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Sunday, March 17, 2013

蛇年 CNY 2013 Volume 2

Since there are 15 days of CNY but only 2 official CNY public holidays, some Chinese continue with their house visiting and gatherings on the 2nd weekend.

~*Day 7*~

Day 7 of CNY is also known as 人日 (ren ri) which literally means "human day". According to Chinese customs, ren ri was the day human beings were created.

The VIOS gang organized a steamboat dinner in celebration of everyone's birthday. To up the fun factor, WL suggested the theme -- Fashion Disaster.

While the rest of the gang would be changing into their outrageous outfits at WL and B's house for after-dinner activities, kh and I decided to wear our fashion disaster outfit to the mall instead. We opened our wardrobe to carefully select the combination which would fit the theme yet not being too overly disastrous to be seen in public.

I decided that stripes and checks/ tartan together would be quite a disaster. On the other hand, kh thought it was perfectly normal to go out in public with this combination. I was doubtful of his taste so I sent this picture to the Watsapp group chat and asked if it was normal to wear that to the mall. All the girls opined that kh was trying to sabotage me whereas all the guys felt it was fine. What do you think?

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It was a challenge attempting to be fashionably disastrous enough to go out in public. While I stuck to the original choice of stripes and checks, Kh decided that checks on checks was a great recipe for fashion disaster. He topped the whole look with his neon basketball shoes. I used the romper's belt as a tie to jazz up the outfit and slipped on my golden sneakers.

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I also added my Hello Kitty glasses. Do I look ready to face the public?

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Outfit of the day:
♥ ClubCouture Striped Cowl Jumper (belt provided)
♥ Checkered Flannel Shirt
♥ DKNY Sneakers
♥ Seiko Kinetic Watch

Note: The ClubCouture Striped Cowl Jumper is certainly not a fashion disaster outfit on its own. See how I would normally wear it in this post.

Apparently our neighbours from a few houses down (whom we do not know) could not accept our dressing. She turned back more than 3 times to look at us. When we reached Causeway Point, many more people gave us second glances. Some sniggered. Some whispered. Some pointed at us. Well, of course there were some who totally ignored us.

After noticing the crowd's reaction, I wrote this on my facebook status:
For a 人日 dinner at a very public shopping mall with the theme of "fashion disaster", we have to strut very confidently and imagine that we are clad in the latest trend amidst stares from the crowd.

After a long "parade", we reached Shabu Sai. We had to sit at separate tables due to the long queue. So long for a celebratory ren ri dinner.

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We had a choice of various soup bases and I loved the 2 that we chose for our table.
Pictured on the left: sukiyaki and tonkatsu I think. Absolutely delicious! I would return and choose these 2 flavours all over again.
Pictured on the right: sukiyaki and curry. The curry tasted like curry soup base from instant noodles which wasn't too bad as well.

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We ordered lots of meat which was free flow. Everyone piled their meat containers on kh and my table and pretended that we ate them all. The beef was good. Skip the pork and chicken. Those tasted bland.

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The non-meat products were displayed in buffet style and we had to help ourselves. There were various sauces and dips available too and we could mix them ourselves. I love those dips!

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What a feast! The soup was absolutely delicious.

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The people at the 3 separate tables:

Clockwise from front: Baby Belle, Mummy BY, Flor, Jully, Daddy WL

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Clockwise from front: Jac, Peggy, Benson, Jon

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KH, me, SL (who was so late as she came from work)

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Before SL arrived, Jon asserted that the 2 greedy pigs (mainly referring to kh) had wiped all the dishes clean.

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The meatball maker, the glutton, the last one.

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Grouchy mood Belle. She looked sleepy.

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Everyone agreed that Jully looked really hawt and disastrously fashionable! She tried to mix many prints, colours and textures all in one outfit but failed to look like a disaster. Don't the Japanese and the Taiwanese celebs dress like this too?

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Kh on the other hand, looked like that geek who thought he was the most fashionable person in the whole wide world.

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After dinner, we headed over to WL and BY's house for games. While waiting for the rest of them to change to the dress theme, kh busied himself crushing candies with a panel of advisors surrounding him.

