Chinese New Year 2010 Day One

As usual, on the first day of Chinese New Year (which was also Valentine's Day this year, not that it meant anything to me) we visited my uncle's (dad's elder brother).

He and his family used to live in Malacca until recent years. They now live not that far away. (perhaps 20 mins via car, as opposed to the near 2 hours back then)


Outside uncle's house

Inside uncle's house

Everyone hanging out in uncle's house


We usually eat vegetarian food on the first day of Chinese New Year. So the dishes in the following photos, despite the fact that they looked like meat, were all vegetarian!

Vegetarian meat

Vegetarian curry

Having lunch

Having lunch

Auntie and uncle

Cousin Chuan and uncle


My cousin's Malay colleague made us some nice and delicious cheese tarts wishing us Gong Xi Fa Cai. When my country is constantly appearing on international news due to its racial tensions, tiny little incidents like this feel my heart with warmth. Muhibbah forever.

'Gong Xi Fa Cai' cheese tarts

'Gong Xi Fa Cai' cheese tarts 2


This year's new year was particularly enlightening. All these while, I never knew that we eat mochi too. I thought mochi was just a Japanese thing, but apparently my uncle's wife had always been making mochi for dessert, just that because we were usually stuffed after lunch, so she didn't bother to take it out for us!

Aunt making some mochi


My cousin Sze was helping out with making some of those corn cakes as well.

Cousin Sze cutting up some corn kuih


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Mom definitely enjoyed it.

Mom loves the mochi

Mom and sister enjoy dessert

Having dessert