SINGAPORE – A Malay lady went far and beyond in impressing her Chinese boyfriend’s mother by memorising and letting loose of string of Chinese New Year greetings in Mandarin during a house visitation.
In a TikTok video which has been viewed more than 240,000 times at the time of writing, the young woman named Amirah can be seen greeting her “future mother-in-law” while holding two mandarin oranges and recited several auspicious phrases fluently.
Xin nian kuai le, gong xi fa cai, sheng ti jian kang, cai yuan guang jing! (Happy Chinese New Year! Wish you good fortune, good health and may your wealth be plentiful!)
me 2nd year celebrating CNY w the chinese boyfriend♬ original sound – Amirah Vgi
Future “mother-in-law”: “You’re the best!”
Amirah’s efforts were paid off in the sweetest way when her greetings made her boyfriend’s mum beam with pride, who returned her well wishes and handed her a red packet.
You’re the best! Bu bu gao sheng (May you reach a higher level with each step), like you climb as [high as] your husband, climb as high as you can, good for your future!”
A+ for effort
Amirah shared that this was her second time celebrating Chinese New Year with her boyfriend and that it wasn’t easy for her to memorise the phrases but she managed to pull it off.
“Me trying so hard to memorise the phrase for my future mother-in-law. I finally did it!” she wrote.
Her efforts also impressed netizens as well, who commended her and said that hearing “You’re the best” from her boyfriend’s mum was the best gift ever.
Amirah also wrote in the comment section that she was deeply touched by the compliment and nearly shed tears over it.
Fellow daughter-in-laws, how far would you go to impress your future/current mother-in-law? Tell us in the comment section!
Cover images via TikTok/ @amirahvgi
Editor: Sarah Yeoh