Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I see my future

I dig:

a. Doggy tail a-wagging - look at that thing go!
b. The sheer whiteness of the fluff on the pup.
c. Small nuzzling nibble-chizzomps on kitty!
d. Patience of kitteh expressed-in-gentle-swats.

I wonder if my life's going to be like that next time? She hovering around for attention while I desperately try to finish my food.
Confirmed become skinny one, like that.. Good!

the Qute Nov 2007

Sweet dreams are made of these..

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Finally my first auctions stuff is sold. Yeah!

More moolah to come..

Justifications =P

Read Jing's post about de-thronement.

Ya, I've been de-throned too.. sob sob! My Mum buys her stuff, my friends buy her stuff, hardly anyone buys ME stuff!

Boo.. I shall buy myself more stuff to make up for it!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

She is loved

She's already received so many gifts, and blessings.. Stuff I wouldn't even 舍得 to buy myself!!

From Jing - a sweet set of 6 baby booties! All the way from Hong Kong (I think!)

From Tiffany - two really cute tops from Mothercare. The one on the left proclaims "Cutie" and the one on the right says "Hello World". Heh.

From my mum - we went on a shopping spree when we saw a kids stuff sale at Taka. Left to right, a pair of Minnie Mouse walking shoes (alright, a little early, but who's counting?); Pooh baby booties and mittens set; and a receiving blanket - apparently this is folded in some fashion that facilitates tucking baby inside. And my mum kindly offered to buy them for her. Gosh.. I don't even remember the last time my mum offered to buy anything for ME..

This is going to officially become my favourite brand of the year. La Petit Bateau, a French clothing company. Their designs are unique without being ostentatious, they kind of remind of the illustrations in The Little Prince. The amount of detailing and delicacy you get is just amazing. The fabric is also really soft and high quality. Look at the designs.. These two short sleeve bodysuits are their Christmas special package designs for this year.

Enhance! See the designs!

Cat perched on branch with baby. The French words read "my very beautiful gift" (or at least i think they do!)

Elves tramping around on branches.

Of course, these comes with a (high! really high! ulp!) price.. so that's all the stuff she's ever getting from this shop! Also from my mum, during the aforementioned Taka shopping spree.

List of things so far:
1 x receiving blanket
2 x short sleeve bodysuit
2 x long sleeve tops
1 x mittens
1 x shoes

Sigh.. I wish I had such nice stuff for myself!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Cameron Highlands (attempt 2)

Re-try blogging about Cameron Highlands trip over the weekend.

(Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrowls at Blogger.)

Very beautiful stock picture of Cameron. Unfortunately the reality is that the sun is hiding for 22 out of 24 hours a day? haha.. No chance for such nice sunset..

Went up to Cameron for Kenny and Jacy's wedding over the weekend.

The extremely sporting bridegroom.

10 hour gruelling bus ride up, not including the 6 hours delay when bus gear broke (or sthg like that!) and we were stuck by the Malaysian roadside in an area without telephone signal.

No TV, no books, no internet.. what else to do but sleep lor..

Things learnt on the 6 hour interval:
1. Never play cards with Maths and Stats graduates, They sure win one.
2. Leeches don't just live in water. They also live in the Malaysian forest. And they can really climb up your legs without you knowing it.
3. Anything tastes good when you're hungry enough.
4. Backside can mold to seat in a surprisingly short period of time.

We finally arrived at Brinchang, where we stayed in a place called Star Regency Apartments. At 10 stories, it is the highest building in the town. And this is the 2nd biggest town of a major international tourist attraction?! It is still a super laid back place with no traffic lights, farms just off the main road etc.

Full view of Brinchang from the apartment window.

Fortunately we only stayed for 2 days otherwise would have been bored stiff. There is literally nothing to do except eat and sleep!

Singaporean love of food + Cheap Malaysian food = GORGEing..

There are lots of food and a pasar malam, as well as many farms along the roadside - rose farm, cactus farm, bee farm, tea plantation etc. Kind of boring actually..

You can tell the flowers interested me the most

The most breathtaking scenery was at the Boh Tea Plantation. The roads in are so narrow and steep that only one vehicle can go at a time. So when you encounter oncoming vehicle, both sides have to stop and slowly edge past each other. Unfortunately, by the time we got up at 4.30pm, the cafe was closed and so you cannot sit there and enjoy the scenery. Sigh. Silly or not, built a cafe to close at 4.30pm??

G and me at Boh Tea Plantation. Verdant rolling hills in background. The straight lines of tea bushes make it look so pretty

The wedding itself was held at The Lakehouse, near Ringlet. It overlooks a spectacularly muddy lake, it is a singularly chio place with singularly astronomical prices to match.

Stock picture of the Lakehouse. Chio boh?? All yours, starting from (gulp) RM550 a night..

