Month: November 2005

Hoo's The Clown?

My Teva sandal fell apart when I was out for dinner yesterday. For the rest of the evening, I had to lift my right foot clearly off the ground when I walked so the ‘flap’ of the sole that had come loose wouldn’t drag on the ground. I wasn’t self-conscious about how I looked when I walked though, until I was almost home. Walking back from the visitor’s parking lot (cos it was Zibin’s car), Zibin started mimicking (and exaggerating) the way []

Hoo’s The Clown?

My Teva sandal fell apart when I was out for dinner yesterday. For the rest of the evening, I had to lift my right foot clearly off the ground when I walked so the ‘flap’ of the sole that had come loose wouldn’t drag on the ground. I wasn’t self-conscious about how I looked when I walked though, until I was almost home. Walking back from the visitor’s parking lot (cos it was Zibin’s car), Zibin started mimicking (and exaggerating) the way []

Good Enough To Eat

Was at the renovated Cold Storage Jelita briefly with my mom today. Beautiful new lay-out, bright, spacious…and the capsicums looked so colourful I couldn’t resist taking a photo. :)

Halim Family Reunion

Today was the 28th anniversary of my maternal grandpa’s passing. Every year, my mom’s family flies in to Singapore from various corners of the world (Indonesia, Malaysia, U.S., Canada, Hong Kong) at this time to visit my grandpa’s grave and to have a reunion. I have fond memories of these gatherings, especially since I had so many younger cousins left in my care during the planning meetings the adults took part in. John, being the eldest grandson, would lead the boys on []

The Apprentice (Baker)

One of the first thing John told me after he picked me up at the airport on Sunday was that our maid, Sol, has been baking bread. Well, buns to be precise…ham and cheese, ground beef, banana and cheese etc. She had baked a fresh batch for me to try, and they were delicious. So, I asked Sol if she could teach me… afterall, it’s really cool to have freshly baked home-made buns! Today was my first (heavily supervised) attempt at making []

The Tofu Debate

Aarrggh. I slept ALL AFTERNOON!!!! It was a cool and lovely rainy day today. After lunch, I just couldn’t resist lying down on my bed and just…well…resting a bit. Before I know it, it’s 7p.m.!!! I’m so dead…*sob* ***** Zibin was able to have lunch with me today. We had a very, very animated debate on the way to lunch. Huijun, you want to know what can make me 吐血? I almost did over Cpt. Hoo’s marvelous ‘de-baiting’ skills today. (We had []

Nano Wait No More

Today was… Fun! Amusing! Enjoyable! Entertaining! Pleasurable! Ha ha…no, I haven’t gone nuts. I’m just still amused by Dictionapolis’ 5 cabinet members who speak in synonyms one after another. Yes, I’m talking about the Duke of Definition, Minister of Meaning, Earl of Essence, Count of Connotation and Undersecretary of Understanding. (Intrigued yet? Go and get a copy of Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth :P) By a happy coincidence, Yinwei had a half-day today, so we met up in the afternoon. Such a []

From Zero to Thirty

Well, I’m back in Singapore again. A veritable thunderstorm seems to be pouring outside…and I’m up at 5a.m. and getting pretty hungry (close to dinner-time in Toronto!). The flight back was pretty smooth and relatively pleasant. Positive points: 1) slept quite a bit, and pretty soundly too! 2) had Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth as cabin-reading and it was the most entertaining in-flight read I’ve had since Yann Martel’s Life of Pi three years ago 3) had an adorable 11mth-old Chinese baby []

First Snow It Is!

Seems I blogged too soon yesterday… The heavens chose today to bestow its first snow of the season to Toronto. Yuehan smsed me to say “The snow insists on saying good-bye…” And as I was staring out of my window earlier, I was thinking the exact same thing. After so many winters, I still have a soft spot for the first snow. Before all the slush builds up, before the temperatures drop to inhuman dimensions, the first clusters of snow crystals that []