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Sunday, 31 August 2008
Soon, my other friends started arriving. We were catching up and taking photos with each other. It is not often that we meet up as everyone is busy with work, lol. :) The wedding lunch started just a little behind time with the wedding march in, the pouring of the champagne, the thank you speech by the wedding couple and lunch!
There were cold dish combo, abalone soup, roast chicken, steamed seabass and braised ee fu noodle. And not forgetting my favourite dish of the meal and my girls' too, dessert. Instead of the usual dessert as one dish, this was a buffet dessert!! :) Yup my girls and I were in dessert heaven lol. :P The dessert buffet had black forest wuth cherries, mini fruit tartlets, mini eclairs with pistachio, creme brulee with chempedak and mango mousse. Most delicious and sweet!! However my friends kept their eagle eyes on me so I didn't and couldn't eat much of the lovely desserts, lol. They are concerned for my health. :)
We continued catching up with one another and taking photos with each other, lol. We left when we realised we were the last guests, haha. :P But we have made plans to meet up real soon. :)
Saturday, 30 August 2008
We were at Isetan Scotts and I was buying a mesh storage bag for the cables for my electrical gadgets. She was just chanting "I want to eat fried rice" over and over again. In the end, we went to Su Korean restaurant, Far East Plaza. Well, it has really good value for money set lunches and delicious too. :) We shared a Fast Lunch @ $8 - Seafood Fried Rice and we could either have side dishes or soup to go along with our fried rice. We ordered the side dishes cos I love the side dishes lol.
After a good meal, all Juliane craved was "Can we go home now?", hahaha. Ok, I ceded to her wish and we got home around 1:30pm. :) Actually, she helped me to save money by wanting to go home or else I would have bought something hahaha. :P
Friday, 29 August 2008
I had initially wanted Sony Ericsson Xperia but it's only for sale at end of the year or early next year. I also looked at htc diamond but I realised I didn't really like the touch screen technology. I still prefer having a Qwerty keypad. :P
Most happy! My Treo Pro will be on sale next month. :) Here is the link http://www.palm.com/us/products/smartphones/treopro/ for more information on the smartphone. It looks really sleek and chic too, lol. :)
Thursday, 28 August 2008
But I think exhaustion finally caught up with them hahaha. Marieann was asleep when I came home from work at 7pm. Juliane was still up and about but she knocked off at once when it was her bedtime at 9pm. Well, I couldn't resist taking a nap too after I got home. I was very tired as I only had less than 4 hours of sleep because of the fire.
When I came home, there was still the smoky smell of last night's fire in the building. There was also a damp (mouldy) smell in the air, probably because of the water used to put out the fire. Of course, it didn't help that it has been raining these past few days. The lift's doors also became squeaky, probably water got into the gears or something.
Hopefully the smell will be gone in a couple of days, and we will also know what was the cause of the fire.
I only went to bed close to 2:30am. Soon after, I heard sirens and then shoutings. At first, I thought there was a fight and the police was called in. My parents were woken up too. The three of us looked out the window and saw two fire engines, 3 police cars downstairs and quite a crowd of our neighbours standing around at the carpark. This was how our trilogue went: (can't really remember who said what)
Hrmm, there's a fire?!
Oh yar, can smell the smoke.
Do we go downstairs too?
Why so kaypoh go downstairs?
Oi, fire leh, don't play play.
What about the kids? Wake them up or carry them down?
Wait, check where is the fire first. Then we bring the kids down.
Go wake up the maid and the girls' father too.
Wah he is still sleeping?! How come he didn't hear anything??!! (me)
Ok, I will carry the younger one. But I change first! I would rather die than to be seen in public in my Tweety nightshirt! (me)
As I was carrying Juliane down 9 flights of stairs, there were police knocking on doors and evacuating our neighbours unit by unit, floor by floor. At the carpark, the police took down details of which unit we were from and if everyone was out of the unit and we were told to wait for further instructions from the police and the fire department. Everyone were just hanging around at the carpark, and I had Juliane hanging on me! I carried her in my arms for close to an hour. My arms are DYING!!! Neighbours were making small talks with each other, wondering how the fire got started,... The adults were fairly concerned but I think the kids actually enjoyed the drama. The kids were just running around, playing, laughing... even my own kids thought it was fun and exciting. Oh dear. Have to educate them in the morning about the dangers of fire.
