I am back. Quick update before I go to bed… well I am already in bed, just willing myself to get really tired so I could fall asleep just like *snap fingers* that.
CNY at home was a bit of a blur. Like most people I spent most of my hours sleeping, eating, some visiting, that was it. Probably would have done much more if I wasn’t so zoned out.
I don’t even remember if I went out on the eve. Probably not.
Anyway the first day of CNY kinda sucked for a bit. My specs frame snapped, so I remained blind until my folks took me to Carrefour (hey we have Carrefour in BP!!!) and I got me some contact lenses (the reason why I’ve been zoned out. I don’t really like wearing contact lenses, they make me feel v. tired). Then it got better especially with all the ang pows I received at my grandmother’s … bwahahah!!
Actually I am getting kinda shy about accepting ang pows. Tradition is that the singles get it until they are hitched, and it’s embarrassing when you get older, you are earning your own money, you don’t have the slightest inclination of getting married anytime soon (or 10 years down the road), and it feels like cheating the folks out of their hard-earned moolah. One of my uncles just informed me that he would give me annual ang pows well into spinsterhood.
My theory is that the older you get, the more this tradition is a complot to shame you into getting married and start your own family, bla bla bla. It’s the ultimate Chinese conspiracy and everyone is in it.
The next day was a big family lunch to celebrate an uncle’s birthday. Discovered that I have a new niece thanks to my cousin. She’s beautiful The day after that was mostly spent at my auntie’s house, taking ridiculous advantage of her hospitality p/s: awesome wine.
Gambled a bit. I’ve never had much gambling luck, but it was fun nonetheless.
Hung out with my high school friends for a bit. It has been 9 years since we left Convent,it’s quite surreal reflecting on the past. I’ve known a few of these girls since kindergarten, and since the one in blue next to me is my cousin, I’ve known her my whole life
The most exciting thing that happened was probably the following: yesterday at around 3.30 a.m. I heard a really loud, short bang. At first I thought my dad had accidentally slammed his room door (he woke up to pee and to give me looks of disgust for still being awake). Or it could have been the next door neighbour who slammed his room door — link houses; noise travels.
Then for some reason I remembered the policeman who was gunned down in my neighbourhood when I was a kid, and I thought that this could be something to that effect. I rushed to our door to look see look see, and I saw this blazing orange-y reflection a couple houses down.
Turned out I was not the only curious cat — my other neighbours were also awakened by the explosion and were either hanging out in their own porches or tottering to the crime (?) scene.
Long story short, a neighbour’s car caught fire. The husband and wife were frantically pouring buckets of water onto the car, the fire was contained, there was heavy smoke etc. Then the police came, then the firemen came, and I think their story was that the car caught fire by itself. Load of bollocks. Definitely something to do with gangsterism.
Well, that concludes my exciting Chinese New Year report. How was your CNY?
Now, I am going to remove the troublesome contact lenses (I keep poking my eyes), then sleep. Ta.