HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR 2012!
My first post of the year! *clap clap*
This is my third year celebrating chinese new year away from home.
Studying abroad has its peaks, but during large celebrations, the feeling of missing home is heightened. Especially this year, when we are having our semester 1 examinations. Due to this exam period, I haven’t been up and about to take pictures of the new year decorations around Manchester. In fact, the only time I went out was either for food in Samsi and Nandos, groccery shopping, or group study at Caroline’s and Looh Zhen’s place.
I remembered a couple of years ago when my neighbour who was about six years my senior went to study in the UK, I would feel a slight compassion towards him for not being able to spend chinese new year with the family. But now, since the last three years, it is my turn to be in his shoes. Despite that, I am grateful that ever year I get to celebrate chinese new year with close friends.
And this year, we had dinner at Caroline’s and Looh Zhen’s place, also my second home during the exam period. (:
Earlier this afternoon, I wished my grandmother, my family and the rest my relatives a happy chinese new year. This morning, after I woke up, I took a random picture of myself and sent it via Whatsapp to my cousins. Then, my cousin told me that the picture got passed around the table when they were having dinner. “Pretty”, they commented, and I told them: it’s my grandmother good genes! A few days ago, my friends told me that I looked exactly like my grandmother, and I couldn’t agree more! Good genes passed down to my mother and now to me! And good genes from my dad too! 😀 My cousin then tweeted all the pictures they had for dinner, including wu zhi ban which I now crave for.
Thanks to technology, especially Whatsapp, for a brief moment, exam pressure are forgotten and I feel like I’m home.
Signing off for the first time in 2012 ,