(I will trickle out 1H2015 Monthly Expense Reports over the coming weeks)
Chinese gift culture is awesome. Whether it be for a wedding, an anniversary, a birthday, a baby shower, or for Chinese New Year, everybody gets and gives cash. Just stuff a few bills into a plain red envelope and your gift is ready. Fortunately the wrapping paper industry hasn’t been able to corrupt the culture via advertising in the same way as the diamond industry.
Chinese New Year is a big gift giving holiday. Employers will pay a bonus of at least one month’s salary, or even much more if business is good. People also receive the gift of time; many businesses close for a week and people leave town to visit family.
We stayed in the city, and celebrated by attending the Taipei Lantern Festival, joining and hosting dinner parties, and via the giving of gifts… to our friends and their children, the door staff of our building, and the lady who helps us with house cleaning
Preparation for GCCjr’s imminent arrival also began in earnest this month, with mass purchases of baby necessities. For the next 18 years, I’ll be reporting our child rearing expenses on a dedicated page, still a work in progres. As such, GCCjr will have his own expense report section going forward. Lucky kid
As a result of wild spending on baby stuff, an unexpected bill, and overall large living, our total expenses were embarrassingly high in February. Total was a new monthly record