During the recent school holidays, my family had a private tour to China. It was such a meaningful trip, with family members of 3 generations ( my dad & his 2 brothers plus spouses, my cousin sister & son, my brothers' families, me and my youngest daughter).
My cousin & sister-in-law share the same birth date. We wanted to get 2 sets of candles but was told by the shopkeeper that it was common to use 12 candles in China regardless of age.
Celebrating birthdays far away from home, but with close family members.
Day 2 we visited 鼓浪嶼 Gu Lang Yu 。I like the Piano Musuem the most. It has an impressive collection of antique pianos. Back in the hotel that evening, my dad and uncles told us stories of our grandpa. It was such an unforgettable night!
Day 3 was the main highlight of the trip. We were accompanied by relatives in China to visit our ancestral home in 大埔 (Da Pu). That house was built about 80 years ago for my great grandfather by my grandfather and his brothers who worked in Malaya at that time.
|A road which was built much later (1992). It was named after one of my grand uncles.|
Another road which was built in 2002. It was named after another of my grand uncle and his son. That grand uncle lived for more than a century and contributed heavily to the development of his homeland.
I could see how happy the 3 brothers were! (It was the first trip for my dad and his eldest brother)
Entering our ancestral's home...It was claimed to be the most beautiful house in that area many yeas ago. The words on the right hand side shows the middle name of 4 generations （初，開，育，秀）. My great grandpa's name is 陳初軔。
A photo with our China relatives (my cousin and his mother).
Stepping into the main hall.
I was so excited to see my great grandparents' photos in the main hall. Those were similar to photos in my childhood home. My great grandparents left China and were reunited with his children in Malaya. He passed away in the foreign land.
The kids had a great time chasing after the chicks. What do you expect? There's no ipad to entertain them.
WE HAD A GREAT TIME!!!
I wonder what the kids' great great grandpa is going to say if he were still there...
開枝散葉。I'm sure it would be the greatest day of his life :-)
p/s: more photos in my next post!