The last xmas gathering of the yr was held at AL & SL’s hse … for a small planned pot-luck dinner.
Before reaching their place, ST, Sharky and I met up for gift exchange at compass pt.
nike towel for my yoga class / simple yet usable student’s handmade sling bag from BKK
This meal was my only xmas-feel dinner I had this yr.
Seafood salad prepared by ST. Whao! I loved it! Very refreshing and crunchy. I would like to try this out next yr : )
This yummy honey roasted pork ribs from cold storage were sponsored by the-dunno-how-to-cook Sharky and me 😛
Spaghetti prepared by AL & SL. I like the sauce they prepared, with lots of mushrooms and sausages in them ^_^
This is bb xavier … such a tall boy for a 1yr+ old kid. If u noticed the background, he will be having a sibling soon next yr ^___*
To celebrate another year of successful works of the RC, the committee organised this thank you party to all of their members.
This Year End Party was held with the extention of 2 big meeting rooms in our office.
Soon it was time for the lucky draw. It was rather creative of the committee to think of the old-time tikam style of lucky draw dip.
I was the 1st to pick a ‘smiley face’ … which means … ‘I WON!‘ : ) … never expected that though YT kept emphasing I was having luck recently (cos I won the 3rd prize during our dept xmas dinner).
Anyway this S$50 ntuc vouchers had gone to 大妹 … cos they will need more for chipmunk’s milk powder consumption 😀
I had made a post-xmas dinner arrangement with CL and NL. It was quite a ‘last min’ arrangement but arranging with them was ever a swift and easy one, even though I’m the only single one among them and being their workloads so much heavier than mine. It was simply time management that played a great part.
Ok back to our dinner. As both will be ‘slightly’ late (time management crashed … hahaha), I moved into a comfortable seat at the Coffee Toast (again).
Guess it was an easy move for any friends of CL and mine to buy gifts for us. Hello Kitty can be easily found everywhere … hahaha …
Finally we settled down at Azabu Sabo for our dinner.
Deep Fried Ham With Cheese
Oh! I din even realised that I din get to taste the cheese at all. they tasted like breaded sandwiches to me.
wah! this dish has gone DOWN SIZED! I supposed flour price had really affected them too. **sigh**
Teriyaki Chicken Set
my order … but no comments 😦
Katsu Curry Set
No different from a sefl-microwaved japanese curry meal.
Cheese Burger Steak & Plum Flavour Rice
the burger steak was ok but the supposedly plum taste rice tasted bland
as usual, I only like the mattcha ice-cream
Hot-ball With Brown Sugar
A confusing taste … sweet potatos have been my all time fav but this dish disappointed me.
After the disappointing meal (now I know why I frequented Waraku instead :P), we went for the supposed-to-be shopping spree cos everywhere was having slashing down post-xmas sales. But because our dinner ended rather late, we could only shop at Topshop and no others. I had no shopping mood though … cos my wallet had been slashed tremendously after my trip to Hokkaido was confirmed @_@
brought these nice-looking chocolates given by Amara htl to share with them … ugly looking chocolates might taste so much better than these … cos these were FAR TOO SWEET … so much so that we need to drain down our throat with water @_@
It was time of the yr where we will gather to celebrate xmas. However this yr (it has been so all the time) was extremely difficult to organise cos responses were extremely slow.
I had ‘stepped down’ from being one of the organisers this yr. Wat I can say is … being able to organise doesn’t mean one is VERY FREE.
Anyway thanks to Cat’s effort in organising this gathering even though there were so much obstacles to clear. 辛苦你了!
And since the gathering was quite near to 大妹 hse, and here I dropped by again, for Little chipmunk was finally back to settle down into his own hse … and onto the bb cot I bought ^____*
these are part of the gifts placed on my desk before I stepped in (wrapped up of cos). kinda same tone colours huh?!
received this log cake from Amara hotel … chocolate flavour … smooth and melt in the mouth … yummy ^__^
This yr seems rather special cos office declared half day on xmas eve, and so I got to go to 大妹 hse in the afternoon. And it was then that I finally get to see the bb cot sponsored by me … so sweet wor =P
Initially we planned just to put down the groceries we bought at her hse, cos from tomorrow onwards, 妈咪 will move in to take care of little chipmunk for about a mth (returning bk hm over the weekends … for resting ^_*). So after the ‘invitation’ from T to visit little chipmunk at his mum’s place, without much thought, we ‘dashed’ down to see little chipmunk ^____^
Heard from them that he had been crying constantly in the middle of the nite. Poor boy! … yst crowd might have frightened him up.
