It's Chinese New Year time, and we are now in the year of Ox. ~Moo~ For me, Chinese New Year is all about food. Eat, eat and eat! Now, I'll let you know why I say so.
Reunion Day-25 January, 2009
Woke up around 10am, after breakfast, help around to prepare food, for prayer. I did not help much, as I got my brother and maid to help out. Hehe...so, I spent my time read newspapers. Gosh, I missed so much about reading newspapers( I rarely read newspaper while I'm studying, mostly got to know news from online newspaper.) At around 1 pm, I had my reunion lunch with my family, including uncles and aunt, except 1st uncle and his family. He 'missed' every year's reunion lunch, as he and his family are preparing reunion dinner for us. Thus, most of the time they'll be absent. But this year is also quite special for us, as my dad's sister and her family will spend their Chinese New Year with us (according to Chinese tradition, daughter who is married should spend the reunion, 1st and 2nd days of Chinese New Year with her in-laws). So I can say that this year's new year is a 'family gathering without absentees'! My simple lunch: green veges, fishes, chickens, pork(2 dishes with it), prawns, salads. Hmm..I think that's my lunch. Gosh, I was so full! After lunch, we got some rest. 'Old people' went to rest, like take a short nap or watched tv programmes, young people had their own activities, like playing mahjong or computer games or watch online movies. But of course, there are some doing vice versa. Hehe...around 4pm, had our tea break. 'English tea'-Lipton tea with biscuits and cake(my mum baked it!). Tea break is a must in my family's 'tradition': afternoon-3-4pm and night-10-11pm, during this big gathering. Otherwise, we won't drink so many times! Then around 5pm, we get ready to go to my 1st uncle's house. We reached there at 7.30pm, and had our dinner. It's a simple dinner, with 4 dishes. After dinner, those who are kaki judis started to play cards. While they were playing, others will gather around to see them play or just watch tv programmes. I prefer the 2nd choice, as I'm kiasu, I hate to lose!! Of course, while playing cards or watch tv, we'll just stuff food into our mouth! :) We left at 11.45pm, and headed home to pray for 'Uncle Chai'-god of fortune. It's a chinese culture. People believe that by doing so, we'll have a good fortune ahead. Of course, we had some tea before we sleep..hehe...*pray hard...pray hard...I want more money!*
1st day of Chinese New Year-26 Jan
Hmmm...woke up at 11am...hehe...slept late last night mah! Actually it's because one of my relatives were here. Otherwise, I don't think I'll woke up so early! Haha...ate some bread as my breakfast, and waited for lunch-again. Haha...while waiting, play with relative's grandchild and hear all of the talkings. Today's lunch is Western+Eastern style. Main course is pasta with bologne sauce and white sauce, and tofu with kuah rojak. After lunch, play with the child again and mahjong. Chinese New Year without mahjong is a bit bored. Hehe....and time passed by so fast while doing these. Sien. Around 3pm, 1st uncle came to meet the relative. And we had tea break again at that time. After that, they chat again, and I continued my mahjong games. Around 5pm, get ready to go to my 2nd uncle's house to have dinner. Reached my uncle's house at 7pm. Had a simple dinner. After dinner, it's play cards and watch tv times! Hehe..I know it sounds a bit bored, but we've done this for many years . This is the way to celebrate Chinese New Year in city. If like the time when I was a kid(aged:1-10), the celebrations at my parents' village were TOTALLY different! I prefer to celebrate in the village, but what can I do? The old place is no longer our's. Before we left at 11.30pm, we had our family photo taken. It's been 2 years since the last big family photo was taken.
2nd day of Chinese New Year-27 Jan
Woke up early, as my aunt and her family were going back to Singapore by bus. Went to the bus station with them. I'll be coming back AGAIN to the bus station at the same time in 5 days time to go to Penang to continue the s*~king and farking uni life....Sien....Will miss my cousin brother and sister again. Actually we only meet once in a year, but if my brothers and I go to Singapore for holiday, we'll meet them again. But it's hard to say. Sometimes we didn't go Singapore, so we'll just have to wait for Chinese New Year to meet them. This is what I hate most. The time we spend for our relatives are real little. The only time we spend with them is only during holidays, specifically, Chinese New Year celebrations. It's even harder for me to meet them, as my uni's life is different from others. My holiday is not necessasy other people's holiday. Sien. Back to the topic, the bus which was scheduled at 9.30am, only arrived at 10am. So late. After they get on to the bus, we headed home. Had my breakfast and watched tennis matches. Suddenly phone rang, and my brother said someone-not sure whether is Mr Yap or Mr Yam is coming. Whoever it is, preparations is needed to welcome them. Prepared some biscuits and drinks. Turn out it's mum's uncle@relative (for me). Listen to their talking while my eyes were glued to the tv-tennis match between Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic. They were here for a while and when they left, I continued with tv-now with Mythbusters' programme. Upon finish watching, I can't help with myself. Next mission: sleeping. ZzZzZZz for nearly 3 hours. See how tired am I!!! hehe...woke up and had some bread to fill my stomach, before continue watching tv. You see, I didn't watch tv for some time. The tv in my house at Penang was broken. I was so sien about it. Missed many programmes. After dinner, went to visit my aunt at Setia Alam, and reached home at 11.30pm. While writing this post, I watched tennis match again, this time is the repeat show between Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro. I missed the live show while I'm visiting my aunt. Hehe...guess I'll stop here for the 1st part. 2nd part will 'arrive' on next few days!
Last but not least, the 2009 Family Photo.