This is the fourth day of Chinese New Year and so far, it has been quite dull actually.
For people like us who don't have a hometown to go back to; who have no relatives to visit except for my maternal grandmother and my aunt, things have been quite eventful.
First day: Went to the temple in the morning and then stayed at home for the rest of the day. Which was OK actually; first day of CNY one is supposed to go visiting anyway. Watched some TV and read some magazines.
In the afternoon, we went to Genting for a couple of hours. We don't usually do this; it's usually my parents who go up. But this time, my brother and I had to follow. Something about going to higher ground, so that we can achieve higher goals or reach for better things. Heh, CNY is a lot about symbolic actions and behaviours.
Second day: Went back to my grandma's house, which is still pretty near and doesn't require hours-long travelling time. She stays in Sg Buloh. We had lunch there and left immediately. My dad isn't the type to linger around long. In fact, as my grandma and my aunt (they live next to each other) are like the only close relatives I have, I wonder why we never go back for reunion dinner.
In fact, reunion dinner for us is just us, my immediate family. My dad is a sickler for tradition - no matter that it's only the four of us for reunion dinner, unless there are some paternal relatives we can have dinner with. Like, my maternal grandma and aunt aren't relatives?
In the evening, I wanted to do some shopping. But I didn't expect most shops in Midvalley to close at eight (it is still a public holiday), because in previous years, they didn't. So we just walked around in the shopping mall, browse some books, bought some magazines and met up with a friend of mine for a while.
Third day: The most eventful one. I invited some of my high school friends over to my house. Though we had lunch outside first. Played some cards and did some catching up with each other's lives. Of course, CF was around as well.
After that, two of them left and CF, LH and I went out for dinner. It was raining for a bit while we having dinner (the weather is usually quite hot during CNY). Dinner was followed by spending time at CF's house and we watched Brokeback Mountain. CF and I were joined by KW.
Later, we left for mamak and we talked about everything under the sun, from high school hay acquaintances to movies and people whom we would like to meet. Inadvertently, one of the topics triggered something in CF, which made him unhappy.
As usual, he said it was nothing and that he was fine. I noticed his change in mood as he was very quiet after that topic was brought up. I didn't give it much thought then and said that we would talk more about it tomorrow.
Which is why, I am off to see him now.