Author Archives: Adrienne

About Adrienne

I am a Fiji-born Chinese chick with an American drawl living in the sun-kissed land of Australia. I am useful at nothing else besides making up stories, which I would happily do for the rest of my life if it actually produced money to pay for food, rent and plane tickets. Still living in hope. My non-fiction stuff can be found on, and if you'd like to read my fiction stuff, just leave a reply :) Share your thoughts/jokes/writing/musings with me. Welcome to the Hooman World. © Adrienne Tam and, 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Adrienne Tam and with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Night Noises

Repost of an old blog:

When I was young, Chinese New Year meant more to me than the ‘Real’ New Year ever did.  Never at a particular date (because it’s based on the Chinese calendar, which is in turn based on the phases of the moon, or something like that), Chinese New Year was always a surprise when it came along, and I was always delighted – remember how it felt when you were childishly delighted – by all the noise and mayhem.

Chinese New Year meant fireworks and dragons, red packets and moon cakes, costumes and dances, and that slow, sad Chinese melody played on the pipa.   Continue reading