Thursday, December 28, 2006

DVD Review - Couplings

Couplings from BBC. Was it ever aired in Singapore? I remember watching a couple of episodes with Stu in Oz 2 years ago and that it was very funny, so when I saw it in the shop, I bought Seasons 3 and 4. Easy X'mas Pressie for Stu. And it was reeeeaally funny! 3 men, 3 women, sort of like Friends crossed with Sex n The City, mixed with tips from the book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Susan and Steve are a couple, Jane is Steve's ex, Sally and Patrick are a non-couple who hang out together, Susan and Patrick used to go out together, and then there's Jeff - the fumbling, permanently nervous, totally clueless guy.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Moopie's a rebellious teenager now...
Always up to something naughty
Like chewing off his own hairbrush
Taking off the laundry and choosing only the CK underwear
Stealing watermelon skins from the worms
etc etc etc etc
BUT he's still my sweetheart :-)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

X'mas Ham

Who says Ang Mohs dun eat pork? We found a certain Mrs Piggy in our backyard one evening, playing with the dogs.
In true Aussie fashion, we turned it into a traditional Christmas Ham...yummy!!

X'mas House

X'mas is less than a week away! Look at the decorations on the roof! The little christmas trees, those bright lights!! Alas, this is not our house. The Hines are not the sort who will climb on roofs to attach teddy bears and snowmen for the whole neighbourhood to gawk. This Orchard Rd Rival is located just behind our house, bringing the whole street to shame.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Meeting Robbie

Realised why people are crazy over Robbie Williams. Went to see him with Stu in Aussie Stadium on Sunday evening. I snapped up tickets at work from the ex-boss who couldn't make it cos his wife's in Sth Africa as his mom's "busy dying".

On the way to the concert we stopped at Harry's du Wheels in Woollomooloo for the famous pie and hotdog. By the time we found parking in the city, we were actually a couple of songs late. Robbie is indeed charming and an entertainer. He sang all his good songs, except the one we love (Me and my Monkey). The concert had the usual good stuff - lights, large screen displays, fireworks, even women willing to bare their tits at him. Good on him to turn the cameras on them so we can all see ;-)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

It's Big, It's Black, It's..

... just the way we like it - our new Toyota Hilux!!!

Friday, November 24, 2006


Last week I was the happiest married person in the world. This week I must be the most miserable wife. Pretty sure it's PMS, but there was no way I was gonna admit it.

S: What's wrong?
Me: Nothing
S: What do you mean 'nothing'?
Me: Nothing. ** sulk** Frustrated.
S: What about? Is it that time of the month?
Me: No. Just frustrated.

That silence made me madder. I forgot what I was frustrated about, instead concentrated on fuming over why he couldn't just say something to make me feel better. He could have kept on asking what's wrong (eventually I'd think of something to complain about). He could have proclaimed his undying love for his irritating wife, I don't care, just make it sound sincere.

Me: Why are u so quiet?
S: What do u want me to say?

Now this made me realise he was fed up with me. But saying "What do you want me to say?" was the worst thing he could have said. If I answered 'Nothing', I'd get nothing. If I told him what I wanted him to say (ie. proclaim his undying love for me) and he did exactly that, I wouldn't believe him cos he would only be obliging me. Why must he wait to be asked? If he didn't say anything, that's even worse. I might just sink into depression right away.

Me: Tell me you love me.
S: U know I love u more than anything.
Me: Tell me I'm just being stupid and there's nothing wrong with us.
S: U're just being stupid and there's nothing wrong with us.
Me: U're just repeating after me.
S: U're just repeating after me.

Oh dear... instead of laughing I kept on sulking and he got bored and fell asleep. I was left wide-eyed in the dark analysing my own mental and emotional health. That's 2 hrs of beauty sleep wasted. Now I see what I've written and it hit me - I was picking a fight for no reason and the only thing wrong is how PMS affects the already complex female brain and reduces her to a whining incomprehensible idiot.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Trip to Castle Towers...

