Look ahead…

A new day, a new year, a new beginning!

QONG XI FA CAI to all, wishing everyone a very Happy and Prosperous Year of the Goat…

Happy Chinese New Year

My missus had been busy baking the cookies…

Missus cookies

…and cooking all her special dishes and everything. She did not bake any cakes this year, we just went out and bought some that we know would be very nice – she has stopped doing it since we got our new oven and her cakes turned out disastrous. It is very good for cookies though – all of them turned out really well and of course, that pleased her to no end. Hehehehehe!!!!!

I had been busy too with this and that, including cutting the very nice bak kua…

Bak kua

from Alfred, my friend from Singapore…and also from my ex-student, Johnny, who is currently working in the island republic…and of course, I had to go to the bank as well to get the sparkling new currency notes for the ang paos…

Ang paos

…to be given to those who will drop by my house today or over the next few days…but only if they are kids or still single.

There was also all the cleaning to be done, the decorating of our house, outside…

CNY decor

…and inside but we’re keeping it simple, just a little something to usher in the brand new year.

Do drop by, all of you who are in Sibu – our door is always open and we should be around to welcome you from the afternoon of the first day onwards. (We usually go to pay our respects to my parents and my mother-in-law in the morning of the first day and wish them a Happy New Year and after that, we would head on home straight away.)

Gosh!!! In the meantime, the things kept coming like it was never going to stop! I must say that I am truly abundantly blessed…and I really must thank my cousin, Doreen and her hubby, Bened, for these delightful gifts…

From Dorren & Bened

…for Chinese New Year – they even had to take a little time off during their lunch break to drop by my house and send the things over before heading back to work.

Thank you to you too, my nephew, John, who is currently working in KL, for these…

From John

…and don’t look at me! I did not touch the ngaku (fried arrowroot chips) but my girl loves it so much that she almost finished the whole tub in one sitting. Never mind! After all, this is what Chinese New Year is all about – to eat and enjoy to one’s heart’s content…and what a coincidence! I received a 2nd tub of the ngaku (and some other lovely goodies) from a friend who wishes to stay anonymous but thank you all the same for everything – you know who you are. You sure made my girl very happy!!!

Just when I thought that was it, the poslaju guy came honking at my gate and  pass me these…

From mun

My! My! It certainly looks like it is a bak kua year for me…for they keep coming! Thank you very much, zmun2 – it is really nice and thoughtful of you to go through the trouble of sending me all the stuff and the greeting card as well. Oooo…gold nuggets in a bag of the very auspicious red colour! Hopefully that is a sign of a windfall that is to come. Wink! Wink! LOL!!!

Well, a lot of people have shared this cartoon on Facebook…

Cartoon

…and yes, it had not been a very good year.

However, for me personally, the Year of the Horse was all right, other than the untimely passing of a very dear friend, and a few others as well…but there had been some happy moments – weddings in the family here, here and here and those of my ex-students as well, friends, old and new, who came to visit – from Trengganu, Singapore, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah,  Australia/Vietnam and the US of A…and we had been blessed with good health and days that went by pretty smoothly one by one  so all in all, I would say that it had not been too bad.

But of course, we look forward to the new year, the Year of the Goat, with the hope that it would be a good year, one that would be a lot better than the last for one and all. For that we pray…