Week 23: Back to School and the Final Funeral Prayers

January 2–8 I was really not looking forward to going back to school (who would, after a lovely 6-week summer vacation in December!?) but once we were back, it was much better than I expected. This year Ibe and I are in Form 5, the equivalent of senior year, following our classmates from last year. …

Week 22: 2016 Comes to an End!

26 December- 1 January  This was the last week of our 5-and-a-half week school holiday, and it ended with the start of 2017!  Some of the family was still here at the beginning of the week, following the 16 day prayers.  I went to the Tapah aerobics class, where we had a guest zumba team…

Week 21: Sixteenth Day Funeral Prayers and Christmas

20-25 December On Tuesday, I went to Ibe’s house for the making of tongyuan dumplings, which is a tradition for the Chinese winter solstice. When I looked at a thermometer, I could definitely tell winter was coming: 32 degrees! Oh, wait, that’s Celsius; the weather remained as usual, around 90 degrees F.  We made the…