Friday, October 26, 2012

Two and a Half Vial

Two and a half vial full of edible home-made blood and we are still clueless about Halloween tomorrow.




In the meantime, happy Halloween weekend to all. I got this from Grammarly, one of my favourite pages on Facebook.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

F1 2012 Singapore Grand Prix

A few weeks back, kh and I had the privilege to attend the F1 Singapore Grand Prix qualifying night race with tickets courtesy from his organization. Kh and two other of his colleagues were appointed to attend the event as their organization's representatives for this function with ministers.  He stressed that it was compulsory to bring their spouses.

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I haven't really been that interested in Formula 1 racing coupled with the fact that I had another important event till evening which clashed. As such, I gave him a flat no. He told me that there would be ministers (and in particular importance to him, the Chief of Air Force) there and that it was disrespectful if I did not attend.

A few days prior to the F1 weekend, kh forwarded me an email which opened my eyes. It was only then that I realised our tickets were for the most expensive suite -- the Temasek Suite. It was also stated how coveted the tickets were and that it was an honour to be appointed to attend the event. Bearing these in mind, I immediately told kh that I would be the good wife and appear dutifully by his side (ahem!). We had to compromise. The both of us would miss the late afternoon activities at the F1 Paddock Club while I would strive to leave as soon as my event was over.

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Just to share with all of you something funny. Here is a screenshot of my jealous 2nd bro-in-law screaming and shouting in the Ng family Watsapp group chat when he found out about our tickets.

2nd BIL:
I HEARD SOMEBODY GOT FREE F1 TICKET THIA [sic] YEAR
TEMASEK SUITE
BO JIO!!

Youngest BIL:
DAD??

2nd BIL:
SOMEBODY AND HIS WIFE

BO JIOOOOO!


For my non-Singaporean/ non-Chinese/ non-Hokkien readers, "bo jio" means "never ask me go". There is also a popular "bo jio" internet meme making its round as seen in the picture that he had attached.


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On the day of the event, we had to park our car at the National Stadium since the roads around Marina Bay were closed for the race. We were issued a personal wristband on top of our passes and then shuttled to the Formula One Paddock Club. The whole process made us feel like VIPs.

At the Paddock Club Lifestyle area, we were able to enjoy access to an exclusive champagne bar with live entertainment, a wellness centre, numerous food and recreational booths as well as a merchandise area.

The fortune teller's booth was really popular. Kh is not one who likes seeing fortune tellers as he believes in self-fulfilling prophecy driving the truth in the fortune teller's words thereafter. Hence, even though it was complimentary, he was adamant on not having our futures told. According to one of kh's colleague and wife, the fortune teller was 99% accurate that they were baffled beyond words and did not venture to ask too many questions. They were somewhat scared of knowing too much.

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I had not eaten lunch then and was hoping to find some finger foods or canapes in the bar that seemed to be serving only champagne from its name.

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To my utter delight, light snacks were served. I absolutely loved the tender steak. Kh's colleague reminded us not to eat too much for there should be better dinner food at the suite.

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An obligatory shot with the 2012 Formula 1 backdrop was what everyone wanted as a piece of evidence to take home, proving that they were indeed at the event.

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In case you are wondering why we were clad in smart casual togs to a racing event instead of comfortable casual attire, all I can say is that somebody fixed the dress code informing that Chief of Air Force would be in dressed in long sleeves shirt and pants. If CAF would be in long sleeves shirt, how could kh and his colleagues be any less former than that?

All the AF personnel had to be in the suite before the CAF arrived. Hence, we hurriedly made our way along neverending stretches of corridors before finally reaching our destination which was located right at the end of the temporary building and directly over the grandstand.

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Jo: "This pass so coveted. Die die must take photo with it!"
Kh: [rolls eyes]

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It was still daylight and the drivers were practising on the tracks. We did to try and capture a "shot" of an F1 car. It was a mean feat! There was never a clear image since the cars sped past at lightning speed.

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This were how the suite and the food stations looked like.

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Deputy Prime Minister Mr Teo Chee Hean, other cabinet ministers as well as CAF and his wife arrived at the suite not too long later.

Then we helped ourselves with the food. It was buffet style dining but the food was a mixture of fusion and fine-dining. The dishes were absolutely delectable.

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Kh and I sat at the same table with Chief of Air Force and his wife. They are such affable people! CAF has a good sense of humour and CAF's wife is such a pleasant lady.

