The first sunrise and sunset in the Year of the Rat, and here are all the things that I didn’t do that day.
Play hours and hours of majiang 麻将:
I have to admit an embarrassing truth: even though I’ve spent more than two years in this country, but still I have never really learned how to play this game.
…looking at the amounts of money being passed over the table, I was happy that all seats had already been taken anyway.
So I didn’t play.
But then there are always many other ways to lose money (and have a good time):
Again, I’m not a great card player, and I guess the thing I lack the most is that certain killer look on my face.
And I didn’t play.
Then, after enough time had gone by (and enough money had changed ownership), everybody felt it was about time to go have some food and then engage in a little karaoke session.
There were some drinking games, and this time I even played some of them too.
But I didn’t drink.
Because I never do.
The others of us enjoyed the singing part.
Again: I didn’t sing.
Well, I thought, while I was sitting there listening to my friends sing, the first day of the new year has revealed something:
…what a boring German I am.