Finally, after two years of not being home for Chinese New Year, it has come and it has gone. Although the celebration lasts for about a week, the major days for my family are on the eve when we have our reunion dinner and the first day when our immediate relatives drop by for a visit. It has been a custom for years for everyone to gather at my house for Chinese New Year as my grandmother used to life with us and my dad is the eldest man in the family.
The day started out quite early despite me sleeping late the night before. Me and my second sister went to our local Mamak store to pick up our pre-ordered dishes that will be used to feed our visitors for lunch.
The first group to pass through our gates was my second auntÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s family from my DadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s side. Then, the crowd grew bigger and bigger. It was nice to finally see all of them. I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seen some for over two years and I never realize how old I was already.
We took turns at the dining table while most hang about in the living hall watching those typical live telecasts shows from Hong Kong on AstroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Wah Lah Toi.
We soon started a small game of cards which I am never good at but joined in for the fun. Before we knew it, it was time for them to leave as everyone was feeling sleepy courtesy of the heavy meal we had.
Shortly after, my dadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s University mate came along with some of my childhood friends. We had quite a chat before my DadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s colleague came with his family to join in the fun. After several cans of coke and my sister trying to catch up with whatever happened in the five years since we last saw their family, three hours had passed and it was coming to an end.
I immediately took a shower after that and straight for a nap. I woke up feeling hungry and we went out to Kayu for a light yet fulfilling snack. We came back and finish up our packing for our trip to Batu Pahat, Johor tomorrow. It will be a 7 hours drive from Penang but something we had done for years. If it shocking to you, it used to be 10 hours plus of driving by my dad before the North South Expressway was constructed.
I think thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all for now. I will keep you updated on things and till then, take care of yourself and Happy Year of The DOG!!!!!!!
Benny Ong XXX