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Friday, March 28, 2008

From Farfinette FarfinART to Tadashi Harada MorbidART

Walking along CK Tang one day, I was greeted by huge Fafi graffiti on the glass walls. It was then I realised that M.A.C has collaborated with Fafi for a launch of its new products. Now, I’m considering buying some M.A.C cosmetics just cos I like Fafi illustrations.

I did a draft write up on Fafi art 2 years back, together with all other artists’ works I adore. However, the comp crashed and since then, I was too lazy to redo another write up till now.

Fafi is an amazing graffiti artist! I love Fafi illustrations for its boldness and vibrant colours. I love the Farfinette characters for their sultry and sexy pout.

Cute, sweet and outrageous all at once, these female characters certainly stretches the boundaries of femininity and gender stereotypes.

Some nuggets about the artist (adapted and condensed from the official website):

Born and raised in Toulouse France, Fafi's strong presence in the street arts and fine arts scene was first witnessed on her hometown walls in 1994 against the backdrop of the vibrant local graffiti scene.

Back then, she was creating her sexy, sassy and outrageous girl characters called the Fafinettes which soon became her trademark. Her paintings caught the eye of many and very soon helped kick-start a whole new graphic language with its exploration of feminity through subversive stereotypes. Using it to her advantage, she drew enormous attention and thus started to travel the world with thousands of Fafinettes in her brushes and paint cans. Europe, USA, Japan, Hong-Kong… the planet is a playground.

Soon enough Sony would ask her to design a six-character toy set for the Time Capsules collection, an almost natural move for her three-dimensional measures. Other successful figurines would follow, as well as numerous expositions and collaborations with Colette, Adidas, LeSportSac, Coca-Cola and countless press stories in the most prestigious magazines (ie. Vogue, Elle, The Face, XLR8R, Yen etc...) and most recently M.A.C.

Her multi-faceted work was all documented in her books GIRLS ROCK (2003) and LOVE AND FAFINESS (2006), both being also successful prints in museum libraries and selected shops.

As for 2007, Fafi entered a new phase. Having become a mother and moving to Paris made her introduce a new depth to her creations. Now not only the Fafinettes are fly girls, they also run a whole universe of creatures, homes and vehicles. It's called The Carmine Vault-- a dreamy and peculiar place filled with new characters as magical and diverse as the girls themselves.

I like fafi but not enough to paint my room like this...

One of my faves-- Victorian-looking fafi which is something different from the usual...

[Picture credits: Fafi]


Totally bowled over by last week's issue of Urban

These beautiful shoes caught my attention when it was lying face up atop the pile of newspapers, waiting to be sold to the garang guni man.

Patent pumps from Miu Miu

I almost thought they were porcelain figurines.

Last week’s issue of Urban featured a smorgasbord of to-die-for shoes and fashion pages to usher in the Singapore Fashion Festival.

A Splash of Fashion and Colours exhibition

I wanna check it out but it’s all the way at Central Mall

Hopping from fafi cuteness to deathly moroseness is this exhibition which I wasn’t in time for.

Exhibition: Tadashi Harada Beauty Exhibition
Date: Mar 22-24.
Venue: Gallery, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane

“Art doesn’t always come in conventional (read: boring) forms. Hair and make-up for instance (when executed creatively), can also count as art. The case in point is Tadashi Harada— an established hair and make-up artist from Shiseido who is a regular at New Fashion week. Harada has an ongoing exhibition in Japan, after which some of the pieces will arrive in Singapore, while the rest continue to be shown in other parts of Japan. Having worked with celebrities like Orlando Bloom, Maggie Q and Kenichi Matsuyama (of Death Note fame), Tadashi Harada is an automatic inductee into the beautician’s Hall of Fame (if there were one). Captured in stills, his hair and make-up creations introduce a new dimension to beauty. Drawing inspiration from the Japanese Devilman comics, Harada’s works have deliciously dark overtones and needless to say, piqued our curiosity.”

[Extracted and edited from]

Ghostly pale model… Long, ebony lashes… White electrified hair… This photo evokes a sense of death. Certainly dark and intriguing…

Deep in my soul, I’ve always had the penchant for morbid arts as they never fail to draw me to them. Like a seductress beckoning me to go over, I cannot explain my attraction towards them. It’s weird how I can like the oh-so-cheerful-and-colourful Care Bears yet be so drawn to morbid arts.

By the way, I've completed my butterflies page on my notebook some time back.

Will expand more on the other page when I've got the mood.