Was a bloody waste of time. Or maybe I've just lost my shopping skills. Jialat! What is Sydney doing to me?? Or rather, what is the western suburbs doing to me???? Everything looked drap and boring, even Kookai and Cue. Couldn't justify spending in Esprit either when the T-shirts r only $10 cheaper than in Country Road. The only bra that fits me is a boring beigey-brown CK that's $70, how to buy??? Shoes r even worse, sandals that look made in China cost a bomb or two. Thought there would be many pretty summer dresses to tempt me, but I see nothing. I give up.

Or maybe I can find something online now....hmmm

Friday, November 03, 2006

A Busy Week

It's a wet gloomy saturday morning, Stu's at work and I'm relaxing with a hot chai latte and peanut buttered muffins. The washing machine's working (how to dry those clothes later??), the vacuum's done its round, and the dogs have been given their kongs. So much had happened this past week and I'll try to recount...

1. We went out window shopping last weekend and came back 2 grand poorer. The order's been put in for a beautiful cast iron, sandstone-tiled, 8 seater outdoor dining set. Been looking for an outdoor set for ages, it's one of those things still lacking in this house. Now that summer's arriving, it's the best time to get it. We didn't want the normal aluminium framed ones that everybody has, nor timber ones that need oiling every 2 weeks. Wanted something a little bit unique and finally found it - so unique that we had to choose mismatched chairs as well. The disappointing thing is that we've just been told that the set won't be here till late Dec, which will probably mean mid-Jan judging by Aussie standards.

2. We went to see the lawyer to add my name in the house deed and for re-financing purposes. Turns out that we had to pay another 2 grand for stamp duty (what the hell is stamp duty) on top of all the other re-financing costs. Because of another name, they see it as a new loan. We decided to scrap that idea for now. Am I disappointed? A little, but I can't justify the costs, especially all the other items we weren't told about, having to extend the loan for another 5 years, paying $300 annual fees for the new loan, etc etc etc. We talked about looking into another property for investment, but can we afford it? Stu will write a will, but will it be enough to make me feel like a co-owner? I just want something that belongs to me as well. Put the hilux in my name? But a car is a liability, not an asset...

3. Stu's mom went to the hospital for an angiogram and ended up being diagnosed with a 90% collapsed lung and had to have a major operation on Monday. We've been going to the hospital every night for 7 days now. The first night after the op was the worst, seeing her all grogged out with morphine, wired up, tubes with stuff draining out of her lungs, that was scary. Stu quit smoking that night (but he's now back to it, after 3 days). I might become The Irritating Wife and nag at Stu everyday to quit. Actually I have been doing that, even knowing very well that he has to stop on his own accord.

4. My poor brother rang and told me he's resigned. As if being HP's personal driver and being made to do dirty jobs is not enough, the boss has employed another character exactly the same as HP, who is terrorizing everyone in the company. Actually he's worse than HP. I feel so sorry for them all. This shitty company is really disintegrating. I only hope my bro finds a job quickly, one he enjoys, and preferably make use of his talents.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Pi Sai

Pi Sai (pronunciation pee-sa eye)


1. Description - The dirt that collects in the nostril, usually sticking to individual nostril hairs. Can be crusty or sticky according to the weather and/or how fresh it is. Colour varies from whitish to green to black, depending on the level of pollution.

2. Origin - Hokkien - literally "nose shit".

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Pi Sai Joke

Q: Whats the difference between a cup of coffee and pi sai?
A: The coffee is on top of the table, the pi sai is under the table.

Q: Whats the difference between a bowling ball and pi sai?
A: You throw a bowling ball and it rolls. But you roll the pi sai before you throw.