By about 3:20am, we were informed by the police that the fire had been put out but we have to wait for the fire department to declare it safe before we can return to our apartments. Ok, some more waiting.. Although the fire has been put out, we could still see smoke coming out from the 7th floor apartment on and off. We could also see the firemen going into the apartment again and again to check for possible reignited sparks. Finally, at about 3:50am, we were given the all clear to return to our apartments and the police took down our details again. I carried Juliane up 9 flight of stairs because I didn't dare to try taking the lift. MY POOR ARMS! :S
I am too awake to go back to sleep so I am blogging about it now. If you see me tomorrow with panda eyes, you know why and please excuse me. It's 4:45am now. There is still a fire engine downstairs, probably for safety precaution, in case the fire started up again(?!). And we are all very lucky because it just started raining. If it had rained earlier, we would all have been caught in the rain. Thank goodness!
What a night. What a drama. What a panda-looking me!
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
I was counselling in school. At one of the sessions, the HOD PC came by and asked me to step outside the room for a while. Thinking she might have a new case or some information to share about one of the counsellees, I hurried out. To my surprise, she handed me a bar of chocolate and a laminated paper covered with students' writing. It is my Teachers' Day gift from my counsellees!
When I looked at the paper in between sessions, I am really touched by what the girls have written! Their show of appreciation, even if it is just in a few lines of words, is reward enough for me! For the whole day, I am really happy that I have been able to do something for these girls, and that they know that I am trying my best to help them. :) This is the joy of counselling!
Here is what some of them have written:
"Thanks for listening to me and giving me advice :)"
"Thanks for counselling me. I have learnt a lot from you."
"Happy Teachers' Day! Thanks for helping me to be a better person! You are the best counsellor! :)"
"Happy Teachers' Day! Thank you so much."
"Happy Teachers' Day! I love you!"
Thank you, Girls for your lovely words of appreciation. I will treasure them for a long time to come. :)
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Thank you, Jia Qi and Heather. I really appreciated it. I hope you girls will do well for the competition and for your studies. :)
Monday, 25 August 2008
Sunday, 24 August 2008
We had lunch at this restaurant and bar called Wood. At 12:35pm, there were only two tables including ours. Due to the restaurant policy, I can't take photos of their food. It is just as well because we were disappointed with our food. I went for the 3-course set lunch $35 which had a spinach salad with Chinese sausage and quail egg, hot pan seafood spaghetti with clams and prawn and lychee and mint granite with jelly. The salad was ordinary and spicy so I didn't finish it. I love pasta but I was sorely disappointed with this one. It was extremely salty and peppery and there was only one prawn. The only plus point was that they gave a generous portion of clams. I only managed to eat half of my spaghetti before the saltiness was just too much to take. The dessert was the most disappointing. The waiter told me it was lychee and mint sorbet but it was lychee and mint blended in ice with some tiny cubes of jelly. SIGH. For the first time in my life, I never finished any of my dishes. The girls' father's salad was also ordinary and his salmon was hardly filling for him. In the end, both of us had to eat the Wild Mushroom Pizza ($26) which we ordered for the girls. The pizza was the only winner, thin crust with mushroom and cheese. But then, it is over priced for a vegetarian pizza.
Overall, we felt the food was ordinary and over priced. The service was quite slow even though there were only three tables. We definitely won't be coming back here. By the time we left the restaurant, there were only two tables including the table that was there when we arrived. That says a lot.
We went home after a disappointing lunch. As it was raining, what better way is there to spend the rest of the afternoon than sleep? Lol.
Saturday, 23 August 2008
Despite having a rest in the earlier part of the night, I am still exhausted. Yes, still EXHAUSTED!
Friday, 22 August 2008
There is an important event tomorrow. I am restless because of it. I think I will do some light reading, the graphic novels I recently borrowed. Hopefully, they will relax me. If not, I might just watch some DVDs, Buffy or Angel or Battlestar Galactica...
I am restless...
Thursday, 21 August 2008
|You See the World Through Orange Colored Glasses|
You live your live with enthusiasm. You enjoy what you have, and you are determined to live a happy life.
With my second chance in life, of course, live it to its fullest and be happy. :)
You judge all your interactions through the lens of curiosity. You are genuinely interested in other people and tend not to be judgmental.
Yar, I am very curious or nosy or kaypoh, depending on how you look at it, haha. :P
You face challenges with a playful attitude. You are determined to succeed, and a part of you enjoys any challenge.
Why be so serious? Only live life once, whatmore I have my second chance. Challenges can be fun and it definitely enriches my life.
You see love as the utmost expression of creativity. For you, love is about building a unique and interesting life together.
At your worst, you are irritable and burned out. Sometimes you burn too brightly.
