Chinese New Year Celebration

 

2016 Chinese New Year falls on February 8, and it is the Year of the Monkey according to Chinese zodiac. Chinese New Year celebration is the most important annual event for Chinese people and has more than 4,000 years of history.  Since we have many Chinese Au Pairs in our cluster we are looking forward to celebrate Chinese New Year with them.Happy new year

We are going to get together and join Chinese New Year celebration at Penn Museum in Philadelphia on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 12:00 pm. It will be a great chance to experience the traditional Chinese customs and meet new Au Pairs.

The Penn Museum has a Chinese New Year celebration every year. It is a special show that held in the China Gallery and throughout the international galleries of Museum.Au Pairs celebration at penn museum

The Au Pair cluster in Bucks County and Philadelphia joined that event in 2014, we learn a lot and had so much fun at the event. We enjoyed traditional music and dance, tai chi and tangram workshops, and Kung Fu demonstrations. We liked the Grand Finale Lion Dance Parade the most.

During the Chinese New Year, people greet each other by saying “Gong Xi Fa Cai” (恭禧發財), which means “may you be happy and prosperous” or “zhù nǐ hǎo yùn” (祝你好运) that means “wish you good luck.”

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Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭禧發財),  zhù nǐ hǎo yùn” (祝你好运).

Wish you luck in the Year of the Monkey!

猴年大吉

 

 

Au Pair from Australia Kiah

In January, we welcomed  Au Pair from Australia Amber.10984738_1000396696656232_654688054_n

Very soon, another Australian Au Pair Kiah joined the Au Pair cluster in Philadelphia, Bucks County and NJ.  Amber and Kiah live close to each other with their host families in Bucks County, PA and became best friends quickly. Kiah takes care of two little lovely girls, she calls them”my princesses.”IMG_5680[1]

Kiah loves to watch movies, meet friends and travel. She is very organized and active. Kiah shared a lot about her experience on this blog. Look up Kiah’s diary. She also contributed a lot to Au Pair Sis blog.IMG_0784

Kiah loves babies and she visits Kathy’s host family very often. The Smolarski family has a lot of kids and babies, so Kiah observed the triplets growing from their first months and she became friends with the family.kiah au pair australia

Kiah really loves travel. I don’t know any other Au Pair who travels so much and visits as many places as Kiah does. She traveled a lot with Cultural Hi-Ways. Kiah also loves to share her experiences.image

Kiah is looking forward to being an Au Pair in England next year, exploring the new country and making new friends. Good luck, Kiah .

Australian Au Pair Amber.

In January 2015, we welcomed Au Pair from Australia Amber. We have never had Au Pairs from Australia in our Au Pair cluster before,  so it was an exciting and new experience.

Amber  lives with her loving host family in Bucks County, PA.  Her Host Family had many Au Pairs from around the world and loves the Au Pair program.image1

Amber said that as an Au Pair she is able to fulfill two of her greatest passions: caring for children (she worked in a daycare before coming to the USA) and learning about different cultures. “I want to be an AU PAIR as it is an amazing way to combine my love of children with my desire to travel!”

And she does. Amber is taking care of three school-age kids of a very active host family. She is traveling a lot with her family this year, visiting many places and learning  many “first time things”.  Amber met a lot of international friends. Au pairs at Rock Gym 7

Amber is not only a great Au Pair, she is also a great buddy for Au Pair Kathy from Ecuador. She was often with Kathy to help, drive and make a company. Amber’s buddy Cosima, Au Pair from Germany, helped Amber a lot when Amber joined the cluster, so she knows first hand what is a great buddy means.

Amber has great baking  and art skills – look on these fantastic cookies.Au Pair amber cookies

She loves her host family and the kids and plans to come back as a tourist and to see her host kids. Amber is also made a lot of international friends and she is excited to go all over the world and visit them.Au Pair Christmas party 4

Times flies and her year almost finished. Amber said that she had a great Au Pair year and she is looking forward to working in a childcare center and spending time with her family and friends after she comes home.

 

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