*Courtesy of Chua Wee Lam

Dinner with Poofs

Went to colleague's cosy apartment in Oxford St for a Happy Hari Raya dinner. He's Malay, Malaysian, and gay. There was me and hubby, colleague, and his 3 friends - 2 gay men (who were together for 7 years and broke up last year, but still good friends. One ex-Singaporean, and the other from Wales), and an Indonesian girl. I've always wanted a gay friend and now I have so many. The feed was good (chicken curry, prawns, ketupat), the company better. The poofs were so funny with their stories of how they became queens...especially the ex-Singaporean who made us laugh with how he had to act butch so his family would not know. Enjoyed the evening, and Stu did too, as he told me later, he likes hanging out with my friends as he thinks I have good taste in friends.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Just realised my new boss looks like Papa Smurf.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Back in Syd

Back on Mon night. Funny how the smell of the air when I first stepped out of the airport, plus the smell of the house when I first stepped in, reminded me of Dec 2004 when I came for a one month holiday to be with Stu.

Back to work on Tue. Funny how time flies when you're at work. Another week is gone just like that. week is not over, suddenly remembered I gotta work tomorrow. Got to go take some photos of 2 dudes spraying stuff on the wall.

Anyway I came back to Syd with packs of Prima Taste goodies to cook. Tonight I made chicken rice with black pepper chicken & shallots and xiao bai cai.

Aiya..Stu calling me to watch 8 mile on TV.....write more later

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Back in Sing

6 months seems to have flown past, yet everything seems a little bit different. The living room with the dicky small TV looking out of place, the toiletries in the 2 toilets (ulu brands that I'd never dream of buying), the new toaster in the kitchen, sunflowers at the side of the road (wilting and TOTALLY out of place), and MRT's with refundable ezlink cards. Apparently the MRT thing has been like that for 5 years and I'm just suaku. The people in the bus all have their latest handphones and ipods. Compared to Sing, Syd is really down under and maybe I belong there afterall. Arghhhhh I wan my gadgets too!!! But even if I get the N-dunno-what Nokia there wouldn't be anything much to be snap happy cos I dun have any friends in Syd. Not the real friends I have in Sing anyway. Maybe it's just me, I dun make an effort anymore and all this negativity is boring even myself. Have to kick myself to get out there, stop nuahing and live a life.

It's a bittersweet and weird feeling to be back. So happy on friday, and then the guilt is slowly seeping in...not spending enough time with family, with friends, with cat, and here I am on the net like I have all the time in the world, and doing normal things like I'd never left.

Sidetrack: I almost struck 4D! Almost!!!!! Arghhhh, Stu's gonna kill me for not buying ibet. And if I'd bought 2109, the date I came back, $500 would have been mine!!!!! Fed up...

Mom's chanting her buddhist prayers in the background...Mimi's mewing softly at my dad to be fed. I didn't know what I missed most until now...ahh stop it, making myself sad again. Better go stuff my face with doughnuts.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

You Are Most Like Carrie!

You're quirky, flirty, and every guy's perfect first date.
But can the guy in question live up to your romantic ideal?
It's tough for you to find the right match - you're more than a little picky.
Never fear... You've got a great group of friends and a
great closet of clothes, no matter what!

Romantic prediction: You'll fall for someone this year...

Totally different from any guy you've dated.

Just Crapping...

It doesn't take long for someone to come up with something corny:

"Steve Irwin wouldn't have died if he wore sunscreen - it would have caught the ray!"

And then, Peter Brock got smashed up and the first thing he heard in heaven was "Crikey, you're here too?"

I didn't even know who Brocky was.'s too short really. That's why I've finally ordered the stuff I need (not want) from No more hesitating, just get it! I will post my exciting review on the marshmallow body creme and the body polish w cinnamon when the goods arrive.

Stu and I are thinking seriously of getting the Toyota Hilux. Part of the fun comes from thinking about what personalised registration plate (or "rego", as they call it) to get. Will it be ST00PD or GO00SE?? We can even have MO00PY or ZU00ZU, but of cos we can never agree on which one. Maybe IB11TE or WE81TE, especially when the puppies are in it. Of cos Stu wants FI15HY, but my favourite is still SH11TT.

