Before cutting the cake - let's have a shot first.
The succulent Hot Dish - we cast aside the health count for the time being.
Thereafter, we adjourned to a Christmas shopping spree!
Today (Dec. 22) is Dong Zhi and it calls for celebration according to Chinese culture. Traditionally, the festival is never complete without a family dinner.
My sisters decided days ago to fly back from Kuching this afternoon to celebrate mom's birthday in advance. Coincidentally it is on Dong Zhi, so it has become a perfect two-in-one occasion for our family this evening.
Dong Zhi seems to trend towards having family dining out for celebration. The traditional home-cooking dwindles with time and change of lifestyle.
Most of the restaurants in Sibu will do a bustling business tonight. I made reservation with Blue Splendour Restaurant at Wisma Sanyan, only to be told that the price has gone up in tandem with spiralling inflation, reasonably by 7%.
The dinner gathering was a wonderful occasion for us. What we treasured most was the reunion of our family in this cordial manner - the sentimentally- tied siblings with dear mom chatting joyfully over succulent foods.