CNY 2013

CNY this year was exceptionally quiet at my paternal grandma’s house. Seems like CNY without grandma is getting worse as years passed.
Reunion dinner used to open 3 tables (2 for Adults, 1 for Children) in restaurant but this year shrank to just 1.
Some were not intending to come, while some will only be coming the following day.

My family’s plan is to stay on the reunion day and set off to my maternal grandma’s house the next day and come back again on the fourth day for a stopover before heading back to Singapore.

Kept ourselves entertained with fireworks and something new – 天灯 (Sky Lantern)

The atmosphere is totally different at my maternal grandma’s house. It’s still as noisy and lively with majority of the cousins and relatives coming together, with plus one new addition to the family this year!

The cheeky siblings never fail to be in my pictures every year.

The new addition – Jovenna

One of my relative family followed my family from Malaysia to Singapore for a short holiday, it’s been really long since they last came to Singapore and their main motive is to visit the newly opened attraction places like Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by The Bay, Resort World Sentosa, Singapore Flyer. It’s quite a waste that i have to work straight after the CNY public holidays, so i can’t join them along.

Well, back to office, the recreation committee has once again hired the “Cai Shen Ye” and “Lion Dance Troupe” to our office. The Account Managers were all trying to get the “Cai Shen Ye” to sit on their seats so they will “huat”!

We’re very impressed with this Lion Dance troupe, they really did a great job, especially arranging the mandarin oranges into a very nice Snake symbol and a few Chinese characters with 4 numbers.

“Lou Hei” with the girls at Chinatown’s hawker centre…huat ah! May the snake year be a prosperous and joyous year!

Cousin’s Wedding @ Amara Sanctuary

Attended my cousin’s wedding dinner at Amara Sanctuary, Sentosa.

Just the name itself, gives you a very relaxed feeling and situated in Sentosa?! Totally class.

The solemnization was at the all-purpose built Glass Pavilion, i love how it was surrounded with greens.

Look how the whole pavilion looks picture perfect, with sun rays shining in…so dreamy!

Little flower girl and boy!

Lovely basket

Rings from Fairy’s Inc, i love the braided portion of the bride’s ring.

Bride’s unique car arrival with her father

Little girl’s dream of walking down the aisle with dearest family, relative and friends blessings on the side and the one and only man waiting at the front, smiling and waiting with anticipation.

Husband and Wife the very next moment
The couple hired Unique-Colors as the wedding photographer, before that i had been watching their production videos on their blog and thinks they’re one of the best in Singapore.

They provide instant print services, so everyone is able to take as much photos and get them printed out on the spot to bring home!

The banquet

Food menu, i swear among all wedding banquets i have attended, this is one of the best food i have ever eaten. Each and every dish is cooked at it’s best, i can’t point out which is the worse. Baked Cod Fish and Wasabi Mayo prawns are my favorite and they’re unique dishes seldom seen in banquets.

Love this photo, the long gown trails

Preparing for their first march-in

second march-in

champagne pouring

the couple’s emcee sabo them to play the egg game, bride has to roll an raw egg across from one leg to another, but was stucked. LOL!

Relatives whom attended!

Wishing the couple everlasting love and happiness!

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant (2nd visit)

I had a very good experience during my first visit to Imperial Treasure, so i decided to bring Love and my family on my second visit.

I had this craving for Peking Duck ever since the last visit, therefore Peking Duck is a must book in advance so i can satisfy my craving.

The Peking Duck did not disappoint, i love these first few slices which the chef sliced, best of the best!

It was the hairy crab harvesting season, and because my family members are crab-lovers, we ordered three hairy crabs. My first and last time ordering hairy crab because it is freaking expensive, small and doesn’t taste good. I was anticipating it to be the size of our normal crab, but it was much smaller and the worse, super expensive can!

Totally not worth it.

My dad and brother said that the quality of the hairy crab was not very good and it’s way over priced.

Another disappointing dish was Chicken with Yam, when the dish came, i thought i had ordered the wrong one because i couldn’t even find the yam cubes! I think they overheated the dish till the yams were dissolved and had a very yuckish yam and coconut milk smell.

We didn’t had much dishes as the total bill already costs us a whopping $300+! With such lousy quality of food, i would rather spend the 300 on seafood buffet feasts, seriously. Still thinking i should give it a last try for this restaurant.


Still remembered the first time brother came home after his first two full weeks in National Service, everyone was curious asking about his life inside, more importantly if he is still adapting well. He came home with a body full of bed bug bites! We quickly went to purchase those bed bugs spray for him to bring back camp to kill all the bed bugs. Those who are going in, please prepare the bed bugs spray, spray it before you sleep on the bed.

