This is the Winter Solstice. In China, it's supposed to be the shortest day in the year, or the longest night of the year, depending on how you view it. The middle of winter. Of course, it is not so evident here in Malaysia where we are in the midst of the tropics. Still, when I woke up at 6.30 this morning, the sky was dark. It didn't lighten until about 7.15am. We normally call this day simply as Tung Chek. A bowl of glutinous rice balls in light syrup. That's how my family observed Tung Chek this morning.