Friday, September 01, 2006

A Better Week

Yes, I can feel the tension and stress of the past few months melt away. The new boss seems easy going and more importantly, very intelligent. I can't wait to learn from him. Maybe he's got a bit of bad breath but I'll much rather take that than that piece of garbage anytime. After 5 months of being conditioned to be stupid and useless, it's still hard to get my voice back. But at least I'm thinking about the actual work now, and not the garbage or office politics. It's already September, but still another 5 months to the end of the dog year. I dun usually believe in this shit, and I hope the next few months prove the astrologists (or whatever u call them) wrong. "Fan Tai Sui" is an understatement in my case, just want to move forward, contribute and be happy in my job without fan'ing the new tai sui.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

The Shit Job

Finally had the courage to tell my boss how unhappy I am at work. Told him all the problems I've been facing because of the non-communication between us and his unreasonable expectations of me. His answer was to lower my position, i.e. downgrade me! I really dunno what he imagined that will solve. Luckily, the HR manager spoke to me and told me it is not the company's policy to bring people in and "demote" them...if they do not have the skills required, the company will provide training for him/her to do the job, with the long term view of raising each employee to do more. She was genuinely shocked when I told her that I will resign if I continue to work under him, as his unfair treatment to the 3 asians in the office sickens me.

Felt so good after letting someone know all that...the director spoke to me a few days after the talks, he's put me with another boss now. I was actually smiling when I came home on friday, the first time in five months. Really really hope I get along with this new guy better......sighhh...

Saturday, July 08, 2006


It's my mom's birthday tomorrow. I ordered her a cake, but what I really want is to be home and try out my newly acquired cooking skills on her. Just thinking about it makes me sad...she's been forcing me to learn how to cook for the longest time, and it's only a few months before I left that I was seriously trying to absorb what she says...Now I can dish up a mean xiao bai cai without her scrutinizing eyes, and she's not here to enjoy it. Oh well..I better remember what I'm writing now and really cook something for her when I'm back, and not just go shopping all day or something.

It's not even 4 months since I've been here, and barely 2 months since I saw my family, and I really didn't think I'll say this so soon. But I'm HOMESICK!!! Wail!!!

Top 5 Reasons I Know I'm Homesick
5. Calling Monty "Mimi" and having vivid dreams of Mimi.
4. Starting to nag at Stu in mandarin and singlish
3. Feel like crying with the slightest provocation
2. Actually crying with a little more than the slightest provocation
1. Creating provocation by watching 'I am Sam' and 'A Walk to Remember' DVDs. Heck, even 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' made me cry.

If only my work was a little better, if only I had the courage to quit and not go to work depressed everyday. If only I had a fren here to complain to. And if only October comes next week....

Comfort Soup

Ingredients for Meatballs
400g chicken or pork mince
1 egg
2 cloves garlic chopped finely
1/4 cup parsley chopped finely
Maggie Seasoning, salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for Tomato Soup
800g (or 2 420g tins) canned diced tomatoes
1/3 cup tomato paste
750g chicken stock
1 large onion chopped finely
1 chilli chopped finely
1 can sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped parsley

The easy Steps
1. Mix meatball ingredients together, shaped into whatever sized balls U like.
2. Cook meatballs in a greased pan or pot until browned/ just cooked. Transfer into bowl.
3. With the oil that's used to cook meatballs, fry the onion till soft, add diced tomatoes, tomato paste and stock, bring to boil and simmer on medium heat for 20min.
4. Add meatballs, parsley, chilli, and cook for another 2min.
5. Garnish with parsley and ground black pepper, serve HOT with toast or a crusty roll.

That's what I made and had for Lunch today!

Friday, July 07, 2006

When it comes to sulking, Zuzu wins hands down...

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Bored n Hungry

I'm sitting at home waiting for the dear husband to come home with food. Apparently there isn't any fish today so he's buying Red Roosters. I told him 3 times to buy just enough for us, and not for a whole army like he always does...can't wait to see if he's gonna listen to me today.

Escaped to Castle Towers this afternoon, had a good but expensive sushi meal by myself. I was just craving for Jappie food so much...

