One Big Family

Preparing the background for family’s photos

Chinese New Year 2017 – The Year of the Rooster – has begun and will last until Feb 15, 2018. The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month.

This year, it’s the Year of the Rooster, the 10th animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Rooster will be in 2029.

My family celebrates Chinese New Year as well. We used to have dinner together at the day before, and at chinese new year all of the member of the big family, uncle, auntie, nephew, niece, cousins, come to our home to have lunch together.

It’s a tradition to be together as a family, giving respect to each other. My Dad told me the importance of levelling in construction this morning, he said, he asked the builder to redo casting the concrete when he found the levelling was not right. The owner questioned him, about why he asked them to redo, destroy and rebuild again which my dad will take the budget by himself.

Dad and my Aunts

He said it was for learning, a lesson for his supervisor so he will keep up the standard high with no tolerance.He also said in one morning questioned, which one do you want, be the one who carry or support the weak, or the one who will be carried or supported by other. He also said sometime ago, in family, if there is disagreement, or fight Dad will take side on the weak one, because that is the essence of the family, to understand people as it is, and to help, unite, and be one family.My dad is getting older, his energy may be less than before, I’ve got my lessons, every time I met him.

Happy Chinese New Year, may you and your family be loved by so many great people, and this universe.


Oleh Realrich Sjarief

Founder of RAW Architecture

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