Monday, March 01, 2010

Roaring Tiger New Year

I've been really slow in my photo journal updates.

A myriad of NYC photos awaits to be edited, put into collages and watermarked.

Since it's still February (March by the time I publish this) and still CNY, I'll continue my photo journal update from the Lunar New Year happenings before the festive mood dies off.


~*CNY Eve (13 Feb)*~

I had dinner with my new family at Soup Restaurant. That was the very first reunion diner with kh and family.

Nobody brought camera. I thought my bil would bring his slr. In the end, I'd to snap photos with my lousy nokia hp.


~*CNY Day 1 (14 Feb)*~

A family portrait before we set off

or 2

I kinda like the faded effect done by my bil and he likes that too. However, since CNY must be bright and cheery, he did another one with a richer tone. I think we look really colourful up there.

This is my first CNY as kh's wife and Day 1 was spent visiting his relatives. We visited distant relatives and I soon lost count of how many homes we stepped into and got quite confused by the sea of faces around me.

The weather was hot and humid and by the time night fell, all I could think of was heading back home for a cool shower.

Some random shots

Outfit for the day
Theme: Bright and Bold
Style: Fuschia pink top paired with bib necklace; denim super minis; patterned stockings with casual chic grey shoes; hair was self curled using curling tong


~*CNY Day 2 (15 Feb)*~

First was to head back to my family home for a sumptuous lunch.

The rest of Day 2 was spent visiting my relatives. It had been the same for the past 2 years. Everybody would gather at small aunt's place for my dad's side and 6th aunt's place for my mum's side.

6th aunt is so cute lor. Aside from her cute infectious laughter, she actually had our weddng photos framed up in the study room. We see liao also pai seh. Machiam our study room. Wahaha...

Some random photos

Outfit for the day
Theme: All things sweet and lacey
Style: Tokyo Fashion net yarn outer piece over flower print inner piece; white cropped leggings with pink frilly lace shoes; hair was styled simlar to Day 1


~*CNY Day 3 (16 Feb)*~

Back to visiting kh's side. This time we practically "camped" at Holland V coz that's where most of his paternal relatives stay.

It was a long long dinner table and a long long dinner.

The cuz played lots of bridge and tai tee during the day.

The evening was spent chatting with my friend cum cuz-in-law. I'm always so glad to know her before she married into this family coz we understand each other very well and there's always so much to talk to her about.

You know how some people exude positive vibes and genuine warmth? How some people do not make you feel awkward or uncomfortable in your own skin? She's just like that.

At night, we went over to that cousin pair's house to play mahjong. They played mj while I flipped cuz-in-law's endless Japanese magazines while watching Memoirs of a Geisha on channel 5.

Outfit for the day
Theme: Gold for a golden year ahead
Style: Gold outer piece with chains over frilly white blouse; casual Levis Jeans; strappy black stiletto with golden zipper; hair was blown sleek straight

That day, I tried on a trial pair of freshlook Illuminate in big eyes effect.

PS: Pardon the bad make up. The picture was taken in the wee hours of the morning after I got home with falsies removed, tired eyes and all.

I always feel that "big eyes" contacts make no difference to my eyes overall. However when I removed one of them and compared up close, I could see a significant difference. Could you see which is the one without?

Special thanx to a sweet old friend of mine who handed me 5 pairs of big eyes Illuminate, 4 pairs of coloured Illuminate (blue, green, grey & hazel) and 5 pairs of Focus Dailies and urged me to try them out. They were all complimentary of course.

I will try the rest of the colours slowly.


~*CNY Day 4 (17 Feb)*~

While most poor souls had to get back to work, there were some souls who had that day off or were on leave.

I confess that the "no-lifer" me did think of going back to work coz I was really quite worried about the SOW for term 2 and all the other work piled up due to the CNY holidays. However, I decided to have work life balance -- enjoy the 4 days of break and work doubly hard when I get back to work the next day.

There was an impromptu meet up with sushi and regina before the former head back to Melborne for her course.

Our so-called last photo till she comes back in April

After that, kh and I had a post Valentine's day cum 9-year anniversary dinner at the Boathouse.

[Aside: Xmas wreath still hangs at the door even when CNY is here.]

V-day clashing with CNY Day 1... Booooooo
V-day celebration away from the rest of the crowd... YAY!

I was surfing the internet for fine dining restaurants to check out and asked kh to picked one from a few options. He chose this place in the end after reading the review from ladyironchef.

I fell in love with the place once I saw the exterior. I looks just like its name.

Step inside and I felt as if I was transported back to those days when the maritime adventures rules history texts.

Ancient photographs bordered by antique frames and old fashioned map on the wall contribute to its classic nostalgia; white, earth tones and wood lent a hand to its clean and laidback feel. However, they could do with cushions on their wooden chair. I felt like Goldilocks on Papa Bear's chair.

