Friday, February 15, 2008

Papaya Birds Nest!??!!?

Alexis is going to kill me and stop reading my blog at the same time.

I'm going to Hong Kong to shop at the end of the month. HEHEHEHE.

15 February 2008 (Friday)

Today we are going to have guests over. Alan's staff. I have just finished baking some cookies. hahaha Although they ain't burnt, they are in odd shapes and sizes. hahaha. I shall just sitck to clay figurines then! :P

We will loh hei at Robon Height's restaurant later on. Table of 10! 730pm. Before that shall we money-making schemes in the form of table games. hahaa Euphemism never hurts! ;)

Hong Kong is around 12-17 degrees nowadays. And we've left ALL our winter clothing in S'pore. hahaha. shucks. Alan has been invited to a business gathering there and I am SURELY going to tag along. hahaha. I shall start-up my business on this trip. Going to purchase some stuff to sell. *excited* Shall call on Anna too! hahaha.

Ginna, you want stickers? hahahaha. I used up my supply doing your Daddy's scrapbk pressie. Shall replenish in HK! Yipeeee!me thinking of the Xu Liu Shan papaya birds nest already! *smack lips*

ok ok enough before I get stoned to death. :X I shall cease to gush!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day Folks!

14 February 2008 (thursday)

I rushed and rushed hubbie's Vday present in 2 days (suffered backache/neck ache/ headache in the process) and emerged victorious with a Scrapbook of Love documenting precious moments of our lives as a couple, before and after marriage. Husband least expected something in return for his many gifts( he knows the poor housewife ain't working) and was touched to bits! A lone tear slid down his cheeks during dinner... :D heh I love to make men cry!

Anyway, before that, I took a cabbie down to Alan's office to meet him for dinner. I was fretting in the cab as the Malay taxi-driver kept looking back. I KNEW I shouldn't have worn a short dress ;p Anyway, I also couldn't see the meter from where I was seated and worried again that I would be kertoked/ kidnapped/ robbed etc etc... I have my reasons, guys. Not getting paranoid for nothing. ahhaha. But that's a different story.

Alan and Nicky were waiting for me downstairs when I arrived safely at their office. My bouncers! I was then presented a bouquet of 12 HUGE and lovely reds. I like surprises! hahaha. Since the hubbie had already bought me a coveted u-robic and golf shoes from adidas and golf attire from ashworth, I was extremely surprised at the continual generosity. Am not complaining, mind you!

We zipped off to Starhill Gallery, near Rohas Perkasa (office). We were booked for a buffet dinner from 5-7pm at this restaurant called Jagora. Fusion cuisine was served and we were amazed at the wide spread. good recommendation, Robin! I had 4 different steaming hot soups, sashimi, cod fish, tiger prawns etc etc.. and baskin robins / hagen daas / gelato was served for dessert. haahhaa. Of course the dieting plans were disregarded tonite. :p

Deciding it was too early to return home, we favoured watching CJ7 after dinner. We left for Mid Valley SC and queued and queued (more than half an hour) for the 9pm tickets for two. MY fault, I confess. I had though Malaysians knew better than to celebrate Vdae in the cinemas. Oh well....Thankfully, the show was not a let-down like Meet the Spartans. It was both funny and touching, a rare combination for Stephen Chow. Although the comic relief was not as side-splitting as Stephen Chow's previous flicks, the little green alien-doggie thing was cute to the MAX! The alien bears a great resemblance to Jay Jay, I must say.hahahahha. No spoilers here (I am a responsible and considerate blogger hahaa), please go watch!

Home Sweet Home. An interesting reflection of celebrating Vdae in Malaysia for the first time in my life - VERY FEW ladies were carrying / showing off bouquets of flowers in public. Weird. There were perhaps less than 10 bouquets that I could count throughout the night out. Ha in S'pore every Sarah, Mary, Ah Lian would be seeing comparing each other's plucked gardens to see who has a more bountiful supply, equating it to their other half's undying love for them. I doubt I would EVER wanna be a florist in Malaysia when I grow up. hahhaa.

p/s: Something special happened today. An Indian resident in Sri Tiara called me up and responded to my advertisement as a tuition teacher. ahhahaha. I will be meeting her up to discuss further. She has a son and a daughter. :D A job at last!!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

My Clay Creations

Hey guys... Have a look at my own creations and drop me a line to tell me what you think, alright? :D The giraffee is made by the Talented Mr Husband. :)

How CNY was spent-part II

8th February 2008 (Friday)

I must admit that this CNY was spent unlike any other - i.e. there was relatively little pigging out and the waist band of my newly purchased Top Shop jeans didn't expand extensively. How amazing. Even more incredulous was my discovery that my jeans were actually LOOSE! ha How wonderful is that??!!? (I can see all the women readers nodding frantically away!)

