Sunday, December 25, 2005

An ole fave...

Where there is the Christmas story, there's always hope.

Merry Christmas With Love
She leaned with her head on the window
Watching evergreen bend in the snow
Remembering Christmas the way it had been
So many seasons ago.

When the children would reach for their stockings
And open the presents they found
The lights on the tree would shine bright in their eyes
Reflecting the love all around.

But this year there's no one to open the gifts
No reason for trimming the tree
And just as a tear made its way to the floor
She heard voices outside start to sing

"Merry Christmas to all who may dwell here
Merry Christmas if even just one
May the joy of the season surround you
Merry Christmas with love"

The carolers sang as she opened the door
Faces of friends in the crowd
And all of the shadows of lonely reminders
Driven away by the sound.

Now the heart that for years had been silent
Was suddenly filled with a song
As she clung to their hands like a child in the night
She found herself singing along:

"Merry Christmas to all who may dwell here
Merry Christmas if even just one
May the joy of the season surround you
Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all who may dwell here
Merry Christmas if even just one
May the joy of the season surround you
Merry Christmas with love"

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

I am home!

You know Singapore ads are effective when you are flying into Changi airport and your inbuilt jukebox goes,

"It's the little things that we share,
The love and joy that's in the air
The children's laughter everywhere
And all our favourite things."

Followed by...

"This is home truly,
Where I know I must be,
Where my dreams wait for me
Where the river always flows

This is home surely
As my senses tell me
This is where I know I belong
This is where I know it's home."

Yes, I am such a soppy homesick patriotic that it's embarrassing. :P

Anyway, call or sms me at 90405430! :)

Packing frenzy is about to begin.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

last nite

It's my last night in Melbourne.
I've been waiting and waiting for this night for 3 years.
I should be bouncing around with a silly grin on my face.
But now that I'm here, I don't seem to feel anything.

No, that's not right.

Maybe it's the myriad of thoughts that are stepping on each other so violently I can't differentiate between them.

Maybe I'm too tired from the whole week of playing.
Or it's the thought of starting work.
Could be all the old and new friends I'm leaving here.
Or moving into a new phase in my ministry.
Maybe the excitement just hasn't reached my heart yet.
Or maybe it's just what everyone predicted - the Melbourne magic has finally sunk in during my last year.

I am going to miss heaps of stuff here.
But I have memories to take with me, and in that, I am blessed. :)

Friday, December 16, 2005


I'm getting lazy to blog...:P

I've been revisiting the Melbourne tourist spots while trying to settle everything at my old place.
The sights in Melbourne are better off seen and experienced than described, so I'll talk a little abt the different hats I've been wearing this week instead.

Navigating my dad made me realise how similar we are....
For one thing, we can't multi-task when it involves listening! :P
I keep repeating and repeating directions, but he's so focused on driving he doesn't hear anything and then he claims I never said a single word.
Another thing, any mistakes u make, do it on your graduation day.
No one will blame you then. Hee hee.

It is tricky to try and please everyone's music taste, esp when the youngest is 21 and the oldest is 75.
I should have done up a cd with chinese, jazz, instrumental, english and the occasional hokkien song.
The car was shaking from side to side with laughter when I played the Liang Zhi Qiang hokkien army song.
My fave part is when the guy who always acts as a loan shark sings, "No.3 ga dai bo ji wah lai wah ki"
(And all the guys snigger and go "See, I told u she's ah lian.")

Human crutch
You know how in Taiwanese shows like Huan Zhu Ge Ge, they always have some maiden support the Empress as she walks down stairs etc?
We call my cool granny Wong Ah Ma - the Royal Matriarch.
Maid - me lah.

Obsessive-compulsive attendant
For some reason, I have found that some members of my family keep quiet about their toilet and eating needs, until it is absolutely necessary.
Yes, for fear that they will hold up the entourage of 6-8 people if they ask to stop for a break. Haha.
You can't get more phlegmatic than that.
So I check and check and check if people need to stop for toilet breaks or a bite or drink or a back-scratch.

Being the person who knows the Hanafis' place the best among my family, I am asked for and about, being the super-capable woman I am, I rise to the occasion and ask Daisy.

I think Salvation Army should give me a VIP card or something.
I've made 2 trips there (thanks to Daz), and think I'll need to make a 3rd one.
I've also been thowing away stuff like mad, except when I'm trying to secretly give stuff away to people like Chester.
Everything else, and I mean everything, goes into the bin.


