After a few days of celebrating Chinese New Year, many of us are getting back to work soon, with a gloomy face and a bigger-than-usual belly due to the cookies we have during the festive season.
The Blues is definitely much worse than any Monday Blues since we’ve got a super long weekend.
But hey, despite that, you’ve got to keep the CNY spirit going, because you still need to do something to make sure that your year will huat like crazy.
The very first thing to do is to ensure that you’ve prepared ang baos if you’re married, or if you’re the boss.
Giving ang baos to people who aren’t married is a tradition, and bosses have to give ang baos to their employees as well, even when they’re not married (but most bosses should be married, eh?). If not, you’ll encounter an awkward situation when others give while you just hide in one corner and pretend that you didn’t see.
Secondly, wear red if you do not need to wear a uniform. Presuming that you’re very pantang and have worn red on the first day of Chinese New Year, it just makes sense that you wear red on the first day of work, too.
Thirdly, bring a pair of mandarin oranges to work, and place it on your desk. During the first fifteen days, having it on your desk (or anywhere near you) would bring you good luck—now you know why some taxi drivers have them in their cars, eh?
Fourthly, place a few one-dollar coins on your desk. If you’re really pantang, paste them on the top of your computer screen. The Singapore one-dollar coin is shaped in a way that will ward off evil spirits.
Last but not least, enjoy your first day of work: because trust me, because many people might not have started work, so you’ll usually find less things to do on that day!
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This article was first published on goodyfeed.com in February 2016 and revised on 15 February 2018.