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February 14, 2008

Chinese New Year 2008

Blogged under Family,Personal by DrJean on Thursday 14 February 2008 at 6:45 pm

I took a week off to spend time with my family over the Chinese Lunar New Year.

After last year’s horrendous experience with the “balik kampung” traffic,we decided to leave town much,much earlier.

This year,we spent Chinese New Year with my parents and siblings and their family back in Sitiawan.It was great to just relax and eat(it is after all the Chinese New Year!) and catching up with loved ones.

The atmosphere was festive and the fireworks were spectacular.The amount of “ammunition” that was used made me wonder how many truckloads of fireworks were transported to a small town like Sitiawan for the new year 🙂


We had popiah(spring rolls) for new year in Sitiawan.Practically every household would have this dish.So you can imagine that it is roaring business for the popiah skin maker.(These skins are hand-made).Here is my elder daughter demonstrating how she wraps a popiah.


On New Years Day,we went to my parents’ church for a Thanksgiving Service.And I “looked like an ang pow”(-in my children’s words) in my Chinese New Year outfit!!

We went to Pangkor Island for a short family holiday.Bad mistake! We learnt our lesson,to NEVER EVER go to Pangkor Island on a major public holiday.There were 20 of us,including children and babies,and we had to contend with the HUGE crowd of people who were also going to the same destination.The experience of queuing to board the ferry was enough to drain us all…and the thought of the queue coming back certainly did not help at all 🙁

Anyway,we(optimistic people!) decided that we would have fun.And so we did.Happy Chinese New Year!!


February 4, 2008

Pre-Chinese New Year blues

Blogged under Trivia by DrJean on Monday 4 February 2008 at 5:26 am

In the last 2 weeks,we have been entertaining lots of phone calls for dental appointments ,specifically “before Chinese New Year”.

Interestingly ,the various people who request such appointments have very differing agenda.

First,we have the “wait till the last minute”group of people.These are normally those who are quite averse to seeing their dentist and they usually have some sort of existing dental problem.They would wait till the very last moment when they have no other choice,and since Chinese New Year involves a lot of eating,they HAVE to get their teeth fixed.This usually makes the largest group.And they are usually quite desperate 🙂

On the other extreme, we have the ultra cautious,who want to ensure that when they are away for the Chinese New Year holidays,they do not end up with a toothache or a broken tooth filling.So,they want a thorough check up and another,if possible.

Well,human behaviour IS an interesting phenomenon.

Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fatt Chai!

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