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Of Dong, Dong, Dong Chiang

Oh dear, The Princess' sleeping pattern is so screwed up! Here she is, staring at the lappie running out of websites to surf. Someone, knock me unconscious, please?

Humph, she has no motivation whatsoever for work, she's so looking forward to go back Melaka for Chinese New Year already. She was in Singapore 2 days back and her spirit lifted when stalls in Bugis played loud, techno Ah-Beng-head-banging CNY songs. She used to hate all the cheesy gold and red firecrackers, gold ingots decoration and lantern hanging outside the porch stuff. And those endless greetings and well wishes when visiting (She almost always need to confirm with Mama Tju the title for each uncle and aunt, like Ah Maik, Peh Deh in Hainanese as she doesn't speak it).

Usually, around this time, she would have sorted out the mess in her room (Mama Tju's spring cleaning is so hardcore to the point of making The Princess and siblings SCRUB the walls, from top to bottom), baked cookies and bought a few new year outfits. When she was younger, on the eve of new year after reunion dinner, she would eagerly wait as Mama Tju brought out the collection of jewellery and she got to pick which gold chain to wear. Yeah, lame she knows, but hey, she was just a kid back then. She still remember fondly the time when she andher sister couldn't wait to leave when visiting some relative's house so they could check out the ang pow (red packet). Or how she always looked forward to visit her grandaunty's house as she served the best oh-so-delicate-it-crumbles-under-the-slightest-touch almond sugee cookies. And of course, balik kampung, where the maternal side of the family spend the new year together with her crazy cousins running around. And when night falls, her uncles and aunts gambled (with windows and doors closed as gambling, unless in legal establishment and that is in Genting for the whole of Malaysia, is not permitted). Of course, she was not allowed to join in as she's still young, and she got so excited whenever one of her aunts asked her to takeover as she needed to visit the loo. CNY is so much nicer when you're young, and somehow as you grow older, it becomes more like going through the moment thing.

But not this year, oh no. Distance makes the heart grows fonder. Plus, she needs to go back to make sure no one keeps her ang pows. And for that piece of oh-so-delicate-it-crumbles-under-the-slightest-touch almond sugee cookie.

Now if only she could find a way to regulate her sleeping hours.

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