February 20th, 2015, 9:39 pm

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daviddoesntgetit February 20th, 2015, 9:59 pm

Ah, I love tet. The banh trung, the banh tet, and all the other food. Food, food, food.

Here's some food.

http://www.vietnamonline.com/tet/food-for-tet-holidays.html

I think when it comes to religion, I understand why crochety old people are set in their ways. Because for some reason you meet a person who thinks they're gonna change your opinion even though you've been alive for 37 years and they haven't said anything new. The older you get, the more stubborn 'cause jesus fucking christ, leave me the fuck alone about it. I am happy about my decision, you can do whatever the fuck you want! I don't give a fuck! I don't wanna hear about it, unless I asked for it, just jesus fucking christ.

I get why people go to church and shit, good, more power to you, just I don't give a fuck. Goddammit. Thanks to Bernard for accepting me immediately. I remember every Sunday, our stepdad, Bernard, Miriam, Connor would head to church and our mom would just give me this suffering look while I stayed home, haha.

It wasn't until recently our mom saw a Coexist bumper sticker, you know the one made up of a bunch of religious iconography? Our mom said she didn't understand what it meant so we had to explain it to her. She loved it, haha.

Even now our dad keeps trying to get me confirmed. On another note, our mom gave me $100 li xi which is embarrassing considering how fucking old I am.

Also, even if you're not an buddhist Asian, maybe next Chinese New Years you find yourself wanting to do something, stop by a local temple. Parking's a bitch but temples are nice and relaxing, grab an orange, throw a little money their way.

I was also complaining to our mom about my extreme bad luck this year so far and she said apparently this is a bad year for the snake. I don't believe in that stuff but... the entire fucking year? Really? That's a long time for things to suck shit.

My favorite New Years tradition is gambling with all the adults while the kids gamble with their li xi money, the parents will sometimes go to their children to beg for money when they lose it all in blackjack and the kids have a suffering face on, haha. I also like that the parents collects the envelopes their kids get in the li xi and just reuse it next year again so it just keeps going back around.

I don't have kids though so I have to buy them. The pains of being a bachelor.

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Reealt February 20th, 2015, 10:25 pm

That sounds interesting! I was raised protestant because my mom converted from Buddhism (which is weird, since all her siblings and parents were Buddhist). There's no temples easy for me to visit, but I'd like to visit at least one on Chinese New Years.

Your mom is probably going to give you li xi until you marry or something, is my guess.

Hopefully your bad luck is over for the year. All year sounds like it would be awful.

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daviddoesntgetit February 20th, 2015, 10:32 pm

@Reealt: I guess she's never going to stop giving me li xi since I'm never getting married.

Haha, she just gave it to me since I've been saving up money for Miriam and Connor to move since she paid for all their tuition and big things like car trouble. Connor got accepted for an overseas program for when he graduates, and Miriam's moving, so I wanted to give them a farewell gift of a shitload of money. I didn't mention that 'cause I didn't want to spoil the surprise but I don't think they read reader comments and my replies.

I hope so too. Haha. Getting robbed twice sucked shit.

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Oly-RRR February 21st, 2015, 12:41 pm

I never had to deal with something like this within my family (we are all atheists so when I was interested in religion as a teenager I was even side-eyed a bit) but as an adult I get to deal with other adults being astonishingly pushy about this. Gosh, people don't have to all follow the same traditions or believe in the same stuff, how hard is it to get? People can be so hurtful when they really don't have to be...

I'm glad you're more at peace with it all now. :)

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Lani (Guest) February 21st, 2015, 5:34 pm

Happy New Year of the Sheep (Goat?!?), David! \>w</ Don't some calendars have a cat instead of a rabbit too? .___. I'm sorry if I said the greeting wrong and call me out if I also ever say anything culturally insensitive too, please! OTL;;;
Anyway the pictures of Tet food look delicious! It reminds me of when my friends would share some with me back in high school. I only once been to a Buddhist temple once and although it felt odd being one of the few non-Asians there, it was awesome to donate and see the other people celebrating! <3 FIRECRACKERS AHOY! \>w</ Aww... now lookit what I done, I miss the foooooood. T______T Hungry!!! DX Maybe I will ask my roomie if I can have any of his food...
Oh yeah! A few days ago one of my roommates/friends came back from celebrating New Years with his family and even gave me and my brother red envelopes with money in it! >w< WOW! He says it wasn't even meant for this month's rent and that it's cause he sees us as part of his family! Awwwwwwww! TwT I'm so lucky to have his as friend/roomie!!! =>w<= I'll be sad when he has to move out someday. </3 Growing pains man. :P
My roomie sort of reminds me of your brother Bernard actually. They sort of have the same "aura" if that makes any sense? They even wear glasses?! XD;;; Wth am I saying. OTL;;; ANYWAY, your dynamic with him is so cute! >w< Awww! Makes me glad how me and my brother get along so well too. I'm very blessed in that regard! >w</
As a side note that's SORT OF more related to this comic, your story sort of reminds me of my family's connection to Catholicism. My mother still participates in it but me and my brother don't really. ^^; Some things I do keep around out of sentimentality such as the rosary my gramps gave me long ago. Of course, some of my side relatives give me more crap for not taking the religion as seriously and for some of my personal opinions/dating life (they do this more to me than my brother, wtf?! OTL) but whatever yanno? :P I'm sort of like you where I'm pretty chill when it comes to religion and other's practicing it as long as they don't force it on me! HIGH FIVE TO US NOT GIVING A FUCK!!!! >w</ WOOOOO!
Hope you get better luck in this upcoming year David! If not, try and make your own good luck! >w</ <3 I'm rooting for you!!!

