Ang pow open day

Chinese New Year is really over and finally, my kid gets to open his angpows. It is a little rule that I set for them that they are not suppose to dig and note down who gives them how much. I like to remind them that it is not the money that counts but how many angpows they get. More angpows mean more relatives and friends and that’s more important.

Moreover, there is no plus and minus as it is basically an exchange of gifts. Since we have so many kids, we normally make our angpow bigger so that if those who have only one or two kids give my four kids angpow, at least I can reciprocate with a bigger sum to contra. You know, I normally avoid giving angpows to those with one kid because I hate the thought of people giving back four packets. Really pai seh wan.

Therefore, today my little boy finally get to open all the angpows. I am keeping the video because children grow so fast. One minute you are a new mom or new dad like Terence (nah give your link liao, tiu) dealing with night feedings and diapers changing like Terence (nah, another link liao, niamah) and the next minute, the little kid can count money liao.

My little boy can count his angpows already. Totally 17 packets this time.

10 thoughts on “Ang pow open day

  1. It’s so freaky, I actually forgot about the ang pows this year, till I saw your post! I have them stashed away in my bag and I didn’t even remember to open! No wonder I kept feeling like I’ve missed doing somthing on Chap Goh Meh. Haha!

    Matthew’s adorable, by the way – especially in that vid!

  2. sooooooooooooooooooo cute..i used to do that after Chap Goh Meh but now old liao..but kenot vote la..I open my angpow and peek inside see how much.then close back and count the number of packets when i think there is no more angpows that i can receive.LOL..

  3. Three comments:-
    1) I like your voice larrr… Sounds so sweet and motherly… I hope I’ll sound like that too in the future when I become a mum. 😀

    2) This video gives me an idea of how much money to put in my ang pows next year! Hehehe… I’m still a novice! Just got married mah…

    3) Your son is soooooooooooo adorable! :)))

  4. Do you help keep your son’s angpow? I remember when I was very young, my mum will always ‘con’ me into passing the money to her, saying that she will keep the money in the bank for me..Now I am 20, I see no sight of the money, and when I asked her for it, we always seem to be able to drop the topic like a hot potato..

    (tulan) but nevermind mum only ma..since CNY is always a burden to parents actually..:)

  5. I actually never heard of such rules before, to open ang pow after CNY until my Penang friend told me recently. Is this only practiced by Penangites or Hokkiens?

  6. I love the way you talk to your kid and the practice of opening all angpaw at once. At least he won’t get mad/feel sad/feel unfair/look down at people who gave him angpao. Very wise practice.

  7. wooo!! so many! so much money!! =P hehehh

    life’s so nice as a i wish i could go back

    eh..i didn’t even get to keep my angpow money then T_T


  8. Wah…you’re so nice to think of the balance. I know I feel really “broke” this year as I’ve become a SAHM with only one kid. Lots of people have 2 or more!

    So cutelah the way the two of you talk it out as he opens the ang pow packets 🙂

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