The steep uphill approach to the Lakehouse. Mud Lake, officially Sultan Abu Bakar lake, is behind me. One wonders if the Sultan is upset at giving his name to such a muddy puddle.. The skies are the rare blue that you get for 2 hours each day only.

G and me on the verandah. The fats are an optical illusion.. you can't see them.. woo..

The place was lavishly decorated with flowers, not just at the wedding area on the verandah but also in each of the rooms that were used for the lunch reception. The flowers, like the fruits and veggies in Cameron, are really beautiful and fresh. It is the best possible decoration for the place and really gives a great atmosphere. Everything was done to the highest standard and it was so unique.

Beautiful flowers

G the emcee.

Wedding started off with the march in of Jacy, the bride. Her dress is really fairy-like and suits her petite frame very well.

Then it was time for the Word. I found it really appropriate that both the pastor and his wife shared. Even though there was some hiccups in the sequence and it wasn't exactly smooth, they really shone as an inspiration to the couples around of how to live married life.

Pastor Stephen and Pastor Helen

That was followed by a "special item" by Kenny - he played the guitar and sang a song for his bride. It was really very touching! And on top of the bridal bouquet, he presented her with 99 red roses some more.. Wah..

Me with the 99 red roses bouquet. Cannot resist lah. Neither can any other of the ladies in our group.. we took turns taking photos with various bunches of flowers!

They then had communion and lighting of unity candle. This is so funny.. many flies kept on suiciding in the communion wine and hence the emcee and helpers has to keep on changing the wine until just before the communion. And the wind is so strong that all the helpers have to crowd around the couple to block out the draft so the candle can be lit.

There was also a wedding-cum-birthday cake as the day, 17 Nov, was also Jacy's birthday! First time seeing a real 3-tier cake in my life. Suaku Singaporean me has only seen fake wedding cakes before..

Christine, the bridesmaid, guarding the cake from flies(?) before it was wheeled out

Presenting.. Mr and Mrs Kenny Lim!

The wedding was rounded up with a lunch reception. Most of the common rooms in the Lakehouse were put into use as there wasn't enough room in their restaurant to hold all the guests. The rambling country style mansion means that there are reading rooms, games room etc and all these were converted for luncheon. Sigh.. such a gorgeous place..

Of course, with a group of friends together, there is the inevitable horsing around.. Presenting to you the antics of the Singaporean guests:

Fen pretending to talk on phone

Diana terrorizing G

Chai Wen and Jo-Anne acting as 草莓小妹

Monday, November 19, 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Things I have learnt in 24 weeks

1. Baby stuff is expensive.
2. Mummy stuff too.
3. Treasure personal time, private time, overseas trips, hanging out with friends - will be such a rare luxury in future. Above all, treasure sleep!!!
4. Back aches, leg aches, toes ache. Everything aches.
5. Itchery, scritchery and twitchery has progressed to a thumpery, soon a punchery. But I think I will miss being a punching bag after.

There was one night when I was back in my own room in Yew Tee - it just reminds me of the days when I was single and so much less responsibilities and commitments.
I just started crying and crying and couldn't stop myself.
Thinking of all the things I am going to miss out on.
Wondering if I know what I am getting into, if I can shoulder the responsibility, do i have the patience to handle it all.
Relinquishing (or at least stuffing it at the back of the cupboard) my own identity awhile to take on the new role.. Indeed I can understand why J hated to have people talk about baby to her all the time. It feels like you're invisible, when ironically you're so much bigger and in-their-face than ever.
I even found myself despairing if I could fit into my old clothes and shoes again after. Wahaha.

I don't quite feel like this is all worth it. Yet.
Hopefully that day will come. Soon.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Free Rice

Play this. Vocab-twisting and you get rice donated.

Remedial conversations aka unwanted Biology lesson

mswang: What kingdom do birds belong to?

A: We all wrote "Birds".

mswang: Huh? Birds are animals! Kingdom Animalia!

Range of animals. Got birds and insects one also leh.

B: Oh, I always thought only mammals are animals.

mswang: Argh. Birds ARE animals! Excuse me, how about flies? Are they animals?

Housefly, Drosophila melanogaster

A: No lah.

mswang: OMG =XX of course they are! They eat, they move, they shit!

A: But so do fungi!

mswang: Fungi!! Fungi don't eat! They don't move! They don't shit!

Have you ever seen a mushroom shit??

A: But fungi eat what. They eat the stuff they make themselves.

mswang: Nononononono. Plants also make use of food they make themselves..

Peacefully photosynthesizing plant palisade on petiole.

B: So plants are animals??

Tell me, tell me, how to not bang head??

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I am

.. the phone directory.
.. the street directory.
.. the center for random bits of information.
.. the everything-celebrator-because-no-one-else-can-be-bothered.
.. everybody's gopher.