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Chinese New Year is over

In Personal on 13 February, 2006 at 5:54 am

Yesterday was the end of a 15 days celebration of Chinese New Year.  Of course in modern day Singapore, we celebrate only the first few days.  But the last day of traditional Chinese New Year celebration is still followed by a lot of people.  In Hokkien, Chap-Ghor Meh means the 15th night of Chinese New Year.  And on this night most families reunite to have a banquet and celebrate the end of Chinese New Year.  This night is also considered as a Chinese Valentine day, so some lovers will be out celebrating after the dinner.

For me, yesterday coincide with my Grandmother’s birthday celebration (or more specifically my wife’s grandmother).  We had a buffet dinner at my Grandma’s house.  A lot of relatives were there and it was quite a celebration.  When the celebration ends, one of my relative said “See you all next year” and it hit me.

It is kind of sad that only a few of our relatives get together and mingle around throughout the year.  We only get to see most other relatives during big event like Chinese New Year and the birthday celebration of our Grandma.  The kind of big family spirit can only now be found in our textbook.  But will I go out and meetup with my other relatives?  I don’t think so.

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Chinese New Year boring?

In Personal on 2 February, 2006 at 5:49 am

Hmmm… read in a news article that younger generation (35 years old and below) are saying that Chinese New Year is boring.  They don’t think that the spring cleaning is necessary and that visiting relatives is too much of a trouble.  I don’t think that Chinese New Year is anything boring.  The spring cleaning is tiring (esp for this year, as I’ve added painting) but it is necessary as it helps you to clear all those unwanted stuff and also organize those stuff that you still wants to keep.  Though relatives might ask you some questions that you don’t like to hear, keeping in touch with them is important.

Red packet

In Personal on 31 January, 2006 at 1:26 pm

Normally, the children will be very excited to get the red packet.  But this year, as my younger brother-in-law brought along his dog, a cute little Pomeranian, the children were all over the dog.  Not even the giving of red packets by the elder can move their focus away from the dog.

Rest Rest Rest

In Personal on 31 January, 2006 at 1:18 pm

Finally, Chinese New Year is here.  This is the 3rd day of Chinese New Year.  As the first day fall on a Sunday and both first and second are holidays in Singapore, the third day is a replacement for the first day.  And here I am on my bed, sleeping away nearly the whole day.  Its a well deserved rest if you ask me.

Count down to Chinese New Year

In Personal on 27 January, 2006 at 4:03 pm

2 more days to go.  Most of the cleaning chores have been done.  Now I just look forward to the time when I can finally relax and have a good rest.  That would most likely be after the first 2 days of Chinese New Year, coz the first 2 we will be busy visiting relatives.

Rain drops keep falling

In Personal on 21 January, 2006 at 12:42 pm

It’s raining again.  I hope this time we will get a cooler Chinese New Year in Singapore.  The other time though, it was so hot that, parking at one of my relative’s place caused my plastic Honda Fit model to melt!  I forgot that Tamiya’s model can’t withstand too hot a temperature.

Painting is not easy

In Personal on 19 January, 2006 at 7:04 am

Not the artistic type but the layer of thing that you will put on your walls so as to make it look nice.  It does not help that Chinese New Year is just around the corner and that a bunch of spring cleaning “work” is waiting for you.  Nowadays, the paint quality is so good that it helps you to avoid certain paint defects and with the invention of foam roller, the job gets done faster.  But this is still not an “adventure” that I will partake annually.