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Celebrate Lunar New Year with Storganize

How's 2016 New Years Resolution going? For those who are accomplishing your goals one by one, keep it going! For those whom New Year's Resolutions are not going so well, don't worry! January was just a trial month anyways, so Happy New Year again, more specifically Happy Lunar New Year! Although Lunar New Year was on February 8th, it is never too late to get the resolutions going. 

So what is Lunar New Year anyways? Lunar New Year follows the Lunisolar calendar which is based solely on the cycles of the moon. According to the Gregorian Calendar or Western Calendar, Lunar New Year falls on the second new moon of the year. Countries in Asia, such as China, Vietnam and Korea also share the same New Year.  It is commonly known as Chinese New Year, however, to be politically correct we simply referred to it as Lunar New Year. 

Here are some of the do's and don't, traditions and fun facts about Lunar New Year!

  1. It is finally 2016! The year of the Monkey! For those of you born in the year of the Monkey, this should be a lucky year for you. 
  2. Declutter your dorm room or apartment. It is time to get rid of the old year and welcome in a fresh new beginning. Don't stress about spring cleaning, store anything you want to save for later with Storganize.

  3. DO NOT take a shower or wash your hair on New Year's Day! You might be washing away your good luck. 

  4. New Years is an excuse to go shopping for new clothes, preferably red! Have fun, but spend wisely. Don't have a place to store your new clothes? Pack away any old or seasonal clothes and store it with us! We will even drop off boxes for you. 

  5. Besides buying new clothes, WEAR your RED clothes for the New Year! The color red symbolizes good fortune and luck. So, definitely wear red to class for those midterms coming up. 

  6. Children and unmarried adults receive little red envelopes.They are filled with money ( :

  7. Spend time with family and friends, and of course eat! It doesn't matter if New Year is the first day of the year, second month of the year or even mid-year. Nothing beats spending time with family and friends with amazing food. 

From Storganize and myself, we wish you all a year filled with prosperity, good luck and happiness! Continue to grow and reach your maximum potential! Start setting goals and tackle them throughout the year, whenever you want. The key is to start now! Happy Lunar New Year!

-Julie Ngo

How to Travel Like Anthony Bourdain

Do not miss out on one of the best parts of studying abroad, trying new Food!

 

Anthony Bourdain; chef, world traveler, and food extraordinaire once said that “food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma.” I couldn't agree more. I think that one of the best ways to explore a new culture is by trying new foods. No matter where you are in the world, the food will always tell a lot about the history of the region and the people who live there. If you limit yourself to the places that you may be familiar with like American food chains, you will not be be able to fully immerse yourself in the new culture.

    Try broadening your options and that includes small food vendors as well. Worried you might get food poisoning? Observe where locals go, or even better, ask the locals which ones they trust. This will be a good way of spotting a good meal and also connecting with new people.You’ll be surprise to see how people are incredibly willing to give their suggestions on their favorite places to eat.  

    The greatest part about traveling is that the food you try may be an ordinary meal, and most likely cheap option for locals. However, for you, it will be a completely new experience that won’t break your budget. If you are not already convinced to try new foods when you travel, then do it out of respect.  One of the most effective ways to quickly show respect for a culture is by enjoying their food.  So make sure whether you’re in the U.K., China, or Chile, always try new foods.  Enjoy, and Eat Up!!!