Chinese New Year (cny) is just around the corner. This year I'm working everyday and I spend hardly any time at home, so mum and winnie and xiao rong (my cousin visiting from taiwan) are busy preparing for cny. They have so far painted the carpark yellow and white, the toilets, doors etc.
They've baked 2 types of cookies: a chocolate chip type. Tried it yesterday, nice! Btw, they baked it twice cos the first attempt failed. So, they had to go out buy the ingredients etc and bake it again the next day. Both taste good to me, but mum insist the first batch was too hard, inedible etc. She is such a perfectionist. The other type of cookie, I have no idea what is the name. It tastes kinda salty, because its meant to be. Basically, mum says all those cny stuff are sweet so she made a salty kind of cookie. Tastes good anyway.
This is our carpark. Starting cny eve, it looks like this. Dinner outside the house, buffet style. With lots of food on the table, and chairs around the walls. This photo was taken the morning of the 1st day of cny.
Last Sunday, Winnie, mum and I made popiah with those meat floss inside. Tiny, crunchy stuff that people always eat in Kch for cny. I'm doing a lousy job at explaining right esp since with no photos. Hahaa..
This is the living room where most of the guests make themselves comfortable..
What else? They bough a new rug, chocolate, candy, cake, drinks and have nearly finished cleaning the house. I did nothing. For those who don't know, in Kuching, we always buy new clothes, shoes etc for cny. We clean the house in preparation for the new year ahead, but also because during cny people visit your house and you don't want people to see your messy, dirty house right?! And those cakes and cookies and drinks are to serve the guests who come to your house.
I'm so pleasantly surprised to come home and see all these preparations for cny. I'm looking forward to the day I come home and see those fireworks etc. Dad buys them every year; he loves them. Last Sunday I woke up to loud and happy chinese new year music and it feels good!!
Last week at work...
The office will be very empty on cny. Happy happy. Very in the mood now!! I will be in Kch this chinese new year!! I have a job!!
Oh yea, lion dance at my neighbor's house. Every year, on the first day of cny they would invite the lion dance to their house, and every year, winnie, me and shirley(my neighbour) would tell each other: wake up early ok to watch the lion dance. And every year we never wake up on time.
This year I must see it!! I must! What is cny without lion dance??