13 Jan '12, 9pm

The paradoxical joy of travelling during Chinese New Year

In one week's time, I'll be spending my first Chinese New Year out of Singapore. Well, there was this one other trip to Hong Kong years ago, but I left on the third day and partook in most of the festivities, so technically that doesn't count. This time around, I'd be missing the start of the Dragon Year - lock, stock and barrel. And this particular trip was astonishingly decreed by my mother - usually a big CNY enthusiast - who felt a family getaway was needed. Perhaps it has to do with the lack of a satisfactory report card from my sis and me to the relatives ("Not even a pet dog between the two of them?", "her job is still writing?") To add to my suspicion, there's something shady about leaving town at the crack of dawn on the first day when everyone else is preparing to welcome the lunar spring season. But hey, whatever it is, it's great, right? No nosey relatives. No ...

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