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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Love Story in Harvard Part 2

This time, it was in Carlton Hotel. Small, simple, cosy affair with only 18 tables.

The bride looked different from the other bride last Friday in Sentosa. Friday's bride looked more China Chinese than Korean. Today's bride looks more like someone you will find in a K-Drama. Prettier.

Instead of waltzing into the ballroom in an evening gown after the fourth dish, both of them came down in traditional Korean wear. They also did the "bow of respect" to their parents. (If you watch enough K-Drama, u will know what I mean)

Was mustered up as one of the Yum Seng gang but too bad the effort was rather weak :-)

Anyway, congratulations to Kenny and Hee-Young!

Monday, November 27, 2006

A Little Bit More

Something which I have heard for many years now but never bothered to find out who the original artist was. This time, I did a little research and paid attention to the lyrics ...

Dr. Hook
A Little Bit More
When your body's had enough of me
And I'm layin' flat out on the floor
When you think I've loved you all I can
I'm gonna love you a little bit more

Come on over here and lay by my side
I've got to be touchin' you
Let me rub your tired shoulders
The way I used to do
Look into my eyes and give me that smile
The one that always turns me on
And let me take your hair down
Cause we're stayin' up to greet the sun...

And when your body's had enough of me
And I'm layin' flat out on the floor
When you think I've loved you all I can
I'm gonna love you a little bit more

Got to say a few things that have been on my mind
And you know where my mind has been
I guess I learned my lessons
And now's the time to begin
So if you're feelin' alright and you're ready for me
I know that I'm ready for you
We better get it on now
Cause we got a whole life to live through...

And when your body's had enough of me
And I'm layin' flat on the floor
When you think I've loved you all I can
I'm gonna love you a little bit more

And when your body's had enough of me
And I'm layin' flat out on the floor...

Call me a dinosaur but this is one great song way back from 1976. If you have no idea what I am talking about, check out the Doc's video. There was also a remake in the 90s from the boyband 911.

Time for some new songs in the car ... :-D

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Love Story in Harvard, er, I mean ... Sentosa

Picture this:

Singaporean guy, Korean girl, tying the knot @ a lovely candle-lit wedding on the lawn by Siloso Beach at Rasa Sentosa.

The guy is my cousin-in-law (is there such a relation?). Sounds romantic? Yes, well, it could have been.

There were a hundred or more guests at the beachside dinner buffet. Unfortunately, there were quite a few older folk who were invited too, and Siloso Beach was not exactly the most accessible dinner venue. There was quite a walk from the hotel lobby to the beachside, and the shuttle buses from the mainland weren't exactly very elderly friendly. Mumbled complaints aplenty.

The setting at the beachside dinner was almost perfect. However, I think they forgot to put lights on the table where the food were placed. As a result, many were seen peering at the smoked salmon, trying to figure out what that dark mass was. Most of the time, I can't really confirm what kind of food was on my plate until it went into my mouth.

As for the food, well, I've tasted better. I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars.

All in all, it was a pretty unique experience. Kudos to the 3-piece live "band" who not only had to play throughout the dinner, but who also had to also compete with the din coming from the nearby OCBC beach party event about 50 metres away.

Oh yes, the dinner also came with a complimentary 10 minute workout before and after the meal. I probably burnt off a couple of calories walking up and down a steep slope to the nearest car parking area.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Dad's Trip Down Under #3

Continued from Dad's Trip Down Under #2

Just picked up Dad from the airport and sent him home. It seems that he has thoroughly enjoyed his 1 + 1 week of stay in Melbourne with Danny. Glad we made the decision to put him on this trip. He claims he did quite a bit of shopping at the flea markets there, so will check out his "loot" when we meet this weekend.

Monday, November 20, 2006

To Cel ...

Congrats Cel on your wedding! Great dinner event, nice food, lovely bride! Cheers!
Not only did you gain a hubby, but you also found a long lost uncle/boss ... haha!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Wardrobe Update

This month alone there are 4 weddings to attend. Furthermore, GST is going to be raised to 7% soon, so its a good time to do a mini wardrobe update to maximise the returns!

Weekdays are always good for shopping, especially in the men's section. Prompt service, and no queues at the fitting room. Only thing is the carpark is more expensive than usual. Anyway, went to do a little shopping with wifey on Tues after we got back the car (apparently they couldn't find anything wrong with it apart from the back seat which had fallen off and they managed to fix back).

Anyway, checked out some "branded" stuff. I never knew men's shirts could be so expensive. The following are some of the average prices per shirt which we found:

Country Road: ~S$190
Calvin Klein: ~S$300
fcuk: ~S$120
Hugo Boss: (forgot to check but expect to be similar to Country Road or more)

Finally decided on getting one from Zara. Its cheaper than all of the brands above but quality / cutting seems better (i.e. value for $$). So now, my wardrobe is a collection of mixed stuff, ranging from the el-cheapo $10 stuff to the most expensive one to date (Zara). Looking forward to more wardrobe updates in the near future!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Early Morning @ Tiong Bahru

Ok, this entry will probably cost me a buck or two but I don't care cos I'm BORED.

Its just before 10am here at the BK in Tiong Bahru Plaza. Just dropped off the car so I have about 3 hours to kill before meeting wifey for lunch.