To anyone who care to reply, do you see my side background as plain ugly brown or maroonish with leaf prints?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Trash the Dress

If only I could trash my dress...

with paint…

in the sun, sand and sea…

among the fishes…

and amidst an enchanted place.

Isn’t trashing the dress like the coolest thing one could ever do to her wedding gown?

And finally, my favoritest favourite of all
Photo credit: Ideal Wedding

This gives me an enchanted forest feel and I like that the couple is Asian. =)

I know that many couples especially the brides would hold lots of dreams for their ideal weddings. Realising the dreams at all is another matter. Trashing the dress would be one of my many dreams.

Being saboed to dance at my wedding???

Well, I sure hope I can boogie as well as this couple featured here:

Must watch!!! Their "Baby Got Back" dance is cool to the max.

The video clip was featured on The Ellen Degeneres Show. She was appealing for the couple to contact her should they watch that segment. Lo and behold! They appeared in one of the episodes after that. Such good-looking and fun-loving couple!

"Baby Got Back" always reminds me of one episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S where Ross and Rachel were trying to get baby Emma to laugh.

all photo credits: Flickr


Replies to Tags

25 Feb 08, 20:37
dia: hey cousin! haaha. yeah see? i came by to read ur posts.
Dear cuz dia. Hahaha… I’m almost a month late in replying here! I’m just so bz and whenever I’m bo liao, I’m lazy. Pop by more often!

27 Feb 08, 14:35
jus: real nice, so long nv come, so many updates and pictureful! i like ur NZ slides...i just returned from NZ! coolness place!! luv it! =)
16 Mar 08, 02:05
jus: i have that ndp 1991 file too!! =)
Hey! Which part of NZ did you go? I really agree that it’s a great place. Cool in every sense of the word. It was summer when I went but the weather was shiok if not cold at times. Great loos too. Even those roadside toilets are so cool! BTW, I’m surprised you still have that NDP file!!!

4 Mar 08, 12:50
reg: hey girl, haven't popped by in a while!! When is your ROM???? So excited for you!
Hey hey hey! Sorry for the WOLS reply. I also dunno when leh. Kh is looking to do it b4 his industrial attachment in July but me thinks it’s quite soon. Really clueless about lotsa stuff. I’ll probably have to ask you more about your own ROM to get some ideas. Haha thanx thanx.. like my frenz are all more excited for me than I am for myself. Your blog always got cobwebs eh? I think mine’s gonna be like that soon.

9 Mar 08, 17:36
sherin: hey babe, cheer up! seems like ur staying on aint going be to good for u. its good to have a change of environment. for me, i'm leaving my co. too. after being there for 3 years.
i believe the change will do me good. more exposure. though i anticipate hard work and late nights, but i guess its all part of learning and growing up. hope you know what's best for you. smile !!
Ooh… by the time I reply to this. I do not dread work as much as that time. Still vvvvvvvv bz and can nvr finish my tasks but at least now I don’t feel as shitty as that time. I’ll hang on to see where the sails take me for now. Good to hear that you are moving on for your own good. Same field? More exposure, more hard work, more late nights but if there’s job satisfaction, it’s all worthwhile.

10 Mar 08, 11:20
tiffy: should have joined us for supper the other day. next time free join us. cheer up babe. life is looking good. share with me what job next time!
The other day really cannot la. Too rushed from tuition and had lotsa work to complete that night. I’ve rejected the 2nd interview for that job. Even though it pays well, I don’t think I’ll wanna sacrifice certain things.

11 Mar 08, 10:00
ly: Take care. I hope you will be all smiles soon.
Thank you.

15 Mar 08, 01:52
passerby: Harlow.. did you buy any perfume that you review? Is Anna Sui Secret Wish nice?
I bought Dior Addict 2 summer version in the end. My review for all the perfume is in that review post if that is how you got here. I find Secret Wish pleasant but not lasting. However, if I were to choose again, I would choose Secret Wish over Dior summer coz the summer one is so light that it lasts as long as till I step out of my house.

15 Mar 08, 17:41
geraldine: yo gal! the wellness centre indeed does have the product to flush out toxins and such.highly recomm it! wait till u try out.... jus sms me
15 Mar 08, 17:42
geraldine: i cmf u super shiok to the max ar!!!
21 Mar 08, 12:40
geraldine: jolie! i set up another blog for my itsy bitsy not trealted to fashion stuff its linked to my magic-room so i suggest u relink this ned blog and get rid of the multiply link.. ok? ok?
21 Mar 08, 12:41
geraldine: arrghh!! so many typo error!! i mean the new blog add is replace the multiply link wif this...
21 Mar 08, 12:42
geraldine: and MY MAGICROOM BLOG IS ACTIVE DO NOT try anything FUNNY lolx!!! im must b crazy and too bored ahahha!
Woa… u flood my tagboard. I can see you were really bored. Hahaha… when I read what you said about “i cmf u super shiok to the max ar!!!”, I immediately thought of VIAGARA! I really want those that can flush out WORMS not just normal flush toxins and detox. Your Multiply link got some memories to look back leh. I’ll edit the links once I get down to editing my template.

