Let’s Do The Twist!
We had an enjoyable Reunion Dinner. During after-dinner coffee, I brought out some berries and nuts from Australia which were given to me and asked my family for their views on the products. I will blog about this later on.
My sister and I share good relationship. Although we do not meet up often, our love for each other is unquestionable. I know she cares and keeps me in her daily prayers. I am thankful for her. When mom announced that she would not be hosting lunch on the first day of Spring, the duty went to my elder sister. We would go to her house. As it happened, when we were departing, I offered, “Why don’t you come to my place for dinner instead?” The deal was sealed instantly.
The following was what happened on the first day of Spring Festival in my household, it was chaotic with the party nearly called off but all went well in the end. There are many twists and turns in life, but keep calm and let’s do the twist! It can be fun. It was fun! My dinner companions stayed till late with the last guest leaving at nearly 7am this morning!
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Vanessa had to go to Sam’s house to visit his parents. Valerie and Ryan went out with dad to do grocery shopping. I managed to get some rest before we created mayhem in the kitchen.
The cooking began…
After dinner, the children played a game of “Mafia”. Seated round the table, everyone drew lots to take up a role. The roles consisted of 2 mafia, 1 doctor, 1 policeman and the rest are civilians. The mafia will kill someone in the night. The doctor would try to save someone, hopefully, the right victim while the policeman tries to investigate and catch the mafia. Something like that. It’s too complicated for me so I stayed out. The children enjoyed the game so much they played till dawn.
I keep calling them children when in fact they are young adults of marriage-able age. I guess they will always be a young child in a parent’s eye. My only nephew, Kenneth, brought his girlfriend along for dinner. Kimmie, my niece, has grown so much and with profound understanding, I can talk “anything under the sky” with her.
My sister and I bonded over a cup of Nescafe at the patio. We reminisced the good old days with fondness.
All in all, we had a great time!
Happy cooking, eating and bonding 🙂
We all woke up late and didn’t have an early CNY tea ceremony and breakfast as practiced.
We weren’t sure if any supermarket was opened for last minute shopping. I called my sister to cancel but she said she didn’t mind coming over even if we didn’t have food. She said, “We’ll nibble on tidbits”.
My children had prior engagements but all came back in time and put on a feast as quickly as they could. They worked without bitching and they worked well as a team.
Blessed are those who wait. And I have waited patiently for this day after 25 years! This is the first CNY meal prepared entirely by my children. I am so proud of them for handling this important dinner so well. They worked efficiently from start to end (cleaning up after). The food presentation was done by Sam Poh.
Thank you, Valerie, Vanessa, Ryan, Sam and Kyung for making this meal memorable!
Thank you Sissy and family, Kyung and Zhenren for partaking this meal with us.
It was too bad my brother could not be here with us (he went away this afternoon). My parents were tired and wanted to rest after hosting us the day before so they didn’t come.
I’m sorry my post is presented in a manner that is quite disorderly – my mind is still reeling with excitement.
This post was titled “Let’s Do The Twist!” because Kenneth shared a picture on Instagram tagged as “Western” Chinese New Year dinner. So we had a twisted Chinese meal, lol…
Hope you had a blessed day too 🙂