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The next generation

My son - Danell on 8TV on mother's cooking during CNY

My son - Danell on 8TV on mother's cooking during CNY

The Lee family watching TV on the eve of Chinese New Year.  Being the Malaysian Idol, the media and press will always come up with some stuffs for you to do and share with the nation.

 

They were all once tiny tots sitting on my lap

They were all once tiny tots sitting on my lap

You will realize how time flies, when you see those small kids are now young ladies all grown up.

All the niece and nephews & friend

All the niece and nephews & friend. They are now all grown ups, a part of the future generation of the Lee families - 2 generations at play

When we were kids, things were different, we did not have the luxuries of what the kids have now. We would just play among ourselves in the village with some fire-crackers and some new cheap toys. Visiting relatvies were limited to just a few neighbours around the village and town. Exchanging of red packet was not as exciting as what we have now hehe. Most of our uncles and aunties stay far away and those days red packets are very small… 20cents, 50 cents, rm1.20 and rm2.00 is considered big amount.
Wives, sisters and daughters at play

Wives, sisters and daughters at play

It is on this special day, the Lee family plans some entertainment to entertain all. We have games from the old to the very young and every one will be in some games of some sort. It always makes us giggle and laugh, especially for the young children when they see their mum and dad playing funny games, something that they don’t see everyday. Especially if your mum is the one who is the mumified, you will laugh until to tears when you see that she has to jump and walk from one end of the yard to the other in a race.

The uncles with their kindergarden drawing game

The uncles with their kindergarden drawing game

You will laugh until your stomach cramps when you see your grandfathers and fathers final drawings of how a cow would look like. Each of us did not know what to expect, we were given an instruction with a piece of paper – each one of us has a direct instruction like – draw a left hand, draw a right leg, draw a body. That’s all and then suddenly they took out a drawing of a cow’s head and ask us to patch it up to make a final drawing to the laughter of the crowd when they see it will turn out.

Read your instructions carefully or disaster will strike.

Read your instructions carefully or disaster will strike.

and this one created the biggest laugh of all, when someone wrote the instruction instead of drawing the instruction. Well, in the excitement and time limit, you forget what you are suppose to do but when you think back, you will laugh at yourself.

The stone and scissors games with a few changes this year

The stone and scissors games with a few changes this year

 Well, part of the fun has been diluted away with the raincoat due to the fact that most did not expect to get wet. It will start with the challenge of the stone and scissors to see who wins, and the winner will get to answer first. The comes the interesting part, the questions will be about the Lee family like what is great grandma’s name, what is Danell’s father’s name, What is eldest uncle’s sign (seh). That’s when we found out how little we know about each other. hahaha and the loser gets wet if you cannot answer, if both cannot answer both get wet.

the uncles too have to play this game

the uncles too have to play this game

The Uncles too have to play this game… the small ones will laugh out loud. What is grandma’s age? hahahaha as they struggle to try to recall the age… My turn came and the question was simple, what year was last year, I said “2008” to the laughter of the crowd when the emcee said “eh, who don’t know last year was 2008, YEAR OF THE MOUSE la !!!” hahaha

The final event of the night. - The grand prize lucky draw

The final event of the night. - The grand prize lucky draw

The final and most interesting of all is the lucky draw to your biggest ang pow of the night – the biggest prize is 1,000 ringgit and a few 500s, 150s, 120s,100s,50s, and lots n lots of 10s hehe. Everyone is a winner but let’s see who gets the biggest one. First you have to pick a number which is fair as to who gets to draw the angpow first and then will be luck whether what you have taken. Exciting…. as each unmarried member tries their luck.

the maids are considered as family too

the maids are considered as family too

 As one maid confessed “Even my new year is not as happy as the Chinese New year, Every year this is the best time of my life, some of our maids have stayed with us for more then 10 over years, to some grandchildren, they are like the 2nd mother to them”

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The Heritage

25th Jan 2009 – the eve of Chinese New year.