20 Mar 08, 00:56
GUESS WHO?: Ay! You forgot all about your blog huh? Stop playing Facebook. Faster update and reply to tags. HAHAHAHAHAHA You got fans here one you noe?
I cannot guess who leh… 1 of the bimbos? Sms me! I didn’t forget about my blog. I’m just too lazy to clear the cobwebs. Judging from the lack of activity here from both blogger and readers, I hereby declare that I’ve got no fans.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

I bought myself a Chanel 2.55… … on Facebook that is.

“wow... this is a surprise. someone who was so adamant to not have an account in social websites such as friendster and facebook, has finally decided to open an account on facebook.”

Yes, Facebook was finally detected on my radar screen. For someone who hates social networking sites like Friendster, MySpace, yada yada, I was surprised at myself when I jumped on the bandwagon about 10 days ago.

I was greeted with loads of “finally you are here”, “what a surprise”, “welcome aboard”, “what took you so long” and what nots by my friends (who must have secretly thought that I belong to the walkman era).

After all the auto adding of friends on my hotmail contacts, I was so excited that I sms-ed a bunch of good pals to add me.

I was quite surprised that there were still quite a number of my friends who are stuck on another planet with no Facebook. Some of them were like me before I signed up—refusing to have any social network account.

Feeling so suaku whenever friends knew so much about other frenz coz of Facebook… Feeling so backdated about friends’ lives while the whole world get their updates through Facebook… Missing gatherings because they were arranged on Facebook… I SERIOUSLY THOUGHT THE WHOLE WORLD WAS ON IT!

I was sad when I heard that one of my good pals cyn was not on it coz she is one friend whom I’ll always miss and it’s just soooooooo difficult for the both of us to meet up. She claimed she was too “auntie” to join.

Then, the next day, I saw her friend request and her message:

“Yes Jo! You have NO IDEA but YOU were the REASON why i joined!
Thought to myself that OMG if Jo is already there, what am i still doing outside! :p”

Boy was I touched.

My 2nd sis was one of the Project FB instigators. Due to the fact that she works at “some ulu place at the 'top' of the hill”, she is able to view the profiles of many local celebrities and their friends. Every night, she would be showing me interesting and funny stuff about these people. She would also constantly egg me on to join Facebook as she thought it was really boh liao fun.

The morning after I’ve created an account, she smirked at me and said, “I see you have finally decided to join but you so poor thing only got 14 friends.”

“Hmm… I registered just this morning at 3am so have 14 friends already considered very good mah.”

Exactly 24 hours after I’ve joined, I’ve “closed sales” at 50 friends.

The above sentences weren’t meant to brag. I’m merely poking fun at my sister who has yet to wipe the smirk off her face coz I’m still 2 friends behind her. If poking doesn’t work, I’ll have to throw a sheep at her. What’s up with all the poking and sheep throwing anyway? Real people don’t go round poking and throwing sheep.

Right now after a period of ten days, I have a humble pool of 89 friends. This is really incomparable to some people with a few hundreds friends or even a few thousands. I really wonder about these people. Their list of contacts ranges from the socialites in America to the man who looks like my grouchy neighbour residing on the third floor.

There are lots of people who make use of such social networking sites to boost their egos. I believe that they would add as their friends anyone who'd so much as boogied on the same dance floor with them at Zouk or are their colleague’s brother’s cousin’s neighour’s dog’s owner’s niece’s best friend, so that they could then brag about how they had forty thousand friends and were more popular than the Pope. After having added these "friends" and upping their friends count to fifty thousand, they would then ignore them completely, since they were just after the ego-padding.

There are pros and cons to such extensive social networking sites.

There is no privacy.

Oh purleeze… you want privacy then don’t sign up la.

What I am referring to would be all the mini feed and news feed.

Who in the right mind would wanna know that Jolene learned a new action on My Heroes Ability at 4.31pm, Jolene sent an Emo to their friends at 1.32pm, Jolene accepted a fun gift and so on?

