The year 2013 has been a challenging year to my homeland. As if the recently exposed case of graft and corruption widely known as Napoles case in the Philippines is not enough, series of fortuitous events put our country in a difficult situation. The earthquake in Bohol destroyed some of the oldest churches we have and took the lives of a lot of Boholanos and perhaps the worst typhoon in the history of the Philippines almost wiped out Tacloban in the map with 2013 super typhoon Yolanda aka as Haiyan internationally.
What these unfortunate events brought us are people sending their love all over the world. It was heart warming enough to keep the Filipino spirit alive. And so despite the hardships, I would like to welcome 2014 with even greater hope towards the healing of our nation.
May the blessings of the Lord shower upon us this 2014. As the Korean way to say it:
새해 (sae hae) – New Year
복 (bok) – blessings
많이(manhi) – many
받으세요 (padeuseyo) – receive
I was about to post this last night right few hours before the clock strikes 12am of January 01, 2012 but my intermittent internet connection did not allow me to do so. Instead it’s few hours before January 01, 2012 ends.
Anyway I would like to great everyone a Happy New Year. 2011 is indeed a challenging year and I can only hope for a better 2012.
As the kids said, ‘새 해 복 많이 받으세요!’ Sae hae bok manhi paduseyo actually means may you receive many blessings this new year. This is somewhat similar to the typical English greeting ‘have a prosperous new year’
여러분 새 해 복 많이 받으세요!
Five days to go and its going to be 2009 already. Despite the economic depression that hit the world late this year and the gloomy projections on growth for 2009, there is still hope. Moreso, these global situation will not stop us from spreading cheers and greeting each other for a blessed new year.
So much for the intro, i just wanted to share how to greet Happy New Year in Korean:
새해 복 많이 보내세요 (Saehae bok manhi bonaeseyo). This is literally translated as To send many new year blessings. Somehow this is similar to how we always say Have a Prosperous New Year.
If you just want to stick to the usual Happy New Year, you can say 행복한 새해 보내세요 (Haengbokhan saehae bonaeseyo). This means to send a happy new year.