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The Morning Coffee, the Ashes and the Scrape

I still have much to learn about paying attention to the stillsmall voice. Yes, I should’ve listened to the voice that urged me to head straight to work and forget about getting my “much deserved” coffee because I’ve been having an incredibly tough and long week with so much work and….DEADLINES!

So, I happily drove to order my coffee at the drivethru, made that suicidal right turn and it happened. Of course, I’m still beating myself about it. What’s worse is when I get home, I’ll be reprimanded…although it’s my car, and my money. If I can help it, I don’t want to send it for repair because it will be costly. 



 Of course, it hasn’t been a fantastic morning either since we woke up seeing a pile of ashes in our compound. They were ashes from the burnt offering last night. My neighbour happens to have a bad habit of burning the stuff almost in front of our house, and so the ashes will reach our compound whenever the wind blows.

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Cosy reunion dinner

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Today’s the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. I’ve been asked a few times how I celebrate Chinese New Year, as a Christian. I think the most important part of Chinese New Year celebration for us (my family) is the togetherness. Naturally, the daughters who are married would be having the reunion dinner at the husband’s side of the family before going back home. I found it more meaningful when we were all children and my sisters were around. However now that my sisters are living in other countries, we still greet one another on the eve or on the 1st day of Chinese New Year. Thanks to technology, we have Skype, so although we’re far, we still can see each other and talk to each other.

We don’t visit temples since we have embraced the Christian faith, and we remember our tradition and values. That is about it, I guess. I guess this would be like a Chinese kind of Thanksgiving. We thank God for bringing us through another year. Our usual dinner is the steamboat. Raw ingredients cooked in soup (chicken base). When my sisters and I were kids, we played fireworks. It was a lot of fun. Now, I guess I take my pillow to cover my ears when I try to sleep.

Here’s wishing you a happy chinese new year. May you be blessed.