chinese new year celebrations this year was strangely delightful. delightful in the sense that there were some genuine laughs and i actually came out of the whole weekend having learnt something new.
for the first time in like a decade, we had our reunion dinner at home. of course, by home, i meant my home. which is a pretty big deal because the folks have thing whole thing about washing up and cleaning and all. of course it is much easier to go out for the dinner and all, but you know la traffic that night and we are all a bunch of picky eaters. okay fine, i am an outrageously picky eater. so even though technically half the stuff for the dinner that night was tapau-ed from some place or another, the home cooked food element was on the table and seriously, nothing beats the whole homely thing, you know what i mean? tak payah dress up and buat booking and drive out with the rest of the world. that kinda jazz la.
first day and second day was spent visiting. grandma, uncles, aunties, cousins who have developed zits over the past year. conversations swayed in the most random directions this year. like seriously. i think that forum we had on dentistry went on forever! oh well, you know what i mean when i say that some topics are more favourable than others and i guess a dialogue about root canals and eating peanut butter with braces is not so bad after all among family members, eh :)
speaking of randomness, i had some random friends over on saturday for a pot luck turned mahjong session, thanks to RC. now i have always been fascinated by the game. my back house neighbour spends every weekend shuffling the tiles and i wonder how can something that looks so innocent can be so terrifyingly addictive? this, being the game where fortunes are gained and lost, where an assortment of extra sensory skills like body language manipulation and combat worthy strategy comes into play – okay, bring it on! of course, to play this sort of game in the year 2011 does mean that some apple technology finds its way in. that’s a picture of the dice app on the iphone.
i was made to understand that the complexity of the rules of mahjong is pretty much unlimited. regions have their own rules. countries have their own rules. states have their own rules. heck, families have their own rules. so in negotiating the rules of the game in its absolute simplest form, i don’t know if i could safely say that we have developed a mi casa version of a three-player game.
how addictive was mahjong? almost eight hours later, we were still playing the game. the only reason why we eventually stopped was because it was a little after midnight by then and we were getting a bit sleepy.
not a bad start to the new year, kan? it’s the fifth day of chinese new year so that means there’s ten days to go. things to eat, places to meet, and i still have RC’s mahjong set with me :)