Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Happy 牛 year!

This Ox year offers opportunities for people to play with words :) I like the banner "牛"转乾坤 seen in Chinatown, which seems rather "ox"picious in this economic climate..

Met CY for lunch on CNY eve. Girly session with lunch and lastminute shopping. Didn't have a lot for dinner though I had quite a bit of snacks that night :p Maybe that was why I slept very late - this must be my latest CNY eve in years!

So yesterday, we gathered in the little flat for steamboat lunch again. Grams and Aunt were busy as usual, soup and meat and fish and more soup and vegetables and prawns.

What was different this year was that we had two new babies!

First was nine-month-old Jovi, who was all smiley - until someone got too close. She was scared! She didn't wail but she cried through pursed lips. So poor thing...

Next was three-month-old Rianne, who was all smiley and let everyone carry her. But I was scared - cos she grabbed my hair =( So poor thing - me..!

Went to watch Inkheart with Sito in the late afternoon - and missed the call from Yan!! Yan, happy CNY!

And today, CY and I visited each other in the morning before KLunch with JT. Our last three songs were Endless Story, 想念你的歌 and If I'm Not In Love With You - yup, same tune :p

For some reason, we were rather tired and sleepy at the end of it.. I was planning to take a nap at home but some relatives were around and they were really loud even with my door closed... So I went on a journey to the west :p

I'm very sleepy now. Maybe I should sleep by 11 pm tonight. After all, 明天要开工了!!

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Soaking it in

We started early today yesterday. With java chip frap from Starbucks :p

Settled some admin stuff before heading for a yummy lunch at Min Jiang. But I was such a pig that I got hungry halfway through dance lesson... We shared some bak kut teh nearby - happy cos I hadn't had that for ages! Since Constance and I watched Eternal Sunshine on a Spotless Mind in Balestier n years ago..

Hopped on bus to Chinatown - realised that all these years, we had not taken a bus from that bus stop right outside the dance school! Usually we walked or took the NEL to Chinatown..

Walked the area for a while - must soak in the atmosphere else CNY seems to feel less festive with (gasp!) age..

There were a lot of people and a lot of CNY goodies! I bought some :)) The Lim Chee Guan bak kwa queue was terrible but by the time we finished foot reflexology, it was gone.. Then we realised that the big pieces were gone, just the broken pieces left. No difference to us for personal consumption! We left happily with bak kwa :)

The foot reflexology place was still as good as ever. Two girls attended to us - they were good! And quite funny too.. During the round-up back massage:

mf; Itchy!
Girl: Then get him (gesturing to Sito) to do for you...!

The crowd in Chinatown started to gather en masse and we escaped to..Vivo :p

There was this new National Geographic place. They got some cool stuff, like a lighted globe, fake dissected frog.. Ok, nerdy.. .. It would be fun spotting countries but I'm not sure about the frog..

Had Shin Kushiya for dinner. The tofu steak was so good! And I developed a craving for sushi after seeing the chef make lots of them as we were seated at the counter.. When we finished, YY walked in! So qiao :)

Loitered a little in Page One, looking at magazines and stuff, debating the merits of a shower curtain vs. a dividing door, trying to find the name of the lead character in 笑傲江湖 (but we never even found the book! It was 令狐沖 in any case..), drooling over Japanese recipes (ok, that was just mf)

And I was telling Sito that each of the first characters of Louis Cha's novels could be put together into a poem. Here goes:

Roughly: (from wiki)
Shooting a white deer, snow flutters around the skies;
Smiling, [one] writes about the divine chivalrous one, leaning against bluish lovebirds (or lover)

I used to read his novels during GP lessons :p

And in Oxford, I finished reading Dreams of the Red Chamber and drew up a family tree.. That was quite amazing but..where is that family tree now?!

Anyway, I have digressed from talking about CNY..

This year, with the Budget cycle being brought forward to January/February, I actually have work at the back of my mind. When we get back on Wednesday, it's full swing preparation for the debate! But until then, I have decided that Blacky dopod will not follow me to 拜年 =D

Have a good one!

Sunday, 11 January 2009

A nostalgic moment realised once more

Was reminiscing with Yan just now, how we would play in kindergarten, come home, pick up the phone and carry on!

mf: It seemed only yesterday when we were singing with each other on the phone..
Yan: And describing our ideal houses!

And last night, 24 years later, I was on the phone once more on the topic of how our ideal house would be like. Nice :)

Saturday, 10 January 2009

mf is 29!

This year will mark yet another milestone in my life. There will be a number of happenings, in life, in work, in personal growth. And I'm excited! :)

Sito, thanks for being with me :)
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