Every year since 2008, I’ve spent Chinese New Year in Penang with my mother-in-law’s family. The only year we didn’t go was the year Katy was born (on the first day of the Year of the Horse, no less). This trip was Katy’s second and I think we all had a lot more fun on the whole than we did during her first trip.
George Town is a coastal city, and is a lot less humid than Singapore although the temperature feels about the same otherwise. This means lovely sea breezes and adorable photo ops.
The main point of the trip was to spend time with family. Katy’s grandaunts and granduncles love her to pieces; she’s officially the baby of the entire extended family right now and everyone dotes on her so much. While it’s great that Facebook and WhatsApp make it easy for us to stay in touch, it’s just not the same as being in the same place at the same time. A big part of our time with James’ aunts, uncles and cousins revolved around good meals, both home-cooked and at hawker centres or restaurants. It was such fun for all of them to watch Katy power down her food, and marvel at how much she enjoyed eating the same things we ate.
The other point of the trip is to spend time together, just the three of us. Making memories: happy ones, tired ones, and many silly ones.