Chinese New Year is just around the corner and while the younger ones are anticipating all the ang pows and the opportunity to have a reunion to eat all the good food, preparing for the days ahead is without a doubt an overwhelming experience, especially given how “fast” the lunar new year is this time round. Google has recently launched a Chinese New Year mini site that is filled with tips and tricks to help you with the preparations.
Available at www.google.com/ChineseNewYear, you can get tips and tricks on what food to cook, which restaurants to dine in, find out how you can beat your family members in card games, and even find out what food or snack best represents Chinese New Year. The mini site is filled with links to relevant contents like YouTube video tutorials, the keywords you should search to find out more about this festival, and even links to Google products to help you out this CNY.
- Reunion meal prep: Google Search is the first place many turn to for recipe ideas. But let’s say you don’t like certain ingredients, like chives in your dumplings—you can type in [dumplings recipe -chives], and you can take those out of your results. After you’ve picked a recipe you like, you can keep track of all the ingredients you need to buy with Google Keep, which is a bit like sticky notes for your phone. Not sure how to fold dumplings? Search for videos by expert chefs on YouTube to brush up on your cooking technique. You can also share your recipes with friends and family on Google Docs.
- Visiting relatives: Visiting three relatives in one day might seem daunting, but it’s not a problem if you have Google Now set up on your Android or iPhone. Google Now will automatically remind you of when you need to leave so you can beat the traffic and get the best routes, either by driving or by public transportation. If you’re driving, Google Maps will give you turn-by-turn directions spoken out loud so you can focus on the road ahead.
- Send greetings abroad: Greet your friends and family face to face, even if you can’t be in the same room. Google Hangouts allows you to have video conversations with up to ten people at the same time, so you can chat to your cousin from Australia and your aunt in Canada all at once.
- Remember those magic moments: Back up the photos you take on your phone using Google+ Auto Backup so you won’t ever lose those photos again.
Visit Google’s Chinese New Year mini site now to get started and have a fun Chinese New Year this year.