Moderation is not a word that exists during the Chinese new year, and neither does my self restraint. I’ve had more hei bee rolls than I can count, and if it’s true that “you are what you eat” then I’m definitely going to turn into a wee shrimp sometime soon.
To be fair, it’s been about six long years since I last celebrated CNY, so I suppose it’s only fitting that we went all out (though I have to say that I’m so grateful it only happens once a year!) All the feasting and beasting and being with family has been incredible (I had no idea I had so many little cousins – it was babies galore at my place over CNY, could have started a borrow-a-baby service), but it’s also an incredibly exhausting process (how do aunties everywhere do it? Spring clean and host people and work all at the same time??) And if you’re around my age and attached, you’re normally subjected to endless interrogations over when are you getting married (me: not anytime soon so keep those angpows coming!), and if you’re not, said aunties normally have someone to recommend for you. There’s no winning in these situations.
Anyhoos, this year was the first time I actually read my horoscope! (Sent to me by Paki) Apparently, in the year of the Black Water Dragon, the CLSA fengshui report has granted the Tiger a GRRRREAT year (hurrah!). My secret ally is apparently the pig (lucky me, I’ve got one on the homefront), and in spite of aquatic dramatics by the dragon, it seems I’ll be having a good year where wealth is concerned (though I sincerely doubt this), and most of all, I’m thankful that my lucky stars lined up and I’ve got good health and lots of love on the horizon. For the most part, I think it’s a bunch of hocus pocus, BUT I do like that everything seems to be in my favour (who doesn’t?) though I’m not a huge fan of the fact that my lucky colours are green and yellow…
I’m curious to know if these things really work? And is fortune in your favour this year?