Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Huat ah!
I’ve started receiving ang pows and it feels weird because I almost forgot that I can still get red packets for CNY since I am already approaching 30 years old.
It’s the first day of Chinese New Year but I’ve been at home since morning (it’s 5pm now). My parents went to 拜年 but I did not join them. My auntie came to my house earlier, and I’ll be visiting Raevian’s parents later; but other than that, I’ve not followed the usual custom of visiting relatives on the first day of Lunar New Year. I’ll still be visiting relatives throughout the New Year period, but probably just a few. This is because I’ve chosen to get more personal space this year after reading Susan Cain’s “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking“.
Instead, I’ve been doing spring-cleaning! Yes, I know it’s super weird that I do spring-cleaning AFTER the new year has started. But I was busy posting a new article on EatandTravel.com last weekend and I worked late everyday for this week. So I’ve had no time other than today to finally clean up my room. I cleaned my wardrobe (threw away old clothes, wiped away the dust, etc), tidied and cleaned my pedestal (threw away unwanted things, tidied up all my stuff, used my vacuum cleaner to suck up a bunch of tiny black bits which looked like lizard dung, wiped the drawers clean), rearranged my keyboard so it now faces the window and is in a more convenient position for me to play, took out my electric guitar from the guitar bag (where it’s been for the past 2 months) and placed it beside my keyboard so I’ll play it more often too, and mopped the floor with a piece of cloth (it’s the first time I’ve kneeled to mop the floor with my hands). I ended up throwing away 2 piles of clothes and about 5 bags of rubbish. My mum was nagging that I should have done the cleaning earlier instead of 大年初一.
I’ve been reading Jared Diamond “Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies” recently. It explains why certain societies in history became more powerful than others and discredit flawed explanations such as innate genetic advantages due to race. For example, why was the Spanish able to overpower the Native American tribes so easily during the 16th century? In the classic Battle of Cajamarca, Francisco Pizarro and his small group of 168 conquistadores were able to easily capture the Inca Emipre ruler Atahuallpa even though he was traveling with a massive group of 80,000 Incas. It’s a fascinating read and I will probably be writing a review of it on Evans Philosophy after I’m done.
Happy New Year again everyone!