Wednesday, February 28, 2007

猪 你 新 年 快 乐! HapPIG New Year!

I hope to update this post real soon. But work hasn't been kind. Off for tuition now. =)

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10th March 2007

Wooh!!! After days of adjusting myself to new work commitments, burying myself in neverending work, battling a dying pc, avoiding a grumpy sister, sneaking usage of the pc whenever she's not around and downloading picasa illegally on her comp and uninstalling it thereafter yada yada yada, I managed to update this post.

I'm so late but here's wishing everyone a...



Co CNY celebration

Once again, it was our group's turn to be in charge of an event.

I didn't do much except to be in charge of a game and to chip in to decorate the boards.


Games we played


財神 posed for my cam as he handed an ang pow to me.

Doesn't d really look like a real 財神 or how a real 財神 would look if there should be one?

Us & "財神"


The sunflower in my house bloomed way before cny...

I've never seen such a beautiful sunflower in Singapore save for those you see on wallpapers and postcards.

Unfortunately, it withered way before cny too. SobZ!

On the eve
Playing Pick up sticks.


Playing blackjack with my whole 赌鬼 family of 5 against 1 cousin as banker.


He commented that we are a 赌鬼 family before the game.

He lamented that we are a 赌鬼 family after the game.

I was really lucky that night! Ban3 la so many times. Won about $10 for stakes of $0.50 to $1. My cousin lost like $30+!


Day 1

Oops no photos of mum's side.

Over at dad's side...

2 of the most 乖 little kids I've ever seen.

They are not spoilt, not rude, not self-centred and not overly-pampered like most of the kids now. Their behaviour make them all the more adorable and endearing.

My little gal cousin gave my 2nd sis a crash course on playing the violin. She learnt so quickly that she almost looked professional here.


Next, she taught me how to play. It was really easy getting the "fingerings" but to play it beautifully is a mean feat.

My attempt at Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars or ACB song or Baa Baa Black Sheep. Whatever la. All these songs have the same tune.

Must watch till the end. I think I look best when I'm not playing. Ha!
I don't look as pro as my sis and screwed it all up in the video. Don't laugh k?



The same generation cousins finally arrived with an electronic drinking forfeit board game. YAY!




We added cards to the game.

Next, we went over to the same cousin's house to play mahjong.

His 2 dogs.

One looks like a pig and one looks just like a normal dog. How apt to say goodbye to the year of the dog and to usher in the year of the pig.

Went to watch Ghost Rider with kh and his cousins at night. Random shots of us.




A movie with Nicholas Cage in it no matter how cheesy can never go wrong. He looked good in that show. Receeding hairline absent. Six packs checked.


Day 2

Outfit for that day pre-accessorised


Sisters!


Small aunt's place...

Like last year, Uncle cooked very nice food for us. He is the one with a restaurant.

My cousins soon got bored and decided to play mahjong. When we emptied the tiles from the case, they felt sooo dusty. Small aunt then informed us that the last time the case was touched was last year when we played!

Times have changed. All the kids were playing while the adults acted as advisers.

FYI: All my cousins at the table are younger than me! Some even in secondary level. At first, we didn't use money and it was kinda un-fun. No tai2 no fun. Then, our advisers chided us and contributed some money.

One of the kakis is my tutee who was just learning and playing for the first time. My mum jokingly said that I had set bad example. Fine lor! Teacher cannot play mahjong. Teacher cannot gamble. Teacher cannot cheong. Teacher must be saint.

Lousy wins. Very unlucky that day.


Cousins and nieces over at mum's side.



Day 3

No photos. Boo!

Only a photo of my outfit pre-accessorised



Following weekend at my place



It was really hectic especially for poor Simba. She was everyone's darling. However, she was really quite stressed out with all the influx of humans of all shapes and sizes, with all the stupid humans surrounding her and constantly touching her. It got so bad that she went to the loo to hide. She's soooo cuuuute. Such a gentle cat too. When one of my uncles saw her hiding in the loo, he said that she is such a good-natured cat that she would be rather be passive and hide away than to be aggressive.

A hug for Simba


A kiss for Simba


Little gladys, the 2nd youngest niece in my family was so glad with all the toys showered upon her.


Boy does little gladys love flashcards! I tried flashing to her and she just kept asking for more. My cousin made a mental note to flash some cards to her from now on. Haha... Maternal instinct oozing... Whenever I teach or do things like that, it really makes me feel like having my own child to teach.

Me and my little niece

She was actually smiling very radiantly as I brought her to look at simba but my lao hua yan dad took so long to shoot that she soon grew tired. Oh, pardon the dishevelled bare naked face. Very tedious to be a host you know?

What's cny in Singapore without lo hei?


A simple, happy affair. I don't loathe cny anymore! I can't tell you how much I looked forward for the cny break then.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

This pc keeps switching off on me

I think my sister's pc is crashing soon. Yes... the other sister. So if this computer really crashes, both my sisters would hate me for sure. The computer always crashes whenever I'm the one using it. I think I will seriously consider a laptop for myself.

