HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, YOU AND YOU!

March 16, 2010

I am too behind on this blogging thing. I must be getting old, sorting and editting photos just don’t justify me spending the bulk of my waking hours on them anymore… Therefore, I decided to not blog the backdated entries in chronological order but just by themes.

BIRTHDAYS!

Oooh, this could just be my favourite!! Teehee~

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On the second day of school, Shi Qi turned 21! We celebrated by heading down to the city for dinner and a movie. As the shops were closing there wasn’t much we could eat (shops close at 5pm here!) so we settled for 3 servings of Singapore Noodles for $10. CHEAPPPPP~

It was funny actually because in my 21 years of growing up in dear old Singapore, Singapore Noodles didn’t exist. :P

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As the movie didn’t start for a another couple of hours, we went for ice-cream! We are weird people who eats ice-cream on cold, rainy days.

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Because as said, it was a cold, rainy day, we couldn’t have our mix-in sugar rush at Cold Rock. :( lucky Movenpick comes with indoor seating. :) :) :) we were disappointed to see that the hot Aussie waiters and waitresses we saw the last time were being replaced with China workers. Their cheap labour is literally taking over the whole world! :(

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The lovebirds (Alvin and Elaine) shared a double scoop while the rest of us splashed out on the biggest sundae in the menu!

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Note the big contrast?! Wahahaha!!!! Ice-cream, me likeeee~

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As the shops were closing by the time we ended school, there wasn’t a proper birthday cake left to buy. Cleverely, we came up with the idea of a lollipop cake… :)

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Soon it was time to start queuing for our seats. Cheap tickets = free seating.

The Blind Side Pictures, Images and Photos

Very touching show… Sandra Bullock looked so effortlessly pretty in her no-nonsense attitude no wonder she won an Oscar :)

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Back in the week before I departed Singapore, Mama turned 49. And daddy surprised her with a dozen roses in my favourite shade of pink! :)

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Daddy then brought us to lunch at The Paramount.

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Food is classic Chinese and Dim Sum which wasn’t extraordinary but authentic enough. :)

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We each ordered some of our favourites, like Brian’s fried carrot cake and roasted chicken, Trixie and Alisa’s Sharksfin dumpling in scallop, seafood broth and my Har Gow. :D

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Mama’s favourite garlic stirfry vegetables and longevity noodles because its a birthday lunch afterall.

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The highlight came in a $388 pot of stewed delicacies! Growing affluence in Singapore have made 盆菜 a ‘staple’ during Chinese New Year in recent years. Basically its all the delicacies stewed over slow fire for 3 whole days (have to advance booking if you want to eat it at the restaurant).

From prawns, scallops, fish maw, sharksfin and all the usual festive seafood to alot of meat from various poultry, we each had a whole abalone! :D

Apparently it started in the Song Dynasty when the king was running away, the locals collected all the delicacies to serve the king on his journey. Only there wasn’t a big enough bowl for all the things he wanted to eat and therefore a wash basin was used. Therefore, the term Basin of Food was coined.

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Challenged Brian to chew on Pig’s tongue. Hahahaha… That boy can never say no to a dare even if it disgusts him. X)

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Best part of every meal – desserts! Mango pudding, Gui Ling Gao, Red bean pancakes is loveee~ :)

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My parents… They don’t look 50 right? Hahaha… Mama is secretly pleased she can claim her senior citizen concession card soon.

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My sister and me…. Love her to itsy bitsy pieces!

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“Jie, I designed you a set of notebooks according to my 3 core values of existence for you to take back to Australia.”
“Really?? I want grids inside not the usual lines..”

Because I am such a troublesome older sister, poor darling didn’t sleep the whole night just to cut page after page for my book. :P

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Back to Mama’s birthday luncheon, the layout of the restaurant and hotel in general was very colonial-looking.. The tiled walls and white plaster banisters remind me of a nonya/peranakan home.

After lunch, we gave daddy and mummy some alone time for a movie and some shopping while we prepared the second part of her birthday surprise.

