It’s the 3rd day of CNY, and much of the celebration is over and done with. Phew!
Today is a welcomed respite from the last 2 days of intense ‘celebration’. While there are many things that I do like about the Chinese New Year, there are several things that I dislike intensely every time this annual event comes round.
Don’t know what I am talking about? Let me list them:
1. The HEAT – I don’t know why CNY has to be so hot every time, year in year out! Getting in and out of an air-conditioned car into the blistering heat repeatedly while going from house to house can cause havoc to my system, making me irritable, snappy and potentially triggering a massive migraine headache.
2. The CASH – and by that, I mean the lack of it! Granted that dishing out ang pows is a tradition and so should be followed, but why the need to do it at all? And some relatives resolutely refuse to get married thus making them eligible for an ang pow every year, even when they are probably earning a lot more than me! Go get hitched fellas, you have less than 363 days till the next CNY!
3. The DRIVING - meaning I have to be the driver to take my parents to this or that relative’s or friend’s house. While driving around in KL can be quite good during the CNY as the roads are mostly empty, navigating the various turns without an inkling to where I am heading can be quite nightmarish. And most times, I don’t even know these people. Bleh…
4. The DRINKING – why is it that every relative that we visit would insist on serving my dad a glass (or 2 or 3) of hard liquor as a sign of respect? Do they not realize that they are not being kind to his health by this show of apparent respect? And at the end of the day, I have to lug home a very less-than-sober-coupled-with-a-very-loose-cannon-unpleasant daddy home. Very very unpleasant indeed not to mention the smell of alcohol permeating into every nook and cranny of my car.
5. The FEUDS - I think every family has this. Auntie A isn’t talking to auntie C who is not in good terms with brother E who hates the guts of cousin B who detests the antics of grand uncle F and so on and so forth. So every reunion meal is marred by the pretense and icy cold war. Tell me you family is a heaven-made-one and I say you haven’t dug deep enough yet.
6. The MEALS - and there are just too many of them which would burst my one year of dieting plan and expand my waist line to beyond redemption. At the time of writing, we still have one lunch and one more dinner to attend. Oh dear…
7. The NOISE – and we do have plenty of it, especially from inconsiderate law breaking, uncouth neighbours who insist on setting off firecrackers every night until the wee hours of the morning thus rendering any sleep impossible and making fretful babies even more fretful. My neighbour has a chestful of firecrackers and if by chance one day it caught fire, I fear for my home as well. KABOOOOOOOOOOOOMMM!!!! and my family and I will have to sleep on five foot ways.
8. The TV SHOWS – are always loud, cheesy and oh-so-yesterday. I don’t even want to talk about it.
9. The LEECHES - and by this I mean the many Chinese restaurants offering package deals for the CNY. We tried booking at a restaurant nearby for a family meal and was told that the cheapest package was RM 598 for a table of 10!!! And the Ah Lian manning the counter had the cheek to say, “RM598 is not expensive what?”, which invoked a terrible need in me to hit her so hard, the pain would still be felt 3 CNYs down the road. RM 598 can feed my family for at least 2 weeks, you female-leech! In the end we had Western food for 11 people at one-third the price of the Chinese restaurant.
10. The GIFTS - or rather the exchanging of gifts. My mum would insist on bringing along a box with many red plastic bags containing mandarin oranges and gifts to be given away at various homes that we visit, only to return home with that many plastic bags of goodies because the people we visit would ‘return’ in kind. What an exercise in vain. Why can’t we just agree on not giving anything or returning anything and be done with this exercise?
There! These are some of my pet peeves. Tell me I am not the only one feeling like this!
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