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Almost everyone in the group plays (or had played and given up on) Candy Crush that WL changed the group icon the next day.

[Aside: Candy Crush Saga was a conversation glue during awkward CNY gatherings with people you barely know. I recall the time when I was at kh's relatives' place and all his cousins, cousins' spouses and I started talking because of the game. His younger cousin even asked me to teach him how to complete certain levels. Without Candy Crush, I do not really think we would know what to talk to one another. The irony of having smart phones! It disconnects yet connects people.]

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Jon and Jac busied themselves in the kitchen concocting cocktails for us all. Thank you!

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Presenting all the fashion victims!

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BY went away for a while to her mum's place to put baby Belle under her care and while BY was away, her hubby took the opportunity to raid her wardrobe. WL emerged clad in BY and Belle's apparels and we all teased him about how he must have had this secret desire to don female clothing his whole life.

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The 2 obiang ones who braved through the crowd. Each time kh and I stood up to get food from the buffet counter, people would just stare. Out of the public's eye, kh nerdified himself more with the tucked in shirt and maroon bow which got the thumbs up from everyone. As for me, all the gals commented that I managed to wear my disastrous outfit in such a way that they had to retract what they said on the watsapp group chat about how kh was trying to sabo me. Hmm, that means I failed in my theme but I would still treat their words as compliments. =P

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The 2 goofy ones who were the most into their character.

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The gals!

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The 2 goofy ones did a photo bomb.

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After kicking the 2 goofy ones out.

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All the gals minus BY.

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The boys thought they should exude coolness.

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But thereafter decided that being sissy was more fun.

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BY returned just in time before we started the group shots and we forced her to change as well.

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Presenting the fashion victims of VIOS in full force.

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It was my first time playing DiXit and I like the concept and the illustrations on the cards. I think I'm gonna buy a set for myself too.

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Cupcakes time! It was my first time eating cupcakes from 12 Cupcakes.

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Yummy cupcakes!

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We did a toast to more than 10 years of friendship with our CUPcakes instead of martini glasses.

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~*Day 8*~

The next day which was a Sunday, I awoke to pain and discomfort in my left eye which most of you would know was the start of my cornea infection and eye ulcers as written in this post.

Bestie Cyn and Godson Jase was to come over my house to 拜年.

My handsome boy with his bag  of mandarin oranges.

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My handsome boy was exposed to Candy Crush that day thanx to Godpa kh. It was good coz Jase was helping kh to clear the levels together while kh taught him how to play the game, leaving time for Cyn and I me to catch up with each other.

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Cyn's hair had got 3 shades of colour!

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Such a random candid shot.

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The mommies with cheeky Jase.

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Goofy Godma tried to match Goofy Godson's expression. I was trying to open my eyes as wide as possible as kh deemed that I looked half blind in all the shots before that.

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So there you go. A CNY post in the middle of March.


  1. Very interesting. :)

    Belle looks super adorable and I find your romper very cute ! ^__^

    I really want to make a cupcake right now ><

  2. Girl, even I know stripes and checks don't go together, and I wouldn't know fashion even if you'd hit me on the head with a Vogue magazine multiple times. So I think you did great!

    Hahaha, baby's toys make great props for photographs... There's an Elmo!!!

  3. RYC: If it weren't for my teacher's dedication, I still wouldn't have seen an IUD. She funded her box of mysteries all by herself, so she really was the best. I believe she wasn't even actually allowed to have one in the first place. I don't envy her though, it's probably not the easiest class to teach.

    I remember we had some sex ed ("where do babies come from?") when I was 11, but apart from giggles, I don't really know if we picked up anything in that class. It wasn't really a class anyway, just a 20yo video. Nothing about safe sex or STDs or anything. Had to wait until we were 16 before we could know about that.

  4. Jase is growing so fast! Wow, he's a young man. Try to slow him down a little.

    I'm sorry your group couldn't all sit5 together. You and kh achieved fashion disasters, but you both still looked great. I guess you two can wear anything. Oddly, your friends look different in the restaurant versus the it's two different sets of people.

