Thursday, 21 February 2008

Happy happy CNY =)

Really, cos the fourth generation is coming!! :) Hui is the youngest of our generation and she is already 10 this year. It is timely for more babies :) We'll have two this year - so exciting! :p Think my dear Grams must be even happier.. WT had his ROM last month too - without cutting his afro hair of course! And YQ brought his gf this year - first time after dating for some five years.

Spent the first day like last year. The cousins were chatting in the room with WT taking random pictures with his manual camera when Grams poked her head in and was forced to take a picture with me holding her arm to keep her still =D She was so shy, and felt very very soft, hee! I love this Grams of mine though she had become quite deaf since I saw her a couple of weeks ago.. I had to greet her by almost speaking into her ear. Then she did the same to me and said in my ear, "Geen ni geh zeh ho ang!" Kek?!

This year, we missed Yan - but she called from the UK in the late afternoon and spoke to us. Think I never once called back during CNY when I was away.. Oops.. Anyway.. Dear cousin, shall see you in a few months' time, and yes, with Lim Chee Guan bah kwa!!

Spent the next day very leisurely with Sito. We swam, we went grocery shopping, we cooked, we watched TV, I watched him play Final Fantasy XII. Simple yet strangely fulfilling :)

Although people didn't like to 拜年 on the third day, CY and I did anyway! JT joined us at CY's place. We snapped some pictures of ourselves before I dashed off for tea with KLK. Kok shyly shared his good news :p And credit to him, he didn't 中色轻友 and sent me to PS's house! Brownie points for you la =)

It was like last year again, but this year, ALL the kids could walk and run and laugh and play with one another! TO's daughter finally smiled at me and LH's boy hugged me (cos I gave him yummy stuff; yes, I resorted to bribery :p) - I was happy :) Had a lot of sashimi too on behalf of the three pregnant women.. We were talking baby talk etc (occupational hazard? :p) when attention turned to me..

Mrs PS: So, when is it your turn?
mf: Kek?! Not getting pregnant now lor..
The ladies: No need to get married, just have a baby! :p
Mrs PS: O_O mf: o_O
PS from across the room: What are you all trying to do to her?!

The CNY saga continued one week later when a lot more of us and a few more kids went to RQ's place, which was almost like a trip back to some 50 years ago. His place reminded me of the old clan association where my paternal grandmother was a housekeeper.. Some younger kids were especially fascinated by a vacuum cleaner robot. It looked quite fun and we were imagining WY's cat taking a free ride on it :p

Next was Sito's place. Found him playing FF so I read a magazine and fell asleep :p Slept only four hours the previous night due to work.. Went out for dinner with his family and the food was good! But poor me just couldn't eat much - I have honestly never seen such a big amount of rice left in my bowl =( Think I had only taken two mouthfuls =( I realised that I couldn't eat as much as before this year.. Didn't even snack much - must be age catching up on me ~.~

By right, I should be happy I'm not eating too much but I'm actually worried that I cannot eat much! Not to mention sad cos I love to eat *.* Yes, 女人(可以)是矛盾的 :p

So, end of CNY today.. I like CNY but it is going to be a long wait for the next one man.. But I'm also sure this year will pass very quickly, like last year, as time flies when things are busy.. Think I'll shifting into something worthy of an entry on its own... When I'm next free!

Have a great year ahead! :)

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Introducing.. Sheep =)

Isn't Sheep lovely? :)

And she became good friends with Meh immediately! They looked into each other's eyes and had an understanding..

Eeyore saw them and decided to join in. Even though he was too shy to look them in the eye, he shared an understanding with the ladies :)

Ah... =))

miso: What understanding?!
mf: They love me! :)

Sunday, 10 February 2008

Thank you, Skype!

Has mf gone cuckoo?

No.. Not yet anyway :p

You see, without Skype, I won't be able to apply four different lotions on my face at night while chatting with Sito; I won't be able to apply hand lotion with one hand holding the phone (using my head and shoulder is out of the question cos of the four lotions on my face); we won't be able to play Scramble together (two hands are more efficient) etc...

And most significantly, I won't be now seeing Sito keeping a mouthful of water in his mouth for a full 20 seconds before swallowing it..! かわいいね :)

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Colourful CNY

I was just thinking that I couldn't feel much CNY vibes this year when a chance presented itself this evening - I became Mother's coolie *.*

She bought a few bags of CNY goodies! And a box of mandarin oranges. For some reason, she also picked up an empty cardboard box..

"To put things!"

Hmm, o..k...

Saw pretty flowers when we passed through the wet market. So many people seem to like buying flowers for CNY but we have never done so. We only have a bouquet of fake flowers, which I made a decade or more ago..

During CNY, the supermarket had a extension outside the shop to carry all the goodies - all red and cheery!

I like 八宝豆! Actually I like only certain types of 豆 so we don't buy this; we buy big packets of specific nuts! :p

I couldn't find anything that said what all these ingots were but I guess, chocolate..?

Not far away, I found chocolate wrapped in gold foil but in the shape of 招财猫..

These are preserved squid - so gross and yet so cool at the same time! :p

(Oh, can you see my toe? :p)

年糕! (Oops, my Chinese sucks - almost typed 年高)

While I was standing at the 年糕 area waiting for Mother, I saw this kid carrying a huge box of packet drinks, looking like he was going to fall over anytime. When his mother told him to put the drinks into the shopping basket on the floor, he practically dropped the whole slab onto two cabbages.. And the mother tried to fit the drinks under the basket handles, further pushing down on the cabbages.. Pls correct me if I'm wrong but, don't fresh vegetables rot under all that weight??!

As Mother continued shopping and I continued standing there guarding our basket, the shop decided to change its CD. And I heard CNY songs in English - it was worse than the cheesiest Mandarin ones!! Well, I thought, I finally felt CNY in the air...!

We discussed about reunion dinner. Cos we no longer had an altar, Mother would not need to buy too much food to 拜拜 this year. But she said she would still buy a whole chicken since it was cheaper than to buy separate parts. Since the neighbourhood shops would not resume business until some after CNY and she would not be venturing into town where most shops would re-open by the second day, she said she would also buy lots of other food stuff to last the CNY. Guess the fridge will still be full like last time..

Sito's sister read out my 运辰 the other day - in short, I must watch my diet... But, I just had my first binge of this CNY season - Mother's pineapple tarts :p Will be eating more... Reunion dinner, lunch and dinner with Grams, a few more rounds of visiting, office lunch, and worst of all, Mother will be displaying snacks in the living room..

Man, I really need to do some aerobics now!!


It has stopped raining. Sito said it felt like an autumn day. I thought it was just, well, nice.

I have not felt like this for a while. Cool day, just bright enough with the sun peeking through the rain clouds, music from the radio drowning out the noise from outside my room. And I am relaxed; I've decided that for today, work can wait. This is too lazy an afternoon to think too much..

Suddenly remember that I need to iron my clothes. But I'm feeling so lazy today!! Maybe tonight...

In the meantime, I should really finish my book.. And perhaps, if I feel up to some walking, I'll go catch 27 Dresses :)

Really, I'm just ゴロゴロ around today...

Update: In the end, I felt too lazy to go for the movie :p
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