This is a rather delayed post. (Only because I was waiting for my sister to transfer the photos from her Nikon to the computer.)

My family on my dad’s side had our reunion dinner super early this year. Exactly two weeks earlier. For those who are confused, we usually have reunion dinners on the eve of the Lunar New Year (which falls on the 29th this year).

If one has been reading my blog for more than two years, one would remember that I have this cousin Natalie (now 13-years-old) who is addicted to this card game called Dai Dee. And if one remembers this blog entry, one would recall yours truly trying to please her by playing at the dinner table.

Anyway, for the third year running, we cousins were playing Dai Dee again.

This year though, we have a new addition to the family: Cousin Esther.

Because my 15-year-old sister Nicole has “brainwashed” Esther’s older sister Abigail when she was a baby, my 17-year-old brother Anders and I are attempting to “brainwash” Esther in hope that she would like us ask much as Abigail likes Nicole.

(Abigail only attaches herself to her parents and Nicole. Apparently, she doesn’t interact with the rest of us.)

Enough talk. Here are the pictures

Reunion Dinner
Judaxil, Esther and Anders

Reunion Dinner
Esther playing with my Motorola E398

Reunion Dinner
Esther and Me

Yes, this domain has been around for two years. So, yay!

It came quite a long way to where it is now. It was (and still is) my personal domain. But, much lesser information (on myself) and content (for visitors) is up. And no, I don’t really plan on doing much besides a layout revamp that would probably be up after 8947509348 gazillion years…

Just kidding. But that shows how busy I am with school.

And on another note, it’s my father’s birthday. So,

Happy Birthday Daddy!

On Saturday, my relatives (on Mother’s side) gathered at CHIJMES to celebrate Grandmother’s 80th birthday. I found it extremely odd at this so-called sudden celebration because as far as I’ve lived for 20 years, my family has never celebrated her birthday before.

We had (if I remember correctly) a 10-course dinner at Lei Garden.

Lei Garden at CHIJMES:

Top Cantonese restaurant, Lei Garden offers an innovative, elaborate and extensive menu with over 120 dishes ranging from dim sum, nutritious tonic soups, sharksfin, abalone and birds’ nest delicacies to excellent seafood, meat and vegetarian favourites, full of wholesome gourmet flavour.

There are altogether 11 private dining rooms with a total capacity of 150 guests. There is a two-tier aquarium built from ceiling to floor.

My uncle booked one of the private dining rooms on the second floor with three tables. I found it unfair that Allan brought Ling without telling me and Jolene. If he did, we would have brough our SOs too.

Oh well.

Pictures to comeónext time.

I could not post yesterday as I was badlyóand still amósunburnt.

Before I plunge into the story of how I got sunburnt, let me recount how I spent the Lunar New Year.

The first day was the usual going-to-grandmasí-houses. At my maternal grandmaís side, guess who was there again? Yes! Golden!

This time, my younger sister had brought along her digital camera. Pictures are definitely much clearer than my Motorola E398.

Golden, why won't you look here?
Golden, why wonít you look here?

Sze Ying and Me
Cousin Sze Ying and Me with Dad at the back

Wei Hong, Sze Ying and Me
With my cousins Wei Hong and Sze Ying

Still refusing
Goldenís still refusing to look at the cam

Golden with red bandana
Little Red Riding Hood

Golden with red bandana
I should have worn my blue oneÖ

After the visiting, Wil asked me to watch Constantine with him. I admit I wasnít at all interested in that movie. But that movie turned out to be rather okay.

In my last entry, I said that I rotted the whole day on the second day. Only because all my siblings were busy entertaining my cousin Abigail.

Judaxil and Abigail
Judaxil and Abigail

Abigail had a habit of washing her hands. So she would request to go to the toilet every now and then. When I told Jun Wei that, he said she had OCD :mrgreen:

Abigail washing her hands
Abigail washing her hands

Smile, Abby!
I took this picture of her smiling!

Ewe. Her mucus is showing.

Hee Hee
Itís blur. But itís her.

On the third day, I went to Wild Wild Wet. Itís a water theme park like Sentosaís now extinct Fantasy Island. Only that itís smaller. And less fun<em>ner.

However, I would highly recommend one ride that really made me scream/squealóSlide Up. Two people sit on this float and you slide down this really steep U-shaped ramp and slide back and forth. This ride really took my heart away. Literally.

Another thing I really enjoyed would be the swimming pool which has motorised waves making me feel like Iím swimming in a choppy sea. I even bothered to count the number of waves they emit at one wave session. 350 waves

The aftermath of the whole Wild Wild Wet episode left me in great pain. I bet hell feels much worse

Me at Wild Wild Wet
Me at Wild Wild Wet

I canít smile. Itís painful.

I canít believe it. But I rotted my day away at home today.

Well, not really. My Gu Gu (youngest Aunt on my dadís side), her husband and coming two-year-old cousin Abigail came over to my placeónot to visit, butóto fix up the computer.

Will post more tomorrow (with pictures!)

Okay so my other entry the other time was about reunion dinner with my relatives at my dadís side. This timeís momís.

I enjoy going to my momís side only because she has like, twelve siblings, and so, cousins of various ages can be found there.

This year, there arenít any small babies stealing the limelight. Oh, no. This year, itís a dog. Yes, and mind you, it isnít those small-puppy kinds.

Everyone, meet Golden, a three-year-old Golden Retriever. Mind you, itís a she (darn, I kept referring her as Ďhimí all night :mrgreen:


And her again

Ainít she just cuuute?

Stick your tongue out!

Iím addicted to her, I tell ya.

Golden belongs to my Xiao Jiuís (Small Uncle) uh, girlfriend or wife. (Crap. I donít even know! :oops:

It was so amusing to see everyone taking out their digital cameras and cellphones (that are camera-enabled) and aiming the lens straight at Golden but can never really manage to get a decent shot of her.

Everyone who wanted to have a picture with her tried in vain to make her sit still for a picture with anyone. When she seems settled and the cameras are ready, just before the shutter goes off, she starts moving or turning her head the other way. Frustrating, I tell you.

Being the impatient person I am, I decided to take pictures with those who are not as hyper-active as Golden.

Me and Allan
Me and my Commando cousin Allan

Me and Sze Ying
With cousin Sze Ying

Oh, does anyone remember my blog entry last year about my cousin Sze Ying? Oh, my. The way she jabbers in chinese just makes my head spin :roll: And this year, her four-year-old brother Wei Hong is not as shy as last year and his baby-talk-cum-chinese makes it really hard for me to understand him given my atrocious command of chinese. I sincerely thought he was speaking hokkien to me!

Allan got another new phone (I seem to see him with a new model every three times I see him) and my sister was testing it out the camera functions by using me as her subject.

Thatís TV at the background

Finally, as usual, during all these festive occasions, the text messaging system had to lag. Think I accidentally texted Jun Wei five times straight. So, we switched to talking on the phone.

I can hear fire crackers!