Chinese New Year in Review- Old Dress(es), New Year

On the last day of the Chinese New Year, I pinned my hair, (gritted my teeth), pulled on cashmere tights,  and my favourite winter dress.  Dressed up, it really takes willpower to not sweat while still waiting to depart from 4 degrees north of the equator.

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At the departure gate, an SQ personnel walked up to me and said, “Miss, first class can begin boarding now.  This way, Miss.”

Lesson re-learnt:  Service always responds to Style.  This is the second time I am propelled to first class by a dress.  Alas true style is also having the honesty to gently correct a mis-perception.

Over the weekend, I celebrated the new year in typical Chinese fashion- over eating with loved ones.  Brunch with Trace, tea with Sarah, dim sum with my brother, dinner with my cousin B.  The old dress that came to the rescue?

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See by Chloe because orange is the new black.  One size too big, and cut with a bubble-shaped skirt, I could eat/drink myself silly, while masking bloat and belly.

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Nice dress!  Trace said.

Thanks!  Remember I offered it to you many years ago?  I haven’t worn it since…

Personal Space of Tammy Wong
Since 2009.  Photo credit-  The Business Times

Back for more dim sum with the in-laws, I wore my newish dress.  The designer of the dress (Self-Portrait) now works in London, but like my father-in-law, is originally from Penang.  Rather than wear something traditional (cheongsam), I chose to wear something locally-made instead.

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The dress in pale blue felt like a balm.  At lunch, my mother-in-law insisted that I (and only I), eat more chook, more lor bak ko, more noodles, and all of the chive dumplings.  My father-in-law prayed, Thank you, Lord for the food…  Please be with her as she returns to London tomorrow.  My brother-in-law hugged me, then stealthily paid for lunch.

So I learnt that a good dress can cast a spell, spread cheer.

Speaking of spells.  The waitress attending to us asked if I came the day before.  Yes, I said, with my brother.

I was staring at you yesterday!  

Oh.  Er.

Are you an actress?

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(She said, what?!!!  Dr Chan. )

Off to the Highlands to recover and rest from the Heat, I wore print.

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Print looks wonderful, especially during the lunar new year; expressing hope, good fortune, luck.  Because I am superstitious, I diligently wear print during this time.

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And if I have to wear black because my wardrobe is limited, I wear it with floral print and something chunky and bright around my neck to ward off bad luck.

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In Bali with the onslaught of the Heat Rash, and in the company of Sleeping Beauty, I dressed as practically as possible.

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Finally, on the eve of the new year, I wore an old Dries.

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It’s a favourite dress for occasion dressing.  There’s something so painterly about its print, and I really like that I’m all covered up.

 

 

 

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