Chinese New Year is almost here, and as we all gear up to usher in the Year of The Monkey, we are pretty sure a lot of you will be able to relate to this list! Scroll through and see if you know any of the following.
1) The Nosy One
You know, the auntie who will ask whether you have a significant other. If you do, you’ll be asked when you’re getting married. If you are married, when will you be having babies? If you have babies, when will there be another one? There’s one (or more) at every gathering, asking questions that are frankly none of their business and not caring who else is present when the question is asked. Perhaps we should compile a list of politically correct questions that are alright to be asked at social gatherings next, huh?
2) The One Who Loves Their Phone Too Much
We get it, some people have this need to check out what’s going on in the world every few minutes, but it’s also nice to have a face-to-face conversation every once in a while, don’t you think so?
3) The Drunk
You’ll know instantly, if the person is not red in the face they’ll probably be shouting or just making a fool of themselves in general. And there’ll probably be videos or pictures of the whole incident being posted on social media too. Thank goodness for untagging features, eh?
4)The Selfie King/Queen
Speaking of pictures, gatherings these days are basically photo-ops, right? So there’ll be that one person who insists on taking selfies, wefies, CNY-fies from all angles imaginable in hopes of re-creating the greatest group selfie ever taken (pictured below)? Yes, there will be candids, and awkwardly taken shots for sure. Welcome to the 21st century celebrations, and say cheese, people!
5) The One Who Complains About The Food
“Oh it looks yummy, but if I eat it, I’ll get SO fat!”. Nobody wants to hear about diet issues at a gathering where people are expected to feast and be merry. Just politely decline if you absolutely must, but otherwise, enjoy yourself lah!
6) The One Who Is Only There For The Food
And then there is the other extreme…the one who eats like there’s no tomorrow, and then shamelessly wants to “tapau” some food as well.
7) The Ang Pao Collector
Ah, ang pao! Sure it's a lovely gesture if you're given a packet whilst visiting your relatives/friends. With the way the economy is, getting even a tiny amount of ang pao should make one grateful, but then there's always someone who will only make visits to get as many packets as possible, or worse, open their packet right away and complain about the amount.
8) The One Who Likes To Compare
We don’t really need to hear about whose husband's car is more expensive, whose kid is more successful or whose house is bigger. Come on people, why don’t we just enjoy everyone’s achievements instead of turning everything into a competition?
9) The One Who Had A Makeover
A LOT can happen over the course of a year, so don’t be surprised if your quiet cousin suddenly comes home after a year abroad with rainbow coloured hair and decked in tattoos. Or if an older relative has had some, uh, transformative enhancements to look younger. No biggie, there’s no better time to catch up on what’s new with your loved ones, anyway.
10) The Wannabe Politician
Yes, a CNY gathering is the perfect place to wax philosophical on your country’s politics…not! This can only result in more awkward situations, particularly if opposing views clash at a public event. This is not the place, guys and girls!