Yesterday was a tiring day for me.

I had no sleep the night before and I had to go for the Relay Duathlon 2006 (organised by Ngee Ann Canoeing Club and sponsored by NewUrbanMale.com) to canoe 4 km AND run 4 km.

Please do let me stress to you how seriously my body is lack training. I have not been running for weeks. Weeks! I knew I was going to just die there.

So by the time I was done with the competition, lunch at Subway at Suntec City, passed the first area of Stage 1 of Time Crisis 4, I took a train to Clementi and still wondered whether I should attend Peiqi‘s BBQ.

I decided to go after all since I told her I would :? I kind of knew what was going to happen there since her guest list consisted of ex-SPSU people I know but are not close to since they are more chinese-speaking and I am labelled jiak kan tan (literally, it means “eat potato”. It is actually saying that I’m english-speaking.)

When I stepped into her apartment, everyone there was surprised to see me. It has been years since I last seen most of them, and I probably bumped into a few in the streets every now and then. But I could feel their gazes at me, looking at my big bag (they thought I was going to overnight too! But I had no idea there was an overnight stay!) and though, “She’s staying overnight, too?”

It is not that they’re mean. I guess it’s just awkward :?

Everyone kept asking me the same question after the hellos. “Where’s Jun Wei?” and I had to go, “Australia” so many times one of them said I should just wear a sign

Anyway, I was somehow surprised that I found myself talking to Agnes most of the time. I knew her from camp four years ago but was never close to her. But last night, it seemed great to be talking to her, hearing her experiences and struggles in working life.

When Marcus arrived with Bi Wei, I was like, Yay! Finally! A fellow english-speaker!

And that was when the photo-taking started, too.

Say cheese!
Cheesing for Marcus
(He had initially taken a rather unglam shot when I wasn’t ready. That shall remain unposted, of course.)

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(I know, you must be thinking, “It’s about time!”)

I actually typed a really long post on this and I accidentally clicked the close button. Well done, Nadine :?

So I met Elisia and she asked me to accompany her to Chinatown to collect something for her sister. I thought, well, I had time to kill so why not?

When we got there, we had to find this building and she went straight into a KTV lounge. I was going, “You’re collecting something here?” But she told me to follow her and follow her I did.

She led me to the very last door and when she opened it, I was greeted with a loud “SURPRISE!” and the pops of party poppers. Yep, the 7ners surprised me.

Surprise!
My surprised look

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She was busy and so was I. But somehow, both of us, including the rest of the 7ners were free last night to celebrate Perrine’s belated birthday.

Yes, another into the I’ve-turned-21-club.

We met up at Wheelock Place‘s n.y.d.c. where we had pastas, baked pastas and baked rice. Of course we had to have dessert. So after bloated stomachs, we stuffed ourselves with a slice of Max’s Oreo Cheesecake, an Irish Cream Mudpie and a Jedi Mudster.

Oh! Must not forget Eeyore

With Eeyore
Me, PK and Jo with Eeyore

With Eeyore
Soffie, Elisia and Perr with Eeyore

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Good-bye days. Nice song by YUI.

Which totally fits my week. It’s been a series of good-bye days because Jun Wei has left for Australia early yesterday morning.

My whole family turned up to send him off at the airport. So between my family, his family, his relatives and his friends, it was really hard to have an intimate/private goodbye. (Hey! I am a shy person.)

Family
My family, Jun Wei and I

Me and Jun Wei
With my sweetheart

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It came as a surprise, and surprise me they did. My canoe junior girls along with Jun Yu gave me a mini pre-celebration for my 21st birthday yesterday along with a lovely chocolate cake.

They were surprised that I did not find out about their plans. I blame it on my blur-ness and slowness. Also, the lack of anticipating anything.

The blue Adidas shoe bag is lovely! Thank you my girls, and yes, I love you too!

Cake and Me
Blowing out the candles

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Finally, after waiting online for more than two weeks, I finally got the photographs from Joanne’s birthday chalet! I was more eager to have our ‘neoprint’ shots because they looked really cool despite us looking like idiots

Our 'Neoprint' Shots

And a final note: a big THANK YOU to everyone who has voted for me every now and then. I’m catching up!