  5. ahhh!! your outfit is so cute! i love the mix of stripes and plaid!! i really adore your stripe romper it's so cute!!!

    i LOVEEEEEEEEEE shabu shabu.. yum yum yum!! looks so yummy that beef looks so good!

    ahh i want those cupcakes look so good!! now i feel like i need some cupcakes hahahahahahaha!

  6. I think you look great actually. I love those glasses, they are precious! Am glad you all had a fun time out...looks wonderful. Have a great new week xx

  7. Hey Jo! Loving the fashion disaster! I think the guys win hands down. HaHaHa Your hubby in all that plaid was priceless. the food looked delicious!

  8. how fun! love all the photos! haha. i personally don’t really have any CNY story to share.. so = =... urs look pretty fun. haha

    but i like ur outfit and all the guys seems pretty funny =P


  9. hahaha I love your fashion makeovers!! and the gifs too :) very cute!!

  10. These photos are so funny.
    Since Google reader is going to discontinue I am following you now on bloglovin.

  11. RYC about the felt animals: Yep! They come in a kit. I found the store on etsy, the one that bubzbeauty purchased from but its mad expensive! Around $25USD for a pack... and these packets are sooo light as well... not sure why its so expensive.

    Sure! I'd love to feature it though I didn't take pictures of the steps, only the final product :P

  12. Haha I think you are the cutest worst dressed out of your entire group! What a fun idea though! This reminds me of the time I themed my birthday part as Pajama day lol

    We have shabu shabu restaurants here too and they look exactly the same, the same tray, dishes etc. Oddly enough the handful of times I had shabu shabu I would get a tummy ache, nothing too extreme but it's uncomfortable now I try and avoid it.

    re: I know what you mean about getting sick after too many sweet foods too, I don't know if it's cause I'm older but I really hate stuff that is too sweet now where as before the sweeter the better! Oh and yes my dialect is Cantonese, I'll as my parents if they know about lo hei, maybe they know it but we just don't do it, they get more lazy with tradition as we got older hahaha

  13. aww you guys are so silly and this all looks like so much fun. now i also want some hot pot. my stomach is grumbling as i type. lol.

    xoxo Sarah
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  14. london's beauty,

    Thank you for your sweet words. =)



    Your comment almost made me roll on the floor. And yes! The elmo on the face as a mask look so sinister. I’m surprised you could tell it was Elmo. I think our countries’ education system in terms of sex ed is the same then! 11 years old would be to learn about reproduction and 14 would be the one with the many “props”.



    I feel so too! One moment he was still a little boy and the next he is a young man. I kinda miss him when he was still a toddler and preschooler. Haha… In order to wear our outfits in public, we had to have some kinda “standard” despite stares. I agree with what you had said about my friends-- 2 different sets of people. Can you imagine if they wore their after-outfits out?



    I’m craving for beef in shabu shabu now!



    Thank you for your sweet words. It’s nice to hear comments of looking great in a fashion disaster outfit. Enjoy your weekend!



    The guys won hands down after being in the privacy of the home where they could go crazy. Hahaha. The look on the public’s faces when they saw my hubby was priceless.



    Thank you for your sweet words. =)



    Thank you for your sweet words. =)
    US$25 is really ex for a little kit. I think if we knew how to shop for the materials, it would be a lot cheaper. But then again it is the price to pay for convenience. Will check out your blog for the final product!



    Google reader is gonna discontinue??? I didn’t read anything about it. How did you come to know of this news? Meaning we can’t use the blogger follower function anymore?


    suki pooki,

    Probably all Jap eateries use the same kinda bowls and trays. They are always black and red, aren’t they? Hmm you seem to get tummy discomfort like I do. Probably coz shabu shabu is usually free flow and hence overeating? I’m craving for beef in sukiyaki soup now.
    I think Cantonese is beautiful. Singapore Hokkien sounds very coarse. Taiwanese Hokkien is beautiful though and I think the tone sounds like Cantonese.



    Thank you for your comment. =) My tummy is rumbling too.


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