The heritage

My family with my mum

My family with my mum

Some things money just can’t buy. Your heritage, your family tree and not only that, but when your whole 4 generations could still come together every year to meet and have fun, exchange wishes, exchanging views, finding out more about one another and counting how many new ones this year. Every year, the favorite questions that will always be a subject, who are the new arrivals, the new link of another generation as it spreads down wide and deep. We have lost count, we did not have a proper database of information to track the link and hopefully, it will start this year as I will spend some time to start collecting information and setting up a database so that each and everyone of us can add in the new links and it will also as a Lee family news bulletin board. To exchange news of one another.

our famous "red packet" long queue - every year it gets longer and longer

our famous "red packet" long queue - every year it gets longer and longer

The famous long queue line of angpow exchange has been our tradition for decades, well, when you have a big group, the chances of missing out giving angpow is a sure thing, it is impossible to know who you have given and who you have not given. So to design and to provide an angpow trading platform, it all has to be done at the same time so if you want your angpow, come and get it or you will be left out and if you do not wish to give out angpow, then don’t come too early hehe. Just joking, giving angpow is a gesture, it doesn’t matter how much is inside the angpow but usually of course you must have something inside the red packet. I know now it’s quite common thing to do that is to put a lottery ticket inside as “angpow” now that would be real one if you strike 1st price hehe Or else then it’s worth RM2.00

My 2 grandsons - Shung & Swin collecting their "red packet" from the elders of the Lee Family

My 2 grandsons - Shung & Swin collecting their "red packet" from the elders of the Lee Family

Every year some of us will have to crack our heads, what games or events are we gonna have this year and so far so good every year we always have something new. This year is a very special year. Our first “ang pow” lucky draw, a super great idea, yes everyone who is a Lee member just love the idea because they don’t lose anything but only gain more or less.. hehe.. Every unmarried Lee member who came to the CNY eve is eligible. Now this is something that will draw the full attention of all members of the Lee family, the lucky draw pool is worth thousands of dollars and the winner could walk away with a thousand ringgit and of course we have small 2nd and 3rd prizes and consolation prizes. No one is left out, every unmarried member of the Lee family who came will be eligible and everyone will win a prize but it’s a matter of how much you win and every year from this year onwards.

The one day when our mum is the idol with cameras flashing away like a superstar

The one day when our mum is the idol with cameras flashing away like a superstar

My mum – when you are the head and the oldest of them all, you will be like a superstar when all the families will come together to take pictures with you.  It is the one day all the Lee Family will get together and take family pictures with mum for the album.
A Japanese retired couple join us this year

A Japanese retired couple join us this year

A Japanese couple joined us this year to celebrate the chinese new year. He was fascinated with our systematic arrangement and intrigue with the long queue of children and grandchildren. They joined in to give redpackets too. They are retired citizens from Japan on a special package by our government that you can retire in Malaysia provided you pass all the criterias given by our government. Penang Island is a good place for retirement. Nice weather, beautiful beaches and peaceful environment.

Grandma's residence - the meeting place every chinese new year when all the children and grandchildren and great grandchildren would come and stay over for a night on the eve of chinese new year.

Grandma's residence - the meeting place every chinese new year when all the children and grandchildren and great grandchildren would come and stay over for a night on the eve of chinese new year.

 

The view from the residence is Bukit Mertajam (Mertajam hill) the name of the town is from this hill and the house was buit on top of a smaller hill with this lovely view and cool fresh air.

The view from the residence is Bukit Mertajam (Mertajam hill) the name of the town is from this hill and the house was buit on top of a smaller hill with this lovely view and cool fresh air.

The garden where my late father will tend to those days when he was alive is now the playground and the center of activities every chinese new year

The garden where my late father will tend to those days when he was alive is now the playground and the center of activities every chinese new year

 

Swan (my wife) on 8TV sharing with the nation - a home cooking session for chinese new year, a pre-recorded clip done at our house in Kuala Lumpur earlier.

Swan (my wife) on 8TV sharing with the nation - a home cooking session for chinese new year, a pre-recorded clip done at our house in Kuala Lumpur earlier.

More pictures of the chinese new year.. click here

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