It's been an extremely busy weekend for me, and it's actually 2.50 a.m. right now as I'm typing this and surprising I don't feel very sleepy, even though Radiohead is playing on shuffle.
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Had a satisfying steamboat dinner cooked lovingly by my grandparents. Oh, in my opinion, I think they are the best chefs ever! Painted my nails with this metallic green nail polish from M.A.C.,
Today I also realised how my dog Truffle is so territorial and does not get along well with her dog cousin when he attempts to sniff her water bowl...
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I visited more than nine houses in total and I was so so drained after that, when I got home at about 9 plus, I immediately fell asleep as soon as I sat on my bed. It was really fun though, to be able to catch up with my family members of my extended family.
Yup, repainted my fingernails to this pretty and more demure rosy shade to match my new dress! It's a tradition to wear new clothes during Chinese New Year, fun fact for you all.
I think puppy paws are absolutely adorable, am I the only one?
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Today was definitely a more relaxing day for me. Visited only two houses and both had very very good food. One of the best parts of Chinese New Year would definitely be the food - though fattening, they are heavenly and so addictive! Some of my favourites would be pineapple tarts, love letters, and peanut cookies!
My auntie's traditional dish called Lam Mee, which we all got to taste when we visited her. She's an absolutely amazing and talented chef, even making her own dark chocolates in the shape of seashells. They tasted even better than the ones you can buy in the stores, if I could say so myself! If only I had such skill in culinary arts...
Anyway, I got to go home early in the afternoon, so I decided to spend my day the lazy way, and made a makeshift bed on the floor beside my window overlooking the bamboo overgrowth. Continued reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Kundera, while listening to some music. I think just spending my day doing the things I love is certainly one of the most satisfying and stress-relieving things in the world!
Oh, I'd love to point out just how much I love the cover illustration and design of my book! Apart from being an amazing book, the cover is so beautiful as well - how much more perfect and wholesome can one book get?
Talking about illustrations, it reminds me of how I should start on another art piece soon. You know that feeling you get when you really want to do something but just haven't gotten down to it no matter how many times your head tells you to do so?
Here's a photo of my cousin Sophie playing with my old Polly Pocket doll - she's so sweet, cute and pretty!
My sister and I were cleaning up after the family dinner party tonight and decided to be goofballs and have a competition to see who can last longer with our hand submerged in the ice. Oh gosh it was so cold, after taking it out both our hands were burning, ironically! The things we do, haha...
My angbao stack! For those of you who aren't accustomed to the Chinese New Year traditions, every year we go around visiting relatives and are given angbaos, which are also known as 紅包s/red envelope. The colour red is especially auspicious to the Chinese, as it symbolizes prosperity and wards off the evil spirits. This year is the year of the snake! Anyway, these red envelopes are usually given to children, youth, and those unmarried - and they contain money! $$$$$
Hope you all got a glimpse of my Chinese New Year this year! Tomorrow I'm going for a potluck, which I'm really excited about because I can finally meet my friends and play pool, and eat good food. Ahh, Chinese New Year, the season of good food and guilt!
Have a wonderful week!