Gong Hey Gong Hey!
Gong Hey Fatt Choy everyone! May this year be full of lucky bacon, prosperous pork belly sweet happy cha siu! How many ang pows have you received? Yesterday Hunky and I were the only ones above 3 years-old to receive ang pows at Aunty M's. So embarassing! The weather has been highly unusual for this time of the year. Its always scorching heat during CNY. I can't believe its overcast today. What a great day to sleep in! I don't have any parties to go to today and will use this time to catch up with my posts.
We had a big reunion dinner at the family home. This is the first time in many, many years that Grandma is here in KL. I am thankful that we give traffic on the PLUS highway a miss this year. Mum made pork stomach soup, steamed fish, steamed chicken, fried prawns, sah kok and stir-fried pak choy while my relatives brought a truck load of siew yoke and famous roast duck from SS2. We also had to have lap mei of course. I remember I the first time I discovered how delicious liver sausages were. It was during lunch with colleagues at my very first job many (many) moons ago. It had been stir-fried with soy sauce and coriander. I ate it thinking it was normal sausage and my god, I was pleasantly surprised! Haven't looked back since!
After dinner I listened to Grandma talk about my late Grandfather and his scandalous affairs, how she fled deep into rural neighbourhoods during the Japanese occupation to avoid being raped and many, many more vivid and colourful memories. I love listening to her but its also sad to realise how little I really know about my grandparents and I only have one left. Well, shes a sturdy old lady so I still have time to get to know her. Of course the night wouldn't be complete without a spot of gambling. I won $20!