We're coming up on the Chinese New Year, which starts this year on January 23. People set off fireworks along the waterfront continuously for a week. I'm not really looking forward to this, as we live right on the water and have only had the peace disturbed a few times with people setting off fireworks down on the sea wall. The thought of this going on for days, around the clock? Fun for about an hour. Then less so I suppose.
2012 is the Year of the Dragon. My oldest son Nathan is a Dragon, so he's pretty excited. He just barely turned 11, so being confronted with the fact that this is the year he turns 12 is a bit shocking to me. Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday here, and it's interesting to see the decorations going up all over town. The most interesting thing to me is the new 10 MOP (Macau Pataca) bill they've come out with just in time to celebrate.
I guess people were lined up at banks today to try and get their hands on one to give out for the New Year. 10 MOP is worth about $1.25 US. I'll make you a deal, friends and family back in the US: if you mail me a letter (current postage to Macau is 98 cents, but it goes up to $1.01 later this month), I'll mail you back a shiny new 10 MOP bill. If I can actually get any that is. Which I hope I can. If I can only get one, it goes to Dragon Boy Nathan, and I'll send you something else dragon related from China. Pretty sweet deal, huh?
(See how much I love mail? I'm not above paying people to send it to me!)