Saturday, May 3, 2008

More Sins

28 April 2008 (Tuesday)

Today was exciting. I was due to meet my "long-lost" friend. I hadn't met Ryan in years ( at least 3 ) and we were slated to catch up at Bakerzin at Paragon. I was of course fashionably late ( I still refused to take a cab even though I had missed the bus) and strode violently under the scorching sun to Paragon from Orchard Mrt.

Like super good friends, the years of absence did not cause too long a period of awkward silence and we quickly gave each other a summary of our lives over the past few years. It was really fun and we reminisced about the good ol' days...

It was around 3+pm when he had to leave and we promised to meet up more often and not wait till three years later to arrange another meeting. (I've realised something: Friends make more effort to meet up with me since I am located so far away...haahah).

After Ryan left, I proceeded to shop around in Orchard road whilst waiting for my dinner appointment-makers. After hitting tangs and far east plaza, I still turned up amazingly empty-handed at the dinner venue. Restaurant Ayam Bakar at Lucky Plaza.

My NIE friends Yati and Nana were to dine with me there and Alan joined us after his short booze session with his Boss. We chatted and ate and forgot to take photographs (hence explaining the lack of pictures in this entry) and updates were shared as well.

30 April 2008 ( Wednesday)

Vince picked me up for a breakfast meet-up and we chatted for almost 2 hours at Kiliney Kopitiam near my house. The meesiam was satisfying and the teh si delicious.

Afterwhich I rushed home to shower (again- yes I am a clean freak) and then headed to Clarke Quay Carpenter road for my (free) facial. I had done a survey recently whilst waiting for my mum outside PS and now I was rewarded a facial for me to try this BF parlour's products / services.

The beautician got me to change and lie down and then started to cleanse my face. Almost immediately, she tried to hard sell me some oxygen facial to be done hand in hand with my own free facial. I shook my head politely and told her that I had purchased a package somewhere else already and was just there to try their services. She however, ignored me and spent the next 15mins going on and on about what she was trying to promote me. In the end, I still ended up victorious and left the spa with my face intact and not having spent a single cent. (applause pls)

I shopped a lil at Central then left to meet Mum at Centrepoint after her own facial. We waited and Alan joined us and we had lunch at Eatz at the basement. The noodles wasn't too bad and after that we went for a movie - Iron Man! It's cool. Go catch it! UOB was giving a discount as well and each tic only cost $6! How touching!

Then we had dinner at Siglap fishhead steamboat and relived the ol' times. Yum.

1 May 2008 (Thursday and Labour day)

We woke up late and relished the sleep in. Then Alan and I decided to hit the shops. We went to Raffles City and then to Vivo City before going to chinatown for an hour of massage. *Delicious* Then we went to fetch my mum from her work place and went home for a feast.

My father-in-law had tapaoed a roasted duck and my mum had bought a whole mountain of food for dinner. Yam basket, pig's trotters, vege, fried egg etc lined our table and my in-laws (including sis-in-law n future husband) and all of us feasted. It was absolutely sinful. :(

2 May 2008 (Friday)

I had arranged to meet Gary and Stephen at Plaza Sing Bakerzin without realising it had closed down / moved... In the end, Stephen didn't get my message stating change of venue and he didn't turn up!

After lunch with Gary, I took a bus quickly down to Suntec to meet the girls. They were however going to be (very) late and therefore I went to entertain myself first. In the end, Because they were late, I bought 2 polo-tees (for golf) and 1 t-shirt (for tuition use) and 1 pair of sport socks. Hahaha. *sigh* I have such lousy will power.

Finally, they all turned up (45mins late) and we decided (after 5 laps around the fountain) to eat at Surf N Turf. A Lousy choice it turned out to be. The food wasn't very special and tasty. But the company made up entirely for it. We laughed at weird jokes (peiting's of course) and "chickennutbread" hahahaa. and then took stupid photos for the rest of the night.

The girls were so sweet and snatched my credit cards away (after I whipped them out one by one) and insisted on treating me to dinner. So I treated them to Yammi Yoghurt which I was having a craving for.

After that, Alan joined us and we drove around looking for a bowling alley. We ended up at ECP Marine Bowl, amist many weird-looking, threatening people. We thankfully were given a corner lane and started our game.

That evening, we realised (a) Edwyna cannot bowl for nutz , (b) Pearlyn's balls are straight and powerful , (c) Peiting loses her touch after her fourth frame and (d) Ms Sharon Goh can win her husband in bowling.

Hahhaha. It was almost 2am after we sent all the gin nahs back home. Peiting to Tanjong Pagar, Edwyna to Teban Gardens and lastly Pearlyn to Hougang. Oh my god. However, the greed just took over at 145am and Alan and I adjourned to the meepok stall along East Coast Road to satisfy our cravings and hunger pangs. hHahhahaa.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

More tete-a-tete!

Dear all,

When we meet up over the next few days, please remind me that my waistline is thickening and that I should just order a salad and a hot tea when we engage in our mindless chatter. Hahaha. It's true. The catching-up has taken its toil on my physique and I'd dread to return to KL a pudgy, shapeless housewife. Let's take yesterday for example...

I lounged around the house until it was time to leave and then took a bus to Doby Ghaut. I stormed across to Plaza Sing in the dreadful heat (no wonder I don't leave my apartment in KL) and started shopping with nothing in mind.

In the end, I hit Daiso and picked up some gems. Bought some stuff for Hayden as well which we can use during our lessons. Hahhaha. Oh yah, by the way, his mum emailed me and requested for 2 - 3 lessons whilst we are both in Singapore!!! I am amazed. I've never given lessons to a kid in two different countries before! Ma Ma Mi Ah!

