Drawn back to Penang for Chinese New Year

Reunion time: Yap (standing, left) celebrating Chinese New year with her family and friends at her father’s house in Tanjung Bungah.

HOME is where the heart is for housewife Dagmar Yap who returns to Penang from Australia almost every year for festive occasions.

The 40-year-old, who is married to an Australian distance learning teacher, has been living in Brisbane for the past 13 years.

She said this was her third or fourth year back for the Chinese New Year celebrations.

“Sometimes, I would come back for Christmas.

“I come back not only for the celebration but to spend quality time with my mum and the rest of my family. It is nice for my kids as well,” said the mother of two.

Yap added that the Chinese New Year celebration in her household was always merry.

“Mum does the cooking and this year, we are having roast duck, roast pork, fried fish, yam duck and salad,” she said.

She said they were joined by her uncle from Germany who came on a surprise visit, her aunt from Denmark with her Danish husband, and an Irish couple who were close family friends.

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