After 11 Years, I am Home Again (on The Eve)

According to the Chinese customary, every married woman shall celebrate the eve of Chinese New Year (CNY) with their husband’s family. And for the past 11 years, I have faithfully follow the customary. But for once, the rule have to be broken. Here comes the Hijackqueen!!! Muahahaahaa….

No la. I did not disobey my FIL. This year was an exception year for me as one of my cousin brother (maternal side) is getting married on the First day of CNY. So I’ve decided to bend the rules a bit to go back my Parent’s house on the Eve. The feeling was great – to be able to have reunion dinner with my Parents. But on the other side, I was worry about FIL’s feeling. I am sure he will not be happy about it. He might feel offended. He might think that I disobey him. I just act according to my own selfish feeling, that is going ahead with what has planned no matter how much people is/going to talk behind my back. Those things are unavoidable.

Back at home, I can feel how lonely is my parents on the eve. The old man has only my youngest sister as company. And my youngest sister has only the housework to accompany her! Muahahaahaa…. Even when I’m back at home, I always volunter myself with the cooking. I hate housework. My poor Mum still have to mop the floor. Shame on us! Shame on us! But I feel so at home. All the pampering from my Mum. It reminds me of our childhood days celebrating CNY with my family.

Back to pictures at my parent’s house. This is Baby Princess playing with the lion.

For her size, the lion head can be quite heavy.

Finally after fiddling with it for sometime, she managed to lift it up.

But aiks……!

Wrong side!

She took them down again.

This time, she got them right.

But she can’t see cos the mouth is covering up her view. lol. Finally she managed to open the flap.

This lion head has been around for about 6 years now. Every year, there will always be a new kid to abuse it. Poor thing. You know how kids will fight over just anything. Last year, Prince pulled out one of the springy eye ball. This year with the rough handling from the kids, the mouth is almost torn. Andddddddddd my nephew Jonathan pulled out one of the ear during a photography session.

Talking about which, my youngest Sis and me decided to camwhore a bit with the lion head too. haha!

Why their composure is always out leh? *sigh…

There’s one thing that I just found out after 11 years. My Mom don’t cook at home during the reunion dinner. I was flabbergasted when my Sis told me this. All the while, I thought my Mom is cooking. According to my Mom, there is so much hassle to cook and wash. Afterall, there’s just a few of them eating. Yea, quite true also.

Feeling bored while waiting for the food….


My 2 other Sisters (eldest and fifth sis) joined us for the reunion dinner cos their in-law is just staying nearby. Sama kampung la. We had the foochow reunion dinner. I really miss foochow food so much! What do you expect for I am not home for 11 years.

We had the usual cold dishes and next is shark fins soup.

I’ve never captured my Mom in such a happy mood before. I really love this shots of her.

When I show her the shot on the LCD screen, she ask, “Who is that?”

That was hilarious. I told her, “You didn’t know a dSLR can make a women looks prettier, right?” (Ya la. I know. Angkat sendiri sahaja.)

The shark fins soup sure taste delicious. Look at how they lick their spoon.

Welcome back Hijackqueen! Bon Appetite Foochow cooking! Did I mentioned I have not had foochow cooking during reunion dinner for 11 years?

We had the usual bla, bla, bla. No time to take photo la. Busy eating. The pork rib cook with szechuan vege. Ichiban!

The spring chicken in herbal.

Hai Reng Kou Ru (Foochow Sea cucumber & Fish maw soup)

This is Sitiawan number 1 dish! Tasted a bit sourish, spicy and sweet in thick starchy broth with the main ingredients like fish maws, sea cucumber and bamboo shoots.

This is glutinous rice.

The toppings are winter melon sweets, red dates, raisins and dry longans. Not my favourite. I only attack the toppings!

After all the makan-makan, we wipe-wipe backside and headed for home. So easy right. No need to clean up after dinner.

Back at home, my Dad started to give out angpows to his Grandchildren.

Behind every angpow, there is a short Bible verses from my Dad. Can you believe Dad wrote different Bible verses and short wishes every year? He is so full of philosophy.

This is what he wishes me.

