"This is where your leftover oranges meet their mushy end"
The red packets have been collected, the pineapple tarts and shrimp cookies finished, and only crumbs remain at the bottom of the snack jars. Those red packets remain on your desk - opened and emptied. Chinese New Year is officially over.
It signifies the end of something else, too - holidays. The last two months have been a constant series of holidays, one after another, where everyone seems to have fled the country and getting good seats at diners is guaranteed. Now, its hello to work, hello to school, and hello to reality. Welcome back.
To say that this weekend was inspiring or fulfilling would hardly do it justice, nor would exhilarating be sufficient as a description.
No, it was more than that - far, far more. It was ineffable, it was empowering, the memory of it almost-ethereal. I met the venerating, think the thought-provoking, and in all, have stumbled upon some epiphanies.