Just came down from the 4th floor cineplex. totally dark & deserted. Currently having a really slow drink. There's a few early birds here mostly in T-shirts and shorts. A couple of office wearers with laptops too. Probably insurance ppl.

There is also a lady here with a super short crewcut hairstyle (like a BMT recruit) reading a book with "Emotional Rollercoaster" in its title. I wonder what's her story.

A young couple (prob still schooling) just arrived not too long ago. The girl is now tutoring the guy in some subject, probably Math. Aww, so romantic :-p

I still can't decide if I should go to the library (was advised that it probably opens only at 1100) or somewhere else for window shopping.

Sigh, after all this tapping, only about 40 mins have passed. Think I shall start walking towards the library now. By the time I reach there they should be opening... as I'm leaving, crewcut lady is still reading her book and the young couple is still immersed in their notes. :-)

Monday, November 13, 2006

Therapeutic Drive

Wifey has a dinner appointment tonite. So on the way back, decided to take it easy and enjoy the drive.

Usually on a normal day it would be right lane all the way at full (but legal) speed. However, today I was at the leftmost lane doing 60km/h throughout the entire expressway part of the journey. Reaching Mandai, the top opened, windows came down and the volume went up! The cool evening breeze after a heavy afternoon downpour + loud music was simply fantastic. Sorry, no apologies for being a roadhog today! :-D

By the time I reached home and pulled into the basement carpark, Chris DeBurgh's "Lady in Red" was at full blast. It must have been pretty loud cos a number of residents were looking at me as I drove past.

Must do this again sometime soon!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Dad's Trip Down Under #2

continued from "Dad's Trip Down Under".

Surprise surprise, Dad wants to extend his trip! Considering the fact that he was so insistent that he didn't want to go at all 2 weeks ago! Anyway, we are all glad that he is enjoying himself with Danny. Have told Danny to take more photos to share.

I wonder how we ourselves will turn out after we hit 60. Will we be stubborn, mild, bitter, fierce, senile or still remain young at heart and keep up with the times? Will we still be able to remember old friends and make new ones? Although we can make a conscious effort but I guess only time will tell.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Flowers and French Food

Bought a hand bouquet for wifey for our Special Anniversary (yesterday). After that we had dinner at Vis-a-vis. We were the only ones in the restaurant for the first half hour and so the only waiter around became our personal butler. Service is good (10% service charge + 1% cess) and the food was nice but a tad expensive. Reminds me once again why we somehow can never appreciate fine dining.

Our Special Anniversary this year marks our 14th year together as a couple. We usually don't have any elaborate celebrations but its always good to have a "simple something" to remember. Anyway, here's to many more Anniversaries to come!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

3COL

Updated this Blog and optimised the display for screen resolution of 1024 x 768 using 3 columns. Simply put, it means I will have more space at the side to put other cool stuff!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Blepharospasm

Have you ever had this irritating eyelid twitching thingy happen to you? Well, it happened to me (my right eye). And it happened for the whole day! It also didn't help that I had to sit through a super long meeting lasting almost 5 hours with lunch in between.

Blepharospasm - literally meaning "eyelid twitch", but also defined as "spasmodic winking". What the heck is "spasmodic winking"??? Sounds like a term used solely for serious case CKPs or DOMs...

Luckily the solution is simple, less stress and more sleep. I need more of those. Another blogger calls it "myokymia", translated literally as "eye tremors". There are also some old wives tales which try to give meaning to the twitch. Found one such site HERE. Check out what a right eye twitch could mean. :-P

BTW, it is still twitching away as I am typing this entry. Feel like giving myself a black eye now. Hope it goes away by tomorrow.

Glossary:
CKP - Chee Ko Pek
DOM - Dirty Old Man/Men

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Japanese Curry Noodles

Was looking at the leftover half pack of Japanese Vermont Curry and thinking of what to do with it when suddenly, inspiration struck. Hong Kong wanton noodles with Japanese Curry = slurrrp!

Reduced carbo by just using carrots only without potatoes. The "HK Noodles" were from NTUC. The end result is what you see on the right. Delicious meal for two!

Internet Explorer 7

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 is out. Download through Windows Update. New support for Tabbed Browsing and other cool stuff are available.

Used it to update this blog's layout and also to add feeds and stuff, so far its been reasonably stable.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Submission

Its finally over, the tender preparation completed at approximately 1000hrs, a good 2 hours before submission. Now I am back at the hotel room (again) resting and getting ready for the flight back for the wedding dinner.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Back at the same Hotel ...

Past midnight, sitting in the same looking hotel room in front of my laptop ... darn, these surroundings are getting more and more familiar with each passing day, not good.

Tomorrow will be another full day of work before the Tender closes on Friday. Lets hope that there are no stupid last minute surprises tomorrow so we can at least catch a few hours of sleep at night.

Friday is RTU and also a colleague's wedding dinner which I've promised to be there. As of now I am confirmed on the 1600 flight which will put me at the wedding banquet (luggage and all) at about 2045. My waitlist for the 1330 flight is still yet to be confirmed, although one of my "Gold Card" colleagues has already confirmed his. Wish me luck!

Ok, think I'll turn on WinAmp and tune it to the Internet KPop music channel while I sleep tonight. The wonders of free broadband! ZZZZzzzzzz...