Friday, October 16, 2009

mid autumn festival

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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11 comments:

reanaclaire said...

BoeyJoey, seeing your post makes me happy.. i tot there are no more lighting of candles in our porches during this lantern festive season...

the little prince said...

:-) so nice to see the kids lighting up the lantern,,,,still dare not let my boy see how we did it cos he will make a big mess!! :-)

nizaa said...

Hi BoeyJoey..i love to read about your family though i'm a malay and just married! *wink*.. ur kids are so cuteee....

Pet said...

That's nice.... over in Penang, rained. Most event line up cancel or scale down. My daugther, as you can see (or read) played her lantern inside the bldg, no Lantern Walk.

MeRy said...

Enjoyable celebration.

Mummy Moon said...

They sure enjoyed themselves barbequing the weeds.

BoeyJoey said...

nizaa: Hi Nizaa, thanks :-). and congratulations on your recent marriage. Will hop on to your blog soon.

wenn said...

children nowadays like to play with candles..

smallkucing said...

your post reminds me when I was young. We used to love BBQ weeds and sometimes ants. Terrible ya? We also have lantern made out of condense milk tin can.

Dora said...

Oh your aunt is really a small-built woman, I thought she is a kid at 1st glance of the pic!

Yeah kids love playing fire more than lanterns so no need to buy lanterns next time! hehehe :-)

jacss said...

yr kids surely enjoyed playing with 'fire' wor...but gotta be cautious lar :D
next yr just buy candles will do, LOL !!

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