Saturday, January 21, 2006


Chinese New Year is one week away, and I haven't done anything to prepare for it!!

No spring-cleaning, no crates of Mandarin oranges, no smell of freshly baked cookies, no spruced-up garden, no new notes, no plans of what to cook for reunion, the curtains and bed linen haven't been washed, yadda-yadda-yadda.

I hate it when CNY falls in January. There's no time to prepare, what with the kids going back to school and all that jazz. This year I'm totally not in the mood for CNY. Maybe it's because of my father's passing away last month. Mum and my brothers' families won't be celebrating because they're still in mourning. Daughters can celebrate because we're married out. Maybe it's because I'm getting old.

But then some people never get too old to celebrate CNY. Take my mum's neighbour. She's a 50+ grandmother and she still buys new clothes for herself every year including must-have brand new underwear. Everything must be spanking new.

We're all creatures of convention, aren't we. Bound by traditions. Once in a while, it's liberating to buck convention and do what one likes to do. Like my sis-in-law. She's going to Egypt next week with a friend. Though she's looking forward to it, she's beginning to feel jittery about what MIL would say when she finds out.

I tell her next time it's my turn to go gallivanting during CNY. It'll be good to get away from the Lunar-cy for once.


Kak Teh said...

why not eh Lydia? It'll be fun to 'stray' once in a while. Will be thinking of u this CNY!

Bkworm said...

Hi, pop over to wish you a happy Chinese New Year! Yeah, know what you mean about not having done anything yet for the upcoming CNY festival. If not for the cookies that MIL gave us, my cupboard's still empty! But will be making some pineapple tarts in the next two days. Hope those will turn out ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Lydia,
I know what you mean! I'm going to start on my house-cleaning today, as in right after I send this comment to you. I think CNY is over-rated anyway and yes, having it in January is truly madness. I haven't done lots of things which I wanted to, but at least I think I must do some cleaning. Luckily for me, I will be flying off to KCH next week for CNY at MIL. That is SO NOT FUN but those DIL duties beckon....double yuck. For me it's not so much CNY but a time to see family (but of course there are some nosey relatives I'd rather not see too!). Mayakirana.

Lydia Teh said...

KT, terima kasih manyak2.
Bookworm, planning of making pineapple tarts too but just thinking about cooking the jam makes me tried oredi :(
Maya, What to do, we've all got our responsibilities. Have fun in KCH (and I don't mean that sarcastically.)