It’s very challenging for me to will myself to dig those pre-historic photos and blog about it. My procrastinating ways get worse with time. Anyway, as expected, this will be a long post. So brace yourself. Off the torrents, shut down the video streamings and let my photos load.
😛 Like I am so important like that.
My favourite combination of colours. It’s so me! Very obvious when you look at the colours I chose for my blog. So is this the first time my Nintendo makes an appearance on my blog? It has been a faithful companion for those long breaks in between classes and the 5 hour journeys between KL and Kedah. I was addicted to New Super Mario bros. I’m currently hooked on Alvin and The Chipmunks. A bit like dance dance revolution that type. 🙂 I’ve got like hundreds of games… have yet to try everything out. I tend to judge the fun-ability of the game by their names….;\ Might be missing out on some gems there.
I’m kinda lazy to post the photo of my blinged Nintendo DS lite. The cover is actually like my laptop, totally covered with pink crystals but slightly smaller in size. I bought the two sticker sheets of eBay. I spent almost a hundred bucks on it…inclusive of shipping(consoling myself).
On Chap Goh Mei, a few of us went to the jetty that we by pass every morning. We wanted to throw oranges in the river.
While waiting for the rest, I taught Cze-Yin how to pose like a woman. Not like I was doing a damn good job…
Normal hugging photos will do for now. =.=
Lie Yuen started screaming for no reason.
Apparently she stepped on the dead fish..hahhahaha!
A view of the somewhat beautiful river. I’m just gonna spoil it for you – we held our breaths while taking these beautiful photos. This brings a whole new meaning to breathtaking. Damn bloody smelly.
The Gunung Jerai that I have yet to climb. Steven and Ah Thong are climbing the mountain this weekend. The new sporty half of me wants to go, but the lazy indoor me is still dominant. There’s a waterfall nearby that I’d like to check out though. Rumours has it (read: Brenda say one) that young couples go there and have sex…while the Khalwat officers hide behind rocks waiting to pounce on them.
At first, one might shudder in disgust… but then hmmm, not a bad idea. Frolicking in the waterfalls. Damn romantic!!
An ethereal looking photo of me going down the steps.
I look happy, don’t I?
This photo real one. I nearly slipped. Hahaha.
Cze-Yin and Lie Yuen. Lucky never fall into the water.
Some silhouette of poles and a cloudy sunset.
That’s the bridge that I use to get to uni every morning. Fucken scary two way road.
Me attempting to throw my orange.
A pretty photo of the sunset. Somewhat.
Looks like Poh Yee was taking this a little too seriously..
May her wish(wishes?) come true!
Oh my bad, this is a nicer photo of the sunset.
The lot of us who layaned each other by coming out to the jetty.
Top l-r: Poh Yee, Cze-Yin, Lie Yuen and myself
bottom l-r : Sock Nee, Nien and Zhu Zen.
Since we were being very chinese(well, most of them were. I have no qualms about wasting food. Only a matter of time till I get struck by lighting.), we ate the oranges before writing our wishes on the skin.
I love mandarin oranges so much.
Yay, at least one nice photo of me.
At first my friends frowned at me for being so lame. Then I explained, “Happy parents means parents who don’t keep nagging and grumbling.”
Here are a few more things that I should hold dear. I actually wrote ‘A less chaotic 2008’ on the final strip. But who knew wishes on mandarin orange peels don’t come true.
My glowing friends.
It’s amazing how boring I once assumed this place to be yet from time to time we try to cook up some interesting things to do. Boredom yields creativity, no?
Zhu Zen and her mandarin orange with the wind tousling her hair. So glam!
I wonder what she wrote…:P
I think the actual thing to do during Chap Goh Mei is to write your phone number and wait for a guy to pick your mandarin orange up. But since there were no guys standing at the other end of the river(only a fishing village about a few kilometres away), we decided to write our wishes on it!
Poh Yee looks so child-like here. 🙂
Her wish must’ve been something scandalous! *wriggles eyebrows*
Our orange peels with our wishes on them.
