Sunday, March 01, 2015

羊年 Chinese New Year 2015 Part 1

It is the year of the goat and the 11th day of the Chinese New Year also known as the Spring Festival. MEH-ry Spring to all of you! Day 1 of CNY fell on a Thursday (19 Feb) so everyone in Singapore enjoyed a 4-day LONG weekend which passed way too quickly for me since every day was spent visiting and spending time with my dear sis in the hospital. I was only sleeping 5-6 hours a day and wound up feeling more tired than on normal work days.

~*Pre CNY Dinner at Mouth Restaurant*~

CNY celebration started way in advance on 5 Feb with a group of gal pals at Mouth Restaurant.

Baby Sam joined us at the start and the end of the dinner. See how smart Lester looked prior to dinner. He was so thrilled spend some father-daughter bonding time around the vicinity while leaving Xtina to enjoy girls night out. He bade all of us goodbye like a proud and competent father as he pushed the stroller out. But by 9:30pm, he came back to the restaurant dishevelled, hair all messy, shirt almost tucked out with Baby Sam fussing and crying. He almost shoved Baby Sam back to Xtina while relating how everyone might have thought he had kidnapped the baby with her screams and cries of distress. It was a really hilarious sight! Kudos to Lester though. We hope that this first time would be an eventful training for you for future girls night out. =P

Xtina and Bei with Baby Sam.

Xtina, Bei and Tiff with Baby Sam. Xtina, where are you looking?

My partner in crime since 7 years old.

Tiff was amazed by the cute bee socks and aside, those bees are just like my style of drawing cartoon bees.

After a while, I forgot to take photos of the dishes. My favourite was the savoury braised bird's nest with fresh crab meat soup.

Lo Hei huat ah!

~*CNY Eve Reunion Dinner*~

Before tossing the Yu Sheng.

After tossing the Yu Sheng.

After the early dinner, we took a walk in the recently furbished park in the vicinity. My mother-in-law walked forward to snap a pic of us and we spontaneously did what seemed like martial arts stance.

~*CNY Day 1*~

If you have been reading my blog, you would know that it is a tradition to have a family portrait shot on the sofa of both sides of the family.

This year there isn't any portrait shot with my own family as my eldest sis suffered from stroke from rupture of her aneurysm a week before CNY. Her condition was grave the 1st 4 days upon admission to the ICU but thankfully as I'm typing this, she is recovering in the hospital. Here's the 2014 series.

For kh's family, we would also have an outdoor shot other than the traditional sofa shot.

Wefie with kh on CNY Day 1.

Selfie coz I LURVE the effect of my loose curls at the end of the day more than the start. Yet if I were to start off with loose waves, I would wind up with untidy straight frizz by the end of a humid day. Feeling meh on the first day of the goat year.

I've gotten lazy to take outfit shots of myself so here is the full length shot of my no label dress.

~*CNY Day 2*~

We had another family portrait with my 2nd BIL's girlfriend who was able to join us on Day 2.

And then we decided to have a crazy shot of our reaction to what was inside the Chinese gold ingot.

Day 2 was spent visiting more of Kh's relatives.

Selfie for CNY Day 2 and as usual feeling meh coz I always like the end of the day effect of my curls more than anything else though for that day, the left side was loosening till they were just waves at the ends.

Full length shot of my Zara dress.

~*CNY Day 3*~

Dinner at home before the annual distant relatives gathering. This year, archery was in the plan.

The archers from the Ng clan.

Master Ng looked so pro.

Everyone fawning over Baby Alexis.

At night, kh's friends came over for mahjong session. Those clad in red were obviously hoping for good luck to win more money during the game and not coz it is an auspicious CNY colour.

We ordered Crust Pizza for supper. If you haven't tried Crust Pizza, do try it. The pizzas are awesome!

~*CNY Day 4*~

CNY Day 4 which was a Sunday was spent with my St Nicks friends (sans HY) also known as the 上半年 Babies clique. It was the first time at SY's family place and we love how cozy it is!

I love the black, grey and white theme.

The mini garden in the balcony is WAY TOO CUTE!

I love how spacious the kitchen is. I'm no domestic goddess but if I have a kitchen as spacious as this, I would have the inspiration to whip up some great meals.

And this fridge! I told Sy's mum that I love her 6-door fridge and all the goodies inside so much that I would have finished all the great food inside within a month.

Look at these beautiful dining ware!

Homemade cheesecake.

Kueh Lapis, butter cake to add on.

Soon Kueh

If friends came over to my place, I would just scoop ice cream plainly into cups. Or we might just eat straight from the tub. That's the kind of hostess I am. SY is different. She gave us a scoop each of green tea and yoghurt ice cream both of which were equally delightful topped wit nuts, berries and longans. So yummy!

I love green tea, I love yoghurt. I love nuts shaving. I love longan. I absolutely love this bowl of dessert.

Mini halloween nail polish for us.

I hadn't realised the symbols on top till Sam mentioned she didn't want the skull.

Lots and lots of wefie shots because it was the first time I brought my selfie stick out since I bought it last November.

Candice said she wanted the cute flower in the background which was washed out here.

There, cute flower in the background.

We like the balcony so much that we didn't mind the shadow of the blind cast on our face.

I've been neglecting my blog a bit and doing lots of scheduled posts just to keep my blog going. Thank you all for your sweet comments. If you notice, I do not reply to every comment like in the past any more but I really appreciate all of you who take the time to visit, read and comment. I promise to get back to all of you soon.

Part 2 of CNY is still ongoing since CNY hasn't officially ended with 4 more days to go.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Nine West at Zalora

Is there a particular brand of shoes that you would always have a soft spot for?

Mine would be Nine West.

My love for Nine West shoes started 8 years ago when I bought my very first pair of heels at a Takashimaya sale. Well, this isn't the best picture to depict the heels but it is the only clear one taken 8 years ago when I was snapping a picture of a rose tattoo I drew with liquid eyeliner.

The shoes still cost more than a hundred bucks even after the discount. But then again, Nine West is a brand which I would be willing to part a little more cash on as it carries a variety of beautiful designs with superb workmanship. Imagine my utter delight when I saw Nine West women's shoes on Zalora selling for less than a hundred after 50% discount.

Another reason for my soft spot?

Great ads and campaigns. Nine West has ads that made me want to go out to their store to buy those pretty shoes on the models' feet. I particularly love the whole series of Nine & the Gang ad campaign back then it was launched.

[Image Source: Nine West Facebook]

Do you like Nine West? Which is your favourite brand for shoes?


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