We made a trip to Taiping for the Chinese New Year reunion dinner and of course, Ethan was the center of attention. Everybody was eager to see him walk, albeit wobbily…
Food was aplenty, but too bad it was still too early for Ethan to take any of it; he could only take Mommy’s “moi” Every year, I will contribute one dish for the reunion dinner, prepared in my humble kitchen. Ahem! This year, it’s “tau-eu-bak”, recipe courtesy of my Mom.
We spent the 1st day of CNY in Taiping. After exchanging angpows, we visited a close family friend, and had a scrumptious lunch there. Ethan was busy monkeying around (pun intended) and playing with the oranges. Highlight of the visit: he decided to present his “gift” there … yup, you got it… he POO-ed!!! Ethan’s Grandma and Grandpa, Ah Koo and Ah Kim stopped by in Taiping on the way home from Alor Star in the afternoon.
2nd day of CNY, we paid a visit to 2 other relatives and then we traveled to Ipoh (my hometown), where Mom cooked a delicious dinner and invited some relatives over. Jiu-hoo-char, Assam fish, bak-kien…. I am salivating just thinking about it. Ethan had his first encounter with Aunty Jen Na, Aunty Ree Na and Uncle Jen Son (aged 10, 8 and 6 respectively).
Unfortunately though, Ethan came down with a slight fever in the night, and kept us all up. Thankfully, I brought along his paracetamol and gave him some in the morning. We had a family lunch at YMCA Ipoh and then left for Penang.
As soon as we reached home in Penang, Ethan was crawling all over the house, amusing himself with all his toys. There…. a summary of Ethan’s first New Year