*sigh*... it's the eve of Chinese New Year today..and here I am.. In Orlando; with friends and no family. I miss the festivities back home; but I am somewhat trying to make the best of what I can here in the US.There will be a party of some sort on Friday (2nd day of the New Year) at mine. I gathered friends from class to come over and celebrate!
I admit; it's nothing like back home...where we get to catch up with family and be merry in houses and streets filled with festive cheer! *ahhh*... I miss good ol' Chinese New Year delicacies already! I can almost taste it!!!
After class this afternoon; I took a short drive down to a Chinese bakery I've spotted on the way home. Walking into the shop splendidly decorated with red and gold new year trimmings made me feel all warm inside. I made a couple of purchases for this Friday and had a short chat with the bakery owner who was from Hong Kong. The lady was very helpful and sweet. Speaking in Cantonese made my heart skip a beat. I know it's only been less than 2 months since I've left home, but it's real difficult to not feel this way knowing that this new year's eve is going to be a quiet one for me. I've been around on my own for many many years now....but this is the one season I've always returned to Malaysia for. I feel it's the most important time for the family to be together; and not being able to be there with them this year breaks my heart. I want to help mom with her elaborate decorations. I want to be there as she goes crazy with red ribbons and bows in every corner of the house! I want to make cookies and sweet treats for dad to pig out on. I want to run errands with sis as we argue and fight about everything under the sun! I want to serve grandpa tea and wish him good health and a happy new year.. .. just thinking about home and wondering how big my cousins and nieces/nephews have grown almost brings me to tears.
I'm determined to make my new year a happy one too! My new friend Kassy and I will be having dinner together tonight. It wouldn't be the traditional 'family-reunion' dinner; but at least we aren't going to be alone.
Ah well... class in the morning; and homework to do...more reading of the 'bread' chapter.
I'll sign off by wishing everyone a HAPPY and PROSPEROUS new YEAR!