Year of the Dog

Wishing everyone a Happy Lunar New Year! ♥
Here’s to a year filled with good luck, prosperity, success, health and happiness  <゜)))彡

◦ 恭禧发财 ◦

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Chinese New Year, this year a was little busier than usual. As it isn’t hugely celebrated in my family, we usually just have casual dinner with our immediate family. However, through odd circumstances, we ended up having more people attend dinner this year, including a relative from Malaysia and Ashley, who doesn’t usually attend our CNY dinners.

Thus, for this special occasion, we decided to do Yee Sang again (first time last year)!
Hilariously, my second-cousin was very shocked that we don’t usually do Yee Sang in our household, and then laughed when he saw the amount of salmon I had put on the plate (but that’s the best bit!?!)

The night was fun, and consisted of many funny stories over delicious food.
Having more people attend dinner made me think of how life may have been different if I had grown up in Malaysia instead, or even if we had a bigger family presence here. Many customs and traditions that are our cousins are so familiar with are lost to me and my siblings. On Facebook, I see that all my aunties, uncles and cousins are visiting each other during this auspicious time of the year, having multiple dinner celebrations; whereas, in Australia, I barely know any of my cousin’s names and the only thing celebratory is this one dinner we had together as a family.

  It’s interesting how growing up in different countries can make you feel like an alien to your own family.

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