Monday, 27 February 2017

Chinese New Year 2017 (1)

CNY this year fell early on 27 January, 2017.

27.1.2017, 6.38am, North South highway....around Rawang...



We first went to uncle's house to drop something. Then we went to visit FIL in the nursing home and left him some CNY cookies and new clothes. This is the first time Bao and I went to the place since they placed him there after he got removed from the one in PJ Old Town.

The home looks decent enough.

Then only we went to the ancestor home which is now empty. Helped 6th aunt to prepare and perform the simple prayers at home before we continued the yearly routine to the Temple in Taiping.

It was getting very simple as the years goes by as 6th aunt is not that capable anymore. A lot of food are bought at the market.

It was around 3pm when we were at the monastery to visit the respectful 继尘法师who is 6th aunt's brother.  I always like to hear her telling us how he became a monk.

继尘法师travels abroad frequently to share his wisdom and enlighten others. He is using an Iphone 6s plus to communicate with ppl!
Very impressive tea table with matching stools c/w a drainage tube to drain away the initial round of tea directly from the table. 
In his quarter, I touched his sitting pad and it feels like granite and it is whole!

This, is an upside down teapot. The cover is at the bottom....tea is made with the pot turned "down", pot then tuned "up" to pour the tea. Amazing...
Gigantic brushes where he practice his calligraphy.

We had casual talks just like normal relatives and was later joined by another cousins. About 2 hours later, we drove back to the old house.

We had our showers and dressed for the Reunion dinner at a restaurant in another village.
Restaurant Soon Lai (Lim), even the Chinese also the same.

At the restaurant, with the poor man....

It was then back to the old house again. FIL looked around the house he had lived for most of his life and when he put his hands on the railings of the rotten staircase, it was quite an emotional sight. He has become so frail in merely a year after his operation.

It was midnight when we checked into M Boutique hotel after we dropped 6th aunt at 3rd aunt's house.
3rd time around, the manager is kind enough to charge us the same rate as last year.
Love this rustic and nostalgic chair in this room.

Had a very good night sleep after previous hectic day. It was 8.30 when i was awoke.  

Breakfast is always good under this ambience.
 Getting ready for the day....

At the lobby, OOTD drama....
The traffic was very busy when we drove from Ipoh to KK, it was late when we fetched 6th aunt. And the result was 2nd aunt arrived before we did. They had to lunch outside and they decided not to go to the old house after that. They probably were not very happy as they had lunch at the old house on first day of every CNY!

The town is now at the slumber stage. Gone are the days when CNY was bustling with greetings everywhere!
Anyway, 6th aunt decided to fry the left over rice last night together with some food she prepared for the prayers yesterday. And we ate with 7th uncle's family when they arrived from their hotel.

The old house is now at a very sorry condition. Effort to preserve might involve a lot of money and everyone is smart enough to play mum.

Then it was time to visit MIL's brother as usual. Dinner at their house as usual and when we were back to M Boutique hotel, it was almost midnight again.

Every corner is well taken care of.
The comfy bed is what making me coming back again and again.

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