The tables are placed quite far apart which gives a feeling of emptiness if you decide to see the glass as half empty or a feeling of spaciousness if you see it as half full. Nobody would go through great lengths to eavesdrop on your conversation that's for sure.

There was only another couple there and seeing them talk was like watching a silent movie. They were chatting and laughing but we couldn't hear a thing except for alternative jazz music playing softly in the background. kh and I whispered for fear of being too noisy. After a while, we were more relaxed and started talking in our usual volume. I bet the other couple was watching a silent movie of us too.

They have huge wine bottles everywhere

I don't understand the lukewarm reviews from other food blogs and websites. Kh and I found the food much to our liking.

I won't be doing a full review as lots of what I would write about would wind up being similar to ladyironchef (since kh ordered similar food according to the recommendations) so let's enjoy the photos without much of my interjection.

Alright, the main excuse is I'm famished now and it's 2.34am. The food photos are making me drool.

The fish chowder sea bass carpaccio was interesting.

A bowl of what looked like slices of "yu sheng" or shashimi was served on the table. We wondered if they've gotten our orders correct. Next, the waitress started pouring hot chowder in circular movements around the carpaccio, slowly drizzling the slices with creamy soup. The fish slices were cooked to perfection from the heat of the soup.

The chowder was so good that we lapped up every golden, creamy drop.

The foie gras was HEAVENLY! MMmm.... rich, buttery, velvety. I'm craving for foie gras now as is always case whenever I blog about foie gras.

Desserts of white chocolate semifreddo and creme brulee weren't cloyingly sweet. I love desserts which are not cloyingly sweet as they tempt my tastebuds for more to come.

Even though desserts were delicious, I wouldn't really pay $15 for each. Kh had initially wanted to try out some desserts at Prelude-- a rooftop bar upstairs which serves desserts as well. Unfortunately, it was closed that evening.

We lamented good-naturedly that it was just our bad luck and the waitress replied with a smile that it must had been planned that way so that we could return another time.

Can't decide if I like unflashed with warm tones but shadowed silhouette or harsh flash with bright faces.

We hung around on the "deck" for a while, taking in the beautiful sights of the "chun dao he pan", hotel skylines and the Esplanade while the gentle breeze playfully ruffled our hair.

Reflection shots

Outfit for the day
Theme: Jappy cute
Style: Nautical knitted dress; chunky round necklace in stark contrast to the stripes, patterned stockings with casual chic grey shoes again; hair tied in a cutesy girlish style (1st experiment but I kinda like the look and so went out with it... kh didn't like it though.)

Green eyeshadow to match my act-cute green hair accessory

I'm still experimenting with Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion over tape and a Mayelline Diamond Glow in Green Copper shadow palette. I like how shimmery it looked that I lined the beige colour all over my lower rim as well. Photos certainly can't capture the shimmers well.

The whole yummy series and lot more not pictured here.

[Picture credit: mywomenstuffcom]

~*CNY thoughts and reflections*~

On giving ang pows...

Before CNY, I thought that being married means being a lot poorer during the CNY period. As hubby and I calculated the number of people to dole out ang pows to and the amount in total, we nearly died.

Getting married and being married certainly is an expensive process one has to go through in life.

In Hokkien speak -- Jin jiak lugi ah.

In Malaysia, the newly weds have to give 2 ang pows to each person. Fortunately in Singapore, we don't have such practice.

We were rather confused as there are many people who said newly weds are exempted from distributing ang pows during their first year, yet there are others who say otherwise.

kh and I tried to recall if we've received ang pows from our married cousins during their 1st year and yup, some of them did give during their first.

We decided to give even though it's our 1st year and were glad that we did.

Big returns you know?

It was great to see smiles on the kids' faces. Some cousins who are older or about the same age were embarrassed while there were many others who received in glee albeit mischievously.

We were also glad that we've put huge smiles on both sets of parents. My in-laws did not expect us to give at all and they thought that we "很会做人". Enquired about how much we 包 for grandparents and upon hearing, were beaming non-stop.

There were a few relatives on both sides who gave us ang pows, explaining to us that it's ok to receive during the 1st year.

One of my aunt gave us in front of everyone and jokingly said,
"This year I give you all. Next year, remember to give my 2 grandchildren ok?"

I answered,
"Oh but we're already giving this year."

For the next few moments after that, more aunts came forward and gave us ang pows.

LOLz... That wasn't my intention but since they give, then we take lor. =D

By the end of it all, I actually felt a sense of satisfaction giving ang pows. I texted some of my married frenz and those who are on the same wavelength as me all agreed that even though giving ang pows would set them financially back by a considerable amount, they felt really happy making people's day.

To quote a good friend,
"We are the same. That's why we're all so poor but happy."

As cliche as it sounds, happiness is something money cannot buy.

