Monday, February 14, 2011

Will You Be My Valentine?

When I was a lot younger, I used to dream a lot about Valentine's Day. It was something that I couldn't wait to experience it.

After I started dating, I was disappointed to discover Valentine's Day was not as magical as I thought it to be.

Mostly because my boyfriend and I could never be physically in the same place to celebrate the day.

This year is the 5th Valentine's Day I've seen since starting to date. Still no luck. LOL. Seems the day and I just aren't fated.

I'd like to think I've matured a lot since that first Valentine's Day I spent sulking away.

So here we go:

"Things I've Learned About Valentine's Day"
1. Valentine's Day isn't just about being with your husband/wife/fiancee/fiance/boyfriend/girlfriend. Valentine's Day is about love. Just love. Love for your parents, love for your kids, love for your best friend, love for your dog, any love. So call your mum, hug your dad, kiss your brother (not on the lips, that's just disturbing), tell your housemate (I love you Celine Pika-Chu!)

2. Valentine's Day is overrated. Sure, it's one out of 2 days a year you can demand that your boyfriend treat you like the queen you think you are (the other being your birthday, in case you were wondering), but why wait for this ONE day to express how you feel?

3. Like 梁静茹 sings, "其实爱对了人, 情人节每天都过". "If you're in love with the right person, Valentine's Day is everyday"

4. I'm not a fan of them big grand romantic gestures. To be honest, they make me feel embarrassed more than they touch me. I'd rather have 100 small gestures from the one I love throughout the year than a bouquet of roses and a nice dinner once a year.

5. Just because you don't have a significant other to spend Valentine's Day with doesn't mean you must be unhappy. Just because you have a significant other to spend it with doesn't mean you have to. Just because you have someone to spend it with and you spend it with aforementioned person doesn't mean you'll be happy. For example, I had a great Valentine's Day supper tonight with Celine, Bako and a new friend Melvin, and it's the best February 14th I've spent.

6. Sometimes, the best thing to do is to not expect too much, and just take the day as it goes.





Sunday, February 13, 2011

CNY

So... I got too busy to continue my daily posting. What a fail.

I will make up for this by showing you pictures from my CNY!

Though you've probably already seen the pictures on Facebook.


Teaching Kit how to play pool. Great success!!

Kai Vin's not very happy about his not very fresh scallops.

Family photo! Why aren't the guys smiling? I have no idea.

Very very very happy with our full stomachs :)


Uncle Kok Hoong and family. Do guys in my family have a thing against smiling?

My awesome collection of Polaroids :)

Dad refuses to admit that he's now the shortest among the boys

Boy and Mummy
Dad's hometown Rawang

Ancestors' potraits

All the boys decked in red


CNY dinner at my Ee-Poh's place. Ban Mien ftw!

The adult's table

My Man suk-po



Wednesday, February 02, 2011

CNY 2011 - Day 2

Okay, so the most unexpected people "liked" my previous post. Flattering, but unexpected.

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I've been home for about 28 hours now and I've not eaten a single pineapple tart! What is going on?! Have I lost my taste for delicious CNY cookies after years of not gorging on them? *gasp* I do very well hope not.

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Woke up to the persistent ringing of the doorbell by my parents, who managed to wake XinWei up to let them out of the apartment, but couldn't repeat the miracle for him to wake up to let them back in.

When I went to open the door groggily, I was greeted by my mother:

"eh girl ah, how come you're awake?"

Proceeded to enter XinWei's room to punch him for not staying awake to let my parents back in.

He didn't stir at all.

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Spent the rest of the morning having my standard toast and milk tea, while enjoying the 8Days magazines Mum bought for me despite the fact that most of the magazine is no longer relevant to me.

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First homecooked meal since being home! Mum decided to show me how to cook congee using the Smart cooker that seems to have captured the hearts of every female member of my extended family. Not one day goes by in the Chow family without talk of the Smart cooker.

"Do you know it only weighs 5.4kg?"

