I was always the little sister in my UK adoptive family. And when I set off for HK on 14.11.18 I thought I was the little sister of my birth family too.
I was wrong.
Li Yuk Lin is!. She is my moy moy in Cantonese, Mei Mei in Mandarin. I see me in her, and her in me.
We went on the bus together to my eldest brother’s house for what referred to, by everyone, as New Years Eve Family Reunion Dinner. What a Reunion Dinner it is for our family. Couldn’t have chosen a more fitting title if we’d tried.
My second eldest sister was working, so we still haven’t managed to get a photo of all six of us together, but we did get some lovely pictures to remember this very special day. My sister in law had put sweet peas on the table. These are one of my favourite flowers. The whole house was filled with the fragrance of the sweet peas and narcissi.
I tarted up a Tesco’s finest cheesecake, as I couldn’t get the Bain Marie thingy to work and decided a frozen cheesecake would travel better on the MTR on such a hot day (yes 20 degrees) and thaw out nicely en route. It went down a treat, but my sisters and sisters in law loved the strawberry picture napkins more than the cake itself.
I have 3 more days of celebrations to enjoy now. One day is where you go to the Wishing Tree and hang your wish but I’m not sure I could wish for anything more this year…