Saturday, February 24, 2007
Chinese new year in Houston
I was in Houston for 5 days late last week to early this week, and got to visit with my grandpa, my sister, as well as the rest of the family minus the ones in New Jersey (aunt + her clan).
My sister drove me around so I saved some $ on a rental car. I couldn't say that I've spent a lot of quality time with my grandpa, since he mostly just plays mahjong and sleeps. We slept in the same room during my stay, and I couldn't help it but to feel that somehow, my grandma was there too. Grandpa is doing well for his age, and his new helper is a nice lady who's quite considerate.
My dad and my stepmom are still the same, trying to do their part by visting grandpa, and playing as much mahjong as they can stand. I can't really say that there were any major improvement or damage to our relationship from this visit, buy it was simply nice to have grandpa interact with them.
Chinese new year celebration was good. We catered from this local restaurant but wasn't really satisfied with the food because it was cooked and packed in haste. I so wished that grandma was also there, just have to wait a while longer though.
My sister's dog Woody was as affectionate as a dog can be, he slept with me the whole time that I was there, and I also saw how he'd stick with grandpa. Dogs are such good judge of characters, I think. Even though grandpa is not the most affectionate man around, Woody was nevertheless able to see through that.
Here are some photos from the holiday....and really, the only way to really enjoy Chinese new year is to be in a place where there are lots of Chinese people......happy new year to all!