Sunday, April 23, 2017

A few loose screws :-)

Dear Matt and Mar,

So many books and no where to put them, haa haa haa haa haa, keep finding your books absolutely everywhere, kitchen table, around the sofa, your bedroom (strewn everywhere), my bedroom (strewn everywhere), even in the toilets, lol.

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Qingming 2017-04702Qingming 2017-04710After the Qingming celebration, your mother needed to get a couple of things from a hardware store, but I wanted to be somewhere else, and because I am the boss of the house, we went to the hardware store, haa haa haa. As usual, before we walked through the door of Homepro I wanted and needed absolutely nothing from this store... of course all that changed one my little toe crossed the door, suddenly I literally needed the whole store, lol. By the time we’d left I was the one who walked out with an over loaded trolley, whilst your mother walked out with a tiniest of carrier bag.

To mention but a few, bought a new stepladder, with Matt’s guidance we’d decided to get a bigger one, and also a simple (but very heavy) tall shelf. The shelf was simple enough to put together, so after aligning all the pieces I’d had pretty much left it to Matt to do the rest :-) and what a wonderful job he’d done :-)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Qingming 2017.

Dear Matt and Mar,

Another important day in our family calendar, Qingming festival, to pay respect to my grandmother (your grandfather’s mother), the rest of the elders were cremated, which is quite rare because it is a Chinese tradition to be buried.

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This year, there was a slight drama, when we arrived at the tomb, instead of finding a clean tomb and clean surrounding ground, like we do every year, this time it was overgrown with plants, wet leaves were strewn everywhere... Apparently the usual team who cleans up the tomb wasn’t allowed into the cemetery this year, the cemetery has tightened up its acts and no longer would allow just anyone into the cemetery.

My parents once again spoilt you rotten, at the end, my father brought out a huge chain of firecrackers with a huge banger at the end, and it was glorious! Haa haa haa haa haa haa, what was even funnier was that another family close by also brought out their chain for firecrackers, and all of us simultaneously gasped! It was several times longer, and the banger was truly huge! Haa haa haa haa haa haa haa. We were amazed to the point that we all waited for them to light it, but then realised it was going to be some time so we all went for lunch :-)

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Friday, April 21, 2017

SG Day 4, glorious day.

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What a glorious day today turned out to be, started off with the usual superb breakfast before setting off to the Luge, For the longest time we were struggling on what to do during the half day in SG before catching the flight home.

Luckily an old friend who had lived in SG for a while suggested the Luge, and it was fantastic. I was a little lost at first, you had to buy ‘the luge’ and ‘skyride’, packaging it separately was a bit strange to me, I am guessing you can just buy the skyride to travel to the top of the hill without the intention of riding the luge down.

Following their slogan, once is never enough... haa haa haa, so I’d bought 3 rounds for each of us... to be honest the skyride itself was already pretty fun, haa haa haa. For the first ride, as we were nube, we were a little lost as there were 2 (long) queues (only to found out later that one was for first timer and another was for not first timer, haa haa haa).

For the first ride down, Matt and I rode alone, whilst Mar and your mother rode together, and these things are not slow, I took it gingerly at first, so Matt was zooming fast ahead, nonetheless I was hooked and couldn’t wait to get back for the 2nd ride.

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I’d guess Mar was a bit miffed seeing Matt and I surged ahead, so for the second ride she had chose to ride with me, and what a laugh that was. For the second ride, we were released with a bunch of teenagers and it was obvious that they had done this before, about a million time before... haa haa haa. Also for the 2nd ride, Matt and I decided to veer slightly right and took the ‘Dragon Trail’ (rather than staying on the ‘Jungle Trail’), and it was brilliant.

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Riding and speeding in a group, overtaking and being overtaken was super fun, and as usual the end came much too soon, Matt had pipped me at the very last second... haa haa haa. The 3rd ride Matt and I went even faster than before, to the point where I had chickened out, you mother would have never forgive me if I had crashed with Mar on board, lol.

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Because your mother managed to get a late checkout, we were in no rush to get back to the hotel where we had a quick lunch and you both had more time at the fish feet spa... haa haa haa. Travelling to the airport was a bit of a dramatic, the plan was to catch the bus to Vivo City, then catch a taxi to the Airport. Perhaps we had chilled too much, but the time we had arrived at Vivo City we needed to find a taxi as soon as we could.

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But the taxi queue was long, long, long and for a second I was planning on moving the flight, but very close by were one of those ‘exclusive’ taxi (essentially London’s black cab, but white), I had to bit a bullet and went with them... a little pricy but at least we were on time... haa haa haa haa haa.

Another fun filled holiday in the bag... until next time... haa haa haa.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SG Day 3, jam-packed.

Dear Matt and Mar,

To be honest, we went to bed on the second day without much thought on what to do on the third day (today), haa haa haa haa, it was getting rather late and at the end I’d came up with a half hearted suggestion, to which your mother agreed (probably too tired to argue) and with that the lights went out.

As it turned out, for a day without much thought on where to go, it was jam-packed with places that we had visited, haa haa haa.

The morning routine was without fault, lol, and around nine-ish we were on the bus heading towards Vivo City to catch the undergrounds (as you see from the photo, looks like Matt had found his doppelganger)  to our first port of call, we wanted to take you two to the iconic Merlion, and that meant getting off at the Ocean Financial Centre station before a short walk to the Merlion.

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The weather was hot, and the walk was a little longer than I had anticipated, but the scenery was beautiful and in no time we’d found ourselves in the midst of a rather crowd looking rather lost... haa haa haa, only to find out that the Merlion was under renovation, lol.

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Instead of walking back to the underground, we jumped into the passing taxi and moved on to the ‘Garden by the bay’, the unassuming named attraction was surprising fun (well for me and your mother). Garden by the sea housed 2 huge enclosures, and I mean huge, the ‘Cloud Forest’ and the ‘Flower Dome’. I’ll let the photos explain itself, the Cloud Forest kept you two excited, but the Flower Dome was a bit of a bore for you two, lol.

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After a very, very late lunch at the Shoppes, it was unanimously decided to go back to the hotel, but instead of taking the normal route back I had decided to take a longer route and jump on the cable car to go back to Sentosa, before catching Uber to the hotel... note to self, never catch a one way cable car ride, super expensive, haa haa haa.

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When we got off the cable car, we saw the Luge that a close friend had recommended, as we were due to fly out late tomorrow, this would be your entertainment for tomorrow morning.

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Back at the hotel is was the mandatory pool time, this pool is deep, around 3 metres, and Matt and I must have played a little too hard because at the end Matt’s ear was severely hurting. I couldn’t face having another meat at the resort, and after a quick change we took the the short bus ride back to Vivo City... Dinner was a bit of a downer, Matt’s appetite wasn’t really there, too much pain from his earache.

We had a little time after supper, and so we headed towards the arcade upstairs a great end to a very busy day :-)

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