Dinner today was a healthy steamboat, swimming with all natural goodness of abalone, sea cucumber, the balls of all the sea creatures etc etc. A vege-maniac, I was as drawn to the lettuce as Alan was enticed by the fish's crown jewels.

Before dinner, however, we met Uncle Hock at daddy's. He was a Qi-Gong Master who apparently had the power to cure many different ailments. He was transferring some qi to daddy as we entered the flat. And he slapped my semi-swollen ankle (the one I sprained in Japan) afew times painfully as well, to help the swell subside. Alan was subjected next to his treatments and he cured him of his clammy, cold palms! Uncle Hock also told all present in the room that I was the one with the Fu Qi (luck) and quickly I was given the label Cai Shen! Hahaha.

Anyway, it was 11pm when Alan and I reached ONS to meet my long-lost colleagues. Many people turned up - Wee and Dave, Sebas, Leo and Wan Hui, Phyllis, Eileen and bro, Wendy and even Ivy! hahhaha. Unfortunately, the music left much to be desired (even after 2 complaints by us to the waitress). It was only 5mins after we left at ard 1+am that kai the bouncer msged me and reported that the music had improved and many people were on the dance floor gyrating their CNY calories away. By then, we had already left the car park after saying HI HI to halifi and his friend :D

9th February 2008 (Saturday)

We couldn't sleep in much today as there were appointments and obligations to fulfill. I was to meet Siew huang and Jim, Boon Keng and Shermeen, Stephen and Gary for brunch at Bosses, Vivo City. Alan sent me there early as he had to fill one leg at the MJ table.

I went to Star Hub to change my internet plan from unlimited to the flexisurf one and then went shopping at Daiso. Dimsum lunch beckoned and we all chatted and gossiped and caught up with one another. Imagine that this group of us are based in 3 different countries! haahha

After the brunche, Gary and I proceeded to meet another Gary at Bakerz Inn at 2pm. They chatted whilst I pretended not to fall asleep in my chair. Then I collected 2 birthday cakes for my father-in-law's birthday celebration that evening and Sharon my sis-in-law came to fetch me from the bus stop. After a trecherous journey involving some cursing and swearing, we arrived at Jalan Bukit Merah.

Alan quickly relinquished his place at the MJ table, having lost all of one hundred dollars to his grandmother, dad and aunt. I concentrated hard to help him recoup his losses and I must admit, luck was on my side. At the end of the day, I had won $55 and helped my dear husband win back some pride. ahahah.

Dinner was a delicious buffet spread at the corridor. ginseng chicken, pork ribs, scallops, cold dish etc etc. And then there was the Strawberry Cheesecake and the Oreo Cheesecake from Bakerz Inn. My daddy-in-law was a happy man as he turned 61 with so many loved ones around him.

The big event of the day arrived at the end of the day when we all gathered at the long table to invest in a money making venture. Ban Luck. Each of us took turns to 'cherng' at the table, including my 18-year-old sister, who felt the pinch.

It was almost 1am when we reached home that evening.

10th February 2008 (Sunday)

We woke up at around 10am and quickly showered and left the house for Marina Square. Alan wanted to buy some accessories for his D300. At around 1230pm, we met Edwyna, Pearlyn and Pei Ting at Changing Appetites.

I was presented with a lovely jigsaw puzzle from XGG for my belated birthday present - a pic of 2 of us outside the ballroom during Grad Nite '07. :~)

We entertained ourselves with Qian Bian Wen Da Ti whilst pigging out. The girls had desserts whilst Alan and I were starving and ordered the mouth-watering pork ribs to fill our bellies. We laughed and chatted and joked and smiled and soon it was time to say goodbye. With promises to write and send the photographs over, Alan and I went to the cinema to catch Ah Long Pte ltd.

