Saturday’s polo training was fair, I guess. Practiced as a keeper for the second time in matches against the junior guys and the Year 2 seniors. I was rather pleased to be able to block Johnny and Lloyd’s shots But Jun Hong’s power shot went in despite the fact that my paddle came into contact with the ball. Dang, my poor right forearm hurts from the impact :neutral:

After that, Artello (minus Lizhen) went to Cineleisure to have lunch at Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe. Apparently, it’s been rated as the Chinese version of NYNY by them.

at Xin Wang HK Cafe
Geok Cheng, Joycelyn, Jolene, Me, Teresa, Lilin and Joan

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It seems like NYNY is our regular slacking restaurant after trainings. We went there again yesterday after polo just to sit, talk, and basically, slack.

We totally adore the candy floss there. I had two sticks

CANDY FLOSS
Geok Cheng, Jolene and Me with our candy floss

at NYNY
Geok Cheng, Jolene, Me, Joycelyn, Teresa and ???? Joan

After that, Hafiz bro asked us if we wanted to go bowling. Initially, our plan for the day was to go bowling or play pool at Marina Square but we were all too tired and felt a tad lazy. That’s why we ended up at NYNY to begin with.

Anyway, since Hafiz was treating the games while we forked out for the shoes rental, we went to bowl with him along with some of the seniors.

It’s funny to see them bowl. Especially after the first game and they were yelling, “Desmond! Even Nadine and Teresa can win you!” that kind of things :mrgreen:

Pretty sad that Jolene injured her arm and could not bowl after four balls. Teresa and I ended up playing her share

After that, we parted with the guys and ended up slacking at Coffee Club at Raffles City. The Muddy Mud Pie was awesome as usual but I just could not stomach much food today

I had initially thought of skipping today’s gym training as I still had conjunctivitis not to mention a bad cough. But I decided to train since it has been almost a month since I last went for a gym training :?

Before I left for school, I had actually taken a rather large dosage of cough syrup, in which, unfortunately, made me rather drowsy. So by the time the train pulled up at my stop, I was feeling rather woozy and I could barely walk straight

Ah well, seems like throughout the whole training, I was stoning half the time :roll: Oddly, even though after doing heavy weights as well as 240 push-ups, it was not as bad as circuit trainings on Thursdays

Anyway, after bathing, Joan, Jolene, Geok Cheng, Joycelyn and I went to Clementi’s MacDonald’s to have dinner. (Random rant: Gah! Can’t believe I’m so silly to order regular Jasmine tea when I wanted a medium one! :mad:)

Anyway, as the title suggests, Happy Apple is actually our dear Joan. What happened was we were talking about something and whenever Joan laughed, she has this habit of opening her mouth really wide, showing all her nice pearly whites (as well as her relatively-new braces). Apparently, Jolene has been gymming with Joan this evening and kept seeing her pearly whites and told her (while stiffling her own laughter) to please cover her mouth whenever she laughed.

Anyway, basically, Joan was our source of laughter for tonight. And she seemed rather proud of it because she went, “See? I’m your Happy Apple.”

We drew a short blank before bursting out in really loud laughter.

I had literally no idea what she was talking about until she explained that she’s like the ???. Which means someone who makes people happy. And translating that literally, it means ‘happy fruit’. But Joan could not think of the word ‘fruit’ for ? and simply thought of ‘apple’ (??). Thus, ‘Happy Apple’. ????.

My goodness. All of us with the exception of Joan laughed till there were tears in our eyes and our stomachs ached really badly while gasping for air.

It feels great to have a really good and hard laugh with my teammates

at MacD's
Me, Happy Apple Joan :lol:, Joycelyn, Jolene and Geok Cheng

The initial plan was to work after training on Saturdays and still go for Sunday’s pool slots. However, it seems like I’m just too worn out as well as burnt out (literally).

After training on Saturday, Jolene, Lilin, Joan, Joycelyn, Teresa and I went to NYNY to slack and have a rather late lunch.

at NYNY
Teresa, Joan, Jolene, Me, Lilin and Joycelyn

After finishing up, I could feel the exhaustion from the training seeping into my aching body. Gah! By the time I started work, I could literally sleep walk :?

And no matter how badly I want to train on Sundays, Saturday’s sunburns on my poor nose, cheeks and shoulders are always a discouragement

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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