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Tuesday, December 27, 2005


Apart from the feel-good service, Christmas this year has been quiet. No parties. No clubbing. No chalets. No dinners. No plans. No nothing.

The whole festive week breezed past like nobody’s business.

Work was fun. With everybody in the Christmassy mood, everything was enjoyable and time passed quickly and blithely. The happy chatters and laughter of colleagues filled the whole of hub. Also, since last week was the last lesson of the term, everybody scrambled to take class photos, hand out presents, wish “Merry Christmas” and give big bear hugs. Everyone emerged from class with bagfuls of presents and cards from parents and students.

On the 21st, hh had our very own xmas lunch cum ts birthday celebration.

xmas crackers from em our new centre leader

Everyone should have taken the cracker, stand in one row and do a Jimmy-crack-corn. (inside joke)

ts and her gingerbread house given by “architect mn”

mn doesn’t like to take photos so I supposed it’s better not to display her pic here.

Food spread

Food spread continued

Gingerbread house close up

ts’s birthday cake

ag and voluminous present

My present from the gift exchange… Such a coincidence that I got em’s present. Before that, she was telling me that she feels the present is very suitable for me.

Now I understand that she thinks of me as a sucker.

Many more photos to come. Hope my dear colleagues send them to me soon.

On the 23rd, a small group of us went for an informal Christmas lunch at Fiesta.

The people on this side

The people on that side

Part of wy’s food… Delicious!

My food… consisting of

Sweet and sour chicken

salmon sashimi

plus rice, miso soup and 2 slices of oranges

all for $9.90 ++. Great deal!

Then for dinner, I met up with some jc friends again. We had new addition… people who came back from overseas.

Angela from Buffalo and Regina from Cheenapokland. Long time no see them.

Angela is my "non-Chinese" kaki back in jc. While the rest of the pathetic class was attending Chinese lessons, we would be pigging out in the canteen. The last time we took a photo together was 5 years ago?

Caleb from UK... erm sorry... forgot which part. And his "smelly" pose is forever the same.

Group shot

Christmas eve was spent working till 7+ while Christmas day itself was spent at service and church carnival.

A very ugly photo of kh and me taken during xmas eve.

I was just thinking about how unhappening this year’s eve was and was looking back at my past photos to see how I’ve spent 24th and 25th December throughout the years. I chanced upon my last year’s NZ photos. Took a break from the hustle and bustle, frolicking in the meadows with moo moo and meh meh all day long. Eating and sleeping and playing. I’ve never led such a pig’s life before.

Such memories!

On the eve, we went tracking at Fox Glacier.

Me at the bottom of the glacier.

Me making a mark in the ice.

We made new friends who hitched a ride on our caravan.

On Christmas day, we went to Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World at Wanaka.

leaning clock tower

funny room

4 of us and caravan at lake wanaka

We then adjourned to freezing Queenstown

On Boxing Day, we went hang gliding. The weather was so bad that we had to play luge and while our time away before the weather cleared.

I lost kh’s lens due to the hard landing.

And I think we experienced a white Christmas. We chanced upon blanket of snow looking stuff at a mountain in the middle of summer!

And boy did the boys have fun!

A snowy Christmas!

Sigh! This year all I can do is to reminisce.


  1. Hey jo,

    Looking pretty cute in the nz photos. I saw the funny room on one of the travel shows with Xie Shaoguang. Is it optical illusion? How did you feel and see when you were in the room?

    Hope you had a fun x'mas this year!

  2. hello jo,

    just drop in to say hi.
    Looks like you got the camera you wanted for so long. :)

    Hope you have a good time taking with it.

    Happy belated x'mas. ;)

  3. Hi starz,
    I think I know which show you are talking about but i didn't catch it. When we were in the room, we felt nothing strange but our friends peering at us from the window was very amused by how we looked. Yeah optical illusion, the height of the door, the checks on the floor and that the room is slightly sloping lend a hand to this trick.

    Long time no hear from you. Yeah... I like fx8 very much... =)]

    Happy New Year!

  4. Are you a Chinese? How come you don't have to study Chinese?

  5. Been very busy after my Aussie reservist.

    See you have been getting yourself some wonderful gifts. :)

  6. Anon,

    Yes... 100% Chinese. I did not have to take Chinese as a subject in JC coz of my higher chinese results during 'O' levels. But if you hear me speak Mandarin, you would never believe I took higher Chinese before. After JC, my Chinese sucked big time.

    Oh I didn't know you went aus for your reservist. Hope it was fun! =)

  7. You finally included some of your nz trip photos. Really very cute photos you have there. The funny room is so cute too. You guyz really know how to take good videos and cute shots.


  8. Hello Cass,

    Sorry for this late reply. It is cool to have frenz who take good photos and video. Also, a tripod stand is a must!


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