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Home-made birthday cupcakes!!!! All pinki-fied because I was tasked with the job of purchasing the materials. Hehe..

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Our baking “ammunition” all flown in from Australia!!! Baking the cake was easy-peasy.. It was the decorations that took up the bulk of the time.

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First we had to slob a thick layer of frosting on top of the cupcakes. This acts to seal the cracks on the surface so we can doodle freely.

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Then came the time to let our creative juices flow…. Its girly times like these, I am grateful I have sisters. :)

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After the cakes are pretty, we took them for a walk in the garden. Kekeke!

Mama came home earlier than planned and Paps didn’t give ample warning so it was utter chaos in the kitchen. She must have known there was some form of surprise in store because we locked her out of her own house. Haha. But all ended well and she looked pleased when we barged into her room with a lighted tray of cupcakes. :)

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Make a wish! *poof*

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAO NIANG!!!! WE LOVE YOU MUCH MUCH!

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I solemnly swear to be a good girl from now on. :)

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On the note of being nice to mothers, we brought Ah Ma out for her birthday dinner too!

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Took her to Jumbo Waterfront for a different experience as the East Coast Park branch is always so crowded and hectic.

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At the Singapore Indoor Stadiums, parking is a breeze too!

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Us kids prepared a present for the birthday girl. :)

She looked so happy… I wonder when was the last time she received a gift. She even laughed when we told her the purpose of giving her a wallet was so that she can keep money instead of keep giving out angbaos. And clever us returned her all the $10 we knew she would give us that day back inside the wallet and since its a gift, she can’t return the money to us. :)

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Mama was so proud she beamed when she saw our gift to grandma. :) we even took poloroid shots for her to remember us by.

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We are happy people! :) :) :) :)

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Because Ah Ma said she hasn’t had Yu Sheng this Chinese New Year yet, we decided to order the set menu.

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Fat salmon slices on my Yu Sheng, Salted egg yolk prawns, Asparagus with whole scallops, Sharksfin Soup and many more. :D

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Longevity noodles are a must and the lime jelly was a refreshing finish to a heavy meal.

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But of course, what is Jumbo Seafood Restaurant without its famous Chilli Crab???? Had amazing fried mantous to go with the thick sauce and quick me, stole a HUGE pincer for myself. :)

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Staff were very thoughtful and got us disposable aprons to protect our clothes but act cool brother of mine refused to don the cute apron. So no photos of him! Bleahx.

During dinner, Trixie talked about wanting to see a true opera performance. So when we headed down to the SISTIC office, Alisa totally freaked. She thought Trixie was taking her to the operas and so grabbed her credit card and took off.

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After the whole hoo-ha did Alisa realise we were actually gifting her a pair of concert tickets to the sold-out Breakdance concert she has been eyeing but didn’t have the money for the premium seats still available.

Brian: Why would you want to watch acne?
Alisa: ITS BREAKOUT NOT ACNE!!!!!
Brian: Okay, why would you want to watch the process of making acne?

My brother has a wicked sense of humour. We really wanted her to bring a handsome guy who would be so touched he would make her his girlfriend but she brought her best friend (a girl) instead. Darn it! Lol.

Anyway, my precious baby girl, I hope you enjoyed the show. :) that and the string of awesome food places Mama has planned for you. 3 restaurants and a bar!!!!! I didn’t have that type of extravagence when I turned 18! Pffft~

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Two more days to go, so I shall be the first to wish you, HAPPY SWEET 18!!!!! Love, Jie.

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2 Responses to “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, YOU AND YOU!”

  1. trixieee Says:

    Brian: Why would you want to watch acne?
    Alisa: ITS BREAKOUT NOT ACNE!!!!!
    Brian: Okay, why would you want to watch the process of making acne?

    omgsh is this for real?? ROFL.

    (:

    • Joy Says:

      we were in the car!! didn’t you hear it?? hmm, or maybe it was after you left to go back to hall that night.. haha! :)

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