Rekindling Kinship This Chinese New Year

E2 North South Expressway signboard

Wuan and I made a quick trip to Melaka to visit my sar kor (third paternal aunt) and cousins just now in conjunction with the Chinese New Year. It was our second trip to this historical state. The first was two years ago. The journey was slowed down by two stretches of crawling traffic due to collisions between vehicles in the torrential rain that reduced visibility to fifty meters.

I am glad I made that trip. It has been ages since we last met. We spent two hours catching up on the happenings in our lives. I seldom meet with the extended paternal family members since Dad passed away and even less after Mum died. This rekindling of kinship was a comforting experience in many ways that is difficult to describe. It was like getting in touch with my roots again. I hope I will be able to meet more of them during the wedding banquet later this year.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

3 thoughts on “Rekindling Kinship This Chinese New Year”

  1. Ever since my grandma moved to KL, I seldom go back my hometown in Pangkor Island. I miss the phenomenon there but it’s good to avoid the 5 hrs of driving.

    Imagine how many other things we could have accomplished in 5 hours instead of holding on to the steering and cursing at the traffic.

  2. gong hei fatt choy grampa!! Pls send three angpows this way…

    Gong hei fatt choy, aunty. Try calling 755 2525. They do special delivery.

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