The Meaning of Chinese New Year to Me


As I became older and older, Chinese New Year has became more meaningless to me. In fact, it made me realize that people are realistic, stingy and selfish the most during this festive season.

Why did I say so?

  1. When my dad was in the climax of his career, many people sent him hampers and CNY cards. As year passed, it got lesser and lesser and finally decrease to nil.
  2. Last time, the only way to avoid giving out angpau to your neighbour’s kids is to hide yourself in the house. If you’re caught outside by the kids, consider yourself unlucky. But now, even if I saw my neighbour and wished them Gong Xi Fa Cai, they still pretend nothing happened. I should have wished them Gong Xi Fai Cai instead.
  3. During reunion dinner, everyone talked in Hokkien, not bothering that I couldn’t understand.
  4. As usual, aunt didn’t eat reunion dinner with my grandma (mum’s side) and mum didn’t eat reunion dinner with my grandma (dad’ side) due to unknown family problems. CNY will only make me realize how disunited my family is.

So… these are the reasons why I don’t really look forward to CNY. I like Christmas more because we shower our loved ones with gifts instead of money and the process of picking the right gift for them is more meaningful. It’s the thought that counts.

Anyway, here are some photos I took during CNY Eve.

It was raining so heavily my grandma's place flooded! Luckily I didn't buy new shoe cos my whole shoe was soaked!

It was raining so heavily my grandma’s place flooded!
Luckily that I didn’t buy new shoe cos my whole shoe was soaked!

Dishes for Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner. I realized this year we didn't have chicken :(

Dishes for Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner.
I realized this year we didn’t have chicken ๐Ÿ™

So this is what Hokkien usually eat for Chinese New Year reunion dinner (at least for my family).


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  1. Don't be sad Charmaine! I also realised even own family tends to be selfish and realistic sometimes.

    Anyway, wishing you a prosperous dragon year ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. HouHouSek

    January 22

    i saw siew yok!

  3. ChrisAu

    January 22

    Cheer up….. Of course CNY is best enjoy when we are younger. Anyway, you stil can have a great celebration with your loved ones. Wishing u a happy new year!

  4. Mariuca

    January 22

    I hope you have a nice holiday, enjoy the food! Happy CNY! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. darranlow

    January 23

    I feel you. In a way, I feel Chinese New Year forces relatives who haven't met at all in a year to get together. And to put it in an ugly manner, it is all for the ang paos for the kids.

  6. ken

    January 23

    it's sort of meaningless to me too – just CNY, again.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nevertheless, Happy CNY! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Charmaine

    January 23

    Thanks for all the kind wishes!

    Happy CNY and Happy Holidays!

  8. HouHouSek

    January 23

    Can we all come and take angpau from you? XD

    • Charmaine

      January 23

      Hahaha cannot! I'm still single! XD

    • Mr Lonely

      January 23

      ah, the first photo make me feel i should appreciate of what i having now.. btw, Happy Chinese New Year~~ wishing you to have a wonderful Dragon Year~~~ XD

      Regards, (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

  9. Well well well people do have their differences and could not get them into terms with each other. Look at the bright side just follow the flow and be with the flow after all its a yearly affair. Just enjoy it cheer up. Happy Holidays & GXFC.

  10. FiSh SzeHui

    January 23

    i see lots of good food ๐Ÿ™‚ it's okay to have duck to replace chicken for the reunion dinner

    Latest: Korean Reunion Style

  11. Kelvin Tan

    January 23

    So unfortunate of you to think so.
    I for one, enjoy Chinese New Year, not because of angpow (which I rarely receive) or just the holidays I receive, but also the time to reunite my family together for dinner/lunch.

    By the way, I'm not close to my family, so that's the only time I get to see them all together. LOL.

  12. Cheer up! I believe CNY going to get better n better by year! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Charmaine

      January 23

      Thanks! It's lonely without siblings though unlike you, surrounded by noisy siblings hahaha

  13. Is that Bak Kut Teh?
    The Siu Yuk looks good..n I love siu yuk ..
    Happii CNY to you…..

    • Charmaine

      January 23

      Hahaha yes it is Bak Kut Teh, Hokkien's favorite food!

      Happy CNY to you too! ^_^

  14. Maurice

    January 23

    Happened to find your site/blog through a friend of yours (

    Although I like New Year's Eve, I can relate to your feelings towards meaninglessness (new word?) and gestures seeming empty.

    Well, here's me, a total stranger, wishing you all the best for the year of the dragon. Hope it helps ๐Ÿ™‚

    Regards from The Netherlands,

    • Charmaine

      January 24

      Wow I'm thrilled!
      Wishes from afar ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you!

  15. Danny Foo

    January 24

    Poor dog. ๐Ÿ˜

    Anyway, I know what you mean. I was sitting at a table recently where the grandfather kind of refused to join in the lo sang just because everyone was going to start tossing without him. Sigh.

    But I guess, sometimes it's hard to control some things with age.

    • Charmaine

      January 25

      Aww that's sad ๐Ÿ™
      Anyway, Happy Chinese New Year to you!

  16. Maurice

    January 24

    Bet you didn't expect wishes to come from this far. Hihi ๐Ÿ™‚

    By the way, somehow I couldn't reply to your reply, hence…a new comment.

    • Charmaine

      January 25

      Yeah I was really surprised.
      Hmm not sure why the reply comment doesn't function in Chrome. It only works in Firefox ๐Ÿ™

  17. Maurice

    January 25

    Mmmm, that's too bad. Maybe that's also the reason why your pages are running slow on my pc. Although…., the data DO have to travel a long distance. Hahahaha.

    I don't receive notifications of a reply either, because I can't leave a mail-address. So I have to physically check the pages that I left a comment on.

    Ah well, if that's all the trouble predicted for a dragon in 2012….I'll get by. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Charmaine

      January 26

      Aww that's too bad ๐Ÿ™ In that case, we can keep in touch via Facebook.
      My FB page is on the right sidebar ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Hello pretty lady… GONG XI FA CAI to you. Don't feel so sad, whatever happens, it will only make you stronger. Stay true to yourself and avoid repeating others ppl mistakes. Life is short, we should all cherish it. =) SMILE YEA!

    • Charmaine

      January 26

      Hey Ms. Smith,
      What you said is so true ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for reminding me, I will learn from their mistakes ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Great post, very nice.

  20. Happy CNY!!!!!

    A very nice entry indeed… btw saya baru aje undi awak di
    Best F&B blog!!! all the best..

    Plsss vote saya kembali blog saya untuk kategory THE WORST BLOG OF THE YEAR @ dan undi

    terima kasihhhh!! =)

  21. Maurice

    January 27

    You're so right….good old Facebook. Why didn't I think of that. I had already "liked" your page and still didn't think of it. Silly me ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    See you on FB.

    Ciao ciao,

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