***13th September 13***
Just as we thought that we would miss out this year mid-autumn festival, LTC Tan invited us to his house on base for a mini celebration together with some other international families. He had prepared mooncakes and lanterns as well as drinks and snacks for all of us. We arrived at about 7pm and started preparing for the walk to the Potomac river to release our sky lanterns. It was a long and cold walk down. I can feel the chill even in my cardigan. The duo were dressed in long sleeves as weather has started turning cold lately and I wouldn’t want them to catch a chill.
At about 7.40pm, we carried our lit paper lanterns and began our walk to the river. All our candles went out half way before we could reach. I think we probably took about 30 minutes walking there. We were supposed to fly our sky lanterns at the river. Most of the people were at the platform nearing the river while I was at the start of the bridge with the duo. I have this phobia standing near to the sea especially without any fencing, and naturally my legs would turn ‘jelly’ hence I didn’t want to take any chance with the duo around. Thank goodness I made the right choice as Papa Yap told me about the shaky platform thereafter. All the kids were so excited about the lanterns. The first few sky lanterns didn’t manage to fly up and landed into the water shortly. It was pretty disappointing because the sky lanterns were all scribbled with respective families wishes. Until the last one flew right up to the sky and we were all so nervous hoping that it would not land into the sea. Finally it made its way right up into the wide dark sky. I was wondering who that lucky family was. Then Papa Yap walked back and asked me if I have seen our sky lantern flying up into the sky. Woohoo! So it was ours! I was absolutely delighted and so was Papa Yap. Huat ah! 🙂
LTC Tan briefing on setting up the lanterns
Waiting for Papa
Papa Yap showing Darian how to lit up the paper lantern
Our sky lantern penned with our wishes and Darian’s little drawings. 🙂
It has been really many years since I last carried a paper lantern. heehee 😉
Darian talking to Uncle Feroz. We were all getting ready to set off.
On the platform flying the sky lanterns
The orange object at the top left. That’s our lantern up in the sky! Yay 🙂
LTC Tan helping the kids with the paper lanterns.
Papa Yap indulging in mooncake
This is the first time Darian carry a paper lantern. He was pretty much frightened that he would get burn. Haha 😉 Anyway it was a very good experience for him. For the past two years, he received like 5 to 6 musical battery operated lanterns from his grandparents and grandaunts. I can tell you how irritating those are and Papa Yap hates them. Haha… 😉
Papa Yap with his little princess.
Happy mid-autumn festival everyone! 🙂