This seems to be the most comfortable position for him … so cuteeeeee ^__________^
It’s time to declare BB officially 1mth old … somehow the more I look at him, the more I feel he resembled the disney characters, the chipmunks =P
looking at his ‘hairstyle’, one wouldn’t have difficulty imagining how he will look like when he turned 40s 😛 …
a proper haircut will be done when he turned 4 mth old 😀
As early as 9am (sunday u know), 妈咪 and I went down to the celebration place (T’s parents hse) with the ang ku kueh for the auspicious 10am praying session.
大舅 and SY couldn’t join us for the party which started around 12noon cos they had to catch the 2pm coach back to melaka. Daddy accompanied them to the terminal instead before coming over for the party.
Little chipmunk (no longer astroboy jr ^_*) was extremely guai during the whole party session of almost 60pax, and had been carried by a lot of strangers (to him). T said he was very ‘cooperative’ ^_*
However, as the evening getting near, he started making noise and cry non-stop no matter how we cuddled him. Poor boy : (
In just less than a mth, I was once again posing as an unofficial tour guide to yet another relatives of mine for this xmas season. And the itinerary was 99% same 😛
20 Dec Thurs
Upon their arrival, me, together with 妈咪, brought them to Wongkok Char Chan Teng for a late lunch.
This dunno wat 猪扒包 was very tasty. My fav man! slurp! : P
Some uninteresting dishes ordered by the 3 of them ~_~
小妹 who was working in the region joined us for her late lunch too. Had a taste of her spaghetti which cheesy taste was just nice for my liking : )
One of the items in their agenda for this trip was of course … to see sweetie pie ^____^
21 Dec Fri
After the main item of the trip agenda was settled in Shenton Way, we brought them to Vivo and Harbourfront. I din accompanied them too long cos I was to meet up with SK at Cityhall in the evening for the monologue, First Intimate Contact.
while waiting for SK, I was attracted to a crowd ahead infront of Breaktalk … new gimmick huh …
I have been rushing thru the novel before going for the monologue, but still couldn’t finish it on time 😦
22 Dec Sat
Today is chinese 冬至, a time to gather … and eat 汤圆. It’s oso a day where sweetie pie will be visiting our hse for the first time, and be offering prayers to our ancestors and Goddess of Mercy before his full mth celebration held on the following day.
Last agenda, a trip down to the main xmas atmosphere place … Orchard Road.
大舅 recalled how I used to led a grp of 16 pax (with them inclusive) around, walking from Cityhall to Orchard main road during the xmas season 11yrs ago. Same sentimental, the xmas atmosphere simply diminishing as yrs go by. Somehow, I still like those yrs where there were xmas deco competitions going around. Now it simply seems like shopping malls were putting up season’s deco just for the sake of showing … there was no feel nor creativity in them.
Centrepoint @ 2007 xmas
Do you see the different?
I was back at Waraku @ Central AGAIN … and ordered the SAME OLD Cha Sabo. And of course the Tonkatsu Set and Okonomi Yaki order were recommended by me 😛
Something new this round …
simply crispy and yummy
Shiratama Macha Monaka Ice-cream (S$5.80)
simply consisted of red bean paste, mochi balls and of cos the Macha ice-cream.
Conclusion? I still prefer Azabo Sabo’s ice-cream. The clam shell biscuit wasn’t crispy at all, and I dun like mochi balls 😀
Upon making payment at the counter, I darely approached the friendly staff for 3 free wind-up toys which were supposed to be given out to kids 😛
After our dinner, we went for some xmas shots … at the same ‘old’ xmas tree @_@
SK picked up quite well on the 三连拍-ways of pix taking … but no improvement from YT ~_~
very cloudy nite … some SB-42 were seen flying at the background but my camera couldn’t capture them well 😦
Not wanting to end the nite so early, we decided to walk down to Cityhall mrt station … a good way to digest the heavy dinner we just had too =P
xmas deco outside Excelsior Hotel