Part I – The Eve
Polo training on the eve of the Lunar New Year was quite a killer considering the fact that my whole body was still aching from Thursday’s circuit training. I doubt Jolene or Lilin would want to go for the coming Thursday’s cicuit training :?

After training, I just chilled with some of the team since we did not feel like going home just yet. Had some of Hotel Rendezvous‘ pastry and it’s quite good I then made my way to my maternal grandmother’s place for a steamboat reunion dinner

Amazingly, this year we were the second family to arrive because usually by the time we get there, most of them would have been done with dinner already. If you’re wondering, my relatives on my mom’s side do not eat together on a dining table because my mom has like, 12 siblings and even though not everyone turns up on the eve of the Lunar New Year, let’s just say the table can only hold less than the number of bodies present.

After dinner, most of us settled in front of the TV to watch some really badly subbed variety food show. No one changed the channel because apparently, everyone thought the other wanted to watch this dumb show. It was not until my sister asked my uncle and cousins if it was fine to switch channels then did we all find out that everyone wanted the channels switched!

Turns out the satellite at my grandma’s place is so bad that we only had three miserable channels there :mrgreen: So we ended up playing Pick Up Sticks. Very lame, you may say. But it’s much more entertaining than the One-Eyed-Monster. I would show some pictures if only my cousin sends them to me.
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This may be is a long post. You’ve been warned.

???? So, anyway, I went to watch ???? (Happy Birthday) with Jun Wei last Thursday. Sigh. Sad movie. It caught my attention because, well, I’ll admit I noticed ??? (Louis Khoo) in the movie. After reading the synopsis and watching the trailer and the music video, I knew I had to watch it with him The song’s sung by the lead actress in the film ??? (Rene Liu).

Monday was Artello’s Revelation Day cum Pre-Valentine’s Day cum Teresa’s 18th and Lizhen’s 19th birthday celebrations. (What a mouthful!) Jolene and I came up with the idea that all of us (besides Lizhen who claimed that we would puke should we see her in something feminine) should wear skirts that day

Let me tell you: The last time I actually wore a skirt was like a decade ago. So let’s just say I did not feel very comfortable.

I’ve always complained that wearing skirts totally restricts me and my movements. And since I was running late that day, I realised this annoying thing. I could not take large steps! :neutral: And when I tried to take two steps at a time, I realised the skirt prevented me so I had to jump about the escalator step by step :mrgreen:

We gave Ramen Ramen Singapore a shot this time. But imho, once to try is enough My goodness, we made such a din and even embarrassed the poor waiter! It’s a wonder we were not chased out by the management :?

We had our dinner and then exchanged gifts as we revealed ourselves to our mortals. Turns out that silly Lilin is my angel this round (I was her Santa for our Christmas game) who gave me a box of sweets and an awesome Emily Strange patch!

Sweets and Patch
Angel Lilin’s gifts for me!

When I revealed that my mortal was Joan and handed her her gift, she gave this really loud squeal, reached for her gift and grabbed it, removed the plastic bag and immediately insisted that I take a picture of her with my… scrap-card for her.

Scrap-card
My gift to Mortal Joan!

We then presented Teresa and Lizhen their birthday presents from us!

Birthday Girls and Presents
Teresa with her knickers! Lizhen with… what’s that?

Then we had cake! Man, it’s really chocolatey, yummy, and totally sinful! I guess that’s where our trainings come in handy

Birthday Girls and Cake

Sinnnnnful
Sinful cake

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I finally got my shiny new black 320 gigabyte external hard drive! Kudos to Jun Wei for helping me with the shopping part

Initially, I was going for the SG$195 deal but apparently, when I got to the shop, it just sold out. Gah. Just my luck. So I dug out some more from my allowance and got this spankin’ awesome sleek black one:

320GIG
My latest baby

I’ve been transferring my anime and manga over and can’t wait to download more since now I’ve got 320 gigabyte worth of space

Some random photos I forgot to post.

Shadow
Our baby Shadow

Shadow
I like this pose of hers

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