since the death of my grandparents from both sides of the family, we hardly come together anymore. although most of us are living in the same town, we don't see each other as often as we used to. and it's just really sad you know. my dad once said, (in mandarin) "once the older people of our family pass away, the younger generations will be separated sooner or later" and i believe that what he said was true. i remember about two weeks before my paternal grandmama died, all my aunties and uncles from all around the world came back to visit her. they even took a family photo together. without my late grandpapa that is. and to be honest, the last time i ever see my dad and every one of his siblings gather together was like, idk, maybe during the death of my grandpapa? which was like 10 years ago. or in that case where my grandmama was sick, 8 years back.
anyways, you get my point right? so yeah, i guess that's why i love chinese new year so much. but sad enough, right after the first day have passed, you can feel that chinese new year is ending soon. and we'd have to wait another year for it to come again. and i'm sure next year will be an awesome one, why? because first day of chinese new year falls on a monday! heck yeah. which means that the normal malaysian school holiday will be one week starting from the saturday before chinese new year. more days to bai nian, more days of fun! :D