Year of the Rooster!

Hope everyone had a roaring celebration this Year of the Rooster!

CNY for our family was quieter this year, since we’re not supposed to celebrate because of my grandmother’s passing. We still made it a point to make the holiday a family affair anyway. We went through the usual motions, just excluding the 拜年s and giving out of angpaos.

Since I didn’t get to do a gratitude post for my new year post last month, I thought I’d do one as a way of ringing in the Lunar New Year!

I’m thankful for family.

Thankful that my family is all well, healthy, and happy. Thankful that we gather together on a regular basis, not just during the major holidays. As we grow up, we get more exposed to ‘real life’, and it makes you more appreciative of what you have.

Growing up I always dreamed about how ideal it would be if all us cousins could live together in a giant house. But upon growing up, I realised sometimes spending too much time with some people could make relationships sour, so I don’t think that’s a good idea anymore LOL. BUT, gathering as often as we do is always a great alternative 🙂

I’m thankful for the food.

Fortunate for all the food I got to enjoy over the holidays, and for the people who put all the time and effort to prepare a feast each year. My aunt took up the responsibility of cooking our reunion dinner this year, the first that we’re having without my grandmother. It was heartwarming of course, and I’m sure we all missed her in the process.

I’m thankful for the holidays.

Since starting work, I’ve got to appreciate all public holidays a lot more. Thankful to be able to take the time to spend the holidays with the family, and with myself.

At the end of the day, take some time out of the festive celebrations to count your blessings! I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal for 3 years and it’s the best thing I’ve done for myself.

Tip: Start from the basics. Having a roof over your head, having a happy home to come back to, and not having to worry about meals. We often take these things for granted, when they are the ones we should be the most thankful for.

All photos taken with iPhone 6 or Canon 80D with 18-55mm and 50mm f/1.8 lens.

With love,
jtwong


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