TOP 5 things every Malaysian student will hear during CNY dinner this year

Gong Xi Fa Cai! It’s finally here – the Chinese New Year reunion dinner!

It’s the time when the yummiest dishes are there: abalones are glistening, the yee sang is ready to toss and the soup is hot and ready to serve from the big pot. And on the other side of the table, your favorite pineapple tarts and love letters just waiting to be eaten. 

But then, there’s also the whole family (who you love, of course), with thousands of annoying questions. Sometimes just the thought of your auntie asking you some of them every single year makes you to lose your appetite. But hey, that’s the magic of Chinese New Year celebrations!

So, here is what you students can expect this year while talking to your family during CNY dinner:

1. “You so tall/fat now, ah! What you eat ah? A lot?”

Ok now, what does this mean? Is she telling you that you’re eating too much or what? Does it also mean you look fat? Or just tall, which is actually good? Suddenly it brings back the memories of all the maggi goreng and midnight-time nasi lemak you recently had. What if it’s the time for a new year resolution? What to do!

2. “Got boyfriend/girlfriend already?” 


Absolute classic. It pops up every. Single. Time. And it’s still as annoying as when your Auntie asked it 3 years ago for the first time. Maybe consider showing her all your matches on Tinder? She would probably stop asking then.

3. “Your exam, how ah? Good or not?”

Alert: don’t even mention any grade which is lower than A! You don’t want to get into trouble during CNY dinner. But if you tell them that you get straight A’s, your family will probably think that you’re bragging too much. What do do lah! Better just tell them that the exams season haven’t started yet. Problem solved!

4. “Wah, why you wear like this?”

Whyyy don’t they understand your newest idea to follow proper Japanese fashion? Or the special Korean dress, which looks super unique? If you don’t want to start a fashion trend conversation, maybe just go for the classic and wear a red dress or shirt. Easy lah. 

5. “Ah boy, you’re here di”


Yes, I’m here! Since like an hour I’m sitting here playing on my phone! Thanks for noticing, grandma, love ya 🙂

But whatever happens at the dinner table, remember to enjoy the family atmosphere and just chill out!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!


Zuzanna Ch
World traveller, but with the heart stuck in Malaysia.