A stalker would not even bother with such minute details.

Then comes the news feed which summarises all of your friends' recent activity -- Tom feels for Jerry’s loss, Dick joined the group Viagara No More, Harry posted a photo of his hairy balls, Bareman and Robbin are in a relationship and so on. Does anyone really give a hoot about all these?

My sister encountered one of this “invasion of privacy” incident when she amended her relationship status. When she signed up, she put her relationship status as “Single” because she was single… duh! Thereafter, she realised that her profile would be accessible in the “Single” network and hence removed that status. What appeared on every of her friends homepage at the news feed column was “Jxxxxx Lxx is no longer single”. She received floods of messages asking her if she had just gotten attached.

We really laughed our heads off at this.

There is an application which I particularly detest -- Friends for Sale. Basically, one could buy his or her friends as pets and to earn some virtual money when their pets are being bought by others. I was mad at the friend who started me on this by buying me. And then later I let loose a little and my friends went round buying each other. I also bought a couple of pets to keep. All my pets are friends who are close to me or those funny siao onz friends. I was also fine with decent owners since they are people I know. After 2 days of not logging in, I was shocked to find that my owner wasn’t my friend anymore but a complete stranger with a collection of 30 female pets.

Before I continue, I must clarify that my profile photo isn’t the least bit suggestive or revealing at all. I don’t think I look like a slutty bitch too.

Ok then after viewing the application’s history feed, I found out that I had exchanged hands many times as all the “owners” kept “buying” me from one another.

I got too expensive that the friend who kept buying me back apologised to me that she could not afford to buy me anymore as my price had gotten too high after too many exchanges. I felt so bad that she had to apologise when it wasn’t even her fault.

Those strangers who bought me are those with many female pets. I dunno if I’m a prude or whether I’m making a big fuss but I felt that they are merely buying female pets as trophies to show off. Some of the photos of these females were very suggestive and I felt so degraded to be placed alongside with them. I was really offended. Since when has this friend buying thing become a stranger buying thing?

I’m still trying to think of a witty reply to his message. It’s been 2 days and I’ve lost my wits.

Another thing I do not particularly fancy is random (male) strangers poking. I mean what the hell does poking mean? Isn't it weird to have male strangers poking you? Male poke female odd. Male poke male even more bizarre. Could they have wanted to poke so much in real life but could not such that they have to unleash all in the virtual world? If that is the case, I wonder if each poke is orgasmic for them.

I also dislike people requesting to add me as friends just coz they liked my photo or I’m their friend’s friend’s friend or they came across my profile page or I belong to this group or just because they want to have me as a Facebook friend. It’s so superficial. Most of the time, I just decline politely and they were also cordial about it.

Superficial aside, I’ve found a few lost friends— People whom you always hang out with at some point of time or people whom you get along very well but have touch with them etc. It was heart warming to read the wall messages as well as inbox messages from friends whom I never thought I would see them again. It was great to catch up with friends whom I have not talked to for months coz of my lack of msn.

Nonetheless, amidst all the friend-finding, I’ve grown to accept the fact that sometimes it is no use seeking lost friendships. Some people may have been my really close friends at some points in my life but the friendship now and the friendship in the past are poles apart. We might have stood up a lot for one another in the past. We might have shared many hugs and cries. We might have gone through difficult phases in our lives together. However try as I might, the friendship would never be the same again. Time do drifts people apart. What we should do is to treasure the beautiful memories.

I’m still trying to find the time for it. Facebooking is absolutely time consuming with all the pet petting and feeding, using of heroes power, returning gifts, adding applications, replying to messages, writing on walls, requesting to be friends, accepting friends and all the countless boh liao things one could do.

With as many as 70 emails a day, opening my email during the first few days of joining warranted a series of heart attacks that I had to leave my laptop on while doing my marking just to refresh the page every now and then.

Love this parody of Facebook. Check out the poke poke poke segment… Hahaha…

To any friends reading this, do add me if you have Facebook k?


TAGS replies coming soon. Sorry for the delay.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Backdated entries for Chinese New Year

I know I’m so late. Fancy updating cny happenings in March. There is so much more important stuff to settle than to blog. I suspect I would be dying of excessive heart palpitation at work soon.

I used to dislike Chinese New Year coz I could not put up with all these.

As the years go by, I do not loathe it that much anymore.

[Past entry for 2005]

[Past entry for 2006]

[Past entry for 2007]

For this year, I was actually looking forward to it. Of course, I still dislike public holidays “eating” into my non-teaching days as that means I’ve gotta clock a lot of extra hours to clear my curriculum. However, I pia-ed so hard with the nice colleagues helping out that I know this year’s cny would serve as a good break for me.