Anyway, I suggested that she bring him down to my place on Friday and Saturday morning 9-1030am cos those are the only time slots that can be squeezed outta my busy (pigging-out) schedule!! xp We shall see if she's keen.

Sorry digressed again...

Well, after Daiso, it was time to leave and adjourn to Parkmall Olio Dome to catch up with Kala and Hema. (Azline developed a headache after choosing that ulu place with nothing to do, and decided not to gimme face and join us in the end..) Look what marking does to you babe? Hahaa Hema, of cos, looked much more relaxed than Kava, who seemed as though she was counting down the seconds to going home to mark. HAhahahhaa. (I just realised that Life is Beautiful!)

After finishing a tandori chicken tortilla wrap (says defensively," I didn't have lunch you knoW?) and sharing a cheesecake ( omg it's a good way to die), Malini sent me to Paragon. I had an hour and a half or so to kill so I roamed around. There was a lovely dress on sale at POA but I didn't buy it. (tahan) and nothing was attractive at Muji and I decided to just wait outside Sushi Tei for our two siginnahs and their daddy to arrive.

It was around 8+pm when four famished fools sat down to dinner and of course we ordered like we were 8 famished fools. There was a big steamboat of chicken and seafood nabe (YuM), sashimi salad, salmon belly soup, beef slice rolled with mushrooms, mango and king prawn sushi,1 curry rice, 1 unagi rice and 2 noodles. Oh oh, there were approx 4 plates of sushi too. hahahhaa. The bill came up to be $145 and our bellies roared in approval.

At approximately 945pm, we bade the two "little" girls farewell and went our separate ways.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Post Weekend Trauma

Friday 25th April 2008

I took a bus downtown to PS to meet my mum for a tete-a-tete. We had a quick lunch at the food court where I was disappointed by the beef noodles (Raffles City's is MUCH better) and then went to watch Jackie and Jet battle it out in the movies.

One takeaway that I got from the movie Forbidden Kingdom was that the two cheena martial arts experts had really improved on their English by leaps and bounds. And watching them splutter our English sentences wasn't as painful as before. :D

After the movie, we made our rounds at PS searching for things to buy. We bought some food back for my poor little deprived sister (staying in NUS hall) and then took a bus home.

After my shower, I waited patiently for Alan to come home and then both of us (and two big boxes of fried rice) made our way to West Coast, Blue Horizon for a 4C1 (2005) gathering. Ahhhh those were the good ol' days. As the form teacher of that particular class, I did not have to raise my voice more than once in two years. Forms were collected promptly and the treasurer, my dearest Rusana, would hand me money that she had collected from the class outta her own initiative. (The form teacher could just sleep-in and all the work would be done!!! What a breeze!) That class was truly my best-est form class ever in all my years in Crescent. And the interesting thing was, no one had changed much throughout the years! HAhahaha they all looked the same!

We munched on otah, prawns, donuts and watnots all placed in front of us and Elaine (Chua) and I chatted incessantly whilst Alan busied himself with his D300, as the official photographer of the party. ahahhaha. Girls, I shall place the photos on Facebook when I return to KL. Give me some time. ahahhhaa.

Thanks Crystal and XiaoQi for organizing this party. :) We all had a good time (frolicking in the pool much to the wrath of the security guard).

Saturday 26th April

All of us got up around 9+am and we went to the temple near my place to 'receive' my great-grandmother. She had been buried at a cemetry in Mandai and now, after exhumation and cremation, she lies in an urn next to her husband in this temple in Jalan Senang.

After this religious ceremony, my whole family adjourned to Katong Shopping Centre to get fat. We ordered half a roast chicken and half a white chicken etc and each had a plate of chicken rice. *munch munch* Then I bought some cakes and tarts for our mini gathering at BK's house.

The drive to Canberra was long and tedious and I was amazed to see Canberra Link placed next to Johor Bahru on our GPS! *Gasp* Stephen was already grumbling when we arrived so I shut his mouth with an egg tart specially bought for him. hahaha.

Then the games began.... and we left (bidding bye to the Chinchillas) at around 10-ish pm. We all also realised that we were all getting old...Last time we could sit and play for the longest time, till the wee hours of the morning. But now? It's sufficient to say that that night, all of us suffered somewhat from muscular trauma.

Alan and I took a drink at the nearby coffeeshop admist a match of Chelsea Vs Man-U. The throngs of people from all lower rungs of society made us feel very much at home in Singapore. Ahahahaha. Somehow, one doesn't feel that much threatened by the Ah Bengs in Singapore than in Malaysia. AHahahahha Sheesh.

Sunday 27th April

We went to Marina Square after a sinful brunch that Mum had bought home. Alan was disappointed by the bad service of Cathay but picked up many "ang gong kiahs" to put on his Crocs. The total cost of the ang gong kiahs can buy me a pair of Crocs - you understand my trauma now? hahahah. *shake head*

We went to Cafe Cartel for a horrendously sinful milkshake each and then went to fetch TK and then hit Vivo City for a short shopping escapade.

Then it was off to Da Shanghai at Grand Corpthorne where another feast began. Peking duck, ham and wanton soup, jelly fish etc lined our table and we all tucked in heartily. My mother-in-law said I put on weight and my sister-in-law's future mother-in-law said I have grown prettier (due to "love's nourishment". ahem ahem). How can the two descriptions co-exist in our world??? AHhhh I digress...