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2007 Already?!

Dude, 2006 is over already? It felt like it went by so fast but in actual fact, on some days, it felt like it was forever. I’ve never found the need to do the whole count-down-to-the-new-year thing since my sleep is more important in going to a big party jam-packed with strangers and alcoholic beverages. So, I went to my cousin’s 17th birthday party instead.

I don’t usually make resolutions in the start of the year since I never keep them. However, after seeing how my tummy bulges out of the bands of my pants when I sit down, I think it’s time to go back to the gym. This year though, I will make a resolution that is achievable. I aim to go to the gym more than three times a year. May not be enough to trim down the tummy but at least I can say that I went to the gym. 😉

Anyway, have a good year Internet. May this year bring all of us so much joy, love and happiness (and hopefully peace to the world).

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Family Getaway

It’s been a rather long time since my family had an outing for just the five of us so we readily agreed when my mum suggested that we go to JB for two days on Wednesday, for a little shopping. We didn’t actually do much shopping but it was definitely a gastronomical experience.

We had lunch at Kenny Roger’s Roasters at one of the malls and the service was disappointing. They were severely under-staffed the food wasn’t that great. I doubt we’ll ever go back there again. I think that I could make better roast chicken than that, though their pasta salad was nice.

Near our house is a wonderful, quaint shop that sells authentic Thai food. They’ve got the best Tom Yam I’ve ever had outside of the house (the best being my dad’s). However, the shop was closed for two weeks for renovations so we went to the shop at the other end of the row instead. The cook for that shop was previously working in the other shop so the menu is relatively the same. It even tasted almost the same. The food was so good that my middle sister was full the point of almost being comatose.

For brunch the next day, my dad took us to this shop that reportedly made the most unique breakfast menu.

They had these little huts where you can enjoy your meal, sitting cross-legged on the floor.

I had the traditional breakfast porridge which came with an assortment of side dishes; salted egg, fried peanuts and boiled watercress to name a few. To complete the meal I had my ice cold Milo. You see that bowl with the bones sticking up? That’s is a my dad’s favourite, bone soup. Tasty stuff but it’s an acquired taste. And the bone marrow, yummy!

So, my palate has been having a wonderful two days chowing down on great food, though I think the tummy is starting to protest a little. It’s going to be a while until I do this again but I definitely had a great time.


A Pile Of Books And A Hot Cup Of Cocoa

When I woke up and found that it was raining, I wasn’t surprised but I was disappointed since I couldn’t go to the mall like I planned. So I spent the day at home, curled up with a nice hot cup of cocoa and the pile of books I’ve borrowed. In random order, the pile consists of:

I’ve never been one who likes comic books since there were so many to choose from and I didn’t know where to start. With gentle nudges from the significant other, I’ve started on the slow, slippery path to obsession. I have yet to go through even a tenth of the Showcase and I’m already planning to get another Batman comic, may be Batman: Legend of The Dark Knight if I can find it. It’s not his fault that I get obsessed or even addicted to books easily. He even warned me about the dangers of comic books but being the stubborn little bitch that I am, I didn’t listen. Hopefully I won’t take this obsession too far and go to work dressed in a cowl and cape, or something like that.


BEACH!

I can’t remember the last time my family went out on a picnic to the beach. It’s got to be more than 15 years I think. The last few times I went to the beach for a picnic was with the significant other’s family and that’s what I did today. It’s also been ages since I’ve been in a truck and I did both today. I took a ride in a truck to the beach, biatches!

Unfortunately, it rained as usual but I had fun nonetheless. There was much food which I didn’t eat, not because it wasn’t tasty but due to being still full from breakfast. Food was followed by swimming. At the beach. Something that I haven’t done it at least a decade. I’ve never been fond of beaches since I can’t see my feet and the waves are usually big enough to pull me out into deeper water (read: any level above my head or where my feet can’t touch the ground. Wait, is that the same thing? Oh well, what ever.)

So anyway, the swimming. Well, it wasn’t so much of swimming but more floating around aimlessly and splashing about like a beached whale. The significant other was very good at preventing me from floating away to Batam, calming my fears and making sure I don’t drown. He’s dependable like that.

The picnic was cut short due to the heavy rain but I really had fun. I think I might look forward to another picnic if it happens.

On a side note, Red Bull makes me do and say things that I wouldn’t normally do or say. I’ve been called funnily scary. *winks*


The Return of Take That

I had never been one of those girls who chased boy bands around the island whenever they came to Singapore, though once I did accompany a friend to do that. So it wasn’t a big deal for me when Take That disbanded and everyone went their separate ways. I loved their music and their concerts were awesome, at least from the tapes that I saw courtesy of the above mentioned friend. They danced and gyrated in front of millions of fans, making it look so easy. They may not have been what I thought (and still think) to be very good looking or even sexy, they all did have a charismatic quality around that that attracted you. I was a little sad that there wouldn’t be anymore music from Take That but I wasn’t heart broken like some people.

It’s been ten years since the group broke up and it never occurred to me that they would make a come back. Imagine my surprise when I was in the lab a few weeks back and the DJ said that they were giving away the Take That’s latest album. Their first single from the album, Patience, sounded so different from what I remember that I couldn’t recognise them at first but after listening to it a few more times I could pick out Gary’s voice. He sounded exactly as he did ten years before.

When I saw the video for Patience yesterday and they looked so scruffy that I could barely recognise them under all that stubble and wrinkles. With the greatness that is YouTube.com, I found a live version of the song and I’d forgotten how good they were. They sound exactly the same on the radio as they do live. So, to celebrate their return, here’s the video clip of Take That (or TT as their fans call them) Live!


From A Frightened Daughter

Even though I work in a lab that researches on breast cancer, it never occurred to me that it would hit close to home. Usually, it’s what happens to other people, not to anyone I love. When my mum told me that she had a lump in her breast, I couldn’t believe my ears and I had to have her repeat it to me a few times before it registered in my brain what she was saying. Everyone thought I was making a mountain out of a mole hill. I prayed that I was only worried for nothing.


However, it proved that I did have cause to worry. The results came back on the tests and my mum had ductal invasive carcinoma. I felt my stomach drop from under me and I didn’t know how to react to the news. She’s scheduled to go for a mastectomy in January. It frightens me so much that this is all happening to my mum and I couldn’t do anything to help her with it.


I always thought that things happened for a reason and this just re-affirms it. I didn’t know why I entered this field in the first place. When my application for graduate studies was turned down, I felt like it was almost the end for me but now I know why I didn’t get it. My mum needed me here to be with her, to be strong with her to give here at least a little more informed choice. She seems to be taking it in stride and I have yet to fully deal with what I feel but hopefully, I won’t let her down.


To end this entry, I just want to urge all the ladies out there to please start their monthly self-examination if they haven’t already and go for a regular mammogram. If you catch it early, there’s a 100% chance of cure. Please don’t be complacent about this as it may save your life.