February the 14th is not only Valentine's day but it is also the birthday of my youngest daughter! Joelle is 13 years old on Valentine's day. Hemmm....after much pestering, persuading, and pretending to behave angelic she managed to lure me into celebrating her birthday which also happen to fall on the 1st day of Chinese New Year. It will be a 3 in 1 celebration she said. How to celebrate a 3 in 1 celebration during this time of economic downturn?? We invited only close relatives and friends, baked our own Valentine's cake (cup cakes), ordered a home-baked chocolate cake from a friend (for birthday cake), bought some mandarin oranges to signify CNY, got some cooked dishes from a Chinese restaurant (fortunately this particular restaurant open on CNY with no increase in price) and also I cooked some fresh water fish; cat fish and eel (eww...but nice), chicken curry and vegetables. All invitees were asked to come in red or maroon as the theme color, to signify Valentine's day and also CNY!