Walked around a bit, wasn't in the mood to shop even though all windows had 'SALE' on them. Well..especially after seeing that the Peter Alexander pyjamas I bought for spoilt husband just last week has been reduced by $20, I was a little bit fed up and couldn't find the courage to buy anything. Finally I went to the supermarket and got ingredients to recreate the beautiful salad I had at Tommy's place.

Bought red cabbage, baby rocket and spinach, pine nuts, balsamic vinegar, parmesan cheese, sundried tomatoes. Went home in excitement, dry-roasted the pine nuts, shaved the cheese, tossed the salad with balsamic, and Voila!!! We have some sort of Tommy's Salad! Not as nice though..the cheese is too strong tasting, but well, that'll do.

Book Review: The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Beautifully written, an extraordinary but old fashioned love story that I'm savouring...Nobody does book reviews until they've finished reading, but I'm enjoying this so much that I wanna share with book lovers.

This is the story of Henry and Clare, who met when Clare was 6 and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Incredible, but written in such a believable way. Their relationship is unique, funny, romantic and heart rending. I know that I will re-read this in years to come.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

More Pics..

Weekend in Cooma & Jindabyne

We drove 4 hrs south of Sydney and landed in Cooma, where Tim lives, and where it snows during winter. I had forgotten the blistering cold when blasts of wind hit you over and over again.That was the first day when we arrived. I had also forgotten what it felt like to play with fluffy fresh powdery snow in the sunshine. That was the second day which was lovely, and hilarious seeing Moopie and Zuzu clowning around, burying their faces in the snow. I refused to go skiing as we had only a day and I didn't want to spend so much on ski hire and torture myself. If I had a week I might have considered. Stu and I played Guess-The-Song on the way back, and he won 9-2 or something ridiculous, then I realised that it's eighties weekend on the radio. Of cos he would have won, I'm a woman of the nineties!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Beer Battered Fish

Went fishing with Stu and Colby at the beach at 5am on Saturday Morning. We started the day with drive-thru Mcdonald's brekky. I love my hash browns and have been spoilt as Stu never eats his. After the guys set up the rods and passed one to me, we settled down and the wait and anticipation began. I got restless after about an hour, and managed to get my float and bait stuck under the rocks. Colby came to the rescue, and as I was holding onto his rod for him, a stupid fish took a bite and I pulled him in! Then Stu helped me get the fish off while I took over his rod, and another fish took the bait! In less than 3 minutes I had reeled in 2 trevalies for dinner.

At the end of the day, we caught 11 good-sized trevalies between the 3 of us.
The highlight of the day was seeing a school of dolphins swim pass and playing with the surf, just 20m in front of us. I wasn't quick enough to get the camera. I also caught an eel when I left my rod with the bait still attached lying by the rocks while I read. The rod was jiggling and I realised an eel had taken the bait and wound itself tight around the rod, nearly breaking it.

Lunch was potato and leek and bacon soup ($2.50) with spaghetti and spiced meatballs ($12.50) for me. Roast Beef with veg ($10) and some kind of pizza ($???) for Colby.

Stu and I decided to have fish and chips for dinner. He filleted the trevalies while I searched the net for Beer Batter. Our dinner turned out beautiful! My contribution this time was making the batter and dipping the fish in it.

Beer Batter Recipe:
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 cup beer
1 egg

You can make beer battered fish or prawns or squid or mushrooms or anything with it.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

More Pics..

My Black & White Border Collie, he's my dream dog!!

Meet Moopie!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Friday, May 05, 2006


I've found a couple of household chores I like doing, isn't it amazing? Just discovered this Make-Your-Taps-Gleam cleaner in the toilet cabinet. I squirted it on and wiped - Ta-dah! Taps really sparkled! I wiped the rest of it all over the wash basin, and it's now gleaming away as well. I'm sure it's not supposed to be used for the sink, but oh well. Cannot waste. His mom must have put the cleaner there, I can't imagine Stu ever doing the toilet cleaning. There are also 3 other bottles that look like cleaning stuff that I haven't looked at yet. I should be cleaning the shower and tiles and toilet bowl as well, but I'm so excited that I'm on the PC writing it all down instead.

