Mid Autumn Festival/ Mooncake Festival/ Lantern Festival fell nicely on a Saturday (3 October 2009). We had a simple celebration at dad and mum’s house.
As usual, mum invited dad’s elder sister to join us for the dinner. We call her “Gu gu” and my kids call her “Gu Po”. Born during the Japanese occupation, she is a very small sized lady; she is only twice as heavy as HQ o.O”
And of course, after not meeting my kiddos for many months, Gu Po had to do a “weight test”. Look, she had to “jengkit” (tipped) her feet to gather enough strength to carry QQ. When it was HQ’s turn, she laughed and waved her palms, indicating she’ll pass. Luckily she started off by carrying QQ first, and not HQ :-S Mum's prepared dinner was yummy with traditional dishes of steamed kampung chicken; Hakka braised fried pork belly with black fungus; sweet sauce and strifried turnips with dried squid wrapped in crisp lettuce leaves; braised pork belly and Chinese turnips (nga gu); stirfried mixed vege with prawns and lotus root soup.
After which, the kids went out to play with their lanterns. HQ had a dragon lantern, and QQ had an orange paper lantern. While the kids took turns to take their baths, hubby lighted some candles on cactus trunks (chopped down earlier) and the kids had fun barbequing WEEDS.I don’t know what’s with kids and fire. As soon as they have the chance to play with fire, their lanterns were left forgotten. They also didn’t mind the mozzie bites and the heat. When we tried to bribe the kids to come in by giving them mooncakes, Yakult and many other goodies, they rejected our offer… they rather stay sweaty and smelly, barbequing weeds.
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