Month: December 2005

Jet Lag & Gun Violence in T.O.

We made the mistake of sleeping too early last night (10pm?) and we were all awake at 4a.m. this morning. Had some food, drink…now John & Cathy are back asleep and I’m joining them in dreamland soon… Feeling quite disturbed by the fatal shooting on Yonge St on Boxing Day…a gun battle right in the heart of downtown T.O. so close to Eaton Centre (it was outside the Footlocker shop on Yonge & Gould Sts), and only a few hours after we []

Back

Back in Toronto for a little over 24 hours now. I’m tired beyond belief, but decided to take this opportunity to make a blog entry (perhaps seeing how diligently HJ is blogging from SF and how even HM who hasn’t blogged for ages actually posted a blog ‘motivated’ me into this). The flight from Singapore was a long one with little sleep. Bad in-flight movies, bad in-flight food, lots of noise and little sleep. Purchased John Grisham’s ‘The Broker’ for inflight reading []

Christmas in Singapore…and Toronto!

It’s been a long week. My grandfather’s wake and funeral has come and gone. Such a trying event really brings out the best and worst in people. I’ve received plenty of food for thought just from the last week alone. Although it wasn’t exactly an easy time, something good came out of it. For the first time in years, I reconnected with my cousins. It’s not that I haven’t met them in recent years, I have. But other than polite conversation, we []

Farewell, 爷爷

It feels a little odd to follow a post about such a wonderful family event with a sad one. But such is life, I suppose… it shouldn’t be odd at all. My 爷爷 passed away in his sleep early this morning. It’s a little ironic that after a few close-calls when the entire family rushed to his bedside, that he slips away so quietly when everyone’s asleep. But we all had a chance to say our good-byes…and I guess that’s the important []

Farewell, 爷爷

It feels a little odd to follow a post about such a wonderful family event with a sad one. But such is life, I suppose… it shouldn’t be odd at all. My 爷爷 passed away in his sleep early this morning. It’s a little ironic that after a few close-calls when the entire family rushed to his bedside, that he slips away so quietly when everyone’s asleep. But we all had a chance to say our good-byes…and I guess that’s the important []

An Officer and A Gentleman

It was John’s commissioning parade this past Saturday, December 10, 2005. (For John’s own perspective of the event, see here.) I can’t begin to imagine how it must feel for him, but I know all of us there (my parents, Cathy, Zibin & me) were happy and proud of our newly commissioned officer. It was a grand parade, being a Presidential one (he only graces this occassion once a year, other times it is the Minister of Defence who is the GOH). []

Fever in Subzero T.O.

Just wanted to leave a note to those of my friends in the midst of exam fever in Toronto. All the best…good luck! Amidst all the last minute mugging, stressing, and not-sleeping, here’s a reminder to drink more water and SLEEP as much as you can. It’s been studied and proven that sleep is needed for memory retention, as well as for effective recall (which you will need during the exam!). So…snooze! I’ll be thinking of you all and praying for you…praying []

New Phone (Again?!)

Yep. Totally unplanned, unexpected…But as of yesterday evening, I’ve got a new cell/mobile phone. A Samsung SGH-E730 It started simply enough, with me shopping with my mom for a new digital camera for John (my mom’s present to him for his commissioning + Christmas). And she’s been looking for a palm for herself for a while…so she got that too. Then, I told her that Zibin and I were thinking of getting John a new mobile phone to replace his terribly battered []

Zibin & Joey

It was ‘aww-inducing’ to watch 3-month old Joey gurgling and cooing happily to Zibin’s voice…until one comes close enough to hear what it was that Uncle Zibin was saying to the chubby little bundle of joy. “Have you got a pot-belly? Ooh…have you got a pot-belly? Have you got a pot-belly?”

159 Reunion

It was Sin Teck’s son, Althan’s 1st birthday yesterday. (Sin Teck was one of Zibin’s 6 housemates at 159 Beverley St. back in their Toronto glory-days) And so, it turned out to be a kind of reunion for those guys…albeit with babies and kids screaming in the background, balloons popping etc. It was fun to listen to the guys catching up, and observe how a few years of working and/or marriage and parenthood have mellowed them (the fact that wives/gfs were around []