It sure was. I suffered from DWWS (Don’t Wanna Work Syndrome) after that.

Preparation for CNY

Change of hairstyle and clothes shopping

I went to perm my hair at gera’s.

Natural looking curls

My new hair

Well, it does look the same as before. The only difference is that I don’t have to bun up my hair to achieve the wave effect anymore.

After a hell lot of layering and some shortening...

Feels so much lighter now!

Remember how I rebonded my hair last May and it became wavy again?

A few months after that, it became not wavy yet not straight. Picture a broom. For this whole time, I’ve been living with this shitty hairstyle. It got so bad that I had to bun my hair everyday just to keep it wavy.

On the same day, we met up with her friend and we could click very well with each other. Guess we are all same pattern ba. We spent a loooooong time at this wellness place and I was very shocked at my health level. My body weight ratio in terms of fats, water and muscle is terrible. I wonder what happen to all the food I eat. I really suspect that I’ve got worms and other parasites in my intestines eating up all my nutrition. Anybody knows how to flush them out?

After that health screening, we went crazy shopping for clothes. I bought lots and lots of pretty dressy clothes and more dresses to add to my wardrobe of unworn dresses. So terrible!

Tried this just for fun as it reminds us of what the principal in zao an lao shi wore

I came across this pretty little number in a magazine…

A short cocktail dress which I really like a lot. I’ve always had the desire to be clad in a short fitting white dress for ROM.

Me & gera

Was experimenting with my newly bought acrylic paint in white and practising my brush control

I’ve still got A LOT to learn.

I’m very weird practical. I paint my nails to protect them. My stubby nails are extremely soft and weak. Those kind which and bend and peel easily. That was why I always kept them short coz I found it very gao3 wei4 to have long and soft nails. However, recently I could not bear to cut my nails short coz I would be constantly playing with them by painting and I really didn’t know how to survive w/o playing with paints.

Hence, in order to protect the long nails for spring cleaning, I’ve to haphazardly paint a coat over just to make them hard. They can be chipped, they can be cracked, they can be scratched or peeled, I don’t really care. Coz I knew that I would be removing them, painting again and practicing my amateur “nail art” on them.

Spring cleaning my room

As mentioned before, I took a few late nights all the way till the eve just to clean my room. One reason why I took a particularly long time to clean up was coz I was always in a dilemma whether to throw or keep certain things. You know me la, such a sentimental person.

Clearing my folders, I found these boh liao doodling with evan.

I could still remember we were attending an FASS talk and we were pretty bored.

Cute little rodents

This was the backing of whichever clear folder I carried back in sec sch, jc and uni. It was printed by my st nicks band junior. I had the intention to cut them out to paste onto cards but the way she arranged these little rodents looked like they were not meant to be cut.

Foolscap paper from jc

I wonder if any of the jc bunch still have their foolscap.

Cute cat from a Precious Moments catalogue

Precious Moments figurines are always a great joy to look at and admire coz I know I would never spend the money on such decorative ornaments. They are all really pretty but only this managed to capture my attention for a long time. If this is available in Singapore, I think I may consider buying it. Really love the way the little kitten is slinking into the heels.

National Day file 1991

Why did I still keep this file? Coz the cardboard is of a sturdy material and I love the art work. I could never be as talented as these people.

This file also housed my sec sch and jc stuff like A4 sized projects, some teeny bopper posters and some of my amateurish drawings.

Trying my hands at portrait drawing

Are you able to guess who this is?

I was crazy over Sailormoon cartoons back then, especially that yan wei fu meng mian xia.

Squall from Final Fantasy VIII

Most of my drawings were drawn on one sided rough paper or on any scraps of paper I could find whenever I had the mood. Sometimes, I also doodled in my notebook. Designs for clothes, accessories and other fashion items were scrawled on dribs and drabs that I’ve since thrown away coz I could never draw them as well as I pictured them in my mind’s eye.

Then, I came across this book.

It was a birthday present from Bei many many years ago. She got it from Australia and said the cover design was some aussie tribal artwork. She thought it would be great to put all my drawings in it. The pages are still pristine white. No signs of yellowing. I haven’t used it coz I’m still the same as before-- drawing on all kinds of papers whenever I have the inspiration.

Evercare address book

The names in the book all had pagers as contacts. Pagers!!! Those were the time.

