Every year, all my life, I have been blessed with birthday gatherings with family and friends that could last 3 nights and 2 weekends. It is not that I am so popular or famous but just that I have been doing that as an excuse to catch up with close buddies. We all needs friends to be happy and supportive with each other through thick and thin, till our old age (If I do reach that age)
This year was the first time, I had no celebrations actually as the mourning period of my late mum has not reached one year. I strictly observe the importance of mourning our parents. That would be that for whole year, one should never attend big auspicious gatherings like weddings, birthdays, house warmings and even baby's full moon parties. This is in adhere with the known facts of the Law of Universe and not mere taoism beliefs. Many folks misunderstood this matter.
I have personally witnessed a closed relative whose family are staunch Christians. They do not have beliefs in choosing dates and my cousin married just on a random date to suit their convenience. It was held in a Grand Ballroom of a 5 Star hotel in Kuala Lumpur. So many VVIPs attended as my uncle was a well connected man. Right after the wedding dinner, he was taken ill and was rushed to the hospital where he died soon after. The whole family was in a grief, shock and disbelief to come to terms with the sudden loss after the happy occasion. Instead of accepting the fate that my late uncle was already nearing 80s and probably time to leave the earth. The other members of the family chose to point fingers at the bride for bringing bad luck and disaster to family by marrying my cousin. The poor bride has lived with this nonsense accusations for so many years.
VERDICT: I checked the Chinese calendar after the uncle's funeral. The wedding date chosen was the worst day in the whole calendar and would bring death or disaster to the married couple. So it did happen. Period.
So I requested for no birthday celebrations this year but my family insisted just to eat a cake during our usual family dinner with our old man at home. That was fine. Just eat the Pavlova Cake baked by my sister and no candles.
There was a pavlova cake by my sister and a cheese cake by her well known chef friend FATBOY's in Damansara Heights. Insert is a small photo of my family at her condo atop Mont Kiara. My sister would kill me if I posted her photo. She was that who & who's ex wife. The kids were missing in the photo as they are all studying in the universities of York, Reading and Surrey. The mood was solemn too as my mum was watching us from above.
My wife and I ate a simple Yee Sang for dinner at the vegetarian restaurant. It was delicious!
This cute photo was taken by her.
I won't be celebrating CNY this year and didn't send any CNY cards to anyone. Thank you for all the cards from bloggers and silent readers. BTW I have moved house and only 2 Taiping bloggers knew that old address. (I hope they didn;t send any cards!)
We will be away to Borobudur and Japan during the Chinese New Year holidays instead.
Have fun guys!