creativity flourish, economies grow and communities celebrate. So hang on to your dreams. This year might yet give you the opportunity to see them come true.

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