Cute unused Siemens notebook

Remember this tiny hp aimed at the ladies? This is the actual size and check out the cover. You could slide it just like the real hp. Who could bear to use this little notebook I ask you?

I love this Care Bear sticker album from the 80s.

Care Bear lovers, let’s reminisce shall we?

Presenting the different Care Bear characters

The complete pictures

The incomplete pictures

Christmas theme

After I was done with these 3 drawers, I proceeded to pack the cupboard which I stash all my NUS readings. I’ve cleared the readings from many modules way back. What were left were those from interesting modules. I kept them thinking that I would take them out to read whenever I was free.

This is really cute

Colourful Jolene

yiz would always write my name on my geog lecture notes with her countless coloured markers before she passed them to me as I was always late for lecture.

Off to the garang guni… I figured I would never have the time for these anyway

Cute stickers which I could not bear to use

A watch from Evercare

I would peer into the glass window of this Christian bookshop near st nicks everyday, admiring the watch. I also loved the words on the belt which read “Be positive. Be happy.” Then after saving for weeks, I went into the shop and bought it. I felt so proud of myself that day. Now, the face of the watch had been scratched so badly, the transparent purple belt has turned yellow and it looked totally bad. It had to go to the bin.

20 over years old sharpener

My sisters and I called this “house sharpener”. We used to empty the pencil shavings inside to use it as a house for our toys. This had to be thrown away coz it’s spoilt but none of us could bear to throw it.

A hand-made gift from one of my star student in ex co.

I wonder how she is now. I saw her face in the newspapers last year.

perfume from my very missing good friend

The perfume has long turned stale. The words and memories stay on. Well, since the last time I wrote that missing friends entry, she is still very missing. Calls made to her hp and house went unanswered. The many sms-ed I sent now and then were never replied.

I washed my toys and there they were hanging out to dry

I think they really looked cute pegged up on the window grille. I hope they don’t feel pain.

On the eve

I went out with mum to do last minute shopping and came back with fresh food, shoes, and heaps of decorations.

I’ve seeen so many rats decorations, but none a cute as these.

The boyboy and girlgirl mouse-looking rat look so adorable that I had to force my mum to buy them. She also agreed that those were the cutest cartoon mouse outta all the mickeys and minnies and jerrys. Got fluttery eyelash some more leh.

They were all going at a low price since it was already the eve.

My mum bought so many decos to give to relatives.

Bought my shoes at unbelievable prices. They are similar to those you find in town but at only $20+ and $30+. Some of their designs could go as low at $10+ even.

My shoes collection.

As usual, the afternoon and evening would be spent helping mum to make ngor hiang. She makes the best ngor hiang ever!

Played around with some bright and dark red hues and got this…

I liked the left thumb one best. The “nail art” on my right hand is super ugly coz duh… I was using my left hand.

Later in the night, I brought a bag of nail polishes to paternal grandma’s house as my mum and sis thought I could paint their nails there and she could not decide which colours to choose. In the end, I helped my aunt and my cute and guai cousin, Siying, to paint their nails. My cute cousin was very enthusiastic to try her brush painting skills so I let her do her left hand and toenails. Such a little artist she is.

Siying is so sensible and guai. I really love talking to her so much. Her little brother is also very guai. They are so sensible and not spoilt at all. Nowadays, such guai kids are rare.

Something worth penning down… My grandma actually addressed me by my name accurately on one occasion and I’m soooooo happy till now. My grandma is getting a little senile. She is quite old and cannot see well at all. She still thinks we are kids and are still schooling. She had to ask for our names a few times throughout the night so imagine my joy when she could suddenly address me by my name correctly.

Every CNY, we would tie a red ribbon around Simba. We did the same for this year… to her cute little urn that is.

I’m so glad that mum isn’t making a huge fuss about the urn anymore.

Day 1

I tried to line a winged cat eye…

… with this Japanese brand liquid eyeliner from Watson’s

It reads “1 Day Tattoo” and “REAL LASTING EYELINER 24h”.

I thought, “Great! Now my cat eyes can last the whole day.”

Please don’t ever buy it. You can practically do chromatography with it. It washes off easily with tears such that I could not even yawn the whole day. When I wiped my tears onto a piece of tissue, the black ink spread into purple, blue and green. Most beautiful chromatography I’ve ever done.

If you’re not those who tears easily, it’s fine. The brush tip applicator is very smooth and fine and hence great for drawing defined lines. That’s about all its pros.

Went over to maternal eldest aunt’s place.

Visiting was great. I had fun catching up with my relatives especially my cousin P. She’s getting married soon and moving over to the States. I would so love her life. Why is everybody moving to the States except me???

