Friday, October 06, 2006

# 每逢佳节倍思亲

It's mooncake festival today. Inadvertently, I felt the feeling of homesickness sinking in.

"独在异乡为异客,每逢佳节倍思亲" is a quotation from a poem of a Wang Wei
(王维《九月九日忆山东兄弟》). I found an English translation from internet, it says: "A lonely stranger in a strange land I am cast, I miss my family all the more on every festive day..."

I miss home, I miss everything back there. Unlike the previous years, somehow starting a new semester this year felt heavier than usual. I think that I have really started to feel the longing to go back to my own country.

I decided to do some baby-ish wallowing in self pity now. Bah, humbug! Please feel free not to read on so as not to spoil the joyful atmosphere of mooncake festival.

My stupid neckache is hurting like hell, what a way to spend my mooncake festival... Barely recovering from cold sores, the neckache/shoulder ache decided to pay me a visit. Felt like a robot a whole day - a simple action of glancing over my shoulders became an awkward manouevur of rotating my whole body to face the direction I wanted to see.

Cancelled an appointment with friends due to the constant stinging feeling on the shoulders. It's Friday night and I couldn't go anywhere with this mind-numbing, body-stiffing pain. Having to get in bed early on mooncake festival is no fun...

I know I need rest, but I couldn't help being 无聊 a bit before settling myself on bed. Decided to take a few pics to commemorate my lousy mooncake festival on 2006.

My best mates during mooncake festival = cold sore relief cream, Sloan's muscle pain rub, Vicks Vapourub.

My lanterns on the wall, brought from Malaysia. I miss playing with lanterns and walking around neighbourhood with my little yellow lantern...

My faithful "Lil' one", birthday gift from KK and Ray. Temporarily forgot about my neck pain when I looked at its cute little innocent face with toothy grin.

I like its sleeping position.

Another thing I like about Lil' one, it's tail which looks like a piece of grilled steak. Hungry...



Chen said...

Happy mooncake festival.
Hope u get well soon

Pandabonium said...

We hope you feel better soon. Cute little beaver. I like the laterns too- pretty.

Happy Lantern Festival. Saturday night a 98% full moon rose while I was walking Momo. It was SO beautiful.

Momo the Wonder Dog said...

Can I play with Lil' one?

Remember,if your neck hurts, don't wag your tail too much.

YD said...

Happy mooncake festival! Thanks for well wishes. Any advice from 'lokun'?

At first sight the beaver looks like squirrel. I love those lanterns too! The fish is a gift from a dear friend.

Happy Lantern Festival to you too! I got to see it on Saturday as well, cuz it was raining on Friday... Well, London...

Yup I am very sure Lil' one will likes ur company very much!

I will try not to wag my tail, but I alwys forget when I am happy. ;-P

Robin said...

Happy belated Birthday.

hmmm... moon cakes festival this year not much either, with the haze, -- no moon

The Moody Minstrel said...

Yeah...festival seasons are definitely the time when homesickness kicks in. I have to go through that every year when I'm unable to be back home in Oregon for Christmas. This year will be the second in a row in which that happens.

Look at it this way: it is only in hardship that we become stronger. You're becoming better able to deal with life.

Happy Mooncake Festival, anyway...and I hope you get well soon!

YD said...

Thanks for the wishes! You are very observant n sensitive. =) Sweet!

*Hugs* Thanks moody! I wish you happiness too.

You haven't been home for christmas for 2 years? How come? Tied down by work in school? Aww... hugs... Let your family in Japan cheer you up ya! and remember, we are here in blogsphere. =)