Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Chinese New Year celebration...

It's the same thing every year, ethnic Chinese celebrate this event by visiting one another while bearing angpow (red packets with money) and gifts to the host. As filial children, we are bound to accompany our parents in visiting relatives whom we barely know. It's either we bore ourselves to death by watching movies that are screened on the idiot's box or listen to the elders gossiping or criticizing the Government. To make things more 'interesting', the older folk always say the same things every year depending on which age group you are in.

For those who are between the age of 5 to 12, the usual statements are;
"Wah!!! So big already!! How old is she/he? He/she looks exactly like the father/mother!" and these statements are usually accompanied by painful pinches on the cheeks of the child. Been there and done that, why can't the adults see that this act of pinching scars the child for life! Ish... This can be classified as child abuse!

For those between the age of 13 to 18...
"Wah!!! So tall already!!! You are taller than the last time I saw you! Form what?" (Form as in secondary level 1 to 6)
If by some unlucky fate, you had just obtain results for your Penilaian Menengah Rendah (Lower Secondary Public Exam) or Sijil Penilaian Malaysia (Malaysia's equivalent to 'O' Level) that year, you will be interrogated for your results and depending on your academic achievement, you will either beam with pride or wished that you were never born. Relatives have the inate ability to crush your pride and make you feel worthless if you didn't score as many A's as their children. Heck...gatherings like this are always the place for parents to show off their children's academic achievements. So... if you aren't the smart one, try not to attend any of these gatherings unless you are mentally prepared for the abuses later on.

What about those between the age of 19 to 23?
"Wah!!! Gotten prettier/more good looking wor! What are you doing now? Studying or working? Oh...studying in which University/College? That university/college good ah? Eh...working ah? Working as what? Got girlfriend/boyfriend ah?"
I don't mind being interrogated but year-in-year-out...they ask the same freaking questions. Urgh!!!! Why do we even bother answering their questions when they will forget about it almost instantaneously and repeat their questions next year? Damn...they should start making notes on who is doing what and stop repeating themselves!!!!

For those aged 24 and above... and if you aren't married yet, God help you;
"Wah...when are you getting married? Got someone already ah? Your parents are waiting until their necks have grown long for grandchildren la..."
Thank God I have not reached that age group to be interrogated in such a manner. It's not that I am against them asking such questions but there are relatives who are so inconsiderate that they embarass us in front of everyone. It's as though they have every right to know every aspect of our life...

Well, Chinese New Year isn't all that bad (apart from all those nosy relatives)... It is also the time when all immediate family members return and gather at their parents' house for reunion dinner. Thanks to this, we can meet up with most of our friends whom we have not met for the whole year! Not to mention the sinfully tasty cookies and pastries that awaits us! For avid gamblers, this is the time when older folks provide the capital for you to gamble your hearts out!

If only we can remove the annoying-relatives part... I think Chinese New Year celebrations will be more enjoyable! Hehe... Anyway, I am rambling here... I guess I shall end this entry here and brace myself for more tasty cookies and angpows! Muahahahaha...


9 comments:

cheehan said...

Thank God I have not reached that age group ...... aspect of our life. we are 23/24 this year dy la ..

Unka said...

I am still 22 this year ler. You 23 I know la. Old dy...
Hahah

Anonymous said...

with all due respect, you are stating the obvious stuff for every culture, even for foreigners.

I think you should give CNY more credit. 4 paragraphs of cons vs 1 paragraph of good stuff about CNY.

As "uncle chan's rants" no.1 fan, i demand that you write about the unique traditions about CNY that youngsters (even myself) are forgetting or don't even know.

can't wait...heheh

Lincoln said...

I strongly agree with what you write there. Yearly interrogation. Guess what? I was suggesting to a friend that if they ever interogate us again, we can counter them. How? Ask them..."How's your company?", "Your company doing good business?", "Where is your workplace?", "Your boss / employees giving you headache or not?" and if you are daring enough you could ask "How much you earning?"....Muahahahah! Just trying to be evil to counter their yearly interogation. I'm pretty sure that after that, they'll probably stop asking us dumb repetitive questions. Try it out someday! :P

smubblerz said...

Hehe, I like Lincoln's idea of 'counter-attack' though it may provide them an opportunity to say how rude you are. I tried it once, when I was subjected to the stupidest comment of "wah, my daughter taller than you already ah. haha. you put on weight ar?" I smiled and replied "Thanks, looks like its the same for you too." The look on her face was hilarious. LOL.

Unka said...

@anonymous #1
I am honoured that you proclaimed that you are "uncle chan's rants" (it's now uncle chan's crap) no.1 fan... But erm... You know my policy of not giving into requests for those who posted anonymously. Hope you understand. :)

@Lincoln
Counter them...? Well, unless you want your parents to suffer, I don't think you want to do so. Countering older folks will lead them to bad mouth your parents...stating that they do not know how to teach their children manners. You wouldn't want that now, would you? If you did counter them...rest assured you will be forever labelled as the "rude-one"

@smubblerz
Woa...that's erm... great? Hahahaha...shit, too bad we can't see your relative's expression when you said that. Bravo bravo! Don't go overboard ya...else you will incur the wrath of "relative-bad-mouthing" gang. ;)

Lincoln said...

Hmmm....I guess life is kinda unfair, huh? They can interogate us but we can't do that to them without being bad mouthed. :(

Unka said...

Erm... think of it this way, by the time you are part of the old-annoying-relatives, you can do the same to the generation after you. :Þ This Chinese New Year, I met my grandpa in Church for the CNY service and I just commented,"Wah Grandpa, you look so handsome in that sam-fu"...
Guess what? I got a mild lecture by my dad after that because he thought I was being rude to my elders. :| Geez...

smubblerz said...

hehehe
yea la, its risky answering back, but at times, biting your tongue in resentment isn't an option.
I wasn't penalised for that little episode coz it so happens that everyone in the family didn't like that particular aunt anyway. LOL.