Happy Lunar New Year!
Seems like it was just yesterday we were indulged in the red season.
Just when you thought the fear of an imminent recession is plaguing the region, the Chinese New Year Eve countdown in Kuching makes you believe otherwise.
For about an hour before and after the clock struck midnight, the wealthiest in the city paraded their monetary status in the most exhaustive fireworks display of the year. Here in Kuching, Men show off the size of their balls wallets by how long your fireworks display is. And generally, if you opposite neighbour has an endless supply of these aesthetically beautiful explosives, you’ll know he’s doing really well.
The not-so-wealthy ones well, arm themselves with a tripod and camera trained at the sky snapping away non-stop. =)
Earlier on CNY eve we had a simple steamboat reunion dinner among the family.
Nothing beats an awesome steamboat dinner prepared by my Mom and Sis.
The first day of CNY year saw an open house for my Dad’s colleagues. Towards the end of the allocated time for the open house, our long family friend, Ms. Tee came over with her children — long childhood friends of ours. One thing you experience about growing up is that childhood friends drift apart. I’m not sure why, it just happens. When before this we’d go over to play every weekend, we now only meet on CNY visitings.
Later, we followed Ms. Tee and children to Mr. Foo’s place. Another old family friend of ours who’s moving back to West Malaysia soon. It was a brief reunion of old family friends. It suddenly dawned upon me how everyone had grown up, moved on to college, etc. No longer were we playing board games or cops and robbers while the adults chat in the living room.
Now we find ourselves part of the adults’ discussions.
Well, that’s what that makes CNY a time like no other.
Happy Chinese New Year, folks and have an ox-picious new year ahead!