Ang Moh Explores the Lunar Year
If I ever had red hair, it was just dye. Unfortunately. Story of a Melbournian Chinese New Year
Red and gold more beautiful than a Griffindor’s scarf. My apartment decorated with money gods and girls asking for safety. My partner not very happy about not being able to go back to Singapore this CNY.
This is the story (non-fiction mind you) of an early morning in Melbourne, an Italo-Australian girl’s quest to get to the market before it reached 35 degrees Celsius, and her first CNY eve.
One thing is going to happen
I am most surely going to eff up something. Although I have been with my partner for 3 years and a half, we have never celebrated the lunar year together. My part in the celebration was just to wait for them to fly back from Singapore with ang baos and pineapple tarts for me and the fam.
Not this time. And ehy, this is not a story of a girl and her family trying to be white saviours (unless is unconscious, who knows). But it’s the store of an ang moh (white girl/person) and her ang moh family trying to finally become part of my partner’s life and not just the other way around. What better time to this than during a pandemic and with my partner unhappy because it would be the 1 exact year mark of being away from home?
I am going to eff up everything.
I have in fact already booked the wrong restaurant. HOT POT! I should have booked hot pot! Instead, full of desire for (not only ang-baos) xiao long baos, I booked DTF. And no, I am not, I just mean Ding Tai Fung. The best freakin’ Chinese/Hong Kongese (can’t remember exactly where from yesnodunno gonna hate me) chain restaurant in the world.
I am going to eff up everything.
In fact, I told my mother to buy oranges instead of mandarins to exchange. And no, I do not deliberately try to be disrespectful and just plain bad, I just appear to be good at it naturally.
I might eff up everything.
But I am just excited. It’s my first time celebrating it seriously and I can’t be more thrilled about it. At the end, I believe in this new year as much as the western new year. In this zodiac (I am of the year of the monkey) as much as the western zodiac (Gemini), which honestly is saying nothing. But, I still like to partake in the idea.
What there is to know. Ang Moh edition
Or let’s do it better, and make it a “quotes edition”.
About the year of the Ox:
2021 is a year of the Ox, starting from February 12th, 2021 (Chinese lunar New Year Day) and lasting until January 31st, 2022. It will be a Metal Ox year.
The recent zodiac years of Ox sign are: 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033…An Ox year occurs every 12 years.
The zodiac sign Ox occupies the second position in the Chinese Zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
And what if you believe in signs?
Oxen are the hard workers in the background, intelligent and reliable, but never demanding praise.
Plus, there are career options you might want to follow:
Because of their low-key personality, a stable job is the best for Oxen. Their strong sense of responsibility also makes them the perfect candidate for professional and stressful jobs. These include doctors, lawyers, businessmen and teachers. With their technical skills and effort, they can receive society’s recognition and reach their own standards.
And here goes nothing: I kid you not, it makes sense I am not an Ox. I am just about the least responsible person I know (I know…) and I am trying to escape stress like the plague (or Covid-19 for modern terminology).
Going back to my personal life. I am just excited to have another occasion to spend time with my family, my love, and learn new things. I will definitely eff up a lot of things. But hey, also my partner’s fault, since it seems I was in charge of a bit too many things (I’m joking babe).
I suppose, it is always funny to see your SO mess things up. A bit comic. Or a lot in my case.
And I thought about sharing a video of me trying to say Happy New Year (and the rest) in Mandarin a couple of years ago. But, I’ll save you guys from that. It is just the wrong type of comic.
for whomever it may concern:
HAPPY NEW YEAR, Happiness and prosperity,
Xīnnián kuàilè, Gōngxǐ fācái
I will never take this guy down. Even if yesnodunno would want to. If I were ever to pray, I would pray for money. So…