Thursday, January 29, 2009

Weekend Exodus

Nobody expected it, but it happened. At 5.40am. As we cruised up the flyover we saw, a head of us, 5 to 6 lanes of headlights for as fars as the eye could see. 2.5km actually. Then the wait began. Crawling towards the Tuas checkpoint. Soon, mothers with children in hand can be seen making quick dash across the Expressway. More started walking around as we approached the Raffles country club. Some walked back with sandwiches and coffee. Finally at 9.45am, Our trip began.

Friday, January 23, 2009


The new Year does not officially starts until one celebrates the Lunar New Year. The frenzy last minute buying/rich hues of shiny bright red/gold decoration complimenting the blasting music. Oranges and pussy willows. Families together feasting and drinking. Sounds of laughters & crashing tiles. The happy faces in colourful outfit holding little red packets. Visiting and renewing ties that bind
The year of the all providing Ox. I have two. Maybe that is another reason why, steak is not on our dinner menu at home.
Travelling north come this Saturday.
"A Very Joyous Lunar New Year To All"

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


In a hurry & a furry the days rush by. Hardly surprising then, thoughts of Friends & Families afar are placed right behind the daily chores. However, touching round the earlobe, MIL comes to mind. Fingering the pendant round the neck, reminds me of mum. Priceless gifts of thoughts. The token should be meaningful if not then, appropriate to the occasion. Giving is not to clear the unused/unwanted/ surplus or unsuitable. Worst still, if it's to clear the conscience,

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It's Possible

The First African American, the 44th President Of the United States Of America inaugurated on this day.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Just cooked rice, sliver of fresh raw fish, a touch of wasabi, a drop of soya accompanied by the vinegeretted ginger . A lunch favourite when in need of fish protein. And a maccha softcream zenzai to finish off.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Technically, only technically, this little redDot is in recession, while most businesses are projecting a low demand with slow growth are spring cleaning and cutting back to tie them over this lull period, Orchard Road/Chinatown seems to be abuzzing with busy busy buyers. Was jostling amongst picky ladies picking out the freshest dried sea produces from wholesalers at HongKong Street. Mushrooms, lap cheong, fish maw,scallops for mum's goody bag.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


It had been a trying year for all. After a face-off and an understanding, it was hard keepng my side of the bargain. Having faith and keeping mum. All prepared for the worst hoping for the best. Son shocked himself with his 'O' result. Fingers on one hand plus one more.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Awoken at 12.30. It's now 3 in the morning but the eyes are wide and the mind is fresh still. Is this the first sign or is the mind lacks stimulation? This is not good.

Thursday, January 08, 2009


At primary 6, youngest wants to take the bus home. And she did. Yesterday. Time to slowly release that lease once more. When 12 years old means getting the ear lobe pierced. A chinese ritual announcing the arrival of adolescence.


This must be the reddest tropical fruit. Never have a liking for Dragonfruit but youngest simply loves the crunching sound of the seeds. This from Msia is actually Sweet!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009


Of late, most have abandon the custom of sending cards and greetings unless it's via the Sms or Email. Two weeks ago, Eldest cousin, residing in Australia, emailed an Invitation address to All. Announcing to cousins, uncles & aunties, of his eldest son's impending wedding come 1st Feb in our hometown. A joyous reason for family gathering. However, dad is not pleased. As the family elder, An invitation at large on email does not constitute a sincere personal invite. If not a stamped card then a call in this case would suffice. Is Electronic invites the accepted norm of the Save the Earth Electronic age generation?
Munching nougat matter indeed.

Sunday, January 04, 2009


Endless stream of cars, snaking into the parking lots, empty tables are quickly taken, with even longer queues at the self service counters of the restaurant. Time, 5.45pm, saturday. Wanted to purchase a bathroom cabinet but ended up with more than just fittings and fixtures. Ikea, a store that has all the right Elements to woo the crowd.

Saturday, January 03, 2009


When in the midst of sentence, the listener nonchanlantly make a non related remark, your information is redundant, unimportant, uninteresting and it's time to keep quiet.

Talk less and you will learn more. Resolution for this year. For silence sometimes, bring about harmony, avoid confrontation, needless squabbles, a chance to reflect and avoid the sudden burst of hurtful words only to regret later.

Thursday, January 01, 2009


Frozen strawberry. liquor soaked cherry, soft nougat, biscuit, praline, marzipan or a nut within compliment the sweet creamy experience. Hmm....enticing still if it's orange liquor flavoured.
Chocolate chocolate chocolate. Craving. The body's SOS mechamism to replenish depleting trace Elements. Yes, dark chocolate is more therapeutic, but I still prefer mine, creamy and rich.