2016 started out pretty rough for us so we decided that we would rather go with the Chinese calendar this year, and start the new year over on February 8th. That meant that we started the new year in Bali. I have to say, things have been pretty sweet since that “new beginning”. Sometimes you just have to throw in the towel and start over! We couldn’t be more happy about the way that we “start 2016 over”. It is quite normal for us to be off traveling during the Chinese New Year vacation, however we usually leave two weeks earlier than we did this year so we were surprised to see just how quiet things were on February 7th, as we got a ride to the airport in a taxi. The streets were completely deserted – not a common sight in China. We sure did get to see our fair share of monkeys during our time in Indonesia. These cheeky little animals were everywhere – at temples, in parks, on mountains, and often sitting next to the road in quieter village areas.
We don’t live by Chinese zodiac signs, but here are a few interesting facts about the Year of the Monkey for interests sake:
According to the Chinese zodiac, people born in the Year of the Monkey (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028) are witty, intelligent, and have magnetic personalities. Out of the five Taoist element — fire, water, earth, metal, and wood — the element of fire has been assigned to 2016, making it the Year of the Red Fire Monkey. Fire symbolizes creativity, joy, and intensity. The Year of the Monkey follows last year’s Year of the Sheep, an animal many consider passive and docile. The monkey is more favored by prospective parents, because many believe babies born in the Year of the Monkey will be energetic, self-assured, sociable, smart and innovative. For that reason, there will probably be a lot more babies born in China during 2016.
No matter whether you believe in superstitions or not, the upcoming Chinese New Year is set to be a great year
– all you need is positivity and a smile on your face. Happy New Year to all of our Family, friends and followers.