*Looks at kh but knows that this dream is impossible*

Nice car downstairs

Posing with the car

Hopped over to paternal grandma’s place.

Lim Chee Guan bak kwa ho ah!

The tv broke down so there wasn’t really much we could do. My paternal grandma is a very simple lady who lives life simply. There wasn’t any other form of modern entertainment in the house save for the newspapers. No Playstation 1, 2, 3, no X-box, no Wii… My younger cousins are all very guai and do not own a PSP (many kids I know of got their PSP by throwing tantrums). The sister and brother cousins were contented with sharing a small little hand held game that only had one-colour-tone car racing game in it.

My jiu3 gui3 cuz didn’t bring his jiu3. Seeing that everyone was bored, he suggested watching CJ-7. Even my grandma agreed to watch. I thought it was very cute.

Just a few minutes before she agreed, the conversation in Hokkien went like this:

jiu gui3 cuz: Ah ma. Ai kee Balestier kua hee mai?
(Loosely translated: Grandma. Want to go Balestier watch show or not?)

Ah ma: HUH? Kee Ma lei sia kua hee??? Mai la mai la.
(Loosely translated: HUH? Go Malaysia watch show? Dowan la dowan la. )

After much laughter, the entourage of 18 trooped to this ulu Balestier place which was super crowded that day.

The incomplete shots...

Initially, I thought CJ-7 was a stupid show and watched just coz everyone else was watching. It turned out to be not too bad. I’ve always loved Stephen Chow’s shows since primary school. So LAMB but so funny. I almost cried at some heartwarming scenes too. If not for my lousy eyeliner, I would have cried openly. I love the cute little boy too. I think he’s so cute and handsome. I have this fetish for little boys (move your cute little sons far away from me). It was only after the movie that I found out he is actually a little girl.

We (the older cousins) all became CJ-7 after the show

We had nowhere to go for dinner except kfc. This is the FIRST time eating KFC on cny.

My cuz very funny. This is the only time I didn’t wanna take photo of food with people urging me to do so.

“This one must take photo. Very rare leh. KFC dinner on Chinese New Year!” they said.

Jiu3 gui3 posing as a glutton for my camera

After that, we went to Dempsey, Hacienda for a drink.

Must be healthy so drink red wine

Jiu3 gui3 cuz & his wife

All of us

Cuz’s car decal

We are devils.

My fingers were feeling itchy at home so I tried painting flowers on my tak glam toenails.

Yay… my toenails are more glam liao!

Day 2

Went to cuz P.’s house and continued our updates and “gossips”.

Cuz P and me

Also managed to get lotsa updates from best cuz dia too. One cny is never enough for all the updates that we had to plan a meet up to finish our stories.

Our parents

This year’s quan jia fu

After that, we went over to 6th aunt’s place before zipping off to paternal small aunt’s place nearby.

This house also happens to belong to the same uncle who always serves alcoholic drinks as beverages to his guest. Vodka lime he said “lime juice”, screwdriver he said “orange juice”, bourbon coke he said “coke”. As long as you are 18, you don’t drink soft drinks and packet drinks at their place.

Dad’s side people are all jiu3 gui3 and du3 gui3. Only dad isn’t. The blood runs in the females… Haha… esp my mum ad my da jie. I’m no jiu3 gui3 and du3 gui3!

Sumptuous fare

I was so happy to see J. jie jie and her adorable son. I haven’t seen her since small aunt’s wedding in 2005!

I could not make it for her gatherings the past years. Didn’t get to see her with her big tummy, Dylan’s 1 mth old, Dylan’s 1 year old etc.

This is the cuz whom everyone says we look alike. However, I think she’s way prettier and hotter. Oh I really love her sexy curls and unique dress sense!

I’ve always admired hot mummys.

Being the only great grandson on my dad’s side, everyone was fawning over Dylan. (Over at my mum’s side, my grandma is already a great grandma of sooooooooo many little ones as the family is so big and also coz many of my cuzs married at a young age.)

Dylan didn’t like anybody to touch or carry him coz he’s just so active that he was running everywhere the whole time. He just had to busy himself with things always.

He sulked when he had to sit down.

After a while, he started to stick to me. I suspect I’m a kid magnet. The rest of them insist it’s coz I look like his mum.

He was such a sweet boy. He used his little hankie and started wiping everywhere. When everyone laughed at and teased him for doing the housework, he kept giggling and continued “cleaning” other parts of the house enthusiastically.

