Chinese New Year’s Eve 2018. Conclusion of spring cleaning, reunion dinner, and River Hongbao fireworks in replacement of late night gaming.
Couple of days ago, while reacquainting with an old friend, I joked about me having a self-imposed Chinese New Year spring cleaning ritual. My friend remained cordial but you could tell from her brief silence she was appalled. In her mind, she probably wondered whether I had slipped into OCD.
Couldn’t blame her. On hindsight, I regret my overly colourful choice of description.
But then again, it is still very much a ritual; that part was accurate. It’s a ritual that I force myself to repeat every year in the weeks leading up to Chinese New Year’s Eve.
Not that I anticipate a lot of visitors coming over for the festival, mind you. Actually, there wouldn’t even be any. (Which self-respecting otaku would welcome brawling kids and nosey aunts into his den?)
The ritual is entirely because I live alone and I’m revolted by the thought of a maid going through my things. Moreover, being, well, somewhere near OCD behaviour, I have particularly stringent requirements when it comes to cleaning; I used to regularly snap toilet brushes during enthusiastic scrubbings. Given I have no wish of being prosecuted for maid abuse, I’ve long concluded I just have to do everything myself. While at it, I console myself by spreading the task over weeks. I also constantly remind myself that it’s a very good, very good way to re-familiarise myself with my junk.
Re-familiarise. For example, with all the boxes I keep in the storeroom. Boxes for things which have long gone kaputt.
Those of you with reliable contacts for psychiatric counselling, you might want to share your information with me.
Chinese New Year’s Eve2018 Reunion Dinner
Since, I don’t know, ten years ago? My immediate family has been having reunion dinner “outside.” I.E. at a restaurant instead of mother cooking at home. There are various reasons for this, foremost for the purpose of saving mom all that work. To be quite honest, and I’m not humblebragging here, most of these “outside” dinners were either outrageously overpriced or extremely regimental. It’s really quite a turn-off to be reminded in the middle of dinner with a gentle, “Sir, your session is ending in one hour’s time. Would that be okay? Hmm?”
Would that be okay? As if I had a choice.
This year’s dinner at [email protected] turned out to be surprisingly pleasant, though. Other than the splendid variety of dishes in the buffet, no one came to “highlight” my depleting time. I also enjoyed the choice of cakes in the dessert selection, many of which were colourfully themed for CNY. In short, this is easily the reunion dinner that I enjoyed most in recent years. It was great start to the festive celebrations ahead.
River Hongbao 2018
Thanks to this blog, I now have a standard excursion after reunion dinner each Chinese New Year’s Eve. I.E. River Hongbao at The Float @ Marina Bay.
This will sound pathetic, but before taking up this online-hobby/pastime of featuring festive celebrations in Singapore, I used to return home right after reunion dinner and spend the rest of the evening playing World of Warcraft. (Then waking up at 3 pm i.e. when half of the actual holiday is over) Well, I’m still going to be waking up at 3 pm, I’m writing this post at 2 am, but at least it’s a much more energetic start to the New Year. Have to say I enjoyed this year’s lanterns at River Hongbao more than last year too. I DEFINITELY enjoyed the fireworks far more compared to the soaked ones on January 1st.
Last but not least, the fireworks at midnight!
To all who are celebrating, Happy Doggy Year 2018!
Read my other Festive Celebrations in Singapore posts.