Home Sweet Home for CNY

I have shown you CNY decorations in the malls in Penang. I think I am going to show you some decorations from one mall in Kuala Lumpur. Which mall, I am not sure, I have not decided yet which mall to go to for my last minute shopping. But before that, I am going to show you some decorations in a typical Chinese family’s home in Malaysia. More specifically, my home.

In case you have not already know, I am actually from Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, abbreviated as KL. I work in Penang, an island 360 kilometers/220 miles/4 hours drive north of KL. Every year for Chinese New Year, I would make the 4 hours drive back home. Driving home from Penang to KL for Chinese New Year is fun. Normally, it is people from all over the country flocking to KL for work, so during CNY, everyone leaves KL and there would be massive traffic jams in all directions. I, on the other hand, is going into KL. So, this is what I see when I drive home for CNY, every single year.


I get to cheer the poor folks on the other side of the road on, and at the same time I get the feeling that I am a superhero in those action movies. (I say this like, a million times already) You know, like there’s monsters/terrorists laying waste to the big city and everyone is trying to leave desperately, and there’s one idiot superhero (me) who tries to get in.

One thing I hate is when some people say this to me: “Oh, so you’re going to visit your parents on Chinese New Year?”. Wrong statement, mate. I am not visiting my parents, I am going home on Chinese New Year. My parents’ home is my home.

Anyway, back to my home in KL. You know, if it is up to me, you wouldn’t even notice that it is Chinese New Year soon if you visit my home. But it is NOT up to me, so these are what I saw when I arrived at the front gate of my home.


倩η₯žε› Sky Deity Altar and a tree decorated with angpaos (red packets)

cny decor

Twin red lanterns with red cloth draping above the door

Please ignore the unsightly top of my car..

What about inside the house? No worries, mommy’s got it covered as well..


DIY angpao packets lantern


Customized pot of flower with well wishing charm

Yeah, we’re ready to usher in the Chinese New Year!


  1. Hahaha, those poor cars frying under the sun on the other side of the highway. I am sure you entertained them well with one camera in hand and the other on the steering wheel – very steady like a pro πŸ˜€

    Lovely decorations at your house, inside and the outside. Bright red and festive. Prosperous. Your mum did well. Don’t know if you speak Mandarin or Cantonese at home (maybe both, and more dialects), but Gung Hei Fat Choi, San Nin Fai Lok!

    • If you share that photo to the police, you will get me into trouble in no time! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      At home we speak in Mandarin, but we are perfectly comfortable with Cantonese, so both is fine! Gong Hei Fatt Choy to you too! πŸ˜‰

    • Tsk, CNY don’t show this πŸ™ face, at least now you safely arrived! Gong Hei Fatt Choy!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  2. Love the dΓ©cor!! The tree with red packets is very nice!

    I have to admit that I have been in a traffic jam or two before and I pity those people in the cars on the other side. That is why I love having Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner at our house. πŸ˜‰

    Happy Lunar New Year, CL!! I hope the year of the goat is an awesome one for you!!

    • I feel pity for them too, that’s why I wave at them to cheer them on. They might receive it badly though! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Happy New Year to you too! I’m sure the goat will ensure the year is an awesome one for all of us! πŸ˜‰

    • It used to be empty, I would have no troubles doing last minute shopping on CNY eve, but today I was caught in traffic and was almost late back home for the dinner! I think more and more people stay in KL rather than travel back to their hometowns..

  3. Home sweet home babe! Already got CNY feel jor reading your post now.. By the way, I just finished bathing the kids, now watching tv, tonight reunion dinner with the inlaws lor..

  4. Beautiful! Your mum didn’t leave any chores for you? Did she grumble: just know how to come home and eat only? LOL!!! Mum, aren’t they all the same? And some dads too… Wink! Wink!

    Qong Xi Fa Cai to you and your loved ones!

    • Got lah, but mostly as chauffeur and walking trolley cart for last minute shopping dash πŸ˜€

      Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and family too!

  5. Your mum sure decorated the place to the nines πŸ˜€ My parent’s home is not decorated like that. We basically clean up the house and that’s it! Have a great time with your family.

    Wishing you and your family Gong Xi Fa Cai!! And don’t forget to snap pics of the food you ate πŸ™‚

    • What? It is a legitimate feeling! At least I become superhero to my family. Bring goodies back, and become driver for last minute shopping! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  6. Wow..your home is so nice!! Really CNY atmosphere! I did not do any CNY deco this year… but reunion dinner will be held without fail each year…

  7. Wow! Your mother really puts in the effort to decorate the house nicely for CNY to welcome you home! Nice! Give you top priority to park your car directly in front of your main door. I am sure there are other cars that need parking at your house too but they do not get this privilege.

    Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your family!

    • You sound like I am so pampered! Actually she did all these for CNY, not for me only LOL! And they were all outside when I reached home, so I get to park inside to unload hahaha! No preferential treatment here! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and family too! πŸ˜‰

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