Firstly, even after the $1 discount per ticket, both tickets still cost a hefty $17. ;p And later, sad to say, I fell asleep thrice in the theatre. I don't know if you'd agree with me, but Fann Wong can hardly pass off as a Da Jie with her porcelin skin and her silky hair. Ahhhh Mark Lee, on the other hand, was even gay-er than my gay friend and his Malaysian accent was hilarious. But even so, he couldn't save the plotless show. I give it 1 popcorn/star/ moon.

After the movie, we flew into Golf House to purchase my shoes. Ahhhhhh Thank Heavens I didn't buy them in Malaysia. The Adidas (blue-based with white stripes) pair I bought was sold much cheaper here BEFORE a 20% off. They cost (Alan) slightly less than SGD$100. We also bought gloves and a visor...

LATE was what we were went to got into the car and zoomed down to Chat Masala to have a hearty meal. SGD$177 bought us pilaf rice, raita, mussels, chicken, mutton, chutney, nan etc etc.
And it served 9. Then it was back home to rest and chat.

When the guests left, Alan and I brought Ash to the linear park nearby for a walk.

11th February 2008 (Monday)

I met my longest-time friend (since Sec 1) Daryl for breakfast at Coffee Club -the one outside California fitness in Orchard. We met at 10am and had a good chat. Ladies, this hunkie dory is a good good catch!! He is the only refuting evidence to the saying 'All the Good Ones are Taken". ahhahahaa Till today I still can't tell you why he's unattached. However, he is based currently in gloomy London, doing coporate law.

Then we strode to Royal Scotts, Carousel where a buffet spread beckoned, a treat to the English Department 2007, for winning the Best Contribution Award (hurrah!) 2007. I caught up with Azzie, Kal and the rest amist the dimsum, meats and sweets. The Boss even ordered Andrew and I a birthday cake for a post-birthday celebration! how sweet!!! Thanks guys!

Then I went with Wees to Wisma to buy Malini a bye-bye gift. I couldn't stay for long for MORE pampering was on the list. After choosing a chunky ring very suitable for Hema, I trotted to Body Wellness to claim my birthday treat - a 75mins extravaganza. A body scrub, oatmeal mask and a half an hour back rub with luxurious cream. Ahhhhhh.. When I awoke at 415pm, I felt like the heavens had descended upon me and that floating feeling was amazing.

I met Zesa outside Heeren and she passed her surrogate mum the 2 boxes of kuay lapis (prune and cheese) she had brought back from the flooded jakarta. YUMMY!! We treated our 2 daughters, one more stoned than the other , to Swensen's. and then we walked around Paragon and Lucky Plaza in search of my laptop bag and Alan's D300 accessories.

We next headed for City Hall and did a quick dinner of Beef Noodles Special at the food court upstairs. The standard has dipped somewhat though, and we left not totally satisfied. Then, it was Home Sweet Home, our last night in Singapore (for a long time), to pack for the trip back home.

12th February 2008 (Tuesday)

We flew in a squeezy MAS back to KL and the cab journey back to Sri Tiara was admittedly much shorter in comparison to that to Lanson. After doing a quick unpacking and shoving things into the ample cupboards, we went to Robin's to fetch Jay Jay back.

Jay Jay's skin problem had deteriorated and we immediately brought him to Dr Christopher James at Ikano Power Centre Animal Clinic again. Again, a medicated wash was suggested but this time we shaved him bald first - yes, now Jay Jay looks like a scrawny little white lamb / chihuahua, instead of a maltese. ;p

Our lunch cum dinner was settled at Sushi King where we devoured plates and plates of sushi. Then we brought Jay Jay home after his traumatising time out.

We watched the dvd Signs (mel gibson) at home until it was time for 'trading'. Alan and I went to Mid Valley to meet a 'forumer who was to purchase his D80 and accessories. hahaha Men and their toys!

Anyway, after the successful trade, I had a Hot Vanilla and Alan had a cafe Latte at Coffee Bean and we both shared a Blueberry Muffin.

What a long, eventful and tiring day!!!