Btw, I think CNY atmosphere nowadays is not as great as in the past. Sadly, the 'mood' doesn't seems to be there or was it just me? Well, I thought about it and maybe the following might give me a better a CNY next year:
- Home entertainment : Stock up more entertaining DVDs (or blu-ray discs) for the festive season. Since the tv programmes on either the RTMs, TV tiga, NTV 7 and 8 channel are so crappy unless you have Astro WLT, maybe it's not a bad idea after all as most of the shopping malls will be closed at least for the first two days. Getting some CNY videos is a good idea too!
- Know your relatives and visit them : I was taken aback when I can't even recognised some of my younger relatives. They have so grown up now! I guess I may not know who they are if we happened to pass by each other at the shopping malls. Maybe it's time to get in touch with them and facebook is a good option. This is better than just 'angpow' exchanges between your cousins and uncles and make the conversations more interesting during visits.
Continued the CNY traditions : Waking up early and dress up in new clothes. Wishing your elderly Gong Xi Fa Cai. Have a vegetarian meal on the first day of CNY. And, maybe it will be great if we can followed the rites (or pantang) of CNY like not washing your hair on the first day, sweeping the floor, cursing ..etc.
Fireworks - Well, it will be great if the authorities can set aside some designated places for fireworks. The ambience is solely missing without fireworks.
Wishing everyone a Happy Chap Goh Meh 2010!