This one is more of my whole family.
The real estate agent opened the apartment for viewing but I was expecting just a few people.
My family was sitting in the middle of the living room eating KFC when more than 20 people started traipsing in around them.
It was hilarious to see their expressions, like animals in a glass zoo.

Graduate (!!)
Muahaha....I am now officially a role model for all my little cousins on my mum's side.
It was a super funky graduation ceremony, with the chancellors sitting on a revolving platform that resembled a WWF ring, complete with neon lights.
Band playing "Play That Funky Music" as the doctorate holders marched up on stage.
I was hoping to march up when they were still playing a techno version of Pachelbel's Canon, but too bad....I was too far down.
Anyway, I have finished this part of my race!!
It's on to the next section for me! :)
No deep reflective thoughts on that at the moment, because I think it still hasn't really sunk in yet.
Too busy being on holiday for now.
Can u believe it's only a week to Christmas?!
Woo hoo!
p.s. strawberry picking tomorrow. yum. :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

short and mad

My familee come alleadee!

We stayed over last night at Great Ocean Road!

Lorne Beach Apartments is big and happy and well-stocked!

Going off for dinner soon!


Friday, December 9, 2005

fish fish fish

Sorry haven't been updating, cos I'm too busy packing and playing! :p
Was supposed to celebrate getting my drivers license on Tues, but since I didn't get it, Darren and Chester immediately took me to Mornington Peninsula for fish 'n chips.
No celebration but who said I couldn't have a comfort meal? :P was a car of people with not-so-happy stuff on their mind.

Me - the obvious.
Darren - angel eyes for his Beemer still not here.
Chester - lost a colleague and fren to a car accident the night before. spite of the houseflies and us missing the main menu by 10 mins at the restaurant by the time we got there, I had a fab time.
We packed fish 'n chips from another shop and ate with our hands at the jetty.
Even better....the sea breeze swept away the hordes of flies on our backs.

So, I think the not-so-happy people ended up quite happy after all.

Today, went fishing with Daz, Chester and Josh at Emerald Lake Park, after a yummy breakfast at Cafe Sweetheart.
We caught 5 barramundis and cooked them for dinner.
Hahahaha..........we wished!
The fishes were all hibernating away at some secret hideout, and there was no sign of them at all.
Plus, the houseflies really took a liking to us (again), maybe cos of the Red Rock Deli chips we were crunching down....or the sun screen we had on....or my Kenzo Flower....or the smell of worms (eeks).
We got annoyed and impatient.
So, no catch at all.

However, we did find out that Chester is the best rock thrower among all of us.
His range is ......*blink blink*......really something.
I swing as wide and throw as hard as I can, but as usual, the stone invariably lands with a plonk right in front of me.
Anyway, we also found a reservoir that was rather lovely to just sit and chill.

I enjoyed myself.
It was a day of total zo-bo-ing.
No agenda to follow, no storm to beat.
And on our way back, we stopped for KFC again!
Hee hee!

Heaps of thanks to Daz and Ches for being around the last few days.
Since Louis and Brian went back, I've been pretty much on my own.
(Kitaro's preparing to go off next Tues, so personally, he's got heaps to catch up on too.)
I prob would have been contented to stay at home, and hang around myself a bit.
See, cos I never mind doing that.
I have fun when I'm with people, but I enjoy it when I'm left on my own too.
But spending time with them does make me very glad to have frens around.
They've really helped by taking me out, hanging around, and esp for Daz, helping me to shift stuff and offering more help.
So, thanks for taking care of me, guys.
Makes things A LOT more manageable for a gal in her last few weeks of overseas living. :)
And nothing beats laughing at a joke/boo-boo, or yawning at a boring show with others. Haha.

Hm.... my family is arriving tomorrow nite.
Actually Sun 1:00am lah, so I've to finish whatever I can before I leave for church tomorrow.
Then it'll be taking them around etc etc etc.
So if I'm not online or I don't reply email, it's probably 'cos I'm too pooped! :P
Thank God for Sis Wei Wei's offer to let them stay at her place, which makes it so much easier for me to settle whatever house stuff I need to.
There's heaps to get rid of and make sure people buy!
Back in Singapore 20 Dec! Woo hoo!
Landing at 1:00am so that means I'll get to see the night lights as my plane descends.....lurf it! :) I always get overwhelmed for 2 secs or so, cos the sight of home as u descend is just.... indescribable.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

licensed driver....not.

I failed my driving test.

Always be super-kiasu and give way.

Even if the car is far away and you probably have to wait 54 mins for him to turn.


