Thursday, February 11, 2016

Christmas 2015: Christmas Over To New Year Part 2

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Loooooooong picture-ful post. Go get your drinks and popcorn while waiting for the images to load. You could even savour your main dish in front of your computer. Those viewing this on your smartphones and other hand held devices, I suggest you skip reading this post till you get home or you might risk jamming your device and cursing at my blog in public. I know my turtle friend did that once minus the cursing in public. =P


~*The One On Christmas Eve*~


Christmas eve was spent with my department at one of our colleague's place. We really love inviting ourselves to any colleague's new home with the reason of visiting new-born babies, wanting to gain home decor ideas and plain kaypoh-ness.




We spent a bulk of our time savouring local takeaway breakfast delights from JS's neighbourhood.




Everyone loved the house tour conducted by JS, our host for the day.




Anyone who needed cool air-condition comfort would adjourn to this room which became a makeshift playroom for the kids.




We ended the Christmas party with a gift exchange that involved guessing, snatching or keeping. Everyone got gifts including the kids who were really thrilled by their Kinder Surprise. Thank you host JS for opening your lovely home to us and Kat for being an awesome party planner!




I got a really practical gag gift for the gift exchange. Practical gag gift? What an oxymoron but yeah, I got Poo-Pourri for 2 separate gift exchange last Christmas. Friends who have used Poo-Pourri or heard of it raved about the product so much that I'm almost impatient to buy it for my new home. I love all the scatological humour in this product. Check out the poem which I copied from the website and view the hilarious YouTube video here.




I added a fluffy pink dust cloth and a Totoro desk calendar, and put them all in a stationery holder. Remember my catalogue which pages I used for gift wrapping? I chose a radical looking page from the catalogue and there you go. Who could guess what was inside? *evil laughter* Hope the recipient like the gift as much as the rest of the world who likes Poo-Pourri.




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~*The One On Christmas Day*~


On Christmas day, the hubz and I had steak at Bistecca and watched our very first Gold Class movie at Suntec City. I don't know if Singaporeans are getting more affluent or are more willing to spend on movie experience or have lots of Gold Class movie vouchers but I do know of many people around me, kids too, who have already watched Gold Class (and not just once). *rolls eyes*




We did some last minute Christmas shopping before our dinner and was so hungry that we popped by Serenity Spanish Bar and Restaurant for some tapas. While I was editing these food pictures, I told kh that he should be glad that I don't order food according to how instagram worthy they are. So anyway, all these brown dishes are grilled Spanish octopus, sautéed mixed mushrooms and grilled beef with foie gras. I had no idea why the hubz ordered beef when we were going to have steak for dinner after that.




For the few days prior to our Bistecca dinner, kh kept talking about how he craved for steak cooked in classic Florentine style and so Bistecca we would go. I was already in love with the design of their website. Reminds me a little of Mark Ryden's work, I don't know why.




While waiting for our food, Kh had nothing better to do than to insist that he looks like Andy Lau and attempted to find a picture of Andy to imitate. *cough cough*




Bread served with Chicken Liver Pâté and Aged Balsamic.
We always love to waste stomach space on bread. You could tell a lot about a restaurant just from the bread they serve.  I've always loved eating bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and that was the first time I had bread with chicken liver pate. Yummilicious!




Cheers!




Ostriche -- Freshly shucked Pacific oyster with mignonette. Such refreshing briny taste!




I usually cannot eat a lot of oyster due to the generally rich metallic taste but these oysters were really light!




The various sauces to go with the steak.




Traditional Tuscan Sharing Steak for two
Bistecca’s exclusive Signature Wagyu-Holstein beef, thick cut in the traditional manner. Prepared in classic Tuscan style over a high temperature wood-fired grill to produce a traditional charred crust steak. Finished simply with extra-virgin olive oil and salt.




If you name your restaurant after a dish, you had better serve a damn good dish. I wasn't blown away by the steak but Kh sure loved the steak and thought that I had weird taste.




We could not get indoor seating. You couldn't tell from this photo that I've got tonnes of mosquito bites and was suffering from mild vertigo from the bright spotlight shining on our table.




House classic tiramisu served with coffee custard.




Nothing... just chilling with my empty wine glass and blatantly advertising for Bistecca.




The stairs behind our table provided a decent backdrop for OOTD shots.




Kh's OOTD. Yeah, he should have worn darker brown shoes but he didn't have a replacement since his last pair wore out.




After a while, he decided he should dictate his own fashion and folded his pants up so that his shoes did not look like they blend in with his pants as one.




