Born and raised in South Korea, Shawna Yap often celebrated Chinese New Year with family before living abroad, first to Africa for a year or two and then California. Moving to Kuala Lumpur years ago after marrying her husband Yap Teak Sing, she continues to embrace Chinese New Year rituals and traditions that are close to her heart.
Amidst the flurry of planning and excitement leading up to this year's celebrations, Tatler caught up with Yap to learn her best-loved memories, favourite traditions and go-to spots for reunion dinner.
"Chinese New Year (Seollal) in Korea was memorable for me," Yap says. "We would wear hanbok and visit our friends and family. Children often received money from their elders after performing a formal bow. I loved it. This year, I look forward to catching up with old friends and family in KL, and sharing good food, joy and laughter."