He got so enthusiastic in “wiping” the coffee table that he knocked a champagne glass over, spilling its content all over the table and floor. The cousins (who are his uncles and aunts) hurriedly wiped the crime scene. He didn’t know that what he had done was wrong. He stood by the side and watched us for awhile before attempting to use his hankie to mop up the mess.

We all went screaming, “NOOOOooooooo!!!!”

He got a small shock and ran away.

After a few minutes, he came back to “wipe” the table but dropped the tissue box in the process. He smiled, picked up the tissue box and tried to put it back onto the table. Like watching a dvd on repeat, he tipped a paper cup down the table and spilt its content all over the floor once more.

His mum saw that we were wiping the spill, put two and two together and brought Dylan back to the scene of crime. She chastised him for being playful and making all the uncles and aunts clean up his mess. He stood there and stared wide-eyed at the mess. He looked so innocent and pitiful!

After that, I explained to J. jiejie that he was merely picking up what he had dropped and putting back at its original spot but she maintained that it was not right to go to the coffee table and disturb the adults watching tv.

Besides, being hardworking, Dylan was also a greedy little boy. He kept eating potato chips meant for the adults. You know how kids use their whole hands instead of their fingers to grab food? That was exactly what he did which sealed his gluttony image further.

Finally when I thought it was enough chips for the day, I brought him to wash his hands. He knew how to rub his hands with soap and to lean forward to turn on the tap all by himself as my hands were busy carrying him. There wasn’t any hand towel and he asked me where to wipe his wet hands. Then, he saw the toilet paper and started pulling it. After wiping his hands, he didn’t wanna throw the paper into the toilet bowl and asked for the dustbin. So cute!

After all his cute and guai antics in the loo, he ran all the way back to the coffee table and dipped his both hands right into the plate of chips.


A very blur photo of us

Dylan looks cute only when J. jiejie and I don’t look good so must crop.

I had a very long heart to heart talk with J. jie jie about many stuff especially married life, work and kids. In a way, I feel very connected to her. There are a few coincidences in our lives. We are both Geminis (Dylan as well, his birthday is a day before mine). Our temper and characteristics are similar. Her hubby and kh are both from AF and they have been playing soccer in the same team almost every Sunday morning w/o knowing that their wife and gf are cousins. I also could not remember how we found out about it. Kh thinks he’s a nice person. He also thinks kh is a nice person. He dotes on my cuz so much and kh dotes on me a lot too. Since both our SOs are from the same “co”, we could understand each other’s lives quite well.

I was really happy to see her that day.

We ended the day and parted with bitchiness. Hahaha… She was warning me that by hook or by crook, I have to take leave just to attend Dylan’s birthday celebration this year.

“Take leave la. What are leaves for? For you to take mah.”

Ok, just for her, I’ll try to take leave.

This photo was taken by Siying using hp hence the poor resolution.

By the end of the day, my cat eyes became from this…

to all smudgey and almost gone

Day 3

Well, there were a couple of “first times” this cny. This year would be the first time when our house wasn’t open for visiting. Day 3 used to be the day when our house would be opened for visiting and my sisters and I had to try as far as possible not to arrange for any friend’s visiting that day as we had to help out in the house.

This year, my parents were busy with their stuff so we were free to go visiting.

I met up with the st nicks band people and saw people whom I haven’t seen in years. Was very glad to see yiz but we didn’t really talk much. Gal, you’ve gotta update me more. I’m missing a lot and I’m getting all updates about you from your mum to my mum.

Lo hei vidz
I did not have enough memory space but they did say a couple of funny Mandarin couplets just when my video stopped recording. Somewhere along the line of “No bf, faster find bf. Got bf, faster marry. Married liao, faster give birth”

The dull colour people

Traffic light colours. It was unanimous.

At New York New York…

The other side of the table so colourful?

NEHMIND! Our side action zui3 zui3 ji colourful yi xia wor.

Celebrating S’s birthday

One upon a time we had a jumbo sized yu sheng

My er jie bought this from Sakae

Compare its size in relation to the mandarin oranges

I love salmon yu sheng. It’s not authentic but what’s an authentic yu sheng anyway?

CNY celebration at co

Look at what another colleague did to the flowers I gave to colleague A.

She claimed she was doing Japanese flower arrangement based on a scalene triangle delineated by three main points.

Some cute drawings

We were discussing our skit for Team Building in April and came up with a LAMB plot. (Think Stephen Chow)

For this year, we had zhu chao dinner downstairs unlike the usual catered buffet food.

Aren’t we cute?

Let’s end off this post with the vodka collection


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