Monday, December 29, 2008

A Christmas dinner to remember

On Christmas day itself, I finally get to meet Nyk and SK at 3.00 pm. I was a little upset that I didn't get to spend more time with him, as he arrived in Singapore on the day before. The irony, so near yet so far. I know he has to spend time with his family and all and I shouldn't be so selfish but still ....

Anyway, it was better than nothing. One should be grateful for life's little blessings, no?

We just walked around a bit in Marina Square. I showed him the jacket that I wanted from Zara, which was on sale. Sat down for coffee and then it was time to meet with Will and his boyfriend Stan for dinner.

Will brought us to this place near Outram Park MRT called 8 Cafe. It was a nice and cozy little restaurant. There was a Christmas set and all of us ordered different main courses.

The food was great and we also had a bottle of wine. The food was a fusion of Chinese and Western. I would definitely go there again.

Of course, the company for the evening was the highlight. Will was his usual charming and funny self, regaling us with stories of his hot students. Besides, it was wonderful to know more about him. Stan was a little quiet, but I suppose he is just shy.

This was the first time Will met Nyk and I together. Previously, he had only met us on separate occasions.

Thanks again for an excellent dinner, Will!

With that, I bade Nyk farewell as he has to return to KL the next day. It was short, but it was sweet.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas eve miracles

What little festive cheer I had this year happened on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

For Christmas Eve, I was given a half day off. Initially wanted to do some last minute shopping, but it occurred to me that everbody would have thought the same thing. No, no, no, I don't want to be shoving around with everyone else.

So what I planned to do something different, something no one else would be doing, something ..... boring but needs to be done.

I had a dental appointment at 3 p.m. and facial at 4 p.m. Both of them have been delayed long enough, with the usual reason of No Time.

On Christmas Eve morning itself, I was thinking hmmm what should I do between 1 and 3 p.m.? Aha, I shall go to the bank .... the blood bank to be precise.

It was a pretty last minute decision and I was worried that I might not be able to make it for either the dental or the facial appointment. Usually, blood donation takes almost 1 and a half hours.

But with the spirit of Christmas in the air, I was in and out of the bank in an hour! No, there wasn't less donors or they took less blood; there were more nurses that day. They probably should have done this more often.

Hence, I finished my good act for the day at 2.30 p.m., went to the dentist and came out at a quarter past three. I even have time to squeeze in a late lunch and then stroll to my beautician at 4.

Usually, my facial takes almost 2 hours. But it's Christmas eve after all, so another miracle happened. I had my black pores extracted and mask taken out in 90 minutes! I do hope the quality has not gone down. Thankfully, my face is not for the worse.

I was headed for my dinner appointment with the gang. It was at Charcoal, a restaurant run by trainees hospitality students. When I made the reservations, I was told that there would be ala carte and a Christmas set menu on the day. I was also informed that the set cost $23.

On the 23rd, I was told that there was no ala carte menu for Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Eve, I found out that the Christmas set cost $52.

Hey, enough with the miracles already!

Anyway, we ain't gonna pay so much for dinner. It's Christmas eve, not Valentine's day for Christ sake. We just wanted to have a nice dinner without paying an arm and a leg.

Hence, we decided to change our dinner venue to this place called Aerin's at Raffles City. The food was pretty decent and the portion was sufficient. The latter depends on what one orders though.

After the meal, I watched Bedtime Stories starring Adam Sandler. Pretty formulaic feel good end-of-the-year kind of movie. There were some laughs here and there. Pretty good for a couple of hours of escapism. I would rate it a 2.5 out of 5.

And so that was how my Christmas eve went.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

December musings II

Usually year-ends are time to slow down, unwind and take stock of the previous 12 months. A time to take leave from work and enjoy the festive season.

Unfortunately, this is not the case for me.

Year-end is like a busy period for me. Heck, it is busy from December till March. So instead of winding down, I am gearing up.

Besides the more than usual workload, I have been loading up in kilograms too. Aargh!

No time to take in the festive mood of Orchard. Or to take advantage of the Christmas sales.

Since Nyk is coming down next week for a very short trip, it will definitely help brighten things up for me. Yay to that.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December musings

As the year draws to a close, I am beginning to wonder where all the time has gone to.

It is with a pang of regret to say that it feels like work has taken up most of my time. The late nights, working on weekends; they seemed to be one continuous reel of film that keeps on playing and playing.

Notable events were the Bangkok trip with Nyk and the other bloggers in July and the recent trip to Kuching. I suppose what people say is true, the farthest thing you would remember is the time you spent in the office.

My life is passing me by ....

One of my ex-colleagues said that, going on holidays is like bookmarking a year. As time passes by, the years would all be the same; they are differentiated only by the vacations you took in that particular year.

If I try to recall harder, this year was the year I learnt how to ride a bicycle. Yay me!

It has been two and a half years now that I am Singapore. It felt longer than that. I wonder if that means something ....

Anyway, Nyk will be in town during Christmas, which is something I really look forward to. It will be great to spend time with him to mark the end of 2008.