My first and only bauble reflection shot with the hubz.




What better movie to experience Gold Class but Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Both hubz and I are not fans of Star Wars but it was really the best movie to experience Gold Class.




I have never watched a single episode of Star Wars but this movie made me read up more on the different episodes and linkages, and also enticed me to watch the other episodes.




Reclining and cozying up in our seats.




Black and gold from head to toe.






We ordered Root Beer float and Coke float. And then after that kh felt like some cheese so we ordered the cheese platter too. It was a little difficult to eat in the dark but the cheese was manageable. I cannot imagine eating main courses in the dark theatre.




It was a black, gold and purple theme OOTD.




Kh would be thrilled whenever I pull out my Chanel Classic Flap from my wardrobe to use. I bought it before the price hike a few years back, used it twice and then into the box it went. My friends often ask me why I don't use it more often. The Chanel Classic Flap had been my dream bag since I was schooling. I did not even know it was a designer bag then. I liked it for the quilted look, the black and gold chain and the double c lock. When I had enough money to buy it, I was simply satisfied with being able to own one at long last. I soon realise that this bag isn't practical for my weekend usage as I could not really pack all my usual stuff into it.




So anyway, I digress. Fashion bloggers have OOTD detail shots listing down their apparels... but I'm no fashion blogger and I'm lazy to list them down.




Also, many beauty bloggers have FOTD stating all the make up products they used. I'm no beauty blogger and my complexion looks flawless here because of filters from 美图秀秀 (mei tu xiu xiu beauty app).




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~*The One With My Other Family*~


Cyn and her kids are reunited as a family when Papa P was back Singapore for the Christmas. How I missed my godkids! For all the times I met up with Cyn, the kids weren't around. I haven't seen them for almost a year since Chinese New Year 2015.




We met up for dinner at The Tuckshop which is a rather charming place with a casual and relaxed environment. Just the perfect set up for gathering with friends.


[Image Credit: greatnewplaces.com]


Bimbotic Cyn hurriedly rubbed the Kitty's tummy once she got her gift.
Jase posed with his magic tricks with a smile though he really preferred Mia's owl blankie.
Mia was totally amused by the hand warmer portion of the owl.




Cyn's gift to me was wrapped so simply and beautifully...




... whereas mine was like crap. I'm really never good at wrapping and you would laugh when you saw how I wrapped Mia's owl blankie.




Cheeky looking gal!




Monkey faces.




Remember the eye candy hair brush from my previous post? It was put to good use immediately after opening. Mia's hair was totally tangled from a whole day of water adventure and good big brother Jase decided he would help detangle her hair. He looked just like a professional stylist in this collage!




Once again when I do not have photos of the menu and cannot find the menu online, I would forget what we ordered.

Some cheesy thingy... Yummy!




Beef and mushroom pasta was yummy but spicy! Portion was quite small though.




This tasted like a very blah version of chicken satay.




I never really liked pork slider burgere but these were pretty good.




LOL




Mia has an endearing smile that simply melts people's hearts.




Even though I've not seen Mia for so long, she readily stuck to me and kept hugging me. Even as she was playing catching with Jase and hugging him, she would run towards me to hug my legs and hips. I asked Cyn if she usually behaves like that to all people and Cyn shook her head. Awww...

Watch a short 15 sec instagram video here.




Jase is growing so fast. Very soon he would be taller than me and he wouldn't hug me any more! Boo hoo hoo!




Cheeky monkeys.




Back at home, we were trying so hard to take a group photo with the phone on self timer mode. Paddy, Cyn, Jase and I were eagerly putting on the props and readying ourselves on the sofa but Mia loved walking to the phone to look at herself in the screen a lot more than to sit with us. We always had to dragged her back to the scene and place a Christmas prop on her.




After many many shots...




What went on behind the scene of the wacky Christmas props photo..



We ended the night by playing Jenga. I love how Cyn played Jenga like a smooth criminal.




I would miss all of you and I dread the day you all would be leaving Singapore. T_T




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~*The One On The Last Work Day of 2015*~


We had a mini department lunch at Watami Singapore with whoever were left in the office on the last work day of 2015.




It was sort of a post Christmas, pre new year lunch.








After lunch, a few of us went to sing K. It was so much fun singing, dancing and making a complete fool of ourselves. There were some videos and of course those are for private viewing.




Dinner was Japanese food again Tonkatsu at Tonkichi, this time with the hubz.




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As promised, Part 2 did not take that long right? Part 3 would conclude with all the Christmas gatherings from new year's eve all the way till February. Till then...


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