“God’s Love Will Forever Be With You” – Too Calligraphic until Yenjai also don’t know how to read. In chinese it read as – “Zhu De Ai Yong Yuan Yu Ni Tong Zai”. haha!

My Mom had a set of pretty angpow that must show off too.


So red! So beautiful! So full of dong-dong-chiang!

The childrens are the happiest lots.

Since this is the year of Rat which is also my eldest Sister’s year, my Mom jokingly told her to give everyone in the household an angpow for Properity and…. ong la! It was supposed to be a joke. A moment later, my Sis really gave everyone an angpow.


We stay awake waiting for the clock to strike 12. I wonder how the sky looks like in Sitiawan.

Although this is supposed to be a backdated post, I would still want to wish all, Happy Reunion!


18 Hijackers »

  1. Daddy said,

    February 11, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

    My 1st year celebrates CNY eve in Sitiawan. The feeling was so so different…

  2. wuching said,

    February 11, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

    heh! its been 18 years no dong dong chiang for me liao!

  3. day-dreamer said,

    February 11, 2008 @ 10:49 pm

    OMG I can’t help but to drool at the food pics!

    Well, sometimes, tradition has to make way for modern people like us. Don’t feel too bad about it, perhaps your FIL understand.

    Anyway, gong xi fa cai! 😀

  4. jazzmint said,

    February 11, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

    gong xi gong xi…now faster go visit dongzen 😛

  5. said,

    February 12, 2008 @ 8:29 am

    Ya wor
    Now only able to read

  6. athena said,

    February 12, 2008 @ 8:38 am

    so jeles u dapat makan best best!!!

  7. Giddy Tigress said,

    February 12, 2008 @ 11:08 am

    I know exactly what you mean….I too felt RIGHT at home when we celebrated reunion in my hometown this year. I hope it will not be another 11 years before I get to do it again. Happy New Year to you and to your family! Now can I have some of that sharks’ fin soup? PLEASEeeeee???

  8. Julie said,

    February 12, 2008 @ 11:34 am

    That reminds me that you have been married for 11 years!

  9. the Razzler said,

    February 12, 2008 @ 4:43 pm


    Great pics … Happy Year of the Rat!! .. to you & family!!

  10. eastcoastlife said,

    February 12, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

    You resemble your Mom! I had Reunion Dinner with my parents too. That was the second time for me in 17 years of marriage.

    Gong Xi Fa Cai!! Xin Nian Kuai Le!!

    May you have great wealth, good health and abundant joy in the Rat year!!

  11. laymank said,

    February 13, 2008 @ 4:04 am

    Your mum did look very happy!

    I guess, it is the best chinese new year for her in the last decade!

    I didn’t get to have Tuan Yuan Fan this year, too.

  12. BlurMommy said,

    February 13, 2008 @ 8:34 am

    Wah, so nice that u get to eat the foochow reunion dinner! My favorite is kou ru! 🙂

  13. leslie said,

    February 13, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

    Missed meeting up with u in Sitiawan. Did you come over to Sitiawan or just holed up in Pangkor?

  14. sweet jasmine said,

    February 17, 2008 @ 1:45 am

    hi…those food looks like the ones i ordered from lido restaurant in sitiawan… be ta pau to Penang…..!! what a concidence…

  15. sila said,

    February 17, 2008 @ 4:35 am

    happy belated chinese new year, HQ and family!! hope you enjoyed the reunion dinner with your family for the first time in 11 years 🙂

  16. Kyels said,

    February 17, 2008 @ 7:14 pm

    Glad that you had had a fun celebration!


  17. Lil said,

    February 18, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

    happy chinese new year (not yet chap goh meh)!

    see, the key to being able to spend cny at home on the eve is either marry someone of other racial denomination (hence no competition for where you are supposed to be) or someone from the same hometown (easier to be in both parents’ places in the same evening, just split the time)… :p

  18. Janet said,

    April 11, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

    What a nice pic with your new SLR camera and 50mm lens..
    Really miss the time. While smiling while reading the blog..

    Hmm Good blogging. Jessie, keep it up!!! It flash back some old memory yo

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