Archive for January, 2009

Hort Park

January 31, 2009
From this....
From this….

We were at the Hort Park today and was really blessed to have enjoyed a free guided tour. We were told that on other days, visitors will have to pay S$4 to have a guide and a minimum of 15pax. Our guide, Anne, is a young and pretty girl who seems to really know her plants and trees and plants. It was quite interesting knowing about the plants etc.  Despite Anne’s several attempts to warm up to Rae, she remained cool and stood far behind the group of Korean kids and at one point, was grumbling about the long walk and that she was hungry.

...to this Ms grumpy

...to this Ms grumpy

..to this...

..to this...

She finally decided that the young and pretty guide was worth giving a second chance! For the rest of the 30mins tour, she abandon us behind while she led the group with Anne.
The Bamboo lybrineth

The Bamboo labyrinth

My fave!

My fave!

The forbidden glass house

The forbidden glass house

The inhibitants

The inhabitants

Nice!

Nice!

We enjoyed ourselves but left almost immediately after the 1hour15mins tour as we were all starving! Left for Ikea where we filled our rumbling tums and did some shopping (nope, we didn’t buy the whole shop!) . Took a coffee break at Anchor Point where some obnoxious China worker gave me an attitude and I gave it right back to her (roll eyes)
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Should have dieted yesterday

January 30, 2009
Ops, I think I OD-ed on the Pineapple tarts. Look at my roundish face!!!

Ops, I think I OD-ed on the Pineapple tarts. Look at my roundish face!!!

Strike a pose, voluntarily

January 29, 2009
"Can you take a photo of me and the ball behind?"

"Can you take a photo of me and the ball behind?"

The meaning of Reunion Dinner…

January 28, 2009

….according to Rae “go to other people’s house to eat.”

I think we’ve had so many rounds of reunion dinner at different sets of families’ place, she’s gotten confused.

Ps: She can’t pronounce “Reunion’ properly so it’s “renewal dinner” when she says it. Quite funny!

Protected: “Can you spot her?”

January 28, 2009

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First day of CNY

January 28, 2009

We set out early at 7.45am to be at my mum’s for breakie before heading to my inlaws. This year, Rae* was made to serve tea before she was given the ang bao.  I stood watching how reluctant Rae did it, and wonder why this has to be done. I have no answers, the family isn’t all that traditional to begin with and such acts are no longer carried out in most households. Perhaps only with super oldies.  Some (2) people were late again and this time, even better, no reasons were given and of course, no one should expect them to give a reason. I was so pissed having to wait for them again, I deliberately checked my watch when they looked my way.

Rushed off to Balmoral to meet the rest of the family (FIL side) where more chaos continued.  I couldn’t believe my ears when Uncle y suggested a family portrait! It took about 10mins to get the young (youngest being 12months old) to the oldest (walking oldest would be close to 70?), and it took the poor helper who had to prop herself on the latch between pots of dying plants to take the photos for us with about 7 cameras.  PR-ed around for about 1.5hours and we left for Mama’s place at Shanghai Road.  Good thing it was all in town around, so travelling wasn’t so bad. The (2) people who were late were not late this time, because they didn’t even turn up!!

Had a good lunch at Mama’s where mummy(mil), Ah Ee and family and just (1) of the (2) turned up. Lunch was about tracing the family tree, where I found out there were about 2 nut cases in Hubba’s side of the family (gasp), and Rae is about 30% Peranakan (smile).  Some (1) person was sick but had enough energy to visit an outsider but no energy to come over to grand in-laws. Food for thought.

Visited my maternal grandma who kept repeating herself throughout the 1.5hour visit. I actually felt bad when I announced that we were leaving because she sounded disappointed. She did try to wrangle a next visit out of me, but I managed to ‘siam’ answering. Don’t want to keep her hopes high. I am not close to her and history with my mum’s family hasn’t been great so I try to avoid contacts except for CNYs and funerals. 

*Was downloading the photos and saw Rae’s awkward face and body posture when she served the tea, and I felt a prick in my heart. She now has to endured this every CNY, and she doesn’t even understand the meaning of serving the tea. I’ve always make sure we explain why she has to do certain things, so she knows exactly why she do them. You know I can’t answer her if she questions me about the meaning of serving tea to them. I don’t even make her serve me tea for goodness sake, and I am her mum, who should get the honour of being served first, if we do believe in this act. I’ve just been robbed of that honour! Its unbelievable….