Skip to main content

Chinese New Year Minimum Rates

I remember those years when I was working in the Treasury department, I used to get a lot of "red packets" (empty ones, of course) from the banks.   Those were the days that these red packets were hand-delivered right to my hands... but of course, nowadays, there is no more such benefits...

For the first time this year I did not collect any red packets from the banks.... I just make do with whatever was given to me free... like AEON shopping mall, Old town kopithiam, Carlsberg, Guardian...  none from the banks... I am just too lazy to go and ask...
Not only that, I didn't even go to the bank to exchange new notes, thanks to my colleague, she has some "extra" new notes... and I still have some left over from last year... 

Tomorrow I will dedicate the tasks of putting new notes into these red packets or yellow packets or "ang pows" to my kids... by the way, what is the minimum rate this year?  RM2 still acceptable or not?  Or is RM5 minimum now? 

Imagine going to one house with 20 over kids.... RM5 is a big sum...  I guess I am getting more and more frugal... in some house cases, I better stick to my RM2 notes... 

After saying this, I bet no one wants to visit me...  hahahaaa...


  1. hmmm, i also think the RM2 time is already over lah.. guess at least RM5 or RM10 now..

  2. I am not sure what the minimum rate i because I never give but take, haha! However, I don't enjoy getting red packets from relatives, aunties, uncles or cousins as they always feel very 'uneasy' with my single status. 'KAY POH'!

  3. so your chinese new year seems like christmas here giving ang pows to kids huh
    thats interesting

  4. I read from China Press today, minimum is RM 4 now =)

  5. Maybe in Ipoh RM2 still acceptable? But in KL, at least RM5 haha : )

  6. My childhood days kampua 50 sen and minimum ang pao was RM1.10. today, kampua's RM2.50, 5 times give RM5.00 lah. Once a year, never mind - what goes around, comes around. Later the kids scold you, say you so stingy....not good vibes for to start the new year wor... LOL!!!

  7. Aiyor!!! Hayley, 4 = die....cannot have anything in 4's lah... 3 or 5 will be fine.

  8. But RM3 very odd one.. i think no one gives 3rm but 4... even number even though it is sei.. hahahaa.. chinese susah nak layanlah...
    Well, i guess it depends on where you want to go.. a house of 20 over kids, I cannot afford to give rm5 for each one.. hahahaa... Big towkay can la.. :)

  9. Hey Claire, hop over to wish you a very Happy Chinese New Year. I didn't managed to post out any cards this year. Sorry for that! However, may the year of snake brings good health & good wealth to you & your family. Enjoy * have fun!
    Frankly $5 red packets normally is for family members where they have more kids, $10 is for less kids (one child) and $2 is for stranger or far ahead The southern part of M'sia, they often give $10 red packets to everyone, $100 for own kids (some $500) and $50 for family members. while I cannot follow~lah ! Just do whatever I managed & never stress out myself.
    Best wishes, Kristy ((hugs))

  10. Better than nothing. It is the thoughts that counts. Claire, Gong Xi Fa Cai to you & your family.

  11. Thanks Kristy!! Then I better dont live in southern part.. hahahaha.. but those who are single sure would love to be there.. hahahaa...

    irene: yeah, just a token of blessing right!

  12. min rate is RM5 ah? no more rm2 ah....opsie :p

  13. oh, i still give RM2.. cos too many cousins and the kids.. hahaa...


Post a Comment

Thank you, readers!

Popular posts from this blog

Reunion At Museum Restaurant At Starling Mall

CLASSMATES REUNION... but not from my year.  i just tagged along with my sister who wanted my company that evening.  She was going to meet up with some of her classmates at The Starling mall.  I did not want to drive there, taking Grab is a much easier and practical choice, considering it was rush hour in the evening.  Furthermore, I am not familiar with the roads... both of us might panic on the federal highway.  LOL... 
Having someone to take us there is so stress free, we only have to pay RM20 for the ride.  :)  Our first time to Startling Mall and being made familiar by one of the bloggers, Phong Hong who used to post up her lunch meals taken from there.  We were supposed to meet up at 7pm but we reached there an hour earlier to "survey" the shops and ended up buying a "bit."  Blame it on my sister who always like to give positive comments most of the time!   The dinner was held at The Museum.... Originated from Ipoh actually and how there is a branch here in …

Caring And Sharing At Limestone, Regal Lodge, Ipoh

IMPROMPTU GATHERING.... Nothing was planned beforehand, it was only at the last minute that we received call to have lunch at Limestone Cafe, inside Regal Lodge.  It was my first time there to have set lunch.  The menu prices were reasonable, around RM15.90 for the main dish, RM3 for a bowl of soup and RM2 for ice cream.  Other than that, coffee, tea and soft drinks are free.  
We were there not so much for the food but for the ambiance... we practically had the whole cafe to ourselves during that lunch hour.  Only one or two tables were occupied and we spent more than two hours there since it was a Friday long hour lunch for my working colleagues.  After a few months absence from me, it was wonderful to catch up with my ex-colleagues again!  
I was super hungry by lunch time and I felt like eating almost anything in the menu. We ended up ordering one main dish each and then sharing them with one another so that we could taste a bit of this and that..... 
I felt like eating Aglio Oli…

Famous Wanton Mee At New Hoong Kee, Bandar Sri Damansara

BREAKFAST FEAST..  Best meal of the day is always my first meal because I know I am able to tuck in as much as my stomach can accept.  I eat a lot in the mornings and then slowly dwindle by the end of the day.  As the saying goes, eat like a king in the morning and like a pauper in the evenings.  This is what I normally do nowadays, not because I wanted to, but it is my own body system that tune me this way.  Though I deny I am old but the body says otherwise... LOL...

On this morning, we went to New Hoong Kee in Bandar Sri Damansara, my sibling said this is currently his favourite place.  And after trying, I know why.... the food we ordered, all turned out good and tasty, even the curry reminded me of my good old days!
Managed to catch the name otherwise I wouldn't be able to tell this story now...  My type of curry... I can go without the chicken... Just the other ingredients will do fine for me.. I like the way they cook this curry... Heard the BBQ pork is tasty too... melt in …