You are happiest when you are given free reign to explore, create, and play.
Oh YES! Be it work or leisure. :)
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Sigh. Still no sign of the graphic novel: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol 2. I hope it comes out soon. I managed to borrow the graphic novels: The New Fantastic Four, Ms Marvel, Outsiders and Annihilation Book 1. I borrowed another novel by Tess Gerritsen called The Mephisto Club. It sounds thrilling. I also got another book, The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury. It also looks interesting. I like stories that have action, history, and mystery running through them. :)
These will be nice distraction from my writing lol. :P
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
|You Are the Guru|
You are a naturally good counselor. You are inspiring, encouraging, and compassionate.
Thanks. But as a counsellor, one would have to be encouraging and compassionate. I guess in a way, my personality chose the work that I now do - being a counsellor.
You are eager to help everyone who crosses your path, even those who don't want to be helped.
Some would say I am nosy, lol.
You are a natural healer. People feel at peace when they are with you.
In a way because counsellors guide the clients to find their own answers and as a result, "heal" the clients and let them find peace.
You are so good for people, in fact, that they go through withdrawal once you're gone.
Yar, when I was away in March, my friends said the silence was deafening, haha. :P
You quietly do your own thing, without openly resisting. You secretly try to fix every problem.
Depends cos I am also chili padi, lol. :P
Your biggest regret is not being able to help as many people as you'd like.
Sigh, sometimes, especially with the children.
Monday, 18 August 2008
1. Be "zen" and do nothing about it.
2. Be passive but yet lament about it.
3. Be active and do something about it.
I find people are often either 1. or 2. Somehow, they are afraid to do something about things they aren't happy. They either accept things passively without questions or they complain about things but don't do anything about it, expecting someone else might do something about it. Why are they lacking in this courage or strength to stand up for their own rights, for their own principles? What are they afraid of??
You may say I am throwing stones at others, what about me? I am proud to say I do things about it. Most of my friends would know what I have done for the situation at my estate. A few friends have said "Why you try so hard? What's the point?". I am glad that I have more friends who are supportive of my actions and have given me encouragement from time to time. Today, I received a phone call from an old classmate. Thanks, Chung. I really appreciate your call. I can still remember clearly her words before she hung up, "Jia yu, jia yu, jia yu!". Another friend is helping out too, looking through some things for me. I really appreciate all these help from my friends. They do give me the strength to continue standing up for what I believe in.
Sometimes, you can't back down from something, no matter how great the forces. Sometimes, you have to stand and fight for something, no matter how daunting the prospects are. Sometimes, you just have to do it. I believe I should stand up for my rights, for my principles. I am willing to do something about it. At least if things don't succeed, I know I have done my best and I have not betrayed myself.
Sunday, 17 August 2008
Although there were still plenty of space outdoors in the outdoor garden pavilion, we requsted to be seated indoors. It should be quite cool outdoors as there were fans in the pavilion. Before our orders came, we were given a complimentary plate of bread with butter, strawberry and blackcurrant jam.
Juliane had some of the bread and a cupcake as she said she wasn't very hungry.
Marieann had a Graze baked omelet ($16): which came with 4 of Marieann's choices of cheese, ham, potato and tomatoes, and a salad. The omelet was pretty rich because of the cheese. Marieann finished most of everything on her plate, lol.
I had a "The cast iron pan" ($18) which came with smoked bacon, mushroom, tomato, potato, baked beans, fried egg and plum chili salsa. It was supposed to come with Graze bratwurst sausage but it was made of beef and pork so they gave me extra bacon instead, a LOT extra, lol. :) It was a real hearty breakfast and a quick look around, I see mostly guys ordered this dish. Oh well, I do enjoy my food.
The girls' father had a Scottish smoked salmon ($13): on toasted bagel with lemon and dill cream cheese spread and fresh salad. I had two bite size of salmon on the bagel and loaded them with extra cream cheese. It was heavenly. :)
It was a great breakfast. The ambience was peaceful, quiet and in a way, quite zen. Well if you consider eating as a kind of meditation, lol. :) I really enjoyed the breakfast. I think we will be coming back to Rochester Park to explore the other restaurants. :)
After our late breakfast, Juliane and I were dropped off at Tanglin Mall for our usual weekend routine. We did some window shopping and I bought a dress for myself, lol. It is for a wedding lunch coming up soon. :) After that, we took a slow leisurely walk home from Tanglin Mall.