Us endorsing orange peels.
L-r: Nien, Me, Poh Yee, Cze-Yin, Zhu Zen, Lie Yuen.
One last photo before flinging them peels into the river.
Once again I unleashed that amazing talent that I have which is group camwhoring.
And since this is a CNY-esque post, I have to post up those fermenting CNY photos or else I would not have memories of my 2008 CNY when I’m 84.
My reunion dinner. =( Promises of delicious sounding dishes were vanquished with a simple, “Aiya mafan lah” from both my mum and my Kai Ma. I was sent out to tapau KFC home for reunion dinner. That’s why the sad face.
Since my dad doesn’t take much fatty food, mum made mee hoon for him, and that’s about as far as variety goes.
Oh, there was of course Yee Sang. Yee Sang and KFC.
Since I only put make up on like twice a month (or even less when I’m in Kedah), each make up session warrants a full blown camwhoring session!
But being the kind person that I am, I shall only limit it to two, so your computer doesn’t come to a halt. 😛 But actually no use also because at the bottom still got a lot of photos. 😀
Yeah, as you can see, this is my favourite photo at the moment(for the past three months. -___-) It’s on my facebook and my msn. Contemplating on putting up at the side of my blog too, since i don’t really have a profile pic on my blog – or is that too cliche?
My friends damn bad, they asked me, “photoshopped one ar?”. Damn insulting! Haha, turns out I (finally)found a good angle of myself and i changed the exposure, adjusted shadows/highlights and used a pink photo filter. All for lighting lah, no usage of the liquify tool okay?
Camwhoring around the house while waiting for the rest of my family members.
Mum wanted a nice photo of myself but Angel spoiled the photo. ;( Bad dog!
My mum would love this photo! I applied fake eyelashes for her too on that day. She’s so happy coz she received many compliments from the rest of the relatives. 😀
Gone are the days when the house was dotted with photographs of me+mum, me+dad, me frowing at my brother etc. So perhaps a few more would be nice. Now, if only I found the energy to go develope a few.
Angel wanted a nice photo of herself too. She stuck her leg out in a very seductive way.
This is her ‘lost’ look.
This is her ‘I’m not up for anything right now’ look.
“Angel, form a C.”
Her intense stare. Somemore the eyes so anime right?
I’m going to show you a side of my dog that you’ve never seen before. First, I tempt her with my arm.
Then she humps it. See the syok look on her face. Disgusting dog. Wonder where she learn from.. must’ve been sexually abused by Bubbles(her dad) as a child.
Mervyn was blowing his nose in the background.
Angel looks at me inquisitively as she is concerned about my brother. She looks quite scary here, actually. From her tail to her neck, she looks like Bubbles and then her head and her front two legs is like her mother, Shih Ling! So scary, like we cut the two dogs up and joined them up to form Angel. My friends might remember Bubbles and Shih Ling.
Shevie and I pretending to talk to each other.
l-r: kaima, Shevie and myself.
When we were younger, we had a photo exactly like that except that at that time Mervyn was much shorter than Kwan Hoong. We must’ve been like 8 years old(me), 7 years old(Kwan Hoong), 6 years old(Mervyn), Shevie(4 years old) and Kai Ning(2 years old).
We gave that classic photo a little update. The two boys caught up with me. Hehe.
As always, the consequent days of chinese new year would be spent in Malacca. After my Yee Ma’s demise, Malacca is no longer my kampung. I have no kampung now.
Here’s Ethan! Such a big grumpy boy! Can see his eyelids are puffy and red as he was about to cry.
=( Yee Ma.
That’s Kwee Foong, Ethan’s mum.
Hehehe, even the way he cries is absolutely adorable!
A serious baby.
The proud great grandmother holding her first great grand son! I really hope my grandmother can see my kid too. 🙂 So happy. I plan to bring my first kid to visit my great grandmother and my grandparents. (probably my kid is a reincarnation of my greatgrandmother/grandparents. Who knows eh?)
