I thought it would be unbearable (again) to have to meet up with relatives for Chinese New Year after having skipped such reunions for the past 5 to 6 years on account of my relocation to Jakarta, Indonesia for work. Not only was the experience only mildly annoying (there will always be cousins that are overly competitive in life achievements and uncles/aunts that want to find out how much this/that costs or how much you are currently earning) but my daughter was introduced to a whole group of people she never knew existed before this, which was a good experience for her. I guess being the single child in the family gave her the impression that she’s all alone when it comes to relations and it was actually quite fun to see her face light up having found out that she’s got tons of cousins and uncles and aunts.
I never really enjoyed these reunions as a kid when parents would constantly compare their kid’s achievements to the point where everything became a competition. Oh the stress. Everyone’s mellowed out a lot now and I guess priorities change with age.
Some things however don’t change. Food is still abundant and gaining weight seems to be the order of the day.
Got a haircut from a local Korean hairdresser when all the other places were doubling their prices to cash in on the rush to gets haircut before Chinese New Year.