went to the Chinese New Year’s party organised by the local asian students with XY and her mum who’s here to visit and 2 Scottish coursemates of hers… it’s been ages since i’ve been to one of such gatherings… different generations of students have their different styles of organisation, entertainment and choice of restaurants… tonight’s dinner menu was nothing for raving about (although i had to my delight 2 tasty giant prawns and lots of Cantonese-style steamed seabass fish!), there was no lion-dance like in those good ole days, nor fun interactive games…. nonetheless, i appreciated the gathering of people with common roots… and the respite from having to cook tonight! heee.

minority ethnic festivities are such non-events here… and that really makes celebrating terribly trying… i miss the colour and noise that often accompany Spring Festival… with fire crackers being banned even in asia these days… it must be quite a different atmosphere too, especially for those older generations who grew up with that New Year’s crackling! i miss all things special that are consumed particularly at this time of the year… the preparations… the visiting… the treats…

it’s Lunar New Year’s eve tommorow… and i’ll be missing reunion dinner for the 10th year… the steamboat at home in singapore will be taken out from its box and used for what europeans might call the asian fondu… actually, i think the swiss fondu pot, being a lot bigger, might work well… hmm… after dinner, mum will be choosing pots of plants from her garden that look pretty to take them indoors and perhaps papa might do up some calligraphic couplets for the main doorway…

i’ve not really got a new set of clothes that i’ll wear on New Year’s like how i usually do when i was growing up yonder… (i do have a lovely 2-piece corduroy set from Laura Ashley =c), which i got at the post-xmas sale in singapore, but i won’t wear it on wed… i hope to take it to the conference in NY! mummy sent a set of summery wear the other day but it’s still too cold out there…) but i’ll put on an ethnic top instead… make some asian dishes for dinner with A and perhaps ruth might be around too…

ahh… i should pick up some mandarins/tangerines and some flowers for the flat! hmm flowers!!! =C)
darn… i don’t have any more of mummy’s incredible kuey lapis cake that’s synonymous with Chinese New Year…
mummy's kuey lapis cake!!!
i did have a huge piece which i carried with me flying back to europe… i made it last over the whole of january being quite a good squirrel i am… but it’s all gone! … those lovely little flat-squarish-stripey pieces are really truly hard to resist… some people call it the asian tiramisu… but i fear that name isn’t quite so befitting; it’s more than just a ‘pick-me-up’!… this cake is really too special… and all the Lunar New Year’s visitors are so fortunate to receive some of those stripey pieces as treats! the best way to go about consuming such divine creations is to eat them layer by layer… and know that each layer is made with wholesome goodness… and a lot of love! =C)

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