Kwee Foong and Hong Fei with their precious Ethan! Hong Fei was telling me how Kwee Foong bathed Ethan in Malacca. The kid was placed in a pail and he sat there while Kwee Foong poured water on his head with a small cup.
She would count, “Okay ar! One, two!” and she’d pour the water on Ethan’s head. He would then wipe the water off his face with his little hands.
Hong Fei was pleased to have found one of those big toilet, er mugs? Those that we use when we cebok! So he poured water using the cebok mug on Ethan without counting and the poor dear started screaming because he wasn’t prepared. Hahahaha.
Looking at him makes me want to have babies straight away!|
I found a stack of Yong yong kor kor’s (ok, his adult name is Mian Yong and he is 31 years old now but we can’t stop calling him Yong Yong) baby photos.
L-r: Yan Yan, Hong Fei and Yong Yong.
They must’ve been about 2 years old and 3 years old then. They look so adorable!! Especially Hong Fei! My mother told me many stories about Hong Fei when he was a baby and spending most of his time in Malacca. My mum had just finished her form5 back then and was already teaching piano, so there was an organ at home. Hong Fei, being the naughty two year old that he was, he stood on the organ chair and tried to open the cover of the organ. He slipped and gripped onto the cover which has retracted into the organ. Holding on to the cover and his legs stretched out, barely touching the organ chair, he screamed, “KAU MENG AR! KAU MENG AR!” (Help, help!!)
Damn funny..hahahaha. He would also complain to his mother about how my grandmother did not use conditioner when she washed his hair for him. ;D
Oh look! There’s one of me as well.
Standing behind the chair would be Yan Yan. She’s in US with Yong Yong(they moved there after she finished her form5 in Ipoh) and she’s the same age with Hong Fei. They both turn 30 this year!
Sitting on the chair l-r: Mum, me(I must’ve been about 1 years old), Grandma and Hong Fei who was about 10 years old then.
On the floor l-r: Yee Ma, Yong Yong, Jacqie(who was 4 then) and Hong Weng(who was ..erm, 1+7=8 years old!)
I might as well add this. Here’s a chronology of the births of the grandchildren in the Ho family(7th brother’s family. Granddad has 14 siblings and they call each other by numbers.)
Yong Yong/Mian Yong was born in 1977. (same age with Douglas Lim!)
Yan Yan/Fee Yuan was born in 1978
Hong Fei was born in 1978
Hong Weng was born 1980 (same age with britney spears and paris hilton)
Jacqie/Jacqueline was born in 1984
I was born in.. I’ll smack you if you don’t know! 1987!!
Derek was born in 1988
Mervyn, the baby, but now the tallest, was born in 1989.
Among the family members who settled down in Malaysia(excluding the china family members who we still keep in touch with), Yong Yong is the oldest of our generation. The youngest cousin is about a year old now. Quite a lot of new additions to the family since the spurt of weddings back in 2002-2003. There were about 4 or more weddings to attend in Singapore, one after another. But Ethan still holds the title as the oldest of his generation(as there are no other people his generation in this world yet. Wait lah, I’ll give a few within the next decade.)
As a few of my mum’s cousins went on to greener pastures (US, Australia, UK and Singapore), we still consider them the Malaysian side since it was greatgrandfather who brought his 3rd and 5th wife to Malaysia to settle down while one of his three remaining wives settled down in China. 3rd grandmother gave birth to 6th brother, 9th brother and 12th brother, while 5th grandmother gave birth to 5th brother(who died at 3 years old after falling off a table), 7th brother(my Kongkong!), 8th brother, 10th sister, 11th brother, 13th sister and 14th sister.
12th brother is the cool one, he has three wives who are very very nice to each other. They will all sit in one car(with 12th uncle at the driver’s seat) when we have any family occasions. My father admires 12th uncle very much. Some more all his nine children are very close to each other.
I think it’s the second wive or the fourth wive who remained in China. Can’t remember what happened to the first wive. Greatgrandfather had a super big house in Guangzhou, to house the entire family. My grandfather was born in China and was only brought over to study in Malaysia at the age of 7. They made it a point to give birth to each child in China and then only brought them over to Malaysia. Don’t know why.
