Month: June 2006

Bathtime with A Lizard

I have the utmost respect for cockroaches and lizards. I respect cockroaches more than lizards. That means that I like to keep a healthy distance away from them. But I have no choice when I am ambushed. I just wish that it doesn’t happen during bathtime when I am… er… vulnerable. Like today. I stepped into my bathtub and what do you know, a friendly little lizard slithers happily right up to my foot. Half-blind that I was without my glasses, I []

Inking Memories

I kept all my correspondence from secondary school in a clear binder. It has been more than a decade… I wonder if my friends still remember what they wrote to me? Just for kicks, I’m putting up some ‘safe’ excerpts without names. It’s a pity many of these correspondences weren’t dated. But they were all written in either 1994 or 1995. ************ Excerpt 1 …Anyway don’t care whether you like this pig (you’d better like it, though). I ‘want’ you to put []

Memories of Thomson Plaza

I was at Thomson Plaza today, the first time in at least a decade. I had forgotten how many memories were associated with it until I walked in. And then, it all came flooding back, and I felt so nostalgic! Here are some sweet memories I remember. Do correct me if I make some errors, as it has been years! 1. 1992 or 1993. Enling and Weizhen bought me a silver necklace with a fish pendant from the Yaohan that used to []

That Last "Big Piece"

Guess what? The last big piece wedding planning-wise fell into place today without much ado. A quick phonecall to inform me that the other couple who had a prior booking on the venue we wish for had gone for another date. We’ve been really blessed. We managed to settle (well almost, still need to pay $$$ for some to confirm) the big ‘date sensitive’ pieces within a month without much fuss. There are still a lot of ‘smaller’ but equally important things []

My "Major Hoo-Ha" (J. Yeong, 2006)

This evening, I attended Zibin’s promotion ceremony. It was very interesting to me for various reasons. 1. After 7 years together, this was the first time I actually came into the vicinity of his workplace. Needless to say, I had never been to Tengah Air Base where he worked previously, and this was my very first time going into MINDEF. We had to go through a metal detector before entering the auditorium too. :P 2. Chop-chop. That was their ceremony. They even []

My Other "Other 1/2"

Unplanned…well almost. But I ended up meeting Ivy “Tomato” Toh for ice-cream today… my original ‘other half’ before Zibin came into my life. I think it was Mrs Liu (our prefect mistress) who dubbed us into halves. It started when I came to meet her once and she asked me, “Where’s your other half?” It stuck. Of course, Ivy had to insist she was the ‘better half’ :P ************* Ivy is as strong-headed and stubborn as I am, and that makes for []


This is a view I have literally walked past thousands of times and never noticed. Isn’t it amazing what rain and fresh green leaves can do? ************ I tried Earl Grey ice-cream today at The Daily Scoop, an amazing ice-cream parlour in Sunset Way that makes hand-churned ice-cream. It really tasted like Earl Grey tea! This is by far the most intriguing ice-cream flavour I’ve ever tasted. (This place has been open since September 2004 but this was the first time I []

Yesterday's Sound Bites

Seeing Red Last night Zibin came back in a bright red Liverpool t-shirt. He’s a Newcastle fan. This sort of behaviour is incomprehensible to me as I had always thought soccer fans’ display of club paraphernalia was sacrosanct. Me:*double-take* “Liverpool?! Why are you wearing a Liverpool t-shirt?” ZB:“Wing Kwong (his brother-in-law) bought for me one what.” John:“He also got me one mah.” Me:*looks at John in even greater disbelief* (John’s been a Man Utd fan for 13 yrs) “He bought YOU a []

Camerata Salzburg

Me: Enraptured I never quite understood the effect that classical music, especially symphonies, have on me. I can feel as if my heart has grown wings and taken flight, yet is at deep rest at the same time. I hadn’t thought that having a visual of the orchestra playing would make so much difference to the experience, but somehow it did. That split second, when the bows are poised above strings, right before silence is broken, was powerfully beautiful because it seemed []

"Queen Bea" & I

If there’s anyone that was a model St. Nicks student, it would be Beatrice. And this opinion would be unanimous. Sedate, impeccably neat from head to toe, polite, cultured, always proper and temperate. Little wonder she was the Head of Discipline in our prefects exco. It was good that we had her to balance the crazy and boisterous duo that Ivy and I was. With all the slaps, shoves, pokes and uninhibited laughter that we brought on, it was a wonder that []