There is also much satisfaction cleaning my own hair brush. Yes, anything that is done in the house and not reading or computer related is considered housework. I like removing the hair and digging the dusty furry bits out one by one. Dunno how they get stuck in the roots of the brush in the first place.

Good News

In a span of 3 days, I received 2 pieces of very good news! So happy for both of them, one's preggie and the other's engaged (with massive diamond ring). Ho ho ho!!! Very excited, cannot wait to plan trip to US for the wedding. And perhaps to Germany for Full Moon (Full Month?) Party??? ;-)

Monday, April 24, 2006

Public Holidays

I'm so lucky, only been here for a month and been paid for 3 public holidays already. The easter long weekend and today, Anzac Day. Public Holidays are good, got to achieve so many things today. Tidied up the house, vacummed, finally sat down to do my nails, and now on PC "socialising". Stu did the lawns, took out the tables n chairs for BBQ Party on Saturday, did his fishing rod up, and now has gone to the pub with Colby to "socialise".

Last night was good, we had Dana, Nath, and Colby come over for dinner. We served barbecued shark with blanched french beans and Stu's Mash Bake. I wanted to make mashed pumpkin and potatoes, but when I went for a shower, Stu's instincts took over and he turned it into something topped with egg, tomatoes, ham and cheese and ovenbaked. Dessert was warm Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (grilled under the BBQ) with vanilla ice cream and caramel topping.

Anyway, just wanted to show off the dinner we made. My contribution was boiling the french beans, potatoes and pumpkin to perfection. Well done!

Saturday, April 08, 2006


This is the first time in the 7 years of my working life that I do not have to work saturdays. Yipppeeee!!!! There r so many things to do, for example

(10) Fishing up the coast with Colby
(9) A day on the water in Tommy's Dad's fishing boat
(8) Visit Kylie & Debbie in Newcastle and fish off Eddie's wharf.

These 3 items are of course Stu's favourite weekend activities, as they all involve the word 'Fish'. The only thing I like to do with fish is eat them, so I guess it's fantastic when he does catch some. Plus I love the water, and I can read my novels or magazines while he's fiddling with hooks n bait, so no complaints here. It's also good that his love for fishing is genuine, unlike the 2 goons in Brokeback. How I know this is because Stu has fishy magazines, print-outs of fishing boats for sale, and a $1k reel lying about in various corners of the house.

(7) Shopping with Dana
(6) Catch up with Stu and Nathan after shopping
(5) Catch up with unanswered email and gossip with friends on MSN
(4) Catch up on beauty sleep.

Don't ask me why I need to catch up since I sleep at 9pm every night. I just do. The weather here is shiok but can be drying, even with my Loccitane Shea Butter Lotion, my legs still feel papery, scaly, yucky. The beauty sleep is supposed to cure all.

(3) Go for walk or run in the park with Zuzu
(2) Housework & iron work clothes for the week ahead.

Don't really like to do these 2 either. Housework is ok, but I really hate ironing. A walk or run in the park is ok, but not when Zuzu knocks me over in excitement, trampling over me like I'm her toy.

And the Number One thing to do on Weekends in Oz:

(1) Have a huge, lovely breakfast, either home-cooked or from a nice cafe anywhere in Sydney! Salmon on english muffins w hollandaise sauce, bacon w fried eggs and hash browns, or a savoury spinach and feta cheese muffin, which tastes like Popeye's biscuits. With orange juice and latte. Yummy yummy yummy!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Life in Ozzie Land

5.35am - The radio alarm goes off. Stu loves to laze in bed for half an hour, whereas I have to get up, or risk dozing off for another 3 hours. Am getting used to snuggling in for another 15-20min though. This is one of the best things about being married.

6.10am - Have gotten washed & dressed. Make brekky, usually cereal or oats, sometimes muffins with vegemite. Make lunch to bring to work, usually sandwich, or leftovers from dinner.

6.30am - Leave home for work. Sometimes it gets bloody cold and I turn on the heater in the car.

7.00am - Reach the office.