Sunday, December 4, 2005

remember THAT wakeboarding trip?

My last few weeks in Melbourne...I should be re-visiting my old haunts right?
Instead, as I was mentioning to the guys, it seems like my last few weeks are full of new experiences.
I reckon I've seen a lot more of Melbourne in this last year than in the 2 years before. :P

So....wakeboarding today!'
Who went?
Adeline, Davina, Darren, Chester and me.
And Adeline's instructor Steve and his two frens, Carl and Theresa.
It was greaaaat fun, even tho it ended up as a test of our survival abilities! on read on.

First, we were suspicious about the weather.
Dark clouds and drizzle on the way there.
But if you keep confessing something, it comes true u know.
So by the time we got to Hazelwood Pondage 2 hrs later, the sun had emerged.
Hallelujah! :)

Chester took off on his own to fish for dinner.

After a period of waiting and brushing away annoying flies, the rest of us finally got into the boat and took off.

Steve the instructor went first and zoomed about on the water and made it look so easy.
Okei lah! We also can! Haha....Or so I tot lah.

Davina went next.
Steve taught her the basics, but I think it was more of Adeline and Darren who ended up really coaching her.
It's her first time, and she managed to get into a half standing position and eventually stood up for a while! Woo hoo! :)
Then.....10 mins up.

Next - me!!
Ooh la la..... I got in and kept hearing the voices of Adeline and Darren ringing in my head.

"Let the boat pull you. Don't fight it!"

"Keep your arms straight."

"Stay in the pang sai position."

"Squat until 3/4 way, then stand up."

Okei okei okei......I went with the flow and voila, managed to stand up for all of 0.2 seconds!
Ah ha! *smug look*
Psychomotor skills not as bad as I thought....phew!
A few more runs and 10 mins was also up for me.

Hm.....a storm was in the making.
It was lovely.....looked just like something that would eventually brew into a tornado, or waterspout or something.
Woo hoo....storm chasing! :)

Experienced Darren decided to go anyway.
He got to ride a few times, and was looking good skimming the water and all.
But, he didn't get to finish his turn...'cos

The rope got caught in the propellor.

The storm took a nasty turn.

The boat drifted towards the rocks.

The boys got into the water and kept pushing the boat away from the rocks.

The gals paddled backwards furiously.

Everyone was drenched.

Davina called Chester to go for help.

Adeline got into the water to pee.

The current carried Adeline and Darren away.

Adeline and Darren climbed the rocks to get to shore.

Chester appears with helpful jet-skier.

Helpful jet-skier pulls boat to jetty.

Boat is towed out of water.

Sun re-emerges.

Poor Adeline, she didn't get to wakeboard at all.
Steve mentioned it's the worst trip he's ever had.
Rain plus a stuck propellor plus boat likely to become firewood plus current.

Everyone shivered their way into the car.
Then, there arose such a unanimous cry for KFC.
Ha! For once, I'm not the only one craving for Colonel Sander's secret recipe.

Had a most satisfying dinner and then it was back to Melbourne.
Went to wash the car, and shift Jimmy's stuff to Hanafis.
Thanks heaps man, Daz and Chester!
What would I do without you guys helping?!
Appreciate the thoughtful great company too! :)

*a big smile on my face*
Lurf it when you have friends to share such experiences with.
Lurf it when things get so unbelievably memorable.
Lurf it when u can go, "Remember THAT wakeboarding trip?" and everyone knows right away which wakeboarding trip.

p.s. yes yes, will post pics once I get them from davina. :P

Val : No worries, I lurf packing remember? Serious packing already taking place! I'm so glad I cleared whole pile in the living room. It's super easy to pack my room stuff, cos I know what I wanna throw or keep. It's all the communal stuff that's a headache. :P

Saturday, December 3, 2005

food and guns

New find - Yokoyama's in Doncaster!
Michael's makan recommendation is always reliably goooood.
We went there for dinner after 5pm svc, and Dazzler gave us all a treat....even tho we shoulda been the ones treating him, cos it's his berfdae. : P Owe u one k, Daz!

The restaurant has a bright-blue-and-yellow signboard, which kinda diminishes its credibility.
But I like the's real cosy, even though we were sitting right in the middle of nowhere.
And the smell of food as we walked in was very promising!

We had sushi and sashimi platter, agedashi tofu and octopus balls to share.
As usual, I went for my tori kara age (fried chicken) which was rather disappointing, but still, it's fried I gobbled it all down.
My new fave is cha soba, but it wasn't on the menu....which is weird.
And as Jen pointed out, they didn't have chawanmushi either!

