Chinese New Year’s Eve
Right now, every Chinese across the nation would be having their reunion dinner with relatives returning from all corners of the world, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandmommas, grandpas, grand-aunties, grand-uncles, great grandfathers you name it. Chinese households decorated with lanterns, ang pau’s, and greeting cards. Firecrackers blasting everywhere, fireworks blooming across the skyline (at least back in Kuching, ‘cos it’s dead quiet here in Ipoh). Mobile phone networks should be congested with sms messages right now, television stations airing nothing but chinese new year musicals, specials and ads. Ah, there’s no other moment like Chinese New Year’s eve.
Later this morning, we endured a four-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh which usually takes less than three hours. At one time, we took about one hour just to cover 20 Kilometres, with speeds about 10-15Km/h. Every single car on the highway had a whole family in it, all heading back for the millenium old Chinese tradition of the reunion dinner. Grandparents would be waiting anxiously in their homes, calling every half an hour on updates of the traffic, while preparing tons of delicacies for that big night.
Gotta love the speed.
Reunion with cousins. That’s me in blue, and my sister behind me. Muahaha, nothing beats granny’s cooking XD
Now let’s turn back the time to say, yesterday.
Our neighbour, Mr.Ooi and family friend, Betty, dropped us at the airport — I would say, on time. Two cars were needed to transport us to the airport — 6 luggages and boxes plus four passengers. We bid farewell to our Kuching folks on the newly-opened-to-public elevated departure lane in the Kuching International Airport. From up there, we could see blooms of fireworks springing up across the night Kuching skyline.
The new KIA terminal was just breathtaking. If you haven’t been into it, I’d say it looks nothing like the old terminal. It’s roof design is somewhat similar to KLIA’s famous ‘umbrella’ shaped roofs. Now the interior, well I’d better leave it to pictures:-
Waiting lobby crowded with passengers.
We got a pleasant suprise when we saw the aircraft ferrying us to KL was a Boeing 777–200. It is easily my first time in a triple-seven. Other aircrafts I’ve been would be in a 747 trice, to and fro London and also in a Airbus 330 once on a return trip from Japan. Count us lucky for getting a 777 flight. Beauty eh?
8:50P.M. — 10:20P.M.
Inflight and landing. Nothing much. Just messing around with those inflight entertainment while enjoying some seriously good MAS catering.