It’s the eve of Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) and the start of a great 9-day holiday. First off, I’d like to wish everyone Happy Chinese New Year 新年快樂! This upcoming year is the Year of the Snake, which makes for interesting decorations since the snake is an animal with a largely negative reputation (of course, this doesn’t apply to the people born in years of the snake). This week went by quite fast and it was brilliantly capped by being able to leave work in the middle of the afternoon and being able to have a few drinks with the team.
Before Chinese New Year is the weiya or Chinese New Year company banquet. My company held its weiya last Friday and it was quite special. Weiyas are usually held by companies in hotels or halls with special performances and prize draws as a token of appreciation for their employees. My previous company did not hold a weiya the whole time I was there, which shows how much they appreciated their employees. Well, this weiya was held at a dinner hall in a wedding and food complex which was within walking distance of my home. The performances were a bit lackluster, with a crossdressing guy in a frizzy black wig and slinky black dress the lowlight. A Taiwanese rapper and a dancing kid who most likely was not older than 8 were decent, as were executives dressed up in cowboy outfits and attempting to dance to Gangnam Style. The food was mediocre as well, but usually that’s to be expected. There was also the matter of a negative incident involving the boss, but it was nothing unexpected. Luckily there was decent wine, and later, one colleague was intoxicated enough to gather me and another colleague to go toast our chairman in front. Clearly the main attraction of the night was socializing with colleagues and getting drunk and crazy (not exactly me). Several of my colleagues were balling quite hard, enjoying their alcohol, and chatting up people. To top it off, I won one of the top prizes in vouchers, but I’m not sure what I will use them on. This was an auspicious start to the new year (in the Chinese calendar), but there’s no certainty this fortune will hold.