Tomorrow we are going back to my grandpa’s house to celebrate Chinese New Year together. Even though I was there during the new year’s eve, but it felt like I haven’t back for a long time. Anyway, this week was a great start to mood out this festive season. I received three Ang Pows, two from my students and one from my boss. My heart jumps from all the happiness. Even though I’m an adult now, I still feel excited to receive them. It’s only once a year, so I guess that’s a good reason to feel joy, isn’t it?
By the way, if any of you guys wondered, Ang Pow is a red packet that contains money given by the elders or married couple for the young and single persons. Though, it can also be distributed at a wedding, birthday or any special occasion.
However, today wasn’t a good day for me. I stayed in bed feeling cold and done only blog walking for the entire day. I’m sure it was from the small drizzle of night rain last week. I thought I can get away without an umbrella. But here I am writing while wearing double layer shirts, long pants, and socks to make me feel warm again. I knew I will get the flu as soon as I got a sore throat three days ago, I but I never had the chance to drop by the pharmacy to buy medicines.
Tonight it got worse too, I have to stuff my nose with a tissue just to avoid the uncomfortable runny nose. My body aches and I need to breathe with my mouth. I’m sure that’s the normal habit for everyone who is having flu too, right? It’s the most unenjoyable moment to be in. But luckily my moods got better after a hot shower and drinking a bowl of soup made by my mom. The only thing I wish right now is to have a bathtub. I’m sure it would be nice to stay in a hot bath for longer hours. But now I’m already thankful enough for my jacket to make me feel warm and cozy.
Anyway, did you notice the sky? I felt like the day went by so fast. At 6.15 pm, the skies haven’t turned dark yet. It feels nice to still see the light outside of my window until all goes dark and the atmosphere turns bright by the artificial lights. But as much as I hate the dark, these three nights were different. The sky filled with many stars.
As a person who loves to gaze up to the sky and stare at the stars, it has been my favorite moment to do ever since I was little. For the longest time, the one that has always been an easy find is The Big Dipper, with the highlight of the three dots stars aligned together. I’m sure you can easily spot them too. By the way, when I think of the stars as decoration of the sky, it makes the night feels less scary. Have you ever felt that way too? Or is it just me?.
To see those beautiful twinkling stars, I feel grateful for today. It made me think back to the days that have passed in January. Because, other than my cold, life has been great for me so far. Some stresses do creep in but I managed to kick them out of my head’s window! For me, that’s an achievement too!
I realize when we were so accustomed to our surroundings, it’s easy to forget all the small details that bring beauty in our life. Especially with the flu, I’m not having the best day today. I wasn’t aware of the sky until I look up and notice the stars. I should be grateful to see the sky with many stars all over it. You can say the thoughts starstruck me like a superstar does.
Anyway, this is just a simple and random blog post to let you know that I will be away for Chinese New Year and fingers-crossed, I can heal faster to enjoy the days at grandpa’s house. But, I will be back with a new blog post after I come back from my hometown. Have a nice holiday everyone!
Psst…I remember reading a book about stars once when I was fifteen years old in my high school’s library and found out there are more names to the stars with 88 constellations in total. Not as much as described in my science textbook too. That’s why at that time, it was an exciting find for me and one of the names I remember the most is Carina. Anyway, you can scroll through the star’s names here.