"So easy to cook soup? You just dump everything inside before you go to work and you can have hot steaming soup to drink for dinner when you get back!"

"Come come, let me show you how to cook Hainanese chicken in the Smart cooker!"

This is how much we love this Smart cooker: My immediate family alone is in possession of 3 of this magic appliance, one for me in Melbourne, one for XinWei in Sydney (which Mum is currently using in Subang), and Dad's getting one when he flies back to Taiwan.

There's also one with my KooMah, her 2 children each has one, my Aunty Selina has one, her son Shaun has one in Melbourne, my Koo Cheh has one, Aunty Beng Gnoh in Melbourne has one as well, though hers is currently not working, as she lamented to me the day before I flew home.

These Buffalo people should get us to be the spokes-family for this. Seriously.

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Made an impromptu decision to head to 1Utama for a movie with XinWei before meeting ChuJie for dinner. Left at 1.35 from Subang for the 3 pm movie.

Obviously we didn't make it. Thank you Malaysian transport system.

No chance of catching the movie, so we decided to head to Carl's Jr. OH YEAH!

Would post a photo of the meal, but XinWei started eating before I could even reach for my bag to pull my camera out.

To cement our status as nerds, we sat in Carl's Jr for another hour or so playing Scrabble on my iPod.

Then we walked around a little, before finally giving up and settling down in MPH bookstore for an hour and a half.

My family's talent: Finding a bookstore wherever we go.

Another talent: Never coming out of a bookstore empty handed.

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Had dinner with ChuJie, where we tried our very best to speak in English for the benefit of XinWei but failed miserably.

Good luck in Singapore CJ! Remember to watch more Singaporean dramas and buy me 8Days magazines!
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Sister-brother bonding time ended once we reached home, as the clutches of DOTA proved too strong.

Still tried my best and stubbornly played and sang along to Korean songs on my iPod while XinWei was playing. Korean songs and the sounds of killing on DOTA has now been proven to not go along at all.

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Introduced Kit to pore strips and the oil absorbing sheets, which he reluctantly tried. He didn't like them, and was not at all impressed with the results. Meh.
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2 days down, 5 more to go!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

CNY 2011 - DAY 1

Finally got to see Mum after 396 days apart. I would have cried, but we don't do crying at reunions in my family. Instead, the first line I uttered to my mum upon reaching KLIA was:

"eh, 小姐, 你们不是应该已经站在 arrivals hall 拿着 sign 来欢迎我吗?"
(eh, miss, shouldn't you two be here at the arrivals hall holding a sign to welcome me?"

The response was:

"girl ah, 我们还没有到啦,你 daddy 不认识路. 多十分钟就到, okay?"
(Girl, we're not there yet. Your dad doesn't know the way there. Give us 10 more minutes okay?"

20 minutes later, I was still waiting.....

Looking at our interaction, noone would believe I had been away for so long, lol!

I can still understand and speak MALAY. So proud of myself. LOL.

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Had lunch at The Pavillion, followed by a lot of shopping.

So far I've bought 2 pairs of shoes, 1 vest, 2 tops, 1 pair of jeans, 1 purse.

Not to mention all the stuff Mum bought me throughout the year while awaiting my return.

Mum got me SK-II!

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I think I'm the first person who's willingly brought their parents to Asia Cafe for pool. Needless to say, Mum was appalled that her kids have been spending their after-dinner nights in Subang there.

Taught XinKit how to play pool to increase his social skills in the hopes that he gets more friends.

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Dinner at Sakae Sushi in Subang Parade. Ahhh, I've missed being able to order anything I want to eat without worrying about the bill :)

Annoyed XinWei and XinKit with questions the whole dinner. Questions like:

"Would you rather give up all desserts or sashimi?"

"Would you rather give up rice or anything spicy?"

"Would you rather have no voice or no internet?"

They still played along, probably silently comforting themselves with the fact that I'm leaving in 6 days and they'll be safe until my graduation in June.

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1 day down, 6 to go!