Coming from a large extended family (7 siblings on mum’s side and
8 10 siblings on dad’s side, then add on the dozens of cousins and multiply by 2 to get the number of kids, and you’ll start to get the gist of it), a trip back to Kuching is always a family reunion of sorts.
In the 20+ years I’ve been in NZ, I’ve missed a lot of weddings and birthdays. There are always new faces to meet, and old faces to reacquaint myself with. Plus the invariable confusion of how we are related, – is she dad’s third sister’s second son’s wife or dad’s eldest brother’s second daughter….?
Family get-togethers always revolve around food, – be it at a local restaurant, food centre or someone’s house. There is always a lot of reminiscing, gossiping and laughter.
In Kuching, a clear favourite is the Petanak Food Centre.
A local Food Centre in Hui Sing Garden.
At Si Ka’s (4th Uncle on dad’s side) house, old albums were brought out, – and seriously I do not recall dad being as skinny as what he looked in 1971, or mum with her bouffant hairstyle!
I really miss my relatives. Can’t wait to see all of you again.