The Year of the Monkey


The Year of the Monkey starts today! I am currently on holidays in Japan but I wanted to schedule this post to wish you all a happy Chinese New Year.

As you all know, every year belongs to one of the 12 animals of the Chinese horoscope. Last year it was the year of the sheep or goat and it was said many couples would wait to have their babies because they think people born under that sign will never achieve any important success. This year, on the other hand, I read that all the maternity wards were fully booked for the first half of the year!

The Year of the Monkey does not have jokes (or I am not aware of them), unlike the Year of the Horse in 2014. Ooooh! I loved the jokes for the year of the horse! (Click and check!).

If you have free time, I suggest you check your Chinese horoscope! I found a couple of pages: this one to read about your sign, in general, (click on your animal) and this one here to read the predictions for this year (scroll down and click on your animal). I think horoscope predictions are very interesting because they say so many things, for sure something is going to be accurate for you!

My animal is rat. How am I supposed to be, according to the first website?

Rats are quick-witted, resourceful and versatile.

With strong intuition and quick response, they always easily adapt themselves to a new environment. With rich imaginations and sharp observation, Rats can take advantage of various opportunities well. Rats have strong curiosity, so they tend to try their hands at anything, and they can deal with it skillfully.

Ladies belonging to the Rat zodiac sign are pretty, smart, and lovely. They have quick minds and dexterous hands, and are able to learn anything.

A lack of courage, as well as good command skills, Rats are not capable as leaders. Opportunistic and picky as Rats are, they do not have broad minds, but a narrow view.

Rats are kind, but sometimes impolite to others. People of the Rat zodiac sign usually sleep late, for mice are nocturnal animals.

Uhm, ok, they were right in about 50% of the things. That is not a good accuracy rate, Chinese horoscope!

The best careers for Rats are: administrator, director, manager, entrepreneur, broadcaster, writer, musician, stand-up comedian, politician, lawyer, researcher, and racing car driver.

This one is very funny. I really, really, really cannot see myself as a politician, a lawyer or a racing car driver.

And what about my predictions for this year? Master Tsai, from the second website, says that I am going to be very lucky and earn a lot of money! Yaaaay! And, *gasp*, Master Tsai thinks I should invest in real estate! Yep, Master Tsai doesn’t know this Rat at all…

Wealth: You have opportunity to increase your wealth. House can protect our living. For you, the house is connected to Monkey. Therefore, housing investment in the real estate market is a good choice.

Pay attention to the matchmaking advice!

Love: Rat and Monkey have attraction relationship. This is a good time for love relationship. You can ask your mentors, parents or older friends to help you to find potential match. For men, sometimes you can try the relationship with the person older than you.

Yes, women should definitely let others find her partner, because they are not wise enough to make a good choice. And men, it’s ok if you want to date an older woman, in case you didn’t know!

But, anyway, I should be happy because…

General Fortune: It’s a sign of God’s blessings. You will often have a carefree and joyous mood with pleasing appearance.

I am going to be blessed and have a joyous mood and pleasing appearance! Thanks, Master Tsai! I predict that you will start taking English lessons this year because many of your customers will complain about your weird English!





PS. My blog has been nominated for the Top 100 International Exchange & Expats Blogs 2016. There are a lot of interesting blogs to be discovered there, have a look and vote for your favourite until Feb. 21st! And thanks to the lovely people in for including my blog!