2010 Year of the Metal Tiger

February 14th, 2010 marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year.  2010 is the year of the White Metal Tiger. This year symbolizes toughness, generosity and wealth earned with hard work. The year is characterized by a dutiful, family oriented and dependable year. During the year of the Metal Tiger, one may show his love in terms of how hard he can work for the ones he loves. It may be difficult to express your feelings in words this year, but you can make it up by your hard work, deeds and strength of action.

This year will definitely be one that will be tough for me but I feel the end results will definitely be worth it.  Success in my endeavors will require a little luck and lots of hard work, planning and effort. I have some lofty goals this year of moving to China and there are lots of things to accomplish before it can be fully realized.  Step by step I am working towards completing these things and getting closer to realizing that goal.

This Chinese New Year has already had a great start.  The Friday before Chinese New Year began, my Kung Fu School, the Nine Dragon Academy, performed several lion dances for a few prominent corporations in St. Louis. The performers did an excellent job and the performances were really well received. I was also invited to a Lunar New Years’ Eve dinner and service at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple.  I spent the evening eating good food among good friends, which is a great way to start the Chinese New Year.

I have more good fortune to look forward too during the two-week period of Chinese New Year.  I will soon undergo LASIK surgery so that I will no longer need glasses or contacts to correct my vision.  I feel this will make training in China easier and more hassle-free.  The day after my surgery the Nine Dragon Academy will host its first Chinese New Year Celebration.  I am really looking forward to the food, lion dancing, and demonstrations.  We have invited several schools to share in our celebration and demonstrate some aspects of their arts as well.

This year holds a lot of challenges with the promise of much success.  I am prepared to meet those challenges head on and move ever forward toward my goals. I sincerely want to extend my wishes to everyone for a happy and prosperous year of the Metal Tiger.

新年快樂 (xīn nián kuài lè)!
恭禧發財 (gōng xǐ fā cái)!


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