Ok so the point is, for those friends whose blogs are private (not linked to mine), please email me your url again. The file which I've saved all the urls has been erased from my sister's comp when she did some reformatting.

Also, for those of you who have linked me, do let me know if you want me to link you up ya? =)

Will update on CNY soon. I shall sleep early for once... having a big headache now. =/

Cheers,
Jolene

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Perverted Uncle, The Nothing-better-to-do Ah Bengs and The African Grey

Today, I had to go to the bank.

While I was walking along the shops, this perverted uncle who was walking in the opposite direction suddenly stuck his horrible face right in front of me and went “mei nu…” in a very ghostly low moan. I didn’t get a good look at him as I refused to stare at his disgusting face but I really felt like slapping him.

A short distance away, as I walked past a handphone shop, the Ah Bengs in there started hounding me:

“Mei3 nu3, qing2 ren2 jie2 leh. Wei4 shen3 me4 ni3 zi4 ji3 yi2 ge4 ren2?”

“Chio eh.. mei2 you3 ren2 song4 hua1 gei3 ni3 huh?”

I just sped off, pretending not to hear while I heard an aunty chiding them far behind me.

Next I was walking towards the same pet shop where I always buy Simba’s Science Diet. As usual, the African Grey parrot was perched on a branch at the entrance of the shop. I looked at it, it looked at me and went:

“Allo! Wheew wheet…”

I was flabbergasted.

My New Baby

I got myself a new baby.


I’d been eyeing it since last year when M1 sent a brochure to my sis on upcoming handsets yet to be in stores. It was strawberries and cream and oh so pretty.

At that time, my hp was dying but my sis told me to wait. I waited and waited and it hit our shores. I waited and waited but the price just didn’t drop. So, I waited and waited for other handphones to hit our shores but all the handphones in the market now are just so not suitable for me… except this.

I haven’t really gotten down to playing with it but I’m already liking it. Many people have commented that the handphone is so me. All the glitches about this model which I’ve read online proved to me of no problem for me.

I’m a techno idiot. As long as I can call and sms, it’s fine. All other functions are added perks.

Finally I can show off to my 2 tutees. 1 of them is using the latest nokia mp3 phone 5300 while the other is using 6300 and they must be secretly laughing at me for using 7250i and 3315.

One tutee on my 7250i,
“Teacher, you know my maid also has this phone.”

Another tutee on my 3315,
“My dad has the same phone as you.”

I thought 7250i was still ok. But whenever I complain about my hp hanging on me, people would ask to see what model it is and say “Oh that’s so ancient.” Very ancient meh? It’s merely the first coloured camera hp from Nokia mah.

Some others also commented that I can dress until so nice then suddenly whip out a bulky ‘hit crab’ 3315 and lose all image. What’s wrong? It’s a trusty phone ok?

My dear 7250i has been loyal to me since 2003. It threatened to die on me many times when it got cranky after 3 years but has managed to pull through till now. I have thus consigned the role of sms line to it until its deathbed.

My 3315 has also been loyal for the same amount of time just that it died on me in December, never to be revived.

Another phone which I like is the famous ‘walk on the blue side’ 8250. It was the very first hp I owned and it was with me till I traded it in for $80 when it threatened to die and I got my 7250i. It’s a wonderfully slim yet hardy little phone. I dropped it like 10437430943 times and it still worked quite well. And I simply love sms-ing with it. Love the feel of the buttons. I got to use an 8250 again when my colleague lent me her spare one to replace my sms line. I suddenly missed it sooooo much that I could hardly bear to return it to my colleague.

I have yet to transfer my entire contact list on the phone memory of my old hp into this hp as I’m impossibly lazy. And since, only 20% of my contacts are saved on sim card memory, please forgive me if I keep asking “Hi, May I know who is this?”

Also, my ex main line handset is currently used for my sms line and the sim card has gone haywire. Contacts which are saved without the ‘+65’ on my sms line will be shown without the person’s name attached to it.

So in any case, if you message both my numbers, I won’t know who you are. I’ll try to solve all these as soon as I don’t get lazy.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine’s Day and 6th year anniversary deardear!

The second best thing that has happened to me was when you walked into my life. The best thing is you walking next to me up till now, holding my hand, leading and supporting me all the way. It has been six years but you still manage to make me fall in love with you every single day through little gestures. For four 14th Februarys, you were not in Singapore. Although this year you are finally back, we will not be celebrating it. But I don’t mind it at all… Remember, you still owe me a BIG present. =)

Love,
Your darling angel

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Letter to nai nai

Last night, or rather, in the wee hours of this morning, I was in the shower and started thinking about nai nai again. I still can't believe that she's gone. I stood there and bawled my eyes out. I haven't cried for the longest time. With tears streaming down, I sat at my desk and started penning down my thoughts.



Written in a spur of the moment, I don't know if there is any mistake or whether my sentences are grammatically stringed. I hope nai nai will understand my lousy Chinese because these are my zhen xin hua.

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