Saturday, 16 August 2008
We went straight to the cinema to get tickets when we arrived at Great World City. She wanted to watch "Journey to the Centre of the Earth". Since we had an hour before the 12:05pm movie, we went to have lunch first at Mckkies. Marieann chose it, lol. I managed to look into a few shops before adjourning to the cinema. Thank goodness, the cinema was only 1/3 full. But it was mainly families with children watching the movie, lol.
It is Marieann's 1st movie experience. She was really thrilled to be seated in a dark cinema and watching the movie on a huge screen. She couldn't stop smiling. :) She really enjoyed watching the movie. I am also proud of her because she remained quiet and only asked me questions after the movie ended. I am really glad that I got to share with Marieann what movie magic is all about. :) I hope to bring her to watch more movies and of course, Juliane too. :)
"Journey to the Centre of the Earth" has action, adventure, fantasy and sci-fi all rolled into one movie. But the movie never intended to make itself out to be a serious movie which is its saving grace. It is just as it is, a good fun movie. It has plenty of light hearted fun and movie-goers are all in on the joke that the movie can be a little silly but hey, who is actually keeping tabs (a pun from the movie :P)? Not me, except for the laughs it brought me. There is no need to think with "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", just sit back, laugh and enjoy the movie. :)
Friday, 15 August 2008
Thursday, 14 August 2008
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
I was surprised by her request. But I refused to look under the table because I knew she was trying to spook me. It is that time of the year, the Chinese Ghost Month. I remembered from one ghost movie that there was such a scene where the spirit was hiding under the table. My counsellee laughed and said I was clever not being tricked by her. Aiya, of course lah, I am counsellor. I can "read" minds hahaha. :P
In my family, the ESP has always been strong. That's why I am pretty accurate with my tarot readings. Sometimes, I am pretty good with telling people to do something first before things happen and sometimes, my dreams come true. My intuition about people are often quite accurate too but I just don't listen to it enough.
I think my intuition helps me somewhat in my counselling too. Sometimes, I can "read" minds. It is like a thought will pop into my head and often, the counsellees would say, "How you know what I was thinking?!". :) I should not let my "gift" go to waste, huh? I must use it more often lol. :P
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
|You Are Kayaking|
You have a competitive spirit, but you don't like to compete alone.
You do well in a partnership, where you can feed off the other person's energy.
If you have the right partner, nothing can stop you. Your energy is infinite!
Well, it is most accurate. :) I shine when I have and am working with the right partner. :)
Monday, 11 August 2008
On the spur of the moment, I decided that I should go watch a movie today. I checked the papers for the movie times. I left my place at 10:10am to take the public transport. I was seated in the cinema at 10:30am, armed with a hotdog and a diet drink, lol. How's that for really spontaneous and fast action?! Hahaha. Yar, I can be like that at times, an idea popped into my head and I will just get up and go, lol.
Today, I went to watch "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor". It is good entertainment, nothing too serious, with plenty of action and adventure, and of course it's trademark mummy humour. :) In a nutshell, Alex O'Connell is grown up and into archaeology like his parents, Rick and Evelyn. He found the Dragon Emperor and the usual mummy stuff happened and this time, it happened in Asia. It became a family event and effort to put down this new evil mummy.
The movie is good fun. I have always enjoyed watching The Mummy movies. I think there might be a 4th Mummy movie, set in Peru, lol. Can watch The Mummy if you just need a break, a laughter or two.
There were some pretty funny lines in the movie.
Jonathan Carahan: Ah! My ass is on fire! My ass is on fire! Spank my ass. Spank my ass!
Evelyn O'Connell: What is that god awful smell?
Jonathan Carnahan: [covered in puke] The Yak yakked.
Here is the trailer for "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor".
Sunday, 10 August 2008
Marieann had a Mountain View Special Omelet ($12.80): which had mushrooms, diced tomatoes, bell peppers, chicken sausage slices cheddar cheese in it. The omelet also came with baked beans and artisan toast. It was a nice portion for breakfast. I was amazed that Marieann finished most of her breakfast! She must have been really hungry, lol.
Juliane and I shared a BDBH - Best Darn Breakfast on the Hill ($16.80). No joke, that's what they called this dish, lol. It came with 2 eggs, potatoes, bratwurst pork sausage, baked beans, artisan toast and crispy bacon. I really liked the potatoes and the pork sausage. The bacon was unique because it was flavoured with maple syrup. It was a really hearty breakfast for me because I was only hungry at dinner time.
The girls' father had an Egg & Ham Waffle ($11.80). He enjoyed his breakfast. I think he doesn't mind coming back again, lol.
