Happy Chinese New Year everyone! 恭喜发财 ^^ Meh the huat be with you in the coming year haha!
2015 being the Year of the Sheep in the Chinese zodiac, there have been a ton of lamb/sheep/goat references everywhere and it’s been super hilarious to read what others have come up.
As per the tradition each year, I will go and queue up for Lim Chee Guan bak kwa. Yes, I am one of those ‘siao lang‘ as what some random old uncle pointed aloud while I was queuing the weekend before CNY. I have to say that their bak kwa or barbecued pork slices are the best and strangely I only indulge in them during the festive period once a year. Store is open all year round but I choose to only have it when it has the longest queues and the most expensively priced in a year.
That Sunday morning I woke up before 7am, dragged myself out of bed to head to the store to queue and bless the bak kwa gods, I was fairly in front and managed to reach the front of the queue after 5.5 hours to purchase all the bak kwa. It’s considered relatively short given that I queued closed to 7 hours the year before. Anyway, people always ask why I bother to go ‘waste time’ queuing up for
fats barbecued pork slices. I like to think of it as ‘filial piety’ because my mum wants to gift them to my relatives. So I join her to keep her company while queuing and of course to keep track of orders from relatives and friends alike.
Anyway that look of happiness when someone receives a Lim Chee Guan bak kwa as gift is as good as striking 4D #makesmefeelveryawesome
The first day of Lunar New Year this year came on a Thursday which just spells out ‘long weekend’ to us in the working world. Pretty awesome I would say! Although on the 2nd day I was fairly tired and exhausted from the overeating, humid weather and endless questions from annoying relatives who keep asking me when I’m getting married -.-”
Day 1 went by fairly quickly, cleared the relatives on both parents’ sides by the end of the day! Super fast hahaha. We gambled excessively too! Now this is really the spirit of Chinese New Year in Singapore. Didn’t manage to get as many new outfits as I would have liked (ended up with more bottoms and only 1 new top FML) so you only get to see that one OOTD from me taken hurriedly at the train station lol.
Overslept on Day 2 hence couldn’t open new makeup again D: But I do have shitloads of new stuff to use just that I’m trying my best to use up the older stuff (esp foundations and powders!) before digging into the new makeup items. Had an intimate dinner at my uncle’s house where the father’s side gathered and also to celebrate an aunt’s birthday.
$300++ 盆菜 anyone? This tasted so-so in my opinion but hey it’s $300 over so we finished it up!
Met up with Jace & the bff on the 3rd day of CNY because I wanted to watch Fifty Shades of Grey at the cinema. Had brunch at ION’s The Marmalade Pantry prior to watching the movie. Oh gosh, comfort food after having chinese food consecutively for 4 days straight!
Movie was a little meh in my opinion, almost fell asleep because of the food coma caused by my mac & cheese lol. It was really a day of non-stop eating because after the movie we went to have more food before the bff and I headed to Bugis for me to buy Funko Pops. Alas the store was out of most of the figurines I wanted, so sad :(
Accompanied her to POMO to buy polaroid films before we went to The Cathay to try out a new soft serve joint in town called Milkcow. Will blog about that in a separate entry because this is turning into a post full of food haha!
Finally a semblance of normal life yesterday (Day 4 of CNY) where I went to church with the grandmother and mother. Drove the car because I had to pick the brother up and head to my auntie’s house for another family gathering at lunch. Breakfast was McDonalds as usual and then drove the grandmother back home, picked up the brother and drove home to hand over driving duties to my father lol. Shit it’s mad stressful to be a driver in Singapore I tell you grrrrrrrr.
Went for something casual because the weather was really warm and I was sick of playing dress-up so casual clothes it was. I’m really a t-shirt and jeans kinda girl most of the time anyway and if I could I would go to work in t-shirt, shorts and slippers hahaha!
Played a little with my nieces who are photocopies of my cousin-in-law at my aunt’s place. Won some money while playing cards and then I was home by 3.30pm. Pretty fast 4 days of Chinese New Year. Mad depressed to head back to work today but oh wells, life still has to go on!
Hope everyone had an awesome time during CNY too! I agree that every year feels so routine with all the visiting from house to house but I believe the underlying meaning of family ties for CNY is really important so it was good for me :)