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AwkPenquin (Guest) February 22nd, 2015, 6:04 pm

@daviddoesntgetit: aah reading your comic has made me wanna try viet food
but the only viet food ive tried is pho (for the 1st time just a couple days ago actually)
banh chung sounds almost exactly like the chinese zongzi except we wrap them in a sort of tetrahedral shape

(btw: bet miriam wouldve liked to see that bromance lol)

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crossstitch February 23rd, 2015, 4:08 pm

that's like it at my family too. One half is catholic, the other is Buddhist. They don't really care for religion though, so it's scary to see how other families are.

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daviddoesntgetit February 27th, 2015, 5:28 pm

@Oly-RRR: Within my family, I can get why they're pushy, they're just worried about me going to hell. I assume it is sometimes the case with strangers as well but I think some of them just worry about sin all the time.

I don't hate religion or anything, there was a time I sprained my ankle real bad and was limping around town and some stranger just stopped and prayed for me, haha. And Miriam talked about one time she was crying and a random Christian couple just hugged her and let her talk to them.

I'm sure some of them have good intentions but at the same it's no means no.

Haha. I wouldn't say I'm more at peace with it. Dont' really know what I'd say.

@lani: For us it's year of the goat. And yes, the Vietnamese calendar has a cat instaed of a rabbit. I find that a little weird since there's already a tiger but it's not my problem. Haha, you're good. I'm not that attached to tradition or anything.

Ah, firecrackers are the best. I don't understand why Catholic holidays are boring as shit and then when it comes to Vietnamese ones, it's all about pigging out and lighting fire to shit and gambling. Haha, I'm sorry. What did you like to eat?

Haha, that's nice of your roommate. Some of our family gives Brad red envelopes too, he loves it. Your roommate's like Bernard, huh? Is your roommate also baby crazy? Haha.

Ah, me too. Actually, I still have fond memories of church itself. Our stepmom never went, despite being Catholic herself, so church was one of the few times we got away from her. When I'm stressed or freaking out, I still do the sign of the cross to calm down. I don't believe in god or anything anymore, but as a kid, I believed he was around when our stepmom was being a dick, so I'd sign and feel relieved. It's cathartic for me, is what I'm saying. And I still have my first rosary as well, haha.

I don't remember how to say a single prayer. I used to do an entire rosary every night, I used to be a good Catholic. We came from vacation at 2am and I was sleepy as hell but I prayed anyways, fell asleep in the middle of it, woke up and finished praying. I was the apple of our great-grandma's eyes when she heard that story, haha. She died berating me for not praying more.

Yeah, I'm sorry you're a female... That will happen. Miriam constantly gets lectured by our grandparents and shit about her inability to do housework.

Haha. High five.

Ah, you can make good luck? Uhhh. I think I'll just deal with it, haha.

@awkpenguin: Yeah, pho's gotten really popular over the past couple years so it's pretty common now.

We have tetrahedral shaped stuff too but they're filled differently. Zongzi looks good, goddammit. I'm fucking hungry.

Haha, Bernard still hugs me a lot. It's not that rare.

@crossstitch: Ah, sounds nice. My family wasn't that bad, they just got on my nerves every once in a while.

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Oly-RRR February 27th, 2015, 5:38 pm

@daviddoesntgetit: I dunno, you sound like you figured it out for yourself and don't get worked up too much about it (I might be wrong of course). :) And it's good! I try to be like that but sometimes things get on my nerves and I'm like "Raaar, can't you understand we're different there?!" I try not to behave like that too much but I can't help feeling irritated even when I suspect people have good intentions. :/

This said, I know some really cool religious people so I don't hate religion either. It's probably just that people with more extreme attitudes are usually the loudest so it's easy to remember them.

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roxjey February 28th, 2015, 9:39 pm

I'm catholic and as you know im also bi
I feel comfortable in my religion and in my sexuality
the thing is that my religion has awful views on it and a lot of stuff too
so i came to my own terms of adoring god
While i love him and my religion i dont agree with some of the things they stand for
because since jesus appeared it was all about love
so i preach that
love
X3
Im glad you got to find yourself in a place better for your spirituality

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daviddoesntgetit March 6th, 2015, 8:27 pm

@Oly-RRR: Nah, I get ya. I say a lot of nice words but in practice I lose my shit really easily. I fucking hate it when people tell me about their beliefs like a lecture. Even if to them they think they're just informing me, to me it's just the same fucking story I don't want to hear again.

So I try to think, "Oh, they're just worried about sin or me going to hell" or something along those lines but there is very little I can do to control my actual emotional reaction, haha.

I try to think in the mindset that they have good intentions but I'm also a believer that good intentions does not validate a person's actions. Just because they think they're doing a good thing by informing me about god or their belief, to me, it's just fucking pushy 'cause I always get the feeling like they can't accept that I'm PERFECTLY FUCKING FINE without it. Sure, I don't have the peace of mind that comes with believing that everything is just the work of something beyond my control, but I've accepted that as part of the path I've taken and I'm perfectly find with it.

Haha, that's also very true. Yeah, people can do whatever the hell they want, just leave me alone. Christ.