On I could kill the next person who asks "When are you gonna have kids?...

No boyfriend that time, people ask, "Got boyfriend or not?

Got boyfriend that time, people ask, "Why never ask him come?"

Got boyfriend since time immemorial, "When getting married?"

Finally gotten married liao, "When 抱 baby?"

It's really annoying but I've learnt to laugh it off.

On marriage is between two families and not two persons...

Understood it long time ago but finally experienced more of it during CNY.

My nsensitive keyboard problem is still an ssue. Forgive me if you see lots of missing letters and spelling error in the whole post. I got too tired having to cnstantly amend the mistake. That's wy Itook a long time to get this post up.


  1. Hi. Wat alot of different looks for e whole of e new yr. Really sweet n pretty. Can i ask u a few things?

    1. Where u buy e grey shoes n stockings?
    2. e pink lacey slippers
    3. e black strappy heels
    4. e white n blue dress n is it hot to wear in our hot weather since it's knit material?

  2. Hello Godma Jolene
    Looks like you had an enjoyable lunar new year. I agree with you totally on the new year thoughts.
    Marriage is between two families and you can't be too selfish and naive to live as a married couple without caring for the families on both sides. I have many married friends who are so selfish and often complaint about their loss during new year. Some of them complaint about the hectic visiting and if only their cousins are not too reproductive to have so many children. They even plan beforehand not to go to so many places so as to save the red packets. In the end, these people pamper themselves with branded goods and holidays. They are above average or even rich as they scrimp on others and splurge on themselves.
    I read your thoughts while nodding my head in agreement as I'm like you. I feel the joy of giving. I tried telling to my friends and they said I'm the most stupid person to think that way. I'm glad to see someone like you who thinks the same way with yor friends giving support. I must say you are lucky to have such kind friends and I think it's because you yourself is like that and that is why birds of a feather flock together. I'm so upset with my friends sometimes.
    Everyone can see what a great person you are from your friendship with Cynthia and the great lengths you go to help a friend in need. Your love for your god children too.
    Press on and I pray to God for Charmaine's health and for the family to regain their normalcy.
    Have a good weekend.

  3. Anon,

    Hi there. I assume you are a Singporean?

    1. Grey shoes were from a shop called Image Turn in Far East Plaza. Happen to have the shoe box behind me to refer. Stockings were from a shop in Northpoint.

    2. Pink lacy slippers were from Far East Plaza too but I can't recall the shop name or the level.

    3. Black strappy heels were from Mondo.

    4. The knitted dress is actually from This Fashion. Many people don't think highly of TF but TF do have really gorgeous clothes at their bigger outlets if you look hard enough. The sad thing is that their prices are increasing over the years. It was a little warm but still bearable. I even had a spag top inside due to the cutting of the dress.

    Hope this helps! =)

  4. Ms. T,

    Hi yourself too and thanx for leaving a note here. You must be one of ourfeistyprincess readers, I suppose. =)

    It's great to hear your thoughts. Don't be a stranger. Hope to hear more of yor thoughts in time to come.

    Well, I can understand where those people are coming from. They probably did not really mean it in a nasty way but it kinda grates the ears hearing insensitive remarks like these. I mean I know of people who joke about all these escaping overseas or being too productive. Just laugh it off and don't take it to heart. Don't need to be too upset ya?

    Well, I guess there are many people out there who would go all out to help a friend in need, not to mention a close friend. So yup, I must be just one of the many. Cynthia is blessed to have so many other kind friends.

    Thank you for your prayers and have a good week. =)

  5. Copied & pasted from tagboard for remembrance:

    1 Mar 10, 10:49
    xtina: hey u haven reply my sms on when to meet up

    2 Mar 10, 02:47
    Jo to xtina: Dear, saw this after e whole thing. U just have to drop me another sms next time. U know I alw reply to sms unless I happen to sleepily del or read when i'm bz.


    6 Mar 10, 00:08
    NaNa: Hi babe. You have such unique sense of fashion. Can pls describe in further detail how the gold part of your outfit in Day 3 is? Looks classy but what you mean by outer piece with chain?
    6 Mar 10, 00:11
    NaNa: Is there a picture of your back view in Day 4? Howdo you tie poofy hair with pony tail to the side? I came here from one the make up blog. I'm blog hopping too. Hear from you sweetie! xoxo

    8 Mar 10, 23:50
    Jo to NaNa: e gold part is an additional pc tt is worn ard under e bust. e gold chains at e sides are worn over e shoulders (can't be seen in the pics). I agree w classy but nt whn they keep sliding off. *Oops*
    8 Mar 10, 23:54
    Jo to NaNa: My hair wasn't tied in a puff way. I can nvr tie puff no matter how I try. They're just tied in a half do but tied twds 1 side. Haha just a simple do for one who's a klutz at har-tying.



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