I cant think of a proper title to give this post. After my renewed vigour over the weekend in starting my early morning runs once again, my body protested seriously with serious aches and pains on Monday. So I put off going for any runs on Monday or Tuesday but it felt good to be back today. Went round 3perimeters of my block without stopping. The run was fun and my paces are increasing and getting faster and longer as well. There was a lot of sweat pouring out of my ducts today after the run. If I can keep this up - running at least 3-4 days a week it should be all good.
It was the beginning of the Chinese Lunar Year on Sunday - The Year of the Golden Pig which occurrs once every 60 years. I did go to see the celebrations and it was fun. I missed the parade though. Got to the square after the parade had gone past the square but the day on the whole was fun. There were loads of fireworks one at 2pm and another at 5pm, loads of food stalls and the Queens Guards even came around with an armoured Tank and gave kids a tour of the inside of their armoured tank as well as allowed them to do a little bit of rock climbing. The restaurants were full to the brim and there were huge queue's of people outside almost every restaurant waiting for the seats inside to be vacated so they could get in and have some grub.
Earlier on, the activities had begun at noon after the parade had gone past Trafalgar Square with the ceremony of "Dotting of the Dragon's Eyes". According to a brief history which we were given at the square, Dragons are scary animals and their eyes could only be dotted when they were sleeping. So the dragons were brought on stage blindfolded to signify 'sleep' and the Mayor of London together with other dignitaries proceeded to dot the dragon's eyes signifying the beginning of the New Year.
The dragons on stage just after their eyes had been dotted.
Legend has it that their eyes can only be dotted while they are asleeep so they were blindfolded when they were brought onto the stage for the 'dotting' of their eyes.
Thats also another reason why I couldnt go for my run on Monday. My entire body was sore from all the walking about in Trafalgar & Leceister Square as well as China Town. More pictures from the Chinese New Year celebrations can be seen HERE. There were loads of film crews and going around interviewing people too and a couple of them came up to me and I said "Gong Xi Fai Cai" to the people of China live on air!!!!! Gong Xi Fai Cai means Happy New Year in Chinese. So if any of you bloggers in China saw an african female being interviewed about how she was enjoying the new year activities on TV, that was me!!! (smile)
P.S: I did write my post's title as "Hong Si Fai Choi" previously but have now googled the sentence and discovered the correct spelling of the sentence is "Gong Xi Fai Cai" although when pronounced does sound this way: "Hong Si Fai Choi". LOL!!