Random observations during Chinese new year

I’m always a little slow in blogging. As you already know, it’s lunar new year or Chinese new year or maybe the super long weekend for some.

I visited some of my relatives and made some random findings and observations.

  1. Everyone’s playing Candy Crush Saga
  2. Kids call my red wine Ribena
  3. Shoes can get stolen while you’re doing visiting
  4. BMW cars need to be opened twice from the inside

1. Everyone’s playing Candy Crush Saga

Oh my god, really? I have so much to talk about this game I could spend 20 minutes just babbling how truly lame the game is. I cannot reiterate how much I hated this game’s weariness factor. Today’s games have this terrible formula of tiring you out and eventually getting you to pay some pennies to make your life easier. Your life could very well be easier had you not started on the game. The motive of the game itself is profit and the moment I learnt of this I feel manipulated.

Candy Crush Saga is a Bejeweled-like game. I will get you a screenshot soon, I couldn’t figure out how to get the screenshot thing done in Windows and I have a degree in information systems and ignorance. Here you go:

Candy Crush Saga
Candy Crush Saga

 

I was stuck at level 35 for so long I uninstalled the game in spite (of?). Chloe advanced my level past that only to have me now stuck in level 37. Well done, KahWee, well done.

2. Kids call my red wine Ribena

The kids are adorable. They call my red wine Ribena. I nodded, red-faced.

3. Shoes can get stolen while you’re doing visiting

I shan’t reveal the name of the victim but my brother lost his shoes during the visit to my uncle’s house. Everyone felt terrible and he was sulking over his loss.

Listen, if you bring expensive new shoes, beware of losing them. Don’t leave them outside the gates. Monsters steal shoes, not the ones from Pixar, the fucking horrible ones which looks human. You would think — or I imagine you would think — who would steal a pair of shoes during Chinese new year?! We stopped brooding over the question as it’s time to move on.

As I suck at cheering people up, my brother went home with slippers and major sadness.

4. BMW cars need to be opened twice from the inside

WHY does the door take two times to open? Okay here’s my theory.

It’s to make sure the owner has a chance to say oh it’s the first time you been in a BMW, BMW always requires you to pull open the door handle twice.

What’s up with that distinction? Some secret code?

The only right reply to people who say that to you is: Sorry, I always had my BMW doors opened for me, I’m caught ignorant again!

Did you know today is lantern festival?

Well, today is Yuan Xiao Jie (元宵节) also known as Lantern Festival. It’s something that China celebrates and Singapore doesn’t because we combined them and celebrate it on this mid-autumn festival somehow. I don’t know how that came to our traditions. Lantern festival is celebrated as it is the first night (15th on lunar calendar) of the year with a full moon.

The Lantern Festival (traditional Chinese: 元宵節; simplified Chinese: 元宵节; pinyin: Yuánxiāojié or traditional Chinese: 上元節; simplified Chinese: 上元节; pinyin: Shàngyuánjié; Vietnamese: Tết Nguyên tiêu; Hán tự: 節元宵) is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar year in the Chinese calendar. It is not to be confused with the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is also sometimes known as the “Lantern Festival” in locations such as Singapore, Malaysia. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns (simplified Chinese: 兔子灯; traditional Chinese: 兔子燈; pinyin: tùzidēng) and solve riddles on the lanterns (simplified Chinese: 猜灯谜; traditional Chinese: 猜燈謎; pinyin: cāidēngmí). It officially ends the Chinese New Year. (Source: Wikipedia)

I guess most would be having a good meal at home. This day marks the end of lunar new year, I hope my friends would have a good year ahead. Happy lunar new year, one last time!

Some random photographs taken during Chinese New Year

I didn’t go visiting too much this new year, ’cause my mom’s got trouble walking. We did visit a few of my cousins’ place. This is my cousin’s baby. He gets attracted to everything except milk:

Baby wants Pokka Green tea so give it to him

(Baby wants Pokka Green tea so give it to him.)

I waved my phone in front of him, he wants to grab it too. And here’s a monkey plush toy looking rather happy as usual:

Wynn the monkey smiling at you

(I also saw Wynn.)

… Even in the year of the ox. And I saw this telephone and keep playing with it. This has got to be the lousiest expensive phone I have seen. It costs around 70 and you take 25 seconds to dial my cellphone provided you got all the numbers correct. What if you get it wrong? You redo! It’s awfully frustrated yet kinda special. I wouldn’t mind having this in my home actually. Pretty cool:

The old type of telephone

(The old type of telephone.)

To dial emergency number 999 is such pain in the ass. Here’s my cousin’s dog. It got a little pissed while being chained to the gates.

Cute dog that wears a red shirt

(Cute dog that wears a red shirt.)

What do you call the following fruit by the way?

Some strange fruit

Lunar new year’s really short this year. It’s busy busy busy again. The whole visiting ends. I wish we could do visitings in a slightly different way actually.

Lunar new year plans

It’s lunar new year and a couple of my friends can’t be found. They’ve gone traveling to Bintan and Yunnan in China and God knows where. Went there for a vacation they say. They’ve been busy all year long and lunar new year become a good time to take a break. And well, you can’t take a break if your friends and relatives keep visiting you. So their brilliant plan – have a vacation at some other country enjoying some beach probably.

Tomorrow I’ll be traveling quite a bit (with a car). It would be fun I think. Nice to see everyone again.