My New Year reflections


After five days of non-work, coming back to the boring, humdrum life of the office seems such a waste. Well, we are all still very much in the festive spirit of the Chinese New Year, and there are still ten more days to go of angpow giving, and receiving (for some)…and cookie eating…

I’ve already lou-sanged four times thus far, and still counting. Every time has been different from the one before. This year I have tasted vegetarian yee sang, jellyfish ones, salmon ones and the conventional fish kinds. Of course, eating yee sang is merely the tip of the iceberg where my Chinese New Year food experience is concerned. It started with the reunion dinner in Ipoh, where I stuffed myself full of scrumptious home cooking from Mom in Ipoh. Felt like a cow after that. The tau-ewe-bak dish I had cooked and brought from Penang was also added to the array of dishes that filled the table. Then I also had cookies non-stop. We traveled to Taiping on the first day of the New Year where there were so many varieties of pineapple tarts beckoning to me. With all this eating and stuffing, it is no wonder that I found my red cheongsam a little bit snug today. SIGH.

It was a splendid feeling to be back with our loved ones for the New Year. Even though the weather was scorching hot ala Chinese New Year weather, and even though I lost one of the hooks on my brand new pair of silver dangling earrings just less than thirty minutes after I had put them on. Yesterday, I checked with Forever 21 (where I had bought them from) but they told me they don’t carry *spare parts* for their earrings. Guess I shall have to convert the earrings into a pendant or something.

Yes, the balik kampung experience really was a joyful occassion, save for the traffic jams here and there and even though on the morning before we left Taiping for Penang on the second day of New Year, we discovered that the back of our car had been vandalized. Someone with really really itchy hands had scratched the surface of our car, and spelt out the “HA” on the boot. Probably wanted to wish us Happy New Year or something. We are just thankful no one was hurt though.

We returned to the comfort of our home after a marathon day of visiting relatives in Penang.  We had two whole days to laze around and enjoy.  And since it was still the New Year period, I got myself a brand new 2.2 liter electronic rice cooker.  Here’s to more days of chicken rice ahead!  Is it bad that I am already looking forward to the next stretch of holidays?

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18 Responses to My New Year reflections

  1. zara's mama says:

    My goodness, the scratches on the car looked bad!!

    But besides this, you seem to have lots of fun with all the food! Yums!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, we are still trying to find time to go get the car repainted.

  2. LB says:

    Oh dear, such vandalism!! But, I am very distracted by the foodie pics.. I just want to lurch into that mun chee yoke thingie!! Oh gawd, save me from drowning! 🙂 Whatever happened to the canning garden chee cheong fun, eh? Eh? EH?

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yes, lurch all you want… Canning Gdn ccf has been postponed to my next trip back… that guy probably closed his stall early that day for his own reunion la!

  3. wuching says:

    BASTARDS! dun u just hate vandals?

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, you can say that again!

  4. aiyoh, the vandals so terrible!

    Wish you great wealth and good health after lou-ing so many yu-sang. hehe…..

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yes, I am hoping to lou a few more times 🙂

  5. ParisB says:

    Ack! That was a terrible deed done to your car but nothing a bit of spraying or buffing won’t cure 🙂 Glad you enjoyed your CNY hols anyway.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, well…good thing no one was hurt..

  6. keeyit says:

    :drool: (all those dishes are my favourite)

    Sorry for your car.

    The Giddy Tigress says: I’m sure you had a feast yourself too?

  7. allan says:

    oh dear…didn’t know Wolverine was in taiping during cny….
    …but those were really bad scratches….very sorry for the car but a quick paint job should fix it to new. 😉

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah…probably Mystique was there too…. SIGH.

  8. chinnee says:

    wow…love all your food i m missing them oredi!

    So teruk the itchy hands…much catch him and potong the hands la…haha!!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Your yummy food should be just as scrumptious, yes?

  9. Adino says:

    Ahh.. people who vandalize should go to jail! And you’re so fortunate, getting to try so many types of yee sang!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Should do some CSI on the crime scene eh?

  10. jacss says:

    wow….you have lovely food photos there, trust they were yummilicious!!
    aiyo…damn sakit hati to see the scratches thou not my car….must curse him ‘kau-kau’….

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yes, put on a lot of weight during New Year, because of the food, that’s for sure!

  11. michelle says:

    I love Yee Sang too!!

    The Giddy Tigress says: You and I can finish one whole portion all on our own eh?

  12. cibol says:

    wah .. that could easily cost a few hundreds, man ..

    The Giddy Tigress says: It’s an annual affair. Happy CNY to you!

  13. chen says:

    Happy Rat Year
    Eeee… must piak that person who scratched your car
    Hopefully the new year rats will bite them kaw kaw

    On the other hand, i ate the pineapple tart with the rat shape
    so creative lah

    The Giddy Tigress says: Anymore of the rat shaped pineapple tarts for me? I come and get it ah…

  14. rinnah says:

    Oh dear, that’s terrible! I am so heartsick for your car… and may the vandal(s) receive what they did one thousand times over!

    The Giddy Tigress says: I honestly cannot understand what they gain from vandalizing cars. Sheesh!

  15. jazzmint says:

    aiyoo…ur food looks so yummy

    why so teruk one…who vandalise the car 🙁

    The Giddy Tigress says: Donno who did it laa… SIGH

  16. pelf says:

    I was in Ipoh during CNY too! 😀

    The Giddy Tigress says: You were?! Whereabouts in Ipoh?

  17. may says:

    my mouth hadn’t watered in a long time, and your tau-ewe-bak just made those juices flow around my tongue! I just realised I haven’t had any “yue sang” this year either… aiseh.

    The Giddy Tigress says: You’re welcome to come and taste it if you are ever in Penang!

  18. may says:

    oh, and poor poor car… *kiss to make it feel better, tho can’t take away those lines*

    The Giddy Tigress says: Those lines still there…sigh…but thanks for the kisses, dearie.

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