Is February the month of love?

It was Lunar New Year last week. I talked with my family for about an hour and a half before midnight of the new year (7p.m in Finland on Thursday if I remember correctly), then I talked again with them on Sunday at usual schedule. I didn’t think I would (neither nor my sister) because those two times were rather close together, but my mother was eager to. She said there were many things to talk about (which there were indeed). She seemed to be happy ♥. All of them were in celebration/holiday mood. Many things to do but still it was joyful and relaxing. There was no stress in sight whereas smiles and laughs were all over. Sam was more active than ever. My mom said he got pretty close to my father who hanged around with him the most. During the chat on Sunday, Sam kept gathering and bringing more stuffs to give to my father. It was very fun to watch. That, as well as seeing him staring at the cat curiously, and him jumping in bed, rolling from one person to another. Apparently he was very well loved. And not only from my family members. My mom said even strangers gave him lucky money when they came to temple. I wasn’t surprised. He was a super adorable child.

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Sam with my father and Pierrick at flower fair (specifically peach blossom trees, traditionally to have for Lunar New Year in the North of Vietnam).

My uncle (my mother's younger brother) taking picture of Sam beside kumquat trees (which is tradition to have together with peach blossom tree during Tet).

My uncle (my mother’s younger brother) taking picture of Sam beside kumquat trees (which is tradition to have together with peach blossom tree during Tet).

Sam taking a walk (sort of...) with my dad.

Sam taking a walk (sort of…) with my dad.

Putting flower plants into pots.

Putting flower plants into pots.

Reunion dinner with my uncle's family (our families are close, so we have reunion dinner at each other's place in turn each year).

Reunion dinner with my uncle’s family (our families are close, so we have reunion dinner at each other’s place in turn each year).

First day of the year, also with my uncle's family. My cousin's family was there also (didn't remember whether she was at our place at reunion dinner, but I guessed she was with her husband's family since it was more logical that way).

First day of the year, also with my uncle’s family. My cousin’s family was there also (didn’t remember whether she was at our place at reunion dinner, but I guessed she was with her husband’s family since it was more logical that way).

Sam with my dad. :3

Sam with my dad. :3

Sam meeting my grandmother, and my sister's family at my grandfather's grave. : )

Sam meeting my grandmother, and my sister’s family at my grandfather’s grave. : )

Having fun with the water buffalo? : D

Having fun with the water buffalo? : D

Sam with his dad. Can't recognize which lake it was...

Sam with his dad. Can’t recognize which lake it was…

My family. ♡

My family. ♡ (Having the feeling that this is my mother’s idea, to take picture with “the horse” in the background as well as the peach blossom tree : D)

Sam, standing at the greeny road that I'm very much familiar with. : )

Sam, standing cutely at the greeny road that I’m very much familiar with. : )

They will all miss each other so much when this holiday ends…

To start off a new year, I watched About Time. It was a nice movie, I really liked it. It was soft and light and humorous without being shallow. I liked it also because it blended harmoniously between family relationships and romance. I felt good, while watching it and also later. It made to my list of the things I like the most. From that list, most probably I would watch Chobits again soon.

Talking about list, I also put together the Bucket List a couple of days ago. Not many things being there yet but I’ll update it more when I think of more. So together with the Bloglovin’ button Antti told me to put there, I’ve made few changes to the bottom part of my blog. Bloglovin’ was a good idea actually. I assumed that people who read my blog either remember the link already or subscribe via email, but of course for people like Antti who follow lots of different blogs, it’s nicer to have all the notifications of new posts in one email. And it was nice of him to become another silent reader of my blog. It’s getting so much longer nowadays so I don’t know how he keeps up with that, but still.

(In related note, I’ve been using tumblr a lot again).

I myself use Bloglovin’ as well. One of the blogs I follow is Kate, and recently I found out that she has the same birthday as me – 12th November (just different year). She didn’t answer my comment but from her posts I think it should be correct. Anyway. These days she has been having a series of try a little kindness which I’ve been enjoying. I haven’t been going out a lot but it’s always good to have some inspiration for that every now and then to keep in mind. My favorite and doable act of kindness from the list she suggested is “Slip a happy note into a library book for a stranger to find“. I only have books from my school library now though… It shouldn’t be a problem, right? Right?

Another person I follow is James. He doesn’t have a Bloglovin’ button anywhere : D so I just receive notifications via email when there’s something new. He mentioned about a water bottle which I wouldn’t necessarily want to buy now, but it’s interesting so I’d like to keep, maybe for future reference.

What I did buy was grapes. I went to K first and I bought the discounted grapes from there for €1.99/500g, then I passed by S and it appeared to be €1.69 for the same kind. It was cheaper, and the grapes were even sweeter.4139 Since the sale was still going on, several days later I bought another box from S. Turned out it was sourer than the one from K. I was like… 19Had to tell myself, at least I had a box which was both cheap and sweet.

So yeah, that’s just an example of how I could have many ups and downs even if I don’t go out and have real interactions with other people. : p

Just kidding. I actually would want to meet people and have real interactions with them. It has to be in deeper level though. It happens so often that people talk without communicating, they hear without listening, they rush to get things over with, things collide without them bothering. I still try to find the good in each person as I’ve always been doing (I learned it from my sister, about people as well as all other things e.g. the place I live and so on), try to find the ‘kindred spirit’ like Susan Cain suggested (I apply it to all occasions), just that sometimes I get so weary.

It was Runeberg day and I was surrounded by the familiar smell of Comfort fabric softener (lily & strawberry) which I used to use during the time I was in Lärkkulla. I still miss Lärkkulla a lot and me and us back then. I thought of the time when I turned and caught the moment Axel and Richard smiled during a conversation, I remembered me thinking people could be so beautiful like that in their every moments without them knowing it. I wondered whether I would be happy like that ever again, be able to see people in such beauty and bright light again. Sometimes I still felt the sparkle inside of me, it could be from the things I read/watch or people I met, just to know that they were not to be in my life but were imaginations and people out of reach or not meant to be. Doina told me that she wanted to get her happy ending. Me too, me too. And aren’t we all?

Valentine’s Day is coming. I like its Finnish name – Ystävänpäivä (literally translated: friend’s day). Even if I haven’t found my special someone yet, I know I still have my friends and family. I’m grateful. I really am.

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