A Special Christmas Blog by Kalinda

This year, Wahbiang organised a very different and creative Christmas Party. A boardgame that was as large as the living room for everyone to play. This is one Christmas when the clan celebrated a new generation of Wahbiang. In fact, it was the kids who stole the show that night.

I couldn’t think of anyone more special than Kalinda to word this special blog entry. She was one of the organisers, the party photographer and my closest friend. Kal, thanks for gracing my last blog entry for the year at 2am – just in time before my holiday trip to Kaohsiung.

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A CHRISTMAS BLOG BY KALINDA
26th Dec 2010

It’s the time of the year when we have to rack our brains and get our creative juices to start oozing again; it’s Wahbiang Christmas party time!

A Christmas gathering during this festive time of the year is a Wahbiang practice that we’ve been making an effort to maintain for many years now; it is a special time for us. As the years progressed, our gatherings evolved and slowly we have integrated a gifts exchange game as the highlight. It’s definitely getting more challenging to plan for a game that’s fun for all as more ideas are being used up through the years. Not forgetting having more factors to consider with the addition of more and more little ones running around too.

Unlike previous years, this time we decided to conjure an idea that allows the involvement of both organizers and players for more interactive fun. With that thought in mind and after putting three heads together, the birth of a human board game with a blend of the classics like Snake and Ladder, Monopoly and UNO was born. It was a big idea; individuals were used as the walking tokens.

With the convenience of a location after one by one got married and have their own love nest, we have been rotating among the few houses over the past few years. This year, we have Karen and Charlie as our hospitable hosts.

After moving the furniture aside to make space, we started the evening piecing up the huge game board that Juliana had beautifully designed on the floor. Towards the end when the full picture is starting to take shape, we realized that we have a row missing! Felt a tinge of disappointment with the blunder, but we did not fret for long as this was the time we activated our artists, MC and Juliana, to hand draw the left out boxes, displaying their drawing skills with limited markers and crayons borrowed from Karen’s son’s collection. With the game board creatively and spontaneously settled, we moved on to set up the mini buffet we catered and a nice dinner begins.

The game started after satisfying the stomachs of the big ones, and more importantly the little ones. Mystery presents were gathered and rules were explained by Meijie, the game master with much effort and the one and a half hours of fun rolled on from there. Besides picking up the game cards along the way, to summon more smiles on the faces, goodie bags were placed randomly waiting to be taken. Not long into the game, Meijie emerged as our first lucky winner. To top up the fun, we’ve included a bonus cash lucky dip after the game and we’ve got Charlie, Juliana and Yixi as our three fortunate winners!

The night slipped past with a rather chaotic and rowdy atmosphere. Earlier part of the evening we had a few small vehicles controlled by tyrannic little drivers who abide to no rules, zooming around haphazardly, coupled with excited little pedestrians paying no heed to traffic, trampling all over the game board crumpling the cards. Following on the evening, while numbers from one to six were recited by the players every time after the giant dice is rolled, with a mix of surprised and exaggerated agitated tones that built up the fun when one gets kicked back to starting point, the background rang with substantial high pitched screams and cries of little boys and girls as they get engrossed in their little disputes over toys and childish bickering. Distracted players had to double their roles as discipline masters, raising their voices in a futile attempt to tame the situation. Parents busied themselves with their kids in hope to engage their interest and attention long enough.

Despite having said all that, we all had our joyous moments, sharing and laughing together. Although there were some minor hiccups and the game play was not perfect (we had to improvise some rules along the way) but all of that didn’t matter as we gathered in the name of fun and bonding. Our Christmas gathering that lasted five hours soon came to an end. The children went home happily after their share of innocent fun, bringing back with them lots of gifts. And as for the rest of us, we brought back yet another memory that will remain close to our hearts.

It was yet another blessed Christmas with a chance to show how much we value this precious friendship that we share and the bond keeps building. Looking forward to the next time when we all will come together as one again.

2 Responses to A Special Christmas Blog by Kalinda

  1. dochan21 says:

    ha…. nice one Kalinda and Julie.. time definitely flies, paving the way for the new generation…. i sometimes wonder where all those time had gone to. truly a blinked of an eye

    • Wahbiang says:

      That’s fast! I am still waiting for Kalinda to upload the photos! 🙂

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