Ah, the time of the year has arrived once again. A time for feasting-till-you-burst, gambling, answering rheoterical or redundant questions, watching cheesy reruns on television, plastering bright plastic smiles till faces hurt, or well, simply merry-making.
Ever since my grandfather moved in with us, our reunion dinner has been a quiet affair within our own family. As usual, the dinner is a simple steamboat with lo hei
as appetizer.Here is my dear bro, preparing the yu sheng
.Look who's lurking and stalking our steamboat dinner?
My Dad is an advocate of red wine and so aptly, for the occasion, he opened a bottle. However, red wine does not exactly go well with yu sheng, ya know.
After a few glasses, I headed down to my neighbor's for a short gathering with some of the tennis mates I haven't met for a long time. After consumption of more alcohol, it was really quite a bad idea to start the mahjong game at my place. I think the rest of the mahjong kakis
can certify that I looked kinda stoned at the game. It is a wonder I only lost 3 buckeroos.
The first day of the Chinese New Year was spent entertaining relatives. Questions range from "What are you working as now ah
?" to "Why are you so tanned?" (How I know?!
). They inquire the same old questions every year! I should really take a video of relatives asking me the questions, then replay to them each Chinese New Year. Like look here, can be more creative a not? Ask something different lah!
Either that, I will compile a list of answers to potential questions, print a few copies and distribute amongst the relatives.
Well, the good thing about staying home for the new year is that I can always hide in the comfort of my room if I don't really want to entertain the relatives. Additionally, we can watch pretty much whatever we wanted to because it is OUR TELEVISION. That explains why DVDs of the '24' series is being played continuously, even right now. My brother and Dad is totally hooked onto it. The visitors, too! Hmm. New Year Goodies!My Gugu gossips over red wine.
As the evening approaches, we dressed up in our new clothes to visit my maternal grandmother's place. Food, food, food!
Well, I must say I am pretty well-fed for now. Burp. :)