For a few consecutive weeks when he came home on weekends, he’ll always bring home some injuries here and there or problems like heatstroke etc, tsktsk. Now 3 months has passed, it seems like he has already adapted well to NS life, and he’s loving it, even thinks of signing on.

My dad, Love and I attended his Passing out Parade (POP) at his camp, Mum didn’t make it again due to work *roll eyes*.

Brother’s Bravo Company

Performance by the recruits, every one looks the same with black rim frame spectacles and one inch tall hair

families and relatives busy looking for their sons

spot my brother!

No matter what my brother decides, to sign on or what after his two years of service, i just hope he’ll be healthy and able to survive any obstacles ahead.

Tribute to my dearest grandma

I always remembered how she told us about her stories of her younger days, how she really love to sing and perform in front of the stage at school. (i guess my interest in singing is inherited from her)

She used to travel back and fro between Singapore and Malaysia as her sons were all staying in Singapore while her daughters and her house is in Malaysia. She’ll be sleeping at my house for a few days in my brother’s room and sometimes a few days at my uncle’s house.

Whenever she come to Singapore, she never fails to bring me and my brother’s favorite snack 香饼!She loves singing and will sing whenever she feels like it and sing along when my dad is having his KTV session at home.

That was all before she had Dementia. Slowly, she’s unable to recognize everyone, even her own children. It came to a point that she was too weak to walk and was wheelchair bound. And she never could come to Singapore anymore. We only got to visit her during CNY and every CNY, we can clearly see that her condition deteriorated.

As much as we knew that her day is coming soon, but didn’t expect that the last time i saw her was going to be on CNY. I remembered that day i was at work and i got the news of my grandma’s death through my cousin’s fb status. I tried to call back home but my house phone was engaged, i called the second time and my mum picked up. She asked me to get back home as soon as i can, we’re going to head back to M’sia.

Now, i hate scenes where there’s impromptu, sudden and urgent decision to head back M’sia because it’s always due to some bad news. The same scene happened during my grandpa’s death.

When we reached the funeral parlour, it was already night time and all my relatives have arrived. It was really a very quiet night.

My family took over the burning of incense papers, all i can do was to keep folding as much as i can, for grandma to have as much to “travel” with.

I believe grandma will be alone and afraid on her “travelling” way, so probably with more “money” she can feel safer.

Something i learnt from the elders, the different types of incense folding represents different values.

This type which is super easy to fold, represents like “$1”?

While this type which requires some skills and patience to fold, and looks like an ingot, represents “$5”!

Not sure how true it is, but of course, no harm trying! Here are the steps:

Take this bigger incense paper, it’s much easier to fold than the normal small ones.

Fold the lower left hand corner

Do the same for top right hand corner

Next, turn over the paper

Fold the paper into half, top parallel to each other

Fold the sharp side corner into the “pocket” of the other side

and you get the end result, just push out the bottom and it becomes a 3D version.

Every night, we have to go through the rituals and the continuous standing and kneeling totally made my legs go jelly and shaking!

Surprisingly, my parents’ legs were all fine except me >.< probably i’m the one who exercise the least.

Different color uniform represents different generations and relationship to the deceased.

White = Children / Spouses of children
Dark Blue = Grandchildren
Green = Great Grandchildren

Seriously, i just hope that i would never need to wear the white color ones. =(

My little nephew is very obedient, he did the things we told him to,

like folding of the incense paper

and taking the joss stick for praying…love him max!

On the last day of the funeral, we had to burn all the incense paper and all other things like “houses”, “cars” etc

and we have to shout for grandma to come and collect them, “婆婆快来拿” !

Since my grandma love music, her children decided to hire a band to sing for her, my dad and uncle also sang a few songs for my grandma. Last glance of my grandma, which was very disheartening seeing all my relatives crying. This is seriously one of the most difficult moments at a funeral.

sending grandma on her last the crematory
Another difficult moment was when the coffin was pushed into the cremator and we have to shout for grandma’s spirit to run as not to get burned by the fire. “婆婆快跑,快跑啊!” We kept shouting and as loud as we could so grandma could hear us.

It’s a feeling indescribable that after living on earth for years and just one day, a person’s life can just stop and the body can be burnt into ashes within a few hours and vanish from the earth totally.

After collecting grandma’s ashes, we brought them to Malacca and placed it at the temple where grandpa’s ashes were. Bidding the last goodbye to my grandma, may you find a better life and happiness at the other world.