So… I’m rather behind at doing this but here I am!

I signed up for Shimelle‘s online class—Blogging for Scrapbookers and it started on Monday. But, being the usual procrastinator that I have always been, I kinda sorta lagged behind since caring for Zayden Asher takes up practically ALL my time. Well, not to mention checking out Tumblr and helping Guan with his FarmVille on Facebook and looking at deals at 2peas

Anyway, I spent the last weekend meeting new crafty people on the class forum and admiring everyone else crafty and pretty works while I did my usual gawking at pretty papers and layouts

I read up the class notes and have got Google Reader ready And I shall attempt today’s—well, yesterday’s, actually—prompt.

I was on my way to MWL to buy the new MME journaling cards and the fastest way was by the train. And, somehow, I always seem to have very annoying kids taking the same carriage as me.

He was about six and he sounded Filipino and I shall assume that he was sitting (on the reserved seat for those who need) with his mother. I stood in front of him, trying to ignore him while half-gaming, half-tweeting on my iPhone, and he kept whining and fidgeting in his seat. Okay, granted that he’s a kid so given that his butt probably had needles on them, but, did he need to whine (almost) endlessly?

He kept going on and on and moving about in his seat and when he wanted to lie on his mother, he got really comfy by putting his legs up against the glass on the side of the seat. If his legs were any longer, those ugly Crocs would be right in my face :evil:

Needless to say, I was pretty thankful when I finally alighted at my stop—only to discover that he and his family alighted along as well :mrgreen:

That is why I hope Zayden won’t grow up to be those annoying, irritating, badly-behaved children I see running around, making a ruckus in public :? I shall do my best! *yosh*

Oh, well. Anyway, I got my journaling cards! But I couldn’t find one of them so my set isn’t complete

Zayden Asher
A Zayden Moment

If anyone remembered the last post where I mentioned I was to attend my cousin’s daughter’s first month celebrations, I should say that I failed to do so because on that day, Zayden Asher was born

So that makes him exactly a month younger than his second cousin, Cheyenne. Which also makes him exactly one month older than Li Jiawei’s son.

Anyway, on a random note, tomorrow’s the day where my relatives will see their new addition to the family!

Okay, so I’m like, a day late. But I’m trying to make it up since it’s my first post for October!

In which I realized that I did not blog at all on September! :? Oh dear. Anyway, it’s about time I should update my QBee Quilt and my web cam picture *points to right sidebar* (I did not update the cam for over a year!) But I can’t update the former till I’ve plugged Guan’s laptop and I need some fonts and files to update the latter :neutral:

Anyway, if anyone is wondering, things are okay (I guess). I have been tired and sleep is no longer in my system (since I take naps) but other than that, all is well

Okay! I’ll blog a better post tomorrow!

… which means I need to re-learn how to turn this thing on.

Along with the whole which-channel’s-the-normal/cable/video-buttons.

Anyway, I just received a text from my cousin regarding my niece Cheyenne’s first month celebration which will be held mid next month. If anyone has been around long enough, you would probably remember Dylan‘s first month celebration. He sported a mohawk hairstyle and we realized that he was a Nike-kid from then onwards because subsequently, every time we see him, he is wearing Nike shoes

It seems like I will start every post with, “Whaaat?! WordPress upgraded again?!” :?

Anyway, as my home does not have a television set for years, my family promptly skips watching the parade for a number of years (there were a few where we actually attended the parade itself).

Then again, ever since I discovered the joy of higher pay while working on public holidays (back when I was happily single), I have always enjoyed working on these days where everyone else who was in a relationship wanted to spend the holidays with their S.O.

Anyway, I asked Guan a few weeks ago what he planned to do on National Day this year. His response was, “Every year is standard: Watch the parade on TV, then go upstairs to watch the fireworks.” (There is a view of the fireworks on the top floor of his block.)

I must admit I was sort of disappointed that there was nothing else, or rather, he did not plan anything else for this holiday. Then again, with the crowds everywhere, I would really hate to go anywhere near town

I guessed I did have something in mind but since that was what he did every year, I didn’t say very much.

We were both really exhausted on the day itself (Sunday) because we were at his friend’s 21st birthday celebration in which some of us headed to Cineleiure after that to play L4D. It was our first time and I shall admit that I really suck at it. till Biondi came and told me how to (roughly) play the game. But I enjoy being the Infected than the Survivor

Anyway, Sunday was an awesome day for sun-tanning. But since we were so tired, we went home after church and slept. Guan woke me up at half past seven and I groggily suggested watching the parade on TV.

Apparently, we like different things about the parade. He likes the beginning where all the different contigents march in, the firing of guns, the bombing of cannons, the arrival of the president…

As for myself, I find that part boring :? I prefer the mass displays on the field and all the different acts (is it called acts?)

Well, at least we both like fireworks

While watching the parade, I noticed that no one was standing along the highway to spectate the parade without a ticket. I asked Guan why there weren’t anyone as I’d expected to see a crowd there. He said, “No one is supposed to stand there in case someone is armed with a sniper. That’s why no cars can stop there either.”

After hearing that, I felt really foolish because I had initially planned to camp there to take spectacular fireworks shots. Guess I’m glad I didn’t suggest that in the first place :neutral:

So I didn’t blog for a few weeks and I was reminded by the dashboard to upgrade to WordPress 2.8.2! Whaaat?! :roll:

Anyway, Guan and I finally went to check out the new mall in town. ION Orchard boasts to have brands like Cartier, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Uniqlo, Topshop and Topman along with Bimba & Lola, Boss Selection, Chaumet, Christian Audigier, Dsquared2, Diane von Furstenberg, Just Cavalli, Marc Jacobs, Patek Philippe, and Vivienne Tam, which are new to Singapore or having its own stand-alone boutiques for the first time. (Taken from here.)

After touring the floors, to us, ION was like, just another Paragon across the street. Well, not till we went to the basement to look for food. There, we saw shops that were “familiar” to us. That means stuff I can actually afford

I loved the sake bottles at Nippon-Ya! Apparently, this Japanese food boutique has an outlet at The Central and I find it a really random shop because it sold food stuff along with accessories and toys. It was so random I couldn’t differentiate half the time which were edible or not :?

Guan commented that there were a lot of Japanese food around the basement. I’m hoping that Tsukiji Gindaco would restore my faith in takoyaki. But due to the rather long queue and our tired legs, Guan decided to forgo his yakisoba and I, my takoyaki. We tried The Taiyaki’s Bacon/Egg and German Potato taiyakis and they were really good as they were stuffed with really nice fillings and the batter was crispy. It tasted like a toasted sandwich :idea: I had initially wanted to try the chocolate batter stuffed with banana paste but it contained custard cream and the azuki looked the same as Chui Jia’s Ooki Taiyaki. Still, if I want to save money, I would still choose the chocolate ones at Ooki Taiyaki

(Okay, CJ! I’ve finally mentioned your store!)

We settled our dinner at Ginza Bairin where he had the chicken karaage curry and I had the ebi fry don. His karaage, although crispy, was rather tough and chewy. My jaws actually ached while eating just one piece. The curry was okay—sweet, not too spicy, but not the best I’ve tried. My ebi was okay—I think I’ve tasted better ones :? Anyway, for those who would like to try, I’ve found two very different reviews online here and here. (The first one made me laugh out loud!)

I guess we’ll head back to ION next time to try the other food stuff along with getting some pretty bottles of sake!

(A side note: This is my really lousy first attempt to write a food review. Haha!)