But yeah, back to the big house. When the Malaysian side made a family trip to China back in 2004, they found out from the family members there that the government wanted to reclaim the land where the big house was. As a compensation, the government gave them three apartment units.
The spot where my greatgrandfather’s house was located is now the entrance to a shopping mall.
-_- So much for images of rice fields and rolling mountains.
The family is doing pretty well too! One of the uncles owns a soft toy factory. He offered my mother a few toys to bring home for me but my mother said I was already 17 years old(back then lah). But little did she know it was the kind of soft toy that I like!! Those soft powdery beanie type! Grrrrrr!! I’m never too old for those!!!
They caught a pigeon!! The date on this photo said 1989. Mervyn and Derek were born already by then.
My Yee Ma in her late 30s. Jacqie looks so cute here lah!! She still has that smile to this day. When she smiles, a tiny crease appears on each side of her cheek. Like dimples but on the apples of her cheeks!
L-r: Aunty Rebecca, Yee Ma, Yong Yong who celebrated his 18th birthday at my house, Mervyn (only 6 then..haha), Dad, donnowhodon’tcare, Mum.
I miss the old Malacca house. 🙁 My grandparents have eight grandchildren and since the first half were born in the late 70s and the second half during the mid to late 80s, we were like two different camps. The four older cousins played more together while us younger ones had our own games. We are from totally different generations. I remember feeling that Hong Weng’s Ninja turtle Sega game was a little too old school for me.
Here’s one of Yong Yong, Yee Ma, Yan Yan, Hong Fei and Hong Weng with my kong kong. He passed away when I was 14.
Ah…the apple of everybody’s eye.
It was great being the youngest for awhile(what a fun two years it was…until Derek came along and six months later, my punching bag who goes by the name of Mervyn.)
I was too young to travel to Malacca during every school holiday. But back in ’87, I had tons of time on my hands! I slept all day and ate and shat all the time. Those were the good ol’ days. *smiles wistfully*
Hong Weng’s face damn cute right.(he is the boy who is holding the pink plastic thingie)
And among all the photos, this is my favourite. SO CUTE. Each and everyone of them.
Yan Yan knows she is cute, as any adorable chubby little girl would know. Yong Yong is at the age where he knows how to make silly faces for the camera. But Hong Fei……omg.. the innocence on his face makes you want to scoop him up and cuddle him right? My grandmother said that Hong Fei was much cuter than Ethan! Dah lah Ethan is like the cutest baby in the world.(in my world at least;P)
Okay! Time to clean my room.
Thanks guys for all your kind words.. by the way, if you wanna see how idiotic people can be, check out the comment by some asshole in the post about my aunty’s death.(two posts down!)
2 thoughts on “Those Seven Girls On Chap Goh Mei And A Super Backdated CNY Update”
wah jolene…not bad that u know the history of your family..
for me…at least i still know my grandfather had how many siblings and i even visited the somewhat huge house of my great-grandfather’s in china b4..but now only occupied by 1 not married grand-uncle…
I also miss those times when my grandfather was around and we use to balik kampung every chinese new year where all the cousins get together and turn the house upside down…hehe
i like the pic of u in the swimming pool..so cute 🙂
jo: hahahha yeah man, my mum tells us alot about our greatgrandfather. Special because he has five wives and 14 children. and there are doctors, teachers and successful businessmen among them!
That’s amazing! you actually visited the home? wow…envy envy.
hahaha.. bet your toys were everywhere.:) I miss my old malacca house..
hahaa.. can see the innocence on my face rite..
Wah your pink Nintendo DS and blue iPod go really well together. If I’ve LOADS of time on my hands i might try blending that friendly shade of blue into my blog template.
KFC for CNY eve?! Oh you poor girl…
jo: hahaha yeah! they are best friends. lol. ok no promises from you! fine by me;P
I’m damn cham rite? ;(