Anyway, the food was yummy....pure make-you-happy kinda food.
Adeline and Michael shared sukiyaki - in Adeline's opinion, the best she's tasted.
I've never had beef dunked in raw egg before, and it is the yummiest!!
And the sushi and sashimi?? Bliss. :)

And to top it all off, I had wasabi ice cream.
Pure genius.
It was plain cool.

Maybe I'll take my family there when they come. :)

Okei, enough gushing about food.

We went back to Daz's place to watch Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels after the satisfying dinner.
I've read so many good reviews about it, and it's one of those I keep telling myself to get and watch, but just never get round to doing it.
Guy Ritchie is really stylish in his direction of the movie.
It's mainly a dude flick, but it was a smart dude flick. Haha.
It was cool how he pieced everything together and used heaps of music to effectively create the mood.
You just keep going "Oh man" at how everyone seems to be running all over the place yet going around in circles at the same time.
And other than the one-swear-word-a-sentence, I enjoyed how fast and witty they were with their comebacks.
Although, I'm so grateful for subtitles...heh heh.....can't imagine sitting through all that dialogue with my ears at 120% concentration mode!

More fun coming up tomorrow.....wakeboarding! :)

For all those concerned, yes yes I'm still packing.
Am at that stage after I pull everything out and before they all go into boxes. :P

Thursday, December 1, 2005

pottermania and a good deal, amongst others

Part 1 :

Harry Potter - Goblet of Fire has finally arrived in Australia! Way overdue, if u ask me, considering it's already been running for a while in Singapore.

Harry's hair is longer and more unruly.
Ron is fleshier.
Hermione is prettier.
The scenery is cool.
So are the newbies who play Viktor Krum, Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour and Cho Chang.
The show is WAY darker.
I think it stopped being a kid's tale from The Chamber of Secrets.

All in all, it was a pretty concise presentation of what was in the book, except for 1 or 2 things they changed. For dramatic effects, I suppose.
Considering how thick the book was, it was no mean feat to pick out the necessary bits and squeeze them into a movie that was.....2.5 hrs?!
So I'm pretty satisfied, altho I still prefer the book.

One question though,
Why is Dumbledore so fidgety and tak-cool in this episode?

Part 2 :

While waiting for Chester to come down to the city, some car nearly ran into me and Darren! We were crossing the road oh-most-legally, but the driver just did some kinda weird turn and didn't see us RIGHT IN FRONT of her car. She then found herself at an awkward angle. So she stopped for a while, then continued driving TOWARDS us! We saw the car coming straight at us. Stunned, I didn't know whether to run for it or take a few steps backwards. I ended up just standing there in shock. Darren moved to his left and the car came soooooo close to touching him already. Then suddenly, she saw us and braked in time! We were about 5 cm from the car by then. Boy was she apologetic. Man, sooooo thank God that His hands are really really over His children. If I had ran for it, I would have been hit. Phew! :)

Part 3 :

No more big 42-inch (?) TV! Louis has returned the gargantuan screen to his fren. Speaking of which, Brian already left a week ago for Singapore, and Louis left this morning, so it's me and Kitaro left in the house now. Pretty quiet without the other two boys for me to shush at. It's all cool though. In 20 more days, I'll be back in Singapore chomping down comfort food! Heh heh. Anyway, so now I've to watch dvds on the small TV that's about as big as a basketball. Sigh. I will say it again. Don't give a person something better and then take it away. Haha...I have been spoilt. Anyway, I won't have much time to watch dvds, ' Part 4.

Part 4 :

For those asking, what am I doing these days? Preparing to sell the household stuff ie. fridge, picnic table, sofa bed, aforementioned puny TV. Everything else will probably go in the dump. Heh heh. It feels great to throw stuff away. Altho, 3 bagfuls of stuff went to the Salvos today, so at least some other kid will be blessed with nice stuff at cheap prices! Am preparing for when family arrives too, next Sat. Yes, am also starting to pack (my fave bit) to go back for good. In Zhi's words, woots! In my own words, yeah-ooh-la-la-hoooooooo!!

Am also helping to ship Jim's boxes of stuff back to Singapore. In return, he's promised to sponsor my wedding photo folio in future. Woo hoo! I got a great deal cos he's a fabulouso photographer man! I am posting this so I will not forget to claim it in future. Haha.

Part 5 :

I am sleepy and it's a warm night. Good nite and God bless your day! :)