Juliane and I were dropped off at Isetan Scotts close to 11am. We window shopped for a bit before heading home in a taxi as it was pouring. I think the hearty breakfast made us both sleepy and longing for a nap, lol.
Saturday, 9 August 2008
Marieann's ex-classmate celebrated her birthday today at Queensway McDonald's and Juliane was also invited to go. We arrived at Queensway McDonald's at 12:40pm. Before the party started, the kids played at the playground. Before long, the party started with a game and then Mckkies! Yeah! I was hungry too lol. After lunch, there were more games. I was alternating between keeping an eye on the girls, taking photos of them and reading my book. I brought a book along to read, something that I have read before, Temple by Matthew Reilly. :)
We were the last to leave as we had to wait for the girls' father to pick us up. While waiting, I had a chat with the birthday girl's mother. What do you know, both the birthday girl and Marieann will be classmates again soon. They are both going to SCGS next year. Hahaha. :) At least, both of them will know a familiar face in school. :)
Marieann and Juliane really enjoyed themselves. :) They even asked if they can have their birthday parties here too. We shall see, lol.
Friday, 8 August 2008
Source: AP Photo/ Colour China Photo
Thursday, 7 August 2008
|What Your Playing Cards Tell About Your Future|
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
I went to the library after my counselling. I managed to find a few graphic novels that are interesting to me - New Avengers, Fantastic Four, Thunderbolts, Silver Surfer, Squadron Supreme but no new volume of Buffy. Maybe the next trip? I also manged to find a book called Vanish by one of my favourite authors, Tess Gerritsen who is a crime writer. Just before I checked out the books, I saw, by chance, a book called Amara by Richard Laymon. I have read a few of his books and he is an interesting writer. But I am still unsure if I would classify him as one of my favourite authors. That is, until I saw Amara today. I think with this book, he might just make into my list of favourite authors, lol. We shall see. :)
Ok, going to read Amara now. :)
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
However, not all sunset have the same intensity of colours. On some days, the sunset is just dull. My girls will always shout for me when they see a particularly beautiful sunset. Yes, I have trained them well, lol. Here's a sunset that I love.
Monday, 4 August 2008
|You are the Sense of Sight|
You are a very observant, detail oriented person. You are able to take in a lot of information at once.
You often see things that other people never notice.
You have a good eye for design and aesthetics.
You love to be surrounded by beauty - natural or not.
When you imagine how something should look, you see it clearly in your mind.
Sunday, 3 August 2008
After dinner, I needed something sweet in my system. We went to Great World City. I bought the girls some hair clips which they have been pestering me to buy for them before going to Cedele for some cakes. We ordered Mango Almond Cake ($6.50), Chocolate Banana Expresso Cake ($6) and Apple Nut Cheesecake ($6.5)to share. Out of the 3 cakes, I love the cheesecake best. Ok, maybe because I am a cheese person. But it really tastes good. There is a generous amount of apple shreds within the cheesecake which gave the cheesecake more bite and texture. The apple which is sourish made the cheesecake less cloying too.
The cheesecake is the one in the top right hand corner. See all the apple shreds? Yum! :)
See, my hair is shorter! :P
Saturday, 2 August 2008
About 70 parents signed up for my workshop on "The Cyberworld and Our Children". I must say while doing up the slides for this workshop, I learnt a lot too. :) Hopefully, I am a little more cyberworld savvy now lol. :P I was nervous just before the workshop but once I launched into it, I was fine. I managed to keep within the time of 2.5 hours too. :)
I reached home at 1pm and I went straight to bed. I was just so mentally and physically exhausted! I woke up at 5pm, not too long ago. LOL. Hungry now, going to eat something. Will update later.
Updated 4:50am 3 August 2008
I couldn't believe it. I was that exhausted! I thought I would lie in bed around 10+pm for a little while and then get up to update my blog, read a book. But I slept till 4am-ish!!! Now I am really refreshed and wide awake. Might as well update my blog and read my book, Blasphemy by Preston. Haha. :P
Friday, 1 August 2008
This topic that I am presenting is rather new and ever growing and expanding but in a way, it is exciting. I am stressed mainly because I haven't had time to run through my slides as it has been a busy week at work. I need to run through my 84 slides and make sure I can keep within the time of 2.5 hours lol. I either have to go real fast or touch and go for certain slides. Maybe I will do that lor. :P I think I am more stressed about trying to remember my notes for the slides than the actual presenting. I only get nervous right at the start, just before the presentation. Once I start, I am okay. :)
Wish me luck. :)