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veggie diva

I can see how easy it would be to become addicted to being a minor celeb’. Everyone rushing to meet you, greeting you with smiles and hugs, carrying your stuff, ordering you anything you desire – in my case tofu, vegetables and rice.

I didn’t arrive at my family reunion dinner by car like a celeb. Was proud I managed to flag down the 20P minibus to Tai Po Market and make my way to the restaurant and to the private room that my family are given now we are so many without losing my way – private room allows my gregarious second big brother to indulge in a spot, actually a lot, of Karaoke.

“Arnty Lorla, Arnty Lorla, welcome home” is the first greeting I hear and there in front of me is a room full of beaming familiar faces. I am hugged and kissed and showered with little presents. I can quite literally feel the dopamine kick in, an instant sky high happy head rush.
I try out my Cantonese, “ngoh ho hoisum ….” Happy to se you, (literally translates as ‘good open heart’). And indeed my heart IS so full and so very open it might burst, and stays that way for the next few hours, only fluttering for a moment when the dishes with the feet and beaks and wings arrive. But I’ve learnt the phrase ‘no thank you, I’ll help myself’ to fend off the generous gifts of the best animal morsels being ceremoniously put on MY plate, because surely every self respecting vegetarian C lister has to fend for herself some of the time.

I can see how easy it would be to become addicted to being a minor celeb’. Everyone rushing to meet you, greeting you with smiles and hugs, carrying your stuff, ordering you anything you desire.

I didn’t arrive at my family reunion dinner by car like a celeb, I caught the 20P minibus to Tai Po Market MTR and walked to the restaurant and found my way to the private room that my family are given now we are so many and allows second big brother to indulge in a spot of Karaoke.

“Arnty Lorla, Arnty Lorla, welcome home” is the first greeting I hear and there in front of me is a room full of beaming familiar faces. I am hugged and kissed and showered with little presents. I can quite literally feel the dopamine kick in, an instant sky high happy head rush.
I try out my Cantonese, “ngoh ho hoisum ….” Happy to se you, (literally translates as ‘good open heart’). And indeed my heart IS so full and so open and stays that way for the next few hours, only fluttering for a moment when the dishes with the feet and beaks and wings arrive. But I’ve learnt the phrase ‘no thank you, I’ll help myself’ to fend off the gifts of the best animal morsels, because surely every self respecting vegetarian C lister has to fend for herself some of the time.

me and second big bro’ singing happy birthday to cousin Eunice , littlest rat in picture at end
enough for a room of our own
early birthday wishes

By backstagestives

Looking for my long lost family in Hong Kong
And previously....
Fell in love with coastal living 5 years ago. And moved to stunning St Ives. A place to create and grow and flourish. Got me a home and a job. And never looked back. Everyone talks and writes about the famous dead people of St Ives. Virginia and Alfred and Ben and Barbara and Peter and Wilhelmina. Well I thought I’d introduce you to some very nice folk, and they’re all very much alive and make St Ives a much the better town for it.

5 replies on “veggie diva”

My heart feels like it is bursting, too, seeing you in a room full of your lovely family! So happy for you, dear Laura! 😘😘😘

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Wonderful family with such happy smiley faces. Thank you for sharing your special occasion with us.xx

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You’re like a ray of sunshine among your lovely family. How proud they must be if you finding them all and getting your long lost Asian family together. They must feel so blessed to have you in their lives. And keep singing roomie. Xxxx

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