6.00pm - Leave the office. Get into nice Camry. The only time in the day I feel thankful that I've got this job is when I'm in the car. Feel really tired and drained after dealing with the racist, several cocky young studs, questioning directors and mumbling foremen.

6.30pm/ 7pm - Reach home, depending on whether I've been to top up fuel or not. Try and help mother-in-law with dinner. If I feel helpless, I'll go lie down on lounge w hubby n watch some TV. Feed cat. Dump clothes in washing machine if they r overflowing from the basket.

8pm - Dinner can be baked chicken w potatoes n salad, bbq-ed steak or chops w potatoes n salad, chicken or fish w rice n stir fried veg, chunky beef pie w fries, or home-delivered pizza. Mother-in-law forces me to take 4 tablets of Nuskin herbal supplements, which I wash down with Virgin Mary.

8.30pm/ 9pm - Collapse in bed after dinner. Read 5 pages of novel. Fall asleep with the snores of Stu, or the sounds from the TV.....

Saturday, March 18, 2006

March Forth...

In my deliriously happy and high state, everyone seemed to be having fun. That made me happier than ever knowing we had the kind of wedding I've always wanted - where everyone could mingle and be as silly as they want to. (Photographic evidence however shows only 2 silly ones posing as Latino Lurvers) We managed to squeeze in both Chinese and Ang Moh traditions in that big day. Tea ceremony, Photo taking at Botanic Gardens, Chinese Banquet, Solemnisation, Bouquet and Garter throwing, Yum Seng and Speeches, and First Dance by Bride and Groom. Subing wrote that our wedding is like a 'fairy tale'...I know that Stu and I certainly felt this way ourselves. Our flower girls and flower boys, Er Yi and Uncle Jimmy, all our good friends and many others made 4th March an extra special day. We were touched by the generosity of our relatives and friends, be it in words or the help they rendered or their gifts and angpows.

My highlight of the night? When Stu thanked my parents in his speech, calling them mama papa. The solemnisation, "absolutely"! The video presentation that my brother did of our photoshoot was also a hit. Many people came up to me praising it. Meiyan made us a beautiful angpow box....I'm so so proud to have such talented family members. The flower girls' decoration of our bridal suite, the bubbles when we did our first march-in, the yum seng fight between the family, friends, and colleagues tables.

March Fourth was a long day that went by so quick. It was a beautiful day, and we savoured every minute of it. I still maintain that a perfect wedding is not important, but it seemed to me more perfect that it could ever be.

Monday, February 27, 2006

My Hen's Nite 25/2/06

Dinner at Shashlik, followed by a night of dancing at Bar None.

First came the sweet invitation from the Chief Organiser, who is also my Chief Bridesmaid. I chose well as Meng has the most MisChief up her sleeves! The Co Organiser Apple arranged the dinner and booked us the table at Bar None. I rallied my cousins, who turned out to be a great hit with the Slut and Bitch.

I wore a veil all night at Bar None. (Meng had searched high and low for it and found it in HK). She got me some penis candy too. I was supposed to approach a guy and have a bet with him..." How many dicks do u think I can suck at one time?" Thank goodness she forgot all about it after we hit the dance floor. I was up on stage, had a little chat with NaNa, and had a guy serenade me with his weird rendition of She Will Be Loved. We had a great laugh, he was so sporting!

And then the part I'm a little bit proud of - I managed to strip 5 guys in total!! Only shirts off, but still got told off by the bouncers. The Slut and Bitch were 2 of them. Another one was the weird singer. The next one I knew was Pablo. And the last guy, I still have no idea who he is.

The best part of the night was Bitch telling everyone how he has known me for more than 10 years, and that he would do anything for me. And then Meng told them we have known each other for 17 years. That is really scary so I asked her to shut up. This is the mushy part - I was so high and happy, and couldnt stop hugging them all. My friends made me feel special. I know they were all happy for me, and thoroughly enjoying themselves. And I know sometime in my friendship with each and everyone of them, I must have done something good to deserve all this.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Photo Shoot 20/2/06

"Mr Handsome, look here, left leg in front, chin down, SMILE!!!!!!!!"

