Although this won't be the first Chinese New Year I'll be away from my family ( it's only the second, though ), it doesn't get any easier. When I arrived in Winter 2003, I was still in awe over being in a new country, being with David at last and overwhelmed by the onslaught of new sights, sounds, experiences and yes, WINTER!
This year, having been "seasoned", I find myself aching for all things Malaysian. Especially now..when it's just a week or so away from Chinese New Year (CNY), which is probably the biggest Chinese cultural celebration anywhere. Abilene, having an Asian population of just 0.18%, is not the place to be if you're feeling the CNY blues...
Back home everything would be awashed in RED RED and more RED and streets would be decorated with chinese new year knick knacks and shophouses bustling with activity. This time every year, those that are back home already for big CNY reunion would be helping to decorate the house and maybe even preparing CNY cookies.
It's equivalent to the Christmas atmosphere over here and I miss it so much.