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In the midst of dining, one of the coordinator there informed us that the pit lanes were opened for walking. She told us not to worry as food would still be served till late. With that, we rounded up kh's colleagues and their wives so as to go together as a group.

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We were handed ear plugs but I soon realised I did not really need them. I thought there would be the deafening noises from the speeding tyres but there were only noises from the revving engines which were acceptable for my ears. Having ear plugs on made me feel like I was transported to another dimension where I was enclosed in a little bubble, shut off from all the buzzing background noises and the sound of my own voice and footsteps were amplified ten-fold.


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It was really warm and humid down at the pits with the strong white lights illuminating the whole area such that it felt almost like daylight. Nonetheless, we had a fun time walking along the tracks.

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I told kh to snap those leggy beauties coz I love ogling at gals. They were about a head taller than me!

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After the pit lane walk, it was more food for us back at the suite. Kh and I joined his colleagues and their partners since CAF and his wife had left. I just had to try the fish coz everyone said it was good. The rest of them were already having their desserts.

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The qualifying round concluded and there was Sebastian Vettel being interviewed by hordes of reporters.

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We explored the surroundings of the suite just to breathe in the outdoor air of the race circuit. We had wanted to check out the concerts especially Maroon 5 but the stage was only walking distance from the suite if we had gone in a straight line. Alas, the expressway was in between.

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Another obligatory shot.

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Make that two.

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The trophies

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The AF group

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Before this photo was taken, kh did the exact same pose as Sebastian Vettel while I lifted the F1 official programme like what Lewis Hamilton was doing in the picture behind. I then posed properly for the camera not knowing that kh continued his imitation.

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Finally, kh cooperated.

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I was enthralled by the patterns on the sand but more enthralled by the fact that nobody felt the urge to destroy the art.

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I love kueh pai ti. Those weren't your usual kueh pai ti coz they come in Singapore chilli crab flavour or foei gras. Most delicious! The foei gras wasn't even in paste form but the pan seared kind. Our absolute favourite!

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The booths were still open and I had half the mind to go for some massages and foot reflexology but kh wasn't keen due to the queue. Don't you just hate it when things are free and your hubby refused to join the queue? It wasn't even long and I so badly needed some massages.

Not wanting to leave yet, I told kh that we had not even made good use of all the privileges at the Paddock Club. Hence, we headed to the champagne bar once more and ended our night with some bubblies.

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Life's A Puzzle



Friday, October 12, 2012

Girls with the Dragon Tattoo

One tipsy night in xtina's house some few months back, the bimbo sisters decided that our theme for halloween this year would be "The Girls with the Dragon Tattoo".



The theme befits the year 2012 which is the dragon year in the Chinese calendar. It is also a pun on the movie "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".

Now, we've to conjure ideas on how to make it more halloween.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Winners for Jo's 100 Followers Giveaway

Thank you so much for participating in my very first 100 Followers Giveaway!

There was an overwhelming amount of entries so it took me quite some time to compile the results even though I've been updating my points sheet regularly.


Just in case you are wondering about how the section process is conducted, I first collated all the participants' points onto an Excel spreadsheet...

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...and then categorized into the various gift sets after which I input the final data, taking note that I should do a minus 1 for the number being generated in comparison to the excel sheet due to the cell taken up by the heading.

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Then I used random.org to generate a winner for each gift set.

Cute gift set winner:
Chelsea Ramos


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Charming gift set winner:
Jenny Ye


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Classy gift set winner:
HariRari


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Congratulations to all the 3 winners! All 3 of you would have 72 hours to reply to my email before another winner is selected.

Jenny Ye, you hadn't provided me with your email address so I really hope you see this post and reply me with your email address.

To the rest of you who didn't win, don't worry. There is always the next time.

Hosting a giveaway requires much time and effort. Nevertheless, it has been real fun and I'm sure I would host another one in time to come!

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Brunch at Three -- Prive Cafe

My parents-in-law had never tried all day breakfast before. Hence, kh suggested taking them to his favourite all-day breakfast haunt -- Prive Cafe.

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They were sceptical when kh told them that they would be able to savour English breakfast at 3 in the afternoon. My "little" brother-in-law tagged along as well.

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Here was what we ordered to share.

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We had pancakes and carrot cake to end off our brunch.

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The drinks we ordered.

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My very filling yummilicious drink was served with a bar of Kit Kat.

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It was the first time my MIL went to Keppel Bay and she was simply awed by the many private boats and yacht berthed at the jetty.

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I would end off this post with a not so complete family picture of my other family. (2nd BIL didn't join us that afternoon)

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