"Beautiful, come here, errr...not like this, I think cannot work...."

This was what we heard the whole day. The photographer (Eric) did not bother to call us by our names. He did not make us laugh. Stu had to tickle me on few occasions. I think the funniest thing that day was Eric calling me "Ching Hui" as the last photo was shot.

Stu and I were creative enough to strike our own poses, but Eric did not like any of them. The poses we had to do were so stiff and uncomfortable and tiring, of cos Eric then proclaimed "Cannot, cannot. Too unnatural." and made us do another.

It was such a boring yet tiring day. I kept yawning and my eyes kept watering. Which means my fake eyelashes kept dropping and Regine, the makeup artist spent ages fixing my face. She was so patient and such a perfectionist, which I admired, and even bought lovely orchids to put in my hair.

For the outdoor shoot, we went to Esplanade and Punggol. Punggol was nice as we got to shoot with the lallang, the rocky beach and yachts in Punggol Marina. Didnt do the wakeboarding shots as planned as we were too tired and just not in the mood.

I think Stu had a worse time than I did with all the waiting. My brother too. I felt really bad for them - my brother had to take leave and yet couldn't video the studio process. He basically wasted half a day with us. He also had to drive his brand new precious car through the sandy lallang patch. Stu had to carry me, squat, run and jump, even though he wasnt feeling well. During one of the poses, he looked into my eyes and said 'I love you'. That was the sweetest moment, and our smiles would have been the most genuine then...

I expected too much from that day as so many couples told me that the photoshoot is the most fun part of the wedding planning! Still hope the photos will turn out well and can't wait to see them.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Goodbye My Lover

I hear this at least 3 times a day. We call it the Funeral Song at work, cos he sounds so mournful. I thought I'd be sick of James Blunt's voice in a week, but I am still singing along with it and loving the lyrics, especially the 'I know you well, I know your smell'. I am a smell person!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

New Year Resolution No.11

11. Forget his bloody ex and concentrate on living happily ever after with him!!!

The Ex

Sickened to think that if he had not told me, we would have ended up at Eddie's place for our honeymoon! Our honeymoon!! How he could have suggested it in the first place is beyond me, unless he is really not bothered by whatever memories the house would bring. I felt like saying I DON'T CARE IF U HAVE NO MONEY NOW, I JUST WANNA GO SOMEWHERE NEW AND EXPENSIVE FOR OUR HONEYMOON. It took a moment for his words 'I just wan everything to be perfect for us' to sink in. I do too. And I have to stick to my principle - Weddings and honeymoons need not be perfect, cos what's most important is the marriage life after.

Why can't I get over her? How can I tell him that I wan everything in his house to be stripped of all memories of her - furniture, colour of the walls, decorations. At least the label on the phone with her name is gone, along with the beautiful chinese inspired ornaments she bought. I wonder how she would feel if she knew he's gonna marry a real chinese, and not a turkey bird who loves chinesey things.

Yeah, I even have to scrape Turkey off my list of Must-Visit-Countries. And all clothes made in Turkey? Forget it, i'm saving the money.

See, it's so clear the problem lies in me. I don't think he loved her that much anyway (or am I in denial? Duh...) He has actually done all he could to make me feel like his house is mine too. And deleted and removed anything I asked him to. And told me the truth whether I asked or not. I'm just a stupid green eyed monster!!!

Breathe. Sighhhh. Everybody has a past, the fact that she had lived in his house for 7 months just made it more difficult to forget. I just need to somehow erase the negative images my overimaginative mind makes up. As if my past is that great. Sighhh.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

New Year Resolution

1. Increase distance of morning jogs
2. Drink more water
3. Don't let MiMi bully me
4. Don't be lazy to keep in touch w family n frens
5. Invest in good skincare products
6. Save save save $$$$$$!!!!
7. Make Stu quit smoking
8. Experiment more